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9/07/2020 3:42 pm  #1991

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

You all know who I'm rootin' for! (Rubber Kings, Sawyers & Brewers)
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9/07/2020 3:46 pm  #1992

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

I definitely like the potential Richfield-Hastings and West St Paul-Twin Cities match-ups. I also gotta say that EGF seems criminally under-seeded. That offense could easily bring the Kellogg Cup to East Grand Forks.

9/08/2020 4:08 pm  #1993

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

1980 Kellogg Cup Playoffs; Knockout Round - North

Chisholm Flames vs Little Falls Pilots
For the first time since 1960, the Flames are playing playoff hockey in Chisholm. The CCSA (Chisholm City Sports Arena) was filled with nearly 1,700 fans as the puck was dropped for the second home Flames playoff game in team history. Things got off to a great start for the Flames, getting an early powerplay opportunity that led to a go ahead goal and there was no looking back. Chisholm was up 4 goals to 1 after two periods, but a five minute major gave the Pilots a lifeline, scoring twice in the 5 minute span to make it a one goal game in Chisholm. It was back and forth for the rest of the game with both teams getting shots on net, but both goalies were there to make the save. Little Falls pulled their goalie in the final minute and came close to tying the game on a couple rebound chances that somehow stayed out of the net. The Flames held on until the final horn sounded and the crowd erupted. Despite a push in the third by the Pilots, the Flames hold on to win by a final score of 4-3 for a date with the top seed in the North, Warroad.

Cloquet Broncos vs Moorhead Huskies
The Barn was rocking in Cloquet as the Broncos lit up the young and inexperienced Moorhead Huskies on their way to a blowout win. Moorhead actually scored the games opening goal with about 5 to go in the first, but Cloquet answered back with one at the end of the period and another early in the second to turn the game on its head. From then out it was all Broncos as Moorhead only managed 6 more shots on goal for the final 37 minutes of the game. Granted one of those shots was a breakaway that gave the Huskies their second goal of the game, but at that point it was all but over as Cloquet held a 4-1 lead. The Broncos netted their fifth of the game on their 48th shot of the game late in the third to all but put this one away as they advance with a 5-2 victory.

Crookston Kings vs Grand Marais Explorers
It was a high paced game all 3 periods with goals coming in all three frames. We were tied at 2 after the first, but the Explorers had an explosive back half of the second where they scored 4 goals to take a commanding 6-2 lead. Crookston buried a rebound in the third but that was about the extent of their offensive chances in the third as Grand Marais controlled play, killing the clock and advancing with a 6-3 win on the road.

Roseau Stars vs St. Cloud Bearcats
Roseau Memorial Arena was filled to capacity with over 3,000 on hand to watch the Stars battle the Bearcats. The puck was dropped and we were off as the Green Army began the "Lets Go Stars" chants. It was an evenly matched game with shots, hits, and time of possession all relatively close. Despite the chances both teams got, the net minders were on top of their game, keeping all shots out of the net to keep things scoreless in the North Star City. St. Cloud was called for tripping a couple minutes into the third to give the ever dangerous Roseau pp a chance. The Stars worked it around before setting up a one time blast from the high slot. The shot was an absolute rocket off the stick and through the bodies in front, blowing past the Bearcat goaltender and into the twine to put the Stars up 1-0. The Green Army became an even bigger factor after the go ahead goal as the Stars looked like they were gonna put home a second, but an open net shot rang off the pipe and was picked up by the Bearcats who took it the other way 2 on 1. The defenseman laid out in between the hash marks to block the one time pass. It was one on one between the St. Cloud forward and Roseau goaltender Tim Baumgartner. As he got to the crease he pulled the puck wide to his backhand, tucking it around the Roseau goalie who was diving out, taking out the Bearcat players skates. Despite falling backwards, the Cat was able to tuck the puck around Baumgartner and across the line to knot things at one apiece. The final horn sounded to give us some free hockey in Roseau as we went to overtime tied 1-1. It was a bit slower in the early parts of overtime with neither team wanting to make any big risks, but there were some shots for both sides. St. Cloud gained control in the offensive zone about 8 minutes in and got a shot on net from the dot that was pushed aside by the keeper. The rebound was picked up by his defender, but disaster struck when a cross ice pass was picked off by a Bearcat who was all alone in the slot, ripping a shot just inside the pipe to send St. Cloud to the next round, stunning Roseau on the road with a 2-1 overtime win.

