3 Huge games across the Southwest will be going on tonight as the Central Hockey League Championship Series will be figured out tonight. With the All Texas Showdown between Odessa & Allen coming to a climax, we are guaranteed a team in the CHL Presidents Cup Championship this year from the Southern Conference.
However, the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs had a strong 2-0 Shutout Win from Parker Van Buskirk to get the team that was very strong in the early days of the CHL, just one win away from making it an Southwest Final. If Bossier-Shreveport wins, this would be the first All Southwest Championship Series since the 2003-2004 season when the Laredo Bucks beat the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs in a very tough 7 game series.
Both Series have been back and Fourth with some exciting moments. From Van Buskirk's first Pro Shutout to the explosive play of the Americans forward trio of Justin Bowers, Bruce Graham and Nino Musitelli throughout the season.
Both of the Game 7's will be taking place tonight. Odessa, Texas is the sight for the Southern Conference Final Game 7 as the Jackalopes will finally be looking to reach the Championship Series for the first time, while Allen is looking to reach the Championship in their first season.
The Northern Final Game 7 will be in Rapid City, South Dakota as the Rush will be looking to win make the Title in just their 2nd season. While Bossier-Shreveport is looking to return to the glory days when they won the Ray Miron Presidents Cup Championship back in 2001.
While the CHL will be determining the Championship Series, the Texas Stars will look to go up 3-0 and put themselves in great shape towards making the West Division Final as the West Division Semifinal heads to Rockford, Illinois for Game 3 tonight. The Stars have used a strong goaltending and a rockhard defense as the Stars have given up just 2 goals in the first 2 games.
Raymond Sawada has lead the team with 2 goals while Travis Morin has had 3 assists. Jamie Benn has also looked strong in a leadership role and also scored the team's first ever Playoff Goal in team history back in Game 1. Texas looks to keep the strong showings going as the Stars will look to make it a 3-0 series lead against the Rockford Icehogs up in Illinois tonight.
Regardless of where your from in the Southwest U.S.A, root for the teams and hope it's a big night to help these teams on the road to the League Championships at both the AHL & CHL Levels. We will know everything by late tonight, even if a long OT game is part, that would make it even better. Support your teams and cheer for the Southwest Region in tonight's Hockey Action.
All 3 Games will be huge tonight and should be exciting. Here's a look at tonight's schedule.
CHL Presidents Cup Playoffs
Southern Conference Game 7
Allen Americans VS. Odessa Jackalopes 7:05 PM in Odessa, Texas
Allen Americans Game Preview: www.allenamericans.com/articles/news.asp?articleid=317
Northern Conference Game 7
Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs VS. Rapid City Rush 7:35 PM in Rapid City, South Dakota
Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs Game Preview: www.mudbugshockey.com/news/recent/index.html?article_id=681
AHL Calder Cup Playoffs
West Division Semifinals Game 3:
Texas Stars VS. Rockford Icehogs 7:05 PM in Rockford, Illinois
Texas Stars Preview: www.texasstarshockey.com/news/news/index.html?article_id=275
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