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.