With the PIHA champion newly crowned the AIHL playoffs are in full gear and underway. Reigning from the Pacific North division the San Jose Pirated beat out the GoodLife in two games straight winning both games one nothing to become the Pacific North Champions.
In the Pacific South Division the all well known Pama Cyclones took on the OC blades and their very good Mike Urbano in net. However, the Cyclones offense proved over powering and Pama moved on to become the Pacific South Division champs.
For the Southwest Championship it was the Tuscan Desperados up against PIHA’s champions of last year the Phoenix Dragons. The Desperados came out strong in game one to win seven to four. In game two once again the Desperados came out on top winning seven to five to advance and be the Southwest Division champions.
On the east coast in the New England division the Long Island 495’ers and Jonathan Mosenson came up on top over the Suffolk Sharks winning four to two and three to two in there series to advance as the division champion.
With young talent overflowing in the Mid-Atlantic division there was plenty of action. Facing off were the Steel City Phantoms vs. the Southampton Cyclones. In the series the Phantoms relentless offensive power proved to be unstoppable going up six to four in game one and sealing the deal in game two with a nine to one win.
In the Southeast the playoff games are yet to be played. On June 6th in Apex, North Carolina the Maryland Crusaders will play against the Raleigh Dragons while the Richmond Robins will face off against the Georgia Syndicate. Then the winners of each of these series will face off to name the Southeast division Champions.
With every team left being talented and all having their own strengths who will win? Will it be the veteran lead Pirates who walked through the regular season with little trouble? How about the ever well known Pama Cyclones featuring most of their nARCH pro team, will they have the all around skill and will they in there first elite league debut take home the crown? Or the Tuscan Desperados, the underdog who didn’t even go 500 in the regular season? Then there are the teams of the east. Could the 495’ers lead by Jonathan Mosenson push their way to the championship? Or could the Steel City Phantoms, a young highly talented team with Dustin Roux and Brock Wilson take it home. Then there is the uncrowned champion of the southeast.
Currently in the playoffs Dustin Roux of the Steel City Phantoms leads the league in points with twenty and leads in assists with nine. While Jerald Zivic from the Tuscan Desperados leads the league in goals with thirteen.
Stay tuned and please check back for updates on the AIHL playoffs and check out there great website at aihlhockey.com