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2018 AUCTION SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2018

2018AuctionSaturdayThe Mid-West Hockey League 2018 Auction Saturday is scheduled for Saturday September 22nd, 2018 at 10:00 AM ET.

We will conduct the Auction in the MWHL Chat Room this year & we will be welcoming in Stacy Corrado (Stray’s Wife) as the Official Mid-West Hockey League Auctioneer.  

More details will follow on the Rules & Regulations of the Auction, but for now please mark down the date of Saturday September 22nd, 2018 at 10:00 AM ET.

RASMUS DAHLIN – 2018 MWHL PICK #1

Chicago, IL — Rasmus Dahlin wasn’t kidding about how hockey has become his sole obsession.

Rasmus_Dahlin18No more than an hour after completing his introductory news conference in Chicago on Tuesday, the MWHL’s No. 1 overall Prospect draft pick had already changed into a black & white Cosa Nostra practice uniform and, with stick in hand, was on his way to hit the ice.

Finally, after a month-long pre-draft process of interviews, testing and cross-country travel that culminated in hearing his name called first from the podium in last Friday, Dahlin was back in his element.

“I used to play some golf and hang out with friends, but, yeah, I love to play hockey and that’s my 100 percent thing I usually do,” the 18-year-old Swedish defenseman said. “I’m a pretty boring guy.” Off the ice, maybe.

On the ice, Dahlin is considered anything but boring with a heads-up, smooth-skating and play-making style that has already drawn comparisons to elite Swedish defensemen such as Ottawa Bathgate Ranger Erik Karlsson and former NHL Detroit Red Wings star Nicklas Lidstrom.

In Chicago, he’s already captured the imagination of a win-starved base of fans, many of whom started submitting orders for Dahlin’s No. 26 Cosa Nostra jersey moments after he formally pulled one on to close the news conference. Continue reading

2018 DRAFT LOTTERY

DraftLottery2018The 2018 MWHL Draft Lottery will take place on Tuesday July 31st at 11:30 AM ET.

The following five Franchises will have a shot at the #1 Pick in the 2018 MWHL Draft which will start on Friday August 3rd, 2018.

Each Franchises winning numbers were generated from the Draft Order Generator.   The MWHL Commissioner’s Office will then select the winning numbers for the lottery starting with the #1 Pick & moving down to the #5 Pick.

FRANCHISE

CHANCE #1

CHANCE #2

CHANCE #3

CHANCE #4

CHANCE #5

Chicago Cosa Nostra

4

10

6

11

7

Gilbert Sharks

3

1

14

2

 

California Regulators

5

9

15

   

Wausau Lumber Jacks

13

8

     

Bucks County Raccoons

12

       

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FOUR TEAM SHAKE UP IN THE MWHL

MWHL400The Mid-West Hockey League (MWHL) is saddened by the loss of four original franchises in the League as they will be folding before the 2018-2019 MWHL Season.

Leaving the MWHL will be the Corktown Suds, Minneapolis Deep Freeze, Lakeland Tigers & Stanley Cup Finalists the Hampton Huskies. 

However, with the loss of four franchises comes news of four new franchises that will be entering the MWHL and will be set to begin play with the 2018-2019 Season. 

Entering will be the Charlotte Buzzards, Lafayette Homesteaders, Yellowknife Braves & the Cincinnati Inferno.   

A Dispersal Draft will take place within the next month or so & the MWHL will be moving forward into the 2018/2019 Season.

ATLANTIC DIVISION

METROPOLITAN DIVISION

CENTRAL DIVISION

     
Charlotte Buzzards Lafayette Homesteaders Yellowknife Braves
Cincinnati Inferno    

Charlotte Buzzards                                             CincinnatInfernoi

LafayettenHomesteaders  Yellowknife Braves

2017-2018 STANLEY CUP FINALS

17-18 Stanley Cup Final

Hampton Blizzard @ Alamo Defenders 

Series Preview: Its’ time for the Stanley Cup Finals between Hampton and Alamo.

Nik and Mike played the first game via team finder. Nik deferred the rest of the games to Mike, which Mike played with the computer managing Hampton.

