President's Update - January 13th, 2013

The Avonlea Arrows picked up two wins on the weekend to move a bit closer to first place. On Friday evening in Lumsden the Arrows scored the first four goals of the game and held off the Monarchs for a 4-3 victory. On Sunday afternoon in Avonlea, the Arrows defeated the first place Wynyard Monarchs 5-3 to move within two points of the Monarchs. On Friday night the Arrows got a pair of goals from Calder Neufeld in the first period and then Calvin Watson and Mike Miller scored to give the Arrows a 4-0 lead until the Monarchs scored with four seconds left in the second period on a goal by David Fisher. Lance Morrison would score Lumsden’s first shorthanded goal of the year early in the third and then with their goalie pulled Brady Aulie would score to make the final 4-3. Nathan Fischl stopped 10 shots in the first half of the game and Colin Munroe would stop 13 shots in the last half of the game for the Arrows. Will Hood continued his strong play in his rookie year stopping 33 shots in the Monarch’s net. Each team had three minor penalties. Jeff Harris was assessed an instigator penalty in the first period and that results in a one game suspension to be served in Friday’s game against Bethune. The Arrows would then host the first place Wynyard Monarchs on Sunday afternoon. Mike Anderson would get the Monarchs on the board first and that goal would be answered by Calder Neufeld with his third goal of the weekend. Matt Strueby would score later in the period and the Monarchs had a 2-1 lead going into the second period. The Arrows would then score three goals in the second period with two goals coming in the last minute of the period. Mark Ardelan scored halfway through the second period and then Jared Molnar would score on the power play with just 45 seconds left in the period. Just 12 seconds later Shay Neufeld would score giving the Arrows a 4-2 lead going into the third period. Scott Arnold would give the Arrows a three goal cushion early in the third period and Katlin Blight would score late in the period for the Monarchs to make the final 5-3. Nathan Fischl picked up the win in net for the Arrows and Dave Perkin was in net for the Monarchs. The Arrows had four minor penalties which all came in the first period. The Monarchs had two minor penalties in the second period and one in the third period along with a misconduct.

The Bethune Bulldogs also picked up two wins on the weekend as they swept the Strasbourg Maroons 4-0 in Strasbourg and 6-3 in Bethune. These wins moved the Bulldogs into third place. Ryan Seibel picked up his first shutout of the season and Mike Reich had a hat trick to lead the Bulldogs. Lucas Ulmer also scored for the Bulldogs. Jeremy Ellis took the loss in net for the Maroons. The Maroons had three minor penalties and a misconduct while the Bulldogs had six minor penalties and a misconduct. On Saturday evening in Bethune Mitch McNish scored on the power play and that goal was quickly answered as Jacob Ulmer scored and it was 1-1 after one period. In the second period Mike Reich and Tyler Dobrescu (1 ppg) both scored twice and Logan Kastning scored for the Maroons and it was 5-2 going into the third period. Brady Heintz would score another Maroons power play goal and Jeremy Forbes would then score for the Bulldogs to make the final score 6-3. Ryan Seibel would pick up his third win in a row in net for the Bulldogs and Tyler Kifferling was in net for the Maroons. The Bulldogs had seven minor penalties, one major penalty, a misconduct and a game misconduct. The Maroons has five minor penalties, one major penalty and a game misconduct.

The first place Wynyard Monarchs picked up their second win of the year against the Cupar Canucks with a 3-1 victory in Wynyard on Saturday evening. Ron Cote would score the Canucks only goal of the game early in the first period but Wynyard would answer that goal later in the first period on the power play as Bryan Kauk would score. Joey MacDonald would score shorthanded and Bryan Kauk would score his second goal of the evening in the second period to complete the scoring. David Perkin would pick up his league leading eleventh victory of the year in net for the Monarchs. Jamie Wutke was in net for the Canucks. Each team had four minor penalties. These rivals will play their last game of the regular schedule in Wynyard on February 1st.

The Canucks defeated the Southey Marlins 9-5 on Friday evening. In that game Kyle Ermel had the big night with 4 goals (1 ppg) and 3 assists. Justin Schulhauser had 3 goals and an assist while Shea Van Luven and Davis Brown each scored on the power play and each had an assist. Jaret Eberle had 6 assists in this game. Colby Miller picked up the win in net for the Canucks and Ryan Senft was in net for the Marlins. The Canucks had 13 minor penalties and the Marlins had 9.

 

Pat Thompson-Gale from the Marlins leads all scorers with 20 goals and 22 assists for a total of 42 points. Brett Leffler from Wynyard is second with 33 points and teammate Bryan Kauk is third with 32 points. Kyle Ross from Cupar is injured but still is in fourth with 29 points and Tyrell Shulko from Raymore is fifth with 27 points tied with Shay Wirll from Southey. Nathan Fischl from Avonlea leads all goalies with a 2.71 GAA while David Perkin from Wynyard leads all goalies with 11 wins and 817 minutes played. Leffler leads all scorers with 7 power play goals and Mike Reich from Bethune and Pat Thompson-Gale lead all scorers with 3 shorthanded goals each. The top power play unit in the league belongs to the Southey Marlins at 36.1% and they are followed by Wynyard at 33.3% and Avonlea and Cupar at 25%. The top penalty killing unit is from the Avonlea Arrows at 83.7%. They are followed by the Cupar Canucks at 81.8% and the Wynyard Monarchs at 77%. Scotty Bowman was once quoted as saying as long as his two special teams added up to 100 his teams was in good shape. Wynyard, Avonlea, Cupar and Southey are in that position right now. One other team statistic….when the Avonlea Arrows score first they win and when the Southey Marlins get scored on first they lose. Barry has three pages of stats up for you to peruse under “Statistics”.

 

 

 

Provincials begin the week of January 20th. We have four teams playing in Provincial ‘A’. Two teams are playing in round one. The defending Provincial ‘A’ champions, Cupar Canucks, start their defence of the crown against the Arcola/Kisbey Combines from the Big Six Hockey League. The Lumsden Monarchs are in the slot beside the Canucks/Combines and will be playing the Balgonie Bisons from the Qu’Appelle Valley Hockey League. These two series must be completed by February 3rd. Game times will be posted when received. Starting in round two will be the Strasbourg Maroons. They will be playing the Bruno T-Birds from the Fort Carlton Hockey League. The Wynyard Monarchs who lost to the Cupar Canucks in last year’s Provincial ‘A’ final will start out against the Drake Canucks from the Long Lake League. Drake won the Provincial ‘D’ final against the Avonlea Arrows last year. These two series must be done by February 17th. The Bethune Bulldogs and the Avonlea Arrows will be playing in Provincial ‘D’ again this year. These two teams met in the semi-final of Provincial ‘D’ last year. Bethune plays the Craik Warriors from the Wheatland Senior Hockey League in round one. The Avonlea Arrows play Kelliher. Kelliher was formerly known as the Komets and do not presently play in a senior league.  These two 'D' series are two game total points series and must be done by February 17th. All information on Provincials is listed under our “Provincials” tab.

 

On Friday evening the Raymore Rockets (3-9-1) are back in action playing the Maroons (5-6-1) in Strasbourg and the Lumsden Monarchs (7-7-0) host the third place Bethune Bulldogs (8-4-1). These two teams will play each other again on Saturday evening in Bethune. Also playing on Saturday evening…..the Avonlea Arrows (9-2-0) are in Strasbourg to play the Maroons for the first time this year, the Wynyard Monarchs (11-3-0) are in Southey to play the Marlins (1-12-1) and the Raymore Rockets are in Cupar to play the Canucks (8-5-0).

 

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Gerry Tomkins

President - HHL