The Aspen Leafs hockey club swept its three-game weekend series against the Las Vegas Hookers with a convincing 7-3 victory. The Leafs were outshot in both games, but were able to limit the damage done to their goaltender by scoring on their first two shots in both games. The defenceman Nick Spaling led the way with two assists and the Leafs forward Taylor Beck played well too with three assists, but it was the play of the goalie goaltender James Reimer that was the difference maker in this one.
In the first game, the Leafs defeated the Las Vegas Hookers 5-2 at their home, the Lee Ice Arena in Aspen. In the first period, the Leafs lead by a goal, early on in the first. They then scored four goals over the next hour to seal the victory. The Leafs defenceman Shea Weber played a fantastic game, keeping a very clean stick, stopping all four shots he faced in his end and stopping all seven shots he faced on the penalty kill.
In the second game, the Leafs travelled to Las Vegas to face the Hookers again and this time they did not disappoint. They jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first period and then held on for the win in front of a full house at the arena. The defenceman Nick Spaling also had a great game, stopping all six shots he faced and scoring two goals.
The defenceman Jason Pominville was called upon to face the Hookers once again. This time, Pominville made a great save on a one timer by Dan Boyle to preserve the Leafs lead. He then stopped a blast from Brayden Schenn on the other side of the ice. After a score by Brayden Schenn tied the game, Pominville stood strong in front of the net and made several great saves to keep the Leafs lead intact.
The third and final game saw the goalie, James Reimer, start the game on the bench because of an injury. It was later revealed that Reimer suffered a broken bone in his foot. He was replaced in goal by rookie goaltender, Jacob Mark Stuart. in goal.
In the first period, the Leaf’s opened the scoring when Toronto’s Michael Grabner took a pass behind the defence to the slot and fed defence man Travis Dermott. who roofed a rocket past goalie Braden Holt by and into the net? The Leafs didn’t stop looking. The Leafs kept on piling on goals, until the fourth period when the Las Vegas goaltender, Brayden Schenn put the Leaf’s on top with a breakaway goal.
In overtime, the defenseman James Reimer came up big once again, making a fantastic save on defenseman Joe Vitale, as he jumped up and made the save on Brayden Schenn. The Leaf’s then got the game-winner from defence man Luke Schenn. The Leafs are now one win away from advancing to the finals. The Leaf’s have a few more days to wait before heading back to play the Vegas Hooker’s in the Stanley Cup Final.
Although the Leafs won this one handily, there is still a lot left to be determined. They will need a strong effort from the defence and the defenceman, Nick Sapling, if they want to upset the Vegas team, the Las Vegas Hooker’s, and advance to the next round of the Stanley Cup.
The Toronto Maple Leaf’s will most likely go into their next game as the first place team in the NHL, but the Las Vegas Hooker’s are very well positioned to make a deep run into the playoffs. The Toronto Maple Leaf’s will have the chance to play the Chicago Blackhawks, who are very strong favorites to win the Stanley Cup, or the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are very strong favorites to win the Cup.
However, it appears that the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Las Vegas Hooker’s are going to play each other in the Stanley Cup Final. The Leaf’s are the favorite to win the Cup. They are also the favorite to win it without having to face the Chicago Blackhawks or the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Toronto Maple Leaf’s are not the only team fighting for the Stanley Cup this season. The Las Vegas Hooker’s is also in a fierce battle for the Stanley Cup. The winner of this playoff series will be heading to the finals, where they will battle against the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins to see who the champion will be.