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Week 3 Matchups

Here we are in week 3 with 5 teams undefeated and 7 still winless. Since I find my rink in the latter, I’ll keep my chin up and tell you that this week is all puppy dogs and roses for the less fortunate. I really want my picks to be accurate, so I consulted each skip’s horoscope before writing this. I think you’ll find them flawless.

  • Lawrence – Arndt: With both rinks winless this season we’ll had to go to the vault for reference. Our records show that Lawrence bested Arndt last season, but this time around, Lawrence has already suffered a first week loss to a feisty Dubois and then took a week off. If there’s one team in the league that could really use the practice, it’s them. While Arndt is 0-2, they have at least played two matches. Less rust, and more hunger will give Arndt the advantage, and the W this week.
  • Dveris – Gabrio: After a frightful back alley confrontation with Gabrio last week, I feel compelled to go with them in this match, but let’s break it down. Dveris is on fire having successfully met and defeated last season’s number one and two rinks, but some of their fortune could be attributed to familiarity. Still elusive, Gabrio has showed that they can hang with Boomer so we can be sure they mean business. I think that Dveris’ over confidence coupled with the mystique (fading as it may be) of Gabrio will result in a win for the newcomers.
  • Boomer – McLellan: Hats off to McLellan for stepping up this season, a few wins go a long way to boosting confidence, however, new green track suits go even farther. Boomer, frustrated with an early bye, are ready to play and will start strong and keep the pressure on.
  • Stanek – Hoven: Stanek has stepped up thus far this season using their no nonsense, fundamentals based play. Hoven is still a dark horse to me but a loss to McLellan last week might indicate that Stanek will have the edge. Watch sheet 4 to learn more about one of our league’s newest rinks.
  • Jansen – Lichty: Early bye recipients, Lichty, are ready to shake off last season’s ghosts and start rebuilding the brand. Jansen brings their “A” game every week and would love to break above 500. What will happen when these two clash?  I see Lichty having a big end early, only to have the same done to them two ends later. As the pebble wears down though, it will be Lichty that buys the beer.
  • Rohde – McGovern: Enough is enough. Rhode are the type of guys that you feel fine losing to. They’re well spoken, polite, and textbook out of the hack. But eventually, McGovern needs to win one, so sorry guys, this is the week.
  • Anderson – Sonnabend: Dveris beats McGovern, Devris beats Sonnabend, Anderson beats McGovern…sounds like a grade school logic problem. I’d say that Anderson is in a position to move to 3-0 on the year but it won’t be a steamroller. Sonnabend has been fiddling with the lineup, which could backfire, but our scouting report shows that it has actually been allowing Sonnabend to diversify. I just took a break and thought about it for a while and I’m going with Anderson.
  • Beranek – Lockwood: I wanted to do a video pick of the week for this one, but apparently, thehogline.com’s AV department is on holiday so you’ll have to read it like a commoner. This is definitely going to be a close one. Both rinks have played well this season and each has an equal shot. Look for an extra end to decide this one with Lockwood having hammer and sneaking one in for the victory. I’ll make sure to tape it for you.
Match Score
October 24, 2018 8:30 pm sheet 8
Allendorph Wainberg

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October 24, 2018 8:30 pm sheet 7
Anderson Trygstad

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October 24, 2018 8:30 pm sheet 6
Dubois McLaughlin

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October 24, 2018 8:30 pm sheet 5
Haga McGovern

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October 24, 2018 8:30 pm sheet 4
Lichty Perpich

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October 24, 2018 8:30 pm sheet 3
Eisfelder Rohde

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October 24, 2018 8:30 pm sheet 2
Sauro Jansen

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October 24, 2018 8:30 pm sheet 1
Boomer Tolzmann

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October 24, 2018 8:30 pm sheet 0
Lickteig BYE

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October 24, 2018 8:30 pm sheet 0
Hammes BYE

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