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President's Update - April 1st, 2014

 

Avonlea Arrows win Provincial 'D' title....Wynyard Monarchs win Provincial 'A' title....

Congratulations to the Wynyard Monarchs on capturing the Provincial ‘A’ title on Saturday evening with a 4-3 victory over the Lanigan Pirates. Matt Strueby scored the winning goal with three minutes left in the game. Other Monarchs scoring came from Brett Leffler, Cody Straker and Justin Zadorozniak. Dave Perkin stopped 39 of 42 shots fired his way for the victory.  The Monarchs also won the Robert Schultz Championship Trophy on Thursday evening with a 4-3 victory over the Bethune Bulldogs. Congratulations to the Avonlea Arrows winning the Provincial 'D' title with a 5-2 victory over the St. Walburg Eagles on Saturday evening. Captain Calvin Watson scored the winning goal. Lonny Forrester and Josh Jelenski each scored twice. Nathan Fischl played a great game and picked up the win in net for the Arrows.

Here are our 2013-2014 Award winners. Congratulations to Pat Thompson-Gale of the Southey Marlins who received five awards this past Friday evening at the Marlins windup. Trent Ulmer from the Bethune Bulldogs won four awards in 2004, Derek Halldorson from the Southey Marlins won four awards in 2007 and Neil Kodman from the Strasbourg Maroons won four awards in 2012. Five awards sets a new standard and congratulations on an amazing year.

 

2013-14 Highway Hockey League Award Winners

 

All Star Team:

 

Goal – Nathan Fischl – Avonlea

Defence – Mark Ardelan, Avonlea

Defence – Joel Kot, Bethune

Center – Pat Thompson-Gale, Southey

 

Left Wing – Brett Leffler, Wynyard

Right Wing – Shay Neufeld, Avonlea

Manager (Ken Hale Memorial)– Randy Kuntz, Lumsden

Coach (Lynwood Miller Trophy) – Jaret Nelson, Avonlea

Scoring Champion (Tyson Sievert Scoring Champion Trophy)– Pat Thompson-Gale, Southey

Team Goaltending – Fischl/Munroe, Avonlea

MVP – Pat Thompson-Gale, Southey

MVP Local (Eckdahl-Jenkins Trophy)– Pat Thompson-Gale, Southey

Rookie (Stats-VanTrott Trophy) – Brett Boha, Cupar

Sportsmanlike – Pat Thompson-Gale, Southey

Pennant Winners – Avonlea Arrows

Robert Schultz Cup Champions– Wynyard Monarchs

 

 

WYNYARD MONARCHS 2013-14 HHL Champions

Matt Strueby scores with 58 seconds left in third period and the Wynyard Monarchs defeated the Bethune Bulldogs 4-3....

So ends the Highway Hockey League's 48th season....In what was probably one of the most entertaining games of the playoffs, the Wynyard Monarchs and Bethune Bulldogs gave a capacity crowd their money's worth. It was truly an entertaining game. In the first period the Bulldogs had 13 shots to the Monarchs 5 but it was goal by Robert Hillier 15:16 into the first period that gave the Monarchs a 1-0 lead heading into the second period. The Bulldogs would tie the game 10:27 into the second period on a goal from Derek Fuchs. Bryan Kauk would then score four minutes later for the Monarchs with a great individual effort and an angle shot beat goalie Seibel on the short side. The period would end 2-1 for Wynyard and the shots were 20-16 for the Bulldogs. Early in the second period Kayne Ulmer would score for the Bulldogs. Five minutes later at the 7:47 mark Lucas Ulmer would get the turnover in the Monarchs end and score shorthanded to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game at 3-2. With just over four minutes left in the game Bryan Kauk would score his second goal of the game after a turnover in the Bulldogs end...it looked and felt like overtime until there was just 58 seconds left in the game and Matt Strueby scored. Both goalies had big saves throughout, there were good hits, good defence and only 7 minor penalties in the game. In fact this was the first game of the finals that there were no power plays. David Perkin picks up the win in net and Ryan Seibel was in net for the Bulldogs. This is the second time that the Monarchs have won the Robert Schultz Trophy. They also defeated the Bulldogs in four games in 2008. We will have pictures up tomorrow. Thank you to everyone who came out to watch this very entertaining game and thank you to the players for providing great action throughout

We are not holding an all-star banquet this year but we will be making sure that awards are passed out at team functions in the coming weeks. We will post pictures as we give out the awards at various locations.

The HHL will conduct a spring meeting in April and then will reconvene in early October to organize the next hockey season. On behalf of the League thank you to all for making this past season successful. There are a lot of people throughout the League that make things work for their local team and for the League. Whether you are on the executive, coaching, selling 50/50 tickets, working the door, timekeeping, scorekeeping, refereeing or are a player it all has to work on game night….thank you for your contributions. To our fans thank you for your support as we look forward to the beginning of a new season next fall. We are all just trying to keep Senior hockey alive and relevant in rural Saskatchewan and with the support of volunteers, the players and the fans we will keep senior hockey strong for a long time.

 

Gerry Tomkins

HHL President

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President's Update - March 21st, 2014

Saturday evening Provincial scores:

Avonlea 5 St. Walburg 3

Wynyard 4 Lanigan 1

 

Final set….Wynyard Monarchs versus Bethune Bulldogs...

There will be new Champions in the Highway Hockey league in 2014. Not only have our 2013 champion Cupar Canucks gone down in defeat to the Wynyard Monarchs but the first place Avonlea Arrows went down to defeat against the Bethune Bulldogs reminding us of the difficulty in our league of winning the Pennant and the League Championship (that dual honour now sits at 17 times in 48 years...35% of the time). The Cupar Canucks were the first team in ten years to do that last year and also win a Provincial title.

The Wynyard Monarchs defeated the visiting Cupar Canucks 6-3 on Wednesday evening and have advanced to the League final against the Bethune Bulldogs in a rematch of the 2008 final. Matt Strueby (1 PPG) and Brett Leffler led the way for the Monarchs with two goals each. Bryan Kauk and Donovan Hall on the power play scored the Monarchs other goals. Kyle Ermel scored for the Canucks and Shea Van Luven and Cody Hanson each got a goal on the power play. Dave Perkin picked up his fifth playoff win in net for the Monarchs. Jamie Wutke was in net for the Canucks. His final 2014 playoff record is 4-3. Wutke still leads all goalies with a 3.14 GAA over seven playoff games. Bryan Kauk from the Monarchs leads all scorers with 18 points in seven games played. Mike Reich from Bethune is next with 16 points in six games played. Kyle Ross from Cupar finished playoffs with 14 points.