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9/08/2020 4:50 pm  #1994

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

My Twin Cities Region predictions

Anoka over Lake Elmo

The Warriors sack Lake Elmo, winning in a blowout

Golden Valley over St Louis Park

The Chargers rely on their playoff experience to beat the Louies

White Bear Lake over Menominie

The upstart Sawyers unable to topple the East Metro stalwarts

Coon Rapids over Bloomington West

The Bandits steal a win from the Terriers

9/10/2020 2:48 pm  #1995

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

1980 Kellogg Cup Playoffs; Knockout Round - Twin Cities

Bloomington West Terriers vs Coon Rapids Bandits
The BIG was filled to capacity for the Terriers first playoff game in 7 years. The puck was dropped and we were underway in Bloomington. Things were slow early on with the two getting a feel for one another. Things began to open up later in the period after West killed a penalty and gained some momentum that was converted into offensive possession and eventually a goal. The Bandits tied things back up at one 6:49 into the second, but two goals only 38 seconds apart in the third would turn the game on its head. The Terriers kept their foot on the gas after taking a two goal lead, controlling majority of play for the remainder of the game as they hold on and knock out Coon Rapids 3-1.

Anoka Warriors vs Lake Elmo Bluejays
It was not the start that Anoka had wanted in their first playoff game of the year as the visiting Bluejays jumped out to a 2 goal lead less than 10 minutes into the game. The Warriors were able to pull within one on the powerplay, but Lake Elmo would get it back before the end of the first to lead 3-1 after 1. We got underway in the second and Anoka was much more precise, creating some scoring chances and eventually tying the game at 3 late in the second. The Warriors weren't done there though, scoring three unanswered goals in the third period to bury Lake Elmo 6-3 and advance.

White Bear Lake Braves vs Menomonie Sawyers
This was just a textbook case of a playoff proven team facing off with newcomers making their first playoff appearance. The end result was predictable to most with White Bear Lake putting on a clinic for 60 minutes, shutting out the Sawyers 4-0 and outshooting them 41-15 in the game.

St. Louis Park Louies vs Golden Valley Chargers
St. Louis Park vs Golden Valley, next door neighbors battling for the first time ever. Many in SLP have been saying that this was going to be the year that the Louies were going to finally win a playoff game, and things were looking great for the "Lou's in Blue" up 3-1 with under 3 minutes left in regulation. Golden Valley called a timeout after the St. Louis Park goalie covered the puck with 2:43 left in the game. The Chargers left their goalie on the bench in favor of the extra attacker, winning the draw and setting up like they were on the powerplay. The puck was worked form the point to a winger at the bottom of the circle who turned and fired at goal. The shot was stopped but the rebound was put home by a Golden Valley player in front to make it 3-2. The Charger bench was buzzing after the goal, sensing that a comeback was possible. Golden Valley picked up the puck in their zone and took off up ice with their goalie rushing to the bench for the extra attacker. The Changers set up once again, looking for an open lane of any kind. A winger took the puck up along the top of the circle then sauced a pass through the slot to a Charger forward on the corner of the slot who redirected it under the Louies goalie's arm and into the netting, tying the game at 3 with only 57 seconds to play. The Golden Valley players swarmed to their bench to celebrate with their team. We were off to overtime at the St. Louis Park Rec Center with all of the momentum in favor of the visitors from Golden Valley. It didn't take long for the Chargers to get some chances, getting a couple shots in the opening minutes of overtime. The Louies were unable to do much more than chip it out of their zone or ice it. The Chargers won a faceoff in the offensive zone and went d to d at the point capped off with a slapshot on goal that caused a loos puck in the slot that was poked at by a number of players before trickling behind the Louies goalie and accidentally getting kicked in by the SLP goaltender. The ref signaled goal and Golden Valley's bench exploded while the 2,000+ on hand were in stunned silence. Golden Valley completes the comeback to knock off their neighbors in heartbreaking fashion to advance by a final score of 4-3.

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9/10/2020 2:56 pm  #1996

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

It's OK, Saws...first time in the playoffs, facing a perennial power.

