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Weekend Preview

By Eric Richardson, 02/07/20, 6:45PM EST

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All teams in action, Premier and Elite visit Aviators

Weekend Preview

U15

The Pics play the Philadelphia Hockey Club twice this weekend at the Olympia. Saturday at 6:40 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. The Pics only faced PHC once this season, losing 11-1. 

U16

The Pics face the Boston Bandits once on Friday, then close out their home side of the regular-season schedule with a two-game set against the South Shore Kings with the Kings visiting on Saturday, then the Pics visit the Kings on Sunday. All three games are must-win games. If the Pics win out the remainder of their games, they will be regular-season champions, having the tie-breaker against the South Shore Kings. The Pics face the Jersey Shore Whalers - Premier squad next weekend.

Looking at special teams, the Bandits are 26th on the power play, and the South Shore Kings ranked 5th. The Pics are ranked 12th on the power play.

Looking at the penalty kill, the Pics are first in the league. The Bandits are ranked 20th and the Kings are ranked 3rd.

Elite

The Elite squad goes to visit the Aviators this weekend. 

Looking at the special teams rankings, the Aviators are currently ranked 12th in the league, scoring on the power play 12.74% of time time, scoring 20 times, allowing 5 shorthanded goals. The Pics are 2nd in the league, scoring 23.4% of the time, with 34 power-play goals, allowing 6 shorthanded goals. Looking at the penalty kill, the Aviators are ranked 13th, killing off the penalty 79.7% of the time, scoring on the shorthand 6 times but allowing 32 goals being scored. The Pics are 1st in the league, killing off the penalties 90.8% of the time, with 13 shorthanded goals but allowing 24 goals being scored.

The Pics are currently in 2nd place and can finish no worse than 2nd place. They are 1 point ahead of the Boston Junior Bruins but have played two fewer games. The Pics will face the Bruins in the opening round of the Elite Division tournament but will either be at home or away depending on placing. Exact time and date to be determined later, but will be streamed on HockeyTV.

Premier

The Premier squad also travels to the Aviators this weekend as well.

Looking at the special teams rankings, the Aviators are ranked 8th in the league, scoring on the power play 23.2% of the time. They have 39 power-play goals while allowing 8 shorthanded goals. The Pics have scored on the power play 22.1% of the time, with 36 power-play goals. They have allowed 3 shorthanded goals. The Pics and the Aviators are ranked 11th and 12th respectively on the penalty kill. The Pics have killed off the penalty 87.4% of the time, scoring 7 shorthanded goals while allowing 22 power-play goals. The Aviators have killed off the penalty 86.9% of the time, scoring on the shorthand 13 times. They have allowed 19 power-play goals. 

The Pics are two points behind the Utica Junior Comets. Both teams have played the same amount of games. The Pics can lose no more than one game than the Comets to capture the Northeast Division title. The Pics have locked in a first-round bye, and depending on their end of season ranking, will either face the winner of the 3rd vs 6th, or 4th vs 6th place team. Exact time and date to be determined later, but the games will be played at the Olympia Ice Center and will be streamed on HockeyTV.