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I finally caught up again after taking a break. I second the J Peterman Ad! I love that show! Great stuff as always, cant wait until the playoffs!

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Hey guys sorry about the delay with the playoffs. They have been simulated but due to technical issues it may be another day or two before I can post, depending on when I can things fixed. Thanks for your patience!

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Hey guys thanks again for your patience. Internet issues are fixed, here's the playoffs;

 

2006 Playoffs

 

Round One

 

Eastern Conference

 

Long Island (1) vs Atlanta (8)

The Copperheads’ second appearance in the playoffs was short-lived as Ilya Rusakivich scores six points for the Concordes. Long Island advances in five.

 

Philadelphia (2) vs New York (7)

For the first time in PHL history, every game in this series was decided by a single goal. With the teams tied 2-2 after four games, the Redshirts pulled ahead in game five thanks to an overtime goal from Alex Leblanc. In game six, Greg Willis earned a shutout while Tobias Krause scored the game’s only goal as the Civics forced game seven. Game seven nearly went into overtime, but Jared Baxter scored with only 1:21 left in regulation to give Philly a 2-1 lead. Goaltender Steve Christie had to make a few big saves in the final moments as the Redshirts held on to advance to the second round.

 

Toronto (3) vs Carolina (6)

After putting everything towards making a long run, Carolina’s post-season ended in disaster thanks to a rash of injuries. Gus Avery was knocked out of the series in game one with a torn ACL, in game three, Andrei Alexeev separated his shoulder. Goaltender Kevin Stroud played most of the series, but was hampered by back problems. The 36-year-old announced his retirement immediately after game six as Toronto finished off the series with a 3-0 victory.

 

Cleveland (4) vs Boston (5)

Boston overcomes a 3-2 deficit, sending the series to a game seven in Cleveland. Ice problems at Colonial Airlines Arena delayed the deciding game until the night after it was originally scheduled. Ice conditions weren’t much better when the puck finally dropped but it didn’t slow either team down. The game was tied 2-2 entering the third when veteran Matt Pope passed the puck to Brendan Marlo, who beat Blair Kelsey to give Boston the lead. The Bulldogs managed to shut the Cosmos down toward the end of the game, preserving the lead and sending the Bulldogs to the second round.

 

Western Conference

 

Milwaukee (1) vs Oakland (8)

After another dominant regular season, the defending champion Choppers received the first of what would be a few scares over the 2006 playoffs. Oakland goaltender Travis Sweet continued his outstanding play as the Nuggets took a surprising 2-1 lead. In game four, the Nuggets nursed a 1-0 lead well into the third period, when Brad McNair took over, tying the game to send it to OT, then winning it with his second goal of the game. The Choppers had narrowly avoided going down 3-1, then won game five 3-0 for an opportunity to close out the series. Game six was close, as Milwaukee simply could not solve Sweet. Finally, Adam Wyrzykowski scored to give the Choppers a 1-0 lead. After Oakland sent it to overtime, Brendan Bittner beat Sweet on a breakaway to send Milwaukee to the next round.

 

 

Seattle (2) vs Chicago (7)

Jonathan Wheatley scores seven points in the first true upsets in the playoffs, as the Chicago Shamrocks beat Seattle in a physical five-game series.

 

Edmonton (3) vs Kansas City (6)

Edmonton wins a hard-fought battle thanks to a point-per-game performance by Kris Nazarenko. Game six in KC had an emotional tone as it was likely Scott Drayton’s final game as a Twister.

 

Dallas (4) vs Los Angeles (5)

The series was closely played with the teams playing to a 2-2 tie. In game five, AJ Vernon’s two goals led Dallas to a 4-1 win as the Desperados took a 3-2 series lead. LA forced game seven with a 3-2 overtime win and Jason Crowley finally returned to the Dallas lineup for the deciding game. The Desperados dominated game seven, jumping to a 3-0 lead. Isaac Hart scored for LA with five minutes left but it was too little too late, as Dallas advanced to the next round.

