President's Udate - November 15th, 2013

Six games this weekend in HHL

Four more teams join into the action this weekend. On Friday evening the Raymore Rockets and Southey Marlins will both play their first game of the season. I haven’t received the starting rosters but do know that there are changes with both of these teams. Raymore is in Wynyard and Southey is in Cupar. The other game sees the Lumsden Monarchs (0-1-0) host the Bethune Bulldogs. All games start at 8 p.m.

On Saturday evening the Strasbourg Maroons and Avonlea Arrows get into their first game. The Maroons will be in Raymore and look to get back to their 2011-12 form. The Avonlea Arrows have a full roster that includes sixteen locals and sixteen returning players. They have been bolstered with the addition of two new goalies….Nathan Fischl from the Raymore Rockets and Colin Munroe from the Rocanville Tigers. The Arrows have also picked up Ryan Cruse from the Rockets. Also returning to the team is Sean Miller who missed the entire last season after knee surgery. Two local players are back after playing hockey in Europe. Mark Ardelan was with Iserlohn Roosters and Scott Arnold was with Nassjo HC. Gone from the team are three players…current Manager Jaret Nelson, Lonny Forrester and perennial all-star goalie Justin Mrazek. The Arrows open up their season at home to the Lumsden Monarchs. Also on Saturday evening the Southey Marlins will be in Raymore. All games begin at 8 pm.

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Cupar wins 9-4 in Lumsden

Our defending champions, Cupar Canucks, opened the season with a 9-4 victory in Lumsden on Tuesday evening. The Monarchs took a quick 2-0 lead four minutes into the game on goals by Russ Nielson and Brady Aulie. Eight minutes later Ron Cote would score on power play and just a minute later Shea Van Luven would score the first of the three goals he scored in the game. Lumsden took the lead back with five minutes left in the first period on a power play goal from Jesse Matlock. Cupar then scored two goals in the last minute of the period off the stick of Kyle Ross and Shea Van Luven to take a 4-3 lead going into the second period. Bryan McNabb Jr. and Davis Brown would put the Canucks up 6-3 after two periods. In the third period Kyle Ross would score his second goal of the evening and then Russ Nielson would answer back for the Monarchs with his second goal. Late in the game Van Luven would score his third goal and Ira McNabb would score to make the final 9-4. Cupar outshot Lumsden 43-39. Lumsden took three minor penalties while Cupar took five, Jamie Wutke picked up the win in net for the Canucks while Trevor Thiessen was in net for the Monarchs.

We will post a blog up before the weekend on the six games being played Friday and Saturday.

Wynyard @ Bethune

Our League opener on Saturday evening produced a 10-2 victory for the Bethune Bulldogs over the Wynyard Monarchs. Mike Reich scored four times, once on the power play and once shorthanded, to lead the charge for the Bulldogs. Joel Kot had two goals, with one of his goals coming on the power play. Other scoring came from Jacob Ulmer, Cody Hall, Dustin MacAngus and Kayne Ulmer. Ryan Seibel picked up the win in net for the Bulldogs. Wynyard’s scoring came on the power play with goals from Justin Zadoroozniak and Bryan Kauk.

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Gerry Tomkins

President - HHL