Top-seeded ’25-’26 Pirates Qualify for Third Annual UNP, again; Defeat 3rd-seeded ’26-’27 Pirates in Six Games in Final

The 1925-26 Pittsburgh Pirates (via pittsburghhockey.net)

The 1925-26 Pittsburgh Pirates (via pittsburghhockey.net)

First off, here is the finished bracket for the 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates Qualifying Tournament.

Just like in the first and second Ultimate NHL Playoffs, it will be the ’25-’26 Pittsburgh Pirates representing the extinct franchise in the Third Annual UNP. It was not clear cut, though. The ’26-’27 Pirates put up a fight. Game 1 was tied at two after two periods, but a 30-year-old Ty Arbour scored the lone goal in the third to give the ’26-’27 Pirates a 3-2 win. The ’25-’26 Pirates then jumped on the ’26-’27 Pirates for three goals in the first four and a half minutes of Game 2, including two from Duke McCurry. Goaltender Roy Worters, who is also the netminder for the ’26-’27 Pirates, stopped 32 of 33 as the ’25-’26 Pirates won 3-1 to tie the series at one. Worters then got a 23-save shutout for the ’25-’26 Pirates in Game 3 as they dominated their way to a 6-0 win. McCurry led the way with four total points while Harold Darragh scored twice. The ’25-’26 Pirates then led 2-0 after two periods, but Hib Milks cut that lead in half for the ’26-’27 Pirates a little more than halfway through the third. Then, with less than two minutes left, McCurry scored a shorthanded goal to tie the game for the ’26-’27 Pirates before defenseman John McKinnon won it for them just under six minutes into overtime.

Just like after Game 2, when the series was tied, Worters stepped up and posted another shutout for the ’25-’26 Pirates in Game 5. He stopped all 37 shots he saw as three different players scored in a 3-0 win. Game 6 was a marathon and one of the longest games in UNP history. Each team scored once in the first and second periods, before neither team scored in the third. Darragh scored both goals for the ’26-’27 Pirates while defenseman Rodger Smith scored both goals for the ’25-’26 Pirates. It would not be until the 11:25 mark of the FOURTH overtime that the deadlock was finally broken. Baldy Cotton scored that game- and series-winner for the ’25-’26 Pirates, but the goaltenders were the real stars of Game 6. The ’25-’26 Pirates’ Worters stopped 84 of 86 shots against in their win while the ’26-’27 Pirates’ Worters stopped an incredible 106 of 109 shots against in their loss. So, as I said earlier, the ’25-’26 Pirates will head to their third UNP out of three possible trips.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’26-’27 Pirates 0 2 1 3
’25-’26 Pirates 1 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY: ’26-’27 PTP – 3   ’25-’26 PTP – 0    (1-0   ’26-’27 PBP)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Roy Worters (’26-’27 PTP) – W   2.00 GAA   .955 SV% (42 SV’s)

2nd Star: D – Rodger Smith (’25-’26 PTP) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   3 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: D – Herb Drury (’26-’27 PTP) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   2 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’26-’27 Pirates 0 1 0 1
’25-’26 Pirates 3 0 0 3

GAME SUMMARY: ’25-’26 PTP – 3   ’26-’27 PTP – 1    (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Duke McCurry (’25-’26 PTP) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   7 S

2nd Star: G – Roy Worters (’25-’26 PTP) – W   1.00 GAA   .970 SV% (32 SV’s)

3rd Star: LW – Hib Milks (’25-’26 PTP) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   7 S   2 PIM

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’25-’26 Pirates 4 0 2 6
’26-’27 Pirates 0 0 0 0

GAME SUMMARY: ’25-’26 PTP – 6   ’26-’27 PTP – 0    (2-1   ’25-’26 PTP)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Duke McCurry (’25-’26 PTP) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +4   4 S   4 PIM

2nd Star: G – Roy Worters (’25-’26 PTP) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (23 SV’s)   SO

3rd Star: RW – Tex White (’25-’26 PTP) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   3 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’25-’26 Pirates 1 1 0 0 2
’26-’27 Pirates 0 0 2 1 3

GAME SUMMARY: ’26-’27 PTP – 3   ’25-’26 PTP – 2   (OT)    (2-2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Roy Worters (’26-’27 PTP) – W   2.00 GAA   .960 SV% (48 SV’s)

2nd Star: D – John McKinnon (’26-’27 PTP) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   4 S

3rd Star: LW – Hib Milks (’26-’27 PTP) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   9 S   2 PIM

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’26-’27 Pirates 0 0 0 0
’25-’26 Pirates 0 3 0 3

GAME SUMMARY: ’25-’26 PTP – 3   ’26-’27 PTP – 0    (3-2   ’25-’26 PTP)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Roy Worters (’25-’26 PTP) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (37 SV’s)   SO

2nd Star: LW – Duke McCurry (’25-’26 PTP) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   10 S

3rd Star: G – Roy Worters (’26-’27 PTP) – L   3.00 GAA   .929 SV% (39 SV’s)

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Fourth Overtime Total
’25-’26 Pirates 1 1 0 1 3
’26-’27 Pirates 1 1 0 0 2

GAME SUMMARY: ’25-’26 PTP – 3   ’26-’27 PTP – 2   (4OT)    (4-2   ’25-’26 PTP)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Roy Worters (’26-’27 PTP) – OTL   3.00 GAA   .972 SV% (106 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Roy Worters (’25-’26 PTP) – W   2.00 GAA   .977 SV% (84 SV’s)

3rd Star: D – Rodger Smith (’25-’26 PTP) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   15 S   2 PIM

Next up will be the qualifying tournament for the Hamilton Tigers!

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