Saturday, April 14, 2007

Final Games of the Regular Season

It's been a very competitive season. The East had a very tight battle between the top 4 teams for awhile, but eventually Cedar Rapids and Waterloo broke away from the pack. In the West, it was a much tighter race throughout the entire division. Though everyone makes the playoffs, it was still an exciting finish to see who was going to place where.

Lincoln Stars @ Omaha Lancers

The Lancers currently lead Lincoln by 2 points for the division lead, and trail Waterloo by 1 point for the Anderson Cup race. This is going to be a very exciting game and both teams should be playing at their best. If Lincoln can come out on top in regulation, they will be the #1 seed in the West and face Des Moines in the first round. If Omaha wins in regulation, they will be the #1 seed and face Des Moines. Omaha would also needs to hope that Cedar Rapids beats Waterloo in regulation to keep them in contention for Andy.

Tri-City Storm @ Sioux Falls Stampede

Sioux Falls can't finish any higher or lower than their current 4th place standing. The Storm, however, have a chance to move up to 2nd place with a win and a Lincoln regulation loss. This game could be a preview of their 1st round match-up.

Waterloo Black Hawks @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

In arguably the biggest game tonight, the Black Hawks will try to win the Anderson Cup, Corridor Cup, and the East division title tonight in Cedar Rapids. For those who don't know, the Corridor Cup is a trophy presented to the winner of the season series between these two teams. If Waterloo loses in regulation, then Cedar Rapids will win the East division title and would clinch at least a share of the Anderson Cup. If Cedar Rapids wins in OT or a shootout, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo will clinch a share of the Anderson Cup. If Omaha were to win, to go along with a Cedar Rapids OT victory, we could see 3 teams being able to stake claim to Andy this year.

These games are definitely the ones you will want to keep an eye on tonight, as they all carry the most importance. It could be the first time in the history of the USHL where there are 3 teams sharing the regular season trophy.

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