Mt. Pleasant, PA – The New Jersey Braves looked like the “Cream of the Crop” coming into this past weekend’s PIHA Finals and ultimately the Braves proved that they were. One of PIHA’s newest franchises were too much for the Scottdale Inferno on Sunday as the Braves swept the home team in spectacular fashion and went on to their first KIHA Cup Championship.
Although the final matchup was the “Braves Show”, the team from North Jersey did not exactly “walk” through the weekend’s round robin play. The Braves ultimately went 6-2 to be the first seed heading into the final series but, after winning game 7 of 8 in the round robin the team decided to sit a few key players and went on to lose game 8 to the very same Inferno team they would meet on Sunday. This was a tough break for one of the best teams at Finals weekend as the Inferno win knocked out the Mile High Miners and ended their shot at a rematch with the Braves. “It was an unfortunate circumstance but one that has happened several times in the roller hockey world. A team not needing to win is only looking towards the future and their chance at a championship but it’s tough for another team that a decision like that may affect. The Miners coaching staff handled things with great professionalism and the league will definitely be taking a look at other options for the 2013-2014 season,” mentioned PIHA President, CJ Yoder.
The league would also like to thank the Pennsylvania Monsoon for joining us at the Finals. The organization and its players proved why they have been in PIHA since its inception. Spectacular weekend for everyone, all around!