You need to play 4 games to get into the semi-finals...
The winners of pool A automatically get a buy into the semi-finals. B1 plays C2 and C1 plays B2 in the quarterfinals to see who plays A1 & A2.
In the end, it still stacks the deck in favour of 1,2,3 and 4 advancing to the QF's... 1 and 4 are in the more difficult pool but they have the benefit of not facing an elimination game until the Semi's.
If you look at it in terms of strength of schedule and give the #1 seed 13 points and #13 1 point, here is out it worksout (we'll assume the highest ranked teams from each pool advance):
So in terms of strength of schedule, they are all pretty close after 4 games... #1 has a clear advantage (as they should), but 2-4 are pretty close, and if you consider that there is a chance that Toronto might not have to face London in a quarter-final match (same with Welland vs Barrie), that could potentially decrease their difficulty down.
I don't think it's perfect by any means, but I don't think it's too out of whack. #2 probably gets punished a bit (it should probably go 2,6,8,12 and 3,5,9,11... both with a difficulty of 25), but it's not too far out of whack.
Posted on Aug 17, 2009, 3:49 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168