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its been awhile, excited for the playoffs. I forgot, what are the leading cities to land the Sound? 

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38 minutes ago, CodeG said:

its been awhile, excited for the playoffs. I forgot, what are the leading cities to land the Sound? 

The Sound are headed to Houston. Potential owner pulled the trigger and bought the team from the PHL. With the Sound not making the playoffs, I think they played their last game in the city. I know the owner was looking to move them west asap.

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Thank you for your patience guys, life has been extremely busy lately. The playoffs have been simulated, I'm just finishing up the write-up now. A couple of big upsets this year!

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2005 Playoffs

 

 

Round One

 

Eastern Conference

 

Philadelphia (1) vs Detroit (8)

Entering the playoffs as the odds-on Lewis Cup favorite, the defending champion Redshirts faced their “Original Eight” rivals, the Detroit Mustangs in a first round series that would prove to be one of the most shocking in recent memory. Rookie goaltender Tyler Mosley was nearly unbeatable while Eric Woods turned in the best performance of his PHL career with three goals and three points in four games. Detroit stunned the Redshirts in four straight to advance to round two.

 

Toronto (2) vs Miami (7)

Miami never really got into this series. Joe Murdock and Darren Reid formed one of the deadliest duos in the playoffs, combining for 14 points including Murdock’s game four hat-trick in a five game victory over the Stingrays.

 

Boston (3) vs Quebec (4)

After falling into a 0-2 hole, the Nationale clawed their way back into the series, tying it at 2-2. However, Boston’s stifling defense, backed by solid goaltending from Viktor Holmqvist, proved to be too much for Quebec. Boston won game five on an overtime goal from Matt Pope, then won game six 4-1 to take the series.

 

Long Island (4) vs New York (5)

In the first “Subway Series” since 1994, the Concordes longed to finally get the better of their rivals from the city. The star-studded Civics gave Long Island all they could handle in the first four games, as the series returned to the Island for game five tied 2-2. Game five finally saw the emotion expected from the series, as tempers erupted midway through the third period with the usually calm and gentle Tobias Krause doing surprisingly well in a fight with scrappy Concordes defenseman Nathan Webb. New York took the game and a commanding series lead with a 4-1 victory. The Civics were taking full advantage of the smaller Concordes, a team built for speed, by pounding them at every opportunity. Knowing his team needed to respond physically to survive, Concordes captain Ryan Shelton squared off with Civics’ enforcer Brant Brown, fighting the much larger Brown to a draw. Inspired by their captain’s courage, the Concordes won the game 4-2 to send the series to game seven at home. In the deciding game, Shelton was the hero once again, this time scoring the winner in a 3-1 win to take the series.

 

Western Conference

 

Milwaukee (1) vs Denver (8)

Denver’s big return to the post-season lasted longer than many believed it would be. The heavily favoured Choppers dominated game one, but then just barely won game two before the Bulls tied the series with two big wins at home. To make matters worse for Milwaukee, Brad McNair missed game five with the flu, leading many to wonder if Denver could pull off the upset. But captain Brent Zahorsky stepped up in a big way, scoring a goal and an assist as the Choppers won 4-2. McNair returned for game six, scoring the winner in a 3-1 win as Milwaukee advanced.

 

Dallas (2) vs Chicago (7)

In yet another edition of what had become one of the biggest rivalries in hockey, Chicago and Dallas met in the playoffs for the fourth time in five years and right away the series did not disappoint. Game one went back and forth through three periods before going to overtime. Four overtime periods would solve nothing, with goaltenders Kari Nurminen and Alexei Rolonov both shutting the door. Finally, early in the fifth overtime, Jonathan Wheatley ended the fourth-longest game in PHL history in Chicago’s favour as the Shamrocks took a 1-0 series lead. The Shamrocks went on to take a 3-1 series lead and an opportunity to close it out in game five, but the Desperados had other ideas. Shawn Marchinski, AJ Vernon, Lamar Jackson, and Kyle Clark all scored in a 4-1 win. Game six was another overtime marathon, reaching three extra periods, where Marchinski would be the hero, sending the series to what had begun to seem like an inevitable game seven. Dallas had been the favorites entering the series and now carried the momentum, however, it would be Chicago that came out as the better-prepared team in game seven, taking it 4-2 thanks to a two-goal performance from Wheatley.

