We’ve made it to the finals of the second-ever NACL season, and whether you've been along for all of it or just a part, let me tell you it’s been an extremely successful season chalked full of entertainment. We’ve gone through 312 regular season games, where we saw 822 goals. We started with 15 teams, but we’re down to the final 2. In a best-of-7 clash, we’ll see the winner take home $2,400, and 2nd place take $1,200. Let’s see how these 2 teams match up!
Regular season record: 19-4-1
Vertigo comes into the series as the number 1 seed with a 19-4-1 record in the regular season. Being the top seed can bring some pressure heading into the playoffs, but Vertigo showed no signs of crumbling, advancing through both the quarterfinals and the semifinals series scores of 4-2 and 4-1 respectively. Neither one of these series was shy on storylines, however, with Vertigo dominating the opening two games against Montage Moment in the quarterfinals with 7-0 and 8-2 scores respectively. @Nasher and co. (Montage Moment) looked to make it as close as possible, with three one goal games to end the series, until @CaLL Me Jakoo scored the series-winning goal with 18 seconds left in game 6 to advance Vertigo to the semifinals. They had an opening game OT loss to Entourage in the semis, but followed it up with four straight wins, with three out of these four wins being one goal games to cement their spot in the Finals.
Leading the way offensively for Vertigo is @P t P 10, who leads all skaters in playoff goals with 17 in 10 games. @CaLL Me Jakoo and @ScaryJoeyy round out the offensive core, with very solid playoff runs with 23 and 17 points respectively. @Gwan led all defensemen in scoring during the regular season and continues his success with 11 points in 10 games in the playoffs. @SamDelisle9 slides in on the right side of the ice, recording 12 points in 10 games for Vertigo. @Denisov x 42 tends the pipes for the squad, and has only let in 15 goals in 11 games during the playoffs, and has recorded an 83.52 save percentage with 3 shutouts.
Regular season record: 18-4-2
6th Sense finished the regular season with an 18-4-2 record, good for 3rd place heading into the playoffs. They came up against an always tough opponent in Phantoms in the quarterfinals. They started off slow in the series, dropping the first two games in overtime to go down 0-2 in the best of 7 series. However, they kept their composure and roared back with four straight wins, topping it off with a 7-1 win in game 6, to take the series 4-2. The semifinals against BBB was even more of a barn burner, in the sense that games 2-5 were all finished in overtime and every single game was tight all the way to game 7, where 6th Sense would cap off the series with yet another OT winner, this time to punch their ticket to the NACL Finals.
@F0G 19 leads the way with 29 points in 13 games for 6th Sense. @John Bri I 7 I and @TheGreatMP7 finish off the forwards, who put up 25 and 21 points respectively. @Vaporize 17 has been a force from the right defensive side, leading all defensemen in goals (3), assists (12), points (15), shots (19), and is second in hits (51). His D partner @Doops also had a solid run, with 12 points in 13 games. In net is @Seb TopG, who has a 2.31 GAA and a 80.13 save percentage.
In the regular season matchup between the two, Vertigo came out with the 2-0 victory in the series, with scores of 1-0 and 5-1. However, both games were close in time on attack and in shots on goal. While Vertigo was the better offensive team throughout the regular season, 6th Sense was the better defensive team, although both teams were at least top 5 in every single statistical category, with both teams seemingly neck and neck in some categories. Expect some very close games, and some high-quality hockey to be played by both teams. The action Sunday, where we will see one team be crowned as the NACL Champion.
Tune in for all the action starting Sunday, May 17th at 07:00 PM EST (01:00 CEST) over at www.twitch.tv/nhlgamer!