• Vintage Hockey League

s13 - Organization still has Title Hopes [WB11]


The short answer to the question I asked in the title of my last article is no. No, I could not climb out of the hole that my VHL team had dug. The team either didn’t play well enough if front of Vesa, or Vesa didn’t play good enough behind the team. Man, I sure hate that guy at times. Winning as many playoff games as the teams that missed the playoffs sure is a kick in the gut. I will give my props to the Winnipeg Jets and give them my blessing to smash the rest of the teams in the VHL, expect maybe big brothers. The team will be looking to make some changes in the offseason, mostly to make room for the player that had the most productive AHL ever.

Andy McDonald is no longer playing for the Lowell Lock Monsters. He was too happy and playing too good so the league decided he would be an unfair advantage to the Monsters should he continue to play. He will be heading to the bigs for the start of next season and he will be missed dearly during this playoff run. He has been a steady hand for Brad Boyes to lean on during the season, but so far it looks like the torch has been passed.

The Lock Monsters made quick work of the Carolina Hurricanes and have turned their sights on the team that knocked them off last season, the Baltimore Skipjacks.

The Skipjacks were a very good team early on in the season, but fell off when GM Hill decided that the push for the VHL playoffs was more important  that his AHL team. I do not blame him for the decision, but the AHL side was left without a couple key guys. Most importantly Juraj Kolnik, who was among the leader in scoring in the AHL when called up and will be getting my vote for the Calder because of his point a game pace in the VHL. The team does have a good group of defenders and pretty decent forwards. The obvious weakness lies in net. After the callup of Tom Draper there was no back-up plan and it will be either Mike Dunham or Jussi Markkanen in net. The Lock Monsters should be able to exploit this fact.

The Lock Monsters are hungry, very hungry. They tore through the Hurricanes and started off quick against the Skipjacks. They are scoring and keeping the puck out of their own net. The team had the most goals in the first round despite only playing those 4 games. The team has a lot of depth even with the departure of McDonald. The team will go where rookie Brad Boyes takes them, but he has been getting help up front from Kopecky, Dubinsky, Belanger and Morin. Much like the parent club the team also get a lot of scoring from the back end with Lavoie, Suchy and Neckar all at a point a game so far. The Lock Monsters will not take these Skipjacks lightly, but they will be exercising the demons of their parent club.

While some people care about the AHL I will only make predictions for the VHL

Bruins over the Penguins in 6

The Bruins have so much firepower and have a hot young goalie.

Rangers over the Whalers in 7

The Rangers made it past the first round and will break the Conference Finals streak of the Whalers

Wolves over the Oilers in 6

The revamped Wolves are going to make a run like a couple seasons ago.

Jets over the Flames in 4

It would make me feel better about my sweep.

Night all enjoy your playoffs.

WC: 618