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6/29/2020 10:13 pm  #1751


Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

1978 Kellogg Cup Playoffs; Playdowns - North

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Duluth Voyageurs vs St. Cloud Bearcats
For the first time since 1954, the Duluth Voyageurs and St. Cloud Bearcats are facing off in the Kellogg Cup playoffs. It was a highly anticipated game with both teams being among the biggest names in the MAHL. This one definitely lived up to the hype though as the cats and le bleus battled back and forth for 60 minutes for the score to be tied at three, sending us to overtime at the DECC. After a couple of chances for both teams it was a Voyageur who would finally put away a rebound to send the Voyageurs to the next round. All 6,000+ on hand left with a smile on their face, chanting "Vive Le Bleus" all the way to the parking lot.

Silver Bay Beavers vs Thief River Falls Railers
It didn't take long for the first big upset to occur as the Thief River Falls Railers rode into Silver Bay and left with a W. The Railers have been on a bit of a bounce back after missing the past two playoffs, and they continued that trend in this one as they actually outplayed the Beavers for a good amount of this one. Silver Bay got on the board first, but the Railers netted two in the second and one more in the third which proved to be enough as they knock off Silver Bay with a 3-1 win on the road.

Alexandria Norsemen vs Brainerd Lumberjacks
It was a high scoring battle between two teams who know each other very well. This is one of the more underrated rivalries in the Granite Hockey League but there was no love lost in this one as penalty minutes piled up for both teams. This abundance of powerplays led to a very offensive and high scoring hockey game with the Norse and Jacks combining for 10 goals, 8 of which came with at least one man in the box for either team. In the end it was the Norsemen who were able to christen the first ever playoff game at Runestone Community Center with a 6-4 victory over the Brainerd Lumberjacks.

Detroit Lakes Wood Ducks vs Chisholm Flames
The Ducks were looking to bounce back after a disappointing outing in their first playoff appearance a year ago, unfortunately for them, the Flames came ready to make some noise. The Wood Ducks struck first, but the Flames answered back to tie it at one. Chisholm lit the lamp again in the second to take a 2-1 lead, extending it to 3-1 midway through the third on a deflection in front. Detroit Lakes took a timeout and switched things up for the remainder of the game. It seemed to work as they were the better team for the rest of the game, even burying a 2 on 1 to make it a one goal game. The horn became the enemy of the Wood Ducks and they would be unable to overcome it as Chisholm holds on to win their third playoff game in franchise history, their first win in 19 years. One can only hope there's enough alcohol in town to handle the party about to go down in Chisholm.

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6/30/2020 10:20 am  #1752


Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

Hey!! Look at that! We may not be here long, but I gotta get it in once. *ahem* ALL ABOARD!!!!


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6/30/2020 3:34 pm  #1753


Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

1978 Kellogg Cup Playoffs; First Round - North

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Steinbach Barbarians vs Duluth Voyageurs
It was a much closer game than most anticipated with the Voyageurs keeping pace and actually finding themselves setting the tempo at times. It was an offensive showdown as both sides were able to find the back of the net numerous times. When it was all said and done it was Duluth who came out on top by just one, edging out the Barbarians 4-3 to advance with a huge upset win over the top seed in the north.

Little Falls Pilots vs Fargo Titans
If you look at just the first two periods, this was a very even hockey game, things took a turn in the third when the hometown Pilots went on a tear, scoring 4 unanswered goals to come back and win 6-3 over Fargo. Little Falls seemed to use the outdoor ice at City Park Rink to their advantage, with Fargo only having to play outdoors once or twice a year.

Warroad Lakers vs Thief River Falls Railers
Things were looking good for the Lakers through two, leading the Railers 2-0 and outshooting them 27-15. Thief River would come out for the third with a new hunger though, finding the back of the net for the first time only a minute and a half into the period. They pressed on Warroad, making them make mistakes leading to a cough up in the slot that tied the game at 2. Overtime would be needed to decide a winner at the Castle on the Corner. The atmosphere was electric, but the Railers were still buzzing with momentum. The Lakers went down with a chance but were denied by the Railer goalie. Thief regrouped and went the other way 3 on 2. The winger with the puck cut into the slot and dumped a pass down to his teammate Pat McIntyre who was right in front of the net. He caught it and chipped a backhander that beat the Warroad goalie blocker side to send Thief River to the section final. He immediately did his best Smith impression by screaming "ALL ABOARD" while doing the iconic arm pump while on his left leg before his teammates caught him and mobbed him in celebration. (Fun Fact: The only other time the Railers and Lakers played in the playoffs Thief River also won and then went on to win the Kellogg Cup)

