2020 EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMI FINAL
|#1 Jagr Mullets (60-20-2) vs. #3 Brentwood Bandits HC (48-27-7)|
|GAME #1 at Jagr||The Mullets absolutely dominate play, outshooting Brentwood 14-4 in the first – where Auston Matthews (4) picks up a PP goal at 14:26 to make it 1-0 Mullets.
Jagr continues its strong play in the 2nd, with the teams combining on only 13 combined shots. Unfortunately, one was a breakaway by Debrusk (5) at 18:29 of the period to tie it up. Nothing worse than giving up late goals!
In the 3rd, Tavares (6) stuns the home crowd and gives the Bandits a 2-1 lead.
But as is often the case in playoff hockey – heroes are born from the bottom 6. In this case, Jaden Schwartz (1) beats Vasilevskiy at 11:50 to tie it back up!
We stay scoreless through the period and we’re in SUDDEN DEATH!
In the extra period, the Mullets again dominate the Bandits 9-2 in shots but no one can put one in.
So we go to 2 OT!
Not a lot of drama, as Debrusk (6) slips another one behind Kuemper to shock the home crowd and Brentwood steals the first game 3-2 (2OT).
The Mullets outshoot (46-22), out-hit (41-32), and out scoring-attempt (23-11) the Bandits, but drop the game anyway.
Star 1: BWB Debrusk 2 G
GWG: Jake Debrusk
Notables: BWB Vasilevskiy 44 saves
|GAME #2 at Jagr||The Mullets can’t afford to go down 0-2, and they don’t – winning it 2-1 behind a strong bounce-back game from Kuemper. Matthews (5) and Ekholm (1) score in the 1st for the Mullets, and it stays that way until Vatrano (3) puts one in at 8:25 of the 3rd. The Mullets hold on and the series is tied up 1-1.
Star 1: JAG Matthews 1 G
GWG: Mattias Ekholm
Notables: BWB Murray 39 saves
|SUMMARY:||We go to Brentwood tied up at 1-1 hoping we can steal a game on the road to make it a best of three series.
|PREVIEW:||The Brotherly Brawl… The Sanguine Showdown… The Sibling… uh… I got nothing.
The Bandits managed to steal a win in Jagr. Can we take advantage of the home ice advantage now?
|GAME #3 at Brentwood||37 seconds into the game, Bergeron gets his 5th of the playoffs and the Mullets are ready to roll.
Until Konecny (5) matches Bergeron less than a minute later.
Bandits on the PP… they give up a breakaway to McDonagh… should be no prob– he shoots and scores! His 1st of the playoffs. Vasilevskiy has got some ‘splainin’ to do!
Go to the 2nd with the Mullets up 2-1.
1:26 into the 2nd sees Kerfoot (3) tie it at 2!
Then on the PP, last year’s Conn Smythe winner, Phil the Thrill Kessel (3) gives the Bandits their first lead of the game! 3-2.
To the 3rd we go… and the Jagoffs mean business.
Staal (2), Bergeron (6), and Couture (3) with the empty netter to seal the deal with a 5-3 Mullet win!
It was a pretty even game…
JAG 34 shots, BWB 32 shots
Star 1 Bergeron 2 G
Gibson made 29 saves
|GAME #4 at Brentwood||The Bandits are down 2-1 in the series. Can they win to send it back to Jagr evened up?
43 seconds in, Radulov (3) puts the Mullets on top 1-0.
Head to the 2nd, and 12 seconds in Tavares (7) on the PP ties it 1-1.
Matthews (6) makes it 2-1 Mullets.
Head to the 3rd period…
Then the Bandits go to work…
Johnson (2) scores at the 6 minute mark, 3-2 Mullets.
Then at 13:35 Galchenyuk (4) ties the game 3-3!!
We head to OT for the 2nd time in the series!!
A little back and forth… even play.
Until Debrusk (7) puts it into the back of the net for the 4-3 OT victory to send it back to Jagr all knotted up 2-2!!
JAG 35 shots, BWB 33 shots
Star 1 Galchenyuk 1 G, 2 pts
Gibson made 29 saves
|SUMMARY:||With both Bandit wins coming in OT, they are earning a new nickname… The Cardiac Kids!
Back to Jagr with the series tied…
Coach Tom Atkins was all smiles at the press conference. He was quoted as saying “We beat a great team… twice… in overtime. I think we have proved to be a worthy defending champion.”
|GAME #5 at Jagr||The teams trade goals in the first, with Brentwood outshooting the Mullets 16-10.
But in the 2nd, the ice tilts Jagr’s way – as they put 21 shots on goal to only 8 for Brentwood. Three of those go in for JAG, but two find the back of the net for BWB! So after 2, it’s a 4-3 barnburner in favor of Jagr.
Then disaster strikes for Brentwood – Vasilevskiy melts down and surrenders a PP goal just a minute into the 3rd, and then lets Tkachuk sneak one past 33 seconds later. Just like that, it’s 6-4 Mullets.
The Bandits don’t quit, and score at 5:39 to make it a one goal game. But a 5 minute elbowing major to Kerfoot costs them dearly as Ovechkin scores with the man advantage to make it 7-5. Bergeron scores his 7th of the playoffs at 12:38 to chase Vasilevskiy and seal an 8-4 victory that was much closer than the score indicates.
