After Losing 3-0 Series Lead, ’79-’80 Rockies Take Game 7 in OT to Advance to Qualifier Final

The 4th-seeded ’79-’80 Rockies upset the top-seeded ’77-’78 Rockies, which means there will be a Rockies team making their Ultimate NHL Playoff debut in the upcoming tournament. Lanny McDonald and Rene Robert propelled them offensively to a 3-0 series lead. However, they were shut down over the next two games as the ’77-’78 Rockies got on the board in the series. They narrowly won Game 4 thanks to a game-winning goal from Wilf Paiement in the second period. Then, in Game 5, goaltender Doug Favell allowed just two goals on 51 shots for a .961 save percentage in a 5-2 win. Game 6 was the biggest offensive explosion of the series and probably of the Qualifying Tournament season so far. Paul Gardner and Andy Spruce led the way with a combined nine points in a 11-7 win. In Game 7, despite 72 saves from Favell, the ’77-’78 Rockies fell in overtime with Robert potting the game-winner and his second of the game.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’79-’80 Rockies 1 1 2 4
’77-’78 Rockies 0 0 2 2

GAME SUMMARY: ’79-’80 CLR – 4   ’77-’78 CLR – 2    (1-0 ’79-’80 CLR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Hardy Astrom (’79-’80 CLR) – W   2.00 GAA   .962 SV% (50 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Doug Favell (’77-’78 CLR) – L   4.00 GAA   .942 SV% (65 SV’s)

3rd Star: RW – Lanny McDonald (’79-’80 CLR) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   13 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’79-’80 Rockies 3 1 5 9
’77-’78 Rockies 2 3 2 7

GAME SUMMARY: ’79-’80 CLR – 9   ’77-’78 CLR – 7    (2-0 ’79-’80 CLR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Rene Robert (’79-’80 CLR) – 2 G   3 A   5 P   +2   14 S

2nd Star: RW – Wilf Paiement (’77-’78 CLR) – 4 G   0 A   4 P   -1   15 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: C – Lucien DeBlois (’79-’80 CLR) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +1   2 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’77-’78 Rockies 2 3 1 6
’79-’80 Rockies 2 2 3 7

GAME SUMMARY: ’79-’80 CLR – 7   ’77-’78 CLR – 6    (3-0 ’79-’80 CLR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Lanny McDonald (’79-’80 CLR) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   Even   12 S

2nd Star: D – John Van Boxmeer (’77-’78 CLR) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   9 S

3rd Star: RW – Wilf Paiement (’77-’78 CLR) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   -1   9 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’77-’78 Rockies 2 4 0 6
’79-’80 Rockies 3 1 1 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’77-’78 CLR – 6   ’79-’80 CLR – 5    (3-1 ’79-’80 CLR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Paul Gardner (’77-’78 CLR) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   4 S

2nd Star: C – Ron Delorme (’79-’80 CLR) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   5 S

3rd Star: D – John Van Boxmeer (’77-’78 CLR) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   8 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’79-’80 Rockies 0 1 1 2
’77-’78 Rockies 0 2 3 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’77-’78 CLR – 5   ’79-’80 CLR – 2    (3-2 ’79-’80 CLR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Doug Favell (’77-’78 CLR) – W   2.00 GAA   .961 SV% (49 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Wilf Paiement (’77-’78 CLR) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   9 S

3rd Star: D – Tom Edur (’77-’78 CLR) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   7 S   2 PIM

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’77-’78 Rockies 3 6 2 11
’79-’80 Rockies 2 2 3 7

GAME SUMMARY: ’77-’78 CLR – 11   ’79-’80 CLR – 7    (3-3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Paul Gardner (’77-’78 CLR) – 4 G   1 A   5 P   +3   11 S

2nd Star: LW – Andy Spruce (’77-’78 CLR) – 3 G   1 A   4 P   +6   9 S

3rd Star: RW – Lanny McDonald (’79-’80 CLR) – 2 G   3 A   5 P   Even   10 S

GAME 7:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’79-’80 Rockies 3 1 1 1 6
’77-’78 Rockies 2 2 1 0 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’79-’80 CLR – 6   ’77-’78 CLR – 5    (4-3 ’79-’80 CLR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Rob Ramage (’79-’80 CLR) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +3   9 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: G – Doug Favell (’77-’78 CLR) – L   6.00 GAA   .923 (72 SV’s)

3rd Star: RW – Rene Robert (’79-’80 CLR) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +1   15 S

Up next is the other Semifinal matchup to discover who will face the ’79-’80 Rockies in the Final.

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