Virginia Royals vs Cloquet Broncos
Two historic MAHL teams facing off for the fourth time (CLQ leads series 2-1) to see who will take on the Railers in the second round. It was the Broncos who struck first, getting past the Royals goalie with 43 seconds left in the first. The second belonged to the Royals with Virginia scoring two powerplay goals to gain the lead. The boys in blue extended their lead to 2 with a one timer midway through the third. Miners Memorial Arena was rocking with "Lets Go Royals" chants as Virginia continued to control play. The clock began to work against Cloquet, but they somehow managed to get to within one on a fluke shot from the corner to make it 3-2 with just over 2 minutes to play. Virginia played it safe by dumping the puck in deep and pinning it along the boards to kill the clock. The plan worked as the Broncos were unable to get any footing in the Royals zone before the horn sounded to send Virginia to the second round with a 3-2 win over Cloquet.

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Thunder Bay Giants vs Alexandria Norsemen
The top seed in the north lost? Why not make that the top 2. That was Alexandria's mindset heading into this international battle at Fort Williams Garden in Thunder Bay, Ontario. It was a very defensive game that saw both goalies make incredible saves to keep it a low scoring game. The Norsemen were the only team to break through, only managing to do so once late in the second. That would turn out to be all they would need though as the Giants failed to get on the board, choking on home ice and losing 1-0 to Alexandria.

Coleraine Trout vs Bemidji Blue Ox
Coleraine is looking to finally make it to the Super Series and they are well on their way after taking down a very good Bemidji team 4-2 at home. The Trout were working like a well oiled machine, playing together to create chances and converting on the opportunities that come. Bemidji played a good game, scoring twice, but Coleraine was just the better team on the night and will be moving on to the section final.

Grand Forks Jets vs Chisholm Flames
It was beginning to look like a blowout after one with the Jets leading the Flames by a score of 3-0. Things began to settle down a bit thanks to a pair of Chisholm goals to make it a game again. Grand Forks would get one back though before the period came to an end to lead 4-2 after 2. The Jets would once again get their lead back to 3 thanks to a powerplay chance that they converted on early in the third. Chisholm would not go away quietly, still pestering the Jets and giving it their all. A Grand Forks defender had his pocket picked by a Flame who went in all alone on a breakaway, tucking it five hole to make the score 5-3. Unfortunately for Chisholm that would be the last scoring chance they could muster as Grand Forks advanced with a solid 5-3 victory.

Winnipeg Monarchs vs Mountain Iron Cougars
The nearly 10,000 on hand at Winnipeg Arena were treated to a great hockey game that saw their Monarchs take on the up and coming Mountain Iron Cougars of the Iron Range Hockey League. These two teams matched up very well against each other causing a very entertaining and very close hockey game. It was so close that it actually ended tied at three so to overtime we went. Over half of the first overtime period had come and gone and a winner was still yet to be determined. Suddenly, a Cougar pass was intercepted by the Monarchs who turned it into a 3 on 1 opportunity that ended with a cross crease pass for a one time tap in to send Winnipeg to the second round with a 4-3 overtime win.

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6/30/2020 3:49 pm  #1754


Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

I'm glad Thunder Bay lost. I don't like them being a Superior fan. And with the 1, 2 and 4 seeds all going down, you have to feel good as Little Falls, Coleraine and Virginia.


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6/30/2020 4:30 pm  #1755


Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

Yoooooo!!! Get the trains rolling!! ALL ABOARD!!!!


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6/30/2020 4:42 pm  #1756


Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

LE BLEUS!!! Two amazing games so far.


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7/02/2020 6:43 pm  #1757


Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

1978 Kellogg Cup Playoffs; First Round - Twin Cities

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Edina Cake Eaters vs Stillwater Volunteers
The two headed dragon of Hankinson and Nanne was on full display in this one as the pair each netted a pair of goals to lead Edina to a rather one sided victory over Stillwater. The Vols were able to prevent the shutout on one of their few scoring chances of the game midway through the third, but it was ultimately meaningless as the Cake Eaters cruise to an easy 4-1 victory as they look to finally bring home the Cup.

