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1965 Urquhart Cup

Date: September 25, 1963

Location: Arnold Shannon Stadium, Milwaukee, WI

Weather: 79°F (26°C), Clear, Light air

Attendance: 54,172

 

Milwaukee was buzzing with excitement on the last Saturday of September, with the city hosting its second ever Urquhart Cup game. Several Bandits supporter groups made the 6 hour drive to Milwaukee, as well as some Nationals supporters. In the end, the Stadium was mostly Dragons supporters, but each team had supporters on their respective sides of the field. 

 

Despite many analysts predicting Toronto would be the team that would have the better start, it was the opposite, as the Bandits won the opening bounce, held possession for a couple of minutes, then finished a rush, with Hugh Westbrook kicking a long ball past Andy Kappert. On the very next rush, Westbrook kicked another goal from a tight angle. The Nats would respond with two quick points, but couldn't beat Rudy Nicholas otherwise. 8 minutes in, Westbrook kicked another goal from a tough angle, making it 12-2. The Bandits would add a couple points to take a 12-point lead halfway through the quarter. Soon after the second point, Westbrook amazingly deflected a corner kick past Kappert, his fourth of the game only 12 minutes in. After James Jogi kicked a point for the Nats, Westbrook would kick yet another goal, tying the record for most goals by one player in a quarter. In the dying seconds, Daniel Thorn punched a shot past Kappert, making the score 26-3 for Michigan after 1. Toronto had never really gotten a chance to settle into this one, and it showed, as they only had 7 minutes of possession all quarter.

After 1: Michigan 26, Toronto 3

 

Toronto coach Marcel Jannard made statement to start the second, replacing the struggling Kappert with rookie Abraham Jackson who had only 1 game of NAML experience prior. The statement seemed to be taken by the Nats early on, with struggling George Howlack kicking Toronto's first goal of the game 3 minutes in. However, the Bandits would come back strong, with Westbrook scoring his 6th goal of the game, as well as a point. There would be a long period with no scoring, and both goalies came up big, making key saves and not letting anything get past them, until Theo Krakowski wired a shot off the post and past the pointline for Toronto. On the ensuing rush, Westbrook continued his crazy game, volleying his seventh of the game past Jackson. However, the Nats would obtain the momentum for the final few minutes, managing to get some shots directed at Nicholas, but Krakowski was the only one who managed to beat him, punching one in between the middle posts. Nats fans were hoping that maybe this momentum could lead to a breakout in the second half, but they weren't holding their breath. 

At the half: Michigan 36, Toronto 12

 

The first score of the third quarter came only 19 seconds in, with Thorn finishing a quick rush with a chip shot over Jackson. 2 minutes later, Westbrook tried for an 8th goal, but Jackson stood tall, just getting a fingertip to it and deflecting it for a point. After a couple more Bandits points, as well as a missed penalty by Thorn, James Jogi, who was having a surprisingly quiet game, wired a curling shot just beneath the bar, making it 43-16. Toronto hoped that they could turn this spark into a fire, but any potential momentum they had was lost as Westbrook potted his 8th of the match on the very next rush. 2 minutes later, the Stallions looked to finally be hitting a rhythm as Howlack converted a penalty past Nicholas. The final 11 minutes of the quarter were relatively slow, with few shots by both teams. The only scoring for the rest of the quarter were three Bandits points, increasing their lead to 28 heading into the final 21 minutes. 

After 3: Michigan 49, Toronto 21

 

Bandits coach Grad Rox told his players to focus on defense for the final quarter, in case the Nats caught fire. Despite the tight defensive formation by the Bandits, Jogi still managed to break tackles and kick his second of the game 2 mintues in. The two teams traded points over the next few minutes, then Thorn sent Westbrook on a breakaway for the Bandits. Jackson, who was known for being an aggressive goalie, came out to challenge him, catching him off guard. as a result he turned the ball over, giving the Nats a chance to get a goal. However, a shot by Krakowski missed wide only resulting in a point. at the 9-minute mark, Thorn had a good chance to get his third of the game, but he also missed wide. The final score of the game came with 9 minutes left to play, when a Jogi shot deflected off Wally Inger and past the pointline. The rest of the game was slow, with the Bandits basically playing keepaway with the Nats. as the final whistle went, the Bandits once again stormed the field, becoming the first team in NAML history to complete a three-peat, and their 6th Urquhart Cup overall.

Final Score: Michigan 51, Toronto 28

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Final Bracket:

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It was an obvious choice that Hugh Westbrook would receive the Urquhart Cup MVP medal for the second consecutive year, as he smashed the previous record for most goals in the championship game, as well as single-handedly outscoring the opposing team. "I don't remember what my pre-game meal was, but whatever it was, I need to start eating it more often" he joked following the game. 

