Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The 5A Semi-Finals are both rematch games in which the regular season meeting was settled by one goal, so both of these games should be extremely competitive:
-- Pope (9-11) @ Northview (19-1) - This should be a very interesting rematch... Northview was pushed to OT when they topped Pope 8-7 on March 1st. The enigmatic Pope Greyhounds entered the playoffs having lost 5 straight, but they seem to have righted the ship with wins over HIES 16-6 and Decatur 11-8 in the first two rounds. The Northview Titans have cruised through the playoffs so far... they handled Benedictine 19-8 and Toona 15-5 on Saturday.
It will be interesting to see how Pope's D performs tonight against a potent Northview offense. The Titans have only been held below double digit goals twice this year... in the earlier meeting against Pope and their one goal win over Westy. It doesn't bode well for Pope that they gave up 15 goals to Westy and 21 goals to Centennial in their final two regular season games
-- Westminster (18-2) @ Lovett (17-3) - The Battle of Buckhead version 2.0 should be epic... two very well coached and balanced teams who are friends and rivals. Westy won the first meeting 7-6 on the road in early April, but it is never easy beating a home team twice in one season.
The Wildcats have battled injuries all season long, but they got their playoff run off to a good start with a 16-6 win over Pace Academy and handled GAC 11-4 in the Quarters. Since falling to Northview 6-7 on March 29, Westy has won 9 in a row, including wins over Decatur, Lovett, Walton, Toona and Pope.
The Lovett Lions breezed past Riverwood 17-3 and Marist 13-4 in the first two rounds. They have won 7 in a row since their OT loss to Milton in mid-April, but the bulk of those wins were against relatively weak Area 1 competition. Their best wins were over Hooch, Lambert and Pope earlier in the season.
Both teams are well balanced and feature strong goaltenders, so it will be interesting to see which Defense can assert themselves and make the difference.
Posted by Crank It Lax at 11:51 AM