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7/27/2023 2:14 pm  #101

Re: Metropolitan Hockey League: 1926 Abbott Cup

MitchSwanson94 wrote:

The Chauffeurs look great! Not much of a fan of Ottawa’s stripe, but don’t flat out dislike it. That Chicago road jersey though looks a little busy with three colors, kinda reminds me of a barber pole. Hopefully DC gets a team sooner than later, great work!

Welcome aboard! The mindset for Chicago was kinda like a half-barberpole. Won't confirm or deny anything about DC at the moment.

1925 MHL Free Agency

Like all other MHL offseasons so far, disbanding teams meant that some good players were up for grabs as free agents. Every team made at least one noteworthy move, though some had more interesting offseasons than others.

In Boston, the Harpers re-signed 3 pieces of their roster in Hugh Mathieu, Bill Morris, and Thomas Badie. None of the 3 were true superstars, but were all good secondary pieces to keep the team’s depth in check. Their lone free agent signing was Maurice Coombs from Peoria. Coombs put on over half a point per game on the league’s worst team, so he should be a big help to Boston’s offense.

In Brooklyn, the Kings signed two of Cornwall’s secondary scorers, Derek Collins and Dom Meredith. Byron Francis was far and away the Loyalists’ best scorer, but Collins and Meredith were among their best forwards as well. They also made a trade with the Montreal Greys, acquiring defender Jim Wright in exchange for Forward John Giguere. Newspapers crowned the Kings the winner of the trade, as Wright is a solid two-way defenseman who can anchor their backend.

In Chicago, the Wildcats made a few significant moves. First, they re-signed Victor Gosselin, who scored the most goals among any Wildcat player in 24-25. As well, they acquired young goalie Vinny Hubalick, who played limited but impressive minutes in Peoria, such as a 2.30 GAA and 0.923 SV%. While Phil James is still under contract as their #1 choice, Hubalick is poised as their goalie of the future. As well, they acquired Gordon Paquette from Toronto, who looks to be a top-line presence offensively.

In Indy, the Chauffeurs did the best they could to put together a respectable lineup. Their most significant move in terms of money was for Ken Oppenheimer, who was Peoria’s goalie the previous year. While he’s sure to post better numbers in Indy, people were a little concerned about why the 3rd-richest deal in FA this offseason was for a goalie who went 14-38 with an 0.867 SV%. The Chauffeurs also acquired some veteran names like Marc Shack & James Pasztor, who should be key contributors toward the team.

In Kingston, the Sentinels re-signed C Cody Trice, the team’s premier defensive centre. Other moves include the re-signing of Ernest Girard, who though injured, still put up 18 goals in 31 games. As well, they signed Todd Roderick to a cheap deal. Roderick was one of the league’s top scorers in 23-24, but had a massive regression the following year in Peoria. Kingston is hoping that’s a product of playing for the Foxes, and not just regression due to age.

In Montreal, the Barons had a concensus great offseason. They signed John Gagnon from Ottawa, who was a good forechecker. As well, they acquired young star Aaron Lilley from the Lumberjacks for cash. The 20-year-old Lilley put up 35 goals and 46 points in his first season, and is only going to get better. Their lone question mark was the re-signing of Kenneth Paquette, who put up uninspiring numbers offensively despite his new contract making him paid like a star center.
Staying in Montreal, the Greys had a relatively quiet offseason. Their lone major move was the acquisition of John Giguere from Brooklyn in exchange for D Jim Wright. While Giguere is a first-rate defensive forward, the Greys blueline was already thin before trading Wright away. It will be interesting to see how the team fares defensively.

In Nassau County, the Lynx tried to make steps towards becoming a contender. Their biggest move was signing Graham Walsh from Syracuse, who put up great numbers on a first-year team, including 19 goals. He will look to be a secondary contributor. The Lynx also made 3 amateur player signings, the most of any team. Rejean Vallee, William Robinson, and James Bos will all look to make their mark, and help the Lynx surprise some people this year.

In Manhattan, the Blue Birds didn’t do too much, and they didn’t have to. First, they re-signed reigning team goalscoring leader Falconer King to a long-term deal. 1924-25 was a breakout year for the 27-year-old, and New York hopes he can keep up the scoring. They also re-signed steady vets John Lavigne and Jacques Barbe. Lavigne kept the blueline steady for the Birds, while Barbe hopes to regain his previous form from their championship seasons.

