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2017 USPHL Junior Hockey Playoff Update #RoadtotheCup

By Mike Klein, 02/27/17, 8:00PM EST



The USPHL Elite Division playoffs enter the semifinal round with a trip to Boston on the line for the winners.
The New York Aviators won their Wednesday play-in game against the Bay State Breakers, setting up a showdown with the division-winning Islanders Hockey Club, who took the series in a sweep.
Other North Division action saw the Junior Bruins sweep the Rochester Monarchs, the Syracuse Stars eliminate the Jersey Hitmen, and the South Shore Kings drop the PAL Jr. Islanders in a sweep.
In the South Division, the Charlotte Rush logged a sweep over the Richmond Generals. The Hampton Roads Whalers also knocked off the Florida Eels in two games, setting up a showdown this weekend between two teams locked in a season-long battle.
The Midwest Division got underway on Wednesday, beginning with the Chicago Cougars series against the Forest Lake Lakers. After dropping the opening contest, the Cougars won two hard-fought games to advance.
Division Champion Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings swept the Detroit Fighting Irish, and the Steele County Blades knocked off the River Falls Renegades in two games.
This week, the Dells Ducks host the Steele County Blades and the Chicago Cougars visit the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings.
Check back on for the full schedule of this week’s games.


The 2017 USP3HL playoffs got underway for all four divisions last week, with three teams advancing to the finals in Marlborough and three more earning berths in the semifinal round.
On Tuesday, the Eugene Generals knocked off the Seattle Ravens and completed the sweep on Friday for the right to represent the Pacific Division in the Finals.
In the South Division, the Florida Jr. Blades continued their impressive season with a sweep of the Atlanta Jr. Knights.
Meanwhile, the Charlotte Rush picked up a sweep of their own against the Hampton Roads Whalers on Thursday and Friday.
In the Midwest Division, the Alpena Flyers eliminated the Ironwood Yoopers, the Motor City Hawks swept the Kalkaska Rhinos, and the Decatur Blaze ended the Tri-City Icehawks’ season.
This coming week, the Decatur Blaze host the Alpena Flyers and the Traverse City North Stars welcome the Motor City Hawks. Both series begin on Friday, March 3.
In the North Division, the Islanders Hockey Club swept the Jersey Shore Whalers on Friday and Saturday. In the other series, the Jersey Hitmen dropped the opening game to the Junior Bruins but regrouped for wins on Sunday and Monday to advance to the divisional final.
The Hitmen and Islanders will play this week for a spot in the final round.