The NPHL entered into it’s final week of the 2013-2014 regular season with just one thing left to be decided. That one thing involves the Dawson Creek Canucks and the Spirit River Rangers who are locked in a battle for third place in the NPHL’s Western Division.
Currently the Rangers own a one point lead over Dawson with two games remaining, one against the Canucks on Thursday night and one more against the Grande Prairie Athletics this Saturday.
Everything else is set.
In the West Grande Prairie will finish first and Fort St. John will be second following GP’s 7 to 5 win over the Flyers this past Saturday night.
The East, set as well, enjoyed some surprising news this past week when the NPHL Executive denied Lakeland’s chance to partake in the playoffs this year. The Eagles have struggled with player consistency all year long and this past weekend was the final straw as they were given notice they would not be apart of the NPHL playoff season this year. The news marked the second team folding in two weeks as the Hythe Mustangs ceased operations in January.
Instead the last place High Prairie Regals will take their place. Unfortunately for them they get the privilege of playing the first place Manning Comets, a team that beat them 22 to 2 this past weekend.
The other Eastern matchup will see the Grimshaw Huskies play the Falher Pirates. Both these two teams will play each other twice to close out the regular season leading into their best of seven opening round next week.
NPHL playoffs are expected to begin Tuesday or Thursday next week.