Although the weather may be getting colder outside, things were really heating up inside the rink this week in the GWLWHL.
The first game of the night was between Team Purple and Team Yellow. After falling to a strong Green team last week, the Yellow team was looking for a win this week, while Team Purple was just happy to have more than 9 skaters on the ice! The Yellow team was fighting hard, shutting down almost all opportunities for Purple to score, until Purple's Ericka Halldorson managed to squeak one over the goal line. Up by one after the first, Yellow answered back just over midway through the second and the score was now tied. But even with 20 shots on goal, Team Yellow couldn't get any more pucks past Purple goalie Melanie and the game ended in this season's fifth tie.
Game 2 saw Team Orange take on Team Green. While the shots on goal were fairly even, the scoreboard told a different story when it came to goals. With 14 seconds left in the first period, Team Orange scored their third of the night when a bouncing puck went up and over Green's goalie and into the net, putting them up 3-0 after one. After a quick pep talk in between periods, Green was ready to get something going during the second but Orange shut them down, scoring three more goals. After scoring another two in the first half of the third period, Team Orange was now leading 8-0. In what some may call the "TSN turning point" of the game, Team Green's "Sniper 2.0", Chrisanne Beisick, netted her third goal of the season, trying to get her team energized. Green managed to score one more, but Orange pulled off the win 9-2.
Team Blue played Team Red in Game 3 of the night, with the Blue team being the dominant team of the two, scoring 3 goals in the first period alone. Not letting up, Red was able to get on the board when a pass from behind the net landed on Naomi Litman's stick and she made no mistake getting it into the back of the net. With another Red goal in the third, it was not enough to get past Blue, who won the match 5-2 and is now leading the league in points.
Week 6 will see more tough match-ups between GWLWHL teams when Team Yellow looks for revenge against Team Red who beat them 3-0 during Week 1. The Orange team and Blue team will meet up once again this season in what is sure to be a high scoring game. Expect an energetic and thrilling game to end the evening as neither Team Purple nor Team Green want to end up with yet another tie game as they did during Week 1. Hang around after your game or come early to cheer on the teams!
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It was an evening of primary versus secondary colours in the GWLWHL as the first game of the night saw Team Red play Team Orange in what was another great, crowd-pleasing match-up between two powerful teams. The Orange team opened up the scoring with Red answering back just two minutes later. Team Orange then waited until the very end of the first period to net their second of the night with only 8 seconds left, lifting them to a 2-1 lead after one. The second period saw the league's second penalty of the season, when the Red Team was given two minutes for hooking, but they did not let Orange get anything going, rallying to shut down all of Orange's chances for a goal on the PP. With just 3 minutes left in the game and down by one goal, a pass across the ice to the Red Team's Joy Levesque, made it through to the back of the net, resulting in yet another GWLWHL tie game. We're now at 4 tie games this season and counting!
The next Friday night showdown was between Team Yellow and Team Green. Although green is "secondary" in the colour scheme of life, the Green Team proved this week that they won't be second to anyone or anything! Reciting their game mantra of "I think I can, I think I can," they started off with a high energy level, taking every opportunity to shoot the puck to the net. With an impressive 26 shots on goal, it was already 4-0 for Team Green after two. Yellow tried to make a comeback with time running out in the third, scoring one goal, but it wasn't enough to stop the surging "Green Machines".
The night wrapped up with Team Blue blasting Team Purple in what was a primary/secondary colour catastrophe of a game - if you were on the Purple team, that is. Team Blue lived up to their "primary" colour roles by not only having a nearly full bench, but also by scoring 3 goals in the first period alone. Purple, down and out with limited players on the ice, showed they could still come together through tough times, even as Trudy Mulder tried to distract players by skating with a "Happy Birthday" helium balloon tied to her helmet for the first half of the game. The shiny display was enough to disorient Team Purple long enough, with Chantal "la-la-la-la-la" LaFreniere scoring Blue's final goal of the night to win 4-0.
Week 3 began with Team Blue looking for their first "W" of the season against Team Green. With plenty of scoring chances in the first period alone, the Blue team seemed happy just to ring the puck off the iron and out instead. After a scoreless first, both teams turned up the intensity even more, and with just over 4 minutes left in the second, the Blue team got ahead 1-0. In the third period, Team Green fought hard to get on the scoreboard. After seeing the Blue team score shortly after hitting a goalpost, they decided to test that theory for themselves and did the same. Unfortunately, that method of scoring only worked for the Blue team and with just seconds left in the game, Team Blue squeaked another puck through a bunch of traffic in front of the net to solidify their win 2-0.
The evening's second game saw Team Red face Team Purple. Team Red didn't waste any time getting things going when Naomi Litman netted one only 10 seconds into the game. The Purple team answered back later on in the first period, tying the game up. Three more goals were scored by Team Purple in an eventful second period, including a nice goal by Purple Captain Sheryl, scoring her first of the season. It was a hard fought, back-and-forth game between the two teams that ended with Team Purple victorious for their first "non-tie" game win of the season, now currently leading the league in points.
