I will not have to figure out the ferry schedule to Victoria after all. With Everett beating Seattle 6-4 on Saturday, the Royals clinched seventh place.
The U.S. Division champion Tri-City Amerericans will either play Everett or Seattle in the first round of the playoffs. Everett, with 54 points, is two points up on the T-birds, who play at Portland on Sunday. Seattle loses, and the Tips are at Toyota Center on Friday for Game 1. Should Seattle beat Portland, there will be a one-game playoff Tuesday for the last spot.
If we were deciding fourth and fifth place, the nod would go to the team with the most wins, but since eighth place is on the line, the league feels a game is the way to go.
Until then, this is what we have for playoffs in the Western Cconference:
No. 1 Tri-City vs. No. 8 Seattle/Everett
No. 2 Kamloops vs. No. 7 Victoria
No. 3 Portland vs. No. 6 Kelowna
No. 4 Vancovuer vs. No. 5 Spokane
The top four seeds have home-ice advantage in the 2-2-1-1-1 format.
To help the Americans kick off the postseason, there will be a playoff rally Tuesday at the TRAC Center in Pasco from 6-8 p.m., brought to you by Hawthorne Court.
There will be live music, carnival games courtesy of Sun Rentals, full team autograph session, photos with select players and more courtesy of U.S. Cellular. You can also bid on Mason Wilgosh, Adam Hughesman, and Brendan Shinnimin game-worn heritage jerseys.
A donation of any canned food item gets you in the door; bring three or more cans and you will be entered to win a lunch with your favorite player.