A front-loaded schedule has seen the first-place Monarchs play more games (20) than any other team. They have used that to their advantage, opening an eight-point gap on the second-place Express. However, the Monarchs can’t get comfortable as the teams in third through sixth place — Rangers, Bandits, Cyclones and Wolves — hold as many as eight games (Bandits) and at least four games (Wolves) in hand with plenty of time to make a push.
A quartet of Monarchs have already eclipsed the 20-point barrier: James Pelton (15-15-30), Adrian Sjoqvist (7-17-24), Joe Nutting (8-14-22) and Ethan Homitz (12-9-21). Lead goalie Devin Sadovnick owns a 2.28 gaa/.927 save pct./2 SO stat line. Predictably, New Hampshire leads the league goals (103) and has a plus-53 differential.