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Sin City wins 3 games by a goal to take their 2nd D1 Championship

The D1 playoffs started off with long time playoff rivals facing off in the quarters in a game between the 3rd seeded Hitmen and the 6th seeded Phantoms. The teams played to a scoreless 1st before the H's Ross got his team on the board first just 30 seconds into the period followed by another by teammate D'Agnillo 4 minutes later for a 2-0 lead. The P's finally got on the board with a goal from Reynolds with just 20 seconds left in the 2nd to cut the lead in half going to the 3rd. The P's had a few chances to tie it early in the 3rd but couldn't beat keeper Brush and the H iced it with goals from Leadston (2) and Zander 1 for a 5-1 victory against their playoff nemesis the past few years. The next game was between the 4th seeded Haze and the 5th seeded Gladiators. The H's Heintz got his team on the board first halfway through the 1st and it almost stuck but the G's Mercurio tied it at 1 with just 11 seconds left to send the game to the 2nd tied at 1. The G's took the lead halfway through the 2nd on a goal from Alexandre to give his team the lead going to the 3rd. The H's Green tied the game up a few minutes into the 3rd and the game would remain that way and head to OT where Green would strike again 5 minutes in to carry his team into the next round and knock the defending champs out in the 1st round. The 3rd game had the heavily favored and 2nd seeded Sin City up against the 7th seeded Ducks. The D's came into this game ready to go and carried the play in a scoreless 1st before taking the lead with 5 minutes left in the 2nd on PP blast from Nevano. SC's Quinlan would tie the game up last in the 2nd and send the teams into the 3rd tied at 1. The teams battled in a dog fight in the 3rd before a shot from the point by Denne had a lucky deflection off of a D's defender and found it's way into the back of the net with just 5 minutes left. The D's battled and threw everything at Bender but couldn't beat him as a rocket of a slapper by Terrana rang loudly off of the post/crossbar with under a minute to go and time round out for the D's in an excellent effort that is sure to be a building block for the spring '15 season. The last game of the night had the top seeded MD Sparks versus the 8th seeded Fury. This game was a blowout from the opening face-off as MDS just ran over the usually defensively sound F in a 7-0 rout on goals by Bowles, D. Crofoot, Kalender (2), Lafortune and Newcastle (2).

The semifinals started off with a game between Sin City and the Hitmen who hardly ever meet in the playoffs for some reason. Due to lack of good notes and the Commish being out of town I can only list the 4-3 final in SC's hard fought victory. SC's goals were by Fasani, Fiorello, Gregg and Lisicky with Bender in net and the H's goals were by Holman, Houston and Lee with Brush between the pipes. The next game was between the top seeded MD Sparks and the Haze. The MDS had little trouble with the H in a relatively easy 4-1 victory with goals from Kalender (2), Mach and Roby and Webb in net. The H's lone goal was from Green with Makowsky manning the net.

The Championship game was a first ever between the top seeded MD Sparks and 2nd seeded Sin City with the MDS making the finals for the first time in about 10 years. The teams played some solid defensive hockey in the 1st with the teams finishing the period scoreless. The 2nd was more of the same with keepers Webb and Bender keeping both teams off of the board going to the 3rd. About halfway through the 3rd the free agent find of the year, Joe Lisicky, struck for SC on a pass from Popkin to give his team the huge 1-0 lead. The MDS seemed down and out until a late PP opened up a chance that they so greatly took advantage of on a goal by Bowles from Roby with just 1:17 left in the game to give his team the momentum. A few seconds later a lob pass to Kalender turned into a legit high sticking penalty by him as the MDS went from a potential breakaway to the PK in the last minute. With the game looking like it may go to OT a whiffed clearing attempt by a MDS defender fell to SC's Jacob who knocked it down and fed it right to sniper Lisicky who blew it by Webb for the game winner with just 18 seconds left. SC killed off the final seconds and celebrated their 2nd D1 Championship while the MDS were left to digest a devastating loss in a season that finally seemed to be theirs in a great finals. Congrats to playoff MVP Joe Lisicky of SC, MVG Michael Bender of SC and MVF Chris Kalender of MDS.

Congrats to all of the regular season stat leaders:
Jerry Green of the Haze led all player with 15 points
Green, Felice D'Agnillo (Hitmen) and Sam Keeler (Gladiators) all tied with 9 goals scored
Scott Webb of the Sparks led all goalies with 7 Wins and a ridiculously low 1.11GAA

Thanks to everyone on another strong and balanced D1 season. Mantis will take the place of Fury for the spring D1 season set to start in only a few more weeks

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