NAHL Finals Recap

by Brad Coccimiglio
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In a battle of the North American Hockey League’s top two teams for league supremacy the Texas Tornado won the Robertson Cup in 4 games over the Soo Kiwedin Cansino Indians.

In a story that’s somewhat overdue here at Hockey’s Future, here’s a recap of the NAHL’s league final.

The Tornado breezed through the first two rounds of the NAHL playoffs sweeping the Springfield Jr. Blues in the first round and the defending champion Danville Wings in the second round.

The Indians on the other had had a much tougher time getting to the finals. In the first round the Indians lost Game 1 in overtime against the Lansing Capital Centre Pride only to come back and win Games 3 & 4 to advance. In the second round the Indians, again, lost the first game, this time in double overtime to the Cleveland Barons, only to come back and win the series, winning Game 3 in double overtime.

A Hollywood scriptwriter couldn’t have set this series up any better as the Tornado and Indians were the top two teams in the league standings as well as in terms of power play and penalty killing.

The first game of the series was the most exciting. In the early stages of the game the Indians couldn’t gain any sustained pressure on the Tornado goal. Indians goaltender Cam Ellsworthwas outstanding not only in Game 1 but the entire series. The Indians opened the scoring in the second period on a goal by Pat Caslin. The goal broke Tornado goaltender Brandon Crawford-West’s shutout streak of over 2 games. In the third period it seemed as though Read more»

More Canucks forwards prospects

by Kirk Pedersen
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Colorado College Forward Justin Morrison plays a lot differently than his namesake which is currently a Canuck, Brendan. He put up good numbers in his final season of NCAA eligibility, and is still unsigned. The Canucks should make a push to sign Justin before the Draft. ETA: 2004, probably on some other team.

Ryan Ready is a very hardworking youngster whom the Canucks have had in their system for two years. A former Belleville Bull, Ryan is making himself into a pretty decent two-way player down in Kansas City. His skating still needs some work, and he’s not much of a scorer, but he’s a good player in his own end, and can lend a hand in killing penalties. ETA: 2004, on some other team, if not, a high-end career minor-leaguer.

Josh Holden was expected to be a 50-70 point scorer in the NHL when he was drafted. That all looks like a pipe dream now. In fairness, he’s had a lot of injury problems, and has been a steady scorer in Syracuse and Kansas City, but, he still qualifies as a disappointment, because of his inability to stay healthy, and his inability to hold down a job in the NHL. He doesn’t figure into the Canucks’ mix anymore. ETA: This year, or never, as a Canuck.

Pat Kavanagh impressed in the playoffs. He showed vast improvement over his first season in the minors by doubling his point output, and adding fourteen more goals, swelling his season total to twenty-six. In the NHL playoffs, he was understandably nervous, but didn’t make any glaring errors in his limited ice time. He was mostly showcased in pena Read more»

OHL Finals Preview

by Brad Coccimiglio
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The Memorial Cup is just around the corner and the OHL champion will soon be decided. For the second year in a row the Plymouth Whalers will fight for an opportunity to represent the OHL in the tournament while the Ottawa 67’s will look to make their second appearance in 3 years in the prestigious tournament.

Before we start anything here’s a look at the schedule for the series:

Date		Home		Visitors
Sat. May 5		Plymouth		Ottawa
Sun. May 6		Plymouth		Ottawa
Thurs. May 10	Ottawa		Plymouth
Fri. May 11	Ottawa		Plymouth
Sun. May 13	Plymouth		Ottawa
Tues. May 15	Ottawa		Plymouth
Wed. May 16	Plymouth		Ottawa
Now that that’s settled let’s break down the match-up:


OFFENCE:
Both teams feature a number of high scoring players that can break open a game at any time. Ottawa features defenceman Jon Zion and forward Joe Talbot while the Whalers counter with the likes of Damian Surma, Stephen Weiss and Kris Vernarsky. With those types of players on each side there should be no shortage of offence for this series.


ADVANTAGE:
None


DEFENCE:
Plymouth’s defensive corps were bolstered when the Whalers added Ryan O’Keefe from Barrie. This will be O’Keefe’s second straight appearance in the finals. The Whalers also boast NHL draft prospect Cole Jarrett and Libor Ustrnul. On the Ottawa side Jonathan Zion is always a threat.


ADVANTAGE:
Plymouth


GOALTENDING:
The Whalers are backstopped by two time OHL goaltender of the year runner-up Rob Zepp. Zepp had a solid season and backu Read more»

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