The 2016-17 season began Friday evening in Lumsden. We had full rosters and we had a very entertaining game to begin the season. There was no scoring in the first ten minutes and then Cupar got into a little penalty trouble and the Monarchs scored three power play goals. Liam Brennan scored twice and Torrey Lindsey scored the other goal. Lumsden led 3-0 after one period and outshot the Canucks 15-5 in the first period. In the second period the play got a little tighter and there were few shots in the first 10 minutes. Travis Orr would score on the power play 14 minutes into the period and then Taylor Orr would steal the puck and score two minutes later and it was 3-2 after two periods. Shots were 27-15 for the Monarchs after two periods. In the third period the Canucks wasted no time making the game 3-3 when Cody Hall scored on the power play. The game went 17 minutes until the Monarchs sciored with just over a minute left off the stick of Dale Spelchen. Tyler Penny would score the final goal and Lumsden would win 5-3. Both goalies played well with Matt Weninger picking up the win for the Monarchs stopping 22 of 25 shots and Colby Miller who stopped 32 of 37 shots fired his way. Lumsden had eight minor penalties and Cupar had five. Each team had a game misconduct.
This weekend everyone else gets into the fray with Avonlea opening up in Strasbourg and Cupar in Wynyard on Friday evening. Our defending champions, and Provincial 'A' champions, Bethune Bulldogs open up at home Saturday evening against the Wynyard Monarchs. The Raymore Rockets will be in Avonlea and the Lumsden Monarchs will be in Cupar to play the Canucks.
We have a limited run of pocket schedules that should be available this weekend. Please get out to a game near you.
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