 

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Round Two

 

Long Island vs Boston

Perhaps the greatest rivalry of the past 20 years, the Concordes meet the Bulldogs in the playoffs for the fourth year in a row. Game one was dominated by the Bulldogs, who won 7-2. After the Concordes won game two, Boston won again in game three as tempers flared at the end of the game. Fights broke out and over 80 minutes in penalties were handed out in the final minutes. Game four was hard-hitting and tense, as the teams skated to overtime. In OT, Ryan Shelton beat Chad Cohan to give the Concordes a win and tie the series. After a 2-0 win at home, Long Island had an opportunity to finally put the Bulldogs away in game six. Once again, it would go to overtime, and once again, it was the Concordes’ captain, Ryan Shelton, who would be the hero. The Concordes finally defeated Boston after losing to them three years in a row.

 

Milwaukee vs Chicago

Chicago’s 2-1 series lead is erased, as Milwaukee recovers from a 2-1 deficit for the second time in the post-season. McNair leads the way once again, scoring five points in the series as Milwaukee advances to the Western Conference Final.

 

Philadelphia vs Toronto

Injuries to key Redshirt players including captain Jared Baxter result in a quick series win for Toronto. Joe Murdock scores a hat-trick in game five as Toronto moves on to the Eastern Conference Final.

 

Edmonton vs Dallas

With a berth in the Western Conference Finals on the line, two teams looking for a breakout met in a hard-fought six-game series. With some lingering concussion symptoms, Jason Crowley missed the first two games, which Dallas won on the road to take a 2-0 series lead. Crowley returned for game three and had an assist, but the Northern Lights won 4-2, then took game four 3-2 to tie the series. Needing another road win in game five, Dallas came out strong in game five, taking a 5-0 lead and ultimately winning 5-2. Game six in Dallas was tight, tied 2-2 through two periods. Midway through the third, Kyle Clark scored for Dallas, giving them a 3-2 lead. Edmonton pulled Brent Maloney in an attempt to tie the game, but Shawn Marchinski scored the empty netter to seal the win and send Dallas to the Western Conference Finals.

 

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Conference Finals

 

Long Island vs Toronto

After some frustrating years on Long Island, the Concordes finally had a true opportunity to win a championship, with their first Eastern Conference Final appearance since 1992. Early in the series, the Concordes came out strong, winning game one with a late third period goal from Ilya Severov. In game two, Ryan Shelton continued his strong play with a hat-trick in a 7-4 victory. Heading to Toronto, the Racers made a change, putting Mark Davis in net for game three. Davis earned a shutout in a 2-0 win, then stopped 39 shots in game four in a 4-1 win to tie the series. Davis’ solid play continued in game five while Sean Macdonald scored in overtime to give Toronto the series lead. The Concordes could not solve the Racers’ young goaltender. In game six, Long Island opened the scoring on a goal from Severov, but Darren Reid, Joe Murdock, and Chris Falkner each scored to give the Racers a 3-1 win and send them to the Lewis Cup Finals.

 

Milwaukee vs Dallas

In what turned out to be a series for the ages, the Dallas Desperados faced the defending champion Milwaukee Choppers. The series was close early on, as the teams were tied 2-2 after four games, with three of those games decided by one goal. In game five, Jason Crowley proved to be the hero, scoring the winner, while AJ Vernon added an empty-netter in a 5-3 win. The Desperados once again found themselves one win away from the Lewis Cup Finals. Game six went into overtime, with the Choppers needing a goal to survive. Late in the first overtime period, Shawn Marchinski had a breakaway, with an opportunity to send Dallas to the championship. Matt Darwin came up with a huge save to preserve the game, then Brent Zahorsky took a clearing pass from JP Laporte and got on a breakaway of his own. Zahorsky beat Alexei Rolonov to send the series to a deciding game. Game seven was another close one, as 39-year-old Randy Fernandez opened the scoring for Dallas. The Desperados clung to a 1-0 lead until the final minute, when the Choppers pulled Darwin. Henrik Akerman beat Rolonov in a crease scramble to tie the game. Seconds into overtime, Akerman scored again, sending Milwaukee back to the Lewis Cup Finals. For Dallas, the loss was absolutely devastating, as the Desperados once again found themselves eliminated in game seven.

 

                           

 

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It's the "Horsepower Series"...time to repeat the repeat, Chops!

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Wow Dallas's team was old. We're they rocking the same roster (minus Crowley of course) from '94?

 

Also, it's funny how just like the Arena League Dallas Desperados, even with a legend leading the charge (Crowley here, Dolezel in the AFL), they still fail in the playoffs.