The Monarchs have been busy with Provincial play while the Bulldogs have been waiting to play the final. Game one of the final is Sunday at 4:00 p.m. in Wynyard and game two will be Tuesday evening in Bethune at 8:00 p.m.

The Avonlea Arrows will be in St. Walburg this Saturday evening to play game one of their Provincial ‘D’ Championship against the Eagles. The Wynyard Monarchs host the Lanigan Pirates on Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. in game one of their Provincial ‘A’ Final. Both series play game two next Saturday evening the 29th.

Two provincial finals and the start of the League Championship means there is lots of hockey left in the Highway Hockey League beginning this weekend.

Gerry Tomkins

HHL President

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President's Update - March 17th, 2014

Bethune Bulldogs sweep Pennant winners to advance to the League Final

*****Wynyard and Avonlea advance to Provincial ‘A’ & ‘D’ finals…..*****

On Wednesday evening the Bethune Bulldogs defeated the Avonlea Arrows 5-2 and advanced to their first appearance in the final since 2008 and the opportunity to claim the Robert Schultz Cup.The Bulldogs lost to the Wynyard Monarchs in that 2008 series in four games. In that series the Wynyard Monarchs won their first and only championship after joining the league for the 2002-03 season. The Bulldogs joined the Highway Hockey League in 1967 and left during the 1980’s. The Bulldogs came back to us for the 2000-2001 season and have reached the final in 2004 against Southey, 2005 against Avonlea and again in 2008 against Wynyard. After winning two overtime games against the first place Arrows to start this series game three was played on Wednesday evening in Avonlea. One of the keys to beating the Arrows is to score first as Avonlea has a great record when they score first. Scoring first is exactly what the Bulldogs did as defenceman Ryan Funk got them on the board just two minutes into the game. The Arrows would tie the Bulldogs two minutes into the second period on a power play goal off the stick of Calder Neufeld. The Bulldogs would answer back quickly with a power play goal of their own when another defenceman, Joel Kot, would score. Kot would score again even strength three minutes after that goal and the Bulldogs had a 3-1 lead heading to the third period.  The Bulldogs would score on the power play just nineteen seconds into the third period when Mike Reich scored. Shay Neufeld would score to get the Arrows to within two goals four minutes later but that would be it as Mike Reich would score again and the final would be 5-2. The Bulldogs sweep the Arrows 3-0 and now await the winner of the Cupar/Wynyard series.  Each team had eight minor penalties assessed against them in this game and the Arrows also had two misconducts.  Ryan Seibel picks up the win in net for the Bulldogs while Nathan Fischl was in net for the Arrows.

Also last Wednesday evening the defending HHL champions, Cupar Canucks, went into Wynyard and won 6-2 to force a game four in Cupar.  Brett Boha and Kyle Ermel scored in the first period to give the Canucks a 2-0 lead going into the second period. Justin Schulhauser would score what would end up being the game winning goal halfway through the second period. Chad Mazurak would then score to get the Monarchs to within two goals but Davis Brown would score for the Canucks to make it 4-1 going into the third period. Kyle Ross would put the Canucks up 5-1 before Brett Leffler would score to make it 5-2. Donovan Chow would score an empty net goal and the final score was 6-2. Jamie Wutke picked up the win in net for the Canucks and Dave Perkin would lose his first post season game of the year in net for the Monarchs. The Canucks had ten minor penalties and the Monarchs had nine. On Friday evening game four of this series was played. Tyler Stewart scored just 56 seconds into the game and the Canucks led 1-0. Bryan Kauk would score on the power play later in period and it was 1-1 heading into the second period. Donovan Chow and Kyle Ermel would score for the Canucks and Brett Leffler would score on another power play to make the score 3-2. Just 25 seconds left in the period and Davis Brown would score on the power play for the Canucks and it was 4-2 heading into the third period. Just 31 seconds into the third period Matt Strueby would score to get the Monarchs to within one goal. Two minutes later Cody Hanson would score to restore the two goal lead for the Canucks. With 1:34 left in the game the Monarchs would get their third power play goal of the evening off the stick of Dale Spelchen and again be one goal away from a tie game. Kyle Ermel would score an empty net goal and the final score was 6-4 for the Canucks. The Canucks had eight minor penalties called against them while the Monarchs had five. Jamie Wutke picked up the win in net for the Canucks while Dave Perkin was in net for the Monarchs. Game five of this semi-final will be on Wednesday evening with the winner advancing to the League Final against the Bethune Bulldogs.

Mike Reich (9 goals, 7 assists) from Bethune and Bryan Kauk (3 goals, 13 assists) from Wynyard lead all playoff scorers with 16 points in 6 games played. Jamie Wutke (4-2) from the Canucks leads all goalies with a 2.67 GAA. Ryan Seibel from the Bulldogs leads all goalies with a 5-1 record in playoffs.

Avonlea Arrows advance to Provincial ‘D’ Final….

In Provincial ‘D’ action, the Avonlea Arrows played Gull Lake in Avonlea on Saturday evening and came back from a 4-2 deficit to win 6-4. The deciding game of this series was played on Monday evening. This game was tied 5-5 after three periods. The Arrows won 6-5 after Ryan Cruse scored on the power play just 40 seconds into the second overtime period. The Arrows are back in the Provincial ‘D’ final for the second year in a row. They will now play St. Walburg Eagles from the North Saskatchewan River Hockey League in the Provincial ‘D’ Final.

Wynyard Monarchs advance to Provincial ‘A’ Final…

The Wynyard Monarchs and Bienfait Coalers replayed game two of their Provincial ‘A’ series on Sunday evening in Bienfait and the Monarchs won 5-3 to force the deciding game of this series on Monday evening in Bienfait. This replay was due to a ruling by the SHA regarding a protest that a suspended player should not have played for Wynyard last Saturday evening in the original game two that Wynyard won. In the deciding game on Monday evening the Monarchs also went into overtime and Brett Leffler scored to make the final 3-2. Like the Arrows the Monarchs are back in a Provincial final and will now play the Lanigan Pirates from the Long Lake Hockey League in the Provincial ‘A’ final.

Two Provincial finals and the League Championship means there is lots of hockey left the last two weeks of March....please get out to a game near you.

Gerry Tomkins

HHL President

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President's Update - March 14th, 2014

Bethune Bulldogs sweep Pennant winners to advance to the League Final….Canucks force a game four against Monarchs....

