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1978 AVCO Cup Championship Finals

1977-78


1977-78 Winnipeg Jets, AVCO Cup Champions.

In a season that saw the Winnipeg Jets reel off victory streaks of 6, 11 and a record 15, and dominate the World Hockey Association like no other team ever had, nothing short of a convincing AVCO Cup Championship would be expected, and the Jets delivered. After quickly dispatching the Birmingham Bulls in the quarterfinals, the Jets rested for almost three weeks, then swept the New England Whalers for their second WHA Championship in three years. Lyle Moffatt had 3 goals and 4 assists, while linemate Bobby Guindon had 4 goals and an assist, to lead a balanced attack.

Game Summaries

Game 1 • May 12, 1978
Winnipeg 4, New England 1

SPRINGFIELD: Bobby Guindon scored twice, including the game's first goal at 4:31 into the third period, and Peter Sullivan added two goals to secure the first game win for Winnipeg.

Winnipeg 0 0 4 - 4
New England 0 0 1 - 1

1st period: No Scoring.
2nd period: No Scoring.
3rd period: 1. Wpg: Guindon (Moffat) 4:31; 2. Wpg: Sullivan 4:53; 3. NE: Pleau (Hangsleben, Bolduc) 8:07; 4. Wpg: Guindon (Lesuk) 13:55; 5. Wpg: Sullivan (Moffat) 19:45.
Shots: Wpg: 12-6-12—30; NE: 8-11-14—33
Goaltenders: Wpg: Bromley, NE: Levasseur.

 
Game 2 • May 14, 1978
Winnipeg 5, New England 2

SPRINGFIELD: The Jets pulled out to a four-goal lead into the third period behind a balanced attack. New England briefly countered to get within two goals, but a late score by Ulf Nilsson sealed the win.

Winnipeg 2 2 1 - 5
New England 0 0 2 - 2

1st period: 1. Wpg: Labraaten (Lindstrom) 14:02; 2. Wpg: Moffat (Amodeo) 19:32.
2nd period: 3. Wpg: Guindon (Lesuk, Moffat) 1:21; 4. Wpg: Hedberg (U. Nilsson) 17:10.
3rd period: 5. NE: G. Howe (Plumb, Rogers) 6:28; 6. NE: Mark Howe (J. Carlson) 15:17; 7. Wpg: U. Nilsson (Hedberg) 16:35.
Shots: Wpg: 12-8-7—27; NE: 2-13-9—24
Goaltenders: Wpg: Daley, NE: Levasseur.

 
Game 3 • May 19, 1978
Winnipeg 10, New England 2

WINNIPEG: The Jets blitzed Whaler netminder Al Smith with five goals in 2:50 early in the first period, and never looked back. Willy Lindstrom had the hat trick, Kent Nilsson had two goals and two assists, and Lynn Powis contributed a pair as the Jets took a commanding 3-0 series lead. Three of the Jets goals came on breakaways.

New England 0 0 2 - 2
Winnipeg 6 2 2 - 10

1st period: 1. Wpg: Lindstrom 4:56; 2. Wpg: Guindon (Lesuk, Moffat) 5:09; 3. Wpg: Hull (U. Nilsson, Hedberg) 6:32; 4. Wpg: Lindstrom (Sullivan, Long) 7:31; 5. Wpg: K. Nilsson (Kryskow, Baird) 7:46; 6. Wpg: K. Nilsson (Lindstrom, Clackson) 17:36.
2nd period: 7. Wpg: Powis (Kryskow, K. Nilsson) 4:55; 8. Wpg: Moffat (Dunn, Sullivan) 16:28.
3rd period: 9. NE: McKenzie (Keon, Marty Howe) 4:07; 10. NE: Sheehy (Lyle, Selwood) 5:10; 11. Wpg: Powis (K. Nilsson, Kryskow) 8:30; 12. Wpg: Lindstrom (Labraaten, Sullivan) 12:12.
Shots: NE: 12-7-11—30; Wpg: 12-11-10—33
Goaltenders: NE: Smith, Wpg: Bromley.

 
Game 4 • May 22, 1978
Winnipeg 5, New England 3

WINNIPEG: For the first time in the series, New England held a lead, behind two quick goals to start the first period. Winnipeg then tied the game with two scores in 12 seconds early in the second period, then built upon the lead behind two more goals by Anders Hedberg to secure the fourth win and the Championship for the Jets.

New England 2 0 1 - 3
Winnipeg 0 3 2 - 5

1st period: 1. NE: Antonovich (Keon, McKenzie) 1:37; 2. NE: Ley (Sheehy) 1:59.
2nd period: 3. Wpg: Kryskow (Hedberg, K. Nilsson) 3:26; 4. Wpg: Moffat (Guindon) 3:38; 5. Wpg: Hedberg (Sjoberg, U. Nilsson) 17:59.
3rd period: 6. Wpg: Hull (U. Nilsson, Hedberg) 3:26; 7. NE: Lyle (Hangsleben, S. Carlson) 11:25; 8. Wpg: Hedberg (U. Nilsson, Green) 19:28.
Shots: NE: 8-6-13—27; Wpg: 8-12-8—28
Goaltenders: NE: Smith, Wpg: Daley.

 

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