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Minnesota Amateur Hockey League - 1957 Kellogg Cup Final

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Let's go Austin!

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"Last lap, Mavs!  You da man, c'mon, bring it home!"

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1956 Kellogg Cup Finals

 

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Game 1: 

Game one was a high scoring affair. The Mavericks were up 1-0 after one, but the Waves bounced back in the second, scoring 3 times. Both teams scored one more in the third, giving West St. Paul the 4-2 win and a 1-0 series lead.

 

Game 2:

The Mavericks struck first yet again in game two, Frenz capitalized on a bad rebound from Bienik to go up 1-0. The Waves answered back before the period was done, Finnigan deflected a point shot past the Maverick goaltender. The second period was scoreless, leading to the third period with the game tied at one apiece. The Waves took the lead just over three minutes into the third, but the Mavs answered back under a minute later to tie it up again. Tied 2-2, both teams were putting everything on net, Austin just got the lucky bounce. A point shot from Sean Close found its way into the net after deflecting off a couple West St. Paul skates and sticks. The final horn went off a couple minutes later, signaling the Austin Mavericks victory in game 2.

 

Game 3:

The series moved to East Side Lake in Austin where the entire town seemed to be in a frenzy over their teams unexpected playoff run. The Mavericks didn't disappoint the locals, coming back from being down 3-1 heading into the third to win 4-3 thanks to a goal and two assists in the third from Bobby Frenz.

 

Game 4:

Game four was a lot slower paced than the prior three, offense was hard to come by as most of the game was back and forth through the neutral zone. The Mavericks finally struck first blood when Frenz shot a ripper from the slot that found the back of the net. That was the only scoring until late in the third when the Waves pulled their goalie to get an extra attacker, Austin was able to gain control of the puck and got it out of their zone and into the empty net to go up 2-0. West St. Paul left their net empty at the center ice face off and did manage to get one goal on the board before the final whistle, but it was too little too late as the West St. Paul Waves fell for the third straight game.

 

Game 5:

West St. Paul was in desperation mode at this point, down 3-1 in the series. The Waves played stellar defense to try and neutralize the Mavericks red hot offense, it worked. West St. Paul managed to notch one in the second and third while holding the Mavs off the board to get one game closer to the cup.

 

Game 6:

Back in Austin, the city was buzzing, blue and yellow ribbons and banners were seen throughout the city. SPAM actually allowed its workers to get off early to be able and attend the game. The entire city was ready to see their Mavericks lift the cup. If only West St. Paul knew that, the Waves went into Austin on a mission and it all went to plan. The Waves shut down the Mavericks offense, only allowing one goal against, and managed to slip 3 of their own in the back of the net. With the West St. Paul win, a game 7 will be required to decide who will hoist the Kellogg Cup for the first time.

 

Game 7:

The first period of game seven was fairly quiet, neither team managed to do much of anything on offense, the same was said for the second. Still scoreless in the third, West St. Paul's Finnigan was called for cross checking, giving the Mavericks a powerplay opportunity. The Mavs passed it around the zone, waiting for an opening. An opening appeared on the far post, Close sauced a pass to Frenz who slapped it home to give the Mavericks the lead. The clocked ticked down to 1 minute and the Waves pulled Bienik to get the extra attacker. They tried to make a pass D to D, but it was whiffed on, giving a Maverick a wide open lane to the empty net, he buried it. The Austin players rushed to the bench and the team celebrated, diving into one another on the bench. The final horn rang and the Mavericks rushed the ice towards their goaltender. The Austin Mavericks have done the unthinkable, knocking off the number 1 and 2 teams, playing in every possible game of the playoffs (23, only one less than the entire regular season), and being the first team from the Granite Hockey League to even make the Semi Finals, the Austin Mavericks are your 1956 Kellogg Cup Champions!

 

The Tschida Trophy went to Robert "Bobby" Frenz for leading his team to their first Kellogg Cup.

 

I adjusted the graphic by bringing back the "blacked out" logos for losing teams, should I keep this or go back?

 

Let me know what you think, comments are appreciated!

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When I saw that the Mavs pulled it off, I started CELEBRATIN' for real!

Congratulations to the entire City of Austin...this will go down as a moment the city will NEVER forget, one of the greatest underdog stories in this sport's history.

