2015-16 Regular Season Ends; Thrilling Playoffs Lie Ahead

In News on March 28, 2016 at 8:08 pm
Another exciting regular season has ended in the GWMHL. Here’s a look ahead to the playoffs, as well as some of the season’s finest performers.
Triumphant Postseason Returns
Three teams have ended long playoff droughts this season, led by the Baltimore Crab. After amassing an impressive group of young guns, the Crab overcame a rocky first half to finish near the top of the league. They’ll be making their first playoff appearance in 14 years. The Winnipeg Falcons also return after a 10-year absence, while the Ice Harbor Storm ended a 9-year streak.
Is This the Year the Salem Juggernaut Falls?
The Sabercats are bound for their 9th straight playoff appearance — a league-leading run that’s seen 5 visits to the finals and 3 straight Gump Cups. Can a team like Nashville, which nearly cracked 60 wins this season, take them down?
The Haves and Have-Nots
The season saw a big shift in the league, as a number of teams fell out of contention and entered rebuilding periods. With Boston, Baltimore, Nashville, and Salem all surpassing 50 wins, a whopping 11 teams skated to sub-.500 finishes.
Tyler Johnson Takes Scoring Crown
For the first time in four season, someone other than a Nashville Knight captured the scoring lead. That honour goes to Baltimore’s Tyler Johnson, who came out of nowhere with 116 points. Alex Ovechkin led the GWMHL in goals with 55; 44 of them at even strength.
Rinne Stumbles
It looked like Vancouver’s Pekka Rinne had best goaltender honours in the bag heading into the final quarter, but a rough patch saw his save percentage plummet from .934 to .924. That opened the way for El Dorado’s Carey Price (.928). The two had 6 shutouts apiece (as did Brian Elliott) although Price did it in just 41 games.
Stone Wins the Rookie Race
Rinne’s teammate¬†Mark Stone led all rookies with 58 points, 6 ahead of Whaler Johnny Gaudreau. Winnipeg Falcon Mike Hoffman was the only rookie to top 30 goals (31).

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