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10/21/2021 7:51 pm  #2611

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League


10/21/2021 10:05 pm  #2612

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

Wait a time to get into coma. My Diamonds are out of the playoffs. Good lord, it's a nightmare come true. And I didn't dream of a nightmare last night.
(Formerly) Owner of the Quebec Owls of the AtlHL
Now Athletic Director of the Victoria International College Clarets

10/22/2021 2:46 pm  #2613

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

1986 Kellogg Cup Playoffs: Second Round - North

#1 Thunder Bay Giants vs #23 Two Harbors Wolfpack
We had a heavyweight showdown between two Lake Superior Hockey League rivals at a sold out Fort William Gardens. It was an extremely physical contest with both teams finishing every check. It was also pretty high tempo with both offenses showing flashes of brilliance at times. At the end of three periods we were all tied up 3-3, giving us some free hockey north of the border. The teams returned to the ice to booming "Go Big Red" chants to start overtime. It would only take a couple of minutes before a hero emerged. Thunder Bay held it in the Two Harbors zone and worked it down low. The Giant puck carrier took it behind the net with some speed and rather than go wide with it, he went for the wrap around. The Wolfpack goalie was just a split second late to the post, allowing the puck to trickle across the line to send Thunder Bay to their 7th Super Series with a 4-3 win.

#6 Superior Lakers vs Ely Black Bears
Wessman Arena was rocking as the puck was dropped for this second round matchup between Superior and Ely. The Lakers drew a tripping penalty just over a minute into the game and made quick work on the man advantage to take a quick 1-0 lead over the Black Bears. Little did everyone know, that would be the only goal scored in the game. Ely would have no response despite their defense keeping the Lakers off the board for the final 57 minutes of the game. Superior moves on, shutting out the Black Bears 1-0 to make their 5th Super Series Appearance.

#3 Bemidji Blue Ox vs International Falls Ice
UPSET ALERT! International Falls punches their ticket to their second consecutive Super Series, taking down the third ranked team in the MAHL on the road. These two know each other very well, both members of the NLHL, so it wasn't a surprise to see a close game. The surprise came from just how confident the Ice played on the road. International Falls is coming off a huge road win in the first round against Winnipeg, and that win clearly gave them that extra bit of confidence they needed because they looked like world beaters in Bemidji. The Blue Ox fell behind 2-0 after one, but they pulled back to within one in the second. International Falls was able to clinch the game when they converted on the empty net with 24 seconds left to play, making it a two goal game. For the third time in the past four years, International Falls is heading to the Super Series, knocking out Bemidji by a score of 3-1.

#11 Roseau Stars vs Detroit Lakes Wood Ducks
UPSET ALERT! It is never easy to get a win in front of the Green Army in Roseau, forget in the playoffs, but that is exactly what Detroit Lakes was able to go and do. Things started off great for the Stars who dominated the opening period despite it remaining 0-0. Roseau would get on the board in the second to open the scoring, and it was looking like another classic Roseau home playoff game. But then things switched, Roseau was given a 5 minute major for high sticking after a Star winger caught a Wood Duck up high and knocked out 2 of his teeth. With a new fire lit under their bellies and a long powerplay chance, the Wood Ducks went out and buried not one, but two goals. The disastrous penalty gave Detroit Lakes a 2-1 lead heading into the third period. The Ducks played as cautiously as physically possible, icing the puck every chance they got just to break up the Roseau offensive flow. The strategy paid off as the Stars were kept off the board for the final 20 minutes. Detroit Lakes holds on to advance to their first every Super Series, upsetting #11 Roseau 2-1 in front of the Green Army.

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10/22/2021 3:20 pm  #2614

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

Hey Detroit Lakes! Glad to see the Ducks moving on.


10/22/2021 5:13 pm  #2615

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

TC North Predictions

St Cloud Bearcats over Sauk Rapids
Maplewood over Anoka
Mounds View over Plymouth
Alexandria over East Bethel


10/23/2021 2:03 pm  #2616

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

1986 Kellogg Cup Playoffs: Second Round - Twin Cities North

#10 Sauk Rapids Bulldogs vs St. Cloud Bearcats
Two long time rivals facing off for the first time ever in the playoffs with a ticket to Bloomington on the line. The game was actually moved indoors to accommodate the need for more seating and it was actually was played in St. Cloud at the Bearcats home rink, the MAC, with the Bulldogs playing as the "home" team due to their higher standing. There wasn't an open seat in the arena as the puck was dropped with fans from both teams packing the stands. They were treated to an offensive shootout with the two combining for ten goals in the game. St. Cloud gave Sauk Rapids all they could handle, but the 10th ranked Bulldogs were able to outlast the Bearcats. When the final horn sounded it was 6-4 in favor of Sauk Rapids, sending the Bulldogs to their second Super Series in team history, both coming within the past 3 years.

#24 Alexandria Norsemen vs East Bethel Cranes
This game got off to a very quick start with Alexandria scoring under a minute into the game and the Cranes responding only 2:05 later. The Norsemen would regain the lead again in the first, but East Bethel would level the score at two before the end of the first. Alexandria began to slowly but surely take over the game in the second, outshooting the Cranes 17-4 in the period. The Norsemen buried two in the second and one more in the third to give themselves a three goal cushion. East Bethel had no answer, watching the clock tick down to zero. Alexandria is heading back to the Super Series, punching their ticket for the third time in the past four years with a 5-2 victory over East Bethel.

