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President's Update - March 31st, 2015

Bethune Bulldogs 2015 Robert Schultz Trophy Champions

Bethune Bulldogs 2015 Robert Schultz Trophy Champions

Bethune 2015 HHL Champions...fall to Lanigan in game three of Provincial 'A' final...

 

The Bethune Bulldogs defeated the defending HHL Champions, Wynyard Monarchs, 3-2 on Wednesday evening in front of a packed house in Bethune. The Bulldogs won the Robert Schultz trophy final three games to two. This was the first championship win for the Bulldogs since they rejoined the Highway Hockey League. Bethune joined our league in the second year of play in the 1968-69 season and left our league in the 80’s. Bethune won the championship in 1972 and 1974 so it has been 41 years since their last sip of the cup. Since returning to the league in 2000 the Bulldogs have made the final three times and each time they have faced the Wynyard Monarchs. They lost to the Monarchs in 2008 and 2014 before winning this year on their third try.

 

President's Update - March 24th, 2015

Michael Jordan 2014-15 MVP & MVP Local in HHL….

Michael Jordan of the Raymore Rockets is taking some hardware home as he has been announced as the Highway Hockey League Most Valuable player in 2014-15. He was also named the winner of the Eckdahl-Jenkins Most Valuable Player Local Award. In addition to winning these two trophies, Michael is sharing the Tyson Sievert HHL Scoring Champion trophy with Brett Leffler as both players recorded 40 points this year. Jordan was also named to the All-Star team as the all-star Center in the HHL.

Travis Orr of the Cupar Canucks is the winner of the Stats-Trott Award for rookie of the Year in the HHL. Orr recorded 11 goals and 15 assists in 17 games this year.

The winner of the HHL Most Sportsmanlike Player Award is Chad Filteau of the Cupar Canucks.

The Ken Hale Memorial Award for Manager of the Year goes to Garnet Hubick of the Strasbourg Maroons. The Lynwood Miller Coach of the Year Award goes to Tayler Jordan from the Wynyard Monarchs.

This year’s All-Star team is comprised of six players from five different teams:

Goaltender:       David Perkin, Wynyard Monarchs

Defenceman:    Russ Nielson, Bethune Bulldogs

Defenceman:    Eric Schultz, Strasbourg Maroons

President's Update - March 16th, 2015

Bethune versus Lanigan in Provincial ‘A’ Final….Congratulations to the Bethune Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are the third HHL team in three years to reach the Provincial ‘A’ final. Bethune will begin their best of three final on Saturday evening in Lanigan against the Pirates. Last year Lanigan was defeated 2-0 in the final by the Wynyard Monarchs. Game two will be the following Friday evening in Bethune. The Bulldogs reached the final with a 5-3 victory over Balgonie on Friday evening. Russ Nielson with two goals (one ppg) and Jake Ulmer with two goals led the way for the Bulldogs. Chad Filteau also scored for the Bulldogs.

On Sunday the Avonlea Arrows lost 6-1 to the Gull Lake Greyhounds, the same team they defeated in the semi-final on their way to the Provincial ‘D’ title last year. The Arrows lost the series 2 games to one. Congratulations to the Arrows on another great Provincial run.

 

Our League final began last Wednesday evening in Bethune. In the first period there were four power play goals. Donovan Hall and Dale Spelchen scored the first two goals of the game to give the Monarchs a 2-0 lead. Ryan Funk and Shea Van Luven would reply before the first period was over and the teams were tied going into the second period.  In the second period Joel Kot would score just 22 seconds into the period but Wynyard would reply quickly as Spelchen would score his second goal of the game 45 seconds later. Mike Reich would score to put the Bulldogs up 4-3 going into the third period. In the third period Lyle Ostapowich would score Wynyard’s third power play goal of the game halfway through the period and the teams would go into overtime. Kyle Ross scored 2:11 into OT and the Bulldogs would win 5-4. Ryan Seibel stopped 34 of 38 shots fired his way for the win in the Bethune net. Dave Perkin stopped 43 of 48 shots fired his way in the Wynyard net. There were no penalties in the last fifteen minutes of the game but prior to that Wynyard was assessed 17 minor penalties and 74 minutes in total and Bethune received 13 minor penalties and 46 minutes in total.

 

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