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15 hours ago, JamHeronArk said:

Is that the lowest seed to win the Cup? Either way, this is a proud moment for the Valley league.

 

Grand Rapids was also a 12 seed when they won the cup in 53, but the playoff format was different so they got a first round bye. At the time only 18 teams made the playoffs rather than the current 24. Grand Rapids did do the impossible at the time beating the 2, 3, 4, and 5 seeds on their way to the cup, but the Mavericks were never even considered a possibility to win the cup heading into these playoffs.

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There was quite a bit of news in the 1956/57 off-season, here are the stories.

  • Due to a number of teams complaining to the league about the playoff system being "unfair" due to the way the ranking system is and because the playoffs could be almost as long as the regular season, defeating the purpose of the regular season. The MAHL has made the decision to adjust the playoff format. Every league will still have the top 4 seeds qualify for the post season, but the seedings will be more fair, and the playoffs will no longer be a full series, but will be single elimination throughout. The higher seed will remain the home team, but every playoff game will be a win or go home situation.
  • The league granted one new city a team for the season.
  • Two current teams made adjustments to their uniforms and logos.
  • In sad news, the MAHL is grieving the loss of one of a legend. Former star player, coach, and founder of the Twin Cities Vulcans, Lou Tschida has passed away at the age of 62. The Vulcans decided to honor him by retiring his number 6, this is the first number retired by a team in the MAHL.

Here is the banner that will be hanging in the Armory, home of the Vulcans.

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Let me know what you think, comments are appreciated!

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Here are the two current teams that made adjustments to their identities.

 

The Minneapolis Bruins simplified their logo by removing the wording from it, leaving just the silhouette of the walking bear. The Bruins also changed their color scheme, dropping the brown in favor of black. And finally the Bruins simplified their jersey striping.

 

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The Roseau Stars made a change to their identity for the first time, replacing the "R-Star" with a new "ST*RS" script across the chest. They added hem stripes to match the sleeves, removed the gold shoulders, and added and breezer stripes; the home is only green and gold. The away uniform is completely different, replacing the gold, color swapped version of the old home with a white uniform with green and gold stripes.

 

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Let me know what you think, comments are appreciated!

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Mankato is one of the biggest cities in the state, it is the largest city in the area, with a population of over 20,000. Mankato is found on the shores of the Minnesota and Blue Earth Rivers, and it has plenty of lakes and ponds where locals have been playing for years.

 

The nickname "Moose" was picked because the team "liked the way it sounded", there is no deep meaning to the name. Their logo is a block letter M with a thinner M inside, this is meant to stand for Mankato Moose. The team colors are cherry red, grey, and white.

 

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Let me know what you think, comments are appreciated!

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Nice job on the Bruins, Stars and Moose.

 

Has the Kellogg Cup reached Minnesota TV stations yet?

 

I was thinking maybe WTCN (now KARE), WCCO, KSTP, or KMGM (Now KMSP) could show it in the Twin Cities.

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5 minutes ago, neo_prankster said:

Nice job on the Bruins, Stars and Moose.

 

Has the Kellogg Cup reached Minnesota TV stations yet?

 

I was thinking maybe WTCN (now KARE), WCCO, KSTP, or KMGM (Now KMSP) could show it in the Twin Cities.

 

Thank you, and TV is something that will be coming soon, the High School Hockey Tournaments started being broadcasted on channels 9 and 11 last year (1956) so it is bound to be shown, at least the playoffs, sooner than later.

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2 hours ago, TargetToad said:

What league is Mankato in?

 

Mankato will be joining the Valley Hockey League, I have updated the league logos and maps in the OP to feature the new logos and Mankato

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Is there any issues from Grand Rapids regarding the now shared Moose moniker?

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52 minutes ago, Dan O'Mac said:

Is there any issues from Grand Rapids regarding the now shared Moose moniker?

If the past (of this thread) is any indication, than I doubt there will be a problem.

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1 hour ago, Dan O'Mac said:

Is there any issues from Grand Rapids regarding the now shared Moose moniker?

 

Since they are in different leagues there isn't much they can do about the name. The only conflict would be if they were in the same league, and because of the way the MAHL is set up with a lot of smaller leagues that then compete in a playoff at the end of the season, it shouldn't be a real issue.

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