March 29, 2014

One Game Remaining in Regular Season, North Division Match Ups are Set

Only one game remains in the NAHL regular season and it took all but one game to decide which four teams will make the playoffs in the North Division.

Currently the dates for round one have not been posted by the NAHL, but the first round, which is a best-of-five series can not start before April 3rd and must conclude by April 14th.

It's up to the teams to schedule the games, so that's exactly want each front office is working on now.

The higher seed has the right to host three games, the lower seed two, only if the series goes the full five games.

Port Huron is the number one seed in the North Division, and they'll take on our Tomahawks.

Currently Michigan sits in second place, but if Michigan loses their game tonight in regulation and Janesville wins in regulation, Janesville will take second place spot.

Either way, Janesville and Michigan will play each other; the only thing that needs to be determined is who has home-ice advantage.

Johnstown is guaranteed to host at least one game, as in a best-of-five series, the first team to three wins

Last season Johnstown faced Port Huron in a best-of-three series, which Port Huron won, in three games.

Now the two teams are set to faceoff yet again, and this time Johnstown will be looking for revenge.

During the regular season, the two teams played some very rough-entertaining hockey games. Johnstown was 6-5-1 this season vs. the Fighting Falcons.

Last season neither Janesville or Michigan made the playoffs. They were the only two teams in the North Division not to qualify for the post season.

Michigan has been a member of the NAHL now for four seasons. In 2010-2011, they made it the whole way to the finals, only to lose in the Robertson Cup Tournament.

That Tournament which was in place the last several years, is no longer the format for the playoffs. After the
division finals, the teams will be reseeded, and the top team will host the bottom team in a best-of-three round.

The same will happen in the finals. The best team of the remaining two teams will host all games in the best-of-three.

So if Johnstown can play great hockey, they'd have a chance to win the championship at home.

In 2011-2012, Michigan made the playoffs for the second straight year, this time losing in the first round.

Janesville has been a member of the NAHL now for five seasons. In their first three years in the league, they made the playoffs, only to lose in the first round each time.

Johnstown's opponent the Port Huron Fighting Falcons have been members of the NAHL for now four season. In 2011-2012, they made it the whole way to the finals but came up just short.

Last season, after knocking the Tomahawks out of the playoffs, Port Huron was swept by the Soo Eagles in the second round of the playoffs.

The playoff schedule should be release either tomorrow or Monday.  When that information is released we'll pass it along, with ticket information.

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Anonymous said...

If johnstown makes it to the semis or championship series the only way they host it is if they play against Bismarck.

Jon Kohan said...

That is correct.

Just wanted to show that the tournament play is longer the format, which I think is a good idea.

Only scouts went to the tournament, and they already have the showcase.

Let the teams and players have a real final for the championship in front of their fans.

Good move from the NAHL