RECAP: Game 19 vs. Miners (March 20, 2016)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Mon Mar 21st 2016 8:59am
Team America's (13-4-2-0, 28 points) normally potent offense was shut down by the league's best defense Sunday night, as the Miners throttled the World Police, 9-1, in Richfield.
The Miners dominated the game from start to finish, jumping out to a 3-0 first period lead and never looking back. Team America forward Tom Miskavige gave his team a glimmer of hope with a shorthanded tally to cut the deficit to 3-1 in the second, but that's as close as the World Police got. The Miners rattled off six more unanswered goals to run away with the game as Team America couldn't muster anything against their league-best defense.
Team America has now lost two straight and three of its last five games and no longer controls the race for first place. To win the regular season, the World Police must win their last game of the season and hope the Miners lose at least one of their last two.
RECAP: Game 18 vs. Summit (March 16, 2016)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Thu Mar 17th 2016 8:51am
After a couple of close calls earlier this season, Summit finally got the better of Team America (13-3-2-0, 28 points) Wednesday night in New Hope, beating the World Police 7-3.
The loss is Team America's second in its past four games and both of those have come against teams in the bottom half of the standings.
Team America opened the scoring, but things quickly unraveled after that as Summit rattled off five unanswered goals to build a 5-1 lead. A pair of goals midway through the second and early in the third pulled the deficit within two, 5-3, but that's as close as it would come. Summit tacked on a pair late in the third to seal the deal.
Forwards Matt Fairbanks (14) and Dane Espenson (4) and defenseman Eric Theis (4) notched the World Police's goals. Theis and Fairbanks led the way with two points a piece.
NEWS: AHA Winter Playoff Schedule Released
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Mon Mar 14th 2016 3:08pm
The AHA has released the 2015-16 Winter League Playoff Schedule. A Division round robin games will be played on Tuesday, April 5; Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9. The championship game is Sunday, April 10 at 8 p.m. at the Bloomington Ice Garden.
Team America has clinched its first-ever postseason berth and, with three games left in the regular season, can finish no worse than the No. 2 seed. In the playoffs, the top four teams will play a round robin pool play round with the top two teams advancing to the title game.
Tuesday, April 5
• No. 1 vs. No. 3, 7 p.m. at Eden Prairie Community Center
• No. 2 vs. No. 4, 8:45 p.m. at Eden Prairie Community Center
Friday, April 8
• No. 1 vs. No. 2, 7 p.m. at New Hope Ice Arena
• No. 3 vs. No. 4, 8:45 p.m. at New Hope Ice Arena
Saturday, April 9
• No. 1 vs. No. 4, 8:45 p.m. at Bloomington Ice Garden
• No. 2 vs. No. 3, 10:30 p.m. at Bloomington Ice Garden
Sunday, April 10, 8 p.m. at Bloomington Ice Garden
RECAP: Game 16 vs. Warriors (March 12, 2016)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Mon Mar 14th 2016 3:01pm
Team America (13-2-2-0, 28 points) started fast and fended off a late Warriors comeback for a 6-4 win Saturday afternoon in Richfield.
It was the World Police's second straight win and fifth in their last six games.
After ending the first period tied at two, Team America rattled off four straight goals to build a 6-2 lead. Warriors goals late in the second and midway through the third cut that lead to two, but Team America held on for the victory.
Forwards Justin Schwechter (2+1) and Chris Bixby (1+2) led the way with three points a piece. Schwechter and defenseman Joseph Blaney each notched a brace in the win as well.
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RECAP: Game 16 vs. Grizzlies (March 6, 2016)
Posted by: Ryan Evans on Mon Mar 07th 2016 9:12am
Team America (12-2-2-0, 26 points) got back on the winning track Sunday night, prevailing in a back and forth, high-scoring affair over the Grizzlies, 7-6.
It was the World Police's sixth one-goal win of the season.
The two teams traded goals throughout the game. Team America never led by more than two, despite out-shooting the Grizzlies, 57-34. Goals late in the second and early in the third from forwards Matt Fairbanks and Ryan Evans stretched the World Police's lead to 7-5, which proved to be all the separation they needed.
Fairbanks, and his newly star-spangled twig, had a big game, leading Team America with a hat trick and five points. Fairbanks now has seven goals and 11 points in the World Police's last four games and 10 goals and 21 points in his last seven games.
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