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Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1944 Finals

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Well, it was unexpected seeing my Lakers in the finals, shame that they got swept. And since I'm a Cubs fan, I'm used to saying this: "There's always next year."

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On 10/7/2018 at 5:12 PM, TargetToad said:

That's some fine broom work by Duluth. Is that the first Kellog Cup sweep?

 

It is actually the second sweep in Finals history, the first came way back in 1923 when the Millers swept the Broncos (Oh how things have changed since then). This is the first sweep in the finals since the league altered the playoffs to have a 7 game finals series however.

 

9 hours ago, Dan O'Mac said:

Well, it was unexpected seeing my Lakers in the finals, shame that they got swept. And since I'm a Cubs fan, I'm used to saying this: "There's always next year."

 

It was a great run by Superior, who knows, maybe this could give them the spark to continue this level of play in the years to come.

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Wasn't one of the IRL NHL finals like Florida vs Phoenix in 1997 or something (still not as weird as the Millers and Broncos actually being good once, especially for Cloquet)

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6 minutes ago, TargetToad said:

Wasn't one of the IRL NHL finals like Florida vs Phoenix in 1997 or something (still not as weird as the Millers and Broncos actually being good once, especially for Cloquet)

It was the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals between the Colorado Avalanche (in their first season since moving from QC) and the Florida Panthers (in their third season period).

The Avs picked up the 4-0 sweep.

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After a year off, teams from the Lake Superior League met and decided it would be best for the moral of both the players and the citizens of their towns to have something to do and cheer for in the long Minnesota winter. They decided to reinstate the league for the 1943/44 season. The Cloquet Broncos decided not to join this year due to 5 of their members currently fighting in the war. The bitter cross-town rivals, Voyageurs and Hornets, decided to merge for this season, they will simply be known as "Duluth" and they will use the Hornets logo and uniforms since it is a D to represent their city. Due to there only being 5 teams and being the only league to play this year, the Lake Superior League shortened the season to just 20 games rather than the 24 that they had played in years past.

 

The 1943/44 season concluded and here is how things played out.

 

Duluth, with the cream of the crop, getting all the top players from the city, finished far and away in first. The Giants followed in second with Superior taking the 3 spot. In the last playoff spot were the Timberwolves, getting back in the playoffs. Grand Rapids finished in last with only 3 wins on the season.

 

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Let me know what you think, comments are appreciated!

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good to see that someone played to keep morale up at home. id honestly be surprised if Duluth doesn't sweep the playoffs (and am also surprised that Thunder Bay was allowed to go from Canada to the US to play)

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I wonder if the winner will get the asterisk because there was only one league going at the time.

In either case, go Lakers!

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1944 Playoffs

 

Semi Finals:

  • Duluth completely dominates Two Harbors, easily sweeping them and advancing to the finals.
  • In a battle of non-Minnesotans, the Lakers came out on top, stunning Thunder Bay in game 5.

Will Duluth continue to roll? Or will the Lakers use their momentum to carry them past the juggernauts from across the bridge?

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Let me know what you think, comments are appreciated!

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Will the winner still receive the actual Kellogg Cup, even if the other two leagues didn't play?

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Um, if Superior won.. why does the graphic show 'Thunder Bay 3-2'?

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16 minutes ago, NoE38 said:

Will the winner still receive the actual Kellogg Cup, even if the other two leagues didn't play?

 

Yes they will since they are still part of the MAHL.

 

15 minutes ago, Seadragon76 said:

Um, if Superior won.. why does the graphic show 'Thunder Bay 3-2'?

 

Oops, forgot to change that from last year, I updated it now.

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Let's go Lakers! 

 

Win this one for all us Wisconsinites, fighting for the world's freedom abroad and helping out at home!

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1944 Kellogg Cup Finals

 

Game 1: After 2 scoreless periods, Duluth was able to put one in 7 minutes into the third, and got an empty netter to take the game 2-0.

Game 2: Duluth came out fast, scoring 3 minutes in, but Superior answered in the second. It was tied 1-1 after 2, until Duluth's Michael Thompson got a breakaway and put it five-hole to win it.

Game 3: As the series crossed the bridge, the momentum remained with Duluth who snuck out a 3-2 victory in Wisconsin.

Game 4: Doing everything in their power to not get swept, the Lakers went all out and stayed alive with a 3-1 win

Game 5: Falling behind 1-0 after the first period, Duluth came out aggressive in the second, scoring twice. They would go on to hold the lead, Duluth is your 1944 Kellogg Cup Champions!

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Let me know what you think, comments are appreciated!

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I'm loving this so far! Very creative about using real-life events to affect the league! I'm very curious of the aftermath of WW2, especially with the upcoming baby boom time period. 

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