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2017 EHL Playoffs -- DAY 9

03/16/2017, 12:00pm EDT
By Neil Ravin - Director of PR & Social Media

Breaking Down the Elite Finals

BOSTON, MA -- We've got a big weekend on tap for the 19U Elite Division, as it's time for the Finals between the Boston Jr. Rangers and the Philadelphia Revolution. Each team followed their own unique path out of their respective conference, and are now set for what should be a great battle in New York. The best-of-three series is set to take place at Brewster Ice Arena.

For the Revolution, the road to the Finals was clean and precise, as they won all three of their games at the South Conference Round Robin. Philadelphia has been at the top of their conference all season long, jockeying for the top position with the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers. It works out perfectly that the final game of the Round Robin put the two rivals up against one another, and the Revolution's 7-3 victory finalized everything that needed to be answered in the South.

For the Rangers, the road to the Finals followed a much more complicated script. The team went 1-1-0 on Sunday, knocking off the New England Wolves and falling to the Vermont Lumberjacks. Ultimately, the North Conference Round Robin now came down to the Rangers matchup with the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs on Monday morning.

The game with the Monarchs was actually a completion from the action that had begun on Saturday. With 15:59 left to go in the 2nd period, and the Monarchs up 3-1, the game was called due to an issue with the ice. When things resumed on Monday, it was clear what each team needed to get done.

  • If the Monarchs won the game or lost in overtime/shootout, they were heading to the Finals.
  • If the Rangers won the game in regulation, they were heading to the Finals.

The Rangers made 3-2, then 3-3, and then scored the game-winner with just over a minute left in regulation.

With the matchup now set for the Finals, each team rides their own version of momentum into the Championship. The Revolution won both matchups during the regular season by scores of 9-2 and 2-1. For the Rangers, they can still hang their hats on a chance of making it back-to-back titles in the Elite Division.

Below you'll find the full schedule of the Elite Finals.

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