The Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights have made the playoffs! And to make things even better, they won some nice hardware for finishing atop their division. The Knights will play the Iowa Stars in the West Division Quarterfinal Series beginning Friday, April 20th in Omaha. The Knights finished the 2006-07 season with the John D. Chick Trophy as the West Division Regular Season Champions and the Norman R. â€œBudâ€ Poile Trophy as the Western Conference Regular Season Champions
The Knights embark on their first Calder Cup Playoff campaign and finished the regular season with a record of 49-25-5-1, good for 104 points. The win and point totals are franchise records.
2007 CALDER CUP PLAYOFFS:
West Division Semifinalâ€”Series â€œGâ€
W1 Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights vs. W4 Iowa Stars
Game 1 â€“ Fri., April 20 â€“ Iowa at Omaha, 7:00 p.m.
Game 2 â€“ Sat., April 21 â€“ Iowa at Omaha, 7:00 p.m.
Game 3 â€“ Mon., April 23 â€“ Omaha at Iowa, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 â€“ Wed., April 25 â€“ Omaha at Iowa, 7:05 p.m.
*Game 5 â€“ Fri., April 27 â€“ Iowa at Omaha, 7:00 p.m.
*Game 6 â€“ Sat., April 28 â€“ Omaha at Iowa, 7:05 p.m.
*Game 7 â€“ Tue., May 1 â€“ Iowa at Omaha, 7:00 p.m.
Season Series vs. Iowa: 8-4-0-0 Home: 3-3-0-0 Road: 5-1-0-0
The history is deep between the two teams. In the NHL division play teams square off eight times. The Ak-Sar-Ben Knights played the Stars 12 times during the 2006-07 season. Including the pre-season, the two teams have squared off 14 times this year. The Knights were 8-4-0-0 against the Stars this season. Five of the eight wins came at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA. All time, the Knights are 13-7-1-1 against the Stars including a record of 9-2-0-0 on the road. Carsen Germyn led the Knights in scoring against the Stars this season with five goals and five assists for ten points in twelve games. Both goalies earned four wins against the Stars this season. Curtis McElhinney was 4-1-0 in five appearances with a 1.20 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage in head-to-head play. Brent Krahn was 4-3-0 in seven appearances with a 2.28 goals-against and a .917 save percentage.
Go Knights! Hope you fair better than the beleaguered Flames.