 

In the annual commisioner's post-game conference, Patrick Urquhart shocked the Markball world by announcing he was stepping down as commissioner. "I am now starting to get to the stage of life where I am unable to keep up with the demands of this job. For the better of this league, I will open my spot up to a motivated person ready to help make markball better than it has ever been". He told reporters following the game. Urquhart also announced that they would announce his successor in the offseason.

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Toronto just can't catch a break, can they? pair that up with the Bandits' success, and you get a good old-fashioned blowout. I think the Bandits can continue this great run and even make it 4 in a row next year.

 

Fun fact about the game: Westbrook score 8.2, or 34 points, 6 more than the entire Nationals team.

 

C&C is appreciated!

 

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1965 NAML Offseason

 

Urquhart Announces his successor as NAML Commissioner

In early December, Patrick Urquhart announced that the NAML's new head of operations would be a man by the name of Peter Merle. Merle is a self-made millionaire, and was head of Merle Architects, an architecture firm responsible for the building of several buildings and stadium in the District. "I will do my best to help promote this great sport and keep it entertaining for years to come." He said to reporters at the league's headquarters. Merle also said that his first couple years as commissioner would see little change in the rules and teams, but after that, he hoped that there would be plenty of expansion options heading into the 70's.

 

Hounds, Guardians exchange young talents

Early in the offseason, two struggling teams traded rookie players with high expectations, hoping that they can solve current issues and be key parts in their franchise's futures. Boston sent goalkeeper Georg Wahlsten to the West Coast, while LA sent forward Virgil Karski to Beantown. Wahlsten is a calm 6'5" keeper who knows almost always exactly what to do under pressure, while Karski is a quiet but talented full forward, who led the CML's Fort Wayne Summits in scoring last year with 36 goals.

 

3 Teams hire new head coaches

After disappointing performances in 1965, three teams decided to send a message to their players by firing their coaches. In Boston, The Hounds replaced 5-year coach Gene Favser with former Hounds player Malcom Bardson, The Guardians replaced inaugural coach Blimpie Tanian with Alexander Lucas, while the St. Louis Gatekeepers announced former superstar Arnold Lejoscasa as former coach Frank Boyd's successor. 

 

League Officials discuss proposal for Markball Hall of Fame

Over the course of the offseason, the NAML's highest executives met several times to discuss the possibility of the league opening a markball hall of fame in the next years. according to commissioner Merle, the meetings went "very well" and that there was a "really good chance" that the idea could become a reality in the near future.

 

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The season will hopefully be up later this week.

 

Any C&C is appreciated!

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Before I start this season post, I'm trying out a new format for the season post, with shorter summaries of each team's results. That way more of the storyline can take place in the playoffs. Any thoughts on whether I should keep it this way or go back to my old one are appreciated!

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1966 NAML Season

The NAML's 20th season kicked off with a tripleheaders of original 6 matchups, including an upset 46-28 St. Louis win over Chicago, a 49-39 Michigan victory against the Falcons, and a tight 31-29 Toronto win over Washington. The second day saw the expansion teams face off, and included a 49-48 barnburner win for Boston over Los Angeles, a 43-31 road victory in Montreal for the Walleye, and a 42-29 Dragons win against the Knights in New York.

 

Western Division:

  • Looking to win their fourth straight Urquhart Cup, the Bandits came out flying and never looked back, finishing first with a 17-5-0 record. Hugh Westbrook would lead the way for them up front, winning another Len Garey Trophy with 49 goals.
  • The Crusaders posted their best record since the league expanded to 22 games, earning themselves the right to host the first-round game. Their best player was Andy Bonsaigh, who had himself a career year at midfield.
  • The Dragons surprisingly took the final spot, securing it in the final week in front of an energetic home crowd. Frank Schermini continued getting better and better, potting a career high 45 goals, good for third in the league.
  • In fourth were the Minnesota Walleye, who despite having the league's best defense, just missed out on the playoffs, and would've been playing a home game the following week had they been in the eastern conference. Calvin Black had another fantastic year, earning him second straight Chester Harland award.
  • It was a weird year for the 5th-place Guardians, who had a great start, winning 5 of their first seven games. However, they couldn't keep it up, and wound up finishing with 29 points, still a franchise-best. Young keeper Georg Wahlsten played near the end, and shows flashes of brilliance through tough games.
  • In St. Louis, it was another year to forget. An injury to Julius Utimma in week 3 basically sealed their fate early on, Only winning twice all year, and being winless on the road. However, coach Arnold Lejoscasa remained confident that his group could pick up their play in 1967.

