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LHSHL Announces Official 2018 Playoff Schedule

02/01/2018, 5:15pm EST
By Kyle McKenna

TAMPA BAY – The Lightning High School Hockey League (LHSHL) today announced the official schedule for the 2018 LHSHL Playoffs. There will be 12 teams competing for the Lightning Cup, which entails four single-elimination rounds. The league’s Eastern and Western Conferences will be represented by six teams. Additionally, teams that clinched first place for their respective division (Plant, East Lake, Jesuit, East Manatee) will have a bye in the first round. The first three rounds will be played at three different arenas, which are Clearwater Ice Arena, Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex and Florida Hospital Center Ice (FHCI).

On Friday, February 16, the Lightning Cup Championship is scheduled to be played at AMALIE Arena at 7:30 p.m., when the Eastern and Western Conference Champions will face-off to determine the league’s third champion in history.

Round One: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Time                Division                       Teams                                                  Location                      

6:30 p.m.          Lecavalier                     Palm Harbor @ Seminole                       Clearwater Ice Arena

8:00 p.m.          Bradley                         Mitchell @ River Ridge                          Clearwater Ice Arena

7:15 p.m.          Modin                           Durant vs. Bloomingdale (Home Ice TBD) Ellenton Ice

8:45 p.m.          Andreychuk                   Jenkins @ Wiregrass                             Ellenton Ice

Round Two: Friday, February 9, 2018

Time                Division                       Teams                                                  Location                      

7:00 p.m.          Andreychuk                   TBD @ Jesuit                                        Rink D @ FHCI

7:30 p.m.          Bradley                         TBD @ East Lake                                  Rink C @ FHCI

8:30 p.m.          Modin                           TBD @ East Manatee                            Rink D @ FHCI

9:00 p.m.          Lecavalier                     TBD @ Plant                                         Rink C @ FHCI

Round Three: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Time                Conference                   Teams                                                  Location                      

6:45 p.m.          Western                        TBD                                                      Rink D @ FHCI

8:15 p.m.          Eastern                         TBD                                                      Rink D @ FHCI

Round Four: Friday, February 16, 2018

Time                Lightning Cup              Teams                                                  Location                      

7:30 p.m.                                              TBD                                                      AMALIE Arena              

Storylines

  • East Lake & Jesuit have each clinched a playoff berth for the 2018 State Playoffs, which will take place at Germain Arena from February 23-25; Jesuit made it to the State Finals last season, but lost.
  • JW Mitchell Mustangs are the defending back-to-back Lightning Cup Champions, and will be going for the “three-peat”.   

Previous Champions

Year                       Champion                    Runner-Up

2017                       JW Mitchell                   Wiregrass

2016                       JW Mitchell                   East Manatee

2015                       East Manatee                Mitchell

~BE THE THUNDER~

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