How do I put this politely? I mean, this is a family friendly place, I can't just come out and say it. A handful of Tier II teams came out of the NIHL seeding round deserving better treatment than they got at the hands of the powers that be.
Let's first turn our attention to the St. Jude #1 Squirt team. They went 7-1 in seeding in the Gold B group, good enough for the highest points at 14 among the 16 teams in both brackets. Further, the team potted 30 goals while allowing only 8 to yield a differential of +22 ... also tops among Gold B teams. Surely this was worthy of moving up to Gold A for the regular season? After all, about 10% of teams used to move up or down after the seeding round any given year in NIHL. Where did they wind up?
Gold B. Tier 1.