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The Fall Classic league finals have been played, and man oh man, things got crazy! I was feeling pretty confident with my Bruins heading into the matchup with @schwartz and his Blackhawks. Especially after defeating @annatar who is arguably the best online SNES player. But Schwartz is a highly skilled veteran who always gives me trouble. We had split our season series which included a 6-2 Chicago win. On top of that, I saw that he had been playing a few warm up exhibition games against other strong players. So I was not taking this series lightly, at all. Games 1 to 4 (Chicago goes up 3-1 in the series): Sure enough, the Hawks came out firing on all cylinders. I quickly found myself trailing in the series 3-1! Schwartz was playing ridiculous. Dangling through the zone, pulling my D out of position and threading cross-crease passes for easy one timers. His manual goalie control was insane. He read all my one-timer attempts with enough time to get over for the save. Things were not looking good. I would have to win 3 straight to win the championship. Game 5: (Boston fights back to 3-2 in the series): I knew I had to get really serious if I wanted to win this thing. So back in Boston for game 5, I was somehow able to put together my best game of the series. I was able to take this one by a score of 5-1. Game 6 (Boston scraaaapes another one out to tie the series at 3-3): Now with Schwartz up 3-2 in the series, things got extremely intense. Game 6 was an absolute defensive battle. It was 0-0 heading into the 3rd period, when I took three penalties with less than 3 minutes left in the game. I managed to get to OT, still down a man, when Cam Neely was able to break loose and pot the gamewinner. Boston wins 1-0 in OT! Phew! Game 7 (most insane finish in the history of Classic League): Series tied 3-3 and I knew I had a good chance to win on home ice with the powerful Bruins. But this game was the complete opposite of game six. Lots of goals! The game was tied 3-3 with 4:23 left in the 3rd. This is when things got crazy. Chicago took over and potted three goals, including an absolute dagger by Joe Murphy to put Chicago up 6-3 with just 1:10 left in the game. I began to accept my fate. Another loss in the finals, as I've done many times in Classic league and Dynasty league.... But then what happened? I just said F it. I won the draw and went straight to the net. This was the sequence of events with a minute remaining in game 7: Wesley scores with 1:00 remaining. 6-4 CHI leads Oates scores with 0:25 remaining. 6-5 CHI leads Moog pulled for the extra attacker Neely scores with 0:15 remaining. 6-6 tie game! Overtime went back and forth until finally, Neely buried a one-timer for the win. Boston wins 7-6 in OT, and completes the epic comeback in both the series and the game. Wow. I'll post the game winner video later if I remember to open the state and capture the replay. I have to hand it to Schwartz. He played as well as anyone I've ever seen. He was giving me fits. I probably did not deserve this win. I felt really bad for Schwartz. I've been on the other end of these epic collapses many times. But probably nothing as drastic as this. Luckily, Schwartz is the man - he's got a good head on his shoulders and he's one of the best guys you will meet in this community. So congrats to Schwartz, and thanks for one hell of a series! I hope to see you in NYC bud!
(1) WTGANG - Freydey, SOH (13-3) VS (3) VICTORIOUS SECRET- Jesusplaysnhl94, HABS (16-5 inc 7-1 playoffs) Game 1 11-4 WTGANG WTGANG come out storming, continuing their domination from two regular season games vs victorious secret where they won putting up double digits. Game 2 5-0 WTGANG WTGANG continued to dominate, shutting out VR and playing one some stifling defence. Game 3 8-4 Victorious Secret VR's offense finally starts clicking and they get a much needed win to get the series at 2-1 WTGANG. Game 4 7-4 WTGANG WTGANG comes out hard and strong scoring at a high clip to put away VR in a pivotal game 4 and taking a 3-1 strangehold on the series. Game 5 7-1 Victorious Secret In an attempt to change things up in an elimination game, jesus puts HABS at Centre. The move pays off as VR puts in a dominant performance to stay alive in the series. VR makes it 3-0 in the first minute of the game and never looked back. The move at C completely changed the dynamics of play and left WTGANG scrambling to answer. Game 6 4-3 Victorious Secret OT VR jumps out to a nice 2-0 lead in the first few minutes. WTGANG ties it up in the third in a very tight checking defensive battle. This was probably the best game of the series, with tons of chances in OT end to end, breakaway after breakaway. Finally HABS gets a breakaway chance and buries it OT. Game 7 11-2 Victorious Secret At this point VR is looking like a well oiled machine. WTGANG has had no answer the past two games as they have given up two opportunities to win the title. VR puts in it's most dominant performance of the series and and the entire season in a game that was played to perfection on both the offensive and defensive end. In summary, lost most of the details as nobody posted this or even held on to the scores! This was an amazing series and unfortunately the many details were lost. The overtime game was memorable though and game 5 which completely turned the series when we made the switch at C. It was fitting that it ended in game 7. This series features 2on2s true veterans and legends and played out like a true classic.