 

Seattle (3) vs Kansas City (6)

The second series to reach a game seven, the Grey Wolves and Twisters engaged in one of the most incredible playoff games in PHL history. In what would be the second-longest game seven in PHL history, goaltenders Dan Pilford for Seattle and Jimmy Otterburn for Kansas City both set new marks for saves made in a single game. Otterburn stopped 72 shots, while Pilford set a new league record with 84 saves for the shutout. Scott Lindsay scored the winner late in the fifth overtime as the Grey Wolves moved on to round two.

 

Minnesota (4) vs Edmonton (5)

Despite entering the series as the favorites, the aging Lumberjacks simply could not keep pace with the speed and physicality of the Northern Lights, who immediately took a 2-0 series lead on the road. Minnesota took game three 3-1, but it did little more than prevent a sweep. Game five would be the last of Pavel Vana and Aaron Duplacy’s careers. Jason Crowley also took his time leaving the ice as the crowd gave him a standing ovation, leading to speculation that his career was over as well.

 

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Round Two

 

Eastern Conference

 

Toronto vs Detroit

After their big upset against the Philadelphia Redshirts, the Detroit Mustangs had a ton of momentum heading into their series against the Toronto Racers. But after splitting the first four games, the Racers took game five 5-2 as Darren Reid had his first career playoff hat-trick. In game six, Toronto dominated the Mustangs, ending the series in a 6-1 rout.

 

Boston vs Long Island

The Boston/Long Island rivalry continued in the second round with Boston’s 2004 first-round victory still fresh in the Concordes minds. Boston came out strong in the first two games at home, winning 3-2 and 2-0. Like New York, the Bulldogs overwhelmed the Concordes with their size and physicality. But in game three on Long Island, goaltender Chris McNally stood tall for the Concordes, stopping 47 shots while Ilya Rusakivich scored what would be the winner in a 4-2 victory. In game four, the captain came through again, as Ryan Shelton scored in overtime to tie the series. Boston took a commanding 3-2 series lead in game five, but McNally played his best game of the series in game six, earning a shutout and forcing a deciding game back in Boston. The GlobeBack Arena was packed to capacity for game seven, which would be scoreless through regulation. As overtime began, Rusakivich had a shot on an open net, but the puck hit the crossbar and fell and trickled along the goalline where Viktor Holmqvist scooped it up. Just minutes later, Mikael Larsson beat McNally to win the game and the series for Boston. The Long Island fans were heartbroken but still hopefull for the future.

 

Western Conference

 

Milwaukee vs Chicago

With both Brad McNair and Brent Zahorsky on a tear, the Chopper dominated the Shamrocks. Chicago simply could not solve Whyte finalist Matt Darwin. The Shamricks scored only four goals the entire series and were shut out twice as the Choppers swept their way to the Western Conference Finals.

 

Seattle vs Edmonton

This series pitted an aging Seattle team against a young, up-and-coming Edmonton team led by generational superstar Kris Nazarenko. Seattle won game one 2-0 at home and appeared to be in control. But the next three games went to Edmonton and the Grey Wolves faced elimination in game five. Game five in Seattle was scoreless through two periods, then Syong Li scored just two minutes into the third period to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead and eventually the win. The Grey Wolves staved off elimination, but would meet their end in game six, as Nazarenko scored twice in a 3-1 Edmonton win to send the Northern Lights to the Western Conference Finals.

