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Fall 2009 Playoffs

Long Island Cup Fall 2009 Championship Games

B League [box scores] | [draw] | [back to top]
Championship Game
B6 - By George! - North Stars edge Tremblays Pub 2-1 to capture B League championship
Scoring once in both the first and second periods, the North Stars never trailed in winning the B League crown 2-1 over Tremblays Pub. The B League championship is the North Stars first LI Cup win.

Alan Berni set up James Cianci and Steve Cavallaro to provide the Stars offense but it again was the stellar play of B League MVP George Lorenz that carried the Stars. Lorenz, who was outstanding in the two previous playoff wins, turned away 23 Tremblay shots including a pivotal first period breakaway stop that spurred the Stars' first goal. In the team's previous playoff wins, Lorenz' strong play steadied the Stars until their offense dominated the final periods.

Winner's Bracket
B4 - Thunderstruck - Paced by Cavallaro's four, North Stars jolt Lightning 8-2
B2 - First Strike - Lightning stymies Tremblays Pub 4-1
B1 - Move the Chains - North Stars clip Klash 4-2
Loser's Bracket
B5 - Looking Good Louis - Tremblays withstand 3rd period Lightning surge 5-4
B3 - O'Canada - JP&JT spearhead 6-2 Klash dismissal
B0 - Out to Sea - Klash wash out Storm 9-3
C League [box scores] | [draw] | [back to top]
Championship Game
C4 - Another Notch - Boss Crokers wallop Woodstock 11-2 for first C League title
In convincing fashion, Boss Crokers scored early and scored often to leave no doubt in a 11-2 C League championship runaway. With the win, the Crokers added the first C crown to their burgeoning title mantel.

It took just under two minutes for Boss Crokers to get started in a match they never trailed. Early second period it was 3-0 and end of two 5-2. The third period proved essentially a victory lap as Boss Crokers stormed the Woodstock end for five in the first three minutes. C League MVP Mike Caira, the leader and glue of the Crokers team, led the scoring parade with three markers.

Winner's Bracket
C2 - Wild Ride - Boss Crokers trim Woodstock 6-5 in topsy-turvy OT thriller
C1 - 'Bura'-licious - Woodstock work overtime to strike down Phantoms 5-4
Loser's Bracket
C3 - Spring Cleaning - Woodstock purges Phantoms 6-3
C0 - Adam Raises his Game - Led by Lagnese's quad, Woodstock dims LI-Stars 5-2
D1 League [box scores] | [draw] | [back to top]
Championship Game
D7 - Scorpion Kings - Scorpions rally in the third to quell Mayhem 4-2 for D1 crown
Scoring three times in the final eight minutes, the Scorpions came from behind to secure the D1 crown 4-2 over the Mayhem and completed the lenghty march from the losers bracket. The title win is the Scorpions first championship in four years and fifth overall.

In this tight, well-played title match, Mayhem took their first and only lead at 2-1 with 9:12 remaining. The Scorpions quickly responded a minute later to the tie it, and they seized the lead only 80 seconds later. The Scorpions offense was led by D1 League MVP Charlie Mott. Mott, the maestro of the Scorpions offense, scored once and assisted on both the go-ahead and insurance tallies.

D6 - Lazarus - Scorps score four unanswered to stun Mayhem 4-3
Winner's Bracket
D4 - Border War - Mayhem trump Bruisers 6-5 in latest rivalry chapter
D2 - Bump and Run - Bruisers score early, hold off Hex 4-2
D1 - Bug Hunt - Mayhem stomp Scorpions 4-1
Loser's Bracket
D5 - Here They Come - Scorpions weather Bruiser barrage 6-3
D3 - One Step Up - Scorpions expel Hex 4-2
D0 - In the Boat - With five in the 3rd, Scorpions hook Swordfish 6-3
D2 League [box scores] | [draw] | [back to top]
Championship Game
DD7 - Stevie Wonderful - PLT trip up Morkmen 4-1 to win D2 championship
Playing composed and methodically, PLT beat a frustrated Morkmen squad 4-1 to lock up the D2 crown. The championship, PLT's fourth overall, ends a four year title drought.

