The Pacific North Division has been dominated by the San Jose Pirates Elite team since the division was formed prior to the creation of the American Inline Hockey League. This year the division would finally take new shape. The Oakland Goodlife, after playing in the league’s inaugural season, took the 2009-10 campaign off and regrouped to come back strong this season. Come back strong they did. The Goodlife almost ran the table in the Pacific North Division with the league’s best 23-1-0 record. That included a season sweep of the defending champion San Jose Pirates, six games in the regular season, plus a two game sweep in the first round of the divisional playoffs.
The Ripon Savage (16-8-0) were the divisions second best regular season team and earned a spot in the division final by defeating the Northern California Mustangs in two straight games. The Goodlife’s only loss of the season came at the hands of the Savage back on Feb12th. The series was all it was billed up to be. The Goodlife defeated the Savage in two extremely tight games 5-3 & 5-4.
During the regular season the team was led by a trio of defensemen, Ben Caliz, Kevin & Casey Kennedy. Forwards Travis Suyeishi, Jason Weiser, Brian Smith, & Joe Atkins all registered over 30 points, in what could be easiliy considered the AIHL’s deepest and most potent offensive unit. Goalie Kevin Silva led the entire AIHL in multiple categories, including wins, gaa, & save percentage.
The Goodlife will next face the ultimate test, as they must deal with the defending champion Huntington Beach Ducks in the Western Conference Semi-finals. Having dethrowned the defending Pac North Champions enroute to this point, the Goodlife must continue dispatching mighty foes if their quest is to continue.
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