Games of the Week
Posted September 25th, 2020
Block off your weekend plans for these heavyweight matchups.
Each week, we’ll feature some of the top matchups at the ’04, ’05 and ’06 age levels across youth hockey. Follow @WorldHkyHub on Twitter and @worldhockeyhub on Instagram to track all the action and join in the conversation in real-time, as we do a deep dive into games every week.
Getting us started on Friday afternoon is a neutral site matchup between the 15O teams, as the Dallas Stars Elite take on the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers in Nashville. Both were MyHockeyRankings Top 40 teams a season ago, as the Stars ranked 18th with a 40-16-1 record and the Jr. Flyers checked in at 34th with a 22-34-10 record.
These two teams haven’t met since December of 2018 (according to MyHockeyRankings), where the Jr. Flyers took a 2-0 decision at home. As they renew this series on Friday, we’ll tip the scales in DSE’s favor just slightly in a close one where the Stars lead wire-to-wire.
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Saturday keeps the action rolling early and often as the NJ Avalanche and Seacoast Performance Academy clash at 11 a.m. in a battle of two of the top American 16U teams.
Chase Pirtle and the Avs have started the season white hot with a 6-0-1 record, but the Spartans are no pushover with a 9-1-2 record of their own. SPA also finished the 2019-20 season among the Top 15 teams in the U.S., and is primed to climb the rankings again.
Between Pirtle, Quentin Musty and Nathan Lewis, the Avs might have too much firepower for the Spartans to handle. It’s close early but watch NJ pull away as the game drags on.
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Concluding our Games of the Week will be the Boston Jr. Eagles and New Jersey Colonials in a 1:20 p.m. matinee. These two teams finished first and second in the national rankings just a season ago, and both are capable of returning to the top of MyHockeyRankings as the season gets underway.
These two teams met five times in 2019-20, with a 2-2-1 evenly-matched season series record. Two of those games went to overtime and all five were decided by two goals or less.
We fully expect it to be just as highly competitive this weekend and overtime is never out of the question with these two. Give us the Junior Eagles in an exciting, back-and-forth tilt.
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