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With just one week of the PLL regular season left – which will be played at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium in Albany, NY – six of the seven playoff teams have been decided. Atlas LC, Archers LC, Chaos LC, Redwoods LC, Waterdogs LC, and Whipsnakes LC all clinched playoff spots.
Atlas defeated Chrome, 19-10, and Cannons, 13-12, to sweep the weekend while Waterdogs won their contest against Whipsnakes, 11-6. With their wins, the two squads have separated themselves as contenders go the top playoff spot. The two will face each other in their season finale’s on Saturday night in a contest that could give Atlas the top spot if they win.
Ben Rubeor’s squad comes into the final week of the season after seeing Bryan Costabile explode for 11 points last week to lead a dangerous offensive unit. Similarly, Waterdogs enjoyed their own offensive explosion in Colorado this past weekend, seeing Ethan Walker spark a six-point run coming out of the half that helped them get past the two-time defending champs. Dillon Ward also had one of his best performances of the year, making 19 saves.
The upcoming heavyweight battle between the two might just come down to the battle at the faceoff dot between Trevor Baptiste and Jake Withers as both are top-5 faceoff men in the league and coming off big weekends.
Archers is also still in the hunt of that coveted top seed after a weekend in which they defeated Redwoods, 15-12, riding a five-point (3G/2A) performance from Marcus Holman. The win not only ended their three-game losing streak but clinched them a playoff berth.
Scheduled to face Chaos on Friday night and Whipsnakes on Sunday, two wins next weekend will almost guarantee Archers, who has a plus-25 point differential. Redwoods has a goal differential of 5 is set to play Whipsnakes on Friday and Chaos on Sunday. Whipsnakes have a differential of minus-12. Both are still on the fight, but it will be difficult for both to catch-up or pass Waterdogs.
The top seed gets a quarterfinals bye and advances straight to the semifinals on September 5th.
Chaos, Cannons, and Chrome sit in the final three spots in the standings. Chaos Beat Chrome, 14-12, over the weekend and has put themselves ahead the two aforementioned teams in the battle for the bottom. Cannons and Chrome will face each other in Albany in a contest that will decided the seventh and final playoff spot.