NAPHL Championship enters selection and semi-final Sunday
February 13, 2016
Two days are down and one more remains in the round-robin competition of the 2016 NAPHL Dixon Cup Playoffs.
Things are somewhat surprisingly clear after two days in each division, with some teams already advancing to the Semi-Finals, which will take place on Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor. Round-Robin game are completed in the morning, with the Semi-Finals then later in the day.
Championship Games will be played on Monday morning at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan, in cooperation with the start of the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament.
As a reminder, the top TWO teams in each pool advance to the Semi-Finals, where they will then cross over to play the other pool with #1 from Pool A playing #2 from Pool B, while #1 from Pool B plays #2 from Pool A.
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In the 16U Division, here is how things stand after two days:
In Pool A, Omaha is in the drivers seat and has qualified for the Semi-Finals with a 3-0 record. Rocky Mountain has also qualified, but was it not known is who will finished 1 or 2. The two teams play on Sunday morning. If Omaha wins, they will be the #1 seed and Rocky Mountain will be the #2. If Rocky Mountain wins, they will be the #1 seed via the tie-breaker with Omaha and then Omaha would be #2. If Rocky Mountain loses, they would finish with the same 2-2 record as the winner of the Meijer vs. Esmark game, but since Rocky Mountain beat both Meijer and Esmark, they would own the head-to-head tie-breaker despite having the same record. Arizona has played their four games and have been eliminated with a 1-3 record.
In Pool B, it is a three-team race. New Jersey is in with a 2-0-1 record since they have beaten both California and HC Dallas, who are the only two teams remaining with a chance to advance. The winner of the California HC Dallas game on Sunday morning will be the other semi-finalist. If California wins and New Jersey loses, California would be the #1 seed and New Jersey the #2. If New Jersey wins, they will be the #1 seed and the winner of California vs. HC Dallas would be the #2. Washington and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton have been eliminated from Semi-Final contention.
In the 18U Division, here is the update after two days of competition:
In Pool A, Meijer and Omaha have both moved onto the Semi-Finals with 2-0-1 records through the first three games. They will play one another on Sunday morning. The winner will be the #1 seed, the loser the #2 seed heading into the Semi-Finals. Philadelphia has played their four games and has four point and cannot catch either Omaha or Meijer. With two points and only one game remaining, both Esmark and Washington cannot advance.
In Pool B, Rocky Mountain has won the pool with a perfect 4-0 record, making them the only 18U team to go through to the Semi-Finals without a loss. They will face the loser of the game between Omaha and Meijer in one Semi-Final on Sunday afternoon. The other spot is up for grabs, but Madison is in the drivers seat. A win or shootout loss against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday morning gets them the #2 seed. Pikes Peak also has a shot if they win and get a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton win, which would then have three teams in a three-way tie at 2-2. At 0-3 California is out of the mix and playing spoiler.