The winning formula for PLT is to score early, secure the lead, and ride the horse home. In this title match, PLT scored in the first, increased their margin to 3-0 heading into the third, and fended off the inevitable, frenetic Morkmen rally in the third. The lynch pin, as always, was D2 League MVP Steve Distefano. The indomitable netminder turned away 15 of 16 third period shots with many of the saves in succession deep in the kitchen.

DD6 - One More - Morkmen toast PLT 5-2 to force decisive game
Winner's Bracket
DD4 - 38 Special - Distefano 'saves' PLT, rebuffs Redrum 4-1
DD2 - Plug and Chug - Redrum slogs by Animal House 4-3
DD1 - Junior Deluxe - PLT grooves past Morkmen 6-5 on late Donohue goal
Loser's Bracket
DD5 - Keep the Party Going - Morkmen souse Redrum 7-4
DD3 - Baltimore Chop - Morkmen bounce Animal House 4-2
DD0 - Abduction - Morkmen round up Outlaws-D 9-1
E1 League [box scores] | [draw] | [back to top]
Championship Game
E5 - Not This Time - Panthers pull away from Mustangs 6-2 to seize E1 title
Breaking open a tie game late second, the Panthers scored four unanswered to corral the Mustangs 6-2 and win the E1 championship. With the title win, the Panthers finally raised the LI Cup after seven seasons and three previous bridesmaid finishes.

The match seemed headed to the third tied 2-2 when Nick DiVittorio seized a sloppy breakout and snuck the gamewinner past an offguard Mustang netminder. The Panthers continued the late period momentum when E1 League MVP Brian Fanning stunned the Mustangs with just 17 seconds remaining. Fanning, who scored in each of the Panthers' five playoff games, removed all suspense with a nifty rush and top corner finish middle of the third.

E4 - Cat Scratch Fever - Panthers maul Mustangs 8-4 to set up ultimate game
Winner's Bracket
E2 - Special J - Mustangs drop Bombers 4-2 behind Bernstein's two shorties
E1 - Double Duece - Hay and West each net pair as Bombers cage Panthers 4-1
Loser's Bracket
E3 - Pounce Back - Panthers defuse Bombers 6-0
E0 - Cat's Paw - Panthers zap Thunder 7-3
E2 League [box scores] | [draw] | [back to top]
Championship Game
EE7 - At Last! - Rage end 9yr LI Cup drought, beat Stingers 4-3 in OT to win E2 title
The waiting is over. Nine long years of mostly basement dwelling were suddenly erased as the Rage won the E2 Championship in a thrilling 4-3 overtime win over the Stingers. The championship is the organization's first LI Cup in only their second appearance in a Cup championship.

As often is the case in extra time, the winning goal came unexpectedly. In what will forever by known in Rage circles as the "Hand of Joy" a seemingly harmless blueline toss at the net deflected off a stray Stinger glove and gloriously nestled into the twine. The unforseen ending capped a tremendous game in which the teams swapped turns of dominating the action. The Rage twice trailed early but their comeback effort was led by the spirited play of E2 League MVP Chris Arominski. Arominski, who scored the OT winner in an earlier playoff win over the Stingers, scored the middle two Rage goals with the second giving the Rage their first lead.

EE6 - Rizz Buzz - Stingers scorch Rage 8-3 behind Rizzo's four
Winner's Bracket
EE4 - Comeback Kids - Rage rally twice to bristle Stingers 4-3 in OT
EE2 - In the Kisser - Rage rankle East Coast 2-1
EE1 - Buzzed - Stingers swarm Jokers 9-2
Loser's Bracket
EE5 - Bounce Back - Stingers prick East Coast 8-2
EE3 - Grindhouse - East Coast labors past gritty Jokers 2-1
EE0 - Hit Men - Jokers rub out Mob 5-0
3C League [box scores] | [draw] | [back to top]
Championship Game
3C7 - Gold Rush - Pioneers complete the journey, round up Court Officers to wear 3C crown
Playing stout team defense, the Pioneers knocked off the Court Officers 6-3 to reclaim the 3C title. With the win, the Pioneers completed the long road through the losers bracket and raised the LI Cup for the fourth time.

