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President's Update - November 14th, 2016

Bethune Bulldogs pick up where they left off...

The Bethune Bulldogs, our defending champions and the Provincial ‘A’ champions, coasted to a 13-2 victory over the Wynyard Monarchs on Saturday evening in Bethune to open up their season. Mark Lustig had four goals and three assists, Drew George had one goal and five assists, Derek Fuchs had two goals and three assists, Jacob Ulmer had one goal and four assists, Mike Reich had one goal and four assists and Russ Nielson had one goal and two assists. Fuchs and George each scored a power play goal. Carter Buffalo and Donovan Hall scored for Wynyard. Ryan Holfeld and Ryan Seibel split the game in net facing 28 shots for the Bulldogs and Adam Jordan was in net for the Monarchs facing 54 shots. The Monarchs had five minor penalties and the Bulldogs had one. Also on Saturday evening the Raymore Rockets played their first game of the year in Avonlea. The Rockets got two goals each from Tyrell Shulko and Cody Mapes and a goal from Emery Anderson in the first period to take a commanding 5-0 lead. The Arrows, coming off an overtime win against the Maroons the night before, responded with three goals in the second period with Brett Kealey scoring twice and Devin Cobbold scoring on the power play. In the third period Braden Bentz would score on the power play and Josh Jordan would score before Stuart Holland would score for the Arrows late in the period to make the final score 7-4 for the Rockets. David Perkin would pick up the win in net for the Rockets and Dean Brothen was in net for the Arrows. The Arrows had four minor penalties and the Rockets had two. Also on Saturday evening, the Lumsden Monarchs would pick up their second win of the year with a 7-3 victory over the Cupar Canucks. This game was tied 2-2 going into the third period and would stay that way through almost 13 minutes of the third period and then the Monarchs scored five goals in five minutes and nineteen seconds to put the game away. For the Monarchs Kyle Johnson had two goals and one assist, Dale Spelchen had one goal and three assists, Liam Brennan had a goal and an assist, Tyler Penny had a goal and an assist and Torrey Lindsey and Andrew Perrault also scored. Godric Tham scored twice for the Canucks and Brett Boha also scored. There were no special teams goals in this game. Will Hood picked up the win in net for the Monarchs and Colby Miller was in net for the Canucks. Each team had three minor penalties.

President's Update - November 7th

The 2016-17 season began Friday evening in Lumsden. We had full rosters and we had a very entertaining game to begin the season. There was no scoring in the first ten minutes and then Cupar got into a little penalty trouble and the Monarchs scored three power play goals. Liam Brennan scored twice and Torrey Lindsey scored the other goal. Lumsden led 3-0 after one period and outshot the Canucks 15-5 in the first period. In the second period the play got a little tighter and there were few shots in the first 10 minutes. Travis Orr would score on the power play 14 minutes into the period and then Taylor Orr would steal the puck and score two minutes later and it was 3-2 after two periods. Shots were 27-15 for the Monarchs after two periods. In the third period the Canucks wasted no time making the game 3-3 when Cody Hall scored on the power play. The game went 17 minutes until the Monarchs sciored with just over a minute left off the stick of Dale Spelchen. Tyler Penny would score the final goal and Lumsden would win 5-3. Both goalies played well with Matt Weninger picking up the win for the Monarchs stopping 22 of 25 shots and Colby Miller who stopped 32 of 37 shots fired his way. Lumsden had eight minor penalties and Cupar had five. Each team had a game misconduct.

This weekend everyone else gets into the fray with Avonlea opening up in Strasbourg and Cupar in Wynyard on Friday evening. Our defending champions, and Provincial 'A' champions, Bethune Bulldogs open up at home Saturday evening against the Wynyard Monarchs. The Raymore Rockets will be in Avonlea and the Lumsden Monarchs will be in Cupar to play the Canucks.

We have a limited run of pocket schedules that should be available this weekend. Please get out to a game near you.

You can follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/HighwayHockey All of our tweets, which include updates from all games, appear on the front page just under the Upcoming games column if you just want to follow us on the website during games. You can also follow my account Pensky File http://twitter.com/GeraldT

Gerry

Bethune Bulldogs 2016 Provincial 'A' Champions!

Bethune Bulldogs Provincial 'A' Champions

Congratulations Bethune Bulldogs Provincial 'A' Champions...The Bethune Bulldogs defeated the Rosetown Redwings 3-2 in double overtime on Thursday evening to claim the SHA Provincial 'A' title. Ryan Lang scored early in the first period and then late in the first period Rosetown scored on a 5 on 3 and then scored even strength making it 2-1 after one period. Jacob Ulmer scored in the second period to tie the game 2-2 and that is what the score was going into the third period. The Bulldogs led the shot clock 27-21. There was no scoring in the third period and no scoring in the first overtime period. Going into the second overtime period the Bulldogs had outshot the Redwings 50-30. 2:18 into the second overtime period Mike Reich would pot the winner and the Bulldogs finally had that elusive Provincial title. What a remarkable run Bethune had this year...15-1-2 in League play....6-0-0 in League playoffs and 10-1-0 in Provincial play. That would be 31-2-2 for the year. Even more amazing is after losing their first provincial game against Watrous, a game they had the lead with only a few minutes left on the clock...it is as if this one game sparked the Bulldogs to what they had to do to win...After that loss, the Bethune Bulldogs proceeded to win 16 games straight in Provincials and League playoffs on their way to a League title and Provincial title. Three of those wins were in overtime.

The 2016 Bethune Bulldogs join the 1987 Dysart Blues, the 2004 Southey Marlins, the 2013 Cupar Canucks and the 2014 Wynyard Monarchs as the only HHL teams to win both league and a Provincial 'A' title. Along with the Raymore Rockets who won League and the Provincial "C" title in 1980, 1988 and 1997, the Cupar Canucks who won League and the Provincial 'AAA' title in 1995 and the Avonlea Arrows who won League and the Provincial 'D' title in 2005 these are the ten teams that have won both League and a Provincial title in the same year in our fifty year history. There have been many other teams that have been close but these are the teams that did it.

We now look forward to our 51st season...a final update with year end pictures and a few kudos will be forthcoming. Thank you to all that support senior hockey in Saskatchewan and thank you for supporting the Highway Hockey League.

gjt

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