This Sunday, March 5th, eighth Junior Hockey League regular season came to an end. 16 teams made Kharlamov Cup Playoffs and first round matchups were set.
The teams will play Round of 16 and Quarterfinal games of Kharlamov Cup Playoffs within their respective conferences. The team with a higher playoff berth will have home ice advantage. SKA-1946 St. Petersburg finished on top of the table and thus will have home ice advantage throughout their playoff run.
Round of 16, Quarterfinal and Semifinal stages of Kharlamov Cup Playoffs will be decided in best-of-five series. Game 1 and 2 will be played at the home rink of the team with a higher playoff berth in the matchup. Same goes for Game 5 if it’s going to be necessary.
In Kharlamov Cup Semifinals a team with a higher playoff berth from the Western Conference will meet a team with a lower playoff berth from the Eastern Conference. The remaining two teams will face each other. Winners of the semifinal round proceed to the 2017 Kharlamov Cup Finals.
The final series will be a best-of-seven. Game 1 and 2 will be played at the home rink of the team with a higher playoff berth in the matchup. Same goes for Game 5 and 7 should they be necessary. Game 3 and 4 as well as Game 6 should it be necessary will be played at the home rink of the team with a lower playoff berth in the matchup. It takes four wins to take the cup. There will be no bronze medal series between teams who will lose in the semifinal round.
1. SКА-1946 St. Petersburg – 8. Chayka Nizhny Novgorod
2. Krasnaya Armiya Moscow – 7. MHC Dinamo St. Petersburg
3. Loko Yaroslavl – 6. Almaz Cherepovets
4. Russkie Vityazi Chekhov – 5. MHC Spartak Moscow
2017 Kharlamov Cup Western Conference Quarterfinals games will take place on March 11th, 12th, 13th and if necessary March 16th and 19th.
1. Reaktor Nizhnekamsk – 8. Avto Yekaterinburg
2. Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk– 7. Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk Region
3. Irbis Kazan – 6. Belye Medvedi Chelyabinsk
4. Kuznetskie Medvedi Novokuznetsk – 5. Sarmaty Orenburg
2017 Kharlamov Cup Eastern Conference Quarterfinals games will take place on March 12th, 13th, 16th and if necessary March 17th and 20th