#USPHLPlayoffs – The Watch List: Jan. 29, 2023

We’ll be posting regular updates on what games each game day will have playoff clinching implications in the NCDC, USPHL Premier and USPHL Elite.

A few notes before today’s update:

No teams in the NCDC have clinched a playoff berth as of yet. But we’ll show NCDC games where a team can improve its standings position (in points) as they come up and obviously mention clinching scenarios as they approach.

Premier teams that have clinched playoff berths include:

  • New York Aviators
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
  • Rockets Hockey Club
  • Connecticut Jr. Rangers
  • Utica Jr. Comets
  • Hudson Havoc
  • Minnesota Squatch
  • Minnesota Moose
  • Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings
  • Isanti Outlaws
  • Steele County Blades
  • Minnesota Blue Ox
  • Northern Cyclones
  • Islanders Hockey Club
  • Boston Junior Bruins
  • Bridgewater Bandits
  • Boston Advantage
  • Twin City Thunder
  • Springfield Pics
  • Vernal Oilers
  • Seattle Totems
  • Rock Springs Prospectors
  • Fresno Monsters
  • San Diego Sabers
  • Ontario Jr. Reign
  • Las Vegas Thunderbirds
  • Florida Eels
  • ALL teams in the Mountain Division, Great Lakes Division & Midwest East Division.

Elite teams that have clinched playoff berths include:

  • Florida Eels
  • Tampa Bay Juniors
  • Northern Cyclones
  • Islanders Hockey Club
  • Bridgewater Bandits
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
  • Carolina Jr. Hurricanes
  • Charlotte Rush
  • Potomac Patriots
  • Richmond Generals


Jan. 29, 2023 Update:

Click conference names for playoff formats.


New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs vs, Northern Cyclones – The Cyclones can pull into a tie for first in the North with a regulation win against the Monarchs, or the Monarchs can extend their lead to four points with a regulation win. A Cyclones win and Monarchs point would keep the Monarchs in first by one point.


USPHL Premier Conference 

Four Premier teams clinched playoff berths on Saturday: in the Midwest West, it was the Steele County Blades and Minnesota Blue Ox; and in the Pacific, the Las Vegas Thunderbirds and Ontario Jr. Reign clinched to solidify the four playoff spots, though final seeding is still up for grabs.

In the Midwest West Division, there is one final playoff spot up for grabs, with the Minnesota Mullets and Dells Ducks chasing it down.

The Potomac Patriots can clinch a Premier playoff berth if they win and Carolina loses. Potomac can clinch regardless of Carolina’s result if Nashville loses today.

In the Mid-Atlantic, the New York Aviators can lock up home ice with a Connecticut Jr. Rangers regulation loss. They hold the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Rangers.


USPHL Elite Conference

The Tampa Bay Juniors Elite clinched a spot.