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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

NAHL Playoffs: North Division Play-in Picks

Since my Warriors are out of the playoff picture for the first time since moving from Marquette, I can give you my non-biased picks for the 1st round of the NAHL Robertson Cup playoffs. Unlike other writers, I'm only going to make picks on the teams I watch.

North division Play-in (Best of 3)

3 Kalamazoo (35-19-6) vs. 6 Springfield (26-30-4)

If you're Kalamazoo, there's only one thing you have to worry about in this series. Brett Skibba. If he catches fire, Springfield has a prayer. Kalamazoo will light up Springfield goaltending so they'll need Skibba to keep pace. This will be a short series as Marc Fakler will give em the "Win it for Fozzie" speech. K-Zoo in a 2 game sweep.

4 Port Huron (32-24-4) vs. 5 Johnstown (27-21-12)

This should be a good match-up. Port Huron won the season series, 6-2 and they finished the year on an 8-game winning streak. Like it or not, the winner of this series may be determined by who gets the officiating duties. If Johnstown is allowed to play their rough and tumble style with no consequence, this may frustrate Port Huron's stars. I like Port Huron in 2. Johnstown just doesn't have enough scoring punch to fly with the Falcons.