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In MLU’s new video series Ultimate Gamechangers, we take a weekly look back at the moments that shaped the 2015 season.
With the 2016 MLU Season kicking off next weekend, we have time for just one last look back at the paramount moments of last season. And we saved a big one for last.
With a ticket to the 2015 MLU Championship on the line, the 5-5 Seattle Rainmakers traveled to Portland to take on the 9-1 Stags. The matchup had not gone particular well for the Rainmakers that season, with the Stags taking all three of their earlier meetings. Despite making the playoffs, few Rainmakers likely forgot about their opening weekend walloping at the hands of the Stags.
Nobody gave the Rainmakers much of a chance in the game. The Stags had bulldozed their way to a near perfect regular season record and looked poised to represent the Western Conference in the 2016 MLU Championship, but Head Coach Steve Gussin and the Rainmakers weren’t just going to step out of the way and hand over their chance at a title.
Right out of the gate, the Rainmakers showed the Portland fans that they were there to fight, and the what resulted was one of the most surprising and exciting games in MLU history, as well as perhaps the most significant game changing performance of the 2015 MLU Season.