Conference III Championship Belt Tale of the Tape: Dallas at Winnipeg, 16 March 2014

by J.R.

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?

The Challenger: Winnipeg!

The Challenger: Winnipeg!

The Champion: Dallas!

The Champion: Dallas!

The Belt!

The Belt!

Tale of the Tape:

Winnipeg Jets Dallas Stars
30-29-9 Record 32-23-11
2-4-4 Last 10 6-2-2
Paul “The Joker” Maurice Coach Lindy “The Ruff Ryder” Ruff
186 Goals For 191
199 Goals Against 185
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
6’2″ Average Height 6’1″
209 Average Weight 204
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.

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