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Hitmen Take Aim on D1 Cup

The D1 playoffs started off with a first ever playoff match up between 4th seeded Sin City and the 5th seeded Plague. After a scoreless first Agostinelli (Gusto) got SC on the board first for a 1-0 lead after 2. The PL finally got on the board early in the 3rd on a goal from Beethoven-Wilson to tie the game up and followed that up with a goal from Cowles. The PL's B-W struck again in the 3rd to lead his team, the Plague, to their first ever D1 playoff victory 3-1. The next game was the game of the week between the 3rd seeded Haze and the 6th seeded Hitmen. The game was very physical and chippy from the opening face off. The HM's Contreras got his team on the board in the first for a 1-0 lead after the 1st. The HZ's Robinson (B-Rob) brought his team even in the 2nd and the game went into the 3rd tied at 1. The teams traded scoring chances with Webb (Haze) and G-Sub/Bender (Hitmen), a little controversy with the G Sub for the HM, keeping both teams scoreless in the 3rd and sent the game into OT. The HZ had momentum in the OT until a ball hopped up on a HZ dman and Contreras outraced everyone to the net and scored the GWOTG in dramatic fashion. The next game was also a fantastic game between the 2nd seeded MD Sparks and the 7th seeded Gladiators. The MDS got on the board ASAP on a goal from Roby early in the first to take a 1-0 lead after 1. The G's got goals from Mercurio and Young in the 2nd to take a 2-1 lead going into the 3rd. In the 3rd, the MDS dominated play almost the whole period but were constantly turned away by the G's hot goaltender, French. The G's held on for the 2-1 win in an incredible quarterfinal game that again sent the MDS team home without the Cup in a season in which they thought it was theirs for the taking. (Caps?) In the final D1 game of the night the top seeded Phantoms had little trouble with the Loud Mouths who were in their first season in the upper division and improved throughout the season. The P's scored first on a goal from Barrett a minute in and 2 more goals in the first from Evans and Joe Dunn. The LM's got on the board on a goal from Hawk to make the score 3-1 after 1. The P's scored 2 more goals in the 2nd from Greenwell and Trzeciak and added another early in the 3rd again from Barrett for the 6-1 victory.

In the semi's the 4th seeded Plague couldn't carry momentum from their first D1 playoff victory against the 6th seeded Hitmen. D'Agnillo got the HM on the board first but the PL's Beethoven-Wilson matched that for a 1-1 score after one. The HM took over the game in the 2nd on consecutive goals from McBride, D'Agnillo again and Houston on the PP for 4-1 lead. The PL's Weber got it to 4-2 but that's as close as they would get as Lee from the Hitmen made it 5-2 after the 2nd. Lee struck again in the 3rd for the final score of 6-2 in a disappointing game for the fans. Congrats to the Plague on major improvements this season as they had one of the top lines in the league in Beethoven-Wilson, Cowles and Weber and can build on them going into '11. The other semifinal game between the top seeded Phantoms and 7th seeded Gladiators was far from the other game. The G's Stone put his team up 1-0 in the first and the score held that way until the 3rd period. In the 3rd, the P's Trzeciak received a face off win from Barrett and blistered a slap shot from the point to tie the game at 1 and shift the momentum. The P's went on the PP after that and a nice tic tac toe passing play led to an Evans tap in PPG that gave the P's a 2-1 lead. From there the G's brought the house in the final 3-4 minutes, which included a late PP, but were continuously turned away by the P's Macquarrie in net. Scotty Mac made a few acrobatic saves in the final seconds and the P's held on for life as the whistle finally blew in an entertaining finish and a 2-1 win for the Phantoms that sent them back to the finals.

The finals were a repeat from the spring/summer between the Phantoms and Hitmen in which the P's won 6-0. This game was far from that outcome as the HM came out ready to play and scored first on a goal from Desabetino from the point that found its way through a few screens. The score stayed the same through the first 2 periods as both teams kind of played a little tentative and the P's didn't seem to have any desperation. Early in the 3rd a P's dman had a little too much time on his hands and waited too long as he fumbled the ball and McBride was there to take it and shoot the ball past a stunned P's goalie Macquarrie for a 2-0 lead. The goal seemed to shock the P's as they broke down on D again a minute or two after and the HM's D'agnillo scored to make it 3-0. After a time out the P's regrouped a little on a goal from captain Barrett to make it 3-1 but most of the team lacked any sense of urgency and the clock ran out on their attempt to go back to back. The HM took the Cup and championship for the first time since Spring '07 and made up for spring's finals where they lost badly. Congrats to the Hitmen.

Congrats to Eddie Desabetino from the Hitmen for his postseason MVP/MVD award, Dave McBride also from the Hitmen for his MVF award and Wayne Barrett for being named the Phantoms MVP of the playoffs. Congrats also to John Hines (yes John Hines) from Sin City for winning the scoring title (11 goals and 15 points) in D1 by a goal and a point over Matt Weber of the Plague. Congrats to Scott MacQuarrie of the Phantoms for leading all goalies in D1 with a 2.13 GAA and tying Mike Makowsky of the MD Sparks with 6 wins each. Thanks for another great season and hopefully another team can knock off the 3 teams (Phantoms, Haze and Hitmen) that keep winning D1 championships over the past 6 years. See everyone March 6th for another try at the Cup.

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