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"Heartland Red Liners Advance to Semifinals with Decisive 5-0 Shutout Win Against Yetis in Quarterfinals."
Playoff hockey winners are difficult to pick even when the same teams are playing each other. Just look at #1 seed Nashville losing in the quarterfinals. The Red Liners had just played the Chiberia Yetis 3 day prior and lost 5-4. But upper management was not as worried for this game as they would have a bigger roster than the last game. Both teams felt each other out in the opening seconds, but with Dr. Nick on fire in net, the Red Liners coasted to an easy 5-0 shutout win.
Early in the first period, Sneps planted himself in front of the Yeti goalie and was in a perfect position to deflect Sobo's shot from the point into the upper net. Not trying to get too behind, the Yeti attacked the Liners repeated but Dr. Nick easily blocked and freezed their shots. The double centers of Morty and Evan were winning many faceoffs and helped control the breakouts.
The second period actions revolved around the two penalties by the Liners and one by the Yeti. This had the Liners skating 3 players against the 4 from the Yeti. But Toe would grab a lose puck and slip it just inside the near post to push the Liners lead to 2. MK and Tybro were able to shutdown the rest of the penalty to maintain the lead. Minutes later, Ryry would snag the lose rebound off Morty's shot from the slot and fire it into the empty net. The Yeti now were facing a 3 goal deficit as the period ended.
The third period is usually where Red Liners team step off the gas and let teams come back. From the very start, the Yeti were charging quickly and deep with their higher skilled skaters. Pucks were flying high at Dr. Nick who skillfully stopped them. By the Liners did not hold back as evident by the forechecking by the Mutt and the Goon during a lull half way through the period. The Mutt fired a loose puck from the the point to the Goon who rocketed a one timer into the upper net. The Goon's roar of joy was palpable. The Mutt topped it off with his own goal by forechecking deep into the Yeti zone. He snagged the puck near the goal line fired a backhand shot just past the Yeti netminder and into the net. The remaining minutes had Bleech and Sobo setting up an effective force field against the Yeti's top skaters. Fittingly, the buzzer sounded with Dr. Nick flopping on a loose puck in his crease.
With this win, the Liners will have a touch match up against the top ranked, Fighting Sue tomorrow at 10:10pm. The season record is split with both teams scoring 9 goals apiece. The win tonight will hopefully energize the players over the next 24 hours. ... See MoreSee Less
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