The NWJHL regular season has 4 weeks left and the race for playoff positions are tightening up.
This past week saw the 3 of the 7 games go to extra time. 5 of the 7 games decided by 1 goal. Its safe to say that the competitiveness is rising with playoffs on the arisen
In a clash of the leagues top two teams, the Huskies took down the Vipers 2-1 despite being outshout by the Vipers 38-33. The Vipers bounced back with two wins, first beating the Navigators 6-1 then shutting out the Kings 3-0. The Vipers next contest is Friday when they host the Flyers.
The Flyers past week saw them go to OT in both of their games. First they dropped a 5-4 decision to the Navigators but bounced back to beat the Kodiaks 3-2 the following day.
While the Kodiaks went 0-2 on the weekend, they very well could have been on the winning side. Each game seperated by 1 goal, and the second game was dropped in OT to the Flyers
The Navigators split their week going 1-1, they picked up their 7th win of the season when they beat the Flyers in OT. However it was a different story the following day when they dropped a 6-1 game to the Vipers.
The Kings went 1-2 over the week, very well could have been 2-1. The Kings took the lead over the Huskies with about 90 seconds left in regulation before giving up the tieing goal with 27 seconds left. They would then drop the game in a Shootout.
The Huskies have clinched the top spot in league and will have home ice advantage throughout the Playoffs. This is the Huskies 4th* straight season finishing in the top spot.
The Vipers magic number to clinch 2nd and a first round playoff bye is 7 points. This could be locked up by the end of the month as the Vipers play the Kings twice more. The Kings are currently in 3rd trying to chase down the Vipers