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President's Update - November 22nd, 2013

Strasbourg @ Lumsden

The Lumsden Monarchs won their second game in a row with a 7-5 victory over the Strasbourg Maroons. Once again it was the line of Brady Aulie (2G, 1A), Steve Eberts (2G, 2 A) and Austin Preete (1G, 2A) that did most of the damage with ten points in the game. Jesse Matlock scored unassisted and Miguel Pereira scored an empty net goal to round out the scoring for the Monarchs. Will Hood picked up his first HHL win in net stopping 25 of 30 shots. At the other end of the ice Jeremy Ellis, a former junior teammate took the loss stopping 34 of 40 shots for the Maroons.  The game was close throughout. Lumsden scored first and Strasbourg scored a power play goal from Greg Ferguson late in the first to tie the game. Aaron Decorby and Tanner Exner scored in the second to give the Maroons a 3-1 lead. Lumsden would then score four goals to take a 5-3 lead and then in the dying seconds of the second period Evan Meyers would get the Maroons to within one. Lumsden scored in the first minute of the third period and with just over two minutes left in the game Aaron Decorby would score to get the Maroons to within one. An empty net goal would seal the victory for the Monarchs who evened their record at 2-2-0. The Maroons fell to 1-1-0. The Monarchs had one minor and the Maroons had four.These two teams will meet again in Strasbourg on Friday evening.

 

Raymore @ Southey

President's Udate - November 15th, 2013

Six games this weekend in HHL

Four more teams join into the action this weekend. On Friday evening the Raymore Rockets and Southey Marlins will both play their first game of the season. I haven’t received the starting rosters but do know that there are changes with both of these teams. Raymore is in Wynyard and Southey is in Cupar. The other game sees the Lumsden Monarchs (0-1-0) host the Bethune Bulldogs. All games start at 8 p.m.

On Saturday evening the Strasbourg Maroons and Avonlea Arrows get into their first game. The Maroons will be in Raymore and look to get back to their 2011-12 form. The Avonlea Arrows have a full roster that includes sixteen locals and sixteen returning players. They have been bolstered with the addition of two new goalies….Nathan Fischl from the Raymore Rockets and Colin Munroe from the Rocanville Tigers. The Arrows have also picked up Ryan Cruse from the Rockets. Also returning to the team is Sean Miller who missed the entire last season after knee surgery. Two local players are back after playing hockey in Europe. Mark Ardelan was with Iserlohn Roosters and Scott Arnold was with Nassjo HC. Gone from the team are three players…current Manager Jaret Nelson, Lonny Forrester and perennial all-star goalie Justin Mrazek. The Arrows open up their season at home to the Lumsden Monarchs. Also on Saturday evening the Southey Marlins will be in Raymore. All games begin at 8 pm.

President's Update - November 8th, 2013

First of all an apology to all of our fans and especially to the Strasbourg Maroons….We have had to reschedule Friday’s game between the Maroons and the Marlins. We tried starting the season a week earlier this year and unfortunately the Marlins are not quite ready to play. This situation is my fault and I assure everyone that we will be set to go next week.

The good news is we will have one game this weekend. The season begins with the Wynyard Monarchs in Bethune on Saturday evening at 8 p.m.

The Monarchs had an exceptional year last year making it to the League Final and the Provincial Final only to lose to the Cupar Canucks. The Monarchs finished 15-4-1 in 2012-13. They scored the second most goals and had the second best goals against average and yes it was the Cupar Canucks that also led those categories. They received the third highest penalty minutes in league.  There are a few changes to the team this year. Gone are Derek Halldorson, Mike Kesserling, Aaron Lindal, Devin Bowey and Chris Anderson. New to the team are Dillon Stubbs and Andrew Bzdel from the minor system along with Dylan Shewchuk and Davis Shewchuk.  From Foam Lake, Katlin Blight, Justin Zadorozniak and Kyle Jones join the Monarchs. All Star Chad Mazurak and All Star and league scoring leader Brett Leffler are back for another year.

The Bulldogs finished fourth in our league with an 11-6-3 record last year.  The Bulldogs won three rounds of Provincials in Provincial ‘D’ before losing in the semi-finals to the Avonlea Arrows. In league playoffs the Bulldogs won their first round against Raymore before losing to Wynyard in the semi-finals. That semi-final went five games and the Bulldogs won two games in Wynyard only to lose in overtime in the fifth and deciding game in Wynyard.

Pocket schedules will be available next week at your local rink.

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