Game #1: For playing face to face, this was an absolute wild games with many anomalies. Five goals were scored in the first period. Lee and Sissons score on power play goals for the Blizzards, and they are up, 2-0. Alamo gets an even handed goal by Jenner to narrow Hampton’s lead. Point scores for Hampton. And, Eaves closes out the period with a goal for Alamo. It’s Hampton up 3-2 after one period.

In the 2nd, the Blizzard start hitting the penalty box. Alamo nets two goals even handed, but then get two PP goals. Midway through the 3rd period, Hampton scores a goal from Rantanen to make the score, 5-4 for Alamo.

The score stays that way as action was end to end.

Alamo wins game 1.

Alamo 5 Hampton 4

SOG: Alamo 44 Hampton 41 – WHAT WAS THE DEFENCE DOING?

1ST STAR – Eaves 2 goals and 1 assist
2ND STAR – Marchand 1 goal and 1 assist
3RD STAR – Seguin 3 assists

Game #2: Hampton won’t tolerate any more sloppy defence. The Blizzard respond to a pep talk by their coach and come out strong.

In the 1st, McCabe scores his first goal of the playoffs.

2nd period, Trocheck and Lee score for the Blizzard. Trocheck’s goal was short handed.

In the 3rd, Stasny scores a short handed goal. It’s the 2nd short handed goal for the Blizzard.

Alamo gets shutout on a great effort by Price.

Hampton 4 Alamo 0

SOG:Alamo 31 Hampton 24

1st star – Price shutout.
2nd star – Lee 1 goal
3rd star – McCabe 1 goal

Weekly Summary: The series is tied 1-1 after two games in Alamo. We now go to Hampton for three games.

 

 

After 2 Games Summary:

 

Alamo travels to Hampton for 3 games.

Game #3: Game 3 commences:

No scoring in this game until the second period. Dan Hamhuis scores his first playoff goal. Stunner.

Early in the 3rd, Mathieu Perrault scores a goal and Alamo takes a 2-0 lead.

9:50 in and its Hampton narrowing the lead with a Stastny goal. With 5:57 to go, Hampton scores on a Forsberg goal. It’s his 4th.

Alamo blows the lead, and Hampton ties the game 2-2.

We go to a traditional 5 minute OT, and no one scores. Then, we go to a shootout, and Malkin and Forsberg score goals. Hampton wins in a shootout.

Hampton 3 Alamo 2

SOG: Alamo 38 Hampton 29

1st star – Stastny
2nd star – Forsberg
3rd star – Perrault

Hampton takes a 2-1 lead in the series.

Game #4: Alamo gets a pep talk and needs to re-group after blowing a 2-0 lead in the 3rd period of game 3.

Alamo gets fired up and puts 1 on the board in the first period by Eaves. Then, Eaves scores his 2nd goal of the game in the 2nd period. A few minutes later, and it’s Marchand with a goal and Alamo is up 3-0.

Later in the 2nd, Hampton responds with 2 goals of their own. Rantanen and Lee score for the Blizzard.

The 3rd period starts, and Blake Wheeler scores an insurance goal. On a PP, Marchand scores another insurance goal.

The score stands up.

Alamo 5 Hampton 2

SOG:Alamo 42 Hampton 34

1st star – Marchand 2 goals and 2 assists
2nd star – Eaves 2 goals
3rd star – Seguin 3 assists

Alamo wins and ties the series at 2.

Game #5: It’s 2 games to 2. Big game.

Late in the 1st, Malkin scores a goal for the Blizzard and they are up 1-0. In the 2nd, Pacioretty scores for Alamo. Its 1-1. Then, Hampton responds with 2 goals of their own. Burakovsky and Malkin score.

Its 3-1 going into the 3rd. No goals for a while. Alamo pulls their goalie down by 2. With 1:46 to go – Pacioretty scores his 6th and Alamo trails by one.

No more scoring as Hampton stones Alamo – a lot.

Hampton 3 Alamo 2

SOG: an amazing Alamo 39 Hampton 15 – Yikes – Lehner gives up 3 goals on 15 shots.

1st star -Malkin
2nd star -Pacioretty
3rd star – Raanta 37 saves.

