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1956 Kellogg Cup Playoffs; Second Round

 

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St. Cloud Bear Cats v. Rochester Mustangs

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The top seeded Bear Cats showed the Mustangs why they earned that top spot. St. Cloud dominated the series, winning 5-1 and 7-2 to sweep Rochester and advance.

Bemidji Blue Ox v. Austin Mavericks

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The Bemidji Blue Ox were stunned by the Mavericks from Austin when their seemingly unbeatable defense was picked apart by Bobby Frenz and the Mavs. Without their biggest strength, the Ox were unable to out score Austin. The Mavericks would win the series in three games, winning games one and three.

International Falls Ice v. Fort Frances Trappers

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The Ice and Trappers faced off in the playoffs for the first time since the Rainy River Rumble series 2 years ago. Like last time, both games were packed with both home and visiting fans, and tensions were high. International Falls won game one 4-2, but the Trappers bounced back in game two, winning 3-0. Game three was do or die, both teams put it all out on the ice. Hits were a plenty, but the refs swallowed their whistles, letting them play it out. International Falls scored twice in the first to build a 2 goal lead, the Trappers tied things up with one in the second and one in the third, forcing overtime. In an attempt to cheer on their boys International Falls fans took off their scarves, despite the frigid temperatures, and began to wave them in the air. Then, with just under 5 minutes remaining in the overtime period, veteran captain Willy Mason caught a breakaway pass from Backes, Mason faked left then went backhand five-hole to give his Ice the win, sending them to the quarter finals. 

Thunder Bay Giants v. Duluth Voyageurs

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A Lake Superior League rivalry series between the Giants and Voyageurs was expected to be one of the closest series in the second round. To most people's surprise however, Thunder Bay looked leagues above Duluth, easily sweeping them.

West St. Paul Waves v. Fergus Falls Cyclones

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The Cyclones looked to build on their momentum from upsetting the Hornets, but were just outmatched against the second seeded Waves. West St. Paul won game one 6-1 and game two 4-2, sweeping Fergus Falls and advancing.

St. Paul Victorias v. Virginia Royals

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Virginia was a team that many considered a sleeper threat to make a push for the cup, the Victorias didn't care. Virginia won game one on the road, giving them hope that they could pull off the upset, but St. Paul bounced back, winning games 2 and three to knock out the Royals and advance.

Hibbing Greyhounds v. Minneapolis Millers

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In the biggest upset of the 1956 playoffs thus far, the 14th seeded Minneapolis Millers knocked out the third overall Hibbing Greyhounds. Many considered Hibbing a serious threat at the Cup this year after winning the Iron Range and only losing 4 games all year, so it was a huge shock to the rest of the league when the Millers knocked them out in the second round.

Rochester Robins v. Little Falls Pilots

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Little Falls had a strong season, remaining in second in the granite league, but the Robins look like a real contender this year for the first time. The Robins won game one, then lost game two, but were able to pull it back for game three to keep their Cup hopes alive.

 

Let me know what you think, comments are appreciated!

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I'm weirded out be the seeding on these, as it's not the typical matchups. A "normal" bracket would have 1 vs 16/17, 8 vs 9/24, 4 vs 13/20, 5 vs 12/21, 2 vs 15/18, 7 vs 10/23, 3 vs 14/19, and 6 vs 11/22.

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I'm pullin' for Austin vs. the Robins!

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1 hour ago, Dan O'Mac said:

I'm weirded out be the seeding on these, as it's not the typical matchups. A "normal" bracket would have 1 vs 16/17, 8 vs 9/24, 4 vs 13/20, 5 vs 12/21, 2 vs 15/18, 7 vs 10/23, 3 vs 14/19, and 6 vs 11/22.

That's always bugged me too; it thought it was something done for travel, but I prefer the "normal" bracket too.

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Just now, TargetToad said:

That's always bugged me too; it thought it was something done for travel, but I prefer the "normal" bracket too.

 

Ditto. I thought it was mostly "league" playoffs until the winners face the other league winners. 

 

And great job, Millers! What an upset!

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2 hours ago, Dan O'Mac said:

I'm weirded out be the seeding on these, as it's not the typical matchups. A "normal" bracket would have 1 vs 16/17, 8 vs 9/24, 4 vs 13/20, 5 vs 12/21, 2 vs 15/18, 7 vs 10/23, 3 vs 14/19, and 6 vs 11/22.

 

41 minutes ago, TargetToad said:

That's always bugged me too; it thought it was something done for travel, but I prefer the "normal" bracket too.

 

40 minutes ago, RoughRiders99 said:

 

Ditto. I thought it was mostly "league" playoffs until the winners face the other league winners. 

 

And great job, Millers! What an upset!

 

I honestly never realized that, I'll be sure to fix it for the upcoming playoffs, thanks for pointing it out!

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6 minutes ago, Section30 said:

 

 

 

I honestly never realized that, I'll be sure to fix it for the upcoming playoffs, thanks for pointing it out!

Yeah, I just thought it was some quirk of the way they did it.

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17 hours ago, Dan O'Mac said:

Yeah, I just thought it was some quirk of the way they did it.

