The final regular season week-end is upon us with a full slate of 21 games on tap.
Each team has two games remaining, and 19 of the 21 teams have either clinched a play-off position or are still in the hunt for an invite to post-season play.
The scenarios are plentiful, and the formula for a very interesting Sunday has all of the necessary ingredients.
Here's a bit of an idea of what each team is faced with:
Burlington (5-2-3, 13 points) has clinched a spot in the post season. Seeding is pending.
Oshawa I (6-4-0, 12 points) is, at the very least, in control of their own destiny.
Niagara (5-4-1, 11 points) is in control of their own destiny, but surely must win at least 1 to get in.
Brampton (5-5, 10 points) has a tough week-end with Oshawa, and a key match-up against Beaches.
Beaches (4-5-1, 9 points) has to win, and has an edge on some key tie-breakers.
Orangeville (3-5-2, 8 points) – Cinderella is still at the Ball. They are the hottest team in the second half. Has to pretty much win both and get some help though.
Hamilton (3-6-1, 7 points) – Can get in with 2 wins and 2 Niagara losses (Hamilton faces Niagara Sunday as one of these games) and get a bit of help along the way. But hey, anything can happen right?!?! That's why we play the games.
Division II (West)
Centre-Wellington (9-0-1, 19 points) can finish no lower than 2nd.
London (8-1-1, 17 points) can finish anywhere between 1st and 3rd.
Mississauga (7-3, 14 points) most likely finishing 3rd, but with a little help (ok, a lot) can steal 2nd.
K-W (3-6-1, 7 points) needs to win at least 1 (or at the very least, get a tie vs Brampton) and hope St. Clair drops at least 1 game. However, they can back in to the play-offs if St. Clair drops both and if London wins over Brampton II and Burlington II.
St. Clair (2-6-2, 6 points) has to win at least 1 and get some help. Has a better chance if they win both, but will need a KW loss along the way.
Brampton II (2-8-0, 4 points) can get in with 2 wins and hope K-W at St. Clair drop both
Burlington II (1-8-1, 3 points), same as above, can get in with 2 wins, 2 KW losses, and 2 St. Clair losses, but will also need London to take Brampton.
Division II (East)
Peterborough (9-0-1, 19 points) can finish no lower than 2nd.
Newmarket (7-2-1, 15 points) can finish anywhere between 1st and 3rd. (why does this sound familiar?!?)
Oshawa II (6-4-0, 12 points) can finish anywhere between 2nd and 4th, but they are in as they own the tie-breaker vs Ottawa.
Barrie (4-4-2, 10 points) has a key match-up against Ottawa which may determine the 4th and final spot.
Ottawa (4-6-0, 8 points) cannot look past a much improved Beaches II squad and then must face Barrie in what could very well decide 4th place.
Beaches II (3-7, 6 points) are playing some very good ball lately and can really throw a wrench into someone’s play-off plans if they’re not prepared for them.
Orillia (0-10-0, 0 points), although looking towards the future, can put in some key building blocks if they can finish off strong.
Once the dust settles on Sunday, here are the tie-breakers that are used as per OLA Regulations, just in case we need them.
In the event of a tie in points, the final standings shall be determined as follows:
I. The team that won the greater number of points in games played, during the regular schedule, between the teams tied shall be declared the winner of the higher position.
II. If tie still exists, the Goal Average Formula will be used to break the tie. Only goals scored in the games between the teams tied in points shall be used in the goal average computation. (See Goal Average Formula below).
III. If tie still exists the Goal Average Formula will be used to break the tie. All goals scored in all games during entire schedule shall be used in the goal average computation. (See Goal Average Formula below).
IV. If tie still exists, the team with the greater number of assists on goals during entire schedule shall be declared the winner.
2011 RULES & REGULATIONS 1
The Goal Average Formula is defined as follows:
__GF___ = GOAL AVERAGE
GF + GA
Good luck to all teams. Let’s hope we settle it on the field.