Top Two Teams Set to do Battle
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Friday, March 28, 2014
The Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers will host the Montague Total Assets Fitness Maniacs in game one of the IJHL finals this Sunday at Community Gardens. Game time is set for 7pm.
The Vipers narrowly clinched first by only four poins over the Maniacs during the regular season and this series promises to be a dream matchup between the leagues top two teams. The Vipers went 5-2-1 against the Maniacs during the season with one of the wins coming in overtime. Four of the Vipers wins came before Montague added goaltender Tyler Whiffen from the Amherst Ramblers so the regular season record may not indicate how close this matchup is. The Vipers defence was stingy in the first round against the Arsenault's Fish Mart Red Wings, only allowing seven goals in the four game sweep, which is a trend they will have to continue. Goaltenders Grant Grady and Dylan McQuaid were great in the opening round and coach Wade Waddell hopes that continues. Both teams have a high octane offence so it very well could come down to who defends best.
During the season there was a lot of animosity between the two teams and fans can expect a very close physical series. The Vipers defeated the Maniacs in five games last season and have won the last four IJHL championships so there is added motivation for the down east club.
With all other hockey wrapped up on the Island scene very large crowds are expected for what should be a tight long series.
The rest of the series schedule will be released shortly.