Snowdogs vs Stallions
The Snowdogs are playing the role of Cinderella in this year’s playoffs behind the goaltending of Cam Ward. They knocked off the WHL’s version of the Caps in the NY Demons in 7 games in what was one of the more surprising upsets in playoff history. The Demons had a stacked team who many (including myself) picked to go to the Cyber Cup this season but the Dogs stood tall and now have to play the veteran Stallions club. The Stallions swept the Corinths in the first round and Crosby, Jokinen and company are fresh and poised to do it again.
Prediction: Stallions in 6
Sparrows vs Citadels
The Citadels fought off the Cougars in another great first round matchup and have the depth to rattle the Sparrows who had no problems knocking out the Hooligans in the first round. Antoinne Vermette, Alexandre Picard and Trent Hunter had a nice first round series for the Sparrows but can they keep it up? This series will be a tougher test for the Sparrows and likely go a little deeper.
Prediction: Citadels in 7
Dugouts vs Bulls
Neither team was really tested in the first round, but on paper, not many teams match up against the Bulls. While Tomas Vokoun struggled a bit in the team’s first four games, the Dugouts’ Dwayne Roloson played strong which could even things out a bit, but these are the Bulls and this is playoff time.
Prediction: Bulls in 5
Cats vs Gorillas
Both teams swept their first round opponents and matchup well on paper. The Gorillas’ defense was exposed as evidenced by Halak’s 5.25 gaa in the first round. Still though, the Gorillas have some depth and nice offense led by Phil Kessel and Jordan Staal. The Cats have some guys who can play too, but appear to be limping a bit more than last year’s team.
Prediction: Gorillas in 5