 

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Round Three

 

Milwaukee vs Edmonton

The Milwaukee Choppers were quickly becoming the hottest team in the playoffs heading into the Western Conference Finals. In game one against Edmonton, the Chops showed no signs of slowing down. Brad McNair and Brendan Bittner each had two goals in addition to goals from Adam Wyrzykowski, Brent Zahorsky, and JP Laporte in a 7-0 blowout. Game two was better for Edmonton early on when Bruce Evans opened the scoring, but Milwaukee responded with three quick goals during the third period. The Northern Lights hoped to turn things around at home in game three, were unable to solve Matt Darwin, who earned a 2-0 shutout. Game four went into overtime, as Edmonton turned in their best effort of the series with Kris Nazarenko scoring twice earlier in the game. Overtime would be brief, however, as Bittner beat goaltender Brent Maloney to send Milwaukee to the Lewis Cup Final.

 

Toronto vs Boston

Only two years removed from a Lewis Cup title, the Toronto Racers were a confident team entering the Eastern Conference Finals. Joe Murdock and Darren Reid had proven to be one of the deadliest duos in the league, combining for 28 points in the first two rounds of the playoffs. There was little reason to doubt them after games one and two at the Queen Elizabeth Arena, where the Racers won an overtime thriller in game one followed by a shutout victory in game two. Heading back home for game three, the Bulldogs knew they needed to win to avoid an enormous uphill battle. Game three would go to overtime, where Brendan Marlo scored the winner. Boston tied the series in game four, as pesky Bulldogs winger Isaac Hart drove Joe Murdock crazy all game. In game five, Hart shoved Darren Reid to the ice while the referee wasn’t looking, prompting defenseman Sean MacDonald to punch him in the jaw. MacDonald was ejected and Boston took the series lead with a 4-2 win. Game six was delayed a day with U2 playing a show at the GlobeBank Arena. When game day finally arrived Toronto was determined to ignore Hart, whose antics finally cost him and his team. Late in the game, Hart took a spearing penalty which led to a powerplay goal for Adam Lawless. Toronto hung on to force game seven, but finally succumbed to the Bulldogs in a tight game seven where Chris Haines scored in the final two minutes. For the first time in 12 years, Boston was headed to the Lewis Cup Finals to face Milwaukee.

 

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Darn it Concordes. Oh well, maybe get bigger in the offseason so we don't get pushed around so easy. We need a thug.

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Well, Milwaukee beat my Northern Lights, so I guess I'm pulling for Boston this year!

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Who's ready for some Boston cream pie?

#RevEmUpCHOPS

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Feels bad for Edmonton, was hoping they could make their first Cup. 

 

22 hours ago, Cardsblues02 said:

The Sound are headed to Houston. Potential owner pulled the trigger and bought the team from the PHL. With the Sound not making the playoffs, I think they played their last game in the city. I know the owner was looking to move them west asap.

ok, I mustve missed that 

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Just happened to notice in the Bulldogs-Concordes series, the first two games were in Boston but game 7 was in Long Island. Hopefully that doesn't mess up the results 😬 Hyped for the Finals though. Go Dogs!

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17 hours ago, ItDoesntMatter said:

Just happened to notice in the Bulldogs-Concordes series, the first two games were in Boston but game 7 was in Long Island. Hopefully that doesn't mess up the results 😬 Hyped for the Finals though. Go Dogs!

 

That was just a writing error. The game was supposed to be in Boston. It wouldn't change the results.

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2005 Lewis Cup Finals

 

mqv34Br.pngThe Milwaukee Choppers charged into the Lewis Cup Finals having lost only two games the entire playoffs. Brad McNair was on fire as he led the team in scoring while Matt Darwin was also playing the best hockey of his career in net. Meanwhile the big, hard-hitting Bulldogs had proven to be one of the toughest teams to play against throughout the post-season.

 

Game one in Boston got off to a quick start with each team scoring in the first two minutes. Both goaltenders played a strong game until Boston exploded for three goals in the third period. Brendan Marlo, Isaac Hart, and Chris Woods were the goal scorers, and Matt Darwin was uncharacteristically pulled after Boston’s fourth goal. The Bulldogs had stunned the Choppers, handing them their first loss since the first round. Milwaukee now trailed a series for the first time in the 2005 playoffs, but would bounce back in game two. Matt Darwin was back in net and was spectacular, stopping 39 shots for a slim 2-1 victory as the teams traveled to Milwaukee tied 1-1.

