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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:

 

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.

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.

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