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Haze Win Heavyweight Bought

The Spring D1 playoffs started off with a match up between the 4th seeded Sin City and 5th seeded MD Sparks. MDS jumped all over SC in the first on goals from Insley and G. Clow halfway through the period for a 2-0 lead after one. SC closed the gap late in the 2nd on a goal from Popkin to make the game 2-1 going to the 3rd.  A SC PP and some 4 on 4 action produced numerous chances for them to tie the game but were denied by Webb before Insley iced the game a little over halfway through the 3rd for the 3-1 final. The next game were familiar rivals who seem to meet almost every postseason the last 5 years. The 3rd seeded Hitmen took on the 6th seeded Phantoms. The P's jumped out of the gate quickly on goals by Trzeciak and Jeff Dunn early in the game to give them a 2-0 lead after one. The P's built the lead to 3 a few minutes into the 2nd on another goal by Trzeciak and what seemed like a comfortable 3-0 lead after two. The H are an experienced team that wouldn't quit and goals from Leadston and Contreras cut the lead to 3-2 with about 6 minutes left. The H tried to tie the game but eventually ran out of time and Hatchuel sealed the game with an ENG for the 4-2 final. The 3rd game wasn't quite as close as the 2nd seeded Haze took care of the 7th seeded Plague. The H scored 2 goals in the first from Heintz and Mahtesian for a 2-0 lead after one. Veteran Shea helped extend the lead to 3-0 before Lafortune got the P on the board to cut the lead to 3-1 after two. The P tried to get the game within one but just couldn't get through the stingy H defense and Douglass iced the game with a goal with 2 minutes left for a 4-1 final.  8th seeded Mantis had upset on their minds against the top seeded Gladiators, who were missing quite a few top players, in their first round match up. The G's Mercurio gave his team an early 1-0 lead 6 minutes in but was quickly matched by M's Ulner. M took the lead on a point shot from Anderson that was quickly matched by Byrd. The G's got a late 1st period goal from Insley that gave them a 3-2 lead after a crazy offensive 1st. The G's Van Wagner scored to give them a 4-2 lead and Insley scored again to make it 5-2. The 8th seed didn't give up as Fibbi scored to make it 5-3 and they kept trying to cut the lead to one but just couldn't and lost a hard fought battle to the G's 5-3. 

The semi's started with a game between the top seeded Gladiators and the 6th seeded Phantoms. Both teams traded chances before the P's got a goal that squeezed through in the last minute by Freimann (1st of the season) to give his team a huge 1-0 lead after one. The P's used a nice breakout to send Trzeciak and Evans in on a two on one that Evans finished for a 2-0 lead. The rain caused a quick 10 minute delay right after but went away quickly for once. Late in the 2nd Trzeciak scored from Barrett for a 3-0 lead after two. The P's defense and French locked it down in the 3rd for a 3-0 final to knock off the defending champions. The other game figured to be a great physical matchup between the 2nd seeded Haze and the 5th seeded MD Sparks. The MDS got a nice break 3 minutes into the game as G. Clow threw a shot at the net that hit off of H defender to give them a 1-0 lead that was the only goal of the first.  The teams played some tight defensive hockey in a scoreless 2nd. A late PP for the H sort of led to the tying goal as Douglass brought the ball all the way up and took a slap shot through a screen that beat Webb and tied the game at 1 with 4 minutes left.  The goal seemed to shift the momentum of the game that ended up going to OT. Five minutes into the OT a face off down low turned into the game winner as the ball shot around some feet and sticks right to Wagner who buried the game winner short side and send his team to the finals and the Sparks to another post season disappointment. 

The finals featured two teams that have been around the league forever renewing a playoff rivalry that's been missing for years. The 2nd seeded Haze versus the 6th seeded Phantoms with the league ratings set to be high in this one.  The H seemed the team most ready to start this game as they had a quality scoring chance by Green in the first minute and controlled much of the pace in the 1st.  Green eventually opened the scoring for his team on a goal with 3 minutes left in the opening period to give the H a 1-0 lead after one. Green struck again 5 minutes into the 2nd on a ball that squirted loose in the crease for him to bang in for a 2-0 lead. In the last 5 minutes of the 3rd the P's started to get their game going with a few quality scoring chances. The H had a few chances to lock the game down but French stopped a few odd man breaks to keep his team in the game. The P's kept pushing and finally landed a goal from Jeff Dunn about halfway through the period to tighten the finals up. The H had a too many men penalty and the P's were given a golden opportunity to tie the game up with 4 minutes left. They did just that as Hatchuel scored a PPG with just under 3 minutes left to stun the H.  The 3rd finished tied and the D1 finals were off to an OT for the first time in years. A boarding call a little over halfway through the first OT gave the P's a PP to try to finish the game off but they were turned away time and time again. A shot by Barrett looked to being going into the net on the PP but was stopped by a teammate screening Makowsky and the game went on. Trzeciak was later confirmed to have a concussion from the hit but played on in the heat not knowing the severity of the hit at the time. A few more quality chances by the P's late couldn't get past Makowsky and the whistle blew for the end of the first OT.  Both keepers were drained from the heat and needed a few extra minutes especially "The Professor" who almost needed a sub to play for him. After a 10-15 minute break the game moved, luckily with both keepers, on to the 2nd OT and the P's lost their momentum as the H ended the game in the first minute of double OT on a crease pile up that ended up being knocked in by Douglass for the Cup Clinching Goal. This game was one of the best playoff games in Seminary League history. The H finally had the D1 Cup back after a 4 year hiatus and both teams were exhausted and went through a highly respected handshake line. Congrats to post season MVP Danny Douglass of the Haze, MVG Mike Makowsky also of the Haze (honorable mention to Towner French), and MVF Tony Trzeciak of the Phantoms.

Congrats to the D1 Regular Season Leaders: 
Pat Young of the Gladiators with 13 points
Jerry Green of the Haze with 8 goals
Zachary Tardivo of the Gladiators and Mike Makowsky of the Haze with 7 W's each
Mike Makowsky of the Haze with a 0.88 GAA

Good luck to all of the D1 teams in the start of the Summer/Fall '13 season already underway.

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