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Team Northwest in control of Elite League race

By Brian Tjaden, 10/22/10, 4:19PM CDT

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Three teams still chasing Northwest for regular season title

The weekend of Oct. 23-24 is set for a one last charge toward the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League title and the resulting top seed in the league playoffs.

Three teams will attempt to knock current league frontrunner Team Northwest out of the top position.

Team Northwest (12-6-1) sits comfortably in first place with with 25 points with two games remaining after defeating Team Southwest 6-2 on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Team Northwest opens weekend play against Team Great Plains on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. in Fargo, N.D.

A win on Saturday evening guarantees Team Northwest a share of the league title, and bumps Team Southeast out of the running for the championship.

With three games remaining for Team Wisconsin and Team North, and each sitting at 21 points, a Team Northwest win over Great Plains would force Team Wisconsin and Team North to win all three matchups over the weekend to tie Team Northwest for the league title.

Team North squares off against Team Northwest in a 9 a.m. game on Sunday morning. 

If Great Plains can engineer an upset of Team Northwest on Saturday evening, new opportunities arise and any one of the four top teams can skate away with the league title depending.

If Team North also defeats Team Northwest on Sunday morning, the league title will then belong to one of the remaining teams that wins the most games on this final weekend.

Let the battles begin.

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