last week's Las Vegas Highway article, we talked about the Amateur Athletic Union's National Championship that is set to take place in Las Vegas on April 5-9.
Today we are going to continue that discussion as the leagues
have moved forward in the playoff process.
We already know that the Lake George
Fighting Spirit and Syracuse Stampede from the Northern States Hockey League
and the Hartland Hounds and Tennyson Chevrolet from the Midwest Junior Hockey
League are locked in to the event, now let's look at the progress from the
Western States Hockey League.
Northern States Hockey League - Again, the NSHL is sending the top two
teams from the regular season, the Lake George Fighting Spirit (#1) and
Syracuse Stampede (#2), to represent the league in Las Vegas.
Midwest Junior Hockey League - Regular season champion
Hartland Hounds and Tennyson Chevrolet are both making reservations for Las
Western States Hockey League - The Thorn Cup Finals take place this
weekend in McCall, Idaho where the Pacific Division champion Idaho Steelheads will
attempt to capture their third consecutive Thorn Cup Championship. Idaho hosts
division rival Southern Oregon Spartans, 2012 Thorn Cup finalist and Mid-West
Division champion Dallas Ice Jets, Mountain Division Champion El Paso Rhinos,
and the Western Division playoff champion Bay Area Seals. The Fresno Monsters
earned the sixth and final slot as the wildcard. Idaho has to be considered the
favorite to win again, especially considering that they have won twenty
straight games and that includes eleven in a row on their home ice. Dallas has
to be considered the other favorite but the Ice Jets are dealing with a step up
in competition from what is considered the weakest division in the league.
Dallas is also riding a streak into Idaho, winners of seventeen straight.
AAU NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Friday April 5th
10:10 AM WSHL 2 vs Lake George
1:20 PM Syracuse Stampede vs Hartland
4:40 PM Tennyson Chevrolet vs WSHL 1
Saturday April 6th
10:10 AM Syracuse Stampede vs Tennyson
1:20 PM Lake George Fighting Spirit vs
4:40 PM Hartland Hounds vs WSHL 2
Sunday April 7th
10:10 AM WSHL 1 vs Hartland Hounds
1:20 PM WSHL 2 vs Tennyson Chevrolet
4:40 PM Lake George Fighting Spirit vs
Monday April 8th
1:20 PM SEMI-FINAL GAME 1
4:40 PM SEMI-FINAL GAME 2
Tuesday April 9th
11:00 AM AAU NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
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