Conference III Championship Belt Tale of the Tape: Dallas at Winnipeg, 16 March 2014
After ending St. Louis’ record run, Dallas gets its first chance to defend the Conference III Championship Belt today with a trip to Winnipeg.
Can the Stars start a long run of their own or will Winnipeg get its first title since the Jets beat those same Blues back in October?
Tale of the Tape:
|Winnipeg Jets||Dallas Stars|
|Paul “The Joker” Maurice||Coach||Lindy “The Ruff Ryder” Ruff|
|Bryan “Little Big Man” Little (54)||Points Leader||Tyler “Sick Boy” Seguin (68)|
|Blake “Wheels of Steel” Wheeler (23)||Goals Leader||Seguin (29)|
|Al “Inigo” Montoya||Goaltender||“Tea Party” Tim Thomas|
|None (yet)||Threero||Antoine “Le Troll” Roussel and Ray “The Paladin” Whitney|
|Jacob “True Patriot” Trouba||Rookie To Watch||Valeri “The Russian Nuke” Nichushkin|
|1||Title Belts Won||1|
|1-3 as Challenger, 0-1 as Champion||Record In Belt Matches||0-0 as Champion, 1-3 as Challenger|
It’s been a long time since somebody besides St. Louis had a title defense. The last successful, non-St. Louis title defense was December 27 when the Blackhawks beat the Avs 7-2. That was also, in fact, the last time Chicago beat a Conference III opponent (I know but look it up, it’s true).
In any case, Dallas gets rewarded for its hot play with the strap.
Should the Stars retain, they’ll next defend March 24 at home against these same Jets. Should the Jets win, they’ll defend tomorrow. Against the Blues. Of course.