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Gotta say its weird getting used to seeing dark at home again. Milwaukee looks bound to have another mini-dynasty unless Toronto decides they want to be the mini-dynasty instead. 

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2 hours ago, Red Comet said:

Gotta say its weird getting used to seeing dark at home again. Milwaukee looks bound to have another mini-dynasty unless Toronto decides they want to be the mini-dynasty instead. 

Toronto wants to  :) 

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14 hours ago, TargetToad said:

Wow Dallas's team was old. We're they rocking the same roster (minus Crowley of course) from '94?

 

Also, it's funny how just like the Arena League Dallas Desperados, even with a legend leading the charge (Crowley here, Dolezel in the AFL), they still fail in the playoffs.

 

Actually, the only remaining players from Dallas' expansion season in1994 are Vernon, who was drafted that year, and defenseman Brent McGill. Besides that Crowley and Fernandez are older, but the rest of the core was mostly drafted in the mid-late 90s.

 

7 hours ago, Red Comet said:

Gotta say its weird getting used to seeing dark at home again. Milwaukee looks bound to have another mini-dynasty unless Toronto decides they want to be the mini-dynasty instead. 

 

It is strange, I found it very confusing at times when doing the playoff template. Right now I'm trying to think of ways I can have fun with colour schemes in the future, like the way teams have the crowd wear their colours.

 

2 hours ago, Cardinal said:

Ugh that hurts for the Concordes. At least we should have a few more cracks at it.

 

The Concordes will definitely be contenders for a few years yet. The core is entering their 30s, but they should be in the running at least for the rest of this decade.

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I can totally see the Shamrocks encouraging people to wear their Green to make the "Chicago River" in the stands

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I can see the 'Jacks doing "Flannel Out Fridays" or something like that.

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Somehow, I'm going to be rooting for Davis Ex Machina even though he kicked me in the nuts. Milwaukee just annoys me.

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On Thursday, November 01, 2018 at 6:53 PM, ChicagoOakland said:

I can see the 'Jacks doing "Flannel Out Fridays" or something like that.

They should use that crazy alternate HawkFan's wife came up with.

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2006 Lewis Cup

 

iHN8I4R.pngThe Toronto Racers’ appearance in the 2006 Lewis Cup Final was thanks in large part to the play of 20-year-old Mark Davis. However, the Championship series did not start out as planned for Davis or the Racers. Game one in Milwaukee was one of the largest blowouts ever for an opening game in the Finals, as the defending champs took it 8-1. Despite the loss, Davis was given the starting job again in game two, but after the Choppers lit him up again for two goals on their first two shots, Rex Hull had enough and but Jussi Sykko back in. Sykko, determined to regain the starter’s job permanently, played one of the best games of his career, while Murdock, Reid, MacDonald, and Igor Kharitonov each scored in what turned out to be a 4-3 Toronto win.

 

Though he confirmed Sykko would have the net for Game three, Rex Hull still defended his young goalie, Davis. “He is clearly a very talented goalie, I think the pressure maybe got to him a little bit.” Game three in Toronto saw a packed Queen Elizabeth Arena that seemed to be shaking from the noise. Just prior to the playoffs, the Racers’ ownership announced they were in the beginning stages of securing a new home for the team by decade’s end, making every big game at the “Q” even more special. The crowd didn’t seem to faze the Choppers early on, as Adam Wyrzykowski opened the scoring on a breakaway. Milwaukee had a chance to increase the lead just a minute later, when Brad McNair had a breakaway of his own, but Sykko stretched out his left pad to make an incredible save. It would be a key moment, as the Racers began the onslaught early in the second period. Darren Reid scored, followed by Andrew Cox. Sean MacDonald scored after that to make it 3-1. Milwaukee pulled Matt Darwin with nearly two minutes left, when Murdock scored on the empty net to seal the win. Game four was a scoreless tie right through regulation, as Darwin and Sykko were both spectacular. The game remained scoreless going into overtime. Both teams traded chances back and forth, until unlikely hero Theo Galvin finally beat Darwin to give Toronto a 1-0 win and a chance to win a championship in game five.

 

With the cup in the building, game five went into overtime again. Milwaukee was desperate for a goal to stay alive. Joe Murdock nearly had the cup winner near the end of the first overtime, but it was Darwin’s turn to make a spectacular save. In the second extra frame, Brad McNair beat Sykko just under the glove to keep the defending champs in the series.

