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The most exciting VHLM game of the season (so far)

 

As we move past the opening third of the season, I’d like to highlight the most exciting VHLM game of season 74 to this point (we’re currently at game 168).

Game 74 - Yukon Rush vs. Las Vegas Aces

Does the sim know that this is season 74 and that it should make game 74 special? Did the players of each of the teams sub-consciously know they should go all out for this one for that same reason? Whatever the case may be, this game was an evenly-matched back and forth battle ultimately requiring an extra shootout round to end it.

1st Period

The game opened with Yukon registering the first 3 shots on goal. Las Vegas goalie Drew Minott @DreMin15 had their talent on fully display by making 2 quick saves from an initial shot fired by Daddy Derek @DirtyDerek and a rebound attempt by Pistil Stamen @DMaximus. Yukon’s offensive momentum was slowed by a charging penalty assessed to Fat palloon’s @UnkemptCL4PTP hit on Chris Reynolds @Crstats23. The ensuing powerplay led to nothing of note for Las Vegas, a harbinger of their poor special teams play this game.

Once 5-on-5 play resumed, Las Vegas sprang to life, scoring 3 goals in 54 seconds! The first Chris Reynolds 8 (Rhynex Entertainment 13, Gary Rush 11) at 6:48 resulted from an offensive faceoff win by Reynolds, who replaced and ejected Rhynex Entertainment @Rhynex Entertainment and a great passing sequence between 4 different Las Vegas players. Ultimately the puck landed back on Reynolds’ stick who fired it past a sprawling Yukon goalie, Kloxified @Kloxified. The second goal, Rhynex Entertainment 5 (Roseann Petal 12, Gary Rush 12) at 7:20, saw a chaotic sequence with the puck bouncing and bodies flying everywhere. Reynolds fired a shot which was blocked by Tee Pee E II @Goliathus. Rhynex Entertainment grabbed the loose puck and fired it on net. Kloxified redirected that to the corner where it was picked up by Gary Rush @G_Rush, who quickly passed it to Roseann Petal @Psanchez55in the high slot. Petal made a quick touch pass to Rhynex Entertainment on the right side of the goal, who easily fired it home into the open net. This goal was a direct result of the Aces’ hustle and strong puck movement. They showed they weren’t done yet by scoring again, Joakim Lund 3 (Its Gucci 8, Matt thunder 10) at 7:42. Yukon was obviously off-balance by the previous two goals because Vegas basically steamrolled them from the center ice faceoff until they slammed it home for their 3rd goal. All 5 Las Vegas players touched the puck with Joakim Lund @Bouncyelf picking up the puck after a Fat palloon block and sliding it into the Yukon goal.

Yukon GM @MexicanCow123 realized his team was reeling and gave a quick speech to lift their spirits. His efforts worked as Yukon came out and fired right back a Vegas, scoring their 1st goal less than 2 minutes later, Jeff Odinson 4 (Lucifer Olivier Leveque 14, Daddy Derek 6) at 9:41. The scoring play began with a Kloxified save of a Chris Reynolds shot. Yukon defenseman, Lucifer Olivier Leveque @InstantRockstar retrieved the rebound, passed it to Jeff Odinson @GoldGear88 in the neutral zone, who carried it into the Vegas end. Odinson fired a shot tipped wide by Daddy Derek. Both teams crashed the next, scrambling for the puck. Ultimately Leveque controlled it, passed it to Odinson, who fired it home for Yukon’s first goal.

Less than a minute later, Yukon was presented with a great opportunity to make it a one goal game as Aces defenseman, Chase Crosby @Wreckeningtook a penalty for hooking. Yukon was able to register 2 shots during the powerplay. Both we controlled by Minott. Credit to Rhynex Entertainment for winning 5 faceoffs during this penalty kill. That puck control and some unforced errors by Yukon kept the score at 3-1.

The period continued in a back and forth manner without either team dominating control. The Aces had a 2nd powerplay opportunity during the opening period thanks to a Nolan McNalley @Nemcnall1 hooking penalty. They fared slightly better than their first powerplay, getting 2 shots on goal. Kloxified handled both and prevented Las Vegas from having any serious scoring opportunity.

