St. Louis Bandits (#3) vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs (#4) The host Bandits are the higher seed and Fairbanks is wearing the target as the defending champions. Here is what it is going to come down to...execution. While St. Louis has had their ... Read More...
The only team in the tournament that I have really followed is Port Huron, thus I will be rooting for the Fighting Falcons in every game they play. Besides, I'd like to see the Robertson Cup brought "close to home" in Michigan.
St. Louis? I know Bandits coach Jeff Brown from his Ontario Hockey League playing days with the Sudbury Wolves. But I sent Jeff an e-mail a few weeks back asking for an interview. He didn't respond. So to hell with him.
Fairbanks: A solid team, from a decent division. St. Louis is not as solid, from a weak division. Easy choice for me, the Ice Dogs are a serious contender.
Port Huron: Bismarck played in an extemely weak division and benefitted from it. Port Huron didn't play in the best divison, but their turnaround is impressive. I have to believe those boys will be on their game.
Amarillo: THE team to beat. Texas has had some success against them, if Amarillo's goalies are not on their game, this will be a tight game. Otherwise, they may roll Texas.
every team in the north seemed to be pretty even strengthed (can i make up that word?) except the Ironmen who i think suffered from the long road trips for half a season. port huron, flint, kzoo were all with in a couple hours of each other (kind of like the Red Wings traveling to the west coast while the rest of the NHL have short little day trips for their games...
i like Port Huron for obvious reasons, theyre MY team!
While I had faith in the Bandits having seen them play over 20 times this year, it would have been hard to argue with your pick of Fairbanks. Most people forget Fairbanks coach Trevor Stewart was Jeff Brown's top assitant last year so he knew what the Bandits would bring to the table. Having said that, it's tough to keep a playmaker like Bandits' forward and the NAHL's leading scorer Joe Kalisz in check.