April 1, 2013

Robertson Cup Playoffs, North Division Round 1

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This weekend begins the race for  the Robertson Cup Chapionship. The North Division will have two match-ups in the first round. The Johnstown Tomahawks will take on the Port Huron Fighting Falcons, and the Springfield Jr Blues battle the Kalamazoo Jr K-Wings.


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Springfield Jr Blues (6) vs Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings (3)

Game 1- April 4th- 7pm @ Kalamazoo
Game 2- April 6th 2pm @ Kalamazoo
* Game 3- April 7th 5pm @ Springfield

* If necessary

Regular Season Match-ups:

Springfield finished the regular season with a record of 26-30-4, which was good for 56 points. They were tied with Janesville in the standings point wise, but made the playoffs over Janesville via the tie breaker, total wins.

Kalamazoo finished the regular season with a record of 35-19-6, which was good for 76 points. As we've said before, this is Kalamazoo's last season in the NAHL and they will try to go out as Robertson Cup Champions.

During the Regular season Kalamazoo went 7-1-0 vs Springfield and Springfield went 1-6-1 vs Kalamazoo.

Scores:

Kalamazoo 2 Springfield 1 Boxscore
Kalamazoo 2 Springfield 1 Boxscore
Kalamazoo 5 Springfield 3 Boxscore
Kalamazoo 3 Springfield 2 Boxscore
Kalamazoo 6 Springfield 5 OT Boxscore
Kalamazoo 7 Springfield 0 Boxscore
Kalamazoo 1 Sprinfield 0 Boxscore
Springfield 7 Kalamazoo 4 Boxscore




Power Play vs each other:

Springfield- 5 for 34 (14.7%)
Kalamazoo- 7 for 30 (23.3%)

Regular Season Team Leaders:

Points: Kalamazoo

NameGPGoalsAssistsPointsPlus/MinusPenalty Minutes
Robbie Payne57293564489
Taylor Burden592028481856
Kyle Gattelaro59133245731
Mike Fazio16718014
Luc Boby561718351139

Fazio began the season with Springfield until he was traded to Kalamazoo on 1-31-2013 for Davis Dekorte.

Goalies- Kalamazoo


NameGPWLOTLGAASave%SO
Alex Okicki35181242.770.9152
Marcus Due-Boje2214622.150.9393

Points- Springfield


NameGPGoalsAssistsPointsPlus/MinusPenalty Minutes
Brett Skibba58342458143
Ryan Akinson48211940736
Parker Johnson5162228-257
Terry Leabo5142428-736
Nate Chasteen43111526-1120

Goalies- Springfield


NameGPWLOTLGAASave%SO
Matt Leon38171922.920.914
Ryan Kellenberger2371123.070.9060
Stefanos Lekkas22001.920.9330

TheTomablog Thoughts:

Kalamazoo has had Springfield's number all season long. Springfield hasn't been that good this season and they've relied on Matt Leon, Brett Skibba and Ryan Akinson all season long to get the job done.

Then again, it is playoff time and the playoffs are a whole new season, where anything can happen, so it is possible that Springfield finds a way to get past Kalamazoo in the best of three series. Based on the regular season match-ups though, you have to think Kalamazoo probably wins this first round in two games.


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Johnstown Tomahawks (5) vs Port Huron Fighting Falcons (4)

Game 1- April 4th 7pm @ Port Huron
Game 2- April 5th 7pm @ Port Huron
* Game 3- April 7th 3pm @ Johnstown

* If necessary

Regular Season Match-ups:

Johnstown finished the regular season with a record of 27-21-12, which was good for 66 points. Looking back at the season, if Johnstown could have beat the Fresno Monsters at home those two games at the CCWM they would have finished in fourth place.

Port Huron ended the regular season with a record of 32-24-4, which is good for 68 points. After starting the season with a poor record, Port Huron ended the year, 9-1-0 in their last ten games.

During the regular season Johnstown's record vs Port Huron was 2-4-2, and Port Huron went 6-2-0.

Scores:

Johnstown 3 Port Huron 4 Boxscore
Johnstown 2 Port Huron 4 Boxscore
Johnstown 3 Port Huron 2 Boxscore
Johnstown 3 Port Huron 4 Boxscore
Port Huron 3 Johnstown 2 SO Boxscore
Port Huron 4 Johnstown 2 Boxscore
Port Huron 2 Johnstown 3 Boxscore
Port Huron 5 Johnstown 4 Boxscore

Power Play vs Each Other:

Johnstown: 6 for 45 (13.3%)
Port Huron: 9 for 46 (19.5%)

Regular Season Team Leaders

Points: Port Huron


NameGPGoalsAssistsPointsPlus/MinusPenalty Minutes
Rick DeRosa591428421548
Easton Powers60122436-257
Brett D'Andrea521615311526
Ian Miller53111930-789
Nick Horne571117281340

Goalies- Port Huron


NameGPWLOTLSOGAASave%
Max Milosek392216122.620.917
Alex Blankenburg24108312.420.922

Points- Johnstown


NameGPGoalsAssistsPointsPlus/MinusPenalty Minutes
Cody Gylling57162945549
Mitch Kontny59211940-1341
Jordan Watt56201737234
Brandon Reinholz53191332-2126
Casey Nelson56102232-642

Goalies- Johnstown


NameGPWLOTLSOGAASave%
Chris Truehl381711612.330.923
Colin Brennan2278512.780.906

TheTomablog Thoughts:

If the Tomahawks can get past Port Huron they might be able to have a good playoff run, as they've done pretty good against the other teams in the division. With that being said, first they have to find a way to beat Port Huron, which is going to be a tough task.

Port Huron isn't the best team Johnstown has faced this season but they sure do know how to play against the Tomahawks very well. If you go purely on stats and regular season match-ups, you'd think Port Huron has a good chance to sweep Johnstown.

I believe that if the Tomahawks beat Port Huron and advance, it'll take all three games in the series.

What are your predictions?

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