The New Jersey 87's will look to send a pair of teams to Providence, Rhode Island as the EHL and EHLP playoffs are underway. Both squads have clinched the number one seed in the Mid-Atlantic Conference and will have to win a best-of-three series to punch a ticket to Schneider Arena in the campus of Providence College.
Premier team overtakes Little Flyers for 1st place
With two games remaining in the regular season, the 87's Premier team was right behind the first-place Philadelphia Little Flyers of the Mid-Atlantic Conference. They responded by sweeping the Philadelphia Revolution in a home-and-home set, defeating the Revolution 9-3 in Philadelphia and 6-1 in Middletown. Ending the regular season on a seven-game winning streak, New Jersey leaped past the Little Flyers for the number one seed in the conference, setting up a best-of-three series against the New Jersey Renegades.
"This team has battled all year, we had a great battle with the Little Flyers so it was only fitting that it came down to the last weekend to see what team would be on top in the end. We were able to take care of business and get the two points we needed to jump them and prepare for playoffs as a one seed," Houli said. "It was an awesome effort by our guys, awesome effort all year and hopefully we get over the hump of getting to Providence and being a champion."
In the regular season, the 87's Premier team had a perfect 8-0-0 record against the Renegades, outscoring them by a total margin of 60-15. This will be the first time the Garden State rivals will face each other in the postseason, and the winner of that series will head to Providence for the EHLP Frozen Finals.
EHL squad enjoys bye week, prepares to face Jr. Flyers
For the second consecutive season, the 87's EHL team earned a bye week in the first round of the postseason. Last postseason the 87's went up against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. This year they will face the number six seed Philadelphia Jr. Flyers, after they upset the number three seed Connecticut RoughRiders in a two-game sweep.
The EHL team has a perfect 4-0-0 record against the Jr. Flyers, outscoring the team by a margin of 19-4 in that span. Similar to the Premier team, they'll need to win two games in a best-of-three series to advance to Providence.
Sunday Mar 15: vs. Philadelphia Jr. Flyers - 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday Mar 17: at Philadelphia Jr. Flyers - 12:00 p.m.
*Wednesday Mar 18: vs. Philadelphia Jr. Flyers - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday Mar 11: vs. New Jersey Renegades - 7:45 p.m.
Friday Mar 13: at New Jersey Renegades - 8:00 p.m.
*Sunday Mar 15: vs. New Jersey Renegades - 7:15 p.m.
* If necessary
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