07/25/2013 1:49 PM
Playoff clinching scenarios as July 25th before any games played:
by Neil Hilts
Medicine Hat Mavericks: 34-6 – The Medicine Hat Mavericks have six remaining games in the 2013 season. With one win, they can clinch the West Division Title, the WMBL Regular Season Title and home field advantage all the way through the playoffs. Only the Okotoks Dawgs can pass the Mavericks, but they would need to win their remaining six games while the Mavericks lose their last six.
Okotoks Dawgs: 27-11 – With the three-game sweep of the Lethbridge Bulls, the Okotoks Dawgs have locked up a finish of at least second place in the West Division. As stated above, the Dawgs and Mavericks both have six games remaining, so Okotoks would need to win them all, while Medicine Hat would need to lose them all. The Dawgs’ magic number to clinch second in the WMBL ahead of the Swift Current Indians is 4, which means either four wins for the Dawgs, or a combination of wins and losses for both teams.
Lethbridge Bulls: 21-20 – Lethbridge came close to battling for second with the Dawgs, but Okotoks defeated them in three straight. Lethbridge is guaranteed to finish third in the West, so they will play on the road first against either Medicine Hat or Okotoks. Currently, they have the sixth-best record in the league, which would determine home-field advantage if they meet a team in the next round that has a worse regular season record.
Edmonton: 6-36 – Eliminated
Swift Current Indians: 26-14 – Swift Current has already locked up the Central Division Title and will be playing the Eastern Conference for the playoff run, based on how the WMBL playoff format is. The Central Division winner will play in whichever conference (East or West) that has the division winner finish with the lower record. The Indians have two games in hand on the Melville Millionaires (26-16). Swift Current’s magic number to be the number one seed in the East is 5.
Moose Jaw Miller Express: 19-23 – The Moose Jaw Miller Express are likely to be the fourth seed in the Western Conference. The second place team in the Central will be playing in the West for the playoffs. The Miller Express need just one win to beat out Saskatoon for the final playoff spot in their division. They will play the West Division winner.
Saskatoon Yellow Jackets: 17-24 – If Saskatoon wins their remaining three games (two were cancelled due to weather) and Moose Jaw loses their final four, Saskatoon would make the playoffs.
Melville Millionaires: 26-16 – Melville looks to win the East Division for the first time since 2009 and need just one win or a Regina loss to do so. They still need to wrap up the Eastern Conference, but are dealing with Central Division winners, the Swift Current Indians, who have two games in hand. Melville would need some help from the Indians opponents to hand them a few losses.
Regina Red Sox: 22-19 – Regina has won the Eastern Division three years in a row, but are on the verge of seeing that streak end. The back-to-back WMBL champs might be seen as an underdog in the playoffs as the likely third seed in the East, but their experience could be very advantageous.
Weyburn Beavers: 16-26 – Weyburn will finish in 3rd place in the Eastern Division and will become the the fourth seed in the Eastern conference.
Yorkton Cardinals: 12-30 – Eliminated
If the post-season started today:
Medicine Hat vs. Moose Jaw
Okotoks vs. Lethbridge
Weyburn vs. Saskatoon
Melville vs. Regina
All series in the playoffs are best of five.
The Play-off Format is as follows:
At the end of regular season play - The top 3 teams from the West Division, the top 3 teams from the East divsion will make playoffs, the 4th place team in each division is eliminated. From the Central division the 1st place team will go to the East division, the 2nd place team will go to the West Division with the 3rd place team being eliminated..