 

Game six was back in Toronto with the cup in the building once again and the Choppers remained confident. “We’ve been here before, we just need to find a way to get back into this.” Said McNair. Despite the confidence, the Choppers were simply out of gas. Sykko came up big once again, while Murdock and Chris Falkner each scored as Toronto took a 2-0 lead. With 20 seconds to go, Milwaukee pulled Darwin, but it was too late. Sykko made two more big saves and the clock ran out as the Racers poured off the bench. For the second time in four years, the Toronto Racers were the Lewis Cup champions. Despite his struggles in the Eastern Conference Finals, Jussi Sykko took the playoff MVP award with six shutouts. “He was unbelievable” said Murdock. “He came up big when we needed it most.”

 

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1 hour ago, hawkfan89 said:

2006 Lewis Cup

 

iHN8I4R.pngThe Toronto Racers’ appearance in the 2006 Lewis Cup Final was thanks in large part to the play of 20-year-old Mark Davis. However, the Championship series did not start out as planned for Davis or the Racers. Game one in Milwaukee was one of the largest blowouts ever for an opening game in the Finals, as the defending champs took it 8-1. Despite the loss, Davis was given the starting job again in game two, but after the Choppers lit him up again for two goals on their first two shots, Rex Hull had enough and but Jussi Sykko back in. Sykko, determined to regain the starter’s job permanently, played one of the best games of his career, while Murdock, Reid, MacDonald, and Igor Kharitonov each scored in what turned out to be a 4-3 Toronto win.

 

Though he confirmed Sykko would have the net for Game three, Rex Hull still defended his young goalie, Davis. “He is clearly a very talented goalie, I think the pressure maybe got to him a little bit.” Game three in Toronto saw a packed Queen Elizabeth Arena that seemed to be shaking from the noise. Just prior to the playoffs, the Racers’ ownership announced they were in the beginning stages of securing a new home for the team by decade’s end, making every big game at the “Q” even more special. The crowd didn’t seem to faze the Choppers early on, as Adam Wyrzykowski opened the scoring on a breakaway. Milwaukee had a chance to increase the lead just a minute later, when Brad McNair had a breakaway of his own, but Sykko stretched out his left pad to make an incredible save. It would be a key moment, as the Racers began the onslaught early in the second period. Darren Reid scored, followed by Andrew Cox. Sean MacDonald scored after that to make it 3-1. Milwaukee pulled Matt Darwin with nearly two minutes left, when Murdock scored on the empty net to seal the win. Game four was a scoreless tie right through regulation, as Darwin and Sykko were both spectacular. The game remained scoreless going into overtime. Both teams traded chances back and forth, until unlikely hero Theo Galvin finally beat Darwin to give Toronto a 1-0 win and a chance to win a championship in game five.

 

With the cup in the building, game five went into overtime again. Milwaukee was desperate for a goal to stay alive. Joe Murdock nearly had the cup winner near the end of the first overtime, but it was Darwin’s turn to make a spectacular save. In the second extra frame, Brad McNair beat Sykko just under the glove to keep the defending champs in the series.

 

Game six was back in Toronto with the cup in the building once again and the Choppers remained confident. “We’ve been here before, we just need to find a way to get back into this.” Said McNair. Despite the confidence, the Choppers were simply out of gas. Sykko came up big once again, while Murdock and Chris Falkner each scored as Toronto took a 2-0 lead. With 20 seconds to go, Milwaukee pulled Darwin, but it was too late. Sykko made two more big saves and the clock ran out as the Racers poured off the bench. For the second time in four years, the Toronto Racers were the Lewis Cup champions. Despite his struggles in the Eastern Conference Finals, Jussi Sykko took the playoff MVP award with six shutouts. “He was unbelievable” said Murdock. “He came up big when we needed it most.”

 

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Great Finals! The graphic underneath the player holding the Cup says Milwaukee instead of Toronto though.

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2 hours ago, hawkfan89 said:

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Wow, Milwaukee must have had a big uniform change that I never knew about.

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Congrats to the Racers...this will go down in history as one of THE most memorable series in PHL history.

My Chops WILL win the Cup back soon, though...

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Apologies for the error with the banner, I forgot to change it when I moved it over to the new template. It's fixed now.

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