Anoka Warriors vs Maplewood Retrievers
It was as close as a hockey game could get between the Dubs and Goldies who fought tooth and nail for every opportunity. Both teams are very capable of a deep playoff run so it was really no surprise that this one was as even as it was. The two were so close that not only was the score tied at 2 at the end of regulation, but the shots were also even at 28 each. We went to overtime at Columbia Arena to decide a winner. Maplewood seemed unphased by the intimidating arena which was filled with over 4,000 fans, having played here for years when playing the Fridley Foxes of the EMHL. Neither side could get on the board in the first few minutes, but Maplewood slowly began to take control of the play, building momentum and getting chances. Maplewood was pressuring the Warriors, working the puck down low. A defender dropped down to the slot where he received a pass from the corner, ripping a one timer into the back of the net to send Maplewood to the second round with a 3-2 overtime win.

Minnetonka Muskies vs New Brighton Polka
Minnetonka is making their 4th straight playoff appearance as they welcome New Brighton to the post season for the first time in Polka history. There were a lot of question marks surrounding the Polka and how they would be able to adjust to playoff hockey. Those questions proved to be well founded as Tonka wasted no time taking a commanding 4-0 lead after 1. The Polka regrouped in the second and got a goal for themselves, but the Muskies would respond only 32 seconds later to once again put themselves up by 4. Tonka added one more goal in the third for good measure, all but clinching the win. To the Polka's credit, they didn't curl up and die, they kept playing and even put home a rebound to make it 5-2. Unfortunately for New Brighton their first playoff run comes to an end before it could even get started, but the Muskies look like a serious threat as they move on to the second round with a blowout win.

Richfield Roosters vs Brooklyn Park Panthers
After 3 straight seasons of underachieving the Panthers have finally made their way back into the playoffs as they head to Richfield to take on the Roosters. Both of these teams have a bit of a chip on their shoulder as they look to earn respect among the top teams in the Twin Cities, this led to a defensive duel where every shot on goal felt like it could change everything. BP broke the deadlock early in the second, but the Cocks would knot it up at one with under 2 to play in the second. Richfield came out flying in the third with the momentum of the late goal carrying over to the third. The Roosters began to pepper the Panther goalie, but he was ready for the onslaught, keeping the game tied at 1. Richfield would not let up, finally breaking through on a shot from the dot that buzzed the goalies ear, ringing off the bar and in. Richfield Area erupted with cheering as the Roosters swarmed to their bench to celebrate with their teammates. The Panthers were not able to swing the momentum back in their favor, finding it very hard to string any offensive chances together. The final horn sounded to send Richfield to the second round with a 2-1 win over Brooklyn Park.

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West St, Paul Waves vs Coon Rapids Bandits
The Waves have their best team since the 50s and they are hoping to bring WSP back to the forefront of the MAHL. They are well on their way to doing just that after whooping the Bandits 4-0 in the first round, really letting the rest of the league know that they really are a legitimate contender.

Highland Park Flying Aces vs Osseo Screaming Eagles
Minnesota icon and avid Aces supporter and donor Charles Schulz was in attendance for Highland Park's first playoff game in team history. On the opposing side is Osseo who looks to turn around their playoff misfortunes of late (1-6 the last 6 years). Things were looking good early for Osseo as they converted on a powerplay to take a 1-0 lead after 1. The Aces evened things at 1 early in the second, setting off a new Air Raid Siren that the team installed prior to the playoff game. Highland hopped out front on a shot through a screen with 5:17 left in the second. Osseo would not go away though, scoring with just seconds left in the second to tie the game 2-2. It was relatively slow to start the third as neither side wanted to make a mistake. It began to open up again after about 7 minutes when the Screaming Eagles got a 2 on 1 chance that was denied by the Aces goalie. The next few minutes were high paced, back and forth hockey. This led to some high quality chances for both teams. The Aces were on the rush 3 on 2 and the puck carrier slowed up at the top of the circle. Both of the other Aces booked it towards goal as the puck carrier ripped a slapshot wide of the net, ricocheting it off the boards towards the slot where his teammate was there to one time it five hole. The siren was wailing, but you could hardly hear it with the crowd yelling and screaming so loudly. Highland Park would hold onto their lead, knocking off Osseo 3-2.

White Bear Lake Braves vs Mound Marauders
White Bear got the scoring started with a pair of goals in the first and one more in the second before Mound finally broke through to make it 3-1. The Braves would not let up, peppering the Marauders goalie and scoring two more to take a commanding 5-1 lead midway through the third. It was looking like this one was over until Mound began to take some chances late in the game as there was nothing left to lose. The gambles paid off as the Marauders managed to claw their way to a 2 goal deficit, but it would not be enough as White Bear holds on to advance with a 5-3 win.