The only other note-worthy moment is the unfortunate sequence where Aces winger Nicholas Sunderbruch @NickSunderbruchtook and missed 4 shots in the sequence of 6 seconds:

19:20 of 1st period - Shot by Nicholas Sunderbruch.
19:20 of 1st period - Shot Hit the Post.
19:22 of 1st period - Shot by Nicholas Sunderbruch.
19:22 of 1st period - Shot Misses the Net.
19:24 of 1st period - Shot by Nicholas Sunderbruch.
19:24 of 1st period - Shot Misses the Net.
19:26 of 1st period - Shot by Nicholas Sunderbruch.
19:26 of 1st period - Shot Misses the Net.

 

Rumor has it that he secretly replaced the official puck with this:

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The period ends with the Las Vegas Aces up 3-1. Shots for the period were Yukon Rush: 11 Las Vegas Aces: 13.

2nd Period

 

Yukon came out fired up and it showed. They stormed down the ice, fired off 6 shots that either hit the post or missed the net, yet somehow managed to maintain control of the puck the entire time. Lucky number 7 worked in Yukon’s favor as their 7th shot taken in this sequence found its way into the back of the net bringing the score to 3-2, Pistil Stamen 3 (Muffbeav 7, Daddy Derek 7) at 0:58.

Las Vegas watched that sequence go down and said “what you can do I can do better” and reciprocated with a similar sequence of their own, rattling off 6 consecutive shots including 1 saved, 1 blocked, 3 missed, and 1 goal.  Roseann Petal 2 (Rhynex Entertainment 14, Gary Rush 13) at 4:45. 4-2 Vegas.

The remainder of the period was uneventful. Las Vegas had another shot-less powerplay from a Maksim Yakolevsky @Neptohooking penalty. Las Vegas returned the favor with Roseann Petal committing a hooking penalty of their own shortly before the end of the period. Yukon fared better on their powerplay, notching 5 shots on goal in the 2-minute span. Minott and the Aces stood strong and the score remained the same.

The period ended with Vegas leading 4-2. Shots for the period were Yukon Rush: 8 (19 for the game) Las Vegas Aces: 9 (22)

 

3rd Period

As mentioned in the 2nd period summary, Yukon started this period on the powerplay which helped them start off on the right foot by aggressively attacking Las Vegas. Their attack ended with Yukon’s Jim Allen @jimmyallen93taking a slashing penalty. Vegas had their best powerplay of the night, getting 3 shots on goal. It would have been more if not for Fat palloon blocking 2 shots during the penalty kill. Las Vegas’ offensive momentum was ended by a penalty of their own, holding on Chase Crosby. Yukon had one great scoring opportunity with two quick shots on goal in succession. Minott was able to save both.

Play was relatively benign until a Chris Reynolds hooking penalty at 11:18 of the 3rd period put Yukon on the powerplay for the 4th time of the game. Vegas did well for the opening minute of the penalty kill, clearing the puck deep into the Yukon zone a couple of times. A quick breakout from Kloxified to Stamen to Odinson to Muffbeav @.sniffuMled to a great finish from Muffbeav, Muffbeav 6 (Jeff Odinson 9, Pistil Stamen ? at 12:38 (PP). Las Vegas: 4 Yukon: 3.

You could tell the tenseness in both teams as play locked up for the next couple of minutes, until, stop me if you’ve heard this before, a Las Vegas penalty (Matt thunder @Matt thunder for kneeing) led to Yukon goal. After the penalty, Stamen won the draw in the Aces end, moved the puck to Odinson, who found Bobby Wyman @Lefty_S standing near the goal. In a wild sequence, Wyman fired a couple of shots wide, his teammate Daddy Derek recovered the puck and fired a shot of his own wide, that shot was recovered by Wyman who fired another shot, this one making it past Minott and into the net to equalize the score, Bobby Wyman 3 (Daddy Derek 8, Jeff Odinson 10) at 15:28 (PP).

The tenseness continued as both teams went all out to generate offense in the last couple of minutes of regulation. Las Vegas had a great opportunity that forced a big save from Kloxified on a Nicholas Sunderbruch shot tipped by Its Gucci @frescoelmo , shortly followed by a Chris Reynolds shot hitting the post. Yukon had a strong sequence of their own with Daddy Derek firing a shot on frame saved by Minott who was unable to secure the rebound. Alek Andreshnikov @PuckPushers slammed the rebound off the post, got the puck back and was stuffed by Minott on his second attempt. That rebound fell at the feet of Bobby Wyman, who just missed the net with his attempt. All of the action caused Vegas defenseman Joakim Lund to commit a hooking penalty with less than a minute left in regulation. Yukon’s powerplay chance started with some good puck movement, but a Stamen turnover allowed the Aces to clear the puck down the ice and survive until the end of regulation.

