Michigan Warriors coach Moe Mantha likes where his North American Hockey League team is at.
Fresh from a three-game sweep of Janesville Jets in the first round of the playoffs, Michigan will face off against the Port Huron Fighting Falcons in a best-of-five series for the NAHL North Division crown.
Port Huron — which finished first in the North Division during the regular season, 10 points ahead of second-place Michigan — fashioned a first-round sweep of its own against the Johnstown Tomahawks.
“That is a very-good hockey club,” Mantha said of Port Huron. “They were in first place all season long and it wasn’t by accident.”
While respectful of Port Huron and the high-octane Fighting Falcons offense, Mantha likes the look of his Warriors heading into the North Division finals.
“We’re in a good frame of mind,” said Mantha. “It’s a big challenge for us to go up against Port Huron. But if we play as a team and stick to our game plan we’ll be in every game.”
Third-year goalie Trevor Gorsuch will get the start for Michigan in the series opener, which is slated for Friday night in Port Huron.
Gorsuch started, finished and won all three games for Michigan in the sweep of Janesville, stopping 89 of 94 shots for a .947 save percentage and 1.67 goals-against-average.