St. Paul Victorias vs Como Sea Lions
North vs East, St. Paul vs St. Paul. The V's and Lions have quite a fierce rivalry which not many know about since Como has only been around for 5 years now. The hate is real between these neighbors and that was clear from the get go of this one as the puck was dropped and we were off at the St. Paul Auditorium. Nearly 8,000 packed the 7,000 seat arena to watch and boy were they treated to a classic. The high paced, skill based game of the Twin Cities was on full display with both teams lighting the lamp numerous times during regulation. That's not to say that things weren't physical as both teams took plenty of pleasure in dishing hits on each other. It was only fitting that this one would end tied 5-5 to send us to overtime. Victorias faithful belted "Lets Go V's" chants while the small section of Como fans screamed out "C-O-M-O" in response. One overtime came and went and a winner was yet to be determined so to a second overtime we went. The arena was just as packed as when it began with nobody wanting to miss a thing. All things must come to an end and this game is no exception. It was only a matter of time that a scoring chance was going to open up for one team of the other, that chance came thanks to a nice pinch by a Victoria defensemen who managed to keep the puck in the Como zone. He passed the puck to his d partner who ripped a snap shot hard and low for a tip. The Sea Lion goalie made a great save with his skate to keep it out, but the rebound was picked up by a V and smacked back towards goal. The goaltender lunged for the puck but was unable to make the save. The Auditorium exploded with cheer as the V's hopped the boards to celebrate. The goal scorer took off towards the blue line, diving forward and sliding on the ice until his teammates caught up and dog piled on him in celebration. The Victorias take down the Sea Lions with a 6-5 double overtime win at home to advance to the second round after a first round loss a year ago.

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7/03/2020 5:57 pm  #1758


Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

1978 Kellogg Cup Playoffs; First Round - South

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Mankato Moose vs St. Peter Governors
Down go the Moose! The top seed in the south was taken down in an overtime thriller by their arch rivals just up the Minnesota River from St. Peter. The Governors and Moose have had one of the fiercest rivalries in the BEHL, but the two have somehow never met in the playoffs, until now. When these two play, it brings the best out of both teams, so it wasn't as big of a surprise as many would think that the Govs were actually out in front for the majority of the game. Mankato did come back in the third with two goals to tie the game at 3, but St. Peter would leave a bitter taste in Mankato's mouth as they slam home a loose puck in the slot to win the game in overtime, only adding to an already fierce rivalry.

Marshall Pheasants vs Northfield Outlaws
Northfield came into this one flying under the radar a bit, coming in fourth in the Valley, but they are still a very solid hockey team and they showed that in Marshall. The Pheasants just couldn't seem to get anything going, allowing Northfield to take a 2-0 lead into the third. Northfield turned their attention to defense, not needing any more goals, and it paid off as they kept the Pheasants off the board, shutting them out 2-0 to advance to the second round where they will host the Governors.

Owatonna Owls vs Sioux City Shockers
Owatonna was firing on all cylinders in this one, peppering the City goalie with 43 shots on goal in the game, getting 5 of them into the back of the net. The Shockers converted on a powerplay goal in the second, but that was about all they could manage on offense as the Owls cruise to a 5-1 blowout win in front of 1,500 at Four Seasons Centre.

Red Wing Chiefs vs Faribault Flickertails
The Chiefs, coming off their best season in team history, came out and proved that this is their year. The Tails defense was good, but the Chiefs offense was better, opening up scoring chances that ultimately put Red Wing up big. Faribault showed heart, but the Chiefs just were the better hockey team, outshooting Faribault 36-19. The final horn rang sending Red Wing to the second round with a 6-2 victory, this is the Chiefs third ever playoff win.

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Sioux Falls Packers vs Burnsville Bucks
The upsets in the South continue with the Burnsville Bucks shocking the league by taking down the Sioux Falls Packers on the road at the Slaughterhouse. The Bucks didn't let any chances go to waste, making the most of any chance the Packers gave them. It definitely helped that the Hogs goaltender was not on his A game, allowing some juicy rebounds and allowing a couple goals that should have been easy saves. The fans on hand chanted "Go Pack Go!" to try and woo their boys on, but in the end it was Burnsville who came out on top, taking down the Association champs by a final score of 5-3. This is Burnsville's second playoff win, ending their first round loss streak at 5 years.

