President's Update - November 19th, 2017

The Streak is over.....The Bethune Bulldogs went 51 games....League, Provincials, Exhibition without losing a game.....their last loss was against Watrous in the first round of Provincials on January 29th, 2016 losing 3-2 in a game they actually led with less than three minutes to go. Their last league loss was to the Raymore Rockets on January 20th, 2016 by a score of 9-1. Last Wednesday evening the Raymore Rockets defeated the Bulldogs 4-2 to end the streak. There was no scoring in the first period, but early in the second period Matthew Kinnunen and Emery Anderson would put the Rockets ahead 2-0 and then Kinnunen would get his second goal of the game and the Rockets had a commanding 3-0 lead. Drew George would score and then later in the period Carter Smith would get a power play goal and it was 3-2 going into the third period. Michael Jordan would score the lone goal of the third period and the streak was over with the last team to beat the Bulldogs in regular season play winning 4-2. Dean Brothen had a huge game in net for the Rockets winning his first game as a Rocket and stopping 46 of 48 shots. His play in the first period really set up the second period for the Rockets. Ryan Holfeld also played very well stopping 36 of 40 Raymore shots. Raymore had three minor penalties and Bethune had one penalty and a misconduct.

President's Update - November 13th, 2017

Congratulations Southey Marlins on a wonderful opening night on Saturday evening. Senior hockey is definitely back in Southey. Although the Marlins fell short on the scoreboard, it was a good game, a great crowd and to those involved in getting senior hockey back in Southey, this was a great start. Of particular interest was the program that the Marlins have put together. Thank you to all of the sponsors in that program for helping making things happen in Southey. This was a job well done. Joseph Bergen and Riley Mohr would score the first two goals of the game in the first period but the Monarchs would come back in the second half of the period with a short handed goal from Robert Hillier and a goal from Liam Brennan. In the second period, Kyle Johnson would get a goal to give the Monarchs their first lead of the game. That goal would be answered mid way through the period by Joseph Bergen. Jesse Matlock and Tyler Penny would score for the Monarchs and Bergen would complete the hat trick and it was 5-4 Monarchs going into the third period. Torey Lindsay and Brady Aulie would score the only two goals of the third period and the Lumsden would win 7-4. Shots were 40-34 Monarchs. Kurt Sollosy would get the win in the Monarchs net and Ryan Senft was in net for the Marlins. The Marlins took two minor penalties and the Monarchs took three. Also on Saturday, the Strasbourg Maroons opened up their season against the Cupar Canucks in Cupar. The Canucks were coming off a 7-4 defeat to the Lumsden Monarchs the evening before. Josh Kluck would score for the Canucks early in the game before Greg Ferguson would tie the game mid way through the period with a power play goal. Cody Hall would quickly score for the Canucks after that and it was 2-1 for the Canucks after one period. Kyle Hall and Brett Boha would score early in the second peiod to extend the Canuck's lead to 4-1. The Maroons would then score three straight goals in two minutes with Ferguson completely the hat trick with another power play goal and an even strength goal. Tye Exner would also score. Donovan Chow would then score on the power play and the Canucks carried a 5-4 lead into the third period. The only goal of the third period came from Bryton Beattie for the Maroons and this game would go to overtime. Nothing would be settled in overtime.

President's Update - November 9th, 2017

The 2017-18 season is here and I'm the first to admit that it hasn't been easy getting here...but we are ready. First I apologize for the lateness of the schedule. We could not agree on the obvious 20 game schedule and we wanted more than 16 18 it is. It is impossible to make a good 18 game schedule with 6 teams....with 5 yes....with 7 yes. Bottom line is that schedule has been approved and away we go. We will work on getting to the even schedule next year. We have lost two teams. One team, the Wynyard Monarchs are now in the Long Lake Hockey League and we wish nothing but the best for them in 2017-18. The Avonlea Arrows have beeen in existence for over 65 years and are taking a year of absence. They became members of our league in 2001 from the remnants of the old Soo Line League. I can't thank the Nelson family enough for their support of senior hockey and their community. We hope that they can reorganize and join our league in time for the 2018-19 season. The good news is that we have the Southey Marlins back. They have been missed. Like the Arrows they have League and Provincial championships and we know that the folks that have volunteered to get senior hockey back in their community will be trying to get this team back to where it has been. The Marlins open up on Saurday evening against the Lumsden Monarchs at home. There will be a special opening ceremony at the game. Our season opens up on Friday evening when the Cupar Canucks visit the Lumsden Monarchs at 8 p.m. The Strasbourg Maroons open their season on Saturday evening in Cupar. The Raymore Rockets and Bethune Bulldogs begin their seasons on Wednesday evening in Bethune at 8:30 p.m.

To keep up to date please follow us on twitter all of our tweets, which include updates from all games, appear on the front page just under the Upcoming Games column if you just want to follow us on the website during games. You can also follow my account the Pensky File  The Twitter feed on our home page automatically updates if you prefer to just check there. Thank you for supporting the Highway Hockey League and we hope you can get out to a game near you!

Gerry Tomkins - President HHL




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