It's been quite a good race in the Olympic Sheet Pool, eh? Now I'm kind of wishing I had expanded it a bit and given it to a bunch more people. Ah well, live & learn I suppose. This format may have opened itself up for the World Junior Tournament, which goes again in December, so stay tuned!
After the Qualification Round games on Tuesday night, we're heading into the Quarterfinal Round, where we get all the top teams back in the mix again for scoring.
Last night, we lost the services of Belarus, after they fell to the Swiss, 3-2 in overtime, so the most popular Belorussian player, Viktor Kostiuchenok, is now removed. He leaves the pool with a single assist. I think I have a lot to learn about the Belorussians, because I really missed the boat on some of their scoring.
So, heading into Quarterfinal Wednesday, we have ourselves a bit of a two-horse race. Dale C. and levelheaded (Chris S.) stand alone on top with 25 points each heading into today's action, two points up on Chris M. and three up on Leon & Stuart.
Top point-getter through Tuesday is still Henrik Lundqvist of Team Sweden, but he's only two points up on a number of players taken in the pool, so it will remain interesting through the stretch.