Conference III Championship Belt Tale of the Tape: St. Louis at Dallas, 29 December 2013

by J.R.

It took a shootout to do it, but St. Louis won the Conference III Belt from Chicago Saturday night in a 6-5 classic, setting up the third belt match in three days after the Christmas break as the Blues travel to defend their title in Dallas, still looking for their first run with the strap.

The Challenger: Dallas!

The Challenger: Dallas!

The Champion: St. Louis!

The Champion: St. Louis!

The Belt!

The Belt!

Tale of the Tape:

Dallas Stars St. Louis Blues
14-10-5 Record 25-7-5
6-3-1 Last 10 6-2-2
Lindy “The Ruff Ryder” Ruff Coach Ken “The Sansabelt Samurai” Hitchcock
110 Goals For 134
108 Goals Against 90
Tyler “Sick Boy” Seguin (37) Points Leader Alexander “The Above Average” Steen (38)
Seguin (19) Goals Leader Steen (24)
Kari “The Hellbeast from Helsinki” Lehtonen Goaltender Brian “The Brain” Elliott
Antoine “Le Troll” Roussel Threero None (yet)
Valeri “The Russian Nuke” Nichushkin Rookie To Watch Dmitrij “Double J” Jaskin
6’1″ Average Height 6’1″
204 Average Weight 206
0 Title Belts Won 2
0-2 as Challenger, 0-0 as Champion Record In Belt Matches 2-1 as Champion, 2-0 as Challenger

Dallas is still looking for its first title and St. Louis is trying to enjoy a lengthy title run after opening the season with the Belt.

No matter what happens in this one, the Minnesota Wild will become the No. 1 Contender. Should the Blues win, the Wild get the chance on New Years Eve. If Dallas gets the belt for the first time, they’ll defend against Minnesota January 18.

Puck drops on tonight’s belt match at 5 PM.

Other Conference III games tonight: Islanders at Wild (7PM) and Jets at Avs (6 PM Mountain, 7 Central).

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