GMHL Russell Cup: Finals Preview
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 15:23    PDF Print E-mail

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GMHL Russell Cup: 

Russell Cup Final Preview

The Russell Cup Playoffs are now into the fourth round and the divisional playoff Champions have been crowned and the match up for the Russell Cup has been determined as the Niagara Whalers will face off against the Parry Sound Islanders in a best of 7 match up for the GMHL Title.

#1(South) Niagara Whalers vs. #2(North) Parry Sound Islanders 

Season Head to Head Record: Whalers Lead 1-0-0 (Showcase Exhibition)

All Time Head to Head Record: Whalers Lead 2-0-0

Each Teams Leading Playoff Scorers:

NIA F Manny Manns (10 GP, 11G, 25A, 36 Points)

NIA F Matt Hore (10 GP, 12G, 21A, 33 Points)

PSI F Jan Vyoral (14GP, 7G, 13A, 20 Points)

PSI F Milan Prusek (14GP, 10G, 8A, 18 Points)

Schedule (if known):

March 22nd in Seguin (8PM)

March 24th in Port Colborne (7:30PM)

March 25th in Parry Sound (7:30PM)

March 26th in Port Colborne (7PM)

*March 28th  in port Colborne (7 PM)

*TBA 

* TBA

*If Necessary

Matchup Preview: This is it, the matchup is set and it is winner take all as the Parry Sound Islanders, fresh off an upset of top seeded New Tecumseth, will face off against the Niagara Whalers who have swept their way through the entire South Division on route to this matchup. To state the obvious these Islanders are the underdogs, but they wouldn't have it any other way as many viewed them as the under dogs in the last series with the Civics but they were able to ride the hot hands of Jan Vyoral and the stellar play in net from Tanner Fausnaugh to take down New Tec in 7 games. The Islanders are perhaps the most skilled team in the league and will be looking to showcase their finesse and speed in a matchup with the physical islanders. For the Whalers the goal they set at the very beginning of the season is now within reach and they did it in fashion having not lost a playoff game yet and have given up exactly 1 goal per game while putting up almost 9 per game behind David Christopher who has 14 for the Whalers while 5 different Niagara players have scored 21 or more points this postseason. Niagara will be looking to set the tone with their physicality matching up against the skill game mentioned. The X Factor in this series could really come down to the matchup in net where as mentioned Tanner Fausnaugh will go up against Whalers starter Joel Horodziejczyk who has let in less than a goal per game and has solidified this Whalers roster from the net out since his addition. The Islanders will be looking to shock the league in a matchup with the dominant Whalers that begins on Wednesday night in Seguin.  


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