It’s an inter Divisional game day with 12 of the 23 games being crossover games. A lot of good match-ups, but here are the games with immediate implications.
Richmond (third) hosts Carolina (fifth).
Both teams are in contention for third, but a Richmond win would guarantee them at least third and leave Carolina and Nashville contending for the fourth and final spot. Nashville is done playing regular season games. They have to hope that Carolina drops three of their last five games, starting today, to remain in playoff contention while idle.
Richmond and idle Potomac (2) are in contention for 2nd place and anything other than a Richmond win will see Potomac no worse the 2nd.
Fresno (first) hosts Seattle (second/Northwest) on a rare West Coast inter-divisional weekend.
• Fresno needs one point in two games to secure home ice for the playoffs. A Las Vegas (fourth) loss to Long Beach (sixth) would also help Fresno, but don’t expect their rival Las Vegas to be in a giving mood.
• A Las Vegas win against Long Beach will put them in a tie for third with idle San Diego.
Vernal (first) hosts Rogue Valley (fourth)
• Rogue Valley can use some points to put distance between itself and Bellingham (fifth).
Midwest East Division
Today’s games: Three teams are within three points of each other in the quest for second, though first is only six points ahead and not yet clinched by current leader Fort Wayne, who will next play tomorrow against Cincinnati.
MJDP are in Foxboro. They defeated New Hampshire 7-3 and will later play Utica.
Cincinnati hosts Motor City
Decatur hosts the Chicago Cougars
All six teams are in action. The standings won’t change, but a Pueblo (fourth) win over Utah (first) or a Provo (fifth) loss to the Spud Kings (sixth) would give Pueblo home ice in the first round.
Midwest West Division
A win by the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings (fourth) over the Minnesota Mullets (ninth) would see them lock in the fourth and the final home ice slot for the first round.
South Shore Kings Presidents Day Showcase
We have three teams playing two games each today.
Wilkes-Barre (second/Mid-Atlantic) defeated the Islanders Hockey Club (second/New England) in overtime. WBS also faces the Northern Cyclones (first/New England). Winning both, with an Aviator (first/Mid-Atlantic) loss to the Junior Bruins (third/New England) would see WBS move into first in the Mid-Atlantic.
No other team in the Mid Atlantic can advance today.
Buffalo (ninth/Mid-Atlantic) need a win over Bridgewater (fifth/New England) to keep the race for eighth place interesting. P.A.L. Jr. Islanders and the Jersey Hitmen are both idle today.
In the New England Division, no one will advance or drop their standings position as a result of today’s games.