Week 12 was an eventful one as the Wolfpack continued their draft-mulligan-inspired run with yet another win over a league powerhouse as they took a 6-4 bite out of the Fish in Black. As if they needed another offensive dynamo, Mulinde M’Hango reminded the league what he’s made of with his first hat-trick of the season while Stan Mazur continued his sparkling record of having never been denied a goal in a match in this league.
The second match saw the only playoff-eliminated squad, the Grasskickers, pick up their 2nd victory of the season as super-sub turned goal-tender Jeff Valdivia set up Vladas Tvaskis for a game-sealing brace. The Yellowcards, still mourning the departure of fan-favorite Said Amalou in a mid-season trade to Montreal, will have to wait 1 more week to seal up a playoff spot of their own.
The 7pm game saw Andreas Bergen’s squad of sweets fall just short as his hat-trick was not enough to hold off the Mauves. Purple, searching for their 2nd win in 2 months, successfully quenched their thirst for victory as the score-line read 4-3 as the final buzzer rang. It would be their last sip of satisfaction for the night as slippery scorer Jordan Lomonaco took off early to fulfill his forgotten beer duties, never to be seen again.
Stay Classy FC ran into offensive struggles vs. a battered and substitution-starved group of Mean Girls as they were held to 3 goals, their lowest total in the Gaetan Infantino era. That ultimately would not matter as their modest output trumped the Plastics’ scoreless display, the 2nd such demonstration over the past two weeks. Having scored no goals since their tie vs. Team Blue and subsequent loss of 2 key players, one can only point to the injury of future all-star/apparent-nobody Jeremy Muzyka as their TSN turning point.
Yet another shutout was on the table as the 3 blue musketeers who wear red, Salman, Harun, and Rhys, ran roughshod over a compromised ACTUALLY blue team, combining for all 4 goals in a 4-0 shutout. Missing a number of players including their top two scorers and starting goalie, Les Bleus take consolation in the fact that this match had no bearing on their playoff standings.
There lots going on in the final week of the GWLMISL regular season, headlined by the return of everyone’s favorite column writer. The league also looks forward to karaoke night at Limelite, as well as a variety of playoff implications in a surprisingly close league race.
The first match features the Yellowcards vs. Kandy Krush FC for all the marbles. The winner will take part in the playoffs while the loser squares off against the Grass Kickers in this year’s Toilet Bowl, UNLESS they tie. In the event of a tie, they can potentially both move on should the Plastics fail to pick up a point in the 2nd match of the night.
As discussed earlier, a point by the Plastics would ensure their qualification and the end of the season for one of the teams in Game #1. Their adversary, Les Bleus, still without Kevin Tuyisenge, will be battling to avoid falling out of the top 5 and having to face one of the vaunted top 3 teams.
Fishin’ in the Dark will be battling for the same as Les Bleus as they square off against All The Right Mauves, who will be looking to keep their hopes of seizing 1st place alive with a win of their own. Team Black could lose their home field advantage with a loss. Male captains will be at a premium as Jean Fillion and Mike Siwicki miss this game, reportedly avoiding the city altogether due to the intense pressure of playing in such a monumental match.
The Grass Kickers have little to play for but after successfully filling the role of spoilers last week, they’ll look to do so again vs. a Team Blue that will also be chasing the top spot in the league with a win tonight. Salman Riyaz has already broken the league scoring record by 1 pt but can look to stretch that further out of reach.
The league’s final regular season match sees Stay Classy FC attempt to defend their 1pt lead at the top of the league in a battle against the rabid Wolfpack. The greys are currently set to face a top-3 opponent in the playoffs but a win of their own could allow them to vault 2 positions in the standings and offer home-field advantage in the first round.