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2021 - 22 USPHL Premier Playoffs

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    The Rockets Hockey Club, of Bridgewater, N.J., won the USPHL Premier Division Championship, with a 3-2 victory over the Metro Jets, of Mount Clemens, Mich., on Tuesday. 

    In winning, the Rockets became the first non-Southeast Division team to win the Championship since the current USPHL Premier Division's inception in 2017. 

    Anders Grongstad got the scoring going with the Metro Jets in the first period, and the 1-0 lead stood after the first period. 

    The Rockets mostly took charge from there. Tristan D'Elia and Tucker Forte scored the only two goals of the second period to hold a 2-1 lead after two periods. 

    The Rockets' leading scorer Nick Cyprian (77 points during the regular season) scored what stood up as the game-winning goal with 9:55 remaining on the clock.

    Dakota Kott scored for the Jets with 6:53 remaining to make things very interesting! 

    However, behind the goaltending of Liam Gross and his 36 saves on 38 shots, the Rockets held on and ground out the biggest victory in the history of their Premier team.

    Congratulations to Head Coach Jason Kilcoyne and all the Rockets players on winning the 2022 USPHL Premier National Championship.  

    The Metro Jets and Rockets Hockey Club reached the USPHL Premier Championship Game Presented By GMU Sport on Tuesday, March 29, at 1 p.m. 

    The Jets handily defeated their semifinal opponent the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights to advance. 

    On the other side of the bracket, it was the Rockets Hockey Club defeated the Florida Eels, 3-2. 

    The USPHL wishes the best of luck to the Rockets Hockey Club and the Metro Jets! 

    The 2021-22 USPHL Premier National Championships Presented By GMU Sport has reached the semifinal stage. 

    The Sunday quarterfinals saw several close match-ups throughout the day. In the first set of games, the Metro Jets came back late from being down 1-0 for most of the game to win 2-1 against their Great Lakes Division rivals the Toledo Cherokee. 

    The first-year Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights defeated the Minnesota Blue Ox in overtime, 2-1. 

    The Rockets Hockey Club came up with a 5-3 victory over the host team, the Northern Cyclones. 

    The capper for Sunday night earned Instant Classic status. The matchup of the two 2021 Finalists saw the Florida Eels defeat the former National Champion Charlotte Rush 2-1 in overtime.

    These results set up a noontime matchup between the Metro Jets and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights; and the 3 p.m. semifinal will see the Florida Eels take on the Rockets Hockey Club. 

    The winners meet on Tuesday at 1 p.m. for the 2022 USPHL Premier National Championship Game Presented By GMU Sport. 

    The Premier bracket is set for Day 2, and there's a lot of cards up in the air, while for some teams there is the certainty of play beyond Sunday. 

    In Pool A, the Jets and the WBS Knights are set to move on to quarterfinals, while in Pool D, it's the Minnesota Blue Ox and Toledo Cherokee playing for pride and seeding on Saturday.

    Three teams have two spots in their eyesights in Pool B, and it's the same situation in Pool C. 

     

    Day 1 is in the books, and it took pretty much the entire day to do so. 

    In Pool A, the Metro Jets and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights won close games. Pool B saw the 2021 Finalist Florida Eels skate lithely past a tough Chicago Cougars team, while the Rockets Hockey Club asserted their dominance in Game 1. 

    Pool C saw commanding efforts by the Defending National Champion Charlotte Rush and the Utah Outliers. The Toledo Cherokee started with a slim 2-1 victory in Pool D, and the Minnesota Blue Ox's margin of victory was only one goal better.  

    The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights will be heading to Hudson, N.H., in their inaugural season. 

    It is no small feat to field a successful team in an organization’s first year, let alone make it to the National Championship. 

    The sole representative from the Atlantic West Division, the Knights earned a league-high 80 points over 44 regular season games before defeating both the Buffalo Stampede and Utica Jr. Comets in the regional playoffs. 

    The Knights dominated on the offensive end during the regular season with nearly 20 players in double-digit points, and look to leverage this depth against a tough playoff pool. Goalie Tade Carman (15-2-1, .938 SV%, 2.05 GAA) will be tested heavily against the best skaters the USPHL has to offer. 

