The British Columbia Hockey League has moved on to round 2 of the playoffs and offers some compelling clashes. Meanwhile, the North American Hockey League has a couple of meetings that should get any hockey fan’s heart pumping.
Wenatchee Wild at Vernon Vipers Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. Pacific time. Both are coming of first-round sweeps, so both are rested and both are hot. If there’s an edge, give it to the Wenatchee. The Wild scored on 33.3 percent of its power-play opportunities in the opening round while the Vipers converted only at a 6.3 percent rate. Good series, though, despite a special-teams advantage that looks like it could make this a one-sided matchup.
Powell River Kings at Victoria Grizzlies Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Pacific. Vernon was taken to seven games in the first round by a resilient Salmon Arm team, and Powell River had to play six against the Nanaimo Clippers. This one is going seven games, with each one a battle not to forget.
Janesville Jets (34-11-4-2) at Fairbanks Ice Dogs (41-6-3-3) Friday and Saturday at 7:30 Alaska time. These are games two and three of a three-games series at the Big Dipper Ice Arena (Fairbanks won Thursday night’s game). Any game either of these two on the ice is worth watching. When both are involved, well, that’s even better.
Odessa Jackalopes (28-18-3-2) at Shreveport Mudbugs (38-9-3-2) Friday and Saturday at 7:11 Central time. The Jackalopes would like to knock the first-place Mudbugs off their South Division pedestal. That’s unlikely to happen, but these are still big games for both teams. Odessa would like to catch the second-place Lone Star Brahmas in the South while Shreveport has every reason to just keep it rolling.
No. 3 seed Mid Cities Jr. Stars at No. 2 seed Atlanta Capitals on Friday at noon, Saturday at 4:45 p.m., and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time. These teams are nearly mirror images of each other in statistical comparisons. They were separated by a single point in the standings at the end of the regular season, and their goal-scoring and goals-allowed numbers are nearly identical. All that adds up to a highly competitive series between two evenly matched squads.
Author: Stephen Heisler
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with the Heisler Hockey Group. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.
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