VGKHL Finals Recap
Jukurit and Adler finally meet as they have been on a head on collision since halfway through the season. This was a finals matchup that I’m sure a lot of people predicted and were expecting. The two best teams on paper in my opinion played in a hard fought best of 7 series. There was no love lost and both teams deserved to be in the finals after steamrolling their opponents in the first 2 rounds.
Game 1 of the series was a close and hard fought game. Shots ended up being 13 to 12 in favour of Jukurit and they also had more TOA. However, it was Adler who was able to take game 1, thanks to the production of fluri’s 2 goals and iyzcinZi’s 2 assists. Chad stopped 12 of 13 shots in the winning effort while SomeoneStopMePls was able to shut down Jukurit’s offence and added 2 points himself to help for a 3-1 victory.
Game 2 was very similar to game 1. Jukurit had more shots in the game, winning that category 12 to 9, and more time on attack again, but it was Adler who capitalized more on their opportunities. They were able to get 3 goals past Dophares on their 9 shots in a 3-1 victory. Iyz, fluri and toslick all had a goal and assist each, while chad yet again held the fort down, stopping 11 of 12 shots. Someonestopmepls (SSMP) also added 2 assists in the victory.
Game 3 came along and Jukurit tried their best to prevent going down 3 games to none in the series, but Adler players yet again stepped up and capitalized on their opportunities. Shots were tied at 13 in this game, and time on attack yet again when to Jukurit, but it was the 3 goal, 5 point game by toslick to help lead his team to a 5-2 victory. Fluri also added 2 goals while iyz added 2 assists on forward. The defence chipped in a lot in this game as SSMP had 3 assists and Trooper had 2. Chad stopped 12 of 14 shots which was more than enough for his team to get some offensive support for him.
In game 4, on the brink of elimination, Jukurit was finally able to break through with a 2-1 victory. Shots favoured Adler for the first time in the series, but time on attack still went to Jukurit. No player stats so that’s all I really got to say for this game.
Game 5, Adler did not make the same mistake in game 4 and put away the series in a 3-2 victory. This was the first game Adler not only dominated in the goal department, but just about everywhere else as well. They had 19 shots to 14 and had about a minute and a half more of time on attack. Iyz and Fluri ahd a goal and assist each while SSMP had a goal and 2 assists in the 3-2 victory. Fluri eventually put in the game winning goal in the 3rd period to not only win the game, but the KHL cup as well.
Congrats to Jukurit on a great season, but an even bigger congrats to Adler for outlasting every team in the league and ultimately finally winning the grand KHL prize.