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Lightning Round: Isobel Cup playoffs to be held in Wesley Chapel

The best of the best in women’s hockey will battle it out next month in the Tampa area

NWHL Isobel Cup Playoffs - Championship Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Hockey fans in the Tampa area will have an excellent chance to see some of the best women in the sport of hockey compete for the Isobel Cup as the Premier Hockey Federation brings the playoffs to the AdventHealth Center in Wesley Chapel. The entire league, which consists of six teams, will compete in the tournament that begins on March 25th (hey, that’s my sister’s birthday!) with the final taking place on March 28th.

If you’re not able to attend the games in person all of the games with be broadcast within the ESPN family of networks. The final will be on ESPN 2 at 9:00 p.m. on the 28th. All of the games leading up to the final will be streamed on ESPN+.

2022 Isobel Cup Playoff Schedule:

Friday March 25 – Preliminary Round

4:00 p.m. ET – 3rd Place vs 6th Place (ESPN+)

7:30 p.m. ET – 4th Place vs 5th Place (ESPN+)

Sunday March 27 - Semifinals

1:00 p.m. ET - 1st Place vs Lowest Remaining Seed (ESPN+)

4:30 p.m. ET – 2nd Place vs Highest Remaining Seed (ESPN+)

Monday March 28 - Final

9:00 p.m. ET – Winner of Semifinal 1 vs Winner of Semifinal 2 (ESPN2)

This is the first time in the league’s seven-year history that the playoffs are being held in a neutral site. The six-team league is based mostly in the northeast (Boston, Buffalo, Danbury, Newark) along with one Canadian team in Toronto and one in St. Paul, Minnesota. Montreal is joining the league next season with another team from an undetermined city joining in 2022-23.

Playing in a sunbelt state will be good exposure for the league as they try and continue to grow. The Center Ice facility is familiar with hosting talented women hockey players as it was the training home for the U.S. National Women’s team prior to the 2018 Olympics. They also hosted the 2017 Four Nations Cup in 2017.

Ticket sales have not been announced yet (at least that I could find), but stay tuned to their website or Twitter account for future information.

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