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Norsemen, Jets Knotted at Two Apiece

by Matt MacInnis | May 15, 2006, 9:17 AM ET
After four games in the SICHL playoffs, three series are over, meaning three teams seasons have come to an abrupt and brutal crashing halt. For the Vancouver Island Norsemen and Winnipeg Jets, however, the battle continues as the teams are shockingly tied at 2-2 heading back to Winnipeg for the fifth game in the series. The series has been a see-saw battle with teams alternating wins, starting with the Norsemen winning game one with a surprise start from Chris Mason and Rickard Wallin busting out four points in his SICHL playoff debut. Surprisingly, neither plays have played since game one. The Norsemen have played solid defensive hockey since the first game, despite losing two of the three games. Vesa Toskala has a sparkling 2.00 goals against average and a dynamite .933 save percentage. In light of some of the offensive difficulties and the struggles of several players, some changes will be made for the game five line-up. Veteran Jay Pandolfo is taking the place of Tomas Plekanec and Paul Kariya is taking top-scorer Tomas Surovys spot on the top line and the first power-play unit. Kariya toiled in the minor league ranks this season due to his bloated contract, but he has stepped right into the Norsemens lineup and made a significant difference. Alexander Korolyuk, Matt Bradley and Wallin all have four points in the series while Adam Foote and defensive young gun Ryan Kesler have chipped in with two goals apiece. The team will need more scoring from its top two lines if it will be successful in this series. So far so good for us, commented GM Matt MacInnis. We need to get our offence going, however, if we are going to be able to steal this series from the Jets. We know the Dragons are waiting in the wings, and we have some unfinished business from when they eliminated the Norsemen four years ago.

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