Thursday, May 12, 2005

Moose set to topple No. 1

Some may have scoffed at my pick of the Manitoba Moose for the AHL's Calder Cup, especially considering that they have lined up in the second round against the top team in the league this year, the Rochester Americans. Yet, four games into the series, Manitoba has taken a 3-1 series lead. Impressive, considering the Americans, the Buffalo Sabres affiliate team, finished the year at 51-19-4-6.

Not many people were picking the Moose for great things this season, but dumping ex-Canuck great Stan 'Steamer' Smyl as head coach in favour of ex-Jets great Randy Carlyle has really paid off. Carlyle had coached Manitoba from 1996-2001 when they were part of the now-defunct IHL.

Perhaps this recent success means things are looking up for developing young Canucks? One can only hope.


At 10:39 a.m., May 13, 2005, Blogger Joseph said...

With all due respect James, Rochester has been without their two best offensive players for the entire series (Vanek has played one period). I, too, picked Manitoba because they're the better team top-to-bottom, but were it not for poor Flaherty goaltending in Game 1, this series would already be over. Rochester is a shadow of the team they were in January, having overachieved more than any pro team I can remember in recent memory.


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