The last game of the night ended with a citrus-infused match-up with Team Yellow taking on their juicy rivals, the Orange team. Yellow was hoping for their first win of the year and the game soon became a battle between each team’s player wearing jersey #4 for goal number one. It was Yellow's #4 that squeezed the first goal out of Team Orange but Team Yellow didn't stop there. Yellow Captain Megan was looking for her first goal of the season and she found it in the second period, putting her team up 2-0. Only seconds later, and feeling pressure from the Orange team, Team Yellow brought out their juicer and scored one more. It was another fast-paced, exhilarating game in the GWLWHL, with Team Yellow’s goaltender, Nat, taking home week 3’s first star, not letting any of Orange’s pulp get through the strainer.
Team Purple's first game of the season ended in a tie last week and this week, they came out on the ice swinging, looking to get an early lead to squash any hopes of a Team Orange win. The first goal of the night came courtesy of Team Purple's Morgan McCaughan, who scored in the first period, putting Purple up 1-0 through one. The second period brought a surge of Orange power when Hayleigh Gushuliak scored their first goal right off the face off. But Team Purple didn't let that quick goal get them down. They rallied late in the third period but by then, Team Orange already scored a second goal, putting "the juices" up by one. An exciting back-and-forth game ended in a tie - the second tie for Team Purple so far this year.
After a Game 1 loss last week, Team Yellow were looking to get on the scoreboard early against a feisty Green team. Green drew first blood when Captain Lindsay, parked right on the doorstep, knocked in a juicy one. Then, unexpectedly, it was deja vu when Lindsay scored her second goal the exact same way, putting Green up 2-0. In the third period, Joelle Hutcheson got her Yellow team on the board with a quick goal. Seconds later, Yellow scored again with a shot that just snuck past the goaltender. Not about to let a Yellow resurgence happen, Team Green answered back when Captain Stacey got goal number four of the night. With another goal added to Green's list with only a few minutes left in the game, the Green team solidified their win.
Both Team Blue and Team Red had the same number of goals last week ("lucky" number 3?!) and were both looking to double (or triple?!?!?) that score this week when they matched up for the final game of the night. With only 4 minutes remaining in the first period, Blue team's Becky Chervinski skated right in, all alone, and let 'er rip for the first goal of the night. Then, after a Red team collision near centre ice, Blue stole the puck and skated in for their second of the night. Partway through the game, the season's first penalty was given out against the Blue team for tripping. Blue's defense turned on the power and shut down the Red team's power play opportunity. Back to 5 on 5, Kari Tkach got her Red team their first goal with a wrist shot that flew past bodies in front of the Blue net. Now only down by one goal, Red was hoping for a comeback. With less than half gone in the third period, they got their wish, netting two more goals to be up 3-2. Blue thought they might have to accept a loss but in a freak accident, the Red team knocked the puck into their own net after having it bounce off the head of one of their defenders and in. Chalk up another tie game in the GWLWHL regular season!
Week 3 will see Team Blue take on Team Green, Team Red host Team Purple, and Team Yellow face off with Team Orange.
This season started off with Team Yellow taking on Team Red. While Team Yellow only had 10 players on the ice, Team Red had almost a full bench which proved to be to their advantage. With an impressive 38 shots on goal, the Red team managed to sneak 3 pucks past the goal line to win the game 3-0.
The second game of the evening was a match-up between Team Orange and Team Blue. Team Orange started off the scoring by getting 3 goals in the first period alone, while the Blue team fought back later in the game with Becky Chervinski scoring all three of her team’s goals. Meanwhile on Team Orange, Hayleigh Gushuliak got a hat trick of her own, helping lead her team to a 6-3 win.
The final game of the evening saw Team Purple host Team Green. Green Captain Stacey started off the scoring for her team in the first period, while Team Purple responded in the second with rookie Morgan McCaughan scoring her first GWLWHL goal. What proved to be a fairly even fight ended in the season’s first tie game.
Next week will see Team Orange against Team Purple, Team Green taking on Team Yellow, and Team Red versus Team Blue to round out the evening.
Please join us for a welcome reception after your first game on Friday, October 12th. Meet some of the girls you will be playing against this season while enjoying some food and drinks.
This event will be held in the Ice Cafe space in the Winnipeg Winter Club. Nachos and wings will be served after each game at 7:30, 8:45, and 10:00pm to accommodate the teams coming off the ice.
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The agenda for October 5th is as follows:
6:30 – Rookie Skate – If you are new to the league, please try and make it to this skate as it helps the captains a lot. Others are welcome to join as well.
7:45 – Fun Game – Players are welcome to stay and have a fun game.
After the rookie skate, captains will be meeting upstairs at the Winter Club to draft the teams. Look for your first team e-mail to be sent this weekend to let you know what team you have been drafted to, as well as provide your team schedule for the season.
The website will be updated with player & team information shortly after.