On Wednesday evening the Bethune Bulldogs defeated the Avonlea Arrows 5-2 and advanced to their first appearance in the final since 2008 and the opportunity to claim the Robert Schultz Cup.The Bulldogs lost to the Wynyard Monarchs in that 2008 series in four games. In that series the Wynyard Monarchs won their first and only championship after joining the league for the 2002-03 season. The Bulldogs joined the Highway Hockey League in 1967 and left during the 1980’s. The Bulldogs came back to us for the 2000-2001 season and have reached the final in 2004 against Southey, 2005 against Avonlea and again in 2008 against Wynyard. After winning two overtime games against the first place Arrows to start this series game three was played on Wednesday evening in Avonlea. One of the keys to beating the Arrows is to score first as Avonlea has a great record when they score first. Scoring first is exactly what the Bulldogs did as defenceman Ryan Funk got them on the board just two minutes into the game. The Arrows would tie the Bulldogs two minutes into the second period on a power play goal off the stick of Calder Neufeld. The Bulldogs would answer back quickly with a power play goal of their own when another defenceman, Joel Kot, would score. Kot would score again even strength three minutes after that goal and the Bulldogs had a 3-1 lead heading to the third period.  The Bulldogs would score on the power play just nineteen seconds into the third period when Mike Reich scored. Shay Neufeld would score to get the Arrows to within two goals four minutes later but that would be it as Mike Reich would score again and the final would be 5-2. The Bulldogs sweep the Arrows 3-0 and now await the winner of the Cupar/Wynyard series.  Each team had eight minor penalties assessed against them in this game and the Arrows also had two misconducts.  Ryan Seibel picks up the win in net for the Bulldogs while Nathan Fischl was in net for the Arrows.

Also on Wednesday evening the defending HHL champions, Cupar Canucks, went into Wynyard and won 6-2 to force a game four in Cupar on Friday.  Brett Boha and Kyle Ermel scored in the first period to give the Canucks a 2-0 lead going into the second period. Justin Schulhauser would score what would end up being the game winning goal halfway through the second period. Chad Mazurak would then score to get the Monarchs to within two goals but Davis Brown would score for the Canucks to make it 4-1 going into the third period. Kyle Ross would put the Canucks up 5-1 before Brett Leffler would score to make it 5-2. Donovan Chow would score an empty net goal and the final score was 6-2. Jamie Wutke picked up the win in net for the Canucks and Dave Perkin would lose his first post season game of the year in net for the Monarchs. The Canucks had ten minor penalties and the Monarchs had nine.

In Provincial ‘D’ action, the Avonlea Arrows play Gull Lake in Avonlea on Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. A win by the Arrows would force a game three in Gull Lake on Sunday. The Wynyard Monarchs and Bienfait Coalers will replay game two of their Provincial ‘A’ series on Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. in Bienfait. This replay is due to a ruling from SHA regarding a protest that a player that should have been suspended for game two played for Wynyard. If a game three is required it will be played Monday evening at 8:00 p.m. in Bienfait.

 

Gerry Tomkins

HHL President

 

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President's Update - March 10th, 2014

Semi-Finals providing close games….B. Leffler and J. Ulmer provide game winners in their series....twice....

 

There are two games completed in each semi-final series and all four games have been one goal games. The Wynyard Monarchs defeated the Cupar Canucks 3-2 last Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in the semi-final. For the second game in a row Brett Leffler scored on the power play with the winning goal with two minutes left in the third period. In this game the Monarchs scored early on a goal by Dale Spelchen and midway through the first period the Canucks would score on the power play on a goal by Kyle Ross.  The Canucks would take the lead in the second period on Ryan Moore’s goal and the Monarchs would tie the game just two and a half minutes later on a Dillon Shewchuk goal.  There would be no scoring until Leffler’s game winning goal in the third period. Dave Perkin picked up his fourth win of the playoffs and Jamie Wutke was in net for the Canucks.  The Monarchs were assessed five minor penalties while the Canucks had eight penalties. Game three of this series is Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in Wynyard. If a fourth game is required it will be in Cupar on Friday evening.

In the other semi-final both games went to overtime. In the first game last Tuesday evening in Avonlea, the Bethune Bulldogs scored once in the first period and twice in the second period to take a 3-0 lead. Jake Ulmer scored in the first period and then Mitch Boucher notched a power play goal early in the second period and that was followed by a goal by Derek Fuchs. Late in the second period Calvin Watson scored on the power play and it was 3-1 going into the third period. Midway through the third period Gavin Mievre would score and then with just 1:18 left on the clock James Ardelan would score to send the game into overtime. It took until the second overtime for this tie to be broken as Jake Ulmer scored his second goal of the evening. Ryan Seibel picked up the win in net for the Bulldogs and Nathan Fischl was in net for the Arrows. Both goalies played almost 85 minutes in this game. The Arrows had four minor penalties and the Bulldogs took eight penalties.

Game two of this series took place this past Sunday. You would say this game was just the opposite of the first game considering that Avonlea got goals from Brendon Vanthuyne, James Ardelan and Calder Neufeld to take a 3-0 lead after one period.  In the second period Mike Reich scored a power play goal and it was 3-1 heading into the third period.  Early in the third period Tory Willfong scored to get the Bulldogs within one goal only to see Avonlea respond quickly with two power play goals from  Calder Neufeld and Brendon Vanthuyne and take a 5-2 lead. Midway through the third period Derek Fuchs would score on the power play to get the Bulldogs to within two goals. With 2:48 left in the game Lucas Ulmer would score a shorthanded goal and then with just under two minutes left in the third period Mitch Boucher scored to send the game into overtime again.  With just twelve seconds left in overtime period one Jake Ulmer scored the game winner for the second game in a row and the Bulldogs completed the comeback. Ryan Seibel picked up the win in net for the Bulldogs and Nathan Fischl was in net for the Arrows. Both goalies have now played just under 175 minutes in the first two games of this series. The Bulldogs had five minor penalties and the Arrows had four. There were four power play goals and one shorthanded goal on special teams. Game three of this series is Wednesday in Avonlea.

Mike Reich from Bethune leads all scorers in the playoffs with a playoff high seven goals along with six assists for a total of thirteen points. Calvin Watson from Avonlea and Bryan Kauk from Wynyard are next with twelve points. Kauk leads all scorers with ten assists. Chad Mazurak from Wynyard has ten points and he is followed by James Ardelan from Avonlea, Kyle Ross from Cupar and Dustin MacAngus from Bethune each with nine points. Jamie Wutke (2-2) and David Perkin (4-0) from Wynyard lead all goalies with 2.50 GAA’s. Ryan Seibel (4-1) from Bethune with 346 minutes played and Nathan Fischl (2-3) from Avonlea with 334 minutes played lead all goalies in minutes played.

