After each week during the regular season, Wild.com, along with our friends from Dairy Queen, asked fans to pick the Top Play from each week. So how do we figure out the best of the best? A fan vote in a winner-take-all-style tournament bracket. Well, after collecting two days of votes from you the fans, the Quarterfinal results are in with the four bracket winners remaining to fight for the title of Top Play of the Year. Check out a PDF of the updated bracket, here. The Semifinal voting will open on Monday, June 9.
Here are the results of the Quarterfinals (percentage of votes in parenthesis):
Koivu’s Tic-Tap-Tip-in (56.69) defeats Suter’s Hatty
It is only fitting that the captain is on the receiving end of the play that wins the Granlund Bracket. Mikko Koivu would’ve had the bracket named after him, but the upstart Finn, Granlund, had the play with the most weekly votes heading into the tournament. However, Koivu takes the bracket and gets that last laugh with this dandy of a play. The Week 12 winner will face the winner of the Pominville Bracket…
Granny To Pommer (70.16) defeats Pretty Passing To Pomminville
Not so fast, Mikael Granlund, says. Just because he was bounced from his own bracket, doesn’t mean he’s out of the tournament. He teams up with Jason Pominville for Granny To Pommer, which easily defeats Pretty Passing To Pominville. A little wrinkle to this play is that Koivu, winner of the Granlund bracket, earned the primary assist on the defeated play.
OMParise (68.73) defeats Nin-OT
In the battle of the coolest play name, OMParise outlasts Nin-OT. The favorite from the beginning in this bracket, you can almost see it in Zach Parise’s face as he celebrates the goal, “Oh, my! This play is going all the way in the end of the season Top Plays Tournament!” Well, it will have to get past the winner of the Saves Bracket…
Kuemper Denies (54.3) defeats Bryz Paddle Down
The Wild used a slew of goaltenders, so it comes as no surprise that the closest of our Quarterfinal matchups comes down to the tenders. Kuemper Denies will represent the defensive side of things in the Tournament, edging Bryz Paddle Down. The Week 19 winner looks to pull another upset against the home grown goal from Parise.