Regular season ends, playoffs begin, Provincials continue and our 50th is coming….The Bethune Bulldogs claimed first place in the Highway Hockey League with a 7-3 victory over the Wynyard Monarchs on Wednesday evening. This was the last regular season game of the year. Russ Nielson and Matt Strueby each had a power play goal in the first period and the game was tied going into the second period.
Maroons hold on to first place with two victories on weekend….A busy week for the Strasbourg Maroons saw them split games with the Balcarres Broncs in their first round Provincial series and win both games in league play. The Maroons played four games in five nights.
Three victories this week move the Bethune Bulldogs into second place….Three victories this week against the Avonlea Arrows, Lumsden Monarchs and the Strasbourg Maroons moved the Bethune Bulldogs into second place. On Wednesday evening Mike Reich had 2 goals (one PPG) and 4 assists to lead the Bulldogs to a 9-2 victory over the Avonlea Arrows.
Wynyard Monarchs come alive with seven game winning streak….Our defending champions started the year 2-4 but after three more victories this week have now moved to within two points of the Strasbourg Maroons for first place.
There were only two games played the first weekend of the New Year. On Friday evening the Wynyard Monarchs scored once in the last minute of the first period and then in the first minute of the second period and then scored four more in the third period on their way to a 6-1 victory over the Lumsden Monarchs. Lyle Ostapowich (one SHG) and Donovan Hall led the way with two goals each and Chad Mazurak and Eric Popadynec scored the other goals for the Wynyard Monarchs. Brady Aulie had the lone goal for the Lumsden Monarchs.
Two games were played Friday evening. In Avonlea the visiting Rockets defeated the Arrows 6-2. Cody Mapes with two goals (one ppg), Josh Jordan with three assists and Michael Jordan with a goal and two assists led the way for the Rockets. Kyle Schmalenberg, Jared Adams and Todd MacMurchy also scored for the Rockets. Justin Nelson with a power play goal and Calvin Watson with an even strength goal replied for the Arrows. Kyle Oleniuk assisted on both Avonlea goals.