You'll get 'em next year!
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9/14/2020 9:43 pm  #1997

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

1980 Kellogg Cup Playoffs; First Round - North

Warroad Lakers
The Lakers had a bit of a scare thanks to a great performance from the dark horse of the Iron Range in Chisholm. The Lakers were the better team for the majority of play, outshooting the Flames 34-25 when it was all done. Despite being less skilled, Chisholm was able to keep Laker chances to the outside, and with Flames players plastered in front of the net the Flames were able to bury 3 rebound goals in the game. It would not be enough though as Warroad survives the upset scare by edging out Chisholm by a final score of 4-3.

Fort Frances Trappers vs Fargo Titans
It was a slow start in Fort Frances as the Trappers took on the Titans at Fort Frances Gardens with both teams feeling out one another through a scoreless first. Fargo opened the scoring with a bad angle shot that caused a rebound to pop right out into the slot for a rebound goal. Fort Frances would respond in the final minute of the second on a 3 on 1 break, ripping a shot under the goalies arm to tie the game at 1 after 2. Fargo regained the lead with a point blast through a screen, but the Trappers converted on a powerplay midway through the period to once again tie the score. We went to overtime to decide a winner and after a few shots back and forth the Titans chipped a pass off the boards and out of their zone to a finger who was taking off through the middle of the ice, picking up the chip and turning up ice. Just as the far defender was within a sticks reach, the Titan pulled up and dumped a pass for his trailing teammate for a one timer that rippled the twine to send Fargo to the second round with a thrilling 3-2 overtime win on the road in Fort Frances, ending the Trappers Cup dreams.

East Grand Forks Pointers vs Cloquet Broncos
The most dynamic offense in Pointer history was on full display in front of a sold out crowd at the EGF Civic Center, lighting the lamp six times on their 32 shots to bury Cloquet by a final score of 6-1.

Duluth Voyageurs vs Sauk Rapids Bulldogs
Duluth. Is. Back. The Voyageurs put any doubters to rest with this one as they completely shut down Sauk Rapids offensively, holding the Bulldogs to only 11 shots on goal in the game. The only thing preventing a complete blowout was the strong play of Sauk rapids goalie Erik Prow who denied 35 of the 37 shots he faced in the game.

Mountain Iron Cougars vs Grand Marais Explorers
The Iron Range champs had a strong showing on offense in their opening game of the 1980 playoffs as they found the back of the Grand Marais net four times on their way to victory. The Explorers were in this game for all 60 minutes, battling in the offensive zone and creating opportunities. The Garnet and Gold managed to put two past the Cougar net minder but it would not be enough as Mountain Iron advances with a 4-2 victory.

Brainerd Lumberjacks vs Grand Rapids Moose
In what could best be described as a war, the Lumberjacks and Moose battled along the boards, in open ice, and even from the benches with the teams yapping at one another with only the scorers table separating them. It all started after a Grand Rapids forward poked at the Jacks goalie who had the puck covered. The Brainerd goaltender did not take kindly to the jab in the hand and a scuffle unfolded. No penalties were called but tensions were beginning to rise at Brainerd Civic Arena. The hitting picked up for both sides after the scrum, but a huge open ice hit from Brainerd caused a Moose forward to see stars. This of course caused another scrum this time with some punches being thrown in the middle of the mass of bodies. It just escalated from there with a scrum or fight breaking out seemingly every whistle. Brainerd finally put home a rebound late in the second to open the scoring and send the BCA into a frenzy. A Moose high sticked a Lumberjack causing another scuffle ending with Brainerd getting a 4 on 3 powerplay opportunity. With the open ice the Jacks were able to create space for some one time chances until one rang off the pipe and in to give Brainerd a 2-0 lead. Grand Rapids did not give in though, they kept battling and converted on an odd man rush to get on the board to make it a one goal game. Despite their best efforts, Grand Rapids was not able to net the game tying goal, falling by a final score of 2-1 to send Brainerd to the second round and it seems like a new non-league rivalry has been formed.

Virginia Royals vs St. Cloud Bearcats
St. Cloud got the scoring started midway through the first on their 3rd shot of the game, beating the Royals goalie with a redirect in front. Virginia woke up in the second, scoring 4 unanswered goals to turn the game on its head. The Royals netted one more in the third for good measure to knock out St. Cloud by a final score of 5-1.