    Wilkes-Barre has had a target on their back for the entire season, and have only elevated their status with solid play against teams outside of their division, including a perfect 4-0 during the USPHL Winter Showcase. 

    The danger in playing the Knights can be measured by looking at those four games. Three of the four games were played against Dan K Show Top 10 teams. In those three games, the Knight gave up only three goals while scoring 11. 

    The Knights’ success against the top teams in the USPHL is well recognized, but after a long season on top of the mountain, will Wilkes-Barre/Scranton be able to handle the pressure of their first run at the USPHL National Tournament? 

     

    Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

    Regular Season: 39-3-1-0, 80 points

    Round Robin Schedule

    All Games At Cyclones Arena, Hudson, N.H.

    All Times EST

    Game 1: Thursday, March 24, 2022, vs. Islanders Hockey Club, 1:15 p.m.

    Game 2: Friday, March 25, vs. Florida Jr. Blades, 8:45 p.m. 

    Game 3: Saturday, March 26, vs. Metro Jets, 3:30 p.m. 

     

    Team Notes

    Regular Season 

    • The Knights come into USPHL Nationals a combined 19-1-0-1 in their last 21 regular season and playoff games. 

    • The Knights have the fourth highest goal differential in the USPHL Premier with +139. 

    • WBS has won 4 games in OT this year, including a playoff win against Utica Jr Comets to send them to Nationals.  

    • This season, the Knights have averaged a +3.16 goal differential.


    Playoffs

    • The Knights swept both playoff opponents (Buffalo Stampede and Utica Jr. Comets) in 2 games, with a total goal differential of +15. 

     

    Player Notes

    Regular Season

    • The Knights’ leading scorer was Teague Porter (34-38-72 in 42 games), a left wing year ‘02.

    •  Tade Carman tied for fourth in save percentage at .938 and finished 10th in goals against average at 2.05. 

     

    Playoffs

    • Jaiz Barner lead the Knights in Divisional Playoff scoring, with four goals and four assists for eight points in four games. 

    • Kelson Hooper and Joseph Weise averaged just a 0.50 goals against average between them in their two playoff games. 

     

    USPHL Premier Division Playoff Format
    2021-22 Season

    Each team’s 28-man playoff roster must be declared by February 10, 2022

    Midwest West and New England Conferences:
    Top 8 teams make the playoffs:

    Higher seed maintains home ice throughout

    Round 1: Best-of-3 Series: Week ending March 6, 2022

    • No. 1 hosts No. 8
    • No. 2 hosts No. 7
    • No. 3 hosts No. 6
    • No. 4 hosts No. 5

    Round 2: Best-of-3 Series
    Week ending March 13, 2022

    • Highest remaining seed hosts Lowest remaining seed
    • Second-highest remaining seed hosts Third-highest remaining seed
    • Winners advance to the Nationals (Hudson, NH). March 24-29, 2022

     

    Midwest East Conference:

    Top 7 teams make the playoffs:
    Round 1:
    No. 1 gets a bye
    Higher seed maintains home ice throughout

    Best-of-3 Series: Week ending March 6, 2022

    • No. 2 hosts No. 7
    • No. 3 hosts No. 6
    • No. 4 hosts No. 5

    Round 2: Best-of-3 Series
    Week ending March 13, 2022

    • No. 1 hosts Lowest remaining seed
    • Second highest remaining seed hosts third highest remaining seed
    • Winners advance to the Nationals (Hudson, NH). March 24-29, 2022

    Great Lakes Conference

    Top 6 teams make the playoffs:
    No. 1 and No. 2 get a First Round bye
    Higher seed hosts 1st and 3rd games, Lower seed hosts 2nd game.


    Round 1: Best-of-3 Series, Week ending March 6, 2022

    • No. 4 plays No. 5
    • No. 3 plays No. 6

    Round 2: Best-of-3 Series
    Week ending March 13, 2022
    No. 1 plays Lowest remaining seed
    No. 2 plays third highest remaining seed
    Winners advance to the Nationals (Hudson, N.H.), March 24-29, 2022

    Florida and Southeast Conferences:

    Top 4 teams in each conference make the playoffs:
    Higher seed maintains home ice advantage throughout

    Round One: Best-of-3 Series
    Week ending March 13, 2022

    • No. 1 plays No. 4
    • No. 2 plays No. 3

    Winners advance to the Nationals (Hudson, N.H.), March 24-29, 2022

    Florida Conference: All playoff games played at AdventHealth Center Ice (Wesley Chapel, Fla. )

    Southeast Conference: All games played at Xtreme Ice (Charlotte, N.C.)

