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NAHL Weekend Preview

December 13, 2019
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) gets back into a full slate of 26 games this weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as the halfway mark of the 2019-20 regular season approaches for most teams.
The NAHL is just two months away until the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, which will be held on February 17-28, 2020 in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Three more current NAHL players made NCAA commitments this past week, bringing the season total to 143 NCAA Division 1 commitments to date.
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1st place in the Central Division is up for grabs this weekend as the Bismarck Bobcats and Aberdeen Wings square off in a home-and-home series. The Wings hold a two-point edge over Bismarck for 1st place, but the Bobcats have played two fewer games. 3rd and 4th place also do battle this weekend as the 3rd place Minot Minotauros are on the road in Austin to face the 4th place Bruins. The final series features a home-and-home match-up between the Minnesota Wilderness and St. Cloud Blizzard, with both teams needing points to climb back in playoff position.
In the East Division, the New Jersey Titans put their NAHL-best 21-4-1 record on this line this weekend at home against the 2nd place Johnstown Tomahawks. 3rd place is up for grabs as the Maine Nordiques host the Maryland Black Bears for three games, and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights host the Jamestown Rebels for a pair of games. The Northeast Generals are idle.
In the Midwest Division, the battle for 1st place continues as the Kenai River Brown Bears and Fairbanks Ice Dogs look to rebound from losses on Thursday night as the Brown Bears are in Springfield for two more games against the Jr. Blues, while the Ice Dogs are in Janesville against two more games against the Jets. The final series features the Chippewa Steel and Minnesota Magicians facing one another in a home-and-home series.
In the South Division, the hottest team in the Division, the Topeka Pilots, who have won four straight games, host the Odessa Jackalopes, who have lost their last eight straight games. The Amarillo Bulls are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and look to close in on 1st place with a three-game series at home against the New Mexico Ice Wolves. The final series is a match-up of the 1st place Lone Star Brahmas against the 4th place Shreveport Mudbugs in Shreveport. The Corpus Christi IceRays are idle.
Maryland at Maine - 7:00 PM EST
Jamestown at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton - 7:00 PM EST
Johnstown at New Jersey - 7:30 PM EST
New Mexico at Amarillo - 7:05 PM CST
Minot at Austin - 7:05 PM CST
Fairbanks at Janesville - 7:05 PM CST
St. Cloud at MN Wilderness - 7:05 PM CST
Kenai River at Springfield - 7:05 PM CST
Odessa at Topeka - 7:05 PM CST
Lone Star at Shreveport - 7:11 PM CST
Bismarck at Aberdeen - 7:15 PM CST
Chippewa at MN Magicians - 7:15 PM CST
Jamestown at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton - 4:00 PM EST
Maryland at Maine - 7:00 PM EST
Johnstown at New Jersey - 7:00 PM EST
Kenai River at Springfield - 6:05 PM CST
New Mexico at Amarillo - 7:05 PM CST
Minot at Austin - 7:05 PM CST
Fairbanks at Janesville - 7:05 PM CST
Odessa at Topeka - 7:05 PM CST
MN Magicians at Chippewa - 7:10 PM CST
MN Wilderness at St. Cloud - 7:10 PM CST
Lone Star at Shreveport - 7:11 PM CST
Aberdeen at Bismarck - 7:15 PM CST
Maryland at Maine - 2:00 PM EST
New Mexico at Amarillo - 7:05 PM CST
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