Luverne Flying Dutchmen vs Cottage Grove Yellow Jackets
We had a classic on our hands at Veterans Park as the Dutchmen and Jackets battled for 60 minutes only for the score to be tied at 1, sending us to overtime in Luverne. It was a very technical game with both teams making crisp, tape to tape passes. A little over 12 minutes passed in ot and there was still no winner. Luverne won a draw in neutral ice and entered the Cottage Grove zone. A shot was taken from the point that was pushed aside by the goalie. The rebound went to the corner and a Clog was the first one to it in the corner. He looked out front but nothing was open so he took it behind the net. Instead of wrapping it around he took it out a bit from the corner of the net and ripped a shot that beat the Yellow Jacket goalie under the arm to win the game for the Flying Dutchmen.

Apple Valley Cardinals vs Shakopee Six
Apple Valley continues their success in the South Metro, taking down league rivals Shakopee with ease. Apple Valley Sports Arena was rocking all game long, making it very difficult on the Six. "Lets Go Cards!" chants echoed all game long as the Cardinals controlled play. Shakopee eventually began to wear down and that is when the Cardinals struck, popping home 3 in the second and 2 in the third. Shakopee did get a pair of goals in the middle of all of the Apple Valley goals, but the Six never really threatened the Cards. The final horn sounded to send Apple Valley to the second round with a 5-2 win over Shakopee.

Rochester Mustangs vs Austin Mavericks
It was a Valley Hockey League matchup in the final game of the first round that saw the perennial powerhouse Rochester welcome the Austin Mavericks. It was a low scoring, high hitting, game with neither side getting a ton of looks or shots. Austin got on the board first with a snipe late in the first. The second was scoreless, but there was still action in the form of a line brawl. It all began after an Austin forward was in the crease for too long. The Mustang goalie gave him some jabs in the back to get him out of the crease, but he wouldn't budge. Frustrated, the Rochester goalie decided to check if the Maverick was wearing a cup, lifting his stick square between the Mavs legs, dropping him a heap of pain. This led to all hell breaking loose as Austin players went after the Mustang goalie and Rochester players stepped in to defend their teammate. Fists were flying from both teams for a few minutes before things were finally under control again. There were a number of players ejected from both teams for fighting, but the refs allowed the Rochester goalie to remain in the game in a controversial decision due to the Stangs not having a backup on hand. Rochester got on the board in the third, but that would be the only scoring taking place for the remainder of the game as Austin holds on to their 2-1 lead to take down the Mustangs. There has always been a dislike between these two teams, but after the brawl tonight it is safe to say that there is a new rivalry in the Valley that is only getting started.

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7/04/2020 2:16 pm  #1759


Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

1978 Kellogg Cup Playoffs; Second Round - North

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Little Falls Pilots vs Duluth Voyageurs
The Voyageurs walked into Little Falls looking to keep their hot streak going, but the Pilots were in the way. Le Bleus got off to a great start scoring in the opening 5 minutes. Little Falls tied the game at one in the second, but the Voyageurs converted on a breakaway to regain the lead. Little Falls was down by one as the clock ticked to the final minute of the game. The Pilots pulled their goalie to get the extra attacker, but Duluth managed to take control of the puck. They made a pass cross ice to a winger breaking out of the zone. He caught it and shot it into the empty net to secure a 3-1 win for le bleus, sending them to their second Super Series.

Virginia Royals vs Thief River Falls Railers
Two classic MAHL teams facing off for the 5th time. Virginia is back on top of the Iron Range and is looking to make it to the Super Series for the first time since 1970, meanwhile Thief River is coming off of a pair of upset thrillers. Anticipation was high as the puck was dropped, but unfortunately the game didn't turn out to be as close as many had hoped. The Railers just couldn't seem to find that magic touch they had the first two games, failing to get much of anything going on offense, only managing to get 18 shots on goal in the game. It was a one sided affair as Virginia was able to do as they pleased, dominating time of possession and taking down the Railers by a final score of 4-0.

Coleraine Trout vs Alexandria Norsemen
The "Snake Pit" as it has become known as, was filled with possibly every person from the town of Coleraine as the puck was dropped for this section final matchup between the Brookies and the Norsemen. Despite the intimidating atmosphere, Alec got out to a nice start, getting on the board first. Coleraine responded, but the Norsemen netted another before the second to lead 2-1. It was beginning to look like an upset as the Norsemen added another to take a 3-1 lead, but the Trout could only be held down for so long. The Brookies scored late in the second, giving them some momentum heading into the third. The third was about as one sided as a game can be with Coleraine unloading 4 unanswered goals to turn the game on its head. Hodgins-Berardo Arena was shaking from the crowd as the final horn sounded, sending the Trout to the Super Series for the first time in team history with a 6-3 win over Alexandria.

