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NAHL Weekend Preview

October 26, 2018
It’s another packed schedule of 24 NAHL games this weekend as players have a couple more chances to make an impression in the month of October.
 
Teams are approaching the quarter point of the regular season and the jockeying in the standings continues this weekend with several intriguing match-ups.
 
The NAHL had another NCAA Division I commitment this week and this season’s total is now at 91 commitments.
 
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In the Central Division, the team with the NAHL’s best record, the Austin Bruins, go out of the division this week as they play a home-and-home series against the Chippewa Steel. The Steel are in last place in the Midwest Division and mired in the midst of a 10-game losing streak. Right behind the Bruins in the Central with the league’s 2nd best record is the Aberdeen Wings, who will face the Bismarck Bobcats in a home-and-home series. The Wings enter the series with a 6-0-1 mark in their last seven games. The Minnesota Wilderness will try and snap their two-game slide as they host the Janesville Jets from the Midwest Division. The final series in the Central features the Minot Minotauros on the road to face the Brookings Blizzard. 
 
In the East Division, the 1st place Johnstown Tomahawks look to widen their lead in the East as they put their three-game winning streak on the line as they host the Northeast Generals on Saturday and Sunday. The 2nd place New Jersey Titans will have their hands full this weekend as they host the Maryland Black Bears for two games. The Black Bears sit just two points back of the Titans for 2nd place and have lost just three games in regulation in their last 10 games. The final series has the Jamestown Rebels hosting the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, with the Knights looking to snap a three-game losing streak.
 
In the Midwest, the division-leading Minnesota Magicians look to build off their 5-1 win on Thursday with two more games in Springfield against the Jr. Blues. The Magicians have a Top 5 defense in the NAHL, allowing just 2.36 goals against per game. Thanks to a five-game winning streak, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs have climbed into 4th place and into playoff position as they put their winning streak on the line this weekend in Kansas against the South Division’s Topeka Pilots. A pair of teams, Kenai River and Janesville, are tied for 2nd place with 17 points. The Brown Bears are in South Texas to take on the Corpus Christi IceRays, while the Jets are in Cloquet, Minnesota to take on the Wilderness. Meanwhile, the Chippewa Steel will have their hands full as they try to snap a 10-game slide against the Austin Bruins.
 
In the South Division, the Amarillo Bulls will look to hold on to their slim lead in the South Division with a Battle of the Cattle series at Lone Star against the Brahmas. The other South Division series takes place in Odessa as the last place Jackalopes look to snap a three-game losing streak as they host the Shreveport Mudbugs. Outside the division, the Topeka Pilots will have their hands full with a home series against Fairbanks, as the Pilots sit just one point out of 1st place, while the Corpus Christi IceRays will host the Kenai River Brown Bears.
 
FRI, OCTOBER 26
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Jamestown - 7:05 PM EDT
Maryland at New Jersey - 7:45 PM EDT
Minot at Brookings - 7:05 PM CDT
Kenai River at Corpus Christi - 7:05 PM CDT
Janesville at MN Wilderness - 7:05 PM CDT
MN Magicians at Springfield - 7:05 PM CDT
Fairbanks at Topeka - 7:05 PM CDT
Austin at Chippewa - 7:10 PM CDT
Shreveport at Odessa - 7:11 PM CDT
Aberdeen at Bismarck - 7:15 PM CDT
Amarillo at Lone Star - 7:30 PM CDT
 
SAT, OCTOBER 27
Northeast at Johnstown - 7:00 PM EDT
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Jamestown - 7:05 PM EDT
MN Magicians at Springfield - 6:05 PM CDT
Maryland at New Jersey - 7:30 PM EDT
Chippewa at Austin - 7:05 PM CDT
Minot at Brookings - 7:05 PM CDT
Kenai River at Corpus Christi - 7:05 PM CDT
Fairbanks at Topeka - 7:05 PM CDT
Shreveport at Odessa - 7:11 PM CDT
Bismarck at Aberdeen - 7:15 PM CDT
Amarillo at Lone Star - 7:30 PM CDT
Janesville at MN Wilderness - 7:35 PM CDT
 
SUN, OCTOBER 28
Northeast at Johnstown - 5:00 PM EDT
 
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