Eastern Division:

  • Finishing atop the East were the Philadelphia Falcons, who were also first league-wide. Amazing seasons from nearly all their players gave them their first first-round bye since 1960. Charles Jamison's crazy year in net gave him the Ben Legrand award for best goalkeeper.
  • In the capital, the Warriors proved that their previous two years were flukes and that they were a true playoff team. Jim Gardenar continued his crazy play, and gave new life to some veteran players, helping them finish on a three-game win streak.
  • In Boston, the Hounds finally got their act together, and a year after finishing dead last, were now fighting in the playoffs. Vinnie McClelland and Howard Tremble were the best players for the Hounds during the season.
  • In Toronto, the season that numerous writers had predicted since the start of the decade finally happened, as the Nats fell and fell hard. After a mediocre start, Toronto fell apart in the second half, only winning one of their last 8 games. 
  • For the Knights, it was back to the basement, as they continued costistently being inconsistent after a playoff berth. Despite a great year from Carmelo Dunn, none of the other players seemed to play with 110% effort as New York faltered to a 5-win season.
  • In Montreal, an aging team was too slow compared to the others, and couldn't keep leads or finish comebacks. No player really stood out among the rest as The Paulies faltered to a dissapointing 4-17-1 record, including a 27-point loss to St. Louis.

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The 1966 NAML Awards were given to:

Chester Harland Award (League MVP): Calvin Black, WB, MIN

Len Garey Memorial Trophy (Top Goalkicker)Hugh Westbrook, FF, MCH (49 goals)

Benjamin Legrand Award (Best Goalkeeper): Charles Jamison, PHI

 

Rivalry Cup Winners:

Colonial Trophy: Washingto(Won both games against Philadelphia)

St. Laurent Cup: Montreal (Split series with Toronto, outscored them 69-54)

I-94 Series: Milwaukee (split series with Chicago, outscored them 78-68)

 

Notable Events:

  • Falcons defender Bruce Williams, who laid a vicious hit behind the play on Montreal player Michael Jones the previous year, was kicked off the team during the pre-season.
  • The NAML announced that due to a spike in fouls prior to jump-balls, they would be adding a larger circle around the small one, that only a certain number of players could enter prior to the restarting of play.
  • Minnesota's reserve team was barred from entering the CML postseason after they fielded an ineligible player during the season.

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Once again, any thoughts on this new format are appreciated!

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Wow, my guardians are really not doing well at all in the sixties. At least the Capitals are goo-

 

Oh right. They haven’t won a cup since 1950. 😒

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Hey everyone. Sorry for the inactivity lately, school's starting to get busier and busier as of now, so I haven't really had the time to work on this lately. However, I am still going to continue this once my workload decreases. The playoffs have been simulated, and I'm planning on having the First Round and semifinals up soon. Stay tuned for that.

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If the Guardians have one more losing season, I’m getting out my nonexistent vodka that I usually reserve for Kings playoff games.

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1966 NAML Playoffs

First Round

 

(W2) Chicago Crusaders vs (W3) Milwaukee Dragons

At Windy Park, the Chicago Crusaders were looking to put their unraveling by Michigan in the first round in 1965 behind them, taking on the Dragons at home. From the start, both teams were hungry for goals, but both goalies stood tall early. 6 minutes in, with the score 1-1, Andy Bonsaigh broke the ice with an odd rolling shot from a tight angle. From that point on, the Crusaders put on a clinic, easily beating the struggling Milwaukee defense. In under 10 minutes, Chicago increased their lead to 17 points, and the Dragons still only had one point altogether. Later on, Milwaukee appeared to get some momentum, getting a goal and point, but Bud Mahoney converted a corner kick to make the score 22-6 after 1. In the second, both teams would have great chances to score, but their inaccuracy on great chances was laughable. Of the 9 scoring shots in the quarter, Only 1 managed to go between the two middle posts. Both the Crusaders and Dragons scored 4 minors, and Milwaukee forward Marvin Sly even missed a penalty. FInally, with just over a minute to go until the half, Bonsaigh converted a monstrous kick past Milwaukee keeper Tommy Feltrinelli, giving Chicago a 20-point lead at the half, much to the delight of the home supporters. In the third quarter, the feistiness that was usually present between the two teams started to show, particularly from frustrated Milwaukee players. Despite an early goal from Bernie Shepard, The Dragons weren't able to generate much more against the tight Crusader defense. 6 minutes later, with the score at 34-16, the Dragons had a huge chance to get a goal to get back in the game. a Shepard shot was saved by Chicago goalie Joe Register, but was rolling towards the goal line. Fortunately for the Crusaders, rookie Paul Micalef cleared it out of harms way just in time, and on the counter-attack, Mahoney would score to make it 38-16. This was a huge blow to the already struggling Milwaukee side, as they just fell apart, allowing the Crusaders to get to 51 points before the end of the quarter. In the fourth, the two teams traded goals early on, and the Crusaders started playing more relaxed with their huge lead. However, the Dragons still weren't giving up, and caught the defenders off guard multiple times in the final frame. In the end though, their efforts only managed to make the scoreline a little more acceptable, as the Crusaders advanced to face the Bandits at home.

