The first round of the OHA Schmalz Cup hockey championship begins Wednesday night -- and the Western and Georgian Bay-Mid Ontario representatives are not the ones we've seen annually for the past six years.
For Junior C hockey fans across our region the matchup in round one of the Schmalz Cup championship is not only different -- it's a throwback to the past.
The Western league is represented by the Wingham Ironmen who dispatched the six-time defending champion Walkerton Hawks in a thrilling seven-game showdown.
The GBMO sends the Penetang Kings after they defeated the Alliston Hornets who had dominated their league also for six years -- the Kings prevailed in six games.
Wingham is led by a speedy, high-scoring first line featuring two-time Western scoring champion Aaron Armstrong, while the Kings counter with Matt Fischer's high-scoring forward line.
The Ironmen hold home-ice advantage because the Western league won the mid-season All-Star game against the GBMO.
Game One faces off at the Wescast Community Complex in Wingham at 8:30 PM on Wednesday.
The other Schmalz Cup quarter-final matchups have Picton against Lakefield, Paris taking on Grimsby and Dorchester in against Essex.