If you thought it was going to be easy, think again, the Kelowna Rockets still has something so to say about the outcome of the Western Conference final. In fact, a decisive 5-1, game three victory at Skyreach Place in Kelowna Wednesday night to guarantee a fifth game in Cranbrook Friday proves the Rockets are going to do anything but go away quietly.
After a two, one-goal victories last Friday and Saturday by the Kootenay ICE (3-2 and 5-4) to take a two games to none lead in their best of seven Western Final, Kootenay coach Ryan McGill knew this series was far from over. “To say that being up by two games, it’s nothing,” said McGill. “This team came back from Spokane as well.” The resiliency McGill alluded to was the come-from-behind series win over the Spokane Chiefs by the Rockets. It was an ability to bounce back shown by the Kelowna Rockets that got them back into the series. “They do keep coming,” said McGill. “Our dressing room between the second and third period’s (Sat.) wasn’t down at all. We knew that the breakdowns that we had were put in our net, some nights it happens, some nights it doesn’t.” On Wednesday night it happened again and it prevented the ICE from mounting a comeback similar to game two.
In a series that from the outset most thought would be physical from a Rocket perspective, the first two games would be just that, physical. Only Kelowna would be on the receiving end of the hits rather than the giving and save for perhaps Shane Bendera’s stellar play in the first two games, that physical aspect would be the difference in the first two Read more»
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Imperative for the St.John’s Leafs here is going to be the ability for them to establish their heavy forechecking game early and often on the Lowell defense. It has been the motor of all things good offensive for the Blue and White this series. They are also going to have to pick it up defensively as the team has become too dependant on goaltender Sebastien Centomo to bail them out. Of particular interest here are Jeff Heerema and Teddy Drury, Lowell’s main threats up front.
Lowell, on the other hand, need to contain Donald Maclean but especially Bobby House, who has been on fire as of late. It was he who did all the scoring necessary in the 2-0 game four St. John’s victory. They’ll also need to find a way to neutralize the blueline pairing of Anders Eriksson and Francois Bouchard who have been playing great defensive hockey lately. Finally, Lowell has to somehow derail the Buds powerplay, which they haven’t been able to do as of yet.
Kevin Kelly contributed to this article.
The Muskegon Fury knocked off the top seed in the Western Division to advance to the Colonial Cup Finals. It took seven hard fought games for the Fury to eliminate the Quad City Mallards but they were able to shutout the Mallards in the seventh game.
In the first four games the home team cam up the victor. Quad City took game one in overtime by a score of 3-2. In game two the Mallards toped the Fury by a score of 5-3.
In Muskegon the Fury won game three by a final score of 5-3. In game four the Fury tied the series with a 4-1 win.
The last three games saw the road teams became the victors. The Fury took game five by two goals and a final of 3-1. In game six it was back to Muskegon and the Mallards blanked the Fury 5-0, to tie the game and send the series to a seventh and final game back in the Mallards home rink. The Fury responded to being shutout, by blanking the Mallards 4-0 and advancing to the finals.
The Fury will be facing off against the Elmira Jackals for the Colonial Cup, no game dates have been scheduled as of this time.
preliminary groups with a scheme, where the points from matches with the opponents, which
also qualified for the Final group, were valid also in the Final group. So the Czech team
went into the final group with two points for defeating Canada. The same number of points had
also the USA team, only the Russians had the full number of four points. Quite surprisingly
the young Swedes didn’t qualify for the final group, after their shaky performance in the
Group B they had to fight in the relegation group. The Czech team still faced lots of
trouble due to various injuries of the players, star Jiri Hudler injured his knee prior
to the tournament and huge Jakub Koreis still battled the injured ankle. Other players
also felt often some pain, but had to forget them when the game time rolled around. They
made a historical success of the Czech hockey and finally brought the long-awaited medals
home. Let’s have a look how the ‘bronze guys’ did in the Final group games!
Czech Republic – Belarus 5:1
The first Czech opponent in the final group was also relatively the easiest one. The Belarus