’76-’77 Rockies Defeat ’80-’81 Rockies in Seven Games After Trailing 3-2 in Series; Advance to Qualifier Final

This Semifinal became a three-game series after the first four games were split between the two teams. Ultimately, the ’76-’77 Rockies took two of the last three games. Mostly because of Wilf Paiement who posted 22 points in the seven games. The ’76-’77 Rockies won Game’s 6 and 7 by a combined score of 12-6 and five of those 12 goals were from Paiement. However, goaltender Michel Plasse was arguably the biggest reason why the ’76-’77 Rockies won the series. Plasse posted 45 saves in a 5-2 win in Game 6 and a remarkable 59 saves in the 7-4 win in Game 7. In that Game 7, Nelson Pyatt was another who played the role of hero as he posted three goals and one assist for four points after posting just one point in the previous six games.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’76-’77 Rockies 2 2 1 5
’80-’81 Rockies 3 1 2 6

GAME SUMMARY: ’80-’81 CLR – 6   ’76-’77 CLR – 5    (1-0 ’80-’81 CLR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Al Smith (’80-’81 CLR) – W   5.00 GAA   .919 SV% (57 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Wilf Paiement (’76-’77 CLR) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   12 S   4 PIM

3rd Star: G – Michel Plasse (’76-’77 CLR) – L   6.00 GAA   .919 SV% (68 SV’s)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’76-’77 Rockies 1 1 3 5
’80-’81 Rockies 0 2 2 4

GAME SUMMARY: ’76-’77 CLR – 5   ’80-’81 CLR – 4    (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Michel Plasse (’76-’77 CLR) – W   4.00 GAA   .933 SV% (56 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Wilf Paiement (’76-’77 CLR) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   8 S

3rd Star: D – Jim McElmury (’76-’77 CLR) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   2 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’80-’81 Rockies 3 0 2 5
’76-’77 Rockies 5 3 0 8

GAME SUMMARY: ’76-’77 CLR – 8   ’80-’81 CLR – 5    (2-1 ’76-’77 CLR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Wilf Paiement (’76-’77 CLR) – 4 G   1 A   5 P   +1   17 S

2nd Star: C – Merlin Malinowski (’80-’81 CLR) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   -1   11 S

3rd Star: D – Joel Quenneville (’80-’81 CLR) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   4 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’80-’81 Rockies 3 2 2 7
’76-’77 Rockies 4 1 1 6

GAME SUMMARY: ’80-’81 CLR – 8   ’76-’77 CLR – 5    (2-2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Lanny McDonald (’80-’81 CLR) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   -1   6 S

2nd Star: RW – Wilf Paiement (’76-’77 CLR) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   +1   18 S   4 PIM

3rd Star: LW – Paul Gagne (’80-’81 CLR) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   -1   6 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’76-’77 Rockies 1 3 0 4
’80-’81 Rockies 2 1 2 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’80-’81 CLR – 5   ’76-’77 CLR – 4    (3-2 ’80-’81 CLR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Merlin Malinowski (’80-’81 CLR) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +2   8 S

2nd Star: RW – Wilf Paiement (’76-’77 CLR) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   +2   10 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: G – Al Smith (’80-’81 CLR) – W   4.00 GAA   .929 SV% (52 SV’s)

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’80-’81 Rockies 1 1 0 2
’76-’77 Rockies 3 1 1 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’76-’77 CLR – 5   ’80-’81 CLR – 2    (3-3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Wilf Paiement (’76-’77 CLR) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   +2   17 S

2nd Star: G – Michel Plasse (’76-’77 CLR) – W   2.00 GAA   .957 SV% (45 SV’s)

3rd Star: G – Al Smith (’80-’81 CLR) – L   5.00 GAA   .914 SV% (53 SV’s)

GAME 7:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’76-’77 Rockies 4 2 1 7
’80-’81 Rockies 1 0 3 4

GAME SUMMARY: ’76-’77 CLR – 7   ’80-’81 CLR – 4    (4-3 ’76-’77 CLR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Nelson Pyatt (’76-’77 CLR) – 3 G   1 A   4 P   +4   12 S

2nd Star: D – Tom Edur (’76-’77 CLR) – 0 G   5 A   5 P   +4   8 S

3rd Star: G – Michel Plasse (’76-’77 CLR) – W   4.00 GAA   .937 SV% (59 SV’s)

The Final of the Colorado Rockies Qualifier is now set and will take place tomorrow night at 8 pm EST!

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