Bulldogs clinch first place….The Bethune Bulldogs have clinched first place with two victories over the Lumsden Monarchs this past week. On Tuesday evening in Lumsden they defeated the Monarchs 10-4 and on Saturday evening in Bethune won 9-4. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 15-1-2 record and have a bye into the semi-finals. The Raymore Rockets will finish second place with a 14-2-1 record, the Lumsden Monarchs will finish in third place with an 11-5-2 record while the Wynyard Monarchs will finish in fourth place with an 11-7-0 record. The final three positions will be decided this week and best of three quarter-finals will begin in the next week.
On Tuesday evening the Bulldogs held a 5-4 lead going into the third period and scored five times to secure the win over the Monarchs. Drew George had three goals and two assists and Russ Neilson had two goals and two assists to lead the way for the Bulldogs. Kyle Ross, Jacob Ulmer, Joel Kot, Dustin MacAngus and Derek Fuchs also scored for the Bulldogs. Ward Szucki, Zak Anderson, Liam Brennan and Brady Aulie scored for the Monarchs. Ryan Seibel picked up the win in net for the Bulldogs and Kurtis Sollosy was in net for the Monarchs. The Bulldogs had seven minor penalties, one major penalty, three misconducts and two game misconducts. Lucas Ulmer was suspended one game for an instigator penalty taken in the first period. The Monarchs had eight minor penalties, a major penalty and a game misconduct. On Saturday evening there were only three penalties in the game. Drew George duplicated his efforts from Tuesday evening with three goals and two assists. Mike Reich had two goals and four assists and Russ Neilson had two goals. Kyle Ross with a goal and three assists and Derek Fuchs with a goal and an assist also scored for the Bulldogs. Kyle Johnson from the Monarchs, second in league scoring, matched Kyle Ross who he was chasing for the scoring title with one goal and three assists. Austin Preete had two goals and Brady Aulie had a goal and an assist to complete the Monarch’s scoring. Ryan Senft stopped 28 shots and picked up the win in net for the Bulldogs. Kurtis Sollosy stopped 32 shots in the Monarch’s net.