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Bethune Bulldogs 2018 Robert Schultz Cup Champions!

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The Bethune Bulldogs defeated the Raymore Rockets 7-5 in Bethune on Sunday to claim the Robert Schultz Cup. The Bulldogs are the first team in the 52 year history of the Highway Hockey League to win four consecutive titles. The Bulldogs scored the first three goals in the first period. Drew George, Russ Nielson and Derek Fuchs scored to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. Tyrell Shulko would score with a shot over the left shoulder of Ryan Holfeld on the power play late in the period and it was 3-1 Bulldogs. In the second period Michael Jordan would score in the first minute of the period to get the Rockets within one goal. Todd MacMurchy would then score to even the game at 3-3. The Bulldogs would come back to take the lead midway through the period on a goal from Joel Kot. MacMurchy would then get his second goal of the game on the power play with just over three minutes left and the game was tied 4-4 going into the third period. Five minutes into the third period Derek Fuchs would put the Bulldogs back up 5-4. With just over eight minutes left in the period, the Bulldogs had a two on none and Russ Nielson made no mistake with a goal that would prove to be the game winner. Josh Jordan would score with five minutes left to get the Rockets to within one goa. Drew George would complete his hat trick with a goal with just under four minutes to go and the final would be 7-5. Ryan Holfeld would pick up the win stopping 22 shots and Dean Brothen would stop 43 shots in the Raymore net. Brothen faced 154 shots in the three games against Bethune. Raymore went 2/4 on the powerplay and Bethune was 1/4 on the power play. Seven times in 52 years we have had back to back champions and Bethune was the first team to win three seasons in a row last year. They are also now the only team to win four championships in a row. Individual award winners from both teams were presented with their plaques and Captain Russ Nielson was presented with the Robert Schultz Cup, again. The Bulldogs AAA team will now compete in the Allan Cup in Rosetown April 9th -14th. The Bulldogs play two round robin games. The first is on Monday, April 9th at 4:00 p.m. and their second game is at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11th. They will have a playoff game on Thursday or Friday. We will keep you up to date on Twitter and post game times on our front page.

President's Update - March 23rd, 2018

Bulldogs lead Robert Schultz Cup Final 2-0...The Bethune Bulldogs defeated the Raymore Rockets 6-2 in Bethune last Friday evening. On the following Tuesday evening in Raymore it took double overtime for the Bulldogs to win the second game 6-5. Game three is in Bethune on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. In game one. Mike Reich and Coltyn Sanderson scored early in the first period and those goals were followed by a goal from Michael Jordan and it was 2-1 Bulldogs after one period. In the second period Matt Delahey, Derek Fuchs and Carter Smith would score to give the Bulldogs a commanding 5-1 lead going into the third period. In the third period the teams traded goals with Matthew Kinnunen scoring on the power play and a goal coming from Drew George late in the period to make the final 6-2. Raymore was 1/5 on the power play and Bethune was 0/2. Ryan Holfeld stopped 28 shots for the win in the Bethune net and Dean Brothen stopped 38 shots in the Raymore net. On Tuesday evening Matthew Kinnunen put the first goal on the board but Bethune countered quickly on a goal from Coltyn Sanderson. Bethune would then take a 2-1 lead on a goal from Carter Smith. Braden Bentz would get the game tied with a goal with less than two minutes left in the period but the Bulldogs would take a 3-2 lead in the last minute on a goal from Derek Fuchs. Each team scored once in the second period with Braden Bentz getting his second of the evening on the power play and then Carter Smith scoring on the power play. In the third period Smith got his third goal of the evening early and the Bulldogs had a 5-3 lead. With just over eight minutes to play Tyler Bell would score on the power play to get the Rockets to within one goal. Braden Bentz would complete his hat trick with a goal with just over a minute left in the third period and this game would go to overtime. There was no scoring in the first ten minute overtime despite Raymore having three power plays and Bethune having one. 5;42 into the second overtime, all-star Carter Smith would score his fourth goal of the evening and the Bulldogs got out of town with a 2-0 lead in the series. Ryan Holfeld stopped 23 shots in the Bethune net and Dean Brothen stopped 54 shots in the Raymore net. Brothen has faced 104 shots in the first two games. Bethune had nine minor penalties and Raymore had four. Game three is Sunday at 5:00 p.m. in Bethune.

President's Update March 15th, 2018

League Update… The Lumsden Monarchs defeated the Raymore Rockets last Monday evening 8-5 and forced a game five in Lumsden on Tuesday evening. The first four games of this series saw 59 goals scored but in game five the goalies and the defence said that was enough and a defence oriented hockey game saw the Rockets punch their ticket into League final by defeating the Monarchs 3-1. Cody Mapes scored on the power play in the first period and it was 1-0 Rockets after one period. In the second period the Rockets extended their lead to 2-0 on a goal from Tanner Linnen. Lumsden got a goal from Brady Aulie just two minutes later and the score was 2-1. With just over a minute left in the period Matthew Kinnunen would score shorthanded and it was 3-1 going into the third period. There was no scoring in the third and the Rockets have moved on to play the Bethune Bulldogs in the Robert Schultz Cup final. Lumsden was 0 for 5 on the power play and Raymore was 1 for 4. Raymore outshot the Monarchs for the first time in the series 34-31. Dean Brothen picked up the win in net for the Rockets and Will Hood was in net for the Monarchs. Game one of our final will be in Bethune on Friday, March 16th at 8:00 p.m. Game two is Tuesday, March 20th in Raymore and game three is Sunday, March 25th in Bethune. Games four and five will be announced if required.

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