Conference III Championship Belt Tale of the Tape: Winnipeg at St. Louis, 17 March 2014

by J.R.

One day after winning their first Conference III Championship Belt since October — ending the Stars first-ever run after just five days — the Jets have to go on the road to defend the title against St. Louis with the Blues less than a week removed from a 78-day run with the strap.

Can the Jets stave off the Blues from reclaiming what they see as their birthright or will a team with Evander Kane make like Kane and drop the Belt one day after winning it?

The Challenger: St. Louis!

The Challenger: St. Louis!

The Champion: Winnipeg!

The Champion: Winnipeg!

The Belt!

The Belt!

Tale of the Tape:

St. Louis Blues Winnipeg Jets
46-14-7 Record 31-29-9
7-2-1 Last 10 3-3-4
Ken “The Sansabelt Samurai” Hitchcock Coach Paul “The Joker” Maurice
223 Goals For 193
151 Goals Against 201
T.J. “Whoashie” Oshie (54) Points Leader Blake “Wheels of Steel” Wheeler (56
Alexander “The Above Average” Steen (30) Goals Leader Wheeler (23)
Ryan “All-America” Miller Goaltender Ondrej “The Kladno Killer” Pavalec
None (yet) Threero None (yet)
Dmitrj “Double J” Jaskin Rookie To Watch Jacob “True Patriot” Trouba
6’1″ Average Height 6’2″
206 Average Weight 209
2 Title Belts Won 2
2-0 as Challenger, 9-2 as Champion Record In Belt Matches 0-1 as Champion, 2-3 as Challenger

Winnipeg — along with Nashville — holds the record for shortest title run at two days. They could break that record by losing tonight and lord knows they have their work cut out for them, going into St. Louis when the Blues have never lost to a Conference III team in regulation.

One of the Blues’ two losses was to the Jets, though, in a shootout back in October.

No matter the outcome, the Belt will be on the line again Wednesday. If the Jets hang on, the Avs will have a chance at their first Belt. If the Blues take the Belt back, the Blackhawks will not only get a chance at the Belt, but a chance at dropping the Crown of Fecal Matter in what would be the first Poophat/Belt double match.

Puck drops tonight at 7 in St. Louis. Also tonight: Minnesota plays Boston at 6:30 PM.

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