In Ottawa, the Lumberjacks had a high-octane offseason. First, they re-signed leading scorer Alden Bergeron for 4 years. Bergeron scored 34 goals in 24-25, a career high. A few days after that, they made the biggest move of free agency, signing league-wide scoring leader Byron Francis to a 7 year deal. Francis was the biggest name on the market after the folding of Cornwall. In a corresponding move, they traded outstanding rookie Aaron Lilley to Montreal for cash. While letting Lilley go was tough, Francis should be more than enough as a replacement.

In Pittsburgh, recent Abbott Cup finalist Ints had a thorough offseason. First, they re-signed Larry Nelson and Allan Dyck, solid secondary offensive pieces. Their biggest FA signing was Alexander Walters, who was a solid player for the Foxes. They also took a flyer on former Loyalist Matthew Gagne, whose season in 24-25 was cut short by a torn Achilles. Lastly, they signed two amateur defensemen in Jack O’Connor and Eric Graham, who will try to make their marks on Pittsburgh’s thin backend.

In Syracuse, the now second-year Icemen made a big splash with the trade acquisition of Jack Warren from Toronto. Warren, 29, scored 29 goals and 40 points in 47 games in 24-25. He was traded for cash, as his wish to play for an American team was granted. Warren won 3 championships with the Lakers, and leaves Toronto with 135 goals and 183 points, both franchise bests. Another big acquisition was the signing of D Ned Clarke, who was a solid presence on the Barons’ blueline the past two seasons.

Lastly, in Toronto, the reigning champion Lakers re-signed two major pieces: Sylvain Ermengille and Jerome Bouchard. Ermengille is Toronto’s offensive cornerstone and leader, while Bouchard has been a shaky but solid presence in net. After those re-signings, the Lakers made a shocking major trade, sending D Jack Warren to Syracuse for cash. Warren, an American, asked to play for an American team as he reaches his 30s. They made a second trade, sending W Gordon Paquette to Chicago, also in exchange for cash. Toronto is one of the richest teams in the league, so analysts were puzzled as to why they could be acquiring even more cash. 



1925-26 MHL Pre-season

Once again, the MHL continued its tradition of changing the number of games. This year’s regular season would be 56 games. However, the number of playoff teams would remain static, at 4 teams, 2 from each division. Both rounds of the playoffs would remain the same format, a best-of-3, and the format would be East vs West, unlike previous years.

Toronto Star journalist Frederick Winton released his yearly rankings of the teams in each position, as well as the top overall players. (Let me know what you think of this graphic)


7/27/2023 2:52 pm  #102

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I like the new graphic a lot! Interesting to see Toronto look like they might fall of after such a dominant run, have a feeling the patten may repeat, with the Bluebirds continuing their even year dominance, even though their crosstown rivals have the best player in the league (at the moment). Can't wait for the season!


7/29/2023 10:56 am  #103

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1925-26 MHL Season: First Half

The first half of the 1925-26 season was fairly close to as predicted, though there were some surprises as well. When comparing the two divisions, the East was comfortably stronger than the West, with the top 3 teams of the first half all playing there.

Leading the West Division were surprise surprise, the Toronto Lakers. Reports of their demise appeared to be greatly exaggerated, as they were once again at the top. However, their form wasn’t quite on the level it had been in previous years. The Lakers’ forwards weren’t giving fans too much confidence, but their defenders were doing great on both sides of the ice. The Lakers sit at 16-10.

Sitting in 2nd and enjoying a nice bounce-back were the Chicago Wildcats. They made a couple of bold trades, both of which seem to be paying off. First, they sent newly-signed forward Victor Gosselin to New York in exchange for another freshly signed forward, Falconer King. As well, they sent defender Donald Benoit to Nassau for F John Martin. These moves, along with the stellar play of W Dan Vanderbeken, have Chicago at 15-11-1.

