Philadelphia Blazers National vs. Ashburn Xtreme – October 23, 10:00 AM
The undefeated Ashburn Xtreme (10-0-0) checks all of the boxes of a contending hockey team. High-powered offense, they have scored 103 scores, tops in the league. Fortified defense, they have conceded the fewest goals per game in the league at a measly figure of 1.4. The team is paced offensively by Bryan Wallace (31 G, 8 A) and Rylan MacCormick (26 G, 13 A). However, the Blazers (6-1-1) seek to disrupt this rhythm. They have won each of their last five games, including a perfect run of three games during the month of September. A tandem of Jackson Foster (9 G, 5 A) and Brennan McKee (4 G, 12 A) are the center of the Blazer attack and will look to cause problems for Ashburn’s defenders.
North Jersey Avalanche Blue vs. MYHA Blue – October 23, 11:50 AM
Likely the toughest test so far this season for the league leaders, undefeated MYHA Blue (12-0-0) will face upstart North Jersey (6-1-0) for each team’s first game of the showcase. MYHA owns a strong +43 goal differential over their hot start. MYHA turns to Braxton Menkiti to provide many of the points on the scoreboard, as he leads the league with 32 goals. Meanwhile, Cameron Augustoni provides the spark for the Avalanche, as he leads the team in goals (11) and points (14). North Jersey hopes to continue their stellar defensive play, as they are allowing fewer than 2 goals per game, on average. Either team can open their showcase slate with a loud statement.
New Jersey Stars Black vs. New Jersey Bandits – October 23, 1:00 PM
Good things happen to teams with good discipline. The Stars (4-4-1) and Bandits (5-3-0), two of the division’s more disciplined sides, will meet in this game. The Bandits lead the league in penalty minutes, only being assessed 24 PIM through their first nine games. Their strong will has kept them competitive against the league’s top competition, most notably MYHA Gold and Maryland Jr. Black Bears Red. The Stars have struggled as of late after a hot start, but this showcase is a perfect opportunity to get back on track.
Brick Hockey Club vs. MYHA Gold – October 24, 9:10 AM
Two very deep squads, Brick Hockey Club (4-3-1) and MYHA Gold (7-3-0) will face off on Sunday in what should prove to be a competitive game. Most of MYHA’s skaters have scored a point this season. The team hasn’t stood out in any one category of play, but have grit and a determination to win. This determination has resulted in seven of their last eight games ending in victory. Brick Hockey Club also shares the same scoring trait, with only one skater remaining scoreless. The side also seems to find another gear when playing highly touted opponents. They knocked off the Blazers and played competitively against the Maryland Jr. Black Bears Red. Time will tell if this gear will factor into this matchup.