Who's in! who's not! That is question. We know we have three teams that have made the post-season with Rochester,Denver and New York clinching spots. Who will be the first and second seed? Well this is where it get a little complicated.
Before we get into home field advantage scenarios, we need to discuss who will take the fourth playoff spot. The fourth team to enter the post season comes down to the Boston Cannons and the Ohio Machine, either team will become the fourth seed. Sooo... Let's go - If Ohio wins they are in the playoffs, however, if Ohio losses and Boston Wins then Boston is the fourth seed. I know your next question- What if they both lose? Well, if both Boston and Ohio lose then the Ohio Machine will see another game.
Now who will Ohio or Boston play? This is were it gets a little NUTS! We can say that no matter what the outcome of the Boston v. Rochester game is Rochester will have home field advantage meaning no less than a two seed. The real question is who will get the other home field advantage slot? Denver or New York? And oh yah... they are playing each other in New York this Saturday. There are a number of scenarios but I think the most important issue is who gets home field advantage, that might be an easier way to discuss the possibilities.
If Denver wins on Saturday they will have home field advantage and play New York the following week in Denver for a chance to visit Atlanta. Ok that was the easy scenario!
If both Denver and Rochester win this weekend then Denver will become the number one seed and Rochester the two seed because Denver has a 1 goal differential over Rochester. Meaning Denver would be at home against Ohio and New York would travel to Rochester to play the Rattlers.
Good so far? Now let me layer in all the hypotheticals.
If New York beats Denver by 5 goals or more and Rochester beats Boston then New York would be the 2 seed, Rochester the 1 seed and Denver the 3 seed prompting a game between Denver and NY in NY and Rochester and Ohio in Rochester.
Ok we are almost there,
If New York wins against Denver and Boston beats Rochester it now becomes a cluster..... let's just say it becomes as clear as mud! All teams now would have a record of 9-5 and goal differential would now come into play. Let me see of I can cut to the chase here, if Denver loses by 5 or 6 goals then Rochester is the 1 seed and Denver is the 2 seed New York. If Denver loses by 7 - 10 goals then Rochester is the 1 seed, New York is the 2 seed and Denver is the 3 seed setting up games in New York with the Lizards playing the Outlaws and in Rochester with the Rattlers playing either Boston or Ohio.
OK I'm having fun...let's say the Lizards really crush the Outlaws by 11 or more...the Lizards now would become the 1 seed and the Rattlers would be the 2 seed, therefore, New York would play either Boston or Ohio at home and the Rattlers would play Denver at home....phew!! I think that sums it up unless of course the Machine beats Florida by a 100 or more......well never mind!