Sitting in 3rd, just outside of the playoff picture are the Pittsburgh Ints. Even though superstar Joseph Ocking is having a slow start, the Ints are doing their part to be in the playoff race, especially due to the emergence of players like Lawrence Nelson. The 21-year-old Nelson already has set a career-high in goals and leads the league overall in both goals and points. Pittsburgh sits at 15-12-1, right in the thick of things.

The bottom 3 teams in the West were all struggling, effectively making it a 3-team race for the playoffs. Ottawa has been rattled with lots of injuries, including a broken ankle for reigning scoring leader Byron Francis. In Kingston, the Sentinels are greatly disappointing, and their strong defense isn’t getting any help from their putrid offense. Lastly, the expansion Chauffeurs are doing reasonably well for a first-year team, but as is the pattern in the MHL, their defense is far and away the worst in the league. The three teams sit at 22, 20, and 16 points, respectively.

In the East, the Brooklyn Kings were on top as many predicted. Their offseason additions have been doing their part to make the Kings the league’s top team overall. In particular, defenseman Derek Collins was doing well, with 9 goals in 26 games. However, the main reason for the Kings’ success is Frank Clercius, who has an unreal 1.58 GAA and 0.922 SV% so far. Brooklyn sits at 19-9-1.

In second, and not going away easily are the New York Bluebirds. They had a slow start, and as a result made a huge trade, giving away Falconer King to Chicago in exchange for Victor Gosselin. So far, Gosselin has been great in New York, with 10 goals in 20 games for the team. This is making up for players such as Jacques Barbe and Andrew Moehring, who are both struggling so far. New York sits at 18-10-1.

In third, and only out of the playoffs on points percentage are the Boston Harpers. While they are playing good hockey, analysts believe that their second half is bound to see a decline, as neither their offense nor defense has been considered excellent so far. With that being said though, they could surprise in the second half and knock out one of the New York teams for that second spot. Boston sits at 18-11-1.

Sitting in 4th and 5th are the Montreal Greys and Barons, respectively. both teams were expected to be more competitive than they currently are, and their shortcomings are for completely opposite reasons. The Greys have been superb defensively but anemic offensively, while the Barons’ offense has been great and their defense awful. For the Greys, Alan Clercius is putting up MVP-esque numbers in net, but their offense has 60 goals in 28 games to show for it. For the Barons, their 77 goals for is second among non-playoff teams, but their 79 goals against have left them near 0.500. The Greys sit at 13-13-2, while the Barons sit at 14-15.

The final two places in the East belong to the division’s newest teams, the Nassau Lynx and Syracuse Icemen. The Lynx have been disappointed as many expected them to take a step forward this year. However, their offense just hasn’t done that, and their goals/game is dead last in the league. Syracuse isn’t fairing much better, with their offense being only slightly better, but their defensive stats are second-worst, with only the first-year Chauffeurs being worse. with playoffs out of the picture for both teams, they look to end the season strongly. Nassau sits at 11-17, while Syracuse sits at 10-16-1.

I'm working on expanding my graphics even more, so here's a league leaders graphic!

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7/29/2023 7:52 pm  #104

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Toronto and New York being contenders, what a surprise (sarcasm). Well, nice to see Boston contending after being written off before the season. Like the new leaders graphic as well! Have a feeling that this may be the end for Nassau considering there are two other elite clubs right nearby while they are in the gutter. 


7/31/2023 11:27 am  #105

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1925 MHL Season: Second Half

The second half of the 1925-26 season didn’t see too much movement, though both playoff races came down to the wire. the big story of the second half was the East’s continued dominance over the West. As a whole, the East dominated in interdivisional play, and it showed in the standings, as the 3rd seed in the East would’ve won the West.

The Toronto Lakers remained on top of the West Division, not giving up their lead. However, their second half play wasn’t quite the same as the first half in terms of consistency and intensity. Despite this, they still managed to move away from the other teams and clinch the division with time to spare. Sylvain Ermengille led the league in scoring, and became the first player to do so multiple times. Toronto finished at 33-23.

Finishing 2nd and just sneaking into the playoffs on a tiebreaker were the Pittsburgh Ints. For the second straight year, they clinched the last spot on the final day. In a crucial matchup against Montreal, the Ints came back from a 2-goal deficit to win it in overtime, clinching a spot on head-to-head over Chicago. They should be thankful to be in the West though, as they wouldn’t have qualified had they been in the East. Pittsburgh finished at 29-26-1.