Final Score: Chicago 60, Milwaukee 37

 

(E2) Washington Warriors vs (E3) Boston Wolfhounds

In Washington, the Warriors were looking to get back on track against a Boston Wolfhounds team that was playing their first postseason game in a few years. The game started off the exact opposite from the Western game, as the pace to start was very slow and evenly-matched. There were virtually no shots in the first half of the game, and the fans watching as President's Park were hoping to see a breakthrough sooner or later. Finally, 18 minutes in, young superstar Jim Gardenar ran in fast from the wing, beating John Portelli through his legs, giving the Warriors a 4-0 lead. However, just 90 seconds later, the Hounds game charging back, and Howard Tremble scored off a weird shot, hitting both posts before bouncing in. At the end of the first, the score remained tied at 4. The second quarter would see slightly more scoring, as 6 minutes in, Vinnie McClelland deflected a corner past Ambrose Gares, giving Boston their first lead. 5 minutes later, Virgil Karski doubled the lead, silencing the usually loud Warriors faithful. On the next rush, the Warriors managed to get a point, and a couple minutes later, Gardenar beat Portelli again through his legs, cutting the lead to three at halftime, and making the score 12-9 in favour of Boston. The Hounds continued applying pressure in the third, as they scored a point on a rush off the opening jump-ball. After a Washington point, Tremble kicked his second goal, off a great feed from Ridley Robinson. The Warriors scored a point and goal on two consecutive rushes, but the Hounds replied right back with a goal from McClelland. In the dying minutes, Boston would increase their lead by 8 off a penalty kick and a corner. On the last rush of the game, Gardenar, who was having a quiet game after his opening goal, just missed a golden opportunity to score a major and cut the lead to 7, with his shot missing just wide. In the fourth, Boston scored a point on their first rush. After a quick slow spell, the Warriors got the crowd back into the game by scoring a goal and point, cutting the lead to 6. However, Boston responded right back again, getting two more goals from Tremble and a point each from McClelland and Karski, Making the score 37-21 for the Hounds. Despite this large deficit with 10 minutes to go, The Warriors kept pushing, as they scored twice to cut the deficit to 8. Eventually, the lead would be cut to as little as 5 before Karski scored a huge goal to pretty much stop the Warriors from getting the win. Gardenar scored a late goal, but it wasn't enough as Boston claimed the victory, and headed to Philadelphia to take on the Falcons.

Final Score: Washington 37, Boston 42

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Semifinals

 

(W1) Michigan Bandits vs (W2) Chicago Crusaders

At Windy Park, The Bandits were looking to advance to their fourth straight Urquhart Cup final, but they would have to win against a pesky Chicago Crusaders team that defeated them twice in the regular season. Despite this, The Bandits got off to a great start, scoring 3 minutes in and increasing their lead to 6-0 by the halfway point of the quarter. Michigan continued pressing in the second part of the quarter, eventually making their lead 12-0, mostly thanks to a great goal by Hugh Westbrook. The Crusaders finally got their first shot on goal with 4 minutes left, and Andy Bonsaigh capitalized, beating Rudy Nicholas low. After 1, the Bandits led 12-4. In the second, Michigan struck early again, getting a goal and point from Daniel Thorn. However, they started playing sloppily, and the Crusaders took advantage, scoring majors on three straight shots, cutting the lead down to 1. Just a minute after the third goal, it looked like Chicago was going to take the lead, but Nicholas made his first save of the game, a crucial one, allowing Michigan to take the ball back and score a point. Just past the halfway point of the third quarter, Westbrook made it 22-16, allowing The faithful at Windy Park to breathe a little easier. After the two teams exchanged points, Dana Smithson gave Michigan a 10-point lead, which held up until halftime. The score was 27-17 for Michigan after 2. In the third, The two teams combined for three points  in the opening three minutes, making the score 29-18. At the 5 minute mark, Bud Mahoney scored for Chicago, and the rest of the team seemed to ignite. Bonsaigh scored another goal and point, cutting the lead to two. After a missed chance by Thorn that resulted in a point instead of a major, Mahoney scored to give Chicago a one-point lead. Less than two minutes later, Gary Leitch scored for Chicago, and Windy Park was silent. The final 5 minutes of the quarter were absolute chaos, with Chicago scoring twice to retake the lead, a wide open net missed by Mahoney, and in the last minute of play, Leitch kicked his second of the quarter to give the Crusaders a 39-38 lead with 21 minutes to play. In the fourth, the Bandits played shutdown markball to perfection on the backend, while still generating offensive chances up front. In the first three minutes, Westbrook struck twice. The persistent chances proved to be too much for the Crusaders, as by the 14-minute mark, Michigan extended their lead to 13 points. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Crusaders desperately tried to get the lead, but Nicholas, for the first time in the game, stood tall, only allowing three points until the final whistle. In the end, the Bandits indeed were advancing to their fourth consecutive Urquhart Cup final.

