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Daily Dish: AAU National Championship Update - Junior Hockey News

Published: Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013
By: Stephen Heisler  |  Web site: JuniorHockey.com

In 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 Vegas.

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.  


Friday April 5th

10:10 AM WSHL 2 vs Lake George Fighting Spirit

1:20 PM Syracuse Stampede vs Hartland Hounds

4:40 PM Tennyson Chevrolet vs WSHL 1

Saturday April 6th

10:10 AM Syracuse Stampede vs Tennyson Chevrolet

1:20 PM Lake George Fighting Spirit vs WSHL 1

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 Syracuse Stampede

Monday April 8th



Tuesday April 9th



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posted Mar. 27th, 2013 - 10:21am
Christian Poulsen says:
Nice Stephen and thx for keeping us up on all the T3 "roads to the hardware's"
Since only Helena (something to prove) remains from my USAH picks I am compelled to now jump on the Bellingham bandwagon (nothing to lose)
For the AAU I gotta now switch to another little piece of my heart: El Paso (nice job between the pipes Alex) and I can' forget X Wing Brenden Gust.

posted Mar. 27th, 2013 - 12:40pm
Perry Hampel says:
Nice article - appreciate the coverage of th AAU. I am far from being an expert but I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that Idaho will be one of the two finalist in the Thorne Cup. Also El Paso will extract a bit of revenge from Dallas for being sent home by them last year. I haven't seen Idaho play so just going by their track record - and assume they will be favorite but could be upset by El Paso in the finals. Of all the teams I seen playing here in New Mexico- I was most impressed by the efensive discipline of the Rhinos.

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