The 2022 High Plains Hockey League postseason is underway this week with 46 teams competing across five divisions for their respective titles.
Several play-in games have already concluded, setting the stage for a busy weekend of action across the state.
See which teams earned first-round byes and are favorites to advance through the divison tournaments over the weekend below.
Ralston Valley emerged as the regular-season leader in a competitive Wales Division that had six teams enter the final week of the schedule in contention for the top spot in the standings.
The Mustangs are among four teams that earned first-round byes in the postseason along with Denver East, Mountain Ice and North Alliance. They’ll begin their postseason Saturday morning in the quarterfinals against the winners from the play-in round on Friday.
The semifinals are scheduled for Saturday night and the championship will be played at 1:45 p.m. on Rink 2 at South Suburban Sports Complex in Highlands Ranch.
Rolling to a 10-1-1 regular-season record, Coyotes East earned the only first-round bye in the Lady Byng division. They’ll face the winner of Friday’s Polar Bears and Storm play-in game in the semifinals Saturday.
Coyotes West and Black Widows face off in the other semifinal. The losers of the semifinals will play in the third-place game on Sunday at 9:40 a.m. on Rink 1 at South Suburban Sports Complex.
The championship game will follow on Rink 1 at 11:30 a.m.
The Campbell division quarterfinals are set after Arapahoe upended Collins-Poudre 10-2 on Thursday in the division’s lone play-in game.
Arapahoe will face regular-season leader Longmont on Friday night among a triple-header of quarterfinals at Sports Stable in Superior. Greeley Freeze and Monarch face off in the early game Friday, while Fossil Ridge and Chaparral collide in the night cap. Parker Knights and Front Range Rangers will play at South Suburban Sports Complex that same night.
The semifinals will be played on Saturday at Sports Stable. The title game is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. on Rink 1 at South Suburban Sports Complex.
Mountain Ice V2 and Ralston Valley V2 earned first-round byes in the Smyth division with each team notching seven wins in the regular season.
Cherry Creek V2 emerged with a 4-1 victory over Arvada West on Wednesday to advance to the semifinals, where the Bruins will face the Mustangs. Cherokee Trail V2 defeated Denver East V2 6-3 on Wednesday and will play Mountain Ice.
Both semifinals are scheduled for Saturday at South Suburban Sports Complex. The title game is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Rink 2 at South Surban Sports Complex.
Mountain Vista JV and Rock Canyon JV emerged with the two first-round byes after the regular season.
Mountain Vista JV will play the winner of Friday’s play-in matchup between Parker Knights JV and Cherokee Trail JV, while Rock Canyon JV faces either Chaparral JV and Arapahoe JV.
The quarterfinals and semifinals will be played at various sites on Saturday. The title game will be played at 9:50 a.m. at South Suburban Sports Complex.
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