The Playoffs have arrived. And with them are some familiar faces.
Reptar makes it 4 semesters, 4 playoff appearances. They will be hoping to make it 4 semesters, 4 championships, but it wont be easy.
Perennial contender Christ Crew makes a return to the playoffs. They are veteran team who has been here before but never been able to win it.
Then there is Don’t Toews Me Bro. They are one of the younger teams in the league but no stranger to the playoffs. They pushed Reptar to the limits last semester and made some additions to try to take the title this time around.
And finally we have Hurricanes, who are making their first playoff appearance. The team may be new, but it does have some IM veterans. After mounting a 2 goal, 3rd period comeback against Reptar, they have proved they belong.
Sunday, 9:30: (1) Don’t Toews Me Bro vs (4) Hurricanes
Regular Season: DTMB 4, Hurricanes 2
Records: DTMB 4-0-1, Hurricanes 3-1-1
Don’t Toews Me deserves the 1 seed. The opened the season by managing a tie vs Reptar and then followed that up by running the table the rest of the way. They came up bit short last year, but they are the only team that has really challenged Reptar for a title. The addition of Style Demers may be the difference for them. In addition to being a league leader in Flow, Demers has some serious dangles. His backhanded toe drag is pure beauty. This is a solid team up and down and they are going to be very tough to beat.
Hurricanes are a bit of surprise. Named after “Hurricane” Hannah Berry, they feature members of both the boys and girls club hockey teams. They also have local product, Sean Daly, who graduated from Bishop Feehan last year. And of course they have the ultimate traitor, Pat Finnell. Finnell left Reptar after just 1 game to join now-defunct Bruno’s Raviolis, where he never even reached the playoffs. Now he has made the move to Hurricanes, along with his younger brother and he will finally get his chance. This team really showed whats it capable of on Sunday. DTMB may be favorites in this game, but Hurricanes is more than capable of pulling the upset.
Sunday, 10:30 (2) Christ Crew vs (3) Reptar on Ice
Regular Season: Christ Crew 1, Reptar 1
Records: Christ Crew 3-0-2, Reptar 2-0-3
This one has a bit of history. These two teams are lucky to be in the league after they had a game-ending fight 2 semesters ago. They played again this semester and while things were chippy (as they usually are when Reptar is involved), things stayed under control and the game finished in a tie.
Christ Crew has been around awhile, but despite having some legit jerseys, they have been unable to do much in the playoffs. They will get another chance this year, but they would be unlikely winners. They are led by Mike Rubino and Chris Gallo. Rubino, the captain, may be one of the smaller players on the ice, but he is constantly making things happen for them. Shutting down him is key for Reptar. Christ Crew also has one of the deeper teams in the league. They have a full roster and usually most of them show up. They are one of just a couple teams that run more than 2 lines. They will be looking to use that their advantage against the short bench of Reptar. Their other strength is goaltending. They have allowed just 7 goals in 5 games. In a league filled with offense, they play a defensive game and frustrate the opposition.
3-time Champions Reptar on Ice will be desperate to continue their perfect ruin. But this has been their hardest semester yet. Despite going undefeated, they have struggled to put teams away and hold leads. They have the least players of anyone in the league and that has hurt them more than once this year. In the tie against Christ Crew, they had just 6 skaters. They could be without their captain Colin Flynn, yet again, for this game. Reptar relies on Greg Stofman and Moose Merenich big time. There is hardly a game that both of them don’t pick up at least one goal in. They have carried Reptar to the title before and they will be looking to do it again. Its a quick turnaround for Reptar after they skated very hard Sunday. But if they can get everyone to show up (which they havent been able to do much this year), they will be the favorites.
We will try to get an interview with Reptar’s Jon “Filthy Flow” Casali about his thoughts on the matchup and the team this year before the game. So keep your eyes open for that. Good luck to all of the teams playing, except for Christ Crew, Hurricanes and Don’t Toews Me Bro.