Well, just like they have in the previous rounds, the Boston Jr Bruins battled back and after losing game 1 to the Connecticut Junior Rangers 4-1, the Bruins ended up winning game 2 by a score of 6 to 3 and then the final game of the series 3-2 to win the Dineen Cup!
The TDC MVP for this Championship series goes to:
Robby Griffin - Center- Goals 2 + 3 Assists in 3 Games Played
Robby currently has one more year left of junior eligibility before he heads to Northeastern University. He's currently ranked by NHL Central Scouting as the 187th best NA skater for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
In other NCDC news, the Islanders hockey club announced the signing of Tim Kyrkostas as their new head coach. Tim comes with USPHL experience as IHC’s Premier Junior Team Head Coach as well as once working with the Palm Beach Hawks as GM/Head Coach.
Well, I was definitely wrong in my prediction on who would win the Fraser Cup, but Congrats to the Texas Brahmas on their first ever Fraser Cup Championship!
The TDC MVP of the Fraser Cup playoffs goes to:
Bryce Runyan - Goalie - 1.00 GAA with a .969 Save% and stopping 93 shots in 3 games, 33 of them coming in the finals!
In other NA3HL news, the New Ulm Steel are looking for a new Head Coach as previous coach Andrew Kolb will be stepping down. You can read his comments on his resignation here.
If you didn't get to read my spectacular piece on Logan Jenuwine taking sole ownership of the NAHL goals scored in a season record, you can click here and read that dandy of a story and all the effort that went into writing it.
Playoffs are right around the corner and we still have the Northeast Generals battling with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Corpus Christi trying to hold off Topeka for final divisional playoff spots. With the NAHL regular season officially ending this weekend, it's going to be fun watching both these teams race and make that last ditch effort for playoff season.
If you missed it, the Youngstown Phantoms were a little unhappy Saturday evening at the end of beating 8-1 by the NTDP U18 squad:
I can be funny sometimes (Knight only faced 11 shots all game).
What isn't funny is the fact that the NTDP team decided that due to this incident, they would instead be sending their U17 Squad to face Youngstown in order to protect their U18 draft eligible players.
I wonder who Weight pissed off?
It also wasn't a popular move in the eyes of Chicago Steel GM Ryan Hardy:
I actually don't disagree with Hardy on this. Why send a bunch of 16/17 year old's to play and take the horns in a heated rematch that their 17/18 year old Squad were involved in?
That said, it was a relatively clean game compared to the night before with Youngstown winning 4-3
As a side note: It's crazy to look at the Youngstown roster and see names of kids that I watched their dads play in the NHL growing up (Amonte, Barnaby, MacEachern, Weight, Rolston). That makes me feel rather old.
In playoff news, we still have Sioux City and Omaha battling for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Only 3 points separates the two teams and 4 games remaining in the season for both sides.
As always, enjoy the weekend!