The period ended with the score tied 4-4. Shots for the period were Yukon Rush: 14 (33) Las Vegas Aces 7 (29)

Overtime

With just over a minute left on Lund’s penalty, Yukon started the overtime with a 4-on-3 advantage. An opening faceoff win by Rhynex Entertainment and a timely pass interception by Roseann Petal helped Vegas kill the penalty. Yukon was able to register their only shot in overtime in the waning seconds of the powerplay, a nice passing sequence ended by a solid Minott save from a Stamen shot.

From then on Las Vegas dominated the overtime frame. Holding the puck in the Rush’s end for much of the period, Vegas fired 4 shots on goal. All of the shots we saved and secured by Kloxified, not allowing any rebounds or follow up attempts.  The 5-minute overtime came and went with no scoring, which means we go to a shootout.

Score still tied at 4-4. Shots for the period, Yukon Rush: 1 (34) Las Vegas Aces: 4 (33)

Shootout

Kloxified stopped two consecutive shots to clinch the win for the Yukon Rush.

 

Yukon Rush  
Vlad Imir Goal
Lucifer Olivier Leveque Saved
Pistil Stamen Goal
Muffbeav Goal

 

Las Vegas Aces  
Gary Rush Goal
Rhynex Entertainment Goal
Chris Reynolds Saved
Nicholas Sunderbruch Saved


Detailed Stats

I'm sorry for the formatting of these, we basically have no tools to format tables in the post and they didn't maintain their table integrity when I copied from Microsoft Office. Any advice for that is helpful. I feel like this is a new issue because I copy tables in my unofficial award ceremony post without issue, granted that is from google docs and not Office.

