NAHL North showdown
April 14, 2014
The top two teams from the regular season will face off for the North American Hockey League’s North Division playoff championship.
Port Huron Fighting Falcons and Michigan Warriors will meet in a best-of-five series to determine the North Division rep at the NAHL’s Robertson Cup Championship Tournament.
Port Huron finished atop the North Division standings during the 2013-2014 regular season with 80 points, which was 10 more than second-place Michigan.
Both teams swept their opening-round playoff series with Port Huron blanking the Johnstown Tomahawks in three straight and Michigan doing the same to the Janesville Jets.
Of note, offensive balance is a trademark of both teams.
Port Huron had 10 players score 10 or more goals during the regular season — forwards Bryan Yim, Logan Lambdin, Zach Badalamenti, Vito Aluia, Noah Batis, Austin Romzek, Bryce Van Horn, Jon Hall, Matt Seidel and defenceman Jonathan Kopacka.
Kopacka and Alex Archibald — a one-time Ontario Hockey League draft pick of the Soo Greyhounds — lead a Port Huron defensive corps in front of goalies Max Milosek and Alex Blankenburg.
Michigan, meanwhile, had seven forwards score 10 or more goals during the regular season — Colin Larkin, TJ Stuntz, Tyler Groat, Jake Hopfner, Zack Szajner, Jon Farkas and AJ Marcinek.
On the blueline, Sean Campbell, Jake Faiella and Ryan Dougherty were the plus-minus leaders in front of goalies Trevor Gorsuch and Robbie Beydoun.
PHOTO: Port Huron defenceman Alex Archibald. (NAHL photo.)
What you think about “NAHL North showdown”
I like Port Huron to take this in 4 games. They will be all close games but I think thatPort Huron has more scoring and better D than Michigan .
ok we win the game fri ok
Michigans luck will run out in this series!!
Port Huren will sweep Michigan in 3 strait.
Michigan is to slow to keep up with Port Huren.
Michigan too slow for Port Huron? You cannot be serious Lady Jane! The teams played 12 times in the regular season and the Warriors won 8 of them. The Warriors stack up very well with the Falcons. Is Lady Jane’s crying towel still soaking wet from the spanking (3 game sweep) the Wardogs put on her beloved Jets in the first round of the NAHL Playoffs?
Michigan is too slow to keep up with Port Huron? You cannot be serious Lady Jane. The two teams played 12 times during the regular season and the Warriors won 8 of them. That was no fluke. Michigan stacks up very well with the Falcons. I sense that Lady Jane’s crying towel is still soaking wet from the spanking that the Wardogs laid down on her beloved Jets in the first round of the NAHL playoffs. Warriors in 4!
Warriors in 5, better all around team.
falcons in 5 ok say kevin
Warriors – R U ready to beat Port Huron???
Lets go Warriors Faella, Soupy, Larkin, Stuntz, Lyons, Farky Farkas! Lets win warriors!