President's Update - March 14th, 2013


Avonlea Arrows, Cupar Canucks, Wynyard Monarchs advance to Provincial Finals

Wynyard advances to League Final with 4-3 OT victory over Bethune Bulldogs

The Avonlea Arrows bounced back from a 3-2 overtime defeat on Saturday evening to defeat the Bethune Bulldogs 6-2 on Sunday afternoon in Bethune and win their Provincial ‘D’ semi-final two games to one. They will now play the Drake Canucks in the Provincial ‘D’ final. Update - Drake 5 Avonlea 1 game one on Friday evening and defeated Avonlea 4-1 on Sunday afternoon to claim the Provincial 'D' title.  In 2005, the Avonlea Arrows won the Provincial ’D’ title.  Drake has won the Provincial ‘D’ title seven times with the last championship coming in 1996. Drake won the Provincial ‘C’ title in 2010 and in 2005.

The Wynyard Monarchs came back from a 6-5 defeat to the Bruno T-Birds on Sunday afternoon and defeated the T-Birds 5-4 in triple overtime on Monday evening in Wynyard. Mike Kesslering scored the winner.  They Monarchs will now play their HHL counterparts, Cupar Canucks, in the Provincial ‘A’ final. The Canucks defeated the Lumsden Monarchs two games to none in their semi-final series and are now 8-1 in Provincial play heading into the final. The Wynyard Monarchs are 8-3 in Provincial play. Cupar won the 1994 Provincial ‘A’ championship and the 1995 ‘AAA’ championship. Update - Wynyard wins game one of this series with a 3-2 victory in Wynyard Sunday afternoon. Wynyard has won many Provincial titles but never a senior championship. The last HHL team to win the Provincial ‘A’ championship were the Southey Marlins in 2004 and just three years before that the Raymore Rockets won. Game one of this series is in Wynyard on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

President's Update - March 8th, 2013

Semi-Finals in the Highway Hockey League started this past week. Cupar and Strasbourg played on Monday evening after cancelling their game on Sunday evening due to the weather conditions. Cupar scored early and often on their way to a 12-3 first game victory. Kyle Ross had three goals and in that total was another shorthanded goal, Ryan Bahan had two goals and two assists and one of his goals was scored shorthanded, Tyler Stewart had two goals (1-PPG) and Shea Van Luven had two goals. Rounding out the scoring were Jaret Eberle with a goal and three assists, Justin Bernhardt with a goal and two assists and Donovan Chow with a goal. Jamie Wutke picked up the win in net for the Canucks. Tanner Exner, Branden Sentes and Quinn McIntosh replied for the Maroons. The Canucks had seven minor penalties, a major penalty, misconduct and a game misconduct. The Maroons had four minor penalties.  The Canucks are now 13-0-0 at home in HHL games and if you add in Provincials they are 18-0-0 for season. UPDATE: Cupar wins game two 5-2.  Game three is in Cupar on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

President's Update March 1st, 2013


HHL semi-finals

Cupar Canucks (20-3-1) versus Strasbourg Maroons (11-10-3)

The Cupar Canucks defeated the Lumsden Monarchs three games to one in their quarter-final series. Their only loss came in Lumsden in game two in overtime.  Against the Monarchs, Cupar scored 27 goals and allowed 15. Scoring was paced by Kyle Ross who picked up 6 goals and 12 assists. Kyle Ermel had 11 points and Justin Bernhardt had 9 points. Jamie Wutke picked up all three wins in the series and posted a 3.69 GAA in four games played. The Strasbourg Maroons defeated the defending champions Avonlea Arrows three games to one. The Maroons won game one and game four in overtime, with game four going to double overtime.  Strasbourg scored 19 goals and allowed 16 in this series against Avonlea. Brady Heintz scored the double overtime series winner and also led the Maroons in playoff scoring with 4 goals and 5 assists. Tyler Kifferling picked up all three wins in net for Strasbourg and posted a 3.49 GAA.

These two teams played twice this year. In November, in Strasbourg, the Cupar Canucks posted a 10-3 victory. In December, in Cupar, The Canucks posted a 10-8 victory in a game that saw the Canucks see a three goal lead evaporate twice before winning the game in the third period.  Game one of this series is Sunday evening in Cupar at 7 p.m. The Canucks play their second provincial game in Lumsden Tuesday evening and the result of that game will dictate dates of games two and three.  All games are posted under the Schedule tab.

Wynyard Monarchs (18-4-1) versus Bethune Bulldogs (14-8-3)


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