Looking Ahead In The Conference III Belt Race

by J.R.

With last night’s win in Nashville, Colorado won its first Conference III Belt, becoming the sixth team in two weeks to have the title (only Minnesota hasn’t had a reign in that time) and continuing a run of one-and-done champions.

The six other teams had already had a turn with the strap and Colorado waiting so long for its reign has implications for who will ultimately finish the season with the title (as noted before, the Belt will not travel into the playoffs, even if a playoff team ends up with it).

For now, six teams have the chance to hold the hardware at season’s end. Winnipeg is the only team without a path to the title.

Let’s take a look at where the Belt could go.

 

Each relevant game is numbered. Simply follow the instructions to follow The Belt.

1. April 5: Colorado at St. Louis

If Colorado wins: Colorado will finish the season with the title, having no Conference III games remaining.
If St. Louis wins: Colorado eliminated. Go to 2.

2. April 6: St. Louis at Chicago

If St. Louis wins: Chicago eliminated. Go to 3.
If Chicago wins: St. Louis and Dallas eliminated. Go to 5.

3. April 10: St. Louis at Minnesota

If St. Louis wins: Minnesota and Nashville eliminated. Go to 4.
If Minnesota wins: St. Louis and Dallas eliminated. Go to 6.

4. April 11: St. Louis at Dallas

If St. Louis wins: St. Louis will finish the season with the title.
If Dallas wins: Dallas will finish the season with the title.

5. April 12: Chicago at Nashville

If Chicago wins: Chicago will finish the season with the title.
If Nashville wins: Chicago eliminated. Go to 6.

6. April 13: Nashville at Minnesota

If Nashville wins: Nashville will finish the season with the title.
If Minnesota wins: Minnesota will finish the season with the title.

So that’s it. The final Belt holder of 2013-14 will be determined in as few as one game and could involve as many as four. Two games (Blues-Stars on April 11 and Preds-Wild on April 13) could be winner-take-all. Or it could all be over April 5.

Here’s a handy guide to the results each team needs to hold the belt.

Chicago: St Louis win against Colorado April 5; Chicago win against St. Louis April 6; Chicago win against Nashville April 12.
Colorado: Colorado win against St. Louis April 5.
Dallas: St. Louis win against Colorado April 5; St. Louis win against Chicago April 6; St. Louis wins against Minnesota April 10; Dallas win against St. Louis April 11.
Minnesota: St. Louis win against Colorado April 5; Chicago win against St. Louis April 6; Nashville win against Chicago April 12; Minnesota win against Nashville April 13. OR St. Louis win against Colorado April 5; St. Louis win against Dallas April 6; Minnesota win against St. Louis April 10; Minnesota win against Nashville April 13.

Nashville: St. Louis win against Colorado April 5; Chicago win against St. Louis April 6; Nashville win against Chicago April 12; Nashville win against Minnesota April 13. OR St. Louis win against Colorado April 5; St. Louis win against Dallas April 6; Minnesota win against St. Louis April 10; Nashville win against Minnesota April 13.

St. Louis: St. Louis win against Colorado April 5; St. Louis win against Chicago April 6; St. Louis win against Minnesota April 10; St. Louis win against Dallas April 11.

Winnipeg: Sorry, dudes.

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