If the Bears win out this weekend they will clinch home ice advantage for the ENTIRE playoffs. The other teams in position for that honor are Manitoba and Milwaukee. Manitoba is tied with Hershey with 104 points with only 2 games to go while Milwaukee is at 105 but only 1 game remaining.
And thanks to some help from other places last night the Bears magic number in the division is 3. All they need is a win and overtime or shootout loss and they clinch the division. Obviously we are hoping for more but that is the minimum.
Wilkes Barre-Scranton lost last night in overtime and are 4 points back with 3 to go and Bridgeport is 2 back with 2 to go.
The fourth place race also heated up last night as Philly lost in a shootout while Bingo won in overtime. They are now tied for 4th and each team has 2 games remaining.
Now Hershey's games against Philly this weekend are even more critical for both teams. Hershey needs the wins to get home ice throughout and Philly needs to win just to make the playoffs.
IF Hershey can win both over the Phantoms then in order for Philly to make the playoffs they would have to see Bingo lose both their remaining games as Philly holds the tiebreakers.
How exciting is this final weekend shaping up to be? I am pumped and it is only Thursday!!
LET'S GO BEARS!!!!