Wildcats Win Second Championship

The Western Canada Wildcats returned home and put in a dominant peformance in beating the Finland Whalers 8-3 for the DWSJL4 Championship. The win marks the Wildcats second JL championship. This seasonís postseason run was powered by the strong play of goaltender Braden Holtby, as well as 11 point in five games from Colton Gillies and strong play from energy guy Brett Sonne. The Wildcats will have a strong roster next season despite figuring to lose countless players to the DWSHL draft.

 

DWSHL Announces JL4 All-World Team



 

FIRST TEAM

 

 

SECOND TEAM

 

C

Zach Hamill

C

Milan Kytnar

LW

Eric Tangradi

LW

Drayson Bowman

RW

Brandon Sutter

RW

Jordy Christian

D

Roman Josi

D

Keaten Ellerby

D

Taylor Ellington

D

Joonas Jalvanti

G

Braden Holtby

G

Josh Unice


 

Sateri Sparks Finlandís Game Two Win

The Finland Whalers made a goaltending switch prior to game to and it paid off, as Harry Sateri guided the team to a 3-2 win over Western Canada. The Whalers were clearly benefited by a home ice advantage shooting equal to the Wildcats where game one there was a large disparity. Expect Sateri to again get the nod in the deciding game three as a new DWSJL champion will be crowned.
 

 

Wildcats Take Game One

The Western Canada Wildcats took game one of the DWSJL Finals by a score of 3-2 over the Finland Whalers. Dana Tyrell scored the go-ahead goal with three minutes left in regulation to put the Wildcats within a win of their second DWSJL title. They are seeking to become the first repeat winners. Finland played strong in game one but must allow fewer shots in game two.
 

 

Whalers, Wildcats Faceoff In Finals

The Finland Whalers got game-winning overtime goals from Eero Elo in both games of their Euro Finals series against the Russia Seals, to move on to the JL Championship series. The Whalers are making their first finals appearnace and will face off against a former winner in the Western Canada Wildcats. The Wildcats disposed of the Central Canada Broncos in two games and are heavy favorites to win their second league championship. To do so the Wildcats will have to overcome the loss of defenseman Alex Plante who is out for the series with a biceps injury.

 

Broncos Hit A Wall


Tuesdayís opening games of the Continental Finals seriesí saw both favorites post wins. The Western Canada Wildcats crushed a Central Canada Broncos team that looked dominant its first round sweep of the US Central Renegades. That was all for naught as the Wildcats posted a 44-20 advantage in shots and won 5-1 despite the majority of their offense coming from role players or defenseman. Braden Holtby earned the win in net as he assumed the top spot in lieu of Tyson Sexsmithís likely season ending injury. Steven Stamkos who had eight point in two games prior was held off the score sheet as the Wildcats seek a chance at their second JL championship. In Finland, the Whalers did their best to prove their season was not a fluke earning a 3-2 edge over a Russia Seals team that outlasted the Euro Gladiators to reach this round. Games continue on Wednesday with a trip to the finals likely to be punched by either the Wildcats or Whalers.

 

Gladiators Stay Alive



The Euro Gladiators staved off elimination Monday with a 6-4 win over the defending champion Russia Seals. The Gladiators won despite allowing two power play goals from the Seals without ever going on the man advantage themselves. Martin Ylven had two goals and earned the first star nomination, while Timo Pielmeier started the game in goal over Sebastien Stefaniszin. Game three will determine who advances to play the Whalers in tomorrowís game. Elsewhere, the CAC Broncos easily dispatched the USC Renegades, winning this game 8-0 after taking the first meeting 7-1. Steve Mason stopped all 33 shots and finally showed signs of living up to his high billing. Steven Stamkos scored three more points to give him eight in the just two games as the Broncos prepare for a matchup against the Wildcats.
 

 

Stamkos, Filatov Power Teams To Wins

Steven Stamkos returned from injury just in time for the Central Canada Broncos as he netted two goals and had five points in the teamís opening playoff match against the USA Central Renegades. Steve Mason held the opponents to just one goal in the 7-1 triumph. Likewise, the defending champion Russia Seals got a four point night from offensive standout Nikita Filatov as they cruised past the Euro Gladiators by a score of 6-2. Game two of each series is scheduled for Monday.

