Semi-Finals set for 18U and 16U in Championship Series
After two days of the PHL Championship Series, the field in the 18U and 16U Divisions has been narrowed down to four teams in each division still with a chance to be called 2012 PHL Champions. The semi-finals in each division is set to take place on Sunday, February 19th. Here is a look at the match-ups and how they got there:
18U Gold Division
Just like they had all regular season long, the Pittsburgh Viper Stars rolled through the first three games of the round-robin with an undefeated record, earning them the #1 seed out of the Gold A Division. They will face the Detroit Falcons, who took the #2 seed in the Gold B Division with a 2-1-0 record thanks to a 3-1 win over Phoenix in the last game of the round-robin. Despite their only round-robin loss on Saturday to Pikes Peak in the final seconds, the California Titans earned the #1 seed from the Gold B Division thanks to their better head-to-head record against Detroit. Orange County shutout Wenatchee on Saturday 2-0 to earn the Gold A Division’s #2 seed and will face in-state rival California in the semi-finals.
18U Semi-Final #1: Pittsburgh Viper Stars vs. Detroit Falcons
18U Semi-Final #2: California Titans vs. Orange County Hockey Club
16U Gold Division
The New Jersey Jr. Titans and the Omaha AAA Lancers won their respective Gold Divisions with undefeated 3-0 records through the round-robin. Omaha outscored their opponents 17-4 in their three games, while New Jersey outscored theirs, 10-6. New Jersey, who will be the #1 seed from the Gold A Division will face the Indiana Jr. Ice, the #2 seed from the Gold B Division. Indiana finished with a 2-1-0 record, losing to Omaha on the final day to finish as the #2 seed. Omaha, who finished as the Gold B Division’s #1 seed will face the Texas Tornado, who finished as the Gold A Division’s #2 seed. Texas finished with the same number of points as Orange County, but defeated OC on the final day, 1-0 in a shootout to earn their spot in the semi-finals against the high-powered Omaha team.
16U Semi-Final #1: New Jersey Jr. Titans vs. Indiana Jr. Ice
16U Semi-Final #2: Omaha AAA Lancers vs. Texas Tornado
The rest of the teams in the 18U and 16U Silver Divisions, along with the PHL’s 14U teams will not have their spots in their semi-finals and finals determined until Sunday, February 19th.