Norsemen Sweep Mustangs, Advance to Conference Finalsby Matt MacInnis | May 24, 2018, 12:07 AM ET
The second round of the 2018 SICHL playoffs could not have went any more differently for the Norsemen. In the opening round against the Supersonics, the team battled back and forth in one-goal games and eeked out a narrow 4-2 victory largely powered by defencemen Erik Johnson and Ryan Ellis.
While the two stud d-men were still great against the Mustangs, it was the so-called second line of the team that super-charged the Victoria-based franchise to a clean sweep, once again ending the season of the Cowtown ‘Tangs.
Tyler Bozak returned to the lineup after missing the end of the regular season and the entire first round with a concussion. He completely transformed the depth of the team, putting up four points himself. But it’s what he did for linemates T.J. Oshie and Jamie Benn that stood out. Benn was the biggest disappointment of the opening series with just one point in six games. He put nine points on the board against the Mustangs. Oshie now leads the league in playoff points with 15 in 10 games.
The other big storyline was between the pipes. After Joonas Korpisalo was the hero in round one, he got injured early in game 2. Matt Murray, who was the top goalie in the league during the regular season before collapsing in round one, miraculously returned to form picking up 3 wins and putting up stellar numbers. Murray appears to have regained the starting job, but who knows what Head Coach Pronger will do.
Up next is the Brandon Wheat Kings, who overcame a tough test in the Schooners, advancing with a triple overtime game seven win. GM Karnes’ Wheat Kings were consistently the best team in the league all season, and pose the toughest test to date for the Norsemen.