    Atlantic East, Atlantic West and Pacific Conferences:

    Top 4 teams make the playoffs:

    Higher seed maintains home ice throughout

    Round 1: Best-of-3 Series
    Week ending March 6, 2022

    • No. 1 hosts No. 4
    • No. 2 hosts No. 3

    Round 2: Best-of-3 Series
    Week ending March 13, 2022

    • Higher remaining seed hosts lower remaining seed
    • Winner advances to the Nationals (Hudson, N.H.), March 24-29, 2022

     

    Mountain Conference

    All 5 teams make the playoffs:
    Higher seed maintains home ice throughout
    Round 1: Best-of-3 Series
    Week ending March 6, 2022
    • No. 4 hosts No. 5

    Round 2: Best-of-3 Series
    Week ending March 13, 2022
    • No. 1 hosts Winner Round 1
    • No. 2 hosts No. 3

    Round 3: Best-of-3 Series
    Week ending March 19, 2022
    • Lower remaining seed hosts higher remaining seed
    • Winner advances to the Nationals (Hudson, NH). March 24-29, 2022

     

    ALL GAMES IN ALL DIVISIONS WILL BE PLAYED 5-on-5 UNTIL A WINNER IS DETERMINED (20-minute Sudden Death Overtime format).

    BREAKING TIES in STANDINGS: The following shall be the order considered:

                   i.     Most Points

                   ii.    Most points achieved Head to Head

                   iii.   Most wins

                   iv.   Goals for minus goals against

                   v.    Lowest penalty minutes 

                  vi.   Coin Toss
    In cases where teams play a different number of League games, winning percentage shall replace Most Points in the hierarchy and iv. and v. shall be averaged.

    USPHL Premier National Championships
    (March 24-29, 2022)

    Round Robin (March 24-26, Cyclones Arena, Hudson, N.H.)
     

    16-Team format with 4 round robin pools.

    Pool A) Great Lakes #1, Florida #2, New England #2, Atlantic West
    Pool B) Florida #1, Midwest East # 1, Midwest West #2, Atlantic East
    Pool C) New England #1, Southeast #1, Midwest East #2, Mountain
    Pool D) Southeast #2, Midwest West #1, Great Lakes #2, Pacific

    Round Robin games cannot end in a tie. There will be a SINGLE 5-Minute 3-on-3 sudden death OT in Round Robin games where teams change ends. At the end of the OT if the score remains tied, the teams will go into a 3-man shootout, like the regular season. If the score remains tied, the teams will convert to a sudden death shootout like regular season until a winner is determined.

    Round Robin game points will be awarded as follows: 3 points for a regulation win, 2 points for an overtime win or shootout win, and 1 point for overtime loss.

    Standings and Tiebreakers
    In round robin and subsequent play, when standings are required to determine placement, the following shall be used in order to determine the ranking:
    1. Most Points
    2. Most points achieved Head-to-Head assuming all tied teams played each other.
    3. Most regulation wins
    4. GF/(GF+GA) with the higher percentage winning the tie breaker.
    5. Lowest penalty minutes
    6. Coin Toss

    Quarterfinals March 27, 2022 (Cyclones Arena)
    A1 vs D2, Group 1
    D1 vs A2, Group 1
    B1 vs C2, Group 2
    C1 vs B2, Group 2

    Semi-finals March 28, 2022 (Cyclones Arena)
    Group 1 Winners play in Semi-Final 1.
    Group 2 Winners play in Semi-Final 2.

    Championship March 29, 2022 (Cyclones Arena)
    Winners of the semi-finals advance to the Championship

    If tied after regulation play, Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championship games will have consecutive 20-minute sudden-death overtime periods, with teams changing ends each period, until a winner is declared.

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