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President's Update - February 29th, 2016

Nominations for Highway Hockey League Awards announced…

Teams are now voting on League awards and all-star team for the 2015-16 season.  There are three left wings, two Centers, one right wing and a goalie nominated in the Most Valuable Player category.  The nominees are Kyle Oleniuk from the Avonlea Arrows, Kyle Ross from the Bethune Bulldogs, Donovan Chow from the Cupar Canucks, Kyle Johnson from the Lumsden Monarchs, Travis Bosch from the Raymore Rockets, Quinn McIntosh from the Strasbourg Maroons and Brett Leffler from the Wynyard Monarchs.

The Eckdahl-Jenkins Trophy goes to the Most Valuable Player – Local. Two Centers, two right wings, two left wings and a defenceman are nominated in this category.  In this category the nominees are Josh Jelinski from the Avonlea Arrows, Mike Reich from the Bethune Bulldogs, Brett Boha from the Cupar Canucks, Kyle Johnson from the Lumsden Monarchs, Tyrell Shulko from the Raymore Rockets, Eric Schultz from the Strasbourg Maroons and Brett Leffler from the Wynyard Monarchs.

The Stats-Van Trott goes to the Rookie of the Year. There are four nominees this year. They are Brayden Frank from the Cupar Canucks, Bryce Lugt from the Lumsden Monarchs, Donovan Thompson from the Strasbourg Maroons and Landin Leshchyshyn from the Wynyard Monarchs.

The Tyson Sievert HHL Scoring Trophy was won by Kyle Ross of the Bethune Bulldogs. This year we have renamed the trophy for Team Goaltending after Gunnar Lindal who passed away in 2014.  Gunnar was a longtime Wynyard Monarch and worked in many capacities for the club when he stopped playing. His grandsons Aaron Lindal, Tyson Lindal and Tayler Jordan all played in our league. The Gunnar Lindal Team Goaltending Trophy was won by the Raymore Rockets this year. Goalies Travis Bosch and Anthony Bergen will share this trophy this year.

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.

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