Final regular season event of 2015-16 begins on Thursday
January 6, 2016
The 2015-16 North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) regular season resumes on Thursday, with its fifth and final regular season event of the year taking place from January 7-10 at the Troy Sports Center in Troy, Michigan. All 38 NAPHL clubs will compete at the event.
The event will also feature the annual NAPHL 18U All-Star Game, which will be played on Saturday, January 9th at 8:15pm.
All games at the event in Troy will be broadcast live over the Internet through FASTHockey
As a reminder, the top 10 teams in the standings in both the 18U and 16U divisions at the end of the 25-game regular season qualify for the NAPHL Championship in February. Here are the tie-breaking policies as detailed in the NAPHL rules and regulations:
At the conclusion of the NAPHL regular season, Clubs that have an equal amount of points shall have their final position in the NAPHL standings determined by applying the following tie breaking procedures:
A. Most wins during the regular season.
B. Results of head to head competition.
C. Goal differential in head to head competition.
D. Total goal differential during the entire season.
E. Total goals scored during the entire season
F. Coin flip.
In the 18U Division (standings), it is a two horse race for the regular season title. Omaha holds a one-point lead over Madison for the top spot. Both teams face tough tests in Troy, but both are in the playoffs and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. Behind them are a group of five teams that are just a few wins away from joining the playoff mix. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Meijer, Rocky Mountain, Esmark and Washington are all grouped together and separated by just three points. Barring a major collapse, those teams will likely find their way into the playoff with a win or two. After that, it gets interesting as there are nine teams battling for the final three spots. Philadelphia and Pikes Peak have the inside track with 22 points and in pursuit for the final spot with 20 points in California, St. Louis and Pursuit of Excellence. Behind those teams are Wenatchee, Thunder Bay, HC Dallas and New Jersey, who all likely have to win all their games and hope for some help.
In the 16U Division (standings), things are a little clearer. With a four point lead atop the division, Omaha has the inside track to the division title with just a few more wins. New Jersey is poised to capture 2nd place. Rocky Mountain and Washington has also qualified for the playoffs and are in a tie for 3rd place. After that, the jockeying for playoff positioning gets exciting. Six teams are separated by just four points in spots 5-10. With just a win or two Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Arizona, Meijer, California, HC Dallas and Esmark should all qualify. On the outside looking in are Madison, St. Louis, Pikes Peak and Thunder Bay, who are going to need next to perfect events and some help to get in.