“Risk something or forever sit with your dreams.”

-Herb Brooks, HOF Lake Placid Team USA Coach

 

A 4th seed demolishing a team in a pivotal game 6 and a nail-biter game 7 OT winner…the Conference Finals had it all. Each team elevated their game but only two came out on top, congrats to Natural Talent and Motor City Machines on winning their respective conferences and a well-played series to Red Deer and Sticks! Lastly, before the preview for the finals, a look back on the series that was…




 

Sticks vs Motor City:

Conf. Finals MVP: (Goalie) ChelSnipes 

Outcome: Motor 4-2 Sticks

 

Motor City handed the 1st seeded Sticks a humiliating loss in game 6 as they walloped the opposing goalie for SEVEN goals while managing to only concede two in their own end. Sticks came into this series as the favorite to win it all (especially by their own regard) but now they leave with a pair of goat horns and a lot of question marks. Not that the goaltending had to be superb for Motor with the way Sticks played, but it was and that proved the difference as ChelSnipes further solidified his case as one of if not the best goalies in the league. If Sticks can take one positive from this series, it’s that had they spent more time on the ice and less in the penalty box, they’d have made a real series out of it. Don’t call it comeback…

 

Natural Talent vs Red Deer:

Conf. Finals MVP: (Goalie) STEENROLLLER

Outcome: Natural 4-3 Red Deer

 

How often is the losing goaltender the MVP? Go all the way back to 2003 when J.S. Giguere won the Conn Smythe despite the Ducks (then the Mighty Ducks) losing to the Devils. That’s the type of Herculean performance Steen produced to get Red Deer to a game 7, what a run and what a player. The book on Red Deer was goaltending and it certainly played the part, well done. Natural Talent had the advantage everywhere else, frequently outplaying or simply playing down to their competitors, even when they were losing there was never any give-up, just more fuel for the fire. Both teams played relatively disciplined and it was a goalie duel between Steen/Bo/Spetsnaz as all three goalies stole a game for their teams (G5/G1/G7 respectively) with Natural Talent just edging out Red Deer. This is what you play for…

 

“An Unstoppable Force vs An Immovable Object”

 

Motor City Machines:

Potential Playoff MVP(s): ChelSnipes

Anthem: Don’t Stop Believin

Odds: 1:1

Team Rankings: (O/D/G) 8/7/10

 

Why they’ll win-

 

A good goalie tandem backed by offensive prowess and a strong defense core…this is the series everyone hoped for and it’s the closest in terms of skill

 

Why they’ll lose-

 

N/A

 

Natural Talent:

Potential Playoff MVP(s): Bill Crosby l87

Anthem: All I Do Is Win

Odds: 1:1

Team Rankings: (O/D/G) 9/7/9

 

Why they’ll win-

 

A good goalie tandem backed by offensive prowess and a strong defense core…this is the series everyone hoped for and it’s the closest in terms of skill

 

Why they’ll lose- 

 

N/A

 

“The Power Play”

 

Ultimately, this series will come down to what team wants it more, there is nothing separating these two teams, and without skewing a writers bias, I couldn’t even name you a reason either team might lose, this is the best of the best. The MVP picks were simple…ChelSnipes is one of the best goalies and has backstopped City to the finals in cool fashion and Bill C has been the cog at the top of the Talent machine, this will be the series to watch…

Comments (3)

  1. firehalomaniac

    Great write up! Well done to both squads and good luck in the finals.

  2. ChelSnipes

    Thanks for the shoutout and great article! Good luck to Natural Talent!

  3. “Walloped”.

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