The Chicago Hitmen, Peoria Mustangs, Quad City Jr. Flames and Queen City Steam have advanced to the Hurster Cup Finals after winning their respective first-round, best-of-three playoff series last weekend.
The Jr. Flames downed the St. Louis Jr. Blues, 2 games to 1, to advance, while the Mustangs bested the Toledo Cherokee, 2 games to 1.
The Hitmen swept the Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins, 2 games to 0, and the Steam skated to a 2-games-to-0 series win over the Toledo Cherokee.
At the Hurster Cup Finals, which will take place from March 24-27 in Toledo, Ohio, the four participating teams will play a three-game round robin from March 24-26 with the top two teams at the conclusion of the round robin (most points) advancing to the Hurster Cup championship game, which will be played on March 27.
The two teams that advance to the championship game will earn a berth to the USA Hockey Tier III National Tournament.