IHL Playoff Update

By Andrew Bourgeois

IHL NEWS

CHICAGO WOLVES CAPTURE 1999-2000 IHL TURNER CUP.

The Chicago Wolves defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins in Game 6 of the
Turner Cup Finals Monday night and were crowned the 2000 Turner Cup
Champions. It was Chicago’s second title in three years.

After a scoreless first, the Wolves started the scoring on an unassisted
goal by Derek Plante at 6:54 of the second stanza. He followed up with his
second of the game and his fifth of the playoffs just 26 seconds later when
he took a feed from Dan Plante and Glen Featherstone giving the Wolves a 2-0
lead.

Grand Rapids narrowed the lead to one as Petr Schastlivy scored at the 13:30
mark of the second with assists from John Gruden and Slava Butsayev, but the
Griffins would never come closer as netminder Andrei Trefilov held strong
for Chicago through the final 26 minutes.

Trefilov’s efforts did not go unnoticed as he was named the Turner Cup
Playoff MVP and will have his name inscribed on the N.R. “Bud” Poile Trophy.
He finished the post-season with a 7-1 record and a 1.20 GAA. It was only
the third time in Turner Cup history that a goaltender was named Most
Valuable Player.

Chris Marinucci added an insurance goal for the Wolves midway through the
third period even though the Wolves took only two shots on Griffins’
netminder Jani Hurme in the final 20 minutes.
In all, Trefilov stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced. Hurme faced 24 shots,
stopping 21.

IHL TURNER CUP FINALS RECAP FROM TUESDAY JUNE 6, 2000


Chicago Wolves 3
Grand Rapids Griffins 1

CHICAGO WOLVES WIN TURNER CUP 4 GAMES TO 2 GAMES.

Derek Plante scored a pair of goals and Andrei Trefilov stopped 26 shots as
the Chicago Wolves beat the Grand Rapids Griffins, 3-1, to win the
International League Championship four games to two. Plante opened the
scoring 6:54 into the second period and added his second marker 26 seconds
later. Trefilov had 10 saves in the first period and turned away all seven
he faced in the third to improved to 7-1 in the playoffs. Chris Marinucci
added an insurance goal with 7:35 left in the contest for Chicago. Petr
Schastlivy scored with 6:30 remaining in the second period for Grand Rapids.
Jani Hurme surrendered all three goals on 24 shots for the loss.

IHL FASTFACTS

On June 15, 1998 the Chicago Wolves capture their first Turner Cup before
16,701 fans at the Rosemont Horizon. The 3-0 shutout clinched the title in
seven games. It was the first seven-game series for a Cup Final in 13 years.
Alexander Semak is selected as postseason MVP.

TODAY IN HOCKEY

June 9, 1984 Mario Lemiuex is chosen first over all by the Pittsburgh
Penguins in the 1984 NHL entry draft.

DID YOU KNOW

Belguim, Bohemia, France, Great Britain, and Switzerland were the first
International Ice Hockey Federation members.

IHL TRANSACTIONS

None to report.