In Provincial ‘A’ play, the Wynyard Monarchs lost to the Bienfait Coalers 4-2 on Saturday evening and then responded with a 6-2 win on Sunday afternoon to force a game three in the semi-final next Sunday evening in Bienfait. In Provincial ‘D’ play the Avonlea Arrows lost to Gull Lake 4-2 on Friday evening and will play Gull Lake at home next Saturday evening in Avonlea at 8:00 p.m. If a third game is required it will be played in Gull Lake on Sunday.

Gerry Tomkins

HHL President

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President's Update - March 3rd, 2014

Semi Finals begin in Cupar….

Semi-Finals in the Highway Hockey League began Sunday evening in Cupar. The Wynyard Monarchs fresh off a Provincial win over the Balgonie Bisons used a power play opportunity six minutes into the third period to defeat the Canucks 4-3 in game one of their best of 5 semi-final series. Brett Leffler scored his second goal of the game on that power play to give the Monarchs the lead and the win. Bryan Kauk and Leffler scored first period goals for the Monarchs and Donovan Chow and Davis Brown on the power play scored for the Canucks in the first period and this game was tied going into the second period. In the second period Bryan Kauk would score his second goal of the game and put the Monarchs back in the lead going into the third period.  In the third period a goal by Tyler Stewart tied the game up for the Canucks. Bryan Kauk would score his second goal of the game just five minutes later on the power play and the Monarchs would hold on for the victory in game one of this series. Dave Perkin picked up his third playoff win of the year in net for the Monarchs and Jamie Wutke had his first loss in net for the Canucks. The Monarchs were assessed nine minor penalties in the game and the Canucks had six minor penalties. Games two and three are now in Wynyard on Wednesday evening and on Friday evening.

The Avonlea Arrows defeated the Bethune Bulldogs on Saturday evening 6-3 and won their provincial ‘D’ series 13-4 against the Bulldogs. These two clubs will begin their semi-final HHL series on Tuesday evening in Avonlea. The balance of the schedule will be posted shortly. The Arrows will now face the Gull Lake Greyhounds in a Provincial ‘D’ semi-final best of three series.  Game one is this Friday in Gull Lake at 8:30 p.m. with game two the following weekend on Saturday evening the 15th in Avonlea at 8:00 p.m.

The Wynyard Monarchs scored twice in the third period and then Rob Hillier scored early in overtime and the Wynyard Monarchs won game two 5-4 and the series 2-0 against the Balgonie Bisons on Friday evening. The Monarchs now play the Bienfait Coalers in the Provincial ‘A’ semi-final best of three series. Games times will be posted shortly and will be posted here and under “Upcoming Games”.

Gerry Tomkins

HHL President

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President's Update - February 27th, 2014

Bethune Bulldogs & Avonlea Arrows advance to semi-finals….

A very tight playoff series ended on Wednesday evening with the Bethune Bulldogs holding on for a 5-4 victory over the Strasbourg Maroons to win the series 2 games to 1. Every game was a one goal game sans empty net goal in game one. Period one of this game saw most of the action in the Maroons end of the ice in the first half of the first period and eight minutes in Jacob Ulmer scored with a tip in of a Joel Kot point shot. Six minutes later Aaron Decorby scored on the power play to tie the game up and less than two minutes later Jory Millar scored to put the Maroons up 2-1. Two minutes later Mike Reich was awarded a penalty shot as he had come in alone shorthanded and was taken down and he capitalized and it was 2-2 after one period. In the second period the only goal came with just under three minutes left as Lucas Ulmer scored. Both goalies played real well in this game and there were plenty of chances for both sides in the second period. In the third period Bulldogs captain Dustin MacAngus scored just into the first minute after splitting the Maroons defence on a great individual effort. Greg Ferguson would get the Maroons to within one just three minutes later after a nice pass from Mitch McNish from behind the net. Mike Reich scored on the power play with a one timer with just under three minutes left to put the Bulldogs up by two. One minute later Maroons captain Eric Schultz scored and the Maroons had a minute and a half to try and tie the game. There was plenty of pressure and the Maroons did come close but it didn’t happen. Ryan Seibel stopped 34 shots in net for the Bulldogs and Jeremy Ellis stopped 36 shots for the Maroons. The Bulldogs were assessed six minor penalties and the Maroons had two penalties. The Bulldogs now take on the first place Avonlea Arrows in a best of five semi-final but must first play the Arrows in Provincials this weekend on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Avonlea Arrows had a scare thrown into them Saturday evening by the Southey Marlins but bounced back with authority on Wednesday evening with a 9-0 victory over the Marlins to win their series 2 games to 1. James Ardelan scored three times and Scott Arnold scored twice to lead the way for the Arrows. Stuart Holland, Gavin Mievre, Calvin Watson and Shay Neufeld also scored for Avonlea. Nathan Fischl picked up the shutout in net for the Arrows and Kurtis Sollosy was in net for the Marlins. The Arrows were assessed four minor penalties and the Marlins incurred two penalties.

The Wynyard Monarchs and Cupar Canucks will now renew acquaintances in the other semifinal. Last year these teams played each other four times in the regular season, then played each other in the best of 3 Provincial ‘A’ final and the best of 5 League Final. These two teams split four regular season games this year with each team winning one and losing one in each rink. The Monarchs scored 14 goals to the Canucks 12 goals in those four games. Game one of this series is this Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. in Cupar. The next two games will be in Wynyard on Wednesday and Friday evenings.

Avonlea and Bethune played each other four times this year. Avonlea won both of their home games against Bethune 6-3 and 3-2. In Bethune Avonlea won 4-3 in overtime and Bethune won 4-3 in a shootout.  Games in this series will begin next week. Avonlea and Bethune play each other in Provincial ‘D’ this weekend in a two game total point series. Game one is 7:30 p.m. Friday in Avonlea and then game two is on Saturday evening in Bethune at 8:00 p.m. Playoff statistics are now posted.

 

Defending Champions move on….

2013 Highway Hockey League Champions, Cupar Canucks, defeated the Lumsden Monarchs 5-2 on Sunday evening to win their first round series over the Monarchs 2-0. There was no scoring in the first period and the Monarchs outshot the Canucks 13-8. In the second period Davis Brown scored in the first minute on the power play to give the Canucks the lead. Kyle Ermel and Shea Van Luven would also score in the second period and the Canucks had a 3-0 lead going into the third period. The Monarchs came to life midway through the third period with two goals in three minutes with the first goal off the stick of Steve Eberts and the second goal scored by Jeff Harris. The Canucks would quickly score to get a two goal lead as Shea Van Luven would score on the power play. Cody Hanson picked up an empty net goal and the final score would be 5-2. Each team had seven minor penalties. Jamie Wutke stopped 36 shots for the win and Trevor Thiessen stopped 32 shots for the Monarchs.

