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1957 Kellogg Cup Playoffs; Semi Finals

 

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Hibbing Greyhounds v. Thunder Bay Giants

The Greyhounds took on the Giants at the Hibbing Memorial Center where over 4,000 fans packed the stands. The first period was scoreless, as was the second. The Greyhounds finally got on the board when Polich made a quick move behind the net, wrapping the puck around and into the net just inside the pipe. The Giants tried to comeback by pulling the goalie with 2 minutes left and got some good chances, but were unable to capitalize. The Hibbing Greyhounds advance, winning 1-0.

 

International Falls Ice v. West St. Paul Waves

The Waves are coming off one of the bigger upset of the playoffs where they dominated the St. Cloud Bear Cats, but the atmosphere in St. Cloud is much easier than that of International Falls. The rowdy crowd gave the Waves a whole extra level to deal with. The Ice used the initial shock of West St. Paul to their advantage, striking first on a one timer from Mason. International Falls struck once again in the second to build a 2-0 lead. The Waves finally seemed to have adapted to the harsh temperatures and atmosphere and were beginning to own more possession. The second period horn sounded right as the Waves got a breakaway chance, West St. Paul players swear the horn went off a couple seconds too early, ending their chance, but the refs decided the period had come to an end. The Waves finally got on the scoreboard in the third when Finnigan took a shot from the slot that went five hole. The clock wound down to the last minute and the Waves had pulled their goalie. They rained shots on goal, but Brad Nemec of the Ice stood tall in net, stopping all 7 shots in the last minute to help his team hold on and win 2-1.

 

Will the Greyhounds get their second Cup, ending the 20 year drought? Or will the Ice claim their 2nd title in 4 years?

 

Let me know what you think, comments are appreciated!

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2 hours ago, NoE38 said:

I'll say the Ice win in 6.

 

The finals continue the new format and are single elimination

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I'm taking International Falls here. They have home ice (no pun intended) for the Kellogg Cup Game and that's probably enough to end Hibbing's cinderella run.

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1957 Kellogg Cup Final

 

Below is the official game program for the first ever single elimination Kellogg Cup Final in MAHL history, it is a modified version of the real life program from the Minnesota High School Hockey Tournament program from that year.

 

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It was a great day for hockey in International Falls, 12 degrees at puck drop. The makeshift bleachers set up on the frozen lake were packed full, the scene was set for a great game. 

 

First Period:

Hibbing struck first, quieting the rowdy crowd. International Falls didn't take long to respond though, tying things back up just over a minute later on a Backes one timer that found the back of the net. Hibbing controlled most of the possession for the remainder of the period, but Nemec stood tall in net for the Ice, keeping things tied at 1 apiece at the end of the first.

Second Period:

The second was one of those periods with no real flow. It seemed like every 15-20 seconds there was another whistle. Offsides, icing, pucks out of play, or pucks covered put the game in a crawl as neither team could get anything going.

Third Period:

International Falls was called for slashing just over 5 minutes into the third, putting the Hounds on the powerplay. A shot from the point was saved by Nemec, but the rebound was laying in front of the net, Polich was the first to get to the loose puck and he promptly buried it in the twine to give his team the lead. The game went back and forth for most of the remainder of the period, but neither side had any great chances. International Falls decided to go for broke and pulled the goalie with a minute remaining in the game, down one. Right as Nemec got off the ice the Greyhounds gained possession of the puck, they chipped it up to a player who was wide open on the far side of the ice, no International Falls players were near him as he went down the ice and shot it in the empty net to clinch the victory for the Hibbing Greyhounds! This is Hibbing's second Kellogg Cup, their first in 20 years!

 

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Hibbing's Michael Polich was granted the Tschida Trophy as the league's most valuable player, this is his second time receiving this award.

 

Let me know what you think, comments are appreciated!

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I love that advert. Reminds me of the one you did for one in the 30s. (I think that was Thunder Bay vs Duluth).

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What made you decide to make the Kellogg Cup a single-elimination game? 

 

Also: you said the game was on Rainy Lake, which is on the border of Canada and USA. Do the players have to show their passport every time they cross the border, lol. (joke question)

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4 hours ago, TargetToad said:

I love that advert. Reminds me of the one you did for one in the 30s. (I think that was Thunder Bay vs Duluth).

 

That was actually Hibbing and Thunder Bay, that was a poster though where this was a game program, I could see programs becoming a yearly thing to add a little extra spice to the thread.

 

3 hours ago, RoughRiders99 said:

What made you decide to make the Kellogg Cup a single-elimination game? 

 

Also: you said the game was on Rainy Lake, which is on the border of Canada and USA. Do the players have to show their passport every time they cross the border, lol. (joke question)

 

The Final was changed to single elimination when the league switched to the playoffs being all single elimination this off season, that included the final. And that'd be funny, but because it is a body of water it is technically fair game.

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On 2/22/2019 at 9:41 PM, sportsfan7 said:

What program do you use to make the unis?

 

Photoshop. I use Photoshop for all the unis and graphics, and Illustrator for logos and trophies.

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Congrats to Hibbing...I must say, I like the single-elimination format (teams gotta be on their A-game every game that way)

 

Have you thought about when you would plan to make the Kellogg Cup title game a neutral-site one yet? (The Met Center opens in '67, but until then the St. Paul Auditorium could work should you go that route sooner)

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12 hours ago, MBurmy said:

Congrats to Hibbing...I must say, I like the single-elimination format (teams gotta be on their A-game every game that way)

 

Have you thought about when you would plan to make the Kellogg Cup title game a neutral-site one yet? (The Met Center opens in '67, but until then the St. Paul Auditorium could work should you go that route sooner)

 

I'm thinking that it'll happen in the early 60s once more metro teams begin to join

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On 2/27/2019 at 12:24 PM, Section30 said:

 

I'm thinking that it'll happen in the early 60s once more metro teams begin to join

Thank you...i look forward to that!

And now...bring on the offseason!

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13 hours ago, MBurmy said:

Thank you...i look forward to that!

And now...bring on the offseason!

 

I'm currently working on another series in the concepts forum so this thread is on a temporary hiatus. I will return to it as soon as I am done with my Redesigning Minnesota High School Hockey series!

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