The North American Hockey League action heats up again this week with a number of key match-ups that will be of high interest.
#19 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights at #1 Johnstown Tomahawks: Remember, the basis for matchup selection are purely mathematical. Speaking of the math; the Tomahawks have 14 straight wins at War Memorial. The last home loss was way back on October 5th, a 4-1 loss to the Rebels. Want another one? Johnstown has not surrendered a goal in the last 122 minutes of play. So, do the Knights have any chance? Yes, every team in the league CAN win any game. It’s my personal opinion that there’s a better chance that Chippewa Steel Head Coach Carter Foguth goes swimming in the Tanana River this weekend in Fairbanks. Just sayin’.
#5 Austin Bruins at #12 Minot Minotauros: This one is more like it. Neither team has been especially hot as of late, but this is a very important series for both. The post-season pressure is on and both need a positive result. Will be an entertaining series to watch.
#13 Shreveport Mudbugs at #3 Amarillo Bulls: Shreveport could be in serious trouble here as the Bulls are stampeding.
#3 Aberdeen Wings at #10 Bismarck Bobcats: The bitter rivals clash at Bismarck in another key match-up. Trust me folks, the Bobcats could not care less about Aberdeen’s win streak. The truth is, everybody in the division hates Bismarck…it’s passed down through the water bottles.
NAHL BATTLE OF THE WEEK
#4 Minnesota Magicians at #7 Janesville Jets: This one is going to be a war. The Magicians had their way with the Jets last week, so the expectations are that Janesville has every intention of evening the score. Let the games begin!
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 Group. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.
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