It’s been said over and over again this year - anyone can beat anyone in the National Collegiate Development Conference this season.
So, in essence, every game has to be watched and followed, but there are six matchups below, between Friday and Sunday, that just arch the eyebrows that much more.
Fri., Jan. 4, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs vs. Boston Junior Bruins, noon
At lunchtime Friday, it all gets started with a battle between the second place Junior Bruins and third place Monarchs. The Monarchs enter on a 3-0-1 run.
Fri., Jan. 4, Connecticut Jr. Rangers vs. Syracuse Stars, 3 p.m.
The Rangers were one of the hottest teams in December, going 6-0-0-1, losing only in the shootout to the first place New Jersey Hitmen. The Syracuse Stars were undefeated in December, winning all four of their games, so this is a clash of two red-hot teams nice and early in the showcase.
Sat., Jan. 5, New Jersey Hitmen vs. Islanders Hockey Club, 2:10 p.m.
It’s always exciting when the prior season’s finalists get together, and the Hitmen enter USPHL Winter Showcase on a 13-0 winning streak and with a 10-point cushion at first place. The Islanders Hockey Club had one of their best runs of the season so far between November and December, going 6-4 over their last 10 games.
Sat., Jan. 5, Connecticut Jr. Rangers vs. Junior Bruins, 6 p.m.
The two head coaches of the NCDC National All-Star team go head-to-head in this second vs. fourth place battle. As aforementioned, the Rangers are on a massive run, and the Junior Bruins are fighting hard to keep their second place position.
Sun., Jan. 6, Syracuse Stars vs. Boston Bandits, 7:30 p.m.
The Stars, on a 4-0 run, contend with a Boston Bandits team that has been a top four contender all season long, and has had some impressive point streaks of its own.
Sun., Jan. 6, Northern Cyclones vs. Connecticut Jr. Rangers, 8:30 p.m.
The Cyclones were in 12th place at the end of Thanksgiving, but have surged in a major way since then, moving up to seventh and earning points in their last six straight games before the holiday break. They face the Rangers in what should be a massive battle of two teams hoping to keep their momentum going at full speed.