That could become a point of the story, and some young players have been working for a change for a few years.

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Personally, I do not like closed brackets. The matchups should ALWAYS be Lowest Remaining Seed @ Highest Remaining Seed, 2nd Lowest Remaining Seed @ 2nd Highest Remaining  Seed. And so on.

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With all this talk about reworking the brackets, I'm considering moving up something I was planning on doing in a couple years. It would make it easier to get these out faster, there would be more upsets, and it could allow for more teams to make the playoffs.

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1956 Kellogg Cup Playoffs; Quarter Finals

 

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St. Cloud Bear Cats v. Austin Mavericks

They did it again! The Austin Mavericks have managed to pull off the biggest upset of the post season thus far, knocking off the top seeded (and favorites to win the cup) St. Cloud Bear Cats in a 5 game thriller of a series! The Mavs began the series with a pair of upset victories in St. Cloud. The Bear Cats managed to bounce back in games three and four, and many thought they got their flow back and would easily take care of things back at home. To everyone's surprise, the Bear Cats just didn't look like themselves in game 5. Schmidt was invisible and Sauer didn't do anything either. The game was scoreless until about halfway through the third period when Bobby Frenz of the Mavericks was wide open on the far side of the net when Close fed a cross ice pass to his tape, Frenz slapped it home to give his team the lead. The game would remain 1-0 as the Mavericks advance to the semi finals, they are the first team from the Valley League to reach the semi-finals.

 

International Falls Ice v. Thunder Bay Giants

Two of the northernmost teams in the MAHL battled to keep their cup hopes alive. Game one went to the Ice on home ice, Willy Mason had 2 goals on the night. Thunder Bay bounced back in game two though, tying the series with a 3-1 victory in International Falls. The Giants continued to roll in games three and four, clinching the series on home ice, sending them to the semi-finals for the first time in 4 years.

 

West St. Paul Waves v. St. Paul Victorias

The Waves and Victorias faced off in what is quickly becoming a heated rivalry between two of the top teams in the Twin Cities Hockey League. This series lived up to all of the hype, a 5 game thriller where West St. Paul came out on top thanks to 2 late goals in game five to comeback and win. The series went back and forth with games 1, 3, and 5 going to the Waves and games 2 and 4 to the Victorias. West St. Paul's Finnigan is just further proving why he is a favorite for the Tschida Trophy this year, leading the Waves with 2 goals and 6 assists in the series.

 

Rochester Robins v. Minneapolis Millers

Rochester came into this series with high hopes of actually contending for a cup this year, being the fifth seed and beating a good Little Falls team. Minneapolis just got the better of the Robins, winning the puck battles and coming away with a 3-0 series sweep. Kyle Ramsey led the Millers with 3 goals and 5 assists in the 3 games.

 

Let me know what you think, comments are appreciated!

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18 hours ago, RoughRiders99 said:

Hoping for an Austin-Minneapolis finals!

 

1 hour ago, TheYellowWolfMC said:

Hoping for an Thunder Bay-West St Paul finals!

 

Uh oh...

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Personally, I'm hoping for an Austin-West St. Paul finals!

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I cant wait for the Bearcats to win it all this year! Wait a minute . . . .

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Must. Not. Root. For. Minneapolis.

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1946 Kellogg Cup Playoffs; Semi Finals

 

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Thunder Bay Giants v. Austin Mavericks

Let the upsets continue! The Austin Mavericks continue to shock the league as they knock off the Thunder Bay Giants in 7 games. Games 1-6 were simply won by the home team, forcing a deciding game 7 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The game was scoreless after one, not to say Thunder Bay didn't have any chances, the Mavericks net minder was just in the zone, stopping all 15 shots on goal in the first. The Mavericks struck first 7:23 into the second period on a point shot from Close that deflected off a Giant and into the net. Thunder Bay responded with 1:47 left in the period to tie it up heading into the third. The third period was a slow paced affair with lots of whistles, there was almost no flow to the game, which was exactly what Austin wanted. The Mavericks held the Giants chances to a minimum and struck when they got the chance. Bobby Frenz broke the tie with just under 5 minutes left in the game. With their season on the line, Thunder Bay pulled the goalie with 2 minutes left. The Mavericks were laying out, diving in front of pucks, doing anything they could to stop the Giants from getting pucks to the net. Finally, the puck was in the corner and a Maverick won the battle and passed it to Frenz who turned and fired the puck down the ice into the empty net, giving the Mavericks the win, and sending them to the finals!

 

West St. Paul Waves v. Minneapolis Millers

In another Twin Cities Hockey League match up, the Waves took on the Millers. Being ranked second overall, West St. Paul had high expectations heading into the playoffs. Their campaign has been extended after beating their neighbors 4 games to 1 to head to the finals for the first time in team history. The Waves went up in the series 3-0 thanks to great goaltending by Bienik and 9 points for Finnigan. Minneapolis answered back in game four to prevent the sweep and keep their chances alive, but West St. Paul quickly crushed those dreams in game five when the Waves officially ended the Millers season with a 4-2 victory.

 

Let me know what you think, comments are appreciated!

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