Conference III Championship Belt Tale of The Tape: Minnesota at Winnipeg, 29 December 2014

by J.R.

Fresh off an overtime defense of the Conference III Belt Saturday in St. Paul, Winnipeg hosts the Wild again for the strap.

The Challenger: Minnesota!

The Champion: Winnipeg!

The Belt!

The Belt!

Minnesota Wild Winnipeg Jets
16-13-4 Record 19-10-7
3-4-3 Last 10 6-1-3
Mike “Coach Wow” Yeo Coach Paul “The Joker” Maurice
96 Goals For 92
83 Goals Against 84
Zach “The Judgement” Parise (27) Points Leader Andrew “Big Bad” Ladd (27)
“El” Nino Niederreiter (14) Goals Leader “Your New Favorite Player” Bryan Little (14)
Darcy “Mr Darcy” Kuemper Goaltender Michael “INXS” Hutchinson
None (yet) Threero None (yet)
Christian “Rollin'” Folin Rookie To Watch Hutchinson
6’1″ Average Height 6’2″
200 Average Weight 207
2 Title Belts Won 3
2-4 as Challenger, 6-2 as Champion Record In Belt Matches 1-2 as Champion, 3-4 as Challenger

They’ll go at 7 tonight in St. Paul. Winnipeg has never successfully defended the Belt, but even if they lose it tonight, they’ll get a chance to win it back Monday as these two teams will play again — and again for the Belt — Monday.

After finally winning their first Conference III game Saturday night, Dallas becomes the No. 1 contender for the Belt regardless of the outcome tonight. The Stars will either face the Jets January 15 or the Wild January 3.