Saturday, May 5, 2007

Win or Go Home

That's the mentality these four teams need to have that are playing tonight. Two of them will go on to the final four, while the other two will be sent packing. These games should definitely have a Game 7 atmosphere.

Tri-City Storm vs Sioux Falls Stampede
The road team has won each game of this series, but the Storm will look to put that to rest tonight. Sioux Falls has a 3-4-0 record against the Storm. In their meetings, Tri-City was led offensively by Andrew Sackrison (5-2--7) and Alex Hudson (3-4--7) while Sioux Falls was led offensively by Corey Tropp (2-4--6) and Drew Fisher (4-1--5). Tri-City will be without the services of Ryan Peltoma tonight, as he took a nasty crash into the boards against Des Moines and received a concussion. Coach Bliss Littler doesn't have any bodies to fill in, so he will be a man short and have to double shift some defensemen. Both teams have their backs against the wall, but which one will flinch first?

Prediction: Tri-City breaks the streak of road team winning with a 4-3 victory.

Waterloo Black Hawks vs Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
Many thought both teams would be a shoe in for the final four, but Indiana had other plans. Now, one of these teams will have to go home, while the other celebrates their chance to take a shot at the Clark Cup. Cedar Rapids was led offensively by Jacob Cepis (5-3--8) and Mike Seidel (2-6--8). Waterloo was led offensively by Brett Barta (2-7--9) and Ryan Cramer (5-3--8). On the season, Waterloo owns the head to head record with five wins and three losses. The last win came on the last day of the regular season, April 14th, when the Hawks came back to beat the Riders in Cedar Rapids to take sole possesion of the Anderson Cup and the Corridor Cup. Might Cedar Rapids have revenge on their minds after losing that game at home? We'll soon find out.

Prediction: Cedar Rapids win a defensive battle, 3-2.


Anonymous said...

You winning picks have not bbeen the best.

Ryan said...

that's ok, it makes the reading that much more interesting.

rk said...

6-0 Hawks...even a die hard like me wouldn't have pedicted that!