Besides the superior defensive effort, the key to the win was the return to form of 3C League MVP Jim Starr. Starr, ineffective in earlier playoff games, played with bounce in dictating much of the game's pace. His ability to stretch the defense created numerous scoring opportunites both for himself and others. Overall, Starr had a hand in five Pioneers goals, scoring three and helping on two others.

3C6 - Arrested Development - Pioneers force winner-take-all, cuff Court Officers 4-1
Winner's Bracket
3C4 - Stingy Pete - Court Officers deny Pioneers 5-2
3C2 - Fast and Furious - Court Officers waylay Grizzlies 8-3
3C1 - Coin Flip - Pioneers upend Klash late 2-0
Loser's Bracket
3C5 - High Life - Miller's goalmouth OT winner KOs Klash 4-3
3C3 - 'Jan'tastic - Klash trap Grizzlies 4-2
3C0 - Under Cover - Pioneers creep past Stalkers 2-1
3D League [box scores] | [draw] | [back to top]
Championship Game
3D7 - Ram Tough Enough - Rams snatch 3D title from Bladerunners 4-3
In a fitting wrap-up to a closely contested playoff, the Rams finally grounded a gritty Bladerunner squad 4-3 to lay claim to the 3D title. The Rams climbed up through the loser's bracket to beat the Blades twice to clinch their third LI Cup. During the playoffs, the Rams and Bladerunners played three one goal games, each decided by a third period goal.

Kevin Kehoe settled the final wild decisive game with just 4 minutes remaining as he potted a rebound off a goalmouth scramble. The title clinching goal denied a valiant Bladerunner comeback who stormed to tie the game after trailing 3-0 in the middle of the second. The Rams built the early 3-0 lead through the rousing efforts of 3D League MVP Rob Farello. Farello, who scored in each Ram playoff game, set up the first Ram goal and buried the second.

3D6 - Not Tonight - Rams deny Bladerunners 3-2 to force winner-take-all
Winner's Bracket
3D4 - Party Crashers - Bladerunners rattle Rams 5-4
3D2 - Tough Enough - Rams buck Pioneers-D 4-1
3D1 - Payback - Bladerunners throttle Klash-40 6-1
Loser's Bracket
3D5 - Ramshod - Rams trample Klash 7-1
3D3 - Winning Ugly - Klash-40 ride out Pioneers 5-2
3D0 - Stickin' to Plan - Bladerunners silence Banshees 2-1
3E League [box scores] | [draw] | [back to top]
Championship Game
3E6 - Back in the Saddle Again - Sabres reclaim LI Cup by defeating the Rats 4-1 for 3E title
Scoring twice early, the Sabres cruised to the 3E League title 4-1 over the Rats. The fall championship is the Sabres' sixth LI Cup crown but the first in five years.

The Sabres grabbed control right out of the box. Ken Scillepi scored twice in the first 75 seconds to provide the Sabres all the scoring they would need. The Rats settled into the match late first and played their best in the second period. In the middle stanza, the Rats fired 13 shots at 3E League MVP Glenn Jakers but the big netminder handled all including several dazzling stops. Jakers' outstanding play proved critical in the two earlier Sabre playoff wins. In each win, he allowed only one goal to enable his offense to pull out both wins in the third period.

Winner's Bracket
3E4 - Tastes like Chicken - Sabres skewer Rats 3-1
3E2 - Blue Cheese - Rats grind Blues 4-2
3E1 - Phew! - Sabres escape Wolverines 2-1 on Buschemi's two late ones
Loser's Bracket
3E5 - Squeaking By - Rats finish Wolverines 3-2 in OT
3E3 - Deep into the Night - Wolverines bust out in 3rd, scrabble Blues 5-1
3E0 - Badger Power - Wolverines claw Misfits 5-1