Finishing 3rd and heartbreakingly outside of the playoffs were the Chicago Wildcats. They were neck and neck with Pittsburgh the entire way, but a shocking 5-0 loss to already-eliminated Ottawa in the final days of the season was the backbreaker. They did manage to win on the final day, but Pittsburgh’s win over Montreal sealed their fate. It’s unfortunate for the Wildcats, as the league’s leading goalscorer in Dan Vanderbeken will not be seeing any playoff action this year. Chicago finished at 29-26-1, the exact same record as Pittsburgh.

The bottom 3 teams in the West remained the same, and in the same order. Ottawa’s second half was actually above 0.500, as Byron Francis recovering from a broken ankle was a big boost for their offense. However, it still wasn’t close to enough to sniff the playoffs. They finished at 25-31. Kingston also improved in the second half, but like Ottawa, it wasn’t close at all. They’ll at least have some foundation to build on for 1926-27, finishing at 24-32. Lastly, in Indianapolis, The Chauffeurs just collapsed in the second half. They won just 5 of their last 28 games, as their defense let other teams feast on them. They were the only team that allowed over 3 goals against per game, at 3.5. Indy finished at 13-43, the second-worst record in league history.

In the East, it was Brooklyn that finished on top, becoming the first team not named the New York Bluebirds to do so. Their defense was lights out the whole way through, allowing only 1.66 goals against per game, an MHL record. With their offense being near the top of the league as well, they rolled over their competition, and are surely the favourites to win the Abbott Cup. Brooklyn finished at 39-16-1.

In second, the New York Bluebirds didn’t make it easy for Brooklyn. They too were elite defensively, and their offense was elite. They made the battle for #1 tough, but in the end the Kings were just that little bit better. In an interesting change from previous years, the Birds didn’t have one superstar stand out. Players like Andrew Moehring, Jacques Barbe and David Price contributed, but not at a superstar level like before. New York finished at 37-18-1, just 4 points behind Brooklyn.

Angrily finishing 3rd and missing the playoffs were the Boston Harpers. They finished 3rd in the East and 3rd overall, becoming the best team in MHL history to miss the playoffs. It got to a point where team manager Val Singer threatened to sue the MHL and James Burris if the league didn’t change their playoff format immediately. Boston finished at 34-21-1, just 6 points behind New York, and 3 points ahead of Toronto overall.

Finishing 4th and 5th were the Montreal Greys and Barons. Both teams were playoff contenders, but being in the stacked east showcased their flaws, keeping them near 0.500 the whole way. The Greys’ offense could never get going, so a historic season by Alan Clercius was wasted. On the other hand, the Barons’ defense let them down consistently, so their league-leading 2.8 goals per game wouldn’t see postseason action either. The Greys finished at 28-26-2, while the Barons finished at a perfectly balanced 28-28.

The only other change in the standings after Pittsburgh leapfrogging Chicago was Syracuse doing the same to Nassau. Neither team had a drastically different second half, but Syracuse did go on a hot streak near the end to avoid finishing last. The Icemen’s offense was starting to come into its own, allowing them to bail out the defense occasionally. In Nassau County, the Lynx couldn’t win a close game to save themselves. As well, goaltender Ted Harvey finished in the top 5 for save percentage, but the high volume of shots proved to be too much. Syracuse finished at 21-34-1, while the Lynx finished at 20-36.

Playoff Predictions:

W1 - Toronto Lakers vs W2 - Pittsburgh Internationals
Previous Meeting: 1925 Abbott Cup Final
Result: Toronto 2-0 Pittsburgh

The Lakers and Ints meet in a rematch of last year’s championship series. Toronto proved too tough for Pittsburgh to handle, but they’re certain to try and get revenge this time.

The season series was evenly split between these two, with each winning 2 games apiece. 3 of those 4 games were by 2 goals or less, and 1 of them was in overtime. The key to this series will be the health of Toronto’s Sylvain Ermengille, who lead the league in scoring. He’s going to play, but he won’t be at 100%. If Pittsburgh can neutralize his play, they have a decent shot here. 

My pick: The Lakers eliminate the Ints once again, taking this series in 3.