Bemidji Blue Ox vs Silver Bay Beavers
Bemidji welcomed the Beavers to the John S. Glas Fieldhouse, home of the Bemidji State Beavers and the Bemidji Blue Ox. This was very much a Blue Ox hockey game with the Babes clogging up Silver Bay's skating lanes and throwing the body around. The Ox defense has been their backbone in recent years and their goaltender was on top of his game on the night, turning away all 29 shots he faced for the shutout. Silver Bay had a good defensive game as well, keeping the Blue Ox off the board for nearly 50 minutes. Bemidji finally broke through on a rip from the dot from up and coming star winger Derry Ness who rifled a shot into the top corner of the net, nearly causing the roof of the Glas to blow right off. Ness's goal would prove to be the game winner as Bemidji held on to advance with a 1-0 win.

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9/14/2020 10:01 pm  #1998

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

Second Round Preview - North

Warroad Lakers vs Fargo Titans
Warroad had a bit of a scare in their opening game but survive and will take on Fargo who is coming off a huge overtime win against Fort Frances. The Titans have shown that they are able to win on the road, but Warroad is the top seed in the north for a reason. Will the Lakers punch their ticket back to the Super Series after a 5 year hiatus? Or will Fargo shock Hockeytown USA and make the trip to Bloomington?

East Grand Forks Pointers vs Duluth Voyageurs
This is my game to watch in the north with East Grand Forks having one of the best offenses in MAHL history taking on a re surging Duluth Voyageurs squad who pride themselves on their defense and have their best squad since the early 60s. Will the Pointers offense be too much to handle? Or will Le Bleus keep the dream of bringing the Cup back to the Zenith City?

Mountain Iron Cougars vs Brainerd Lumberjacks
Mountain Iron is looking to make their first Super Series birth and the talent they possess should be able to take them there, but they have to get past Brainerd. The Lumberjacks will be bruised up a bit after their physical battle against Grand Rapids, but the GHL champs should not be taken lightly. Will the Cougars pounce on their chance at the Super Series? Or will the Lumberjacks grind their way back to Bloomington?

Virginia Royals vs Bemidji Blue Ox
This one is a long time coming with the Ox and Royals facing off for the first time in 35 years. The Royals are hoping to make one last push for the Super Series before their window closes, while Bemidji is a team on the up and up with a very strong defense and some good young talent up front. Will the Royals keep the hunt for one more crown alive with a win? Or will the Bemidji bring Babe back to the Super Series?

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9/15/2020 12:09 pm  #1999

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

Twin Cities Region First Round Predictions

Minneapolis over Bloomington West
The Millers prove their dominance with a thrashing of the Terriers

Richfield over White Bear Lake
The Roosters sneak past the Braves

Golden Valley over Twin Cities
The Chargers continue their run and prove that names aren't everything

Roseville over Anoka
The Rockets put the hurt on the Warriors

Edina over Eau Claire
The Cake Eaters look to make one last run

Como over West St Paul
The Sea Lions catch a spark and upset the Waves

Stillwater over Hastings
The Volunteers look to replicate last years magical run

Brooklyn Park over Mounds View
The North Metro champs out-gun the Gunners

9/17/2020 3:59 pm  #2000

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

1980 Kellogg Cup Playoffs; First Round - Twin Cities

Minneapolis Millers vs Bloomington West Terriers
It was almost exactly the same situation as 74 when West stunned the top ranked Millers 2-0 in the first round of the playoffs. That loss is still fresh in the minds of the Millers and still stings just as hard so it was no surprise to see the Mighty Millers throwing around their size and speed to take control of this one early. The Terriers had no answer for the Miller goaltender who turned aside all 26 shots he faced to shut out West by a final score of 3-0 to keep the Millers season alive.

Brooklyn Park Panthers vs Mounds View Gunners
The Gunners came into Brooklyn Park with a chip on their shoulders being the higher ranked team but being forced to play on the road thanks to the Panthers winning their league. Mounds View struck early, adding a second goal midway through the first to get the game in their control. BP made it a one goal game but the Gunners got it back, this continued back and forth for the remainder of the game with Mounds View never giving up their lead. The final horn sounded and the scoreboard read 5-3 in favor of the Gunners. This game is especially hard for the Panthers who were hoping to win their first playoff game but instead go to 0-6 all time in the post season.

