Parry Sound, Boston Surge into Playoff Contention

In Uncategorized on March 11, 2023 at 11:11 am

As teams take the final turn into the fourth quarter and the playoff push, big changes are afoot.

In the Plante, the El Dorado Lynx (38-19-7) strengthened their grip on first place, as they sit 10 points ahead of second place Pittsburgh. The Denver Spurs, meanwhile, had a disastrous 6-17-1 quarter, dropping them from second all the way to sixth, as the Parry Sound Orrsmen surged into playoff position with a 15-5-4 Q3 record. Denver is now tied with Salem for points, meaning a battle for the final playoff berth is in store.

In the Sawchuk, the San Jose Hosers had a wonderful 18-win quarter to wrest first place from Ice Harbor. Four Sawchuk teams have already hit the 40-win mark, with the top three all vying for a first-round bye. The story of the Sawchuk is the Boston Banshees, who somehow came up with a 19-2-3 Q3 record, rocketing them into the playoff picture and dropping Vancouver out of the top six entirely. The Night Train now trail the Banshees by six points with just 18 games remaining.

Adirondack’s Chris Kreider leads all goal-scorers with 62, but it’s the San Jose duo of Steven Stamkos and Mitch Marner, who each have 120 points, who are putting up the most impressive offensive seasons so far. Only West Virginia’s Leon Draisaitl joins them in the 100-point club so far. His numbers might be eclipsed somewhat by fellow Russian Ilya Sorokin, but San Jose’s Igor Shesterkin has put up a .920 save percentage and a league-leading 28 wins while facing an average of 40.2 shots per game, second most in the league.


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