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Nov 17, 2017
 

In case you haven't heard Harv-Al Sportswear who have been supplying the GWLHL with our jerseys for many years now has set up an online store where we can purchase GWLHL branded apparel. The store is open 24/7 but only for a limited time so get your orders in before end of day on Sunday Nov 26th! Orders should be ready by Dec 15th, just in time for Christmas.

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Team Rouge 1st Place After Week 6

Nov 17, 2017
 

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.

Quarter Point of the Season

Nov 10, 2017
 

With week 5 now in the books we've officially reached the 1/4 point of the regular season so I feel like it's a good time to take stock of where we're at. Week 5 action saw Rouge manage a late comeback to tie Yellow 7-7 to remain the only undefeated team leading the league with a whopping 9 points at 4-0-1 while Black has a less than whopping 0 points and remains the only team still looking for that elusive first win/point at 0-5-0.

There seems to be more parity than usual in the league this year as there is a massive logjam in the standings with half the league tied at 6 points with records of 3-2 while Yellow is lurking close behind with 4 points at 1-2-2. After struggling out of the gate starting the season 0-2 team Green holds the league's longest current winning streak at 3 games which includes wins against each of the teams they're tied with in the standings so I hold them directly responsible for creating that 4-way tie for 2nd place. Thanks a lot jerks.

Looking ahead to week 6 the game of the week looks to be Rouge putting their undefeated record on the line against powerful Reggie Goodfellow and Teal. Interestingly, none of the 4 teams currently tied for 2nd place are playing each other in week 6 so I predict the logjam in the standings doesn't clear up anytime soon.

Troy Haugen Joins 900 Point Club!

Nov 9, 2017
 

With a 2 goal and 1 assist performance in Team Blue's 10-7 win over Teal last week GWLHL Hall of Famer Troy Haugen became only the 3rd member of the super exclusive 900 Points Club in his 19th season in the league. By doing so he joins Reggie Goodfellow and Larry Davidson in this exclusive group. This is Troy's first year back in the league after a 7 year hiatus or else he would have hit this magical milestone a long time ago (7 years ago is my guess). Troy now sits a mere 327 points behind the inactive Davidson for 2nd place in all time scoring. At his current career points per game pace it would take Troy about 141 more games or 7ish more seasons to catch Larry. I tried calculating how long it would take Troy to catch Reggie for 1st but my calculator exploded. Go get 'em Troy!

Congratulations to Troy on this historic accomplishment!

A Miracle on Ice!

Nov 3, 2017
 

For the second time in as many weeks Team Green was involved in a crazy game that left many involved just shaking their heads in disbelief. Last week it was 5 short-handed goals in one game and this time it was a comeback of epic proportions. Sources inside the dressing room say Green may have come into the game foolishly overconfident due to the news that White was down their top two defensemen for the game. However, as often happens in the GWLHL the game didn't go quite according to plan...

The game started out much tighter than anticipated for the first 2 periods with Green grabbing a 1-0 1st period lead on a power play goal while White answered with a late 2nd period goal to tie it 1-1 heading into the 3rd. The 3rd is where things got interesting and more than a little nutty. White jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first 4 minutes which Green answered with one of their own to cut the deficit to 3-2. Then White seemed to take a stranglehold on the game scoring twice more to make it 5-2 with just under 4 minutes remaining. Green must have passed around the smelling salts on the bench at this point as they seemed to wake up and proceeded to score 4 goals in just 54 seconds to shock White and take a 6-5 lead which they held on to for dear life with White pulling their goalie and applying serious pressure to try to tie it late.

Included in that 4 goals in 54 second barrage, team Green savior Sean Brokop scored both the tying and winning goal in a span of just 5 seconds which not only won the game for Green but also completed a 3rd period hat trick for Brokop as he also scored a goal earlier in the 3rd to cut White's lead to 3-2 at the time. How the hell does someone score 2 goals in 5 seconds you may ask? After scoring the tying goal, Brokop took the faceoff at center ice, pushed the puck forward off the draw and proceeded to split the defense and score the game winner unassisted. That's how.

I have no idea if a team has ever scored 4 goals in under a minute to come back from a late 3rd period 3 goal deficit to win the game let alone scored the tying and winning goals in a span of 5 seconds but both should be records even if they're not. Once again, I'm not going to dig through the archives to see if someone (i.e. Reggie) did something similarly ridiculous at some point so we'll just assume it's never been done before.


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