President's Update - January 20th, 2014

SHA Provincial 'A' update....

Arcola @ Cupar Sunday 7:30 p.m. game 2 of series now Thursday, January 30th in Cupar at 8:30 p.m.


With two victories over the Lumsden Monarchs on the weekend, the Bethune Bulldogs solidified their third place standing and kept themselves alive in the chase for first place in the HHL. The Bulldogs won the season series against the Monarchs 4-0 with these two wins and have now won five games in a row. On Friday evening Ryan Seibel stopped 28 shots for his second shutout of the season and the Bulldogs capitalized on the power play with two goals from Mike Reich and Derek Fuchs along with an empty net goal from Lucas Ulmer to win 3-0. Trevor Thiessen was in net for the Monarchs and stopped 34 of 36 shots fired at him. Each team had twelve minor penalties. On Saturday evening it was all Bulldogs as they scored four times in the first period on their way to a 7-1 victory. Mike Reich scored twice for the Bulldogs with the rest of the scoring coming from Ryan Funk, Derek Fuchs, Jameson MacDougall, Brent Becker and Joel Kot. Steve Eberts scored the Lumsden goal on the power play. Ryan Seibel has another strong game and stopped 31 shots fired his way. Seibel has allowed four goals in the last four games. Will Hood was in net for the Monarchs and stopped 32 shots. Bethune had nine minor penalties, a major, a misconduct and a game misconduct. Lucas Ulmer took an instigator penalty and was suspended for the next game against Avonlea. The Monarchs had five minor penalties, two misconducts and a game misconduct.

The other Friday game saw the Strasbourg Maroons defeat the Raymore Rockets 5-2. Quinn McIntosh scored for the Maroons and Cody Mapes scored for the Rockets as the teams entered the second period tied at one. Tyson Orban, Eric Schultz and McIntosh with his second goal gave the Maroons a 4-1 lead heading to the third period. Evan Meyers would score for the Maroons and the Rocket’s Tyrell Shulko would score his 19th goal of the year to make the final score 5-2. Jeremy Ellis would pick up the win in net for the Maroons stopping 34 shots and John Arscott was in net for the Rockets and stopped 33 shots. The Maroons had two minor penalties and the Rockets had four.

On Saturday evening in Cupar, Tyrell Shulko scored his 20th and 21st goals of the year and Tyler Stewart and Brett Boha scored for the Canucks and we had a 2-2 tie heading into the third period. The defending HHL champions would respond with three straight goals from Kyle Ermel, Cody Hanson and Stewart with his second of the game before Mark Long and Todd MacMurchy with a shorthanded goal would respond and get the Rockets back to within one. Ron Cote would score late to make the final score 6-4. Both teams would take four minor penalties. The Canucks had two misconducts. Colby Miller picked up the win in net for the Canucks and John Arscott was in net for the Rockets. Down the road in Southey, the first place Wynyard Monarchs continued their dominance of the Southey Marlins with their third win of the season over the Marlins and the third time they have scored nine goals in a convincing 9-2 victory. Matt Strueby with two goals and an assist and Brett Leffler with a goal and two assists led the way for the Monarchs. Also scoring for the Monarchs were Donavon Hall and Dylan Bentz with even strength goals, Robert Hillier and Kaitlin Blight with shorthanded goals and Cody Straker with a power play goal. HHL scoring leader Pat Thompson-Gale scored both Marlins goals. Dave Perkin played the first two periods and picked up his league leading twelfth win in net for the Monarchs. Mason Brewer played the third period for the Monarchs and did not allow a goal. Kurtis Sollosy was in net for the Marlins. The Marlins had three minor penalties and the Monarchs had six. In Strasbourg the Avonlea Arrows won their fifth game in a row with a 9-5 victory over the Strasbourg Maroons, Brandon Vanthuyne (1 ppg), Scott Arnold and James Ardelan each scored twice with the rest of the Arrows scoring coming from Stuart Holland, Calvin Watson and Gavin Mievre. Arnold had six assists to make it a eight point night for him. For the Maroons Quinn McIntosh scored twice, once on the power play, Evan Meyers scored twice and Eric Schultz scored. Colin Munroe picked up the win in net for the Arrows while Tyler Kifferling and Jeremy Ellis shared goaltending duties for the Maroons. Strasbourg had two minor penalties and Avonlea had four.

Pat Thompson-Gale leads our scoring race with 22 goals and 22 assists and a total of 44 points with five games remaining. Last year’s Tyson Sievert HHL Scoring Champion Trophy winner Brett Leffler from the Wynyard Monarchs is second with 37 points. Bryan Kauk from Wynyard is third with 35 points. Tyrell Shulko from the Rockets is fourth with 31 points and Mike Reich from the Bethune Bulldogs is fifth with 28 points tied with Kyle Ross from the Canucks who has 28 points in nine games. Brett Leffler leads all scorers with 7 power play goals. Nathan Fischl from the Arrows leads all goalies with a 2.55 GAA and Dave Perkin from Wynyard leads all goalies with 12 wins and 877 minutes played.

The Southey Marlins continue to lead the league with a 33.8% success rate on the power play. The Wynyard Monarchs are next at 33.7% and the Avonlea Arrows are third at 26%. The lowest power play rating in the league belongs to the Lumsden Monarchs at 15.7%. The Avonlea Arrows have the best penalty killing unit in the league having an 83% success rate. The Cupar Canucks are next at 82.5% and the Wynyard Monarchs and Bethune Bulldogs are tied for third at 78.3%. There have been 25 shorthanded goals in 59 games played in the league this year. All teams have scored a shorthanded goal and all have had a shorthanded goal scored against them. The Wynyard Monarchs have scored eight shorthanded goals this year while the Bethune Bulldogs have scored six and the Southey Marlins have scored four. The Lumsden Monarchs have allowed the most shorthanded goals against them with five. Four teams have had four scored against them while Bethune and Strasbourg have only allowed one to be scored on them. When scoring first the Avonlea Arrows are a perfect 7-0-0. The Wynyard Monarchs are a perfect 8-0-0 at home and the Avonlea Arrows have the best road record at 6-1-0.

On Friday evening we have three games. Please note we have moved the Saturday evening game between the Arrows and the Bulldogs to Friday evening. The Avonlea Arrows (11-2-0) are in Bethune to play the third place Bulldogs (10-4-1) to Friday evening. Also on Friday evening the fifth place Lumsden Monarchs (7-9-0) are in Strasbourg to play the sixth place Maroons (6-7-1) and the last place Southey Marlins (1-13-1) are in Raymore to meet the seventh place Rockets (3-11-1). On Saturday evening there are now two games. The fourth place Cupar Canucks (9-5-0) host Strasbourg and the Southey Marlins are in Wynyard to play the first place Monarchs (12-4-0).

Provincials are starting this week. We have four teams in Provincial ‘A’ and two teams in Provincial ‘D’. The Lumsden Monarchs open up a best of three series with the Balgonie Bisons of the QVHL on Tuesday evening in Lumsden at 8:00 p.m. The Canucks have two Provincial games this weekend to go along with their league game. They are in Arcola to play the Combines from the Big Six League at 8:30 p.m. on Friday evening. The second game of their best of three series will be played on Sunday in Cupar at 7:30 p.m. All provincial series are listed on the Provincial page on our website.

As always, thank you for supporting the Highway Hockey League and Saskatchewan senior hockey at its best. Please get out to a game near you.

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Gerry Tomkins

President - HHL