First, Bears and Whalers would face off for 3rd place with the Bears having a slight advantage with a 1 goal lead from game one (5-4). The Whalers could do little to prevent the Bears from reclaiming last year’s third place, however, much due to the 5 goals scored by Bears forward Angus Burke. The Bears pulled away and would eventually win it 12-2 and thus grab third place with a 17-6 aggregate win.
In the championship final, reigning champions Capilano Coho would match up with regular season winners Vancouver Orcas. The Orcas had a 7 goal advantage from their strong 12-5 win in game 1 and the Coho would have to bring their very best game to defend their title. That would prove difficult, however, with the Orcas grabbing a quick 2-0 lead. The Coho would get back in it and build a 2 goal lead but the Orcas quickly answered. The teams kept exchanging leads in a close fought game, finally ending in an 8-7 score favor the Coho – which wasn’t enough as the Orcas controlled to a 19-13 aggregate win. The Vancouver Orcas are the new VFL champions!
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VFL Champions: Vancouver Orcas
Back left: Philipp Salm, Tadeas Venzara, Ola Mogstad, Benny Nordberg, Simon Kuehne, Simon Huntley, Antoine Moret
Front left: Andrew Wilczewski (of the Bears), Melaine Ravenel, Bryce Adams, Carola Nordberg, Dawn Williams
Missing players: Johan Hoglund, Dan Condon, Cyrus Huang
2nd place: Capilano Coho
Back left: Lauri Hannelius, Jonas Flueckiger, Mike Staub, Blair Zimmerman, Grant Zimmerman
Front left: Jennifer Price, Rasmus Thisner, Margrit Scheidegger, Robbie Wilkinson, Greg Beaudin
3rd place: Bears
Back left: Arek Piszczek, Ron Spencer, Andrejs Buzinauskis, Mario Kradofler, Aaron Benda, Vincent Hozza
Front left: Andrew Wilczewski, Mattias Ludi, Angus Burke
4th place: Whalers
Back left: Alex, Chris Porta, Mattias Christianson, Johan Backstrom, Karl Marits, Adam, Luke Richard, Trevor Hunt, Samuel Andres
Front left: Anita Dawson, Kristoffer Fransson, Luka Kojima