Yukon Rush

PlayerName

TeamName

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

H

SB

GA

TA

GA/TA

GA%

FO

MP

PP MP

PK MP

HitLP

PassINT

LPPickup

RPass

DumpIns

Icings

LPfromHit

LostPuck

Passes

PassPct

SDelfect

SMiss

SBlock

SHitPost

Shots

SOGPct

----------

--------

-

-

-

---

---

-

-

--

--

--

-----

---

--

--

-----

-----

-----

-------

--------

-----

-------

------

---------

--------

------

-------

--------

-----

------

--------

-----

------

Alek Andreshnikov

Yukon Rush

0

0

0

-1

0

2

0

0

7

5

-2

20%

10/28

19:42

3:23

3:22

0

5

5

25

3

2

0

1

27/34

79%

0

1

0

1

2/4

50%

Bobby Wyman

Yukon Rush

1

0

1

-1

0

2

4

0

12

19

7

29%

0/0

21:55

5:35

3:23

4

19

10

13

3

3

1

1

16/27

59%

0

3

1

0

2/6

33%

Daddy Derek

Yukon Rush

0

3

3

1

0

5

1

0

6

7

1

17%

0/2

22:09

5:07

0:00

1

7

5

23

2

1

0

1

16/22

73%

2

3

2

0

5/10

50%

Fat palloon

Yukon Rush

0

0

0

-1

2

0

3

5

13

13

0

18%

0/0

23:30

3:23

3:35

1

13

10

48

6

1

2

0

49/61

80%

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

Jeff Odinson

Yukon Rush

1

2

3

1

0

6

2

1

13

6

-7

19%

1/2

26:10

5:07

1:05

1

6

8

53

5

0

2

3

31/42

74%

0

7

2

1

6/16

38%

Jim Allen

Yukon Rush

0

0

0

-2

2

0

4

0

1

0

-1

50%

8/14

15:42

0:00

0:00

4

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

9/10

90%

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

Lucifer Olivier Leveque

Yukon Rush

0

1

1

1

0

5

2

0

10

10

0

9%

0/0

25:52

2:29

3:29

2

9

13

91

6

1

4

1

80/89

90%

0

4

0

0

5/9

56%

Maksim Yakolevsky

Yukon Rush

0

0

0

-3

2

0

0

0

9

5

-4

38%

2/2

30:13

3:23

3:18

0

5

7

12

2

0

3

1

13/20

65%

1

0

1

0

0/1

0%

Muffbeav

Yukon Rush

1

1

2

1

0

5

1

0

15

17

2

17%

0/0

24:36

5:07

3:11

1

17

20

49

11

1

1

0

49/63

78%

0

3

0

0

5/8

62%

Nolan McNalley

Yukon Rush

0

0

0

-2

2

1

0

1

11

10

-1

37%

0/0

15:48

0:00

0:06

0

10

5

15

4

1

0

0

12/23

52%

0

1

0

0

1/2

50%

Pistil Stamen

Yukon Rush

1

1

2

1

0

5

1

0

11

7

-4

26%

25/39

28:52

5:07

3:29

0

7

12

23

3

1

1

3

43/50

86%

1

4

0

0

5/9

56%

Tee Pee E II

Yukon Rush

0

0

0

-2

0

0

1

1

8

11

3

17%

0/0

15:43

0:00

0:00

1

11

6

29

5

1

1

0

32/39

82%

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

Vlad Imir

Yukon Rush

0

0

0

-3

0

3

0

1

16

4

-12

20%

0/1

32:18

3:23

3:24

0

4

16

60

13

1

2

2

35/49

71%

0

5

2

0

3/10

30%

β-YUK D1

Yukon Rush

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0%

0/0

2:09

0:26

1:43

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

β-YUK D2

Yukon Rush

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0%

0/0

0:25

0:00

0:25

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

β-YUK LW1

Yukon Rush

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0%

0/0

4:23

0:00

1:14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

β-YUK LW2

Yukon Rush

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0%

0/0

0:00

0:00

0:00

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

β-YUK RW1

Yukon Rush

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0%

0/0

2:33

0:00

0:00

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

Team Totals

Yukon Rush

4

8

12

-10

8

34

19

9

132

114

-18

20%

46/88

N/A

N/A

N/A

15

113

117

443

64

13

17

13

412/529

78%

0

31

8

2

34/75

45%

 

GoalieName

TeamName

Saves

ShotsAgainst

SavePCT

MP

SaveNoRebound

SaveWithRebound

PuckRetrieved

----------

--------

-----

------------

-------

--

-------------

---------------

-------------

Kloxified

Yukon Rush

29

33

0.879

65:00:00

22

7

34

 

 

Yukon Rush Advanced Metrics

Corsi For: 75                       Corsi Against: 68               Corsi: 7                                 Corsi For %: 52.45

Fenwick For: 67                 Fenwick Against: 59        Fenwick: 8                           Fenwick For %: 53.17

PDO: 99.643

 

Las Vegas Aces

 

