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President's Update - March 2nd, 2015

Playoffs continue...Avonlea and Bethune advance in Provincials...Award nominees are out…Last Tuesday evening the Bethune Bulldogs opened up their playoff season with a 7-2 victory in the semi-finals against the upstart Avonlea Arrows.  Mike Reich, Shea Van Luven and Kayne Ulmer with a power play goal gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead after one period. In the second period Kyle Ross would up the lead to 4-0 until Shay Neufeld would get the first goal for the Arrows. Russ Nielson would make it 5-1 Bulldogs before Josh Jelinski would score to make it 5-2 Bulldogs going into the third period. Mike Reich and Kyle Ross would each score their second goal of the game in the third period to make the final score 7-2. Ryan Seibel picked up the win in net for the Bulldogs stopping 22 pucks directed his way. Kelley Lueck stopped 56 of 63 shots fired his way in the Arrows net. The Arrows had seven minors called against them and the Bulldogs had four minor penalties.

On Friday evening the Raymore Rockets scored twice on four power play opportunities and defeated the Wynyard Monarchs 6-3 to even this series up. Jared Adams scored the only goal of the first period to give the Rockets a 1-0 lead. In the second period Adams would score his second goal of the game midway through the period and then Tyrell Shulko would score on the power play and the Rockets were up 3-0. Joey MacDonald would get the Monarchs on the board and then Brett Leffler would score the last goal of the period and it was 3-2 Rockets going into the third period. Leffler would score his second goal of the game early in the third period to get the Monarchs tied but the Rockets power play would give them a 4-3 lead as Cody Mapes would score what would be the winning goal, Shulko would score his second goal of the game midway through the third period and the final score would be 5-3 for the Rockets. John Arscott picked up the win in net for the Rockets stopping 36 of 39 shots fired his way. Dave Perkin was in net for the Monarchs and stopped 20 shots. Wynyard had seven minor penalties and the Rockets had five.

President's Update - February 23rd, 2015

Semi-Finals set in HHL…

The Avonlea Arrows and the Raymore Rockets both won game two of their respective series this week and joined the Bethune Bulldogs and the Wynyard Monarchs in the semi-finals of the Highway Hockey League. On Thursday evening the Arrows completed the sweep of the Strasbourg Maroons with a 4-2 victory at home. Layton Ludwar and Josh Jelinski with a power play goal gave the Arrows a 2-0 lead before Quinn McIntosh scored for the Maroons to make it 2-1 heading into the second period. Keegan Ludwar scored the only goal in the second period and it was 3-1 Arrows after two periods. Mark Jelinski would make it 4-1 before Eric Schultz scored and the final score was 4-2. Kelley Lueck picked up the win in net for the Arrows and Jeremy Ellis was in net for the Maroons. Avonlea took two minor penalties and Strasbourg had three minor penalties and a game misconduct. The Arrows now play the first place Bethune Bulldogs.

In Cupar Friday evening the Raymore Rockets defeated the Cupar Canucks 9-1 and with a two game sweep of the Canucks will now play the Wynyard Monarchs. Cody Mapes led the way for the Rockets with four goals. Mapes would score one shorthanded goal, one power play goal and two even strength goals including the eventual game winning goal. Josh Schwindt, Michael Jordan, Godric Tham, Kyle Schmalenberg and Todd MacMurchy with a power play goal provided the remainder of the Rockets scoring. Travis Orr scored the lone Canuck goal. Kevin Orthner picked up the win in net for the Rockets while Colby Miller and Tanner Kehler split goaltending duties for Cupar. The Canucks were assessed seven minor penalties and one misconduct. The Rockets had six minor penalties called against them. The Rockets move on to play the Wynyard Monarchs and game one of that series was on Sunday afternoon in Wynyard.

President's Update - February 16th, 2015

Wynyard Monarchs move on to semi-finals….The Wynyard Monarchs have advanced to the league semi-finals after sweeping the Lumsden Monarchs this past week. On Wednesday evening Wynyard scored six goals in the first period on their way to a 7-2 home victory. Brett Leffler had two goals and three assists to lead the way for Wynyard. Riley Storzuk scored twice and the rest of the scoring came from Justin Zadoroozniak and Matt Strueby with a power play goal. Austin Preete and Brady Aulie scored for Lumsden. Mason Brewster picked up the win in net for Wynyard. Kurtis Sollosy was in net for Lumsden in the first period and Will Hood was in net for the last two periods. Lumsden had six minor penalties and Wynyard had five. On Friday evening in Lumsden the teams were tied 1-1 after one period. Shots were 11-10 for Wynyard. Dylan Bentz opened the scoring five minutes into the game and Brendan Ryan scored for Lumsden late in the period. In the second period Wynyard outshot Lumsden 20-4 and led going into the third period 3-1 on goals by Eric Popadynec on power play and Riley Storzuk who scored with just eighteen seconds left to play in the second period. It was at this stoppage that the majority of the penalties of the game were called. The end result was that Wynyard received two game misconducts and Lumsden three. As a result of the calls Jeff Harris from Lumsden was given a two game suspension for third man in and Cody Straker from Wynyard received an Aggressor penalty which resulted in a one game suspension. The third period only saw two penalties but also saw Wynyard score four times. Donovan Hall scored on the power play and even strength goals then came from Jordan Karakochuk, Matt Strueby and Justin Zadoroozniak. Shay Wirll and Brendan Ryan with his second goal of the night would complete the scoring for Lumsden and make the final 7-3. Dave Perkin stopped 21 shots to pick up the win. Will Hood Stopped 33 shots fired his way for Lumsden.

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