The Wynyard Monarchs defeated the Raymore Rockets 7-2 on Friday evening to win their series over the Rockets 2-0. Chad Mazurak had two goals and three assists while Donovan Hall and Kaitlin Blight each scored two goals to lead the way for the Monarchs. Matt Strueby also scored for the Monarchs. Tyrell Shulko and Josh Jordan on the power play scored for Raymore. Dave Perkin picked up the win in net for the Monarchs and John Arscott was in net for the Rockets. The Rockets were assessed six minor penalties and the Monarchs had nine. I

On Saturday evening the Southey Marlins won their second game of the year with a 6-4 victory over the first place Avonlea Arrows. The Arrows scored first in this game on a goal by Scott Arnold. Southey answered that just eleven seconds later as Cody Hall scored. Jared Molnar would score to put the Arrows back up and the league’s scoring leader, Pat Thompson-Gale, would score to tie the game. With five seconds left in the first period Jordan Hegglin scored to put the Marlins up 3-2 and give them a lead they would not relinquish.  Thompson-Gale would pick up his second goal of the game in the second period and James Dombowsky would score for the Arrows. Just fourteen seconds into the third period Shay Wirll would score on the power play to put the Marlins up 5-3. Calvin Watson would get the Arrows to within one goal but Dominic Perrault would score into the empty net and the Marlins would pick up the 6-4 victory. The Avonlea Arrows were a perfect 12-0 when scoring first this season and this was the first time they lost when scoring first. Kurtis Sollosy had a solid game in net for the Marlins and picks up the win and Nathan Fischl was in net for the Arrows. The Arrows had three minor penalties and the Marlins had two minor penalties.

Greg Ferguson scored at 1;48 of double overtime to give the Strasbourg Maroons  a 4-3 victory over the Bethune Bulldogs and force a third and deciding series game on Wednesday evening in Bethune. Goals by Mitch Boucher and Dustin MacAngus in the first period gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead after one period. Kurtis Decker scored and then Tyson Orban scored on a 5 on 3 power play and the game was 2-2 going into the third period. With four minutes left in the third period Greg Ferguson would score to give the Maroons their first lead of the game. With just under three minutes left in the period Mike Reich would score and force this game into overtime. Nothing was decided until Ferguson scored early in the second overtime on the power play. Jeremy Ellis picks up the win in net for the Maroons. Ryan Seibel was in net for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs had seven minor penalties and one major penalty and the Maroons had five minor penalties.

The Wynyard Monarchs defeated the Balgonie Bisons 5-2 on Sunday afternoon in Provincial ‘A’ play. Game two of this best of three series is Friday evening in Balgonie at 8:30 p.m. If a third game is required it will be played on Saturday evening back in Wynyard. The Avonlea Arrows will host the Bethune Bulldogs in the first game of their two game total point Provincial ‘C’ series at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening. Game two of this series will be in Bethune on Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m.

Nominations for HHL awards are now being voted on by member teams. Up for League MVP this year are last year’s winner, Shay Neufeld from Avonlea, Bethune’s goalie Ryan Seibel, Cupar’s Kyle Ross, Lumsden Monarch’s Brady Aulie, Raymore sniper Tyrell Shulko, Southey Marlin’s Pat Thompson-Gale who this year’s winner of the Tyson Sievert Scoring Trophy, Quinn McIntosh from the Maroons and last year’s scoring champion Brett Leffler from Wynyard.

The MVP-Local nominees include Mark Ardelan from Avonlea, Mitch Boucher from the Bulldogs, Justin Schulhauser from the Canucks, Brady Aulie from Lumsden, Josh Jordan from Raymore, last year’s winner Pat Thompson-Gale from the Marlins, Eric Schultz from Strasbourg and Brett Leffler from the Wynyard Monarchs. Voting will also be done for Manager and Coach of the year, Rookie of the year and the All-Star team.  The Pennant and Team goaltending Awards are based on statistics and the team goaltending trophy will be awarded to Colin Monroe and Nathan Fischl from the Avonlea Arrows. The Pennant Award will be presented to the Avonlea Arrows who finished first place. The Sportsman Trophy goes has been in existence since the 1966-67 season and that trophy is presented to the League’s most sportsmanlike player. Last year this trophy was won by Kyle Ross from Cupar. This award is unique in that it is the only trophy where each team is asked to submit one name from another team and not from their team, which is done with the other awards. It is possible that we could end up with eight different names but usually there is someone that is common in selection from our teams.  

There are HHL playoffs this Sunday evening in Cupar and Provincial games this weekend in Avonlea, Bethune, Balgonie and possibly Wynyard. Get out to a game near you and thank you for supporting the Highway Hockey League.

Gerry Tomkins

HHL President

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President's Update - February 19th

*** Update from Provincial 'A' Sunday afternoon....Wynyard 5 Balgonie 2

 

Playoffs have begun….game one updates for all series......

On Monday evening the third place Cupar Canucks (14-5-1) hosted the sixth place Lumsden Monarchs (8-12-0). This is the third year in a row these two teams have met in the first round of the playoffs. The Canucks defeated the Monarchs 10-1 in game one on Monday evening. There were only two penalties in this game and all goals were even strength. Justin Schulhauser, Kyle Ermel, Kyle Ross and Shea Van Luven each scored two goals for the defending champions. Jordan Pratt and Jaret Eberle also scored for the Canucks. Jesse Matlock scored the Monarch’s lone goal in the second period. Jamie Wutke picked up the win in net for the Canucks and Will Hood took the loss for the Monarchs. Hood played the first 32 minutes of game and then Trevor Thiessen was in net. Game two of this series is on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in Lumsden.

Also on Monday evening the second place Wynyard Monarchs (15-5-0) hosted the seventh place Raymore Rockets (4-15-1) in game one of their series and won 7-3. Matt Strueby led the way for the Monarchs as he scored three times and added an assist. Strueby had one power play goal and scored the game winning goal. Justin Zadoroozniak, Dillon Shewchuk, Brett Leffler and Dillon Stubbs also scored for the Monarchs. Bryan Kauk had five assists in this game. Tyrell Shulko had a shorthanded goal and two assists for the Rockets. Josh Jordan scored on the power play and Ryan Donauer also scored for the Rockets. Dave Perkin picked up the win in net for the Monarchs and John Arscott was in net for the Rockets. Each team took six minor penalties. Game two of this series will be Friday evening in Raymore.

