Prior to the start of the Second Round, the remaining four teams within each respective conference will be reseeded based off of the conference standings. All Second Round matchups will be best-of-three series with the higher seed at home for games #1 and #2, and the lower seed home for game #3 if it is necessary.
New England Conference
#1 Boston Jr. Rangers vs. #4 Vermont Lumberjacks
#2 New England Wolves vs. #3 Connecticut Chiefs
The Wolves and Chiefs will kick things off in the New England Conference tonight. During the regular season the Wolves won five of the six matchups, but lost the most recent meeting on February 18th by the score of 4-3. In the victories, the Wolves won by scores of 5-1, 6-1, 5-3, 5-3, and 4-1.
The Wolves are led by Jack Johansen, an EHLP candidate for the Most Valuable Player and Defenseman of the Year Awards. Along with Johansen, a pair of players to watch include Alex Carpenter (forward) and Ryan Fueg (goaltender).
As for the Chiefs, they will lean on '99 netminder Curtis Briggs, who made 47 saves in the sole victory Connecticut had over the Wolves during the regular season.
Moving down to Tewksbury, MA, and that will be the site for all three matchups between the Rangers and the Lumberjacks. During the regular season, the Rangers controlled the play in a similar way to the Wolves, by winning the first six matchups with Vermont. Boston's lone loss came in overtime, in the most recent meeting between the two rivals.
The Rangers-Lumberjacks series is a rematch of last year's New England Conference Finals, which came down to a decisive Game #3. The Rangers won that matchup, and went on to claim their 2nd title in three seasons.
As for this weekend's series, there are a number of players to watch from other side, but we'll highlight the top scorers in Matt Orlando (Rangers) and Frank Mondi (Lumberjacks), who will each look to lead their respective teams to the next round.
#1 Philadelphia Little Flyers vs. #4 New Jersey Renegades
#2 Philadelphia Revolution vs. #3 New Jersey 87s
Moving down south, and the playoff rematches continue, starting with the Little Flyers and Renegades. Last season, New Jersey knocked-off the Little Flyers in overtime in the Mid-Atlantic Conference Play-In Game. This season, Philadelphia is the top seed in their conference, and the favorites to advance to Providence.
During the regular season, the Little Flyers won all six matchups with their conference rival, but four of those games were decided by just a single goal. In the other two matchups, Philadelphia shutout New Jersey each time, thanks in large part to Graham Burke, who is also a candidate for this year's Goaltender of the Year award.
As for New Jersey, they are led by Adam Marvin, who tallied five points in the team's First Round victory over the Central Penn Panthers last night.
Last, but not least, is the final playoff rematch of the Second Round, as the 87s seek revenge over the Revolution who ended their 2017-18 season. This year, every matchup was tightly contested, with three of the matchups being decided by just a single goal. Philadelphia had a slight edge in the season series, by winning four of the six contests.
For the 87s, Tom Swartwout is the player to watch up front, as the '01 forward closed out the regular season with 13 points in the month of February, including a pair of game-winning goals. On the other end, Philadelphia has a number of top scorers as well, including Savva Smirnov who tallied 57 points in 38 regular season games.