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NA3HL Weekend Preview: Division Finals

March 23, 2018
It is the final weekend before the 2018 NA3HL Fraser Cup Championship, which will take place at Canlan Ice Sports in Romeoville, Illinois from March 27-31.
This weekend sees the conclusion of the remaining seven Division Finals series. The New England Stars became the first team to punch their Fraser Cup ticket as they won the Coastal Division playoff title thanks to a 1-0 win in Game 2 on Thursday night, sweeping their series against the L/A Nordiques.
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All games broadcast live on HockeyTV
Division Finals Series
Central Division: #1 North Iowa Bulls vs. #2 La Crosse Freeze
Coastal Division: New England wins series, 2-0
East Division: #1 Metro Jets vs. #2 Pittsburgh Vengeance (Metro leads series, 1-0)
Frontier Division: #1 Yellowstone Quake vs. #3 Helena Bighorns
Midwest Division: #1 St. Louis Jr. Blues vs. #2 Peoria Mustangs (St. Louis leads series, 1-0)
Northeast Division: #1 Binghamton Junior Senators vs. #2 Niagara Falls PowerHawks
South Division: #1 Texas Brahmas vs. #3 Mid-Cities Jr. Stars (Texas leads series, 1-0)
West Division: #1 Granite City Lumberjacks vs. #2 New Ulm Steel
Friday, March 23
Niagara Falls at Binghamton - 7:00 PM EDT
New Ulm at Granite City - 7:30 PM CDT
Texas at Mid Cities - 7:30 PM CDT
La Crosse at North Iowa - 7:30 PM CDT
Helena at Yellowstone - 7:30 PM MDT
Saturday, March 24
St. Louis at Peoria - 6:00 PM CDT
Pittsburgh at Metro - 7:30 PM EDT
Binghamton at Niagara Falls - 6:30 PM CDT
North Iowa at La Crosse - 7:00 PM CDT
Granite City at New Ulm - 7:10 PM CDT
Yellowstone at Helena - 7:05 PM MDT
Sunday, March 25
Mid Cities at Texas - 11:05 AM CDT*
Niagara Falls at Binghamton - 12:30 PM EDT*
Pittsburgh at Metro - 12:45 PM EDT*
New Ulm at Granite City - 3:00 PM CDT*
Peoria at St. Louis - 5:00 PM CDT*
Helena at Yellowstone - 5:00 PM MDT*
La Crosse at North Iowa - 7:30 PM CDT*
*If Necessary
Fraser Cup Championship Tournament format
The eight divisional playoff champions will advance to the NA3HL Fraser Cup Championship Tournament, where they will play a three- game round-robin format followed by a semi-final and a championship game at Canlan Ice Sports in Romeoville, Illinois, from March 27-31. The eight divisional playoff winners will be seeded 1-8 based on their regular season point totals. A round-robin format with two pools will be implemented, with the top two teams in each pool advancing to the Semi-Finals, where they will then cross over to play the other top two teams from the other pool. The winners of the Semi-Finals will advance to the Silver Cup Championship Game. In the event of a tie after round-robin play, a tiebreaking procedure adopted in the rules and regulations shall be used to break the tie.
Pool A: #1, #4, #5, #8
Pool B: #2, #3, #6, #7
Tuesday, March 27: 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6, 4 vs. 5
Wednesday, March 28: 1 vs. 5, 2 vs. 6, 3 vs. 7, 4 vs. 8
Thursday, March 29: 1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3, 5 vs. 8, 6 vs. 7
Friday, March 30: Pool A 1st place vs. Pool B 2nd place, Pool B 1st place vs. Pool A 2nd place
Saturday, March 31: Championship Game
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