Hampton is up 3 games to 2, and we go back to Alamo for game 6.

After 5 Games Summary: Hampton takes game 3 in a shootout. Dramatic as they were down 2-0 to take the win.
Alamo wins game 4 easily.
Hampton wins game 5 every though they were severely outshot.
Hampton is up 3 games to 2. 
 

Previous to Game #6 Preview:

 

Hampton is up, 3 games to 2, and looks to put away Alamo.

Game #6: Its time for game 6 on Alamo ice.

Alamo sends a message to Lehner by starting Miller in goal.

In the 1st, Alamo scores on Pacioretty’s 7th goal. Backlund shortly thereafter scores for Hampton to tie the game at 1. Then, Beagle and Rantanen alternate goals and it’s 2-2 after the first period.

Late in the 2nd, Marchand scores his 9th goal of the playoffs and Alamo goes ahead. The Defenders manage to get goals by Wheeler and Gardiner to take game 6 and tie the series.

Alamo 5 Hampton 2

SOG: Alamo 46 Hampton 28

1st star – Marchand 1 goal and 1 assist – tie breaking goal..
2nd star – Seguin 3 assists
3rd star – Rantanen 1 goal and 1 assist for Hampton

Alamo wins 5-2 and yes, there will be a game 7.

Game #7: Its time for game 7. It’s been a dramatic playoff series and it comes down to one game.

Hampton connects first on a Point goal. It’s his 5th. With 4:41 to go in the 1st, Alamo ties it on a Marchand goal – his 10th. Its 1-1 and we go to the 2nd period. Plekanec gets his 3rd goal of the series and Alamo is up 2-1. Later in the 2nd, Seguin scores just his 2nd goal of the playoffs. Its 3-1 after 2 periods.

In the 3rd, Stastny scores a huge goal for the Blizzard with 1:32 to go in the game. Can the Blizzard tie it? No. They can’t. The Defenders hold off the Blizzard to win game 7 and the series.

Alamo 3 Hampton 2

Alamo wins 4 games out of 7.

SOG: Hampton actually wins the SOG battle. They have 36 to Alamo’s 28.

1st star — Seguin 1 goal and 1 assist
2nd star – Marchand 1 goal and 1 assist
3rd star – Stastny with 1 goal and 1 assist for Hampton.

Series Summary: Alamo wins the Cup. They come back from a 2-1 defecit and a 3-2 defecit to prevail.

Alamo narrowly missed the playoffs last year. The come back to tie for the division and win their playoff games. Key was the Vlasic trade, which stabilized the defence.Brad_Marchand

Stanley Cup Most Valuable Player, goes to the face licking forward of the Alamo Defenders Brad Marchand.  In 7 games played Marchand had 5 Goals, 5 Assists, for 10 Points, 4 Minutes in the sin bin, was a +7 on the ice and ad a shooting percentage of 22.7.

Congrats to Nik on a great run. The Blizzard had a fabulous team that falls one game short of the series win.

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

ToledoWalleye Defenders

Toledo Walleye vs. Alamo Defenders

  Its excitement time in the Alamo City as the Walleye come to San Antonio for the first two games of Western Conference Finals.
Game #1

 

Its very quiet in the 1st period as both teams get adjusted to the flow of the game.

At 18:43 of the 2nd period, Mathieu Perrault takes advantage of a power play and scores the first goal of the series. 15 minutes into the 3rd, Marchand scores a goal to put Alamo up, 2-0.

Then, the Defenders score an empty netter to secure the win.

1st star – Lehner
2nd star – Marchand
3rd star – Perrault

We go to game 2 with Alamo up, 1-0

Alamo 3, Toledo 0

Game #2

 

The Defenders get on the board first with a Karllson goal. Then, in the 2nd, Toledo outplays Alamo. Krejci and Letesu score to pull the Walleye up, 2-1. Late in the 2nd, Blake Wheeler ties the game for Alamo.

In the 3rd, VanReimsdyk scores the decisive goal at 1:09.

Alamo fights hard in the 3rd, but can’t score on Dubnyk.

Alamo outshoots Toledo 57-27, but Toledo had a very good 2nd period, which carried the day.