On Tuesday evening in Bethune, Mike Reich from the Bulldogs and Branden Sentes from the Maroons each scored a power play goal in the first period. In the second period Brent Becker and Dustin MacAngus gave the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead before Sentes scored again quickly after MacAngus goal to make it 3-2 going into the third period. Derek Fuchs would score just 21 seconds into the third to restore the Bulldog’s two goal lead. Past the halfway point of the third period Greg Ferguson would score on the power play and then Mitch McNish would score to tie the game up with just under five minutes left in game. Joel Kot would then score on power play and Reich would get his second goal of game into an empty net and the final score was 6-4 Bulldogs. Ryan Seibel would pick up the win in net for the Bulldogs and Jeremy Ellis was in net for the Maroons. The Bulldogs had ten minor penalties while the Maroons had six. Game two of this series is next Monday evening in Strasbourg.

In Avonlea the Arrows scored four times in the first period and went on to a 8-4 victory against the Southey Marlins. Gavin Mievre and Calvin Watson led the way for the Arrows with two goals each. Both players had one power play goal. Jared Molnar, James Ardelan, Cal Filson and Mark Ardelan with the game winner also scored for the Arrows. The Marlins did all of their scoring in the second period. Devin Hillier scored twice, Pat Thompson-Gale scored once and Cody Hall scored on the power play. Nathan Fischl picked up his first playoff win in net for the Arrows and Kurtis Sollosy was in net for the Marlins. The Arrows received four minor penalties while the Marlins were short twice. Game two of this series is in Southey on Saturday evening.

In Provincial play we still have three teams alive from the six that started. The Cupar Canucks lost two straight to the Balgonie Bisons last week. The Canucks are the defending Provincial ‘A’ Champions and have represented our league well and we congratulate them again for their excellent play this past year. The team the Canucks defeated for the Provincial crown, the Wynyard Monarchs, lost to Drake 3-1 on Saturday evening and then defeated Drake 9-3 on Sunday to win their second round Provincial ‘A’ series. The Monarchs now play Balgonie with that series starting next Sunday afternoon in Wynyard. There are a number of HHL players on the Balgonie Provincial team. The Strasbourg Maroons lost to Bruno on Monday afternoon 4-1 and lost their Provincial ‘A’ series 2-1. The Avonlea Arrows defeated Kelliher twice this past weekend in Provincial ‘D’ play, 3-1 in Kelliher and 6-3 in Avonlea, and won their two game total point series 9-4. For the second straight year the Arrows will play the Bethune Bulldogs in their next series. The Bulldogs defeated the Craik Warriors on Saturday evening 5-1 and the series 13-3. Last year the Arrows defeated the Bulldogs in a best of three semi-final and went on to lose to Drake in the Provincial final. This year these two teams will be playing a two game total point series going into a semi-final. Game one is on Friday, February 28th at 7:30 p.m. in Avonlea and game two is the next evening in Bethune at 8:00 p.m.

The League will announce of who has been nominated for awards this coming week. Still the best time of the year to get out to a game….please follow us on twitter and watch for all results on our website. Please get out to a game near you and thank you for supporting senior hockey at its best!

Gerry Tomkins

HHL President

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President's Update - February 17th, 2014

Playoffs have begun….

Update.......

Game one scores:

Wynyard 7 Raymore 3

Cupar 10 Lumsden 1

Bethune 6 Strasbourg 4

Avonlea 8 Southey 4

 

The Highway Hockey League regular season finished this past Tuesday as the Avonlea Arrows defeated the Bethune Bulldogs in Avonlea and the hometown Cupar Canucks defeated the Lumsden Monarchs 8-3. In Avonlea Mark Ardelan scored for Avonlea and Avery Riche scored for Bethune in the first period. In the second period, Dustin MacAngus scored to put the Bulldogs up by one but just 11 seconds after that goal Calder Neufeld tied the game up. Two minutes later Jared Molnar scored the game winning goal and the final was 3-2. Nathan Fischl picked up his twelfth win of the year in net for the Arrows and Ryan Seibel was in net for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs had nine minor penalties and the Arrows had two. In Cupar Kyle Ermel had four goals and two assists to lead the way for the Canucks. Jaret Eberle had a goal and four assists. Also scoring for the Canucks were Brayden Frank, Ron Cote and Tyler Stewart with the game winning goal. Jamie Wutke picked up his seventh win of the year. Both he and teammate Colby Miller had seven wins this year. Trevor Thiessen was in net for the Monarchs. Both teams took seven minor penalties.

Let the playoffs begin….first round best of three series have started. The first place Avonlea Arrows (16-3-1) will host the eighth place Southey Marlins (1-17-2) on Tuesday evening. Avonlea defeated the Marlins 5-0 and 9-3 during the regular season. Game two of this series will be in Southey on Saturday evening. Also on Tuesday evening the fourth place Bethune Bulldogs (12-7-1) will host the fifth place Strasbourg Maroons (10-9-1). Game two of this series will be in Strasbourg next Monday. The Maroons defeated the Bulldogs in their first meeting of the year and the Bulldogs won the next three games involving these two teams.

On Monday evening the third place Cupar Canucks (14-5-1) hosted the sixth place Lumsden Monarchs (8-12-0). This is the third year in a row these two teams have met in the first round of the playoffs. The Canucks defeated the Monarchs 10-1 in game one on Monday evening. There were only two penalties in this game and all goals were even strength. Justin Schulhauser, Kyle Ermel, Kyle Ross and Shea Van Luven each scored two goals for the defending champions. Jordan Pratt and Jaret Eberle also scored for the Canucks. Jesse Matlock scored the Monarch’s lone goal in the second period. Jamie Wutke picked up the win in net for the Canucks and Will Hood took the loss for the Monarchs. Hood played the first 32 minutes of game and then Trevor Thiessen was in net. Game two of this series is on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in Lumsden.

Also on Monday evening the second place Wynyard Monarchs (15-5-0) hosted the seventh place Raymore Rockets (4-15-1) in game one of their series and won 7-3. Matt Strueby led the way for the Monarchs as he scored three times and added an assist. Strueby had one power play goal and scored the game winning goal. Justin Zadoroozniak, Dillon Shewchuk, Brett Leffler and Dillon Stubbs also scored for the Monarchs. Bryan Kauk had five assists in this game. Tyrell Shulko had a shorthanded goal and two assists for the Rockets. Josh Jordan scored on the power play and Ryan Donauer also scored for the Rockets. Dave Perkin picked up the win in net for the Monarchs and John Arscott was in net for the Rockets. Each team took six minor penalties. Game two of this series will be Friday evening in Raymore.

