Saturday, April 25, 2009

PSA Final Round Recap: Hofmann Cup Final


The LBP Final pitted husband against wife, as the Rochester Americans, owned by Greg Jorgensen, trounced the Pittsburgh Pumpkins, owned by Sarah Jorgensen, 408.7 to 268.2, in the third challenge for the Hofmann Cup. Rochester outscored Pittsburgh each week during the 22-day match and pulled away in the second week of competition, 195-112. What was a 32-point lead became a 115-point advantage, which made the final week an easy finish to the Final and the season for Rochester.

Rochester was the highest-ranked team not to make the Goodman Cup Playoffs and laid in wait as #9 Pittsburgh defeated #8 Chicago in the LBP First Round to gain the right to meet Rochester in the Hofmann Cup Final.

Rochester captured its second LBP Championship and first Hofmann Cup. The winner of the LBP Final used to claim the Athletic Cup between 1998 and 2001. The Athletic Cup was renamed the Hofmann Cup in 2007. In 2000, Rochester won the only tight LBP Final ever when the American defeated Cleveland by a single point. This was the second-largest margin of victory in LBP Finals history, trailing only last year's Long Island victory over Rochester (173.8 points). Pittsburgh's LBP Final appearance was its first in franchise history.

#5 Rochester 408.7, #9 Pittsburgh 268.2
Week 1: ROC 112.4, PIT 80.4
Week 2: ROC 195.0, PIT 112.0
Week 3: ROC 101.3, PIT 75.8

F Alex Kovalev - 9-8-17, 6 PPG (57 points)
D Nicklas Lidstrom - 3-6-9 (44.5)
PF David Backes - 7-2-9 (44)
F Jeff Carter - 7-6-13 (49 points)
F Alexander Ovechkin - 6-10-16 (44)
PF Scott Hartnell - 4-3-7, 20 PIM (42.5)

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