After a memorable regular season run, Captain Ennsmann and his top-seeded 'Ennsmenn In Black' agents probably want to erase their memories of the Spring 2017 playoffs. Black lost one game over ten weeks of regulation play, but twice that many in just three playoff games. Orange is the new Black now, having toppled the top two seeds, and lost only to the catbird-seat-sitting Royal Blue in their Cup quest thus far.

After veering off script with a five goal scoring spate in Week Two, White was back on their usual path, sending Stonewash Blue to the scrap heap with a 1-0 win. Vance Morra scored the lone goal for either side in the first period, assisted by white hot rookie, Tony Rissi. Nick Meglich battled valiantly in a fill-in roll, but his 22/23 effort was bested by Josh Bernd's 11/11 evening. White move on to face Orange in the Loser's Bracket semis, while Captain Steph Palomo Schmidt's team will have to relish their bittersweet Spring 2017 memories on the couch for the next few weeks.

Royal Blue punched their ticket to the finals, winning a seesaw battle with Aqua, 5-3. Dan Ciraolo posted the rare in-vain-hat-trick, scoring all of Aqua's goals in the loss. Dan Jurgens and Joe Malki both registered a pair of goals in the winning effort, and Chris Malki added an insurance marker with under a minute to play. The league's most potent offense has marched into the finals, and will await either a rematch with Aqua, or a surprise meeting with either White or Orange on July 16th.

'Free OJ!' continued their brazen lam towards the freedom of the finals, (allegedly) slashing the playoff throats of top-seeded Black in a 3-1 stunner. Kim Hernandez neatly tucked home the game's first goal, and Black held that 1-0 lead into the third period. Orange found their form in time to even the score early in the third (London Peters from Melissa Macauley), take the lead minutes later (Arnold Gonzales from Mark DeGraffenreid), and salt it away late (DeGraffenreid from Macauley). Black's playoff death is under investigation at this time, and no suspects have officially been named. Meanwhile, no one is predicting Orange to go all the way, but 'if they did it', their run would included a win over the top seed, two wins over the second seed, and two wins over the Royal Blue juggernaut. TLC is already in talks over a potential quasi-reality series based on the events thus far...




Itís funny that pirates were always going around searching for treasure, and they never realized that the real treasure was the fond memories they were creating.

Arnold Gonzales

Spring League 2017 Final Standings

Team W-L-T PTS
Black [1]
7-1-2 16
White [2]
5-3-2 12
Grey [3]
4-2-4 12
Yellow [4]
4-3-3 11
Aqua [5]
4-4-2 10
Royal Blue [6]
4-4-2 10
Orange [7]
3-4-3 9
Stone Blue [8]
4-6-0 8
Green [E]
3-5-2 8
Brown [E]
3-6-1 7
Red [E]
3-6-1 7

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