PlayerName

TeamName

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

S

H

SB

GA

TA

GA/TA

GA%

FO

MP

PP MP

PK MP

HitLP

PassINT

LPPickup

RPass

DumpIns

Icings

LPfromHit

LostPuck

Passes

PassPct

SDelfect

SMiss

SBlock

SHitPost

Shots

SOGPct

----------

--------

-

-

-

---

---

-

-

--

--

--

-----

---

--

--

-----

-----

-----

-------

--------

-----

-------

------

---------

--------

------

-------

--------

-----

------

--------

-----

------

Andy Nexber

Las Vegas Aces

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0%

0/0

0:00

0:00

0:00

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

Angel Wachiure

Las Vegas Aces

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

5

1

-4

12%

0/0

18:08

4:33

0:27

0

1

9

30

2

1

2

3

21/25

84%

1

4

1

0

2/7

29%

Artair McCloud

Las Vegas Aces

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

7

4

-3

44%

0/0

15:10

0:00

0:00

0

4

3

9

1

0

2

0

6/12

50%

0

1

0

0

0/1

0%

Bill Kapri

Las Vegas Aces

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0%

0/0

0:00

0:00

0:00

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

Chase Crosby

Las Vegas Aces

0

0

0

0

4

1

0

3

18

13

-5

25%

0/0

17:40

4:33

0:33

0

13

18

40

6

3

0

2

39/56

70%

0

1

0

0

1/2

50%

Chris Reynolds

Las Vegas Aces

1

0

1

2

2

5

1

0

6

7

1

8%

2/2

23:22

3:23

3:04

1

7

6

60

7

0

0

2

44/50

88%

1

8

1

1

5/15

33%

Connor Sim

Las Vegas Aces

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0%

0/0

1:33

0:00

0:00

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

Gary Rush

Las Vegas Aces

0

3

3

2

0

7

2

0

13

12

-1

17%

0/1

24:23

3:23

4:59

1

12

11

54

9

0

2

3

43/54

80%

0

1

0

0

7/8

88%

Its Gucci

Las Vegas Aces

0

1

1

0

0

2

2

0

1

1

0

6%

12/31

23:14

4:33

3:53

2

1

0

17

2

1

0

2

19/20

95%

1

2

2

0

2/6

33%

Joakim Lund

Las Vegas Aces

1

0

1

0

2

1

2

1

9

15

6

23%

0/0

21:37

0:00

3:53

2

14

11

14

3

0

1

0

26/34

76%

0

0

0

0

1/1

100%

Kasper Kankkunen

Las Vegas Aces

0

0

0

2

0

3

2

1

14

17

3

25%

0/0

26:42

3:23

5:30

2

17

10

29

7

0

0

0

29/43

67%

0

1

2

0

3/6

50%

Kelly Power

Las Vegas Aces

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

4

1

-3

22%

1/2

15:10

0:00

0:00

1

1

0

17

2

0

2

1

10/13

77%

0

0

1

0

0/1

0%

Linus Zetterstrom

Las Vegas Aces

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

10

4

-6

38%

0/0

15:10

0:00

0:00

2

4

5

17

2

0

1

1

14/22

64%

0

0

0

0

0/0

0%

Matt thunder

Las Vegas Aces

0

1

1

0

2

0

1

0

13

14

1

21%

0/0

24:35

4:33

5:15

1

14

14

33

6

1

0

2

39/51

76%

0

0

1

0

0/1

0%

Nero Endrizzi

Las Vegas Aces

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

4

5

1

31%

2/12

15:43

0:00

0:33

0

5

4

4

1

0

0

0

9/13

69%

0

0

0

0

1/1

100%

Nicholas Sunderbruch

Las Vegas Aces

0

0

0

0

0

5

3

0

8

5

-3

13%

0/0

17:41

4:33

0:00

2

5

11

45

7

1

3

1

33/39

85%

1

5

0

1

5/11

45%

Rhynex Entertainment

Las Vegas Aces

1

2

3

2

0

5

2

0

3

9

6

6%

25/40

26:03

3:23

5:06

2

7

11

30

8

1

1

0

56/58

97%

1

0

1

0

5/6

83%

Roseann Petal

Las Vegas Aces

1

1

2

2

2

1

2

1

12

12

0

17%

0/0

24:11

3:23

3:53

1

12

6

53

11

0

1

0

44/55

80%

0

1

0

0

1/2

50%

Team Totals

Las Vegas Aces

4

8

12

10

12

33

23

8

127

120

-7

18%

42/88

N/A

N/A

N/A

17

117

119

452

74

8

15

17

432/545

79%

0

24

9

2

33/68

49%

 

GoalieName

TeamName

Saves

ShotsAgainst

SavePCT

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Drew Minott

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Las Vegas Aces Advanced Metrics

Corsi For: 68                       Corsi Against: 75               Corsi: -7                                Corsi For %: 47.55

Fenwick For: 59                 Fenwick Against: 67        Fenwick: -8                         Fenwick For %: 46.83

PDO: 100.357

 

Summary

A really fun back and forth game where both teams took control. The total attempts in the game reflected in the Corsi totals is in the top 10 of all VHLM games so far which means this was an offensively driven, back and forth, exciting game. Add to that it had an exciting overtime and a shootout going into an extra round and you have the most exciting game of the season so far.

 

Tagging the GMs and AGMs I didn't get in the article @Spartan @Blazzer  @JigglyGumballs Sorry if I missed anyone else with my tags!

 

1807 words not including the stat dump. Will claim for 3 weeks.

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Probably the best article I’ve seen on here, funny and full of info. Easy to read, and it must have took a while to make this. Huge credit for taking the time to make this beautiful, loved the advanced stats. 

Favourite part: Nick Sunderbruch’s four shots in six seconds, plus your genius photo

9.9/10 because no one’s perfect

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