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SERIES PREVIEW The Portland Sasquatch host the Texas Brahmas in Game 1 of the opening playoff series.
GAME #1 Portland is looking to win a championship behind the leadership of Wayne Gretzky, Dino Ciccarelli, Mark Howe, and G Reggie Lemelin as they host the Texas Brahmas in a standing room only crowd at the Memorial Coliseum.

In the 1st period, the Sasquatch explodes with 3 goals from Carbonneau, Gagne, and a second goal from Carbonneau to take a 3-0 lead after the first 20 minutes.

In the 2nd period, Portland got an early goal from Foligno at the 1:52 mark to take a commanding 4-0 lead. Texas finally got some life as Tucker responded with a goal 17 seconds later but Portland ended the brief rally when Carbonneau got a short-hander and a hat trick 3:33 into the period.

With 5:50 left in the game, the Brahmas got their second goal from McCourt, but it was too late as Portland won Game 1 by the score of 5-2.

Star #1 – Carbonneau with a hat trick
Star #2 – Gagne 1 goal 1 assist
Star #3 – Foligno 1 goal

Portland wins Game 1 in a dominating fashion despite the league’s leading scorer Gretzky not contributing any points.

GAME #2 After a convincing Game 1 win, Portland looks to keep the momentum going as Texas fights to avoid falling behind 0-2.

Game #2 saw Portland take an early 1-0 lead when Hunter scores 59 seconds into the game and the Portland crowd was going wild. The rest of the period was relatively quiet as the Sasquatch take a 1-0 lead into the break

Portland extends the lead to 2-0 when Gretzky finds the net 1:25 into the period but after that point, Texas took control of the puck but was unable to score

Knowing they needed to show some life the Brahmas came out in the third period with determination and Tucker gets his 2nd goal of the series with 10:23 remaining. Keeping the pressure on Texas outshoots Portland 19-6 in the period but Lemelin was solid in the net and got Portland the 2-1 win

Star #1 – Lemelin 37 saves
Star #2 – Gretzky goal
Star #3 – Hunter goal

Texas outshoots Portland 38-21 but only manages to score once

  Portland takes a 2-0 series lead with two home wins as Reggie Lemelin goes 2-0 with a 1.51 GAA and .953 save percentage.

After getting whooped in Portland in games 1 and 2 of the series, the action now shifts to the Big Cow Patty in Fort Worth for games 3 & 4.

GAME #3 As always seems the case in Portland/Texas games, Portland jumps out quickly. Ciccarelli and Howe score early in the 1st for a 2-0 Portland lead. Nilsson does answer for Texas and it is 2-1 after 1. Bannerman and Lamelin pitch shutouts in the 2nd, but Sutter and Ciccarelli score 33 seconds apart early in the 3rd for a 4-1 lead. McCourt answers to cut it to 4-2, but Gretzky gets the empty netter for a 5-2 final.

3 Stars (All Portland)
1. Ciccarelli 2G, 1A
2. Gretzky 1G, 2A
3. Sutter 1G

Lamelin 35 saves
Foligno – 15 PiM

Welp, not a good game. Backs against the wall for game 4.

GAME #4 Game 4. Will Portland continue its dominance of Texas? Or can Texas show some heart and pull one out?

Things start out worse than Game 3 for Texas, as Ciccarelli gets goals at 3:53 and 9:40 for a 2-0 Portland lead. McBain adds one and it is 3-0 Portland after 1. Texas considers benching Bannerman, but decides to stick it out. Taylor scores for Texas at 6:46 and there is a little life in the Brahmas. Rota pulls Texas within 1 at 14:40 and after 2 it is 3-2 Portland. Things continue to lean towards Texas in the 3rd. Nilsson scores to tie it and Andreychuk follows with 2 for a 5-3 texas lead at 14:42. Lindgren gets the empty netter and Texas has themselves a big 6-3 comeback win.

Portland goes 0-6 on the Power Play and both teams were 0-fer the series in Texas.

3 Stars
1. Andreychuk (TEX) 2G, 1A
2. Ciccarelli (POR) 2G
3. Nilsson (TEX) 1G, 1A

Bannerman 36 saves
Foligno 12 more PiM

  Exciting game for Texas and lucky to be heading back to Portland.
GAME #5 With Portland leading the series 3-1 the two teams return to Portland for game 5. Texas is looking to build on their momentum from a game 4 win.

Portland’s Gretzky gets the Sasquatch on the board 11:57 into the first period for the only goal in the first 20 minutes

In the 2nd period, Portland explodes for 5 unanswered goals from Foligno (2), Fogolin (1), Howe (2), Gretzky (4), and Foligno’s 2nd of the game to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Texas responded with a goal from Sutter (1) to enter the locker room needing some new strategy

The 3rd period found Andreychuck giving the Brahma’s a slimmer of hope 45 seconds into the period but Portland’s Gagne (2) responded 10 minutes later to make the 7-1. At the 14:56 mark, Texas got a goal from Nilsson (3) to draw to 7-2 but Portland responded with goals from Gagne (3) and McBain (2) to close out the series in a dominating fashion 9-2

Portland gets 9 goals on 24 shots

SERIES SUMMARY Portland wins the series 4-1. Portland got 8 points from Gretzky (4g/4a) while Gagne contributed 3 goals/1 assist in only 39 minutes of ice time. Portland’s 4th line of Carbonneau/Gagne/Hamel accounted for 10 points in the series. Goalie Reggie Lemelin went 4-1 2.62 GAA and .915 save percentage. Portland outscores Texas 24-14 in the series