Grand Forks Jets vs Winnipeg Monarchs
The most anticipated game of the second round in the north was the 3-6 matchup of Grand Forks and Winnipeg. Both teams have shown that they are more than willing to throw the body, but they also can light up the scoreboard. This game was much more of the latter as the Jets and Bruisers battled in the corners and along the boards, making it really hard on each other. Grand Forks broke first blood on a nifty wraparound midway through the second. The Jets put home another late in the second through a screen to give themselves a bit of a cushion. The atmosphere at Ralph Engelstad Arena was electrifying as the teams took the ice for the 3rd. It continued to be a physical battle as the Monarchs began to take risks in a desperate attempt at getting back in the game. A breakout was stopped in the Jets zone by a Monarch defenseman, passing it to his teammate. The Winnipeg winger looked as though he was taking a shot, but while looking at the goalie, he did a no look pass to his teammate in the slot for a one time deflection that finally put Winnipeg on the board. That would be all they could manage though, despite pulling the goalie. The final horn rang and the Ralph erupted in celebration as the Jets win 2-1, Grand Forks is heading back to the Super Series for the first time in 8 years.

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7/05/2020 8:59 pm  #1760


Re: Minnesota Amateur Hockey League

1978 Kellogg Cup Playoffs; Second Round - Twin Cities

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Edina Cake Eaters vs Maplewood Retrievers
It was a battle of East vs West as the Cake Eaters welcomed the Retrievers to Braemar Arena. Edina got on the board first, beating the goalie with a shot from the high slot. Maplewood would bounce back in the second, but Nanne would put Edina back in front with a goal and an assist. Edina extended their lead to 3 with a powerplay goal in the third before the Goldies finally caught a lucky bounce and converted to make it 4-2. The final horn sounded to send Edina to the Super Series yet again, but you wouldn't have known that by the reaction of the Cake Eaters who calmly hopped the boards and headed to the locker room. Clearly they had expected to make it this far, all they care about at this point is the Kellogg Cup.

Minnetonka Muskies vs Richfield Roosters
Edina will not be the only team in the Super Series from the West Metro with either Tonka or Richfield set to join them. There may not be "hatred" between the Muskies and Roosters, but both teams do bring out the best in one another. Games between these two are always low scoring, defensive battles, so it was no surprise that we needed to go to overtime with the score tied 1-1 at the end of 60 minutes. The puck was dropped for overtime at Minnetonka Arena as over 1,000 fans packed in and chanted "Lets Go Muskies!" It didn't take long for Tonka to get a look at goal, ringing a shot off the pipe just over a minute in. The Muskies didn't let up, beginning to wear on Richfield as they were trapped in their own zone. The puck made its way to the point where the Minnetonka defender stepped up and shot the puck hard and low for a rebound. The shot was stopped, but the puck remained in the slot where a Musky forward was there to smack at it until it slid behind the Rooster goalie and into the netting to send Minnetonka to their first Super Series.

West St. Paul Waves vs Highland Park Flying Aces
Neighbors separated by the Mississippi, Highland Park and West St. Paul have had a budding rivalry since the Aces inception 5 years ago. That rivalry can officially be confirmed after this all out war at John V. Hoene Arena. The tight packed arena was deafening as the "Lets Go Waves" chants bounced off the walls. The electricity in the air translated to the game as both teams came out flying. It was tied at 1 after 1, but the game opened up a lot more in the second and third. The physical play also picked up as the game went along. A hit late in the second caused a scrum with some sucker punches involved, but no ejections were made. West St. Paul took a 4-2 lead on the resulting powerplay at the beginning of the third, giving themselves a lead that would hold for the rest of the game. Highland Park was determined to keep their season alive, scoring with the goalie pulled to make it a one goal game, but failing to score a second to tie it up and force overtime. The final horn sounded and the Arena erupted as West St. Paul advances to their first ever Super Series appearance with a 4-3 win over their rivals from Highland.

White Bear Lake Braves vs St. Paul Victorias
It was a rematch of a second round matchup from 2 years ago between the Braves and V's, but this time it was the boys from White Bear who came out on top. The V's were not playing their best hockey, making some dumb plays that led to turnovers and missed chances. The Braves meanwhile were clicking, making beautiful passes to set up highlight real goals to give them a 2-0 lead through 2. White Bear buried one more in the third for good measure, shutting out the V's 3-0 to make it back ot the Super Series for the 3rd time in team history.

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