Sunday January 14(Finals)
(7)Lynx vs Brew Crew(3) Game 1
Offensive onslaught helps Lynx crush Brew Crew
It wasn't up until the second period that the goals came in a blazing pace. The Lynx turned a slight 1-0 lead into a massive cushion that included two back breaking shorthanded goals. With so many weapons that can hurt you on any given night, J.Mason led all teammates with three markers that included a perfect one time giving no chance whatsoever to C.Muccino. The Lynx moved the ball very well and showed incredible chemistry throughout the entire contest. The Brew Crew had nothing going for them, looking slow at times but managed to finish off strong thanks to a pair of late tallies by S.Lodico. Y.Vanasse was also vital for the win as the d-man produced two goals as part of a four point performance. As bad as most of the game went for the Brew Crew, their strong finish may be the only hope of confidence heading into game two if they plan on stretching the series.
(5)Lynx vs Brew Crew(4) S.O Game 2
Brew Crew squander two goal lead twice in heartbreaking fashion, Lynx celebrate with joy
After submitting one of their worse defeats of the season, the Brew Crew shook off some rust and appeared to be much better in game two. The offense was rolling, the defense was making plays and it appeared that the Lynx had finally been found out. At 2-0 and 4-2, the Brew Crew had only five minutes to kill and force a third and deciding game. Instead, P.Stroubakis and J.Mason had just enough fuel in the tank to bury a pair of late goals that eventually forced a shootout. Still, the Brew Crew weren't out of it yet but didn't feel good about their chances despite it being a coin toss situation. Out of the three attempts taken from both sides, R.Beaver was the only player to get it right. The Lynx forward shot first and squeezed a tight wrist shot through C.Muccino, who wished he had it back. Once that goal went in, S.Catalano knew that this contest was up to him in order to succeed. And the net minder didn't disappoint as he stood idle denying three breakaways making one save better than the other. It's never an easy thing to overcome two goal leads twice against the Brew Crew, but the Lynx showed that it was possible as they wanted nothing more than to avoid a game three. From rolling two dynamite lines, to their four mobile defensemen and a magnificent goaltender in S.Catalano, the Lynx are finally recognized as the best team of the E Sunday division. On behalf of Hockeyballe.com, congratulations go out to Jeremy Lang and the rest of his troops for taking it all.
The SalumiVino player of the night goes to Santino Catalano of the Lynx. The goaltender was the back bone of this series, with a great start in game one to an even better finish in game two, where he stole the show denying three shootout attempts for the championship.