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President's Update - February 10th, 2014

Avonlea Arrows win first HHL Pennant title….

Congratulations to the Avonlea Arrows who have finished first and claimed the league pennant for the first time. The Arrows joined the Highway Hockey League in the 2000-2001 season after the Soo Line League disbanded. In their first year they finished with just two wins in twenty-four games played but that would be just one of only two times they would finish out of contention in our league. I remember talking to their Manager at the All Star dinner in 2001 and being told that they knew what they needed to do to get competitive….and they did know. The Arrows finished second in 2002 and lost out in the first round and were out of the playoffs the next year but since then they have won four League Championships in a span of eight seasons (2005-2012) and were in five finals in that span of eight years only losing once to the Southey Marlins in 2006. Not only did the Arrows create a winning tradition quickly they also created another tradition in our league…simply put….it doesn’t matter how you start and finish in the regular season, it’s how you end the season in the playoffs. Habitually slow starters that got serious when it counts, the Arrows won two championships when they finished fifth, one when they finished third and their latest in 2012 when they finished second. In 2006 when they lost to Southey in the final they had finished sixth! Congratulations to the entire organization on your first Highway Hockey League Pennant.

President's Update - February 3rd, 2014

Strasbourg Maroons on a roll….

Here is a wrap up of last week’s games in the Highway Hockey League…..since coming off an 8-3 loss to the Lumsden Monarchs on January 24th, the Strasbourg Maroons have won three straight games including a 7-6 shootout win over League Champion Cupar Canucks, a 4-3 victory over the current first place team, Avonlea Arrows, and a 7-4 victory over the Southey Marlins.  The Maroons are now entrenched in 5th place. In Avonlea last Tuesday, the Maroons got two first period goals from Greg Ferguson and Tanner Exner but gave up one to the Arrows with just four seconds left in the period as Calvin Watson scored to make it 2-1 going into the second period. Scott Arnold would score in the second period to tie game. The Maroons would get two goals from Quinn McIntosh in the third period and the Arrows would get another goal from Watson to make the final 4-3 Maroons. Jeremy Ellis picked up the win in net for the Maroons and Nathan Fischl took the loss for the Arrows. There were only two penalties in the game and both minors went to the Arrows. The Maroons would then play the Southey Marlins on Saturday evening at home.  Goals by Mitch McNish, Brady Heintz and Greg Ferguson gave the Maroons a 3-0 lead going into the second period. Tanner Exner would make it 4-0 before the league’s top scorer, Pat Thompson-Gale, scored twice to get the Marlins within two. Mitch McNish would get his second goal late in the period and it was 5-2 going into the third period. Aaron Decorby and Brandyn Wasyliw would score for the Maroons and Devin Hillier and Jared LaCosta would score for the Marlins in the third period to make the final score 7-4. Jeremy Ellis picked up his sixth win of the year in net for the Maroons and Kurtis Sollosy was in net for the Marlins. The Maroons took seven minor penalties while the Marlins took four. The Maroons capped off their perfect week with a 2-1 double overtime victory against Bruno in Provincial ‘A’ action on Sunday. Mitch McNish scored the winner just thirty seconds into the second OT frame.

President's Update - January 27th, 2014

Showdown in Bethune......

 

Two teams with five game winning streaks met in Bethune on Friday evening and it is appropriate that this game was decided in a shootout. The Bethune Bulldogs scored early in this game on a goal from Jens Johnson and the Avonlea Arrows would score late in the first period on a power play goal from Calvin Watson to send the teams into the second period tied at one. The Arrows would score early in the second period as Jared Molnar found the net and then the Arrows would quickly score on the power play as Watson would pot his second goal of the game and the Arrows had a two goal lead. Late in the period Derek Fuchs would score to get the Bulldogs within one goal. Fuchs has scored in each of the last three games. With just under 2 minutes left in the game Jens Johnson would score his second goal of the game to send this game into overtime. This game went to a shootout and Mike Reich would score the winning goal to give the Bulldogs their sixth win in a row with a 4-3 victory.  Ryan Seibel picks up his ninth victory of the year in net. Colin Munroe was in net for the Arrows. The Bulldogs had six minor penalties and the Arrows had three. The Arrows, 5-0-1 in their last six games, have six games left and if they get 10 points out of those games they will finish first in regular season standings.

 

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