’78-’79 Flames Finish Off Qualifying Tourney with Yet Another Sweep; Will Represent Atlanta Flames Franchise Again

The ’78-’79 Atlanta Flames have qualified for the 2015 Ultimate NHL Playoff without losing a game. They completed the sweep trifecta by sweeping the ’75-’76 Atlanta Flames in the Qualifying Final. However, this was by far the most competitive of the three series’. The ’78-’79 Flames needed an overtime winner from Jean Pronovost to win Game 1 despite outshooting the ’75-’76 Flames by double digits. Pronovost also added three assists in Game 1. Bob MacMillan totaled three points in the ’78-’79 Flames’ 6-2 win in Game 2 as six different players potted a goal, including MacMillan. In Game 3, the ’78-’79 Flames would need another overtime winner and would get it from Tom Lysiak this time. Pronovost, again, registered three assists while five different players scored a goal in their 5-4 overtime winner. Scoring depth is a beautiful thing. The ’78-’79 Flames completed the sweep with a 3-2 win in Game 4. With nobody scoring more than one goal, again. Guy Chouinard was the only player to register more than one point with his two assists. Lysiak scored the eventual series clincher less than two minutes into the third period.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’75-’76 Flames 2 1 2 0 5
’78-’79 Flames 1 1 3 1 6

GAME SUMMARY: ’78-’79 ATF – 6   ’75-’76 ATF – 5 (OT)    (1-0 ’78-’79 ATF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Jean Pronovost (’78-’79 ATF) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +3   5 S

2nd Star: LW – Eric Vail (’78-’79 ATF) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   4 S

3rd Star: C – Guy Chouinard (’78-’79 ATF) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   -2   8 S   2 PIM

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’75-’76 Flames 0 2 0 2
’78-’79 Flames 4 1 1 6

GAME SUMMARY: ’78-’79 ATF – 6   ’75-’76 ATF – 2    (2-0 ’78-’79 ATF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Bob MacMillan (’78-’79 ATF) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   8 S

2nd Star: C – Tom Lysiak (’75-’76 ATF) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   2 S

3rd Star: C – Guy Chouinard (’78-’79 ATF) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   10 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’78-’79 Flames 3 1 0 1 5
’75-’76 Flames 2 1 1 0 4

GAME SUMMARY: ’78-’79 ATF – 5   ’75-’76 ATF – 4 (OT)    (3-0 ’78-’79 ATF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Pat Ribble (’78-’79 ATF) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   3 S

2nd Star: LW – Bob MacMillan (’78-’79 ATF) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   4 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: RW – Jean Pronovost (’78-’79 ATF) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +2   8 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’78-’79 Flames 0 2 1 3
’75-’76 Flames 1 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY: ’78-’79 ATF – 3   ’75-’76 ATF – 2    (4-0 ’78-’79 ATF)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Guy Chouinard (’78-’79 ATF) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   5 S

2nd Star: RW – Bill Flett (’75-’76 ATF) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   -1   5 S

3rd Star: LW – Darcy Rota (’78-’79 ATF) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +2   1 S

The ’78-’79 Flames have proven again that they are the best of the Atlanta Flames. They are now the ninth team to qualify for the 2015 Ultimate NHL Playoff. Up next is the 2015 California Seals Qualifying Tournament.

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