The Port Huron Fighting Falcons have clinched a spot in the North American Hockey League playoffs.
Despite the lack of support from McMorran Arena and County Business officials as reported last week, The Death Pool – USHL To Port Huron Michigan? Special Dumbass Report. The Fighting Falcons continue to roll along in the North Division.
The Fighting Falcons defeated the Springfield Jr. Blues 3-2 on Saturday night to become the first North Division team to clinch a playoff spot. They also were able to extend their lead atop the division, as the Michigan Warriors lost 6-2 against the Soo Eagles. The Falcons now have a seven-point lead in the division with eight games remaining.
The Fighting Falcons play their next three games at McMorran Arena in Port Huron, hosting Michigan at 6 p.m. Wednesday and the Soo Eagles at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. The Falcons’ magic number to clinch the top spot in the North is 12 points.
With a record of 30-14-8 and 68 points in the standings this season, the Fighting Falcons would need to collect 12 of the remaining 16 points to set a new franchise record for points in an NAHL season.
With so many good things happening for this franchise, fans have contacted TJHN to ask why McMorran Arena is talking to another group about moving a yet to be named and yet to be approved USHL franchise into the arena? Why would local business officials talk publicly about a group that by their own admission does not have the rights to a USHL franchise? More importantly why would this be done when the teams lease is expiring?
It could just be that the bumbling and blundering of local officials chases this successful team out of town after securing their third playoff appearance in the last three years. It is more likely that the USHL never comes to Port Huron. If that happens, McMorran Arena Management and the Economic Development group wont have to worry about anything other than the crickets they will hear in the arena.
Joseph Kolodziej – Publisher