Devil Dogs vs. Tour Roadrunners 93 (NY)
The Devil Dogs came into the fourth and final round-robin game with two wins and a loss, needing at least a tie to clinch a playoff spot.
The game didn’t start off well for the Dogs. They trailed 3-1 after the first period, their goalie had let in a bad goal on a long slapshot, and they’d missed on some good scoring opportunities.
They were also coming off a disappointing loss the night before, so I was proud of their mental toughness in coming back to tie the game 3-3 with about three minutes left.
A Roadrunner player took an untimely penalty with 1:37 left in the game. The Dogs were able to control the puck on the power play until, with 11 seconds remaining, they scored on a one-timer off a cross-rink pass for the game-winning goal.
Final Score: Devil Dogs 4, Roadrunners 3
That wraps up the round-robin portion of the competition. The top 10 teams get to stick around for playoffs.
- Choice Inline Selects (NJ)
- Alkali NC (NC)
- ISCA Grizzlies (NJ)
- Gladiators (PA)
- Revision Devil Dogs (CA)
- Tour Stealth (CO)
- Tour Roadrunners 93 (NY)
- Bandits Hockey Club (CA)
- Top Gun (NY)
- Mile High Mustangs (CO)
The top six seeds go straight to the quarterfinals. The other quarterfinalists are determined by 7-vs-10 and 8-vs-9 playoff games, which both went to the lower seed:
Mile High Mustangs 6, Roadrunners 2
Top Gun 6, Bandits 3
Quarterfinal: Choice Inline Selects (1) vs. Mile High Mustangs (10)
The Mustangs were the only team to score against the Selects in round-robin play, although they still lost the game. Chalk up another shutout for the Selects in this one.
Final Score: Selects 1, Mustangs 0
Quarterfinal: Alkali NC (2) vs. Top Gun (9)
Alkali was undefeated in round-robin, including a win against Top Gun, but they are outta here.
Final Score: Top Gun 2, Alkali 1
Quarterfinal: ISCA Grizzlies (3) vs. Tour Stealth (6)
Another upset. The Grizzlies were also undefeated (with one tie) in round-robin. I didn’t like them because the families were a bunch of Jersey Shore loudmouths.
Final Score: Stealth 3, Grizzlies 0
Quarterfinal: Gladiators (4) vs. Revision Devil Dogs (5)
Another poor start for the Devil Dogs. They went down 2-0 in the first three minutes, then rallied to win.
They’re in the semifinals tomorrow morning against Tour Stealth.
Final Score: Devil Dogs 6, Gladiators 4