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President's Update - February 22nd, 2016

Wynyard Monarchs and Lumsden Monarchs advance to semi-finals…It took three overtime games and the Wynyard Monarchs would defeat the Avonlea Arrows 2-1 in their first round series. On Saturday, February 20th in Avonlea, the Monarchs would erase a 4-1 deficit in the second period and come back and win 6-5 in overtime to even this series at one game each. Stuart Holland and Ryan Makenzie would give the Arrows the lead and Dale Spelchen would score late in the first period for the Monarchs and the Arrows had a 2-1 lead going into the second period. Devin Cobbold and Andrew Sillers with a shorthanded goal would put the Arrows up 4-1 but Brett Leffler and Riley Storzuk would score quickly for the Monarchs and the Arrows would have a 4-3 lead going into the third period. Chad Mazurak would score a power play goal midway through the third period to tie the game and with just under five minutes left in the third period Justin Nychuk would score a shorthanded goal to give the Arrows the lead back. With just under three minutes left in the period Eric Popadynec scored to put this game into overtime. 3:56 into the overtime frame Donovan Hall would score the winning goal for the Monarchs. Mason Brewster picked up the win in net for the Monarchs and Dean Brothen was in net for the Arrows. The Arrows had seven minor penalties and a game misconduct and the Monarchs had six penalties. On Sunday afternoon in Wynyard the deciding game of this series would also go to overtime.  Special teams would play a large part in this game.  Cody Straker and Eric Popadynec would score in the first period to give the Monarchs a 2-0 lead. Sean Whelan would score early in the second period on the power play for the Arrows. Chad Mazurak would score with just over three minutes left in the second period to restore the two goal lead for the Monarchs. Josh Jelinski would score with one minute left and then with two seconds left in the period Stuart Holland would score on the power play and this game was tied 3-3. In the third period Sean Whelan would score a shorthanded goal to give the Arrows their first lead of the game but just thirty seconds later Donovan Hall would score on the power play and this game would head to over time. In overtime the Brett Plouffe would score on a 5 on 3 power play and the Monarchs would win 5-4.

President's Update - February 15th, 2016

Regular Season over….The Avonlea Arrows defeated the Strasbourg Maroons in the last regular season game of the year 6-1 and clinched fifth place. The Arrows got two goals from both Dayton Picard and Kyle Oleniuk. Picard’s second goal was shorthanded and he ended up leading the league this year with three shorthanded goals. James Dombowsky and Kristian Brook also scored for the Arrows. Dillan Hubick scored the first goal of the game and it was the only goal that the Maroons would score. Dean Brothen picked up the win in net for the Arrows and Jeremy Ellis was in net for the Maroons. Each team had two penalties in the game. With the win the Arrows advanced to a best of three playoff series against the Wynyard Monarchs and the Maroons finished seventh and will play the Raymore Rockets. The Lumsden Monarchs play the Cupar Canucks in the other quarter-final. Bethune Bulldogs have a bye into the semi-finals with their first place finish.

The first playoff game was played this past Saturday evening in Wynyard. A goal from Matt Strueby and a shorthanded goal from Brett Donovan Hall gave the Monarchs a 2-0 lead after one period. Chad Mazurak would score early in the second period to give the Monarchs a 3-0 lead. Cue the Arrows as Josh Jelinski would score and Devin Cobbold would score twice including a shorthanded goal and this game was tied 3-3 going into the third period. Donovan Hall would score midway through the third period to give the lead back to the Monarchs. With just over two minutes left in the game Josh Jelinski would score his second goal of the game on the power play and this game would go to overtime. 1:11 into the overtime frame Calvin Watson scored to give the Arrows a 5-4 victory in game one of this best of three series.  Amazingly the Monarchs never trailed and the Arrows never led in this game until the overtime goal was scored. Aaron Husband picked up the win in net for the Arrows and Kevin Orthner was in net for the Monarchs. The Monarchs were assessed seven minor penalties and the Arrows six. Game two of this series is in Saturday evening in Avonlea.

President's Update - February 8th, 2016

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.

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