PREVIEW: League Positioning at Stake as Blades Play Huskies, Mustangs Meet Eagles

Listen live Wednesday on the Slocum Sports Network to action from the Southwest Michigan High School Hockey League (SWMHSHL).  Set for 5:30 p.m., the Southwest Michigan Blades face Portage Northern, followed by Portage Central versus the Kalamazoo Eagles at 7:45 p.m.

With two weeks until the league tournament, these teams are sitting third through sixth in the six-team standings.  Those who finish in the bottom two spots miss out on a chance at the conference tournament title.   Entering these games, Portage Central is third with eight points (4-4), followed by the Blades with six points (3-4), the Eagles with five (2-5-1), and the Huskies with two (1-7).

The Blades and Eagles both will be missing key players following game disqualification penalties during the 4-3 Blades victory on Saturday.   The Eagles had Nicholas Burr tossed with Schuyler DeVries and leading scorer Evan Wilson both getting disqualified for the Blades.

For the Portage Northern Huskies, a loss guarantees them a spot in the bottom two.    They enter at 5-14 overall against the 15-7-1 Blades.  The Blades won 5-3 over the Huskies back on January 4, but they’ll missing Wilson, who tallied a hat-trick last month.

In the second game, the Portage Central Mustangs are 7-12 overall with the Eagles at 7-11-1.   The Mustangs topped the Eagles 4-1 when they met on December 21.  Portage Central has won six consecutive meetings with the Eagles, with the last Eagle win on February 5, 2014.  The Mustangs can secure a top four spot with a victory or draw.

Listen to both games live on the Slocum Sports Network.   The Huskies and Blades meet at 5:30, followed by the Mustangs and Eagles at 7:45.

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