Roseville Rockets vs Anoka Warriors
Roseville Ice Arena was filled to capacity as the Rockets took the ice for their first home playoff game in franchise history. The atmosphere was electric and the Rockets were feeding off of it in the first, controlling possession and popping home a shot from the top of the circle to take a 1-0 lead. Anoka bounced back in the second with two goals late in the period to give themselves the lead heading into the third. The third belonged to Roseville who was swarming the Warrior zone for what seemed like the whole period. The only thing standing in the way was Anoka's netminder who was playing out of his mind, stopping everything he saw. The Rockets finally got through on a shot from the point through a screen, tying the game 2-2. The horn sounded and we were off to overtime. Over 13 minutes passed with limited chances for either side, but a high sticking penalty gave the Warriors a powerplay opportunity. The dubs won the draw and set up along the boards, working the puck down in the corner. A winger dished it low and broke towards the slot where he got the puck back on a one touch pass. Instead of shooting, he slid it to the far hashmark where a teammate was sitting all alone for a one timer into the open net. Warriors flung themselves over the boards in celebration, Anoka has knocked off the East Metro Champions in the first round with a 3-2 overtime win.

Edina Cake Eaters vs Eau Claire Rubber Kings
Braemar Arena was sold out yet again as the Cake Eaters welcome Eau Claire to the Hornets Nest. The Gold Domes got on the board first thanks to a nice set up by Cole Nanne, but the Rubber Kings would come marching back with 3 goals between the first and second to silence the hometown crowd. Edina capitalized on a powerplay late in the second to make it 3-2 heading into the third and from the drop of the puck in the third to the final horn it was all Eaters. Edina outshot Eau Claire 16-3 in the third period, scoring on two of their sixteen shots to take back the lead. Despite a bit of a scare, the Cake Eaters survive to play another day, advancing with a 4-3 win.

Richfield Roosters vs White Bear Lake Braves
Another east-west battle, this time between two powers that are facing off for the first time in Richfield and White Bear. The WMHL champions were firing on all cylinders on the attack in this one, getting a total of 37 when all was said and done compared to the Braves who totaled 25. The shot totals are actually a pretty accurate description of how this one went with the Cocks being the better team and coming out on top, but the Braves were there and had their chances as well. When all was said and done Richfield was on top 4-2, getting them to the second round for the 4th year in a row.

Hastings Rivermen vs Stillwater Volunteers
Far and away the best game of the first round in the Twin Cities Region was this triple overtime marathon between Hastings and Stillwater. This was a game many were expecting to be a battle and boy was it. These two teams are very similar in many ways, from their recent success, to their style of play, to the size of the towns. The play on the ice was terrific with two skill heavy teams flying back and forth for 60 minutes, but the score was knotted at 2 apiece. Two overtimes came and went with neither side getting through so we went to the 6th period in Hastings. A little past the 7 minute mark of the period the Rivermen took control and went down 2 on 1. The puck carrier ripped a shot hard and low from the hashmark that was stopped by the Vol goalie, but the rebound popped right to the tape of the other Hastings forward who slapped it past the goalie into the back of the net. Hastings Civic Arena exploded as the Rivermen swarmed the goal scorer, Hastings advances to the second round with a thrilling 3 OT win over Stillwater.

Twin Cities Vulcans vs Golden Valley Chargers
The Vulcans are looking to avenge their heartbreaking loss to the Chargers in the first round back in 77. After a slow start in the first, the Vulcans opened things wide open in the second as they scored 3 in the first 10 minutes of the period. The Chargers got one back, but the Vulcans got their fourth before the end of the period. The Reds ripped a shot off the pipe and in on the powerplay in the third to all but put this one away now up 5-1. Golden Valley did get one back, but it was far too little as the Vulcans move on with a 5-2 win in their return to the playoffs.

West St. Paul Waves vs Como Sea Lions
A couple Twin Cities Hockey League foes did battle in West St. Paul. The visitors from Como got the games first goal with 2:46 left in the first, taking a one goal lead into the period break. The Waves came out strong in the second and were able to put home a rebound to tie the game at 1. We went to the third all tied up, but the Waves were beginning to gain some momentum. The Sea Lions made a poor decision in the offensive zone leading to a turnover that sent a WSP forward in on goal all alone, beating the goalie five hole to take a 2-1 lead. Cheered on by "Roll Waves" and "Lets Go Waves" chants, West St. Paul was able to hold off the Como attackers. The Waves converted on the empty net with under a minute to play to secure the win by a final score of 3-1.

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