Final Score: Michigan 52, Chicago 42

 

(E1) Philadelphia Falcons vs (E3) Boston Wolfhounds

As Always, Philadelphia Markball Park was filled for the Eastern Division Final, between the city's beloved Falcons and the visiting Boston Wolfhounds. As the opening bounce was taken, the fans were ready for a huge offensive quarter from the Falcons, but the first quarter was anything but. Even though the Hounds took an early 5-0 lead, The two teams just didn't look like their offenses were game-ready. The Falcons collected their first point from Jeremy Markson 12 minutes in, but they wouldn't get any other offense until the final minutes when Markson again could only muster a minor score. After 1, Boston led 6-2. In the second, the Philly fans finally got the offense they wanted, As Philly got the opening 3 scores of the quarter, all goals from Markson, Nicolas Cloche, and Farley Collins. With the score at 15-7, Markson gave Philly the first double-digit lead of the game, beautifully deflecting a corner past John Portelli. The first half ended with a point and goal from Ridley Robinson, cutting the Falcons' lead to 7. The third quarter saw several chances, but both goalkeepers stood tall. Just 45 seconds in, Markson found himself all alone against Portelli, but he couldn't get it past his fingertips, as the ball deflected for a point. Boston controlled the ball for the rest of the quarter, and got several shots, but Charles Jamison was a brick wall, not letting anything past him and between the two middle posts. Vinnie McClelland had two great chances, but he was denied both times. Despite not scoring, Boston did cut the lead to 4 before the quarter ended, giving them a decent chance at catching up in the fourth. However, in the final quarter, the Falcons didn't even let Boston get the ball out of their own end before they had extended the lead back to 10. Once the Hounds got the ball out past midfield, they did well with their rushes, getting another goal and point, this time from Howard Tremble. Unfortunately for them, that would be all they could muster, as the Falcons scored the last 3 goals and 13 total points of the game to advance to their first Urquhart Cup final since 1960, where they defeated the Nationals.

Final Score: Philadelphia 39, Boston 21

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Urquhart Cup Preview:

The Urquhart Cup this year will be held In St. Louis, at Clark Street Stadium, hosting for the first time since 1955. The league announced during a press conference that the 1967 Urquhart Cup will be held at The Hounds' home, Boston Shore Stadium.

Michigan @ Philadelphia, at St. Louis, MO

Previous Playoff Game: 1960 Semifinals

Result: Philadelphia 43-41 Toronto

The Bandits look to continue their dynasty in St. Louis, but this Falcons team will be by far their toughest test in the Urquhart Cup in a long time. Two teams with good depth and stacked offenses will meet here, so this has the potential to be a barnburner. There's no favourite for this one, it's really hard to pick against either of these teams. Get your popcorn ready for this one, it's gonna be good.

Prediction: Michigan will win their fourth straight Cup in a tight 23-22 battle.

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There's the first real storyline post in a long time, Hope you guys enjoy it. Not much to say about this, The Hounds beating Washington was surprising, but Philly stopped them right in their tracks. I'm really looking forward to simulating the final, hopefully it'll be a close one.

 

Any C&C is always appreciated!

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Uhh the write up's Final score said that the Hounds beat Philly, but the graphics and the write up say otherwise

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19 minutes ago, Darknes said:

Uhh the write up's Final score said that the Hounds beat Philly, but the graphics and the write up say otherwise

Fixed. Thanks for noticing that.

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1966 Urquhart Cup

Date: September 30, 1966

Location: Clark Street Stadium, St. Louis, MO

Weather: 67°F (19°C)

Attendance: 28,925

 

Clark Street Stadium was packed more than it had been for any 'Keepers game on a pleasant September night, as the Michigan Bandits looked to make it 4 straight Urquhart Cups against a tough Philadelphia Falcons squad. The two teams had a combined record of 37-9-0, including in the playoffs. Just over half of the Stadium was filled with St. Louis neutrals, and the rest of the crowd was split fairly evenly between Michigan and Philadelphia faithful.

