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TWIST IT UP KC, TWIST IT UP!!

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Minnesota was so close. What’s with them changing to their alternates partway through the playoffs?

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6 minutes ago, CodeG said:

Minnesota was so close. What’s with them changing to their alternates partway through the playoffs?

 

They changed them in an effort to change their luck on the road. It worked in game six so they just continued wearing them. By the way, I just noticed an error, game six of that series says 1-0 Milwaukee, it's supposed to be 3-1 Minnesota. I'll fix it when I'm at my computer.

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2000 Lewis Cup Finals

 

 

VVqB025.pngThere was no shortage of motivation for either participant entering the 2000 Lewis Cup Finals. The

Washington Generals had a history of incredible runs ending in disappointment. In the early 80s, the Generals lost two consecutive finals, while more recently, in 1998, they lost again to the Minnesota Lumberjacks. “I was in the building for all three losses” said 62-year-old Martin Ryan, a Generals fan since the first season. “I don’t intend to see them lose again.” For the Twisters, it a beloved veteran player without a championship that gave them all the motivation they needed. Dave Mack had played 20 seasons in the PHL with Nova Scotia and Kansas City. He played in two finals in 1987 and ’97 but had never won a cup. Not only were the fans in Kansas City cheering him on, fans across Atlantic Canada, and specifically Nova Scotia also cheered on their hometown hero.

Game one in Washington was hard-hitting right from the start as both teams tried to establish themselves early. “You usually don’t see physical play like this at the start of the final, these teams are both showing us how much they want it” said CBC play-by-play man Graham Helm. The Twisters would draw first blood, winning game one 4-2. Washington would then even it up again in game two thanks to two goals from Igor Zharkov. Jason Lind was the hero for Kansas City in game three, as the veteran goaltender earned a shutout to give his team a 2-1 series lead at home. Washington now felt the pressure. Desperate to avoid heading home down 3-1, the Generals came out hitting once again in game four. Their physical play would cost them, as captain Rob Wentzel went down awkwardly after hitting KC defenseman Brady Kyle in the second period. Wentzel left the game and did not return while the Twisters took the game 3-1 to lead the series by the same score. “We have to find a way to score goals” said Washington head coach Doug Sharp.

 

The Generals took their coach’s words to heart in game five, with the Lewis Cup in their building. Wentzel still suffered from a lower body injury but played anyway, scoring Washington’s second goal. The game was tied 2-2 when Dave Mack gave the Twisters the lead. As the minutes wound down, the commentators talked about the possibility that Mack could have the cup winner in his final game. Then, with just 1:34 left in regulation, Brant Brown deflected Justin Hill’s point shot into the net to tie the game. The Twisters were devastated at being so close, and were unable to recover in time for overtime. Just 22 seconds into the extra period, Geoff Collier scored for Washington to send the series back to Kansas City for game six.

 

The KC Sportsplex was packed for game six. The last time the Lewis Cup had been in the building, The fans had to watch the New York Civics carry it around the ice. Now their team had an opportunity to win it all at home. Washington, meanwhile, was determined to spoil the party. Four minutes into the game, Scott Whitmore gave the Generals a 1-0 lead. The lead held until the third period and it looked like the series could go to a seventh game, when JC Girard, another Twister veteran potentially playing his final game, beat Jake Borman to tie it up. Only a minute after Girard’s goal, Brett Delaney, who had been Kansas City’s best player throughout the playoffs, gave the Twisters the lead. With just over a minute left, Washington pulled Borman, desperate to tie the game. After Lind was forced to make a few big saves to preserve the lead, Travis Watson found himself on a 2-on-1 with Dave Mack heading for the empty net. Watson slid the puck to Mack, who sealed the win and the championship with 18 seconds left. The Twisters spilled off the bench and mobbed Mack while the officials scrambled to get things back in order so they could play the final seconds. When the puck finally dropped, the crowd counted down the last ten seconds as the Twisters celebrated a second time. Delaney was named playoff MVP, while captain Scott Drayton immediately handed the cup to Mack, who took it for a lap with tears running down his face. “I can’t imagine a better way to end my playing career” said Mack, confirming his retirement. In only eleven seasons, the Twisters had gone from lowly expansion team to Lewis Cup champions.

 

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I bet the Twisters had a celebratory barbecue after their victory. Anyway, that was great. Looking forward to Atlanta and Portland's identities.

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Amazing end to Dave Mack's career and the season. It's great to finally finish on top after coming close so many times. The Twisters are champions and I'm looking forward to the Portland and Atlanta teams.

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Nice job K.C.! Excited to see Atlanta and Portland.

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That was a great ending for a likable player on a likable team.  I have to say, this was an incredibly well-written finals.  You did an excellent job of building tension and excitement with each game.

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Wow 2000 already!!! I’ve been gone to long

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Congrats to KC, can't wait to see Portland and Atlanta. And also curious to see what will happen with NO and Dallas (cough NS).

 

 

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22 hours ago, Cardinal said:

Good Finals. Next year hopefuly the Concordes make the playoffs and make some noise.

 

Long Island is still probably another couple of years away from being a consistent playoff team again. 1999 was a bit of a fluke I think. They do have some good young players and they'll have a lottery pick this year too so the future is getting brighter.

 

19 hours ago, Veras said:

That was a great ending for a likable player on a likable team.  I have to say, this was an incredibly well-written finals.  You did an excellent job of building tension and excitement with each game.

 

Thanks! I actually had a lot of fun with this one. To be honest, I was glad to have two new teams in the finals, it's much easier to come up with interesting storylines.

 

6 hours ago, KRZYBDGRZ said:

Wow 2000 already!!! I’ve been gone to long

Yeah it's hard to believe we're into the 21st century. Even harder to believe that at least a couple of current (2017) players have probably already been introduced.

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4 hours ago, hawkfan89 said:

Yeah it's hard to believe we're into the 21st century. Even harder to believe that at least a couple of current (2017) players have probably already been introduced.

Once we catch up to the present, what is the plan? Are you just going to continue in the league, or maybe go week-by-week (or something like that) in the seasons ahead?

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18 hours ago, Magic Dynasty said:

Once we catch up to the present, what is the plan? Are you just going to continue in the league, or maybe go week-by-week (or something like that) in the seasons ahead?

 

I don't have a definite plan yet, I will likely do some kind of real-time simulation with weekly updates. Whatever I do, it will probably be pretty simple, and it will probably be exclusively on the blog as I would want to respect these boards as concept boards and not use it for stats and season updates. I would still post new logos & graphics on here though. I still have to figure out how I'll simulate individual games, I've considered using the game Franchise Hockey Manager. We'll see what happens, it will still take 1.5-2 years to reach present day so there's a lot of time to figure it out.

 

On another note, here's the Twisters sig that was requested by Red Comet. The player featured is KC captain Scott Drayton.

 

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13 hours ago, nick_crenshaw82 said:

@hawkfan89 I don't know if you do the same thing as Veras but how do the new characters from the last Expansion Council fit into the PHL.

basically any character introduced in the expansion council can be included in the story at any time, but that's not a guarantee. Characters who are directly involved with hockey (i.e. coaches, commentators, etc.) will always have the best chance of being included in the narrative. One character that was featured in the most recent finals was CBC play-by-play man Graham Helm, who was La Sainte-Flanelle Du Nord's character. I have a few more that I've noted who will be introduced at some point too.

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