Road Warrior Lumberjax Looking To Sweep Champions Cup

PortlandAfter starting the season 0-3 and at 1-4 after five games, there were not many Portland Lumberjax fans expecting a post season appearance in 2008.

But after defeating Calgary in Alberta last night 16-12, the Jax are now one game away from completing a major comeback season, and a Champions Cup victory, with potentially all three playoff wins coming on the road.

In front of just over 9000 fans, the Lumberjax used a strong first and fourth quarter to end Calgary’s chances at a Championship appearance. Dan Dawson, possibly the hottest player playing the last couple of weeks, ended the night with five goals (on nine shots) and five assists, while Peter Morgan and Ryan Powell both scored four. Singles were scored by Brodie Merill, Derek Malawsky, and Rich Morgan. Malawsky also had seven assists and Merill scooped up 13 loose balls on the night. Dallas Eliuk who came in in relief of recently acquired Matt Disher, stopped 35 of 43 shots.

For Calgary, Kaleb Toth and Jeff Shattler both scored three, Scott Ranger and Curt Malawsky each had two, while Josh Sanderson and Tracey Kelusky both scored once. Steve Dietrich stopped 33 of 47 shots.

The loss eliminates the Roughnecks and sends Portland to Buffalo next weekend for the Champions Cup final against the Bandits. If they can win next week, the Lumberjax, who tied for the second worst regular season record at 6-10, will have pulled of a huge feat.

In an interesting final game, the Bandits who have ridden their loyal fans to the Cup, will face the road warrior Jax, who have not had the opportunity of having a home date throughout the playoffs.

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