 

It was noticeable right away that the game would be close until the end. Both defenses played solid, turning the ball over countless times, and allowing virtually no shots. The first big chance of the game took place 7 minutes in, when Hugh Westbrook took a booming shot for 20 metres out, and beat Charles Jamison, but couldn't beat the post. Play would slow down for a bit, then finally, 15 minutes in, bench forward Silas Hayden deflected a cross just enough for it to beat Rudy Nicolas, giving the Falcons the game's first goal and lead. With the goal, both teams started to break through, with Michigan getting a point from Daniel Thorn on the very next rush, and Philly replying right back with another point of their own. Later on in the quarter, a shot from Westbrook appeared to be saved on the line by Jamison, but the goal umpire signalled a goal. After a few minutes of talking, referee Matthew Cloncurry switched the ruling to a goal, making it a tie game. In the dying moments, both teams had great chances to take the lead, but the goalies stood tall, keeping it tied after the opening 21 minutes.

After 1: Philadelphia 5, Michigan 5

 

To start the second, Jeremy Markson, who had a relatively quiet first quarter, showed he was still dangerous by running through several defenders, but his shot hit the post and deflected to a defender. Because of the unusual amount of posts hit, fans wondered if the 4 posts could be a contributing factor to the final result. Almost 4 minutes in, the Bandits took their first lead after a weak shot by Westbrook was mishandled by Jamison, giving centre Carl Campisi a wide open net to shoot at. Over the next chunk of the quarter, play slowed down a little, but both teams still got chances at they exchanged points twice, making the score 11-7 for the Bandits. After another point for the Falcons, Markson corralled a tough cross, and volleyed the ball home to give Philly a 1-point lead with under 2 minutes to go in the half. It appeared as the Falcons would hold this lead up until halftime, but after a reckless tackle by defender Clark Peyton on Daniel Thorn in the dying second, Thorn had an opportunity to get a goal from 35 metres out with no time left on the clock. Unfortunately for Thorn, his shot was too high, but he managed to tie the game at the half.

At the half: Philadelphia 12, Michigan 12

 

To start the second half, the Falcons controlled the ball for the first part, but only managed to get 2 minors past Nicholas when they should have gotten at least a goal. Dominic Abrams made them pay for this by helping set up a 3-on-0 breakaway, in which he finished it off by getting around Jamison and shooting at an open net. Philadelphia, knowing that their offense should be playing better, came back to life on their next rush. After breaking up a Bandit rush very effectively, quick ball movement upfield sent Richard Collins in on a breakaway of his own, in which we scored on a tough angle, restoring the Falcons' 2-point lead. The Bandits scored two quick points of their own to tie it, but the Falcons responded with a point of their own from Markson. The next score of the match was a game-changer, as Westbrook capitalized off a sloppy pass from the Falcon midfield, used his speed to break through several Philly defenders, and then gave Thorn a perfect pass for him to give Michigan the lead, completely bewildering the Philadelphia players and spectators. To make matters worse for the Falcons, just one minute later, Campisi would deflect a corner kick past Jamison, giving the Bandits the largest lead any team had had all game. In the final minute, Thorn made it a two-goal deficit, hitting a shot high over the crossbar. 

After 3: Philadelphia 19, Michigan 27

 

In the start of fourth, the Falcons showed urgency, but they either couldn't capitalize on their chances or had the Bandits reply right back. The two teams exchanged points in the opening two minutes, making the score 28-20 for Michigan. The first goal of the quarter was scored after Westbrook made a nice move around a defender, then had his shot deflected away by Jamison. However, the ball came right to Campisi, who easily tapped it home, increasing the lead to three goals. However, the Falcons got a boost the very next minute, as Armand Cloche was awarded a penalty shot, and he buried it, and brought the ball right back with him to centre to play could get restarted quickly. Markson had another great chance to cut the deficit to 4, but his shot deflected off defender Bill Troy for a point. After a Michigan point to make the deficit 12 again, Philly would finally get their breakthrough goal after Nicholas misjudged a cross, giving Markson an open net. The Falcons were down by 8, but only had 3 minutes to work with. They quickly pressured Michigan to get the ball back, and it worked. However, all of their shots were being saved by Nicholas. Eventually, with 47 seconds left to play, Markson again beat Nicholas low, making it a one-goal deficit. The Falcons had one final rush to tie the game. A cross would eventually come to Markson, loking for his fourth, but he couldn't get a solid shot away as Nicholas saved the ball and gathered the rebound,  letting the clock run out. In the end, the Falcons put up a strong, valiant fight, but the Bandits strong defensive game was too much for them to handle.

