NAHL Weekend Preview
January 8, 2016
The NAHL gets back into action this weekend as the halfway point of the 2015-16 regular season has come and gone.
This weekend offers several intriguing out of division match-ups along with a couple big divisional games.
Just two weekends of games remain for positioning for spots for the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. The breakdown is listed here
Aberdeen @ Austin – Aberdeen is riding one of their better stretches of the season, having won three of their last four games, while the Bruins have lost three of their last four. However, as season series go, it has been all Austin this season. They have won all four games against Aberdeen so far this season, outscoring the Wings 17-4 in the process.
Bismarck vs. Minot (home and home) – The Bobcats are one of the hottest teams in the league thanks to a 8-1-1 run in their last 10 games, which has moved them into a 1st place tie atop the Central Division. The two teams have played seven games to date against one another with the Bobcats holding a 4-3 edge. Minot has dropped their last three in a row.
New Jersey vs. Aston (home and home) – 1st place in the East Division is on the line this weekend as Aston and New Jersey square off in a home and home series. Both teams are tied atop the East Division with 40 points. New Jersey hasn’t played a game since December 19th, while the Rebels are coming off a weekend split with Fairbanks. The two teams have met just four times to date with the Rebels holding a 3-1 edge.
Springfield @ Coulee Region – Thanks to a 6-1-1 run in their last eight games and four wins in a row, the Jr. Blues have pushed themselves up the Midwest standings into 3rd place, just one point out of 2nd place. The Chill, who have won three of their last four games, still have a lot of work to do to get back in the playoff race as they sit 14 points out of the 4th spot. In the six games played to date between the two teams, the Jr. Blues hold a 4-2 edge.
Corpus Christi @ Wichita Falls – With an eight point lead atop the South Division, the Wildcats share the biggest division lead in the NAHL. While the Wildcats saw their winning streak come to an end before Christmas, they swept Amarillo last weekend. They will face an IceRays team that has the longest winning streak in the league currently at five straight games. However, it has been all Wildcats in the season series this year thus far as they have won all five games.
Odessa @ Lone Star – The Jackalopes are looking to get back on track after they have fallen five points back of the final playoff spot in the South. Odessa has won just one of their last 10 games. The Brahmas are in 2nd place in the South thanks to a 5-1-1 run in their last seven outings. The two teams split a series in Odessa last weekend with the Jacks winning on Friday, 3-2, and the Brahmas winning on Saturday, 6-2 in what was their first meeting of the year.
Out of Division
Fairbanks @ Johnstown – The Ice Dogs enjoy an eight-point lead atop the Midwest Division and wrap-up their Eastern roadtrip with a visit to Johnstown. Fairbanks is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and swept the Tomahawks in Fairbanks back on October 30-31. Johnstown sits just two points behind 1st place in the East thanks to a 7-3 record in their last 10 games. Tomahawks forward Andrew Romano has five points in his last five games.
Kenai River @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – The Knights enter the weekend looking for their first set of back-to-back wins since early November. Since that point the Knights have followed a win with a loss. This is their first meeting of the season against the Brown Bears, who are still looking to get off their current skid, which has reached 29 straight games without a win. Knights forward Braden Brown has six goals in his last five games.
Brookings @ Janesville – After a big stretch of success in November and December, the Jets enter the weekend on their first two-game slide since November 6-7. The Blizzard are also looking to get back on tracking having won just once in their last seven outings. This is the second series of the year between the two teams, as they split a series back in Brookings on December 4-5. Jets forward Cullen Munson has six points (all assists) in his last five games.
Minnesota Wilderness vs. Minnesota Magicians (home and home) – The Minnesota rivals Wilderness and Magicians tangle in a home-and-home series this weekend. In the season series to date, the Wilderness hold a 4-1 edge. The Wilderness snapped a three-game skid with a 4-2 win Thursday night over the Austin Bruins. The Magicians have dropped three of their last four games. Will Ulirch has started the last nine games in goal for the Magicians.