 

In Milwaukee for game three, the Bulldogs knew they needed a win on the road after surrendering game two. Isaac Hart opened the scoring but then took a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct just four minutes later when he pried Henrik Akerman’s helmet off and threw it. The Choppers took advantage, scoring on the powerplay to tie the game. Boston would lose another lead later in the game, and Milwaukee ultimately won the game 4-2. The Bulldogs hoped to be more disciplined in game four. Isaac Hart once again made an impact for his team, but this time a positive one. Hart fought Adam Wyrzykowski early in the game and his victory gave the Bulldogs much-needed momentum. Boston earned a 2-0 lead shortly after the fight, on goals from Marlo and Matt Pope. Viktor Holmqvist did his best to hold onto the lead but the Choppers once again stormed back. Brendan Bittner and Thomas Suchy each scored early in the third to tie the game, which would eventually go to overtime. Overtime did not last long, as Bittner scored again, giving the Choppers the win and an opportunity to take the cup in Boston.

 

The Bulldogs once again made a valiant effort in game five, tying the game after going down early. But it would not be enough. JP Laporte and Brad McNair each scored in the third period and Boston simply could not solve Darwin again. Back in Milwaukee, fans who had packed the DreamWare Center eagerly counted down the seconds. The buzzer went and the Choppers mobbed Matt Darwin. It was Milwaukee’s first title since 1989, and one of the most dominant playoff performances of all time, as the Choppers had claimed the cup with only three playoff losses.

 

The victory was especially sweet for playoff and league MVP Brad McNair, who had finally experienced a career year after five long years in New Orleans. “This is really incredible” said McNair. “I think this is one of the greatest teams of all time and it’s just awesome to be a part of it.”

 

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Well that was quick. With the way the Choppers were playing I’m not shocked. And good for Brad McNair. Glad to see him having success in a better market.

 

Excited to finally see the Sound leave for Houston, which I assume will happen this offseason! Looking forward to the logo and uniforms. 

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hahaha rest in pieces boston

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Always good to see Boston get slapped around. Congrats on the win Milwaukee but next year is our turn!

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Lord I miss making some noise on these boards for the nuggets... it’s been over 20 years for god sake! But I’m happy the choppers took it, Boston is a team I dislike for no reason.

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In my high school senior year, my Chops are the CHAMPS!!!!

 

 

 

(PS: Whenever you can, I'd like an update to my sig for Cup #3)

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Let’s see the uniform, logo and colors for the new Houston team.

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On 7/24/2018 at 10:01 PM, TheHealthiestScratch said:

Lord I miss making some noise on these boards for the nuggets... it’s been over 20 years for god sake! But I’m happy the choppers took it, Boston is a team I dislike for no reason.

 

Oakland has their new core in place, Justin Ramsey and Ilya Zhinovjev are the centerpieces but they just need some time to mature while the team builds around them. I see the Nuggets contending again by the end of the decade. And I don't think you're alone in your dislike for Boston. Like the real-life Bruins, I've always kind of designed the Bulldogs to be that team you either love or hate. 

 

On 7/25/2018 at 12:30 AM, MBurmy said:

In my high school senior year, my Chops are the CHAMPS!!!!

 

 

 

(PS: Whenever you can, I'd like an update to my sig for Cup #3)

 

I can do that. I'll send it to your inbox when it's done.

 

2 hours ago, texashockeyfan said:

Let’s see the uniform, logo and colors for the new Houston team.

 

I am almost ready to make the official post for Houston. Still trying to get the colour scheme right but I'm almost there. The name and logo will be unveiled first, the jerseys will be unveiled when the new uniforms for the rest of the league are unveiled.

 

So this will probably be another long off-season unfortunately, mainly because of the new uniforms. They are all done except for a few final touches, but they will also need to be plugged into the playoff template, which takes a while to do. What I plan on doing is showing the new uniforms first, followed by the off-season post. 

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