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All Tied Up

Dec 8, 2017
 

It seems as though with the holidays fast approaching many in the GWLHL are getting into the spirit of the season as no fewer than half the games on the slate in weeks 8 and 9 ending up in ties with Rouge and Green both currently sporting impressive(?) two game tying streaks.

With the half way point of the season coming up (already!) next week the standings remain very tight with the hottest team in the league Teal riding a 5 game winning streak to the top of the standings to hold a slim 2 point advantage over those young whippersnappers on White. Starting with White in 2nd spot, the next 5 spots in the standings after Teal are all separated by just a single point each. Down in the dank, dark GWLHL basement Yellow and Black are still looking to get their games in gear with only 1 win apiece so far this season, but hey, it's still early right? Right?!? Looks like it's going to be a tight race all year and the jockeying for playoff position will go down to the final weeks of the season.

Get Your GWLHL Branded Apparel Now!

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.

Happy shopping!

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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.

The Specialist of Special Teams

Oct 31, 2017
 

In a game that shows just how ridiculous and fun (maybe not so much fun for the goalies) the GWLHL can be Green picked up their first win of the season by skating away with an 11-8 win over Teal in week 3. Super snipers Sean Brokop and Reggie Goodfellow put on quite a show going toe to toe and blow for blow in what can only be described as a heavyweight bout with Reggie notching 7 goals, 1 assist and Brokop answering with 5 goals and 1 assist of his own. With those kind of numbers both should be early favorites for the Cy Young award. Sadly both of these single game point totals are more points than I had in my first season in the league but I digress...

Not only did these two go back and forth lighting up the score sheet like a Christmas tree all game long but the way the goals were scored was pretty special too. While Reggie and Teal managed two power-play goals, Green scored not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, but 5 short-handed goals and threw in a power-play goal just for good measure. That's 8 special teams goals out of the 19 total that were scored in the game. Of course that means that in true GWLHL fashion, more short-handed goals were scored (5) than power-play goals (3). You'd think that 5 short-handed goals by one team and/or 8 special teams goals in one game would be some sort of GWLHL record but knowing this league it's probably not and I'm not going to dig through the archives to check.

*Asked for clarification on the rules after the game, GWLHL head ref Darryl Fedyck confirmed that unfortunately it IS NOT possible for the aggrieved team to decline a penalty taken by the opposing team just because it's more likely to be scored on with the power-play than to score. Better start working on that Power Kill now.

Week 1 Match-ups are Set

Oct 7, 2017
 

With the 2017-2018 GWLHL draft in the books it's time to take those teams that each captain pairing thinks looks so good on paper and test them to see if that translates to the ice in any way shape or form. Week 1 begins with games on Wednesday October 11th and Thursday October 12th and the match-ups are as follows:

Game 1 - Wednesday at 4:40 - White vs. Blue

Team Blue's captains Adam Conci and Erik Sproll return from last year sporting an entirely new lineup and will face first time GWLHL captains Mitchell Link and Simon Schaubroeck. Will experience prevail or will the GWLHL's newest captains show all the grizzled vets they'll be a force to be reckoned with?

Game 2 - Wednesday at 5:00 (on Rink 1) - Rouge vs. Orange

Game 2 features two returning captain pairs from last year as Troy Woods and Gord Dowhan's Rouge (yes Rouge, not Red) team takes on Craig Robb & Greg Martin's Orange. This should be a great match-up assuming enough players remember the change in our regular start time and rink due to a scheduling conflict and don't show up to the wrong rink 50 minutes late. The only question is why wasn't this game scheduled a little later in the season after Orange gets their new reversible jerseys so players can actually tell the two teams apart on the ice? I blame the Convener. Expect a lot of passes to the wrong team.

Game 3 - Thursday at 4:40 - Teal vs. Black

Two powerhouse offenses collide when Teal featuring the GWLHL's all time leading scorer Reggie Goodfellow takes on Black featuring the likes of perennial point producers Joey Reuther, Jay Duggan, and Sanjay Guliani. Calls to Vegas to get the over/under for this game were not returned as of press time but trust me, take the over.

Game 4 - Thursday at 5:50 - Green vs. Yellow

The final game of the week is sure to be a barn burner as another two returning captain pairings from last year face off with Green's Tim Grant and Reinhart Waldner taking the ice against what's sure to be their #1 nemesis all year long, Yellow's Brian Boyd and Jeremy Dick. While Boyd and Dick are sporting a very different lineup from a year ago Grant and Waldner were clearly shamelessly trying to pick the same team again that they took all the way to triple OT of the final last year before losing a heart-breaker on a terrible fluke goal. 6 players from that team that lost in the final return for another shot at GWLHL glory so we'll see which team's strategy pays off in week 1.

A New Season...New Possibilities...Mostly same old Captains

Sep 28, 2017
 

The rookie game and draft is right around the corner on Thursday Oct 5th and unbridled optimism is in the air as this year's 16 captains plan their draft strategies to assemble their dream team of GWLHLers to take them to the promised land of a coveted GWLHL Championship...or, failing that, at least draft a fun dressing room of guys to shoot the (expletive deleted) with in the room and Hooters one demoralizing loss after another all season long.

With 12 of this year's 16 captains returning from last season the draft room is sure to be filled with a lot of familiarity and even more contempt. A new GWLHL Champion captain pair will be crowned this season as last year's Championship co-captains both decided to quit while they were ahead and rode off into the sunset on a winning note.

This year's captain pairings are:

Team Black: Joey Reuther & Kristian Regnier
Team Blue: Adam Conci & Erik Sproll
Team Green: Tim Grant & Reinhart Waldner
Team Orange: Craig Robb & Greg Martin
Team Rouge: Troy Woods & Gord Dowhan
Team Teal: Clay Bittner & Michael Geith
Team White: Mitchell Link & Simon Schaubroeck
Team Yellow: Jeremy Dick & Brian Boyd

The season kicks off on Wednesday Oct 11th and Thursday Oct 12th so get your hot dog machines and coolers ready!

Registration Update - Sold Out as of 9/11/17

Sep 6, 2017
 

Registration is now sold out for the 2017-2018 GWLHL season. If you would like to play this season but haven't signed up yet please send in a registration form and you will be placed on a waiting/replacement list. We will be going back to an 8 team league this year based on the number of registrations received so there will be no weekly Wednesday 5:00pm ice times this year, just the usual Wednesday & Thursday 4:40 and 5:50 ice times.


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