1st -Dubnyk
2nd -VanRiemsdyk
3rd -Krejci

We go to Toledo with the series tied at 2.

Toledo 3, Alamo 2

  Well played series so far. Game 1 was very close until late in the 3rd. 2 penalties for Toledo and none for Alamo. In the 2nd, Toledo’s solid 2nd and clutch goal in the 3rd wins it.

Series tied at 1-1.

After achieving a split at Alamo, the Walleye hope to hold serve at home and keep the advantage in the Western Conference Finals.

Game #3

 

Robin Lehner did not get the Toledo memo and had the game of his life, stopping all 27 Toledo shots in a dominating 5-0 shutout. Alamo set the tone in the 1st period outshooting the home team 14-6 and netting one goal by Karlsson. Even though the Walleye got some offensive push in the 2nd and 3rd periods, Lehner was up to the task as his team-mates kept good offensive pressure on Dell in net for Toledo. Additional goals by Plekanec, Pacioretty, Eaves and another by Karlsson sealed the win for Alamo, to put them up 2-1 in the semis.
1st star – Lehner
2nd star – Karlsson 2g
3rd star – Plekanec 1g 2a

Alamo 5, Toledo 0

Game #4

 

Toledo 5, Alamo 2 – an obviously pissed off Toledo squad comes out hot and heavy, first giving up a quick goal to Eaves, but then netting 3 in the first by Anisimov, Krejci and Foligno. Alamo is on the kill a chunk of the 2nd and 3rd period, giving up 2 more goals by Krejci (Hat Trick !!!) before Alamo scores once more to end the scoring at 5-2
1st star – Krejci 3g1a
2nd star – Foligno 1g3a
3rd star – Marschand 1g1a

Toledo 5, Alamo 2

  With a split at Toledo, the series goes back to Alamo for game 5, tied at 2 games each, with Alamo regaining the home ice advantage.
Stars of the series were Lehner and his shutout in game 3, followed by Krejci and his hat trick in game 4

Toledo and Alamo are tied up at 2 games apiece. Series comes back to Alamo for a game 5.

Game #5

 

Alamo starts of the scoring on a Melkker Karlsson goal. It’s his 5th goal of the playoffs. He has been an unsung hero most of the season. Early in the 2nd, another unsung hero, Jay Beagle scores his second of the playoffs.

In the 3rd, the Walleye get on the board on a Krejci goal. It’s his 9th of the playoffs as he has been very effective. Its, 2-1 and getting tight.

Toledo pulls their goalie, and with 20 seconds left Karlsson nets his 2nd goal of the game to preserve the victory.

SOG: Alamo 32 Toledo 22

1st star – Karlsson 2 goals
2nd star – Boychuk 3 assists
3rd star – Beagle 1 goal.

The series goes back to Toledo for a 6th game.

Alamo 3, Toledo 1

  Game 6 of the semi-finals – Alamo leads 3-2. Toledo hopes to hold serve and force a game 7.
Game #6

 

Alamo comes out strong and gets goals by Seguin and Marchand to take a 2-0 lead only 10 minutes into the game. Toledo rounds up the wagons and stops the scoring for the rest of the quarter and slinks into the locker room down 2-0. Toledo starts to show some promise early in the 2nd, but its Alamo that lights the lamp again with Yandle making it 3-0 at the halfway mark. With the crowd sitting on their hands the Walleye get them up and going again just before intermission with 2 quick goals by Vanek and Okposo to tighten things up at 3-2 going into the 3rd period. Toledo cranks up the defense and offensive pressure in the 3rd, but it backfires as Marchand nets one 7 minutes in to put the lead back at 2 for Alamo. Toledo pulls out all the stops the last 10 minutes, but Lehner is up to the task and shuts them down to preserve the win at 4-2.
1st star – Marschand 2g1a
2nd star – Seguin 1g2a
3rd star – Yandle 1g

Alamo 4, Toledo 2

Series Summary: For the 6 game series, Alamo outscores Toledo 19-11, worthy of the Conference Championship. Lehner was solid in goal with 2 shutouts, and GAA of 1.83. Marschand with 5 goals and Karlsson with 4 led the scoring for Alamo.