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Zubaz Phantoms Win Their 10th Cup

The D1 playoffs almost started off with an upset as the 7th seeded Plague took on the 2nd seeded Sin City. SC's Denne opened the scoring about halfway into the 1st. The P responded with 2 goals by Satterly a minute apart in the closing minutes of the period to give his team a quick 2-1 lead going to the 2nd. The teams played a scoreless 2nd and most of the 3rd in what looked like a possible upset. SC would score with just under 2 minutes left on a broken play as Gregg threw the ball towards the net, whiffed a little and it went right to an open Popkin who backhanded a nice shot over Howell to tie the game up and send it to OT. SC would have the momentum from there and just over 3 minutes into the OT Gregg picked off a clearing attempt and rocketed a shot in from the point through a few screens for a nice OT game winner to send SC onto the 2nd round. The next game featured the top seeded Zubaz Phantoms vs. the 8th seeded Heavy Breathers. ZP's Crossey would score 5 minutes into the 1st to give his team a 1-0 lead after one. Crossey would strike again just 2 minutes into the 2nd for a 2-0 which was extended to 3-0 on a goal by ZP's Broger with just 2 minutes left in the 2nd for a 3-0 going to the 3rd. D. Feinstein would score for HB's to make the score 3-1 before Peich would ice the game for the ZP's with about 5 minutes left for a 4-1 victory. The 3rd seeded MD Sparks took on the 6th seeded Gladiators in what looked like a defensive game on paper. The prediction was spot on as both teams played a scoreless 1st in a very physical game. the G's Keeler, the league's leading goal scorer, opened the scoring 2 minutes into the 2nd on a nice PP goal to give his team a 1-0 lead after two. MDS couldn't get anything by the G's Tardivo and had one last chance with a late 3rd period PP. After a few chances the G's Young launched a length of the rink shot that went into the empty net to ice the game 2-0 and send the MDS to yet another devastating early playoff exit with so much optimism. The last game of the night featured 2 playoff tested teams in the defending champion Haze vs. the Hitmen in a battle of 4 vs. 5. The HZ's Green would put his team on the board first with a goal with 5 minutes left in the 1st for a 1-0 lead after one. The HM's D'Agnillo would quickly tie the game up with a blast just 25 seconds into the 2nd. Green would restore the H's lead with yet another goal before D'Agnillo matched him again with 6 minutes left in the period. Just a minute after the HM tied the game up Wagner gave his team a 3-2 lead heading into the 3rd. The HZ's Heintz and Wagner, again, would both score early in the 3rd to give them a commanding 3 goal lead which stood in the 5-2 victory.

In the semi's the Phantoms took on the Gladiators. The teams had a defensive scoreless first before a PPG by Evans got the P's going a few minutes into the 2nd. A few minutes later the P's MacQuarrie jumped up into the play and scored for a 2-0 lead. The G's cut the lead in half on a goal by Keeler halfway through the period. Evans would strike again with 4 minutes left in the period to regain the 2 goal lead. The G's captain Byrd would score with just over a minute left in the 2nd to send the game to the 3rd 3-2. The P's didn't waste any time restoring the 2 goal lead as just over 2 minutes in Trzeciak scored on rocket of a shot off a pass from Barrett. The G's once again were resilient and Alexandre scored just a few minutes later to make it 4-3. Keeler was alone in the slot and ripped a slapper that French made an amazing save on to keep his team in the lead. The teams battled back and forth most of the period before Evans finished off his hat trick while icing the game with 3 minutes left for the 5-3 final in an exciting game. The next figured to be more of a defensive battle between the Haze and Sin City. SC's Kalender opened up the scoring in the last minute of the 1st on a nice move to get around veteran O'Keefe to score. The teams would play a scoreless and physical 2nd period with a few PP's. The 3rd period had a few more scoring chances and the H had a late PP with just under 2 minutes remaining. They decided on the early goalie pull, even though SC would be free to ice the ball, and that decision may have cost them a chance at OT. SC's Zimmerman immediately scored after the face off to put his team up 2-0 with 1:21 to play. The H wouldn't quit and scored a semi controversial PPG by Mahtesian with 40 seconds left as the league office may have needed a review office in Toronto to determine when the whistle blew. Anyway, one last chance didn't find the net and SC advanced on a GWENG and knocked the defending champions out of the playoffs in what was possibly DD's last full time H game.

The finals were a rematch of a Fall 2011 final that Sin City won. The top seeded Zubaz Phantoms took on the 2nd seeded Sin City. It's not very often the top 2 seeds advance to the finals in either league and this figured to be another low scoring game. The teams played a very defensive 1st with very few scoring chances as neither team scored. Early in the 2nd Giesecke was in the right place a the right time as he banged in a loose rebound in front of the net off a shot from MacQuarrie to give the P's a 1-0 lead in the only goal of the period. Goalies Bender and French made a few quality saves in the 3rd before Barrett kept the ball in the SC zone and fed Trzeciak for a bomb that pretty much iced the game with around 4 minutes left. The P's Kudrick would add on an empty netter with just under a minute left for the 3-0 final and P's victory. The P's won their league leading 10th D1 Cup since the league started at Seminary in '02 and first since Spring '11. Congrats to playoff MVP/MVG Towner French of the Phantoms, MVF Curt Evans of the Phantoms and Sin City's MVP Ryan Agostinelli.

Congrats to the Regular Season Leaders: Sam Keeler of the Gladiators led the league in both goals (10) and points (13) for a clean sweep, Towner French of the Zubaz Phantoms led the league with a 1.29 GAA and tied for the league lead with 6 wins with Webb and Bender.

Great job on another competitive season. We welcome Sioux City Sarsaparilla up to D1 as the Heavy Breathers go back down to D2. Have a great winter, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and see everyone for the new Super Sunday seasons which start up on Sunday, March 2nd. Until then we will have some SUN pick up as well as the Winter Draft League on WED nights and hopefully a happy hour or two.

Commish Barrett
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