Legendary sports broadcaster Al Michaels once screamed “Do You Believe in Miracles” when the United States hockey team upset the Russians in the 1980 Winter Olympics.
The same quote could sum up the Week 15 Canyon of Heroes victory over Warriors of Chaos. As one of the teams we are chasing for a playoff spot, we managed to end our second five-game losing streak with a 6-5-1 win.
MATCHUP AND SCORES
If you look back at our season, only once have we swept all eight offensive scoring categories. Week 15 was the second time we collected six out of the possible eight points. Thankfully our forwards and defenceman came through in the clutch for us because our goalies lost all four categories.
Our 18 goals was a season-high, which was 10 more than Warriors. We lost assists by two. The difference in those two categories allowed us to win points by seven. In terms of plus/minus, we finished +6. That was two more than our opponent, which was also the difference in terms of power-play points and game-winning goals. We lost shots on goals by four, before mopping up the hits category by 29.
For only the second time this season, we tied the wins category. We lost both the GAA and Save % categories, despite posting our best numbers in weeks. Week 15 featured our first shutout category loss. Our record was 7-0-7 heading into this matchup, where Warriors collected two, and we got none.
As mentioned in previous paragraphs, this was our first win five weeks. Despite our best intentions to pull out a few victories, we haven’t held a matchup lead from start to finish in over a month.
Even though we picked up a 6-5-1 win, Adam’s team beat up on a team 11-1-0 and leapfrogged us in the standings. We remain 16 points out of the last playoff spot (6th pace) and 48 points from first overall.
Although it is a long shot, we remain 37 points out of the last place.
Since we won the majority of the offensive categories, the few points we left on the bench wouldn’t have impacted the final score.
However, if you throw in Alex Georgiev’s one stat, the final score would have tipped in our favour 8-4. The Ranger collected a win that would have broke the 3-3 for us. His 2.01 GAA wouldn’t have given us that category, but his 0.950 changed our final numbers to 0.947, which would have been 0.003 points better.
STUDS & DUDS
Best Player – Alex Ovechkin – Washington Capitals – 41 points
Worse Player: Ryan Getzlaf – Anaheim Ducks – 8 points
Canyon of Heroes made no roster moves during their week 15 matchup.
Weekly Move Total: 0/4
Season Move Total: 9/60
Stay tuned for next’s week recap of the Canyon of Heroes 2019-20 fantasy hockey season.