In Provincial play we still have three teams alive from the six that started. The Cupar Canucks lost two straight to the Balgonie Bisons last week. The Canucks are the defending Provincial ‘A’ Champions and have represented our league well and we congratulate them again for their excellent play this past year. The team the Canucks defeated for the Provincial crown, the Wynyard Monarchs, lost to Drake 3-1 on Saturday evening and then defeated Drake 9-3 on Sunday to win their second round Provincial ‘A’ series. The Monarchs now play Balgonie with that series starting next Sunday afternoon in Wynyard. There are a number of HHL players on the Balgonie Provincial team. The Strasbourg Maroons lost to Bruno on Monday afternoon 4-1 and lost their Provincial ‘A’ series 2-1. The Avonlea Arrows defeated Kelliher twice this past weekend in Provincial ‘D’ play, 3-1 in Kelliher and 6-3 in Avonlea, and won their two game total point series 9-4. For the second straight year the Arrows will play the Bethune Bulldogs in their next series. The Bulldogs defeated the Craik Warriors on Saturday evening 5-1 and the series 13-3. Last year the Arrows defeated the Bulldogs in a best of three semi-final and went on to lose to Drake in the Provincial final. This year these two teams will be playing a two game total point series going into a semi-final.

The League will announce of who has been nominated for awards this coming week. Still the best time of the year to get out to a game….please follow us on twitter and watch for all results on our website. Please get out to a game near you and thank you for supporting senior hockey at its best!

Gerry Tomkins

HHL President

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President's Update - February 10th, 2014

Avonlea Arrows win first HHL Pennant title….

Congratulations to the Avonlea Arrows who have finished first and claimed the league pennant for the first time. The Arrows joined the Highway Hockey League in the 2000-2001 season after the Soo Line League disbanded. In their first year they finished with just two wins in twenty-four games played but that would be just one of only two times they would finish out of contention in our league. I remember talking to their Manager at the All Star dinner in 2001 and being told that they knew what they needed to do to get competitive….and they did know. The Arrows finished second in 2002 and lost out in the first round and were out of the playoffs the next year but since then they have won four League Championships in a span of eight seasons (2005-2012) and were in five finals in that span of eight years only losing once to the Southey Marlins in 2006. Not only did the Arrows create a winning tradition quickly they also created another tradition in our league…simply put….it doesn’t matter how you start and finish in the regular season, it’s how you end the season in the playoffs. Habitually slow starters that got serious when it counts, the Arrows won two championships when they finished fifth, one when they finished third and their latest in 2012 when they finished second. In 2006 when they lost to Southey in the final they had finished sixth! Congratulations to the entire organization on your first Highway Hockey League Pennant.

Some history to ponder…..The Pennant Trophy has been in existence for 48 years and will be renamed this year….it is presently called the Labatts Sportsman Trophy. How many times has each team that is presently a member of the Highway Hockey League won the Pennant….?...Raymore Rockets -9, Strasbourg Maroons – 7, Cupar Canucks – 6, Southey Marlins – 6, Lumsden Monarchs – 5, Wynyard Monarchs -2, Bethune Bulldogs -1 and now the Avonlea Arrows -1. The challenge for the Avonlea Arrows….last year the Cupar Canucks we’re the first team in nine years to win both the Pennant and League Championship. In the last twenty years only five teams have done that…Cupar twice, Raymore, Lumsden and Southey. There were eight teams that are no longer in existence that have won the Pennant a total of eleven times. In 47 years of existence the Pennant winner has gone on to win the League Championship only seventeen times…or 36% of the time…..When we get closer to our 2013 final series we will publish some interesting statistics about the Robert Schultz Championship Trophy.

The Arrows clinched the HHL title with a 6-0 victory over the Raymore Rockets on Friday evening. Two goals from Calvin Watson and Josh Jelinski along with goals from Gavin Mievre and Shay Neufeld along with shut out goaltending from Nathan Fischl secured the win for the Arrows. There were only two penalties in the game and both went against the Arrows. Deric Kuntz was in net for the Rockets. Also on Friday evening the Wynyard Monarchs fired 41 shots and scored five power play goals on their way to a 9-5 victory over the Lumsden Monarchs. Matt Strueby led the way with three goals while Brett Leffler had two power play goals and three assists. Dillon Shewchuk, Cody Straker and Donovan Hall also scored on the power play for Wynyard. Bryan Kauk had an even strength goal and five assists. Lumsden got power play goals from David Fisher and Stuart Poulin. Lance Morrison, Austin Preete and Brendan Ryan also scored for Lumsden. David Perkin faced 25 shots and picked up his league leading fifteenth win in net for Wynyard. Trevor Thiessen was in net for Lumsden. Both teams had ten minor penalties.

On Saturday evening the Bethune Bulldogs clinched fourth place with a 7-5 victory over the Strasbourg ending the Maroons four game win streak. Jacob Ulmer with two goals and Jens Johnson and Mike Reich with a power play goal gave the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead sixteen minutes into the first period. Quinn McIntosh would also score in the first period to make it 4-1 going into the second period. Jory Miller and Brady Heintz would score for Strasbourg and Jacob Ulmer would score his third goal of the evening on the power play to make it 5-3 for the Bulldogs going into the third period. In the third period Branden Sentes and Jory Miller would score on the power play for the Maroons and Lucas Ulmer and Jacob Ulmer would score for the Bulldogs to make the final 7-5. Jacob Ulmer would end up with a five point night for the Bulldogs. Tyler Kifferling faced 33 Bulldog shots and Ryan Seibel faced 23 Maroon shots. The Bulldogs had eight minor penalties and the Maroons had seven. In Raymore the Cupar Canucks clinched third place with a 7-3 victory over the Raymore Rockets. Two goals each from Tyler Stewart (1 ppg) and Brett Boha led the way for the Canucks. Also scoring for the Canucks were Jordan Pratt, Shea Van Luven and Davis Brown. Tyler Shulko had a goal and two assists for the Rockets. Josh Jordan scored on the power play and Cody Mapes also scored for the Rockets. Colby Miller picked up his sixth win of the year in net for the Canucks. John Arscott was in net for the Rockets. The Canucks had a major and three minor penalties and the Rockets had a major and two minor penalties.

Games from last week….last Tuesday the Strasbourg Maroons won their fourth game in a row with an 8-5 victory over the Southey Marlins. The Maroons were up 3-2 after one period and the Marlins would score twice unanswered in the second period to carry a 4-3 lead into the third period. The Maroons outscored Southey 5-1 in the third period. Eric Schultz had a natural hat trick in this game and two assists for a five point night.  Brady Heintz (1 ppg) and Mitch McNish would each score twice. McNish scored his league leading fourth game winning goal. Greg Ferguson also scored in this game. Talking about hat tricks how about our league leading scorer Pat Thompson-Gale? He also had a natural hat trick and one more goal and had an assist on the Marlin’s last goal for a five point night. Southey’s fifth goal was scored by Elliot Hubick. Tyler Kifferling picked up the win in net for the Maroons and Kurtis Sollosy was in net for the Marlins.  The Marlins had six minor penalties and the Maroons had eight.

