NA3HL Weekend Preview
December 11, 2015
It is the weekend before the NA3HL Showcase and the league will reach its midway point this weekend as teams take to the ice with more important points on the line.
Next week is a very important one for all teams as they get three straight days of hockey at the NA3HL Showcase. The action will be played in front of dozens of college scouts and NAHL Central Scouting. The players (and parents) will also take part in a mandatory NCAA education and compliance seminar that is a must for the college-bound player.
As for the standings, with this being the halfway point, teams need to start taking a long look at the standings to start to figure out who is going to contend to be a part of the 2016 NA3HL Silver Cup Playoffs.
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In the Central Division, the Chicago Jr. Bulldogs will search for their first win of the season either Friday in Wisconsin or Saturday in Rochester.
In the East Division, the division-leading Metro Jets, who lead the division by eight points have two games against Wooster and Toledo. Toledo will also face West Michigan. Wooster will also face West Michigan after playing Metro. Pittsburgh and Southern Tier have just one game on Friday.
In the Frontier Division, Gillette and Bozeman will square off in an entertaining series. Division-leading Great Falls hosts Glacier on Friday. Glacier turns around to host Helena on Saturday. The Bighorns will be at Billings on Friday. The Bulls will take to the road on Saturday at Yellowstone.
In the Midwest Division, Evansville searches for their first win of the season with two games in Peoria and Nashville will be in Cincinnati for a pair of games.
In the South Division, Sugar Land is in Louisiana for two games in a battle of teams separated by two points going back and forth for the final playoff spot. The other series features Texas at Euless with the Jr. Brahmas looking to take over the top spot in the South.
In the West Division, Twin City and Breezy Point play a home-and-home series on Friday and Saturday, while Minnesota is at Alexandria for a single game.
Outside of the Divisions has two incredible match-ups as four division leaders collide. West Division-leading Granite City is in North Iowa for two games against the Central Division-leading Bulls, who have won 18 games in a row. South Division-leading Point Mallard will be at Midwest Division-leading St. Louis for a pair of games.
FRI, DEC 11 Chicago vs Wisconsin
SAT, DEC 12 Chicago vs Rochester
FRI, DEC 11 Pittsburgh vs Southern Tier
SAT, DEC 12 West Michigan vs Toledo
SAT, DEC 12 Metro vs Wooster
SUN, DEC 13 Toledo vs Metro
SUN, DEC 13 Wooster vs West Michigan
FRI, DEC 11 Glacier vs Great Falls
FRI, DEC 11 Gillette vs Bozeman
FRI, DEC 11 Helena vs Billings
SAT, DEC 12 Gillette vs Bozeman
SAT, DEC 12 Helena vs Glacier
SAT, DEC 12 Billings vs Yellowstone
SAT, DEC 12 Evansville vs Peoria
SAT, DEC 12 Nashville vs Cincinnati
SUN, DEC 13 Evansville vs Peoria
SUN, DEC 13 Nashville vs Cincinnati
FRI, DEC 11 Sugar Land vs Louisiana
FRI, DEC 11 Texas vs Euless
SAT, DEC 12 Sugar Land vs Louisiana
SAT, DEC 12 Texas vs Euless
FRI, DEC 11 Twin City vs Breezy Point
SAT, DEC 12 Breezy Point vs Twin City
SAT, DEC 12 Minnesota vs Alexandria
Out of Division
FRI, DEC 11 Granite City vs North Iowa
SAT, DEC 12 Point Mallard vs St. Louis
SAT, DEC 12 Granite City vs North Iowa
SUN, DEC 13 Point Mallard vs St. Louis