Who knew that naming their team Rouge instead of Red in honour of Les Canadiens would pay off so handsomely for Rouge co-captain and goalie Gord Dowhan and his merry band of francophone fanatics? Despite losing their first game of the season 3-0 this week against Teal, Rouge stands alone in 1st place in the standings with a record of 4-1-1 and 9 points. Dowhan remains undefeated however as he decided to sit out this week rather than risk tarnishing his stellar 3.25 GAA against Reggie. Shrewd strategy I say as Dowhan attempts to stay in contention for the 2017-2018 GWLHL William M. Jennings Trophy.
In other action 3 teams remain hot on Rouge's heels as White, Teal, and Green all picked up wins this week and now all sit just 1 point back at 4-2 and 8 points. Blue drops out of last week's 4 way tie with the above teams as they lost a close 2-0 decision to Orange in a game that was mere minutes from ending in a scoreless tie before Orange broke the stalemate late in the 3rd. Has a 0-0 tie ever happened before in the history of the GWLHL?? Someone check the archives!
Black continues to look for that ever so elusive first win and are no doubt feeling robbed after having a late 3rd period go-ahead goal called off as GWLHL Hall of Fame ref Larry Blanchard once again made his favorite 'in the crease' call and waived off the potential game-winner. Soon after the controversial (but ultimately correct) no-goal call, Green scores the game winner as co-captain Reinhart Waldner, fresh off a pep talk from teammate and motivational speaker Dennis Jajetovic, ripped the winner home ending a personal 4 game goal drought. Green netted a couple of late empty netters which made the score look much better for them than it actually was. One of those empty netters was scored by a Mr. Sean Brokop who I don't think I've mentioned in these pages before, which capped an impressive 6 goal double hat trick performance. He now sits with 18 goals in 6 games which by my calculations averages out to approximately a single hat trick per game.