Star 1: BWB Kessel 2 G, 3 Pts
GWG: Logan Couture
Notables: BWB Vasilevskiy 36 saves, Johnson 5 blocks, Pavelski 3 assists
|SUMMARY:||We go back to Brentwood for Game 6, with a team facing elimination for the first time in the series.
|PREVIEW:||We head back to Brentwood for Game 6 with the Bandits facing elimination against the powerhouse Jagr Mullets!
“The Brotherly Battle, Pt. 6” is… NEXT!
|GAME #6 at Brentwood||The crowd is ecstatic! The air is electric! The Defending Cup Champs face elimination!
We go to the faceoff circle…
On the Bandits 2nd shot of the game, Bo Horvat (3) drills how a slapper past former Bandit Kuemper to give Brentwood the 1-0 lead!
**there are a TON of players on each team who played for the other, so in the interest of saving time and finger strength (typing), just assume that when a player is mentioned, there is a 40-50% chance they once played for the other team.
BACK TO THE GAME!
The Bandits get a PP toward the end of the period as Weber goes off for cross-checking at 18:29.
With 1 second left… ONE SECOND… Debrusk fires home a wicked wrista past Kuemper to give the Bandits a commanding 2-0 lead to close out the first.
Goals scored in the last minute, we call them ball-breaking goals. Goals scored at the absolute last second? Well, I think they just might break both balls.
Head to the 2nd…
Three minutes later, Schwartz (2) shocks the crowd as the Mullets tie the game 2-2!
And just like that, it’s a game again.
Into the 3rd period we go… will this be the final period of the season for the Bandits? Or will they force a game 7 at Jagr? Let’s find out!
At 5:51 Bandits on the PP again (they would get 5 PP chances total), and this time “Chief” Brodie (1) gets his first of the playoffs to break the tie and put the Bandits up 3-2!
A little over 3 minutes later, Galchenyuk (6), now on the 4th line, continues to score no matter what line he plays on! Bandits take a commanding 4-2 lead…
But, this IS the playoffs… and the Mullets WERE the best team in the league this season…
15:33 – Bergeron (9) continues his Conne Smyth campaign getting the Mullets within one! 4-3 Bandits lead.
17:39 – Rielly (5) scores on the wrister through traffic to tie it 4-4!!
Some good chances in both ends as time expires and we head to OT!!
One goal can end the Bandits season… or it can force a Game 7.
Bandits get two GREAT chances but Kuemper makes equally great saves. Tavares at point blank… ugh!
Not to be out-done, Vasilevskiy makes 2 great saves in a flurry of shots from the Mullets!
Then it happened…
A pass to the right faceoff circle, a shot… and HE SCORES!!!
Who was it that scored???
The Big Pavelski makes his former team pay (sorry I HAD to type it this time!) and the Bandits win it in OT 5-4 to send the series to a decisive Game 7!!!
Wow… my blood pressure can’t take much more! 😉
SOG 1 SOG 2 SOG 3 SOG 4
Star 1: JAG Bergeron 2 G, 3 Pts
GWG: Joe Pavelski
Notables: JAG None
Jagr GA SV Save% TOI W L OL Rate
Brentwood GA SV Save% TOI W L OL Rate
|SUMMARY:||What a game!! We head back to Jagr to see what our fate will be!
|PREVIEW:||And we’re back on home ice for Game 7 – will it be a classic, or a classic choke?
|GAME #7 at Jagr||Kris Letang does Kris Letang things, taking a dumb hooking penalty at 4:26 of the first.
Who else but Debrusk (9) makes the Mullets pay. Debrusk means money in 47 different languages (or so I hear).
Then at 10:36, Lars freakin’ Eller (1) beats Kuemper to make it an early 2-0 Bandit lead.
Debrusk sticks a huge dagger into the collective Mullet heart when he scores AGAIN at 19:16 of the 1st for his 10th goal of the playoffs.
And we go to the 1st intermission down 3-0.
In the 2nd period, Jagr throws the kitchen sink, baby, bathwater, and anything else they can get their gloved mitts on at Vasilevskiy, outshooting Brentwood 18-6. Fortunately, two go in – Matthews (8) at 7:16 and Lindholm (7) a little over two minutes later.
We go to the locker rooms down a goal – 3-2 Brentwood.
In the final period, Phil Kessel does Phil Kessel things – and takes a delay of game penalty at 9:27.
This is where we turn the tide of the game, right?
Mullets suck again on the PP (going 0-4 in this game) and Brentwood unpuckers their collective… you get the idea.
We get down to 90 seconds, and Kuemper comes out of the net…
Weber hits the post!
Matthews shoots wide!
Ovechkin hits the goalie!
Bergeron hits the mascot and gets a free steak!
The Mullets hit everything but the back of the net, and the Bandits pull of the upset and clip the Mullets 3-2 to take the series and advance to the Finals!
Twice we had a chance to eliminate my brother, and twice we failed. So you can’t say anything except it was well earned, and good luck in the Finals (again)!
|SUMMARY:||Another great season; thanks to league management for all of your hard work. We truly thought this was our year, but faced two extra tough challenges in the playoffs.
With a heavy roster turnover expected, we’ll see if we can make the cut next year.
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