President's Update - January 29th, 2013

There were just three league games this past weekend. On Friday evening, the Cupar Canucks clinched their sixth League pennant and their first pennant since 2007 without playing as the Raymore Rockets went into Wynyard and defeated the Monarchs 5-2 eliminating Wynyard from their chance at first place. Raymore scored two quick goals in the first period as Josh Belair scored just ten seconds into the game and then Dallas Thiessen scored on the power play 3:40 into the period. Donovan Hall would then answer back very quickly for the Monarchs as he scored twice in the next three minutes to tie this game up. There was no scoring in the second period, in fact there was no scoring for the next forty-five minutes until Shane Baum would score what would be the winner almost thirteen minutes into the third period. Tyrell Shulko would score while the Rockets were shorthanded and Josh Belair would pick up his second goal of the game in the last minute of the period. Nathan Fischl, in his first start of 2013, picked up the win in net for the Rockets. Dave Perkin was in net for the Monarchs. Raymore had eleven minor penalties in this game and Wynyard had nine minor penalties and misconduct. Also on Friday evening, the Avonlea Arrows were in Strasbourg and defeated the Maroons 9-0. The Maroons lead the league in fewest penalty minutes by a wide margin averaging nine minutes a game but on this night they had eight minor penalties and the league’s second best power play unit took advantage of that scoring four power play goals. Shay Neufeld scored three times, including two power play goals, and had three assists for six points and moved into second in the league scoring race with 16 goals and 20 assists for 38 points, just five points behind league leader Brett Leffler from Wynyard. James Ardelan had two goals and two assists and Gavin Mievre had two goals and an assist. Other Avonlea scorers were Brendon Vanthuyne and Mike Miller on the power play. Goalie Justin Mrazek picked up his eleventh win of the year for the Arrows and is tied with the Canuck’s Jamie Wutke in wins. Tyler Kifferling was in net for the Maroons.

President's Update January 23rd, 2013

Tyson Sievert Memorial Game and Tribute - Cupar January 19th

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This weekend sees six Provincial games beginning on Thursday evening. There is a possibility of three more games, depending on earlier weekend results, and those would be played by Monday evening. On Thursday evening, the Bethune Bulldogs will be in Holdfast for game one of their two game total point Provincial ‘D’ series. On Friday evening, the Lumsden Monarchs will be in Arcola to play the Combines in game one of their best of three Provincial ‘A’ series beginning at 8:30 p.m. Also on Friday evening at 8:30 p.m., Southey hosts Langenburg in game one of their two game total point Provincial ‘C’ series.  On Saturday evening, Cupar will be in Nokomis for game two of their Provincial ‘A’ series. Cupar won the first game last Sunday 3-2. Also on Saturday evening, the Wynyard Monarchs play host to the Lanigan Pirates. The Pirates defeated the Monarchs 3-2 this past Monday in game one of their series. On Sunday evening at 7 p.m. in Strasbourg, the Maroons will play game two of their series with LeRoy. LeRoy won game one 5-2. If a third game is required it will be played on Monday in LeRoy at 8 p.m. If another game is required in the Nokomis/Cupar series it will be played Sunday in Cupar at 5 p.m. If another game is required in the Lanigan/Wynyard series it will be played on Sunday in Lanigan at 8 p.m.

President's Update/HHL Announcement - January 17th, 2013


It has been a busy week in hockey…..We had three one goal games on Saturday evening. In Bethune, for the second Saturday evening in a row, we went to overtime as Pat Thompson-Gale scored his third goal of the game in overtime to spark the Southey Marlins to their third win in four games 5-4 over the Bulldogs. One of Thompson-Gale’s goals came while shorthanded and he now leads the league with four shorties. Mike Vondoellan and Evan Mohr also scored for the Marlins and both goals came on the power play. Ryan Senft picked up the win in net for the Marlins. Bethune’s scoring came from Mike Reich with two goals….the second goal came on the power play and I still don’t know how he got over Senft’s shoulder. Brent Becker and Travis Holt also scored for the Bulldogs. Harrison Terriann was in net for the Bulldogs. In Wynyard, the Strasbourg Maroons were in their second overtime game is as many nights. On Friday evening they lost in a shootout to the Arrows and on this evening would lose in overtime as Bryan Kauk scored just forty seconds into the overtime frame. Quinn McIntosh gave the Maroons their first lead of the game with just over five minutes left in the game as he scored while the Maroons were shorthanded. Mike Kesserling would score for the Monarchs with just over a minute left when the Monarchs were shorthanded. That would be shorthanded goal number 30 in the HHL this season! Brett Leffler and Aaron Lindal would also score for the Monarchs in this game. Eric Schultz and Tanner Exner also scored for the Maroons. David Perkin would pick up the win in net for the Monarchs and Tyler Kifferling was in net for the Maroons. In Avonlea, the Arrows hung on for a 5-4 victory over the Raymore Rockets. This was the fourth win in a row for the Arrows. The Rockets winning streak of four games came to a halt. The Arrows scored four times in the second period with three of the goals coming on the power play to take a commanding 5-1 lead going into the third period. The Rockets scored three times, including twice on the power play to get within one goal but the Arrows held on to the lead for the last eleven minutes of the third period to preserve the victory. Shay Neufeld, Brendan Vanthuyne and Jared Molnar all scored on the power play for the Arrows. Stuart Holland and Kyle Mader also scored for the Arrows. Justin Mrazek picked up the win in net for Avonlea. The Rockets got power play goals from Justin Menke, Tyrell Shulko and Josh Belair. Cole Bentz also scored for the Rockets and Warren Niekamp was in net for the Rockets.


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