Garcias vs. Jalapenos
3-31-18- Saturday at the Mac, potential dynasty in-the-making Jalapenos claimed a 2-1 victory in the AAA championship over Garcias in the ERHL frozen finale. The big wheeling green machine had to keep the hammer down as the hard charging Garcias never left their rear view mirror. Billy Bagron led Jalapeno’s championship drive with a goal and an assist. At 15:41 in the first period, Bagron rang the bell going unassisted for Jalapenos 1-0 goal. Andre Wright landed what would prove to be the game-winning-goal for Jalapenos when he played a pass from Bagron, and scored the 2-0 goal in some hot crease action at 8:41 in the first. As the clash of the titans continued into the second period, Matt Geurts put Garcias within one, scoring at 11:15 of the midway point. On the 2-1 goal, Geurts went can collecting in the crease and found treasure off a Blake Brazil assist. Five total penalties in the final period kept the action interesting, but Jalapenos ultimately brought home the hardware at center ice, hoisting high the now-coveted balsam maple leaf. Joey Lindquist had 13 stops for Garcias while Buck Wicks recorded 17 saves for the Jalapenos AAA champs.