Around the AUDL

Photos by Seattle Cascades, Montreal Royal

Two big games from around the League.

After leading the West during the first 4 weeks and beating San Francisco on the road in week 7 the Seattle Cascades (5-5) have faded mid season with four losses to LA and San Diego. They got a chance to bounce back in week 14 hosting the Vancouver Riptide (1-11) in a must win game.

The Cascades didn't just win but they dominated Vancouver with a 31-10 victory over the Riptide. The 21 point victory is the largest margin of victory in the West all season. Mark Burton continues to be the star of the Cascades team, leading the stats at +10 overall contribution with 7 assists and 3 goals. His partner in crime, Khalif El-Salaam also had a strong performance with a +7 overall contribution with 2 assists, 4 goals, and 1 block.

The win should provide a boast for the Cascades as they prepare for the hardest series you can face in the AUDL, the daunting Bay Area road trip. They'll face your San Jose Spiders on the 14th and head to San Francisco on Saturday the 15th. Expect Seattle to give everything they've got against your Western division leading San Jose Spiders. San Jose needs to win out to stay in first place in the West while Seattle needs at least 1 win to have a chance for that 3rd place spot and a playoff bid.

Out East the Montreal Royal(7-4) hosted the New York Empire (4-5). Montreal is the host city for the 2017 AUDL championship weekend, a surprise move since Montreal is not considered a contender to make the Eastern Conference playoffs. However, the story for Montreal has been similar to that of the San Jose Spiders. The Royal have been riding the strength of an electric crowd with a large number of under the radar players and now have a chance to take the Eastern Conference. A win over New York would seal the 3rd place spot for Montreal.

New York meanwhile has been another surprise but in the wrong way. Having signed big stars like Jeff Babbitt and Minnesota star Ben Jagt, this was the season New York was supposed to finally get that win over the Toronto Rush. But it hasn't gone as planned and New York is struggling to get a win against any of the top teams. Despite the records Montreal was considered the underdog in this matchup.

But instead of playing like an underdog, Montreal went out to a commanding 8-2 lead in the first and never trailed in the matchup. They finished the game with a 29-20 win and are 2 wins away from winning the Eastern Conference. Not only is it exciting to see an underdog story, but the prospects of seeing Montreal host championship weekend while playing in front of their home crowd should shatter all of the attendance record books ever written in the AUDL.

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