2017-2018 Minor League Hockey Champions

MinorLeagueHockey2018The Toronto Marlies officially ended the 2017-2018 hockey season with their Game 7 win over the Texas Stars last night.  All of the cups have been won and here are the leagues and teams that have claimed their titles:

American Hockey League (AHL):  Toronto Marlies

  • Andreas Johnson and Mason Marchment each scored twice while netminder Garret Sparks made 29 saves at the Marlies defeated the Texas Stars 6-1 in Game 7 to win their first Calder Cup and the first men’s professional hockey title for the city of Toronot since 1967.

ECHL:  Colorado Eagles

  • Colorado defeated the Florida Everblades in seven games to repeat as Kelly Cup champions in their final season before moving to the AHL next season.  The Eagles rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the third period as Gabriel Verpaelst netted the game winner with 2:29 left.

Federal Hockey League (FHL):  Watertown Wolves

  • The Wolves defeated the Port Huron Prowlers 3 games to 1 to win the Commissioner’s Cup.  This was their second FHL title having won it previously in 2015.  Gavin Yates led the Wolves with six goals in the playoffs and was awarded the league’s MVP.

Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL):  Huntsville Havoc

  • The Havoc became the first fourth-seeded team to win the SPHL President’s Cup beating the Peoria Rivermen 2 games to 1.  Sy Nutkevtich, who scored a goal in each playoff game against Peoria, had 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in the postseason and was named the MVP.  This was the Havoc’s second league title.  They last won it in 2010.

National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL):  Metropolitan Riveters

  • The Riveters knocked off the defending Isobel Cup champs with a 1-0 win over the Buffalo Beauts.  Katie Fitzgerald was the game’s MVP as she held Buffalo scoreless.  Alexa Gruschow got the game’s only goal in the first period for the Riveters.   This was their first Isobel Cup title.

North American Hockey League (NAHL):  Shreveport Mudbugs

  • The Mudbugs came from behind to beat the Minot Minotauros 2-1 to win the Robertson Cup.  Cole Quisenberry tipped home the game winner early in the third period for the Mudbugs.  This was the Mudbugs’ first title in the NAHL.  The franchise had previously won titles in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2011 in the Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL) and Central Hockey League (CHL).

United States Hockey League (USHL):  Fargo Force

  • The Force won their first title in team history winning the Clark Cup over the Youngstown Phantoms.  The Force got a late goal from Ty Farmer and an empty net goal from Mark Senden wo win 4-2 in Game 4 and clinch the series 3 games to 1.  It took 10 years, 667 games and 63 playoff games for their first title.

Western Hockey League (WHL):  Swift Current Broncos

  • The Broncos captured the Memorial Cup for the first time in 25 years.  Beck Malenstyn put in an empty net goal to shut the door on the Everett Silvertips for a 3-0 win in Game 6.  It wasn’t an easy path for the Broncos as it took them seven games to eliminate the Regina Pats in the first round and another seven games to advance past Moose Jaw in the second round.  In the Eastern Conference final, they defeated Lethbridge 4 games to 2.

 

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Obscure Sports News (3/26/18)

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Riveters’ Goaltender Katie Fitzgerald leads her team to Isobel Cup championship

METROPOLITAN RIVETERS CLAIM THEIR FIRST ISOBEL CUP

 

Metropolitan Riveters 1, Buffalo Beauts 0

On their second shot of the game, the Metropolitan Riveters scored the only goal from Alexa Gruschow who put the puck in from a difficult angle after her first shot was blocked. After that it was a tense battle which saw both goaltenders turn away shots.  The Riveters’ Katie Fitzgerald made 28 saves and shut down the Buffalo Beauts late in the game for a 1-0 win.

Guschow was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

The Riveters finished the regular season with a record of 13-3-0 then easily dispatched of the Connecticut Whale 5-0 in the semifinals for their first appearance in the Isobel Cup final and dethroned the defending champs.

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Baltimore Holds Off Monterrey’s Late Rally for Three-peat

 

BALTIMORE BLAST WIN YET ANOTHER MASL TITLE

Baltimore Blast 4, Monterrey Flash 3

The Blast opened with a strong first half in front of a hostile crowd of 8,220 with goals from Vini Dantas, Andrew Hoxie and Daniel Peruzzi to a 3-0 lead at halftime.  After a goal from Monterrey’s Edgar Gonzalez, Juan Pereria scored for Baltimore to extend their lead back to a 3-goal difference at 4-1.  The Flash stormed back with two goals but the Blast defense was able to hold off the Monterrey rally to secure their third straight Ron Newman Cup title.

The Baltimore Blast have now won their 10th indoor title in team history.  The Blast have been in the finals in 13 of the past 16 seasons.

Goalkeeper William Vanzela was playing in only his second game after returning from injury and finished the night with eight saves and strong down the stretch to help the Blast protect their one-goal lead.  Vanzela needed only to make one last save in the final two minutes as the Flash brought on the extra attacker.