Final Score: Philadelphia 33, Michigan 37

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Surprisingly, the Urquhart Cup MVP award was given to Rudy Nicholas, who despite making a few small mistakes, made key saves when he had to, and was fantastic at deflecting shots to his defenders so they could be cleared. "I just did what I attempt to do every game, and that is to make saves. Nothing too special about it to be honest." Said a humble Nicholas after the game. 

 

After the game, Peter Merle, who originally said that his first few years as commisioner would be relatively quiet, made headlines by announcing that there would be a Markball Hall of Fame to be built in Washington, D.C. "We believe that the time is now to start a huge project like this. Washington has had a fantastic history with the great game of markball, so it's only fitting that they should host this pantheon of our game." Merle told reporters in the annual commisioner's post-game conference.

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I feel like whoever beats Michigan next in the playoffs next will receive plenty of thank yous from the rest of the league, it's almost like the Bandits are hogging the cup. 

 

Any C&C is appreciated!

 

 

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7 hours ago, NoE38 said:

1966 Urquhart Cup

Date: September 30, 1966

Location: Clark Street Stadium, St. Louis, MO

Weather: 67°F (19°C)

Attendance: 28,925

 

Clark Street Stadium was packed more than it had been for any 'Keepers game on a pleasant September night, as the Michigan Bandits looked to make it 4 straight Urquhart Cups against a tough Philadelphia Falcons squad. The two teams had a combined record of 37-9-0, including in the playoffs. Just over half of the Stadium was filled with St. Louis neutrals, and the rest of the crowd was split fairly evenly between Michigan and Philadelphia faithful.

 

It was noticeable right away that the game would be close until the end. Both defenses played solid, turning the ball over countless times, and allowing virtually no shots. The first big chance of the game took place 7 minutes in, when Hugh Westbrook took a booming shot for 20 metres out, and beat Charles Jamison, but couldn't beat the post. Play would slow down for a bit, then finally, 15 minutes in, bench forward Silas Hayden deflected a cross just enough for it to beat Rudy Nicolas, giving the Falcons the game's first goal and lead. With the goal, both teams started to break through, with Michigan getting a point from Daniel Thorn on the very next rush, and Philly replying right back with another point of their own. Later on in the quarter, a shot from Westbrook appeared to be saved on the line by Jamison, but the goal umpire signalled a goal. After a few minutes of talking, referee Matthew Cloncurry switched the ruling to a goal, making it a tie game. In the dying moments, both teams had great chances to take the lead, but the goalies stood tall, keeping it tied after the opening 21 minutes.

After 1: Philadelphia 5, Michigan 5

 

To start the second, Jeremy Markson, who had a relatively quiet first quarter, showed he was still dangerous by running through several defenders, but his shot hit the post and deflected to a defender. Because of the unusual amount of posts hit, fans wondered if the 4 posts could be a contributing factor to the final result. Almost 4 minutes in, the Bandits took their first lead after a weak shot by Westbrook was mishandled by Jamison, giving centre Carl Campisi a wide open net to shoot at. Over the next chunk of the quarter, play slowed down a little, but both teams still got chances at they exchanged points twice, making the score 11-7 for the Bandits. After another point for the Falcons, Markson corralled a tough cross, and volleyed the ball home to give Philly a 1-point lead with under 2 minutes to go in the half. It appeared as the Falcons would hold this lead up until halftime, but after a reckless tackle by defender Clark Peyton on Daniel Thorn in the dying second, Thorn had an opportunity to get a goal from 35 metres out with no time left on the clock. Unfortunately for Thorn, his shot was too high, but he managed to tie the game at the half.

At the half: Philadelphia 12, Michigan 12

 

To start the second half, the Falcons controlled the ball for the first part, but only managed to get 2 minors past Nicholas when they should have gotten at least a goal. Dominic Abrams made them pay for this by helping set up a 3-on-0 breakaway, in which he finished it off by getting around Jamison and shooting at an open net. Philadelphia, knowing that their offense should be playing better, came back to life on their next rush. After breaking up a Bandit rush very effectively, quick ball movement upfield sent Richard Collins in on a breakaway of his own, in which we scored on a tough angle, restoring the Falcons' 2-point lead. The Bandits scored two quick points of their own to tie it, but the Falcons responded with a point of their own from Markson. The next score of the match was a game-changer, as Westbrook capitalized off a sloppy pass from the Falcon midfield, used his speed to break through several Philly defenders, and then gave Thorn a perfect pass for him to give Michigan the lead, completely bewildering the Philadelphia players and spectators. To make matters worse for the Falcons, just one minute later, Campisi would deflect a corner kick past Jamison, giving the Bandits the largest lead any team had had all game. In the final minute, Thorn made it a two-goal deficit, hitting a shot high over the crossbar. 

