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MISL Comets Playoffs

By: Ed Blythe Twitter: ed_blythe

Today MISL announced the Central Division Finals schedule for the Missouri Comets and Milwaukee Wave.  The first leg will be hosted by the Comets on March 9th at 7:35 p.m. CT while the second leg will be hosted by the Wave on March 11th at 3 p.m. CT.  Now while it probably will not matter the third leg (mini-game) will be also hosted by the Wave immediately following the second leg.  I have a few questions as to why this has already been announced when the Division winner has not yet been decided.

For the Comets to win the division they would have to win out and the Wave would have to lose out.  The Wave has three games remaining, first the Syracuse Silver Knights on Wednesday then two games in Independence versus the Comets.  The Comets only have the two games against the Wave left.  So it may seem a bit like a long shot but stranger things have happened in the world of sports.

Since the host has already been decided will it take the competitive nature out of the final two games?  I am not saying that the Comets will not play hard in front of their fans but they don’t have anything to play for.  The prize for winning a division has already been taken from them.  (I have not found anything about a trophy but please correct me if I am wrong.)  The Comets are coming into the home stretch injured after missing three players before the last game started and losing two players during the games.

On February 12th on twitter the Comets announced that they would host a playoff games on March 9th.  Now was this because the thought of winning the division was possible but not likely or was it because they had already come to the agreement with hosting what game. With the Independence Event Center schedule then it would not be surprising in this.  There is a high school playoff basketball game on the 10th and a Missouri Maverick ice hockey game on the 11th.  If they played the game on the 10th then they could probably fit it in but if they did that would they also play the 9th in Milwaukee or would it make more sense to move that game up to the 8th.  That would not fit in the MISL playoff game dates.

In the end it is what it is.  We can’t determine what the MISL does for the schedule.  I don’t think that in the end it will matter where the games are played.  You have to play at each arena once. The only thing that will matter is if you have the play the third mini-game.  We will certainly know more next weekend after both games and then get to watch the playoffs unfold.

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