FORT WAYNE PUTS THE FREEZE ON MESSIER

A year after winning the Fleury Championship for the first time in franchise history, the Fort Wayne Freeze continued their hot streak, claiming the Mark Messier Cup for playoff dominance. The Freeze rode the Conn Smythe contributions of Justin Williams, who was left unused by the Bow River Monsters, en route to victory. Fort Wayne held off a stiff challenge from 2013 Messier Champs Soundwaves Brigade, the Caversham Flames and the Kwikee Mart Gougers to win the title. Here are the final standings:

1. Fort Wayne Freeze
2. Soundwaves Brigade
3. Caversham Flames
4. Kwikee Mart Gougers
5. Prairie Dogs
6. Kings of Wellington
7. Hockey Without Borders
8. Airborne Attack
9. Skoal Bandits
10. Cloven Hoof
11. Bow River Monsters
12. Shanghai Dragons
13. Windy City Wolves
14. Tofield Titans

Messier Champs

fleury goes airborne

A year after their quest to three-peat went off the rails en-route to their worst finish in franchise history, the Airborne Attack made good on GM Mikel Bulbrook's vow to go to Hell and Back in their quest to bring back the Theoren Fleury Memorial Trophy to the Echo Park Pavilion.

Ryan Getzlaf hoists the Fleury Memorial Trophy

Led by much maligned goaltender Craig Anderson, who allowed just one goal in two starts in the final, and receiving valuable offensive contributions from sniper Alex Ovechkin and rookie Nick Bjugstad, the Attack rolled to a convincing victory over Hockey Without Borders, in a rematch of the first ever GFHL championship matchup. The Borders put a scare into their opponents thanks largely to Claude Giroux's 7-point week, but the star forward's teammates were unable to provide enough support to fend off the Attack.

After an up-and-down start to the season, the Attack went into overdrive in mid-December, losing just one of their last 17 games. This year's title marks the team's fourth in seven years. For Hockey Without Borders, meanwhile, the loss gives them three runner-up finishes in seven years, as they continue to seek their first championship.

 

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