E1 - Brooklyn Kings vs E2 - New York Bluebirds
Previous Meeting: 1924 Semifinals
Result: New York 2-0 Brooklyn

This series is going to have a lot of eyes on it. The top two teams in the league, from the same city, with a spot in the Abbott Cup on the line? This is gonna be good.

There were 5 games between these two, and Brooklyn won 3 of them, 2 of them in overtime. While there were some close games, there were also some blowouts. New York won one matchup 6-2, and Brooklyn handily shut down New York 3-0 in another. It could really go either way here.

My pick: New York knocks off the Kings, winning this series 2-1.

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7/31/2023 5:16 pm  #106

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well, boston missed the playoffs, and that sucks, but at least they had a nice point total

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7/31/2023 6:43 pm  #107

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Yeah, Boston deserved to go to the playoffs, they should be back with a vengeance next season. Should be interesting to see who comes out on top this time. Wonder if the Toronto in odd years, New York in even years will continue or will it be someone else. 


9/05/2023 4:20 pm  #108

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1926 MHL Playoffs: Semifinals

(W1) Toronto Lakers (33-23) vs (W2) Pittsburgh Internationals (29-26-1)

A rematch of the previous year’s Abbott Cup Final would determine who would be the West’s representative in the 1926 edition.

Game 1 started with the visiting Ints getting on the board first, thanks to Larry Nelson. Toronto would tie it up fairly quickly though. The Ints had most of the momentum in the period, outshooting the Lakers 14-8, but the 1-1 scoreline remained through 20. The second was more even, though Pittsburgh would take the lead once more, thanks to Jean Mercier. Toronto wasn’t looking at their best. After 40, Pittsburgh retained that one-goal lead. In the third, the Lakers still couldn’t get anything going, and while Jerome Bouchard did what he could to keep it close, two late goals from Nelson and Michael Stevenson sealed the deal for the Ints, and Pittsburgh took game 1 in Toronto, 4-1.

Game 2 saw Toronto finally look like the #1 seed that they were, as Greg Mullins gave them the lead just 90 seconds in. However, Pittsburgh would tie it up before the halfway point, and they once again did a great job limiting the Lakers’ chances. In the second period, Toronto lit it up. Kenneth Moore gave them the lead again early on, then Robert Andrews doubled the lead 5 minutes later. Later on, Sylvain Ermengille made it 4-1, giving the Lakers a commanding lead heading into the third. Toronto would continue being the better possession team in the final frame, but Pittsburgh would capitalize on their chances. They would get two goals to open the period, making it a 1-goal game. However, a late goal by Greg Mullins negated any comeback, and tied the series at 1.

Game 3 started off heavily in Toronto’s favour, as they dominated shots and possession. Ermengille opened the scoring, and all was going smoothly for the Lakers until Nelson tied it up in the final minute of the first. This gave them momentum, which they took into the second period, getting two quick goals. Toronto would come back firing, and eventually tied it back up with 8 minutes left in the period. However, the Ints would get one more goal from Stevenson to retake the lead heading into the third. With it now being do or die, Toronto played their best defensive hockey of the series, not letting the Ints get any chance at taking a 2-goal lead. Francois Girard scored on a power play, and this game was destined for overtime. Early in the extra frame, Pittsburgh had the puck in deep, and a mad scramble in front broke out. George Jack put a loose puck past Bouchard, and Pittsburgh had done it. They moved on to the Abbott Cup final for the second consecutive year, with a thrilling 5-4 victory.

(E1) Brooklyn Kings (39-16-1) vs (E2) New York Blue Birds (37-18-1)

It was a battle of New York to determine the Eastern representative of the Abbott Cup final. Both teams knew there was more to this, as the losing team wouldn’t hear the end of it from the winning team. They didn’t want to be the losers of the city, so it was tense the whole way through.