On Wednesday evening we had two games played in the league. In Lumsden the only information going onto the game sheet were goals. The Avonlea Arrows scored first and maintained the lead but it took until the third period to put this game away when they scored five times to defeat the hometown Lumsden Monarchs 12-6. Gavin Mievre had three goals had three assists, Scott Arnold had two goals and four assists, Calder Neufeld had two goals and two assists and last year’s league MVP Shay Neufeld had two goals and three assists to lead the way for the Arrows. Josh Jelinski scored the only power play goal in the game and the rest of the Arrows scoring came from Calvin Watson and Stuart Holland. Lance Morrison led the way for the Monarchs with two goals, one shorthanded, and two assists. Jesse Matlock had two goals and an assist and Chris Whitteron and Miquel Pereira also scored for Lumsden. Colin Munroe made 23 stops in net for the Arrows to pick up his fourth win of the year and move to 4-1-0 on the year. Trevor Thiessen took the loss in net for the Monarchs and faced 61 shots. In Raymore the Wynyard Monarchs defeated the Raymore Rockets 9-1. Brett Leffler had a hat trick, two goals shorthanded of which one was the game winner, and four assists for a seven point night to lead the Monarchs. The seven points put him within six points of the league lead held by Pat Thompson-Gale. Donovan Hall also had a hat trick and two assists on this night for the Monarchs. Matt Strueby scored twice, including the game’s only power play goal, and Andrew Bzdel also scored for Wynyard. Todd MacMurchy scored the Rockets lone goal. Dave Perkin picked up the win in net for the Monarchs and Deric Kuntz was in net for the Rockets.

On Thursday evening the Cupar Canucks defeated the Southey Marlins 6-5 when Davis Brown scored the winning goal in a shootout.  The Marlins had a 2-1 lead going into the second period on goals from Pat Thompson-Gale and Cody Hall after Kyle Ermel opened the scoring in this game for the Canucks. In the second period Davis Brown scored on the power play to tie the game up and shortly after Cody Hall would score for the Marlins to give the lead back to the Marlins. Tyler Stewart would score late in the second period to tie this game up again and the Canucks would get their second lead of the game when Davis Brown potted his second goal of the game with just one minute left in the second period. Cody Hall would complete the hat trick on the power play half way through the third period and this game was tied again. Shea Van Luven would then score to give the Canucks the lead with eight minutes left and then Shay Wirll would score with just over six minutes left in the game to send this game to overtime. There was nothing solved in overtime and Davis Brown would get the shootout winner for the Canucks. Thompson-Gale had four points in this game and Cody Hall would end up with five points and was involved in every Marlins goal. Justin Schulhauser had three assists for the Canucks. Jamie Wutke gets the win in net for the Canucks and Kurtis Sollosy picks up a point in net for the Marlins. The Canucks had three minor penalties and the Marlins had two. This was the final regular season game for the Marlins.

Congratulations to Pat Thompson-Gale of the Southey Marlins as he will be this year’s recipient of the Tyson Sievert HHL Scoring Trophy. Thompson Gale had eight points in his last two games to finish with 30 goals and 29 assists for 59 points. Last year’s league scoring champion, Brett Leffler, did all he could in his last two games picking up 12 points and finishing second in the league with 25 goals and 29 assists. Bryan Kauk from Wynyard was third with 50 points and that total included a league high 35 assists. Donovan Hall from Wynyard pulled into fourth place with 40 points and Kyle Ross from the Canucks had 39 points in 12 games to finish fifth. The balance of our top ten were Tyrell Shulko from the Rockets in sixth and then a five way tie for seventh between Mike Reich from the Bulldogs, Kyle Ermel from the Canucks, last year’s league MVP Shay Neufeld from the Arrows, Josh Jordan from the Rockets and Shay Wirll from the Marlins. Neufeld, Ermel, Reich and Ross each have one game left to play. Brett Leffler leads all scorers with nine power play goals. He also is tied with Pat Thompson-Gale with four shorthanded goals.

The Avonlea Arrows will win another 48 year old trophy for the first time….the Team Goaltending Trophy which is another trophy we will be renaming presently called the Capital Auto Body Trophy. Hard to believe that the Arrows who had Justin Mrazek win the All Star goalie award five years in a row have never won the team goaltending trophy. Nathan Fischl and Colin Munroe will share this trophy. Fischl has his name on this trophy twice with the Raymore Rockets. Fischl leads all goalies with a 2.54 GAA. David Perkin finishes the year with 1097 minutes played and 15 wins. Ryan Seibel from Bethune and Nathan Fischl led all goalies with two shut outs each.

The Wynyard Monarchs continue to lead the league with a 34.5% conversion rate on the power play. They are followed by Southey at 30.6% and Avonlea at 26.5%. The Cupar Canucks have the best penalty killing average at 83.5%. They are followed by Avonlea at 82.3% and Wynyard at 81.1%. The Avonlea Arrows are 11-0-0 when they score first and 4-3-1 when they don’t. The Wynyard Monarchs are 5-3-0 when they don’t score first and 10-2-0 when they do. The Bethune Bulldogs are 11-1-1 when they score first and just 1-5-0 when they don’t. All Star nominations will be out in the next week and we will post them here.

In Provincial action the Strasbourg Maroons lost to Bruno 5-1 in Strasbourg on Friday evening and that series will play the deciding game in Bruno on Monday, February 17th. The Cupar Canucks lost their first game in the Balgonie series 6-5 in overtime and play game two of that series on Wednesday in Balgonie. The Wynyard Monarchs defeated Drake 6-3 on Saturday evening and play game two of that series in Drake on Saturday evening. The Bethune Bulldogs defeated Craik 8-2 in game one of their two game total point Provincial ‘D’ series and play game two on Saturday evening at 8 p.m. in Bethune. The Avonlea Arrows play their two game total point Provincial ‘D’ series this weekend against Kelliher with the first game in Kelliher Friday evening and game two Sunday afternoon at 3:00 in Avonlea. There are HHL players from Raymore and Southey playing on both the Balgonie and Kelliher teams.

We have two games left in the HHL on Tuesday evening. The Lumsden Monarchs are in Cupar and the Bethune Bulldogs are in Avonlea. Playoffs begin next week with Avonlea playing Southey, Wynyard playing Raymore, Cupar playing Lumsden and Bethune playing Strasbourg. The first round series are a best of three.

There is lots of hockey, league and Provincials, this week. Please get out to a game near you and thank you for supporting senior hockey at its best!

Gerry Tomkins

HHL President

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