A few key playoff battles to watch down the stretch
As we sat down to highlight some of the key battles in the WRHL coming down the stretch, 5 out of 8 games last Tuesday were decided by only 1 goal with another game finishing by a 2-goal margin with four lead changes over the course of the year.
5 out of 8 games last Tuesday were decided by only 1 goal with another game finishing by a 2-goal margin with four lead changes throughout the game.
These close games have become more and more normal as division battles heat up in the final weeks before the WRHL playoffs.
Here are a few scenarios to keep an eye on down the stretch:
Right now, 4 of the 5 teams in Division 2 are fighting over securing a first round bye. With spots 1-3 securing a bye, Nature Boys and Peguis Warchiefs are jockeying for position while Saulteaux Nation Chiefs and Millionaires could still swap out of their current positions.
The Feb 27 clash between Nature Boys and Peguis Warchiefs is one to keep tabs on!
The race for the #1 seed is alive and strong in Division 6, with four different teams being within reach of the #1 seed at the moment. Keep an eye on the Dark Knipes, who are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games to propel them to #3. A key game on Feb 27 against the Swedes may keep their regular season divisional hopes alive with a win!
With all 6 teams in Division 9 having win percentages (in-division) between .409 and .667, everything remains up for grabs across the entire division with two weeks remaining in the season.
With the #3, #4, and #5 seeds all having an even .500 in-division record on the season, there could still be lots of movement in Division 10 down the stretch as teams jockey for playoff positioning. A March 1 showdown between the Hounds and Naturals could be pivotal in the battle for the #2 seed.
Five out of six teams sit with .500 or better in-division winning percentages in Division 14, meaning that nothing is set going into the final few games for each teams.