After 3: Philadelphia 19, Michigan 27

 

In the start of fourth, the Falcons showed urgency, but they either couldn't capitalize on their chances or had the Bandits reply right back. The two teams exchanged points in the opening two minutes, making the score 28-20 for Michigan. The first goal of the quarter was scored after Westbrook made a nice move around a defender, then had his shot deflected away by Jamison. However, the ball came right to Campisi, who easily tapped it home, increasing the lead to three goals. However, the Falcons got a boost the very next minute, as Armand Cloche was awarded a penalty shot, and he buried it, and brought the ball right back with him to centre to play could get restarted quickly. Markson had another great chance to cut the deficit to 4, but his shot deflected off defender Bill Troy for a point. After a Michigan point to make the deficit 12 again, Philly would finally get their breakthrough goal after Nicholas misjudged a cross, giving Markson an open net. The Falcons were down by 8, but only had 3 minutes to work with. They quickly pressured Michigan to get the ball back, and it worked. However, all of their shots were being saved by Nicholas. Eventually, with 47 seconds left to play, Markson again beat Nicholas low, making it a one-goal deficit. The Falcons had one final rush to tie the game. A cross would eventually come to Markson, loking for his fourth, but he couldn't get a solid shot away as Nicholas saved the ball and gathered the rebound,  letting the clock run out. In the end, the Falcons put up a strong, valiant fight, but the Bandits strong defensive game was too much for them to handle.

Final Score: Philadelphia 33, Michigan 37

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Surprisingly, the Urquhart Cup MVP award was given to Rudy Nicholas, who despite making a few small mistakes, made key saves when he had to, and was fantastic at deflecting shots to his defenders so they could be cleared. "I just did what I attempt to do every game, and that is to make saves. Nothing too special about it to be honest." Said a humble Nicholas after the game. 

 

After the game, Peter Merle, who originally said that his first few years as commisioner would be relatively quiet, made headlines by announcing that there would be a Markball Hall of Fame to be built in Washington, D.C. "We believe that the time is now to start a huge project like this. Washington has had a fantastic history with the great game of markball, so it's only fitting that they should host this pantheon of our game." Merle told reporters in the annual commisioner's post-game conference.

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I feel like whoever beats Michigan next in the playoffs next will receive plenty of thank yous from the rest of the league, it's almost like the Bandits are hogging the cup. 

 

Any C&C is appreciated!

 

 

Hopefully the league will be thanking the Hounds.

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Looks like the bandits could be the Celtics/Yankees/Packers of the league if ya know what I mean, seems like they’re always good. 

I’m glad Washington will hold the hall of fame. Seems fitting for them. 

Any ideas when we’ll see some more expansion of teams start to update logos?

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I'm wondering: due to the popularity of television in the 1960s, will Michigan have a large national/continental fan base due to their constant success in the league? In Canada would the Nationals or Paulies have large supporter bases across the country?

 

Will the southern states, and other western cities receive teams soon? Personally I believe Atlanta and either Dallas and/or Houston will get a team soon, it is bound to happen sooner or later. Same with Vancouver, San Francisco and possibly Seattle and/or Denver.

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8 hours ago, BellaSpurs said:

Looks like the bandits could be the Celtics/Yankees/Packers of the league if ya know what I mean, seems like they’re always good. 

I’m glad Washington will hold the hall of fame. Seems fitting for them. 

Any ideas when we’ll see some more expansion of teams start to update logos?

Toronto will be getting an update this offseason for their logo. In general, There won't be much updates/redesigns of the logos, since most of these teams have proud histories with them, but there definitely will be some major redesigns in the 70's.

 

6 hours ago, Goran The Man said:

I'm wondering: due to the popularity of television in the 1960s, will Michigan have a large national/continental fan base due to their constant success in the league? In Canada would the Nationals or Paulies have large supporter bases across the country?

 

Will the southern states, and other western cities receive teams soon? Personally I believe Atlanta and either Dallas and/or Houston will get a team soon, it is bound to happen sooner or later. Same with Vancouver, San Francisco and possibly Seattle and/or Denver.

Michigan definitely was the most widespread fanbase right now, with the Warriors being a close second. In Canada, The Nats have the most fans, similar to the Leafs, while the Paulies mostly hold popularity in Quebec. The Atlantic provinces mostly cheer for the Hounds.

 

Expansion is due to happen in either 1969 or 1970, depending on when Merle feels the time is right. The expansion is almost guaranteed to add teams from more regions to the league, specifically out west, so all of those cities have good chances of getting a team.

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Where can I find this Major League Hockey you have In your sig? 

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