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President's Update - March 14th, 2014

Bethune Bulldogs sweep Pennant winners to advance to the League Final….Canucks force a game four against Monarchs....

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.

President's Update - March 10th, 2014

Semi-Finals providing close games….B. Leffler and J. Ulmer provide game winners in their series....twice....

 

There are two games completed in each semi-final series and all four games have been one goal games. The Wynyard Monarchs defeated the Cupar Canucks 3-2 last Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in the semi-final. For the second game in a row Brett Leffler scored on the power play with the winning goal with two minutes left in the third period. In this game the Monarchs scored early on a goal by Dale Spelchen and midway through the first period the Canucks would score on the power play on a goal by Kyle Ross.  The Canucks would take the lead in the second period on Ryan Moore’s goal and the Monarchs would tie the game just two and a half minutes later on a Dillon Shewchuk goal.  There would be no scoring until Leffler’s game winning goal in the third period. Dave Perkin picked up his fourth win of the playoffs and Jamie Wutke was in net for the Canucks.  The Monarchs were assessed five minor penalties while the Canucks had eight penalties. Game three of this series is Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in Wynyard. If a fourth game is required it will be in Cupar on Friday evening.

In the other semi-final both games went to overtime. In the first game last Tuesday evening in Avonlea, the Bethune Bulldogs scored once in the first period and twice in the second period to take a 3-0 lead. Jake Ulmer scored in the first period and then Mitch Boucher notched a power play goal early in the second period and that was followed by a goal by Derek Fuchs. Late in the second period Calvin Watson scored on the power play and it was 3-1 going into the third period. Midway through the third period Gavin Mievre would score and then with just 1:18 left on the clock James Ardelan would score to send the game into overtime. It took until the second overtime for this tie to be broken as Jake Ulmer scored his second goal of the evening. Ryan Seibel picked up the win in net for the Bulldogs and Nathan Fischl was in net for the Arrows. Both goalies played almost 85 minutes in this game. The Arrows had four minor penalties and the Bulldogs took eight penalties.

President's Update - March 3rd, 2014

Semi Finals begin in Cupar….

Semi-Finals in the Highway Hockey League began Sunday evening in Cupar. The Wynyard Monarchs fresh off a Provincial win over the Balgonie Bisons used a power play opportunity six minutes into the third period to defeat the Canucks 4-3 in game one of their best of 5 semi-final series. Brett Leffler scored his second goal of the game on that power play to give the Monarchs the lead and the win. Bryan Kauk and Leffler scored first period goals for the Monarchs and Donovan Chow and Davis Brown on the power play scored for the Canucks in the first period and this game was tied going into the second period. In the second period Bryan Kauk would score his second goal of the game and put the Monarchs back in the lead going into the third period.  In the third period a goal by Tyler Stewart tied the game up for the Canucks. Bryan Kauk would score his second goal of the game just five minutes later on the power play and the Monarchs would hold on for the victory in game one of this series. Dave Perkin picked up his third playoff win of the year in net for the Monarchs and Jamie Wutke had his first loss in net for the Canucks. The Monarchs were assessed nine minor penalties in the game and the Canucks had six minor penalties. Games two and three are now in Wynyard on Wednesday evening and on Friday evening.

The Avonlea Arrows defeated the Bethune Bulldogs on Saturday evening 6-3 and won their provincial ‘D’ series 13-4 against the Bulldogs. These two clubs will begin their semi-final HHL series on Tuesday evening in Avonlea. The balance of the schedule will be posted shortly. The Arrows will now face the Gull Lake Greyhounds in a Provincial ‘D’ semi-final best of three series.  Game one is this Friday in Gull Lake at 8:30 p.m. with game two the following weekend on Saturday evening the 15th in Avonlea at 8:00 p.m.

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