#12 Maplewood Retrievers vs Anoka Warriors
UPSET ALERT! In a battle between two teams looking to return to the Super Series after making an appearance last year, it was the unranked Warriors from Anoka that would walk away victorious. The first period was a feeling out process with very little for offense on either side. Things opened up a bit in the second though when Anoka got on the board with the man advantage to break first blood. The Goldies would even the score 1-1 on a shot with eyes that got through a mass of bodies in front of the net untouched, beating the Anoka goaltender five hole. The third period came and went with no goals scored so we were sent to overtime at a sold out Aldrich Arena. A little under 6 minutes into overtime, we had a winner. The Warriors blocked a shot in their own end and took it the other way on a 2 on 1 break. The puck carrier looked at his teammate, pulling the defenseman towards the pass, leaving him 1 on 1 with the goalie. He decided to keep it simple and opted to shoot rather than deke. He picked his corner and rifled it, beating the Maplewood goaltender high glove side to send his team to their second Super Series. Anoka moves on, pulling off the upset in Maplewood by a score of 2-1.

#17 Mounds View Gunners vs Plymouth Militia
It was all Mounds View in this second round matchup at Shoreview Arena. The Gunners were firing on all cylinders, lighting up the Militia goalie with 40 shots in the game. Plymouth was bailed out a couple times by their netminder, but he wasn't perfect, allowing three goals against in the game. None of that matters though as the offense failed to get anything going in the Mounds View zone. Mounds View advances to their second Super Series, shutting out Plymouth 3-0.

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10/24/2021 2:01 pm  #2617

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

TC South Predictions

Minneapolis over Richfield
St Louis Park over Eden Prairie
St Paul Victorias over West St Paul
Minnetonka over Apple Valley


10/26/2021 8:30 am  #2618

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

Twin Cities South Predictions
- Richfield cruises to an upset victory over the Millers.
- Apple Valley shuts out Minnetonka.
- Easy victory for the Lous against Eden Prairie.
- Chaos ensues in the capital city. Game goes to shootouts. The Westside Waves wash the Vics in glorious fashion. Game sets a new non-Kellogg Cup MAHL attendance record.

10/26/2021 9:57 pm  #2619

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

Rochester vs Rochester is a fun one to see after all these years. Hope the Robins keep it up so that rivalry is consistent.

10/27/2021 3:43 pm  #2620

Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

1986 Kellogg Cup Playoffs: Second Round - Twin Cities South

#2 Minneapolis Millers vs Richfield Roosters
The Mighty Millers sure lived up to their nickname in this Second Round matchup with Richfield. Minneapolis first met the Roosters last year in the first round which saw the Millers advance with a 4-1 win. Things were only more one sided this time around as the second ranked Millers skated circles around the Cocks on their way to a 6-1 route of Richfield. Minneapolis returns to the Super Series for the third year in a row, their 11th all-time, knocking out Richfield in dominant fashion.

#15 Apple Valley Cardinals vs Minnetonka Muskies
Apple Valley welcomed Tonka back to the Apple Valley Sports Arena for the second year in a row. The Cards took their first meeting by a score of 2-0, and like they say, history tends to repeat itself. Apple Valley got on the board first and never gave up their lead for the rest of the game. Minnetonka would keep it close, scoring a pair of goals in the second, but the Cardinals would hold off the Muskies just enough to hold onto a two goal lead until the final horn. Apple Valley advances to their second Super Series, their first in over a decade, beating Minnetonka by a score of 4-2.

#4 St. Louis Park Louies vs Eden Prairie Pumas
Our third second round matchup saw our third rematch of a 1985 Playoff game as Eden Prairie took the 15 minute drive north to take on the Louies. Back and forth went both squads, lighting the lamp on either side of the ice seemingly at will. It was an offensive display all game long with both teams creating beautiful plays to lead to goals. It became an arms race on the scoreboard and more often than not the more skilled team will win that battle. That is what happened here as St. Louis Park fed on the hometown crowd, pushing them that extra bit that gave them the go ahead goal with 4:19 left in regulation. EP would muster a couple shots in the last few minutes, but the Louie goaltender was there to make the saves needed. The final horn sounded and the crowd erupted in cheer. St. Louis Park is heading back to the Super Series, beating Eden Prairie by a final score of 5-4.

#7 St. Paul Victorias vs West St. Paul Waves
Oh my, what a comeback! After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, the V's were able to slowly claw their way back into the game. St. Paul got on the board thanks to a lucky bounce off a WSP defenseman in front of his own net that made it a 2-1 game. The V's tied it up with the man advantage in the third period, bringing the 7,000 in attendance to life with booming "Lets Go V's" chants for minutes on end. St. Paul began to pour it on after tying it up, pinning the Waves in their own zone for long stretches of time. It clearly began to effect the Waves who were gassing out, creating more openings for the V's. A shot from the top of the circle was saved with the blocker, but the rebound went to a Victoria forward in front of the goal who slapped at it, beating the West St. Paul goaltender five hole to put St. Paul in front. The V's would continue to press until the final horn, keeping the Waves to only 3 shots in the third period. St. Paul moves on, coming back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat long time TCHL rival West St. Paul 3-2.

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