’76-’77 Barons Sweep ’77-’78 Barons to Represent Extinct Cleveland Franchise in Third Annual Ultimate NHL Playoff

The '76-'77 Cleveland Barons team photo. via icehockey.wikia.com

The ’76-’77 Cleveland Barons (via icehockey.wikia.com)

I am on the brink of the Third Annual Ultimate NHL Playoff and the ’76-’77 Cleveland Barons will be the representative for the extinct Cleveland franchise for the third time. They have bested the ’77-’78 Barons, again. The sweep began with a 7-5 win in Game 1 as Al MacAdam led the way with two goals and an assist. The game was tied after two periods, but two goals in the final few minutes, including an empty-netter from MacAdam sealed the win. The ’77-’78 Barons exploded for five goals in the second period of Game 2 to come back from a 3-1 deficit. However, the game was tied at six heading into the third period. The ’76-’77 Barons scored two unanswered goal in the third, though, including the hat trick goal for Dennis Maruk to win 8-6. Maruk, along with Mike Fidler, posted a three-point night for the ’77-’78 Barons in the loss. Then, in Game 3, the ’76-’77 Barons took control early and the games was over after just two periods as they led 6-2. The final was 6-4. It was Rick Hampton‘s turn to lead the ’76-’77 Barons as he scored twice and also tallied an assist in the win. The sweep was completed with a 5-3 win in Game 4. Frank Spring‘s goal a minute and a half into the third period turned out to be the series-clincher as he made it 4-2 and a Hampton PP goal nearly halfway through the period provided the icing on the cake.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’77-’78 Barons 1 3 1 5
’76-’77 Barons 3 1 3 7

GAME SUMMARY: ’76-’77 CLE – 7   ’77-’78 CLE – 5   (1-0   ’76-’77 CLE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Al MacAdam (’76-’77 CLE) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +1   5 S

2nd Star: LW – Mike Fidler (’77-’78 CLE) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   9 S

3rd Star: D – Greg Smith (’77-’78 CLE) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   6 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’77-’78 Barons 1 5 0 6
’76-’77 Barons 3 3 2 8

GAME SUMMARY: ’76-’77 CLE – 8   ’77-’78 CLE – 6   (2-0   ’76-’77 CLE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Dennis Maruk (’76-’77 CLE) – 3 G   3 A   6 P   +3   19 S

2nd Star: LW – Mike Fidler (’76-’77 CLE) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +4   5 S

3rd Star: RW – Frank Spring (’76-’77 CLE) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +4   4 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’76-’77 Barons 3 3 0 6
’77-’78 Barons 1 1 2 4

GAME SUMMARY: ’76-’77 CLE – 6   ’77-’78 CLE – 4   (3-0   ’76-’77 CLE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Rick Hampton (’76-’77 CLE) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +4   6 S

2nd Star: D – Mike Christie (’76-’77 CLE) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +5   4 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: RW – Al MacAdam (’76-’77 CLE) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +4   8 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’76-’77 Barons 2 1 2 5
’77-’78 Barons 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY: ’76-’77 CLE – 5   ’77-’78 CLE – 3   (4-0   ’76-’77 CLE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Gilles Meloche (’76-’77 CLE) – W   3.00 GAA   .941 SV% (48 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Al MacAdam (’76-’77 CLE) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   10 S

3rd Star: LW – Rick Hampton (’76-’77 CLE) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   7 S

Up next is the Kansas City Scouts Qualifying Tournament!

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