 

Havoc Among Those Locked Out


As the DWSJ4 season rapped a number of trends were broken. This season was by far the tightest the group of 12 teams has ended up with the last place European team, Slovakia finishing just five points shy of a playoff berth. That is remarkable considering the Havoc started off the first half of the season with a 1-11-1 record. Winning nine of their last 13 and watching Milan Kytnar shatter the JL record for goals in a season with 20, would prove to be not enough for Slovakia to sneak into the playoff for the second consecutive year as Russia, Europe, and Czech all played consistently well to hold down the second and third playoff spots behind Finland. Kytnar certainly improved his draft stock among the European players in a season that saw an overall decrease in penalty minutes, scoring, minutes played and games won by goaltenders. The playoff matchups are now set with the US Central Renegades facing the Central Canada Broncos who in the first round along with the Europe Gladiators at the Russia Seals with byes going to the Western Canada Wildcats and Finland Whalers. Games will begin on Sunday.
 

 

Seals Make Late Charge

The Russia Seals have put together some strong games in their last 10, moving them from fifth to second in the standings. Last yearís champions figured to be out of the playoffs with a 5-9 record at the halfway point of the season but have gone 7-3 since then to put themselves in the thick of the playoff hunt. The Seals, Europe Gladiators, and Czech Knights all have two games remaining with both the Seals and Gladiators holding 24 points and the Knights 23. The problem for these three teams is that they are vying for two spots as the Finland Whalers have distanced themselves from the pack, already clinching one of three available playoff spots.



 

 

Whalers To Make First Postseason Appearance


In a season when team win and point marks will be shattered the Finland Whalers have finally put together a string of victories, leaving them with a comfortable lead atop the European League Standings. Finland has received  balanced scoring from players like Tomi Sallinen and Jori Lehtera but goaltending has been the greatest strenght of the once woeful Whalers. Top prospect Harri Sateri has posted nine wins and his netmate Juha Metsola has been sharp earning decisions in six of his seven starts. Success for the Whalers has been hard to come by. In the past the team received little to no media publicity and has failed to produce any marquee DWSHL talents to this point. Even though they are one of the better stories in the DWSJL4 season, Finland knows that they havenít accomplished anything if they canít back up their results with a strong playoff.
 

 

Broncos Close In On Playoff Berth


Despite the underachieving play of Goalie Steve Mason, the Central Canada Broncos are closing in on clinching the first playoff of six playoff spots to be awarded. The Broncos lead the North American standings largely due to a high-powered offense led by Steven Stamkos. Eric Tangradi has been a bright spot for the Broncos and Left Wing Mikkel Boedker is among the league leaders in goals with 12. Though they havenít lived up to their potential the Broncos due benefit from the fact the Stamkos, Boedker, and Josh Bailey will be returing for the DWSJL5 season.
 

 

Hamill Lighting Up JL

The Western Canada Wildcats came into the DWSJL4 season with a completely restocked roster and of those future DWSHLers, Zach Hamill is making the biggest waves. Hamill is on pace to shatter Patrick Kaneís season scoring mark, with 28 points thus far in 14 games. Hamill has benefited from top line ice time and by staying out of the penalty box, with zero minors all year. Durability may be a question for Hamill as he as already lost nearly two games to injury. If Hamill continues on his pace he is certain to improve his draft stock with some of the other top prospects struggling through poor performances this season. For the Wildcats they need Hamill to keep putting the puck to the net if they are to contend for their second DWSJL title.



 

 

Seals Hope For Repeat

The DWSJL3 champion Russia Seals are hopeful of repeating their success in the upcoming season. The team returns the three-man goaltending platoon it used throughout last season and has added highly touted right winger Dimitri Korostin. The Seals will be a team united following the loss of their most valuable player Alexei Cherepanov, who is expected to be honored by the league during the DWSJL4 season.






































Commissionerís Rankings

Rank

Team

Rec

PV

1

21-8-2

2

2

20-11-0

3

3

18-11-1

1

4

16-15-0

9

5

13-14-2

4

6

12-13-1

6

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