New York got off to a hot start in game 1, with Jacques Barbe opening the scoring early on. The opening frame had a took of action in shots and great chances, but this early goal was the difference through 20 minutes. In a similar way to the first, the second frame opened with a quick goal, from Brooklyn’s Andy Williams. Despite this goal, however, the period was dominated by the Birds. By the end of the frame, they’d mustered 30 shots, though only one had beaten Frank Clercius. In the final frame, you could feel the tension in the air. Both teams traded chances, but the scoring wouldn’t come until the final minutes. Paul Anderson gave Brooklyn their first lead, but Dale Harvey would tie it up soon after. Game 1 was headed to overtime. One extra frame didn’t solve anything, but early in the second frame, Jim Wright snuck one past Moses Addison, and Main Arena erupted. Brooklyn had a 1-0 series lead.

To start game 2, the Kings were greeted by Blue Bird fans showering them with newspapers and other trash. Once that was sorted out, it was game time. New York came to play, with their players hitting hard, shooting hard, and not letting Brooklyn get anything. The Birds opened scoring once again, via Lewis Urban. In the second, New York put up a shooting clinic, peppering Clercius with shots from every angle. Remarkably, only one of them was a goal, as Urban once again found the back of the net. Heading into the final frame, New York was fully in control. In the third, New York continued playing as they were, and Brooklyn just couldn’t find an answer. Daniel Prince score a late goal to seal the deal. the Birds won Game 2 3-0, and the two teams headed back across town for a winner-take-all Game 3.

In game 3, play had to be delayed for 15 minutes after Birds and Kings fans got into a brawl outside Main Arena. Around 50 people were involved, and 10 were arrested. Once play got underway, you could tell both teams were playing safe, not wanting to get caught. New York would eventually get a power play, and Jacques Barbe would convert it, giving the Birds the icebreaker for the third straight game. In the second, New York looked to be the better team, but Clercius was doing well to deny them any more goals. The Kings weren’t getting too much, but Paul Anderson did tie the game halfway through, making the home crowd alive again. In the third, New York once again peppered Clercius with shots, but he was remarkable. Many times it looked like something was going past, but he’d spring into place to rob a sure goal. Eventually, the dam couldn’t take it anymore, and Andrew Moehring gave the Birds a lead with 2:05 to play. Victor Gosselin would pot one home less than a minute later. Brooklyn wouldn’t give up, and they’d get one back within the final minute, but they didn’t have enough time to tie it up. New York emerged victorious, heading to the Abbott Cup final once again.

Abbott Cup Final Preview:

(E2) New York Blue Birds vs (W2) Pittsburgh Internationals
Previous Meeting: 1925 Semifinals
Result: Pittsburgh 2-0 New York

A rematch of the semifinals is the stage for this year’s Abbott Cup final. The two teams have faced off the playoffs twice, with either side winning 1 series. To note is that New York won the previous Abbott Cup matchup, in 1922.

New York took the season series 4-1, only allowing Pittsburgh 13 goals in those games. New York has both the head-to-head and experience advantages here, it will be hard for cupless Pittsburgh to beat a team that already has multiple Abbott Cups, but it’s not out of the question.

My Pick: Pittsburgh puts up a fight, but New York claims their 3rd Abbott Cup, winning the series 2-1.

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9/06/2023 9:33 am  #109

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Even though I have a real hard time supporting a Pittsburgh hockey team, real or not, gonna have to go for the Ints in this one.


9/16/2023 10:34 am  #110

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1926 MHL Playoffs: Abbott Cup Final

(E2) New York Blue Birds (37-18-1) vs (W2) Pittsburgh Internationals (29-26-1)

Game 1 was held at New York Stadium, one of the most intimidating rinks in the league. the Birds had won 21 out of 29 games there in 1925-26, while the Ints were barely above 0.500 on the road.

The game started, and New York did as they usually do, get a bunch of shots and dominate play. However, the Ints were doing well not getting completely outplayed. They got some chances of their own to start off. The first bit of the game didn’t have any scoring, and the first goal came with just over 6 minutes to play in the frame, from Pittsburgh’s Alexander Walters. New York’s Moses Addison rarely seemed have one goal get him down, but that first goal did something to him, as the Ints would get an easy second goal soon after. Before long, they had scored 2 more, making it 4-0 after 1. The New York crowd was stunned. Nothing like this had even come close to happening the past few seasons.

