Sunday, April 8, 2012
The first season of the Third String Goalie Hockey League is now over and congratulations go out to Scotty Hockey and his club, the Frankenstein Stitches for their surprising championship performance in the playoffs.
The Frankenstein Stitches entered the playoffs as the #5 seed and advanced past the first round by edging Buffalo MillerTime 4-3.
The semifinals saw the regular season winners and #1 seed Galloway Banthas fall in a surprising upset 5-2 to giant-killing #7 seeded The Pierre McGuires, who had previously knocked out the #2 seeded Litter Box Panthers! in the first round.
In the other matchup, the Frankenstein Stitches advanced to the finals with a narrow 5-4 win over the #3 seeded Injured Reserve. thanks to coming out on top in an amazing battle of goaltenders, with Cory Schneider, Mike Smith and Craig Anderson all picking up two wins each, with Schneider and Smith combining for three shutouts in the span of a week. In six starts, the trio only allowed seven total goals, which was essential since Injured Reserve ran out every healthy goaltender imaginable, Ward, Quick, Harding, Emery, Neuvirth and Price, who combined for 5 wins, a 1.93 GAA, a .932 save percentage with 2 shutouts, which would be enough to win on any other week, especially when they had won four of five offensive categories.
The final was all Frankenstein Stitches, as they waltzed to a 8-1 win over The Pierre McGuires, dominating in goals, +/-, power play points, goals against and save percentage, while taking close decisions in assists, wins and shutouts to claim the championship.
Again, congratulations to Scotty Hockey, one of our earliest readers and frequent contributors to Third String Goalie and who's blog Scotty Hockey covers all things New York Rangers, and with the blueshirts the #1 seed in the east, we suggest you start reading his blog as the Rangers enter the playoffs.