GOTW: Denim Demons at LBS, Inc.
Our second Game of the Week features the Denim Demons and LBS, Inc., in a rematch of a very memorable semifinal game from last year’s playoffs, which was won by the Corporation, 2-0. Both teams won last week, with LBS, Inc. looking impressive against the Gouging Anklebiters, and the Demons looking not as impressive against Cobra Kai.
Keys for the Denim Demons:
Make sure Jeff Kamen shows up. His two goals last week accounted for all of their scoring in their win over the Dojo. If he can’t be there, then make sure Zack Tinkelman can. He is also very capable of a multiple-goal outburst. And above all else, hope that the poetic justice they were served in the playoffs last year has run its course.
Keys for LBS, Inc.:
In a word, goaltending. When league stalwart and LBS, Inc. goalie Seth moved to Vancouver towards the end of last season, the Corporation had to find a new goalie for the first time in what seemed like an eternity. They quickly locked up one of the league’s top goalies, Tim Brown, before the season ended, ensuring they would not skip a beat with the goaltending change. And if Tim has to miss a game, they can always borrow Dave Gil de Rubio (just not this week…the Riots play at the same time).
The Demons are the most-hated team in the league, and it’s not even close. Hate them as much as you want, but last season is in the past, and they still have a ton of talent. That talent will be on display Sunday, as the Demons notch a 3-2 win.
Rich’s Pick: Every game is Game 7 for the Demons. The Lbs. play it a little cooler in the regular season so they can turn it up in the postseason. This will be a clean, friendly 4-1 victory for the Demons.
Derek’s Pick: The Corporation forces this into OT, but can only muster a point and lose 4-3 in BTSH’s first regular season shootout that goes beyond three rounds.