Top-Seeded ’76-’77 Flames Sweep ’72-’73 Flames in First Round of Qualifier

This was a series of blowouts and overtimes. It started with the ’76-’77 Flames taking Game 1 thanks to a goal from Curt Bennett 50 seconds into the second overtime. The goaltenders, which happens to be the same player, Phil Myre, stopped a combined 103 shots with Myre stopping 66 for the ’72-’73 Flames. In the next game, the ’76-’77 Flames outshot the ’72-’73 Flames 71-39. Defenseman Richard Mulhern and center Tom Lysiak led the ’76-’77 Flames with three points each in their 5-3 win in Game 2. The ’76-’77 Flames broke out a 5-0 lead less than halfway through Game 3, mostly thanks to a hat trick from Willi Plett. Winger Eric Vail also pitched in three points as the ’76-’77 Flames won Game 4 by a score of 6-1. The ’72-’73 Flames put up their biggest fight in Game 4, but ultimately it wouldn’t be enough. Guy Chouinard scored an overtime winner halfway through overtime to clinch the series for the top seed in this Qualifier.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’72-’73 Flames 1 0 0 0 1
’76-’77 Flames 0 1 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY: ’76-’77 ATF – 2   ’72-’73 ATF – 1 (OT)    (1-0 ’76-’77 ATF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Phil Myre (’76-’77 ATF) – W   1.00 GAA   .974 SV% (37 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Phil Myre (’72-’73 ATF) – L   2.00 GAA   .971 SV% (66 SV’s)

3rd Star: LW – Curt Bennett (’76-’77 ATF) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   5 S   Scored GWG in 2OT

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’72-’73 Flames 0 2 1 3
’76-’77 Flames 4 1 0 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’76-’77 ATF – 5   ’72-’73 ATF – 3    (2-0 ’76-’77 ATF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Tom Lysiak (’76-’77 ATF) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   15 S

2nd Star: D – Richard Mulhern (’76-’77 ATF) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   9 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: G – Dan Bouchard (’72-’73 ATF) – ND   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (32 SV’s)   Replaced Myre in 2nd Period

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’76-’77 Flames 3 2 1 6
’72-’73 Flames 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY: ’76-’77 ATF – 6   ’72-’73 ATF – 1    (3-0 ’76-’77 ATF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Will Plett (’76-’77 ATF) – 4 G   0 A   4 P   +2   5 S

2nd Star: LW – Eric Vail (’76-’77 ATF) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   1 S

3rd Star: G – Phil Myre (’76-’77 ATF) – W   1.00 GAA   .973 SV% (36 SV’s)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’76-’77 Flames 4 0 1 1 6
’72-’73 Flames 0 2 3 0 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’76-’77 ATF – 6   ’72-’73 ATF – 5 (OT)    (4-0 ’76-’77 ATF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Tom Lysiak (’76-’77 ATF) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   8 S

2nd Star: RW – Will Plett (’76-’77 ATF) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   9 S

3rd Star: C – Bobby Leiter (’72-’73 ATF) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +2   4 S   2 PIM

Up next is the 4-5 matchup between the ’77-’78 Flames and the ’75-’76 Flames!

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