New York wasn’t playing bad, but they definitely tightened up the defense in the second. It came at the cost of more scoring chances, but they did prevent the Ints from getting any more good looks. Eventually, Lewis Urban got a goal for the Birds, putting them on the board. Just 46 seconds later, Danny Prince found twine, and suddenly the lead was down to 2. The building was starting to come to life again, and when Jacques Barbe made it a one-goal game in the final few minutes, it was almost deafening. Eventually, in the dying seconds of the period a shot from the point went off a defender’s skate, off Barbe, and past Denis Jones, tying the game at 4. New York Stadium erupted, and it was a brand new game.

Pittsburgh must have got a good talking-to in the second intermission, because they started the third period with a mission. They were finding ways through the New York defense, and less than 5 minutes in, Allan Dyck’s 2nd goal of the game had them back on top. Knowing full well how New York could strike at any second, they focused on defense for the remainder of the game, and it paid off. The Birds couldn’t get anything going, and the Ints held on, to take game 1 5-4, and lead the best-of-3 series 1-0.

Game 1: Pittsburgh 5, New York 4 (Pittsburgh leads series 1-0)

The two teams travelled to Pittsburgh’s Davis Bowl for Game 2. The Ints were looking to win their first ever Abbott Cup in their own city, while the Birds were fighting for their life. hoping to bring the series back to the Big Apple.

New York started on the right foot, getting good chances and playing good defense. They had a scare early on when Andrew Moehring appeared to be injured, but he stayed in the game. Allan Dyck had a breakaway looking for the icebreaker, but Moses Addison stood tall. The first goal would come in the final 5 minutes of the game, a power play marker from John Lavigne, who snatched the puck from a defender before going five-hole on Jones. The 1-0 scoreline held through the end of 1.

Pittsburgh wasn’t happy with their slow start, and they came out firing in the second. They good multiple good looks, and had two early goals from Joseph Ocking and George Jack to take a 2-1 lead. However, once that second goal went in, the momentum switched on a dime. New York immediately started playing with a suffocating forecheck, seemingly forcing the Ints to give up the puck every time they had it. They would get two quick goals of their own from Dale Harvey and Frederick Nelson, and it was 3-2. They a couple more good chances before the end of the frame, but couldn’t capitalize. Their 1-goal lead held through two.

Pittsburgh definitely played their best period in the final frame, but unfortunately for them, so did Moses Addison. He made a few remarkable saves that had the home crowd thinking the Ints had scored. Unfortunately for them, they couldn’t get anything going, and a late goal by Chris Paquet sealed the deal. The two teams were to head back to New York, for a winner-take-all game 3, to see who the Abbott Cup champion would be. 

Game 2: New York 4, Pittsburgh 2 (Series tied 1-1)

Game 3 was back in New York, where the Blue Birds were looking for some revenge after game 1, and looking to win it all in front of their home crowd. On the other side, Pittsburgh was looking to play spoiler once again and win their first title. It all came down to this one game.

The first period was dominated by New York. Many neutral fans were hoping for an evenly matched game, but early on it was not looking like that at all. Victor Gosselin scored an early goal, giving New York the lead. they would continue pressing, and would eventually get a second before the end of the frame. Pittsburgh had little to work with, as the New York defence was tight. The 2-0 scoreline held after 1, and the home crowd was loving it.

The second period was more of the same, but was a little more fast-paced. New York continued dominating the shot counter, but Denis Jones was doing everything in his power to not let another puck past. After one particularly good save, the home crowd even has to give him a round of applause. On the other end, Pittsburgh was getting some more chances, but nothing really testing Moses Addison yet. After two periods, the same 2-0 scoreline held, with New York leading the shot counter 30-13. 

Pittsburgh finally seemed to break through in the third. They were consistently getting through New York’s defense, and getting tough shots on Addison. Michael Stevenson got them on the both around 8 minutes in, making it a one-goal game. From that point on it was back-and-forth action, with few stoppages, and lots of shots. The problem for Pittsburgh was that few stoppages meant time was ticking off quickly, and they needed something. They’d get a bunch of chances, but nothing that would beat Addison. Victor Gosselin scored a dagger goal in the final 20 seconds, and that was it. The Blue Birds were Abbott Cup champions for the third time, while Pittsburgh had fallen short once again.

Game 3: New York 3, Pittsburgh 1 (New York wins series 2-1)

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