President's Update - February 23rd, 2015

Semi-Finals set in HHL…

The Avonlea Arrows and the Raymore Rockets both won game two of their respective series this week and joined the Bethune Bulldogs and the Wynyard Monarchs in the semi-finals of the Highway Hockey League. On Thursday evening the Arrows completed the sweep of the Strasbourg Maroons with a 4-2 victory at home. Layton Ludwar and Josh Jelinski with a power play goal gave the Arrows a 2-0 lead before Quinn McIntosh scored for the Maroons to make it 2-1 heading into the second period. Keegan Ludwar scored the only goal in the second period and it was 3-1 Arrows after two periods. Mark Jelinski would make it 4-1 before Eric Schultz scored and the final score was 4-2. Kelley Lueck picked up the win in net for the Arrows and Jeremy Ellis was in net for the Maroons. Avonlea took two minor penalties and Strasbourg had three minor penalties and a game misconduct. The Arrows now play the first place Bethune Bulldogs.

In Cupar Friday evening the Raymore Rockets defeated the Cupar Canucks 9-1 and with a two game sweep of the Canucks will now play the Wynyard Monarchs. Cody Mapes led the way for the Rockets with four goals. Mapes would score one shorthanded goal, one power play goal and two even strength goals including the eventual game winning goal. Josh Schwindt, Michael Jordan, Godric Tham, Kyle Schmalenberg and Todd MacMurchy with a power play goal provided the remainder of the Rockets scoring. Travis Orr scored the lone Canuck goal. Kevin Orthner picked up the win in net for the Rockets while Colby Miller and Tanner Kehler split goaltending duties for Cupar. The Canucks were assessed seven minor penalties and one misconduct. The Rockets had six minor penalties called against them. The Rockets move on to play the Wynyard Monarchs and game one of that series was on Sunday afternoon in Wynyard.

Game one of the Wynyard/Raymore semi-final series was played on Sunday afternoon in Wynyard.  The Rockets opened the scoring just 52 seconds into the game as league scoring leader Michael Jordan scored. Halfway through the period Jared Adams scored to give the Rockets a 2-0 lead.  The game would change dramatically as Matt Strueby and Dylan Bentz would score shorthanded with both goals coming on the same penalty kill. Justin Zadoroozniak would then score on the power play and the Monarchs had a 3-2 lead going into the second period. Travis Mohr would tie game up for the Rockets and then in the third period Chad Mazurak would score on the power play with three and a half minutes left in the game. Donovan Hall had an empty net goal and the final score was 5-3 for Wynyard.  Dave Perkin picked up the win in net for the Monarchs and Kevin Orthner was in net for the Rockets. Wynyard was assessed ten minor penalties and a misconduct and the Rockets has seven minor penalties. Game two of this series is Friday in Raymore.

The Bethune Bulldogs will host the Avonlea Arrows in the other semi-final Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.

In Provincials the Avonlea Arrows host the Imperial Sabres in Provincial ‘D’ action on Friday evening at 8:30 p.m. in Avonlea. Game two of this two game total point series will be in Holdfast on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The Bethune Bulldogs defeated the Davidson Cyclones 7-4 on Sunday evening in Bethune to take a 1-0 lead in this Provincial ‘A’ series. Bethune led 2-1 after one period and 5-3 after two periods. Mike Reich had two goals for the Bulldogs. Davis Brown, Ryan Funk, Lucas Ulmer, Kyle Ross with the game winner and Donovan Chow with a power play goal provided the rest of the Bulldog scoring. Cody Danberg had two goals including a power play goal for the Cyclones. Kyle Bortis and Derek Allan also scored for Davidson. Ryan Senft stopped 20 shots for the win in the Bethune net while Mark Zoerb stopped 38 of 45 shots fired at the Cyclone’s net. Game two of this series is Thursday evening in Davidson. If a game three is required it will be played on Saturday evening in Bethune.

In playoff scoring our 2015 regular season scoring winners Brett Leffler (2-8) from Wynyard and Michael Jordan (4-6) from Raymore are tied at the top with ten points each. Joining them is Donovan Hall from Wynyard who also has ten points with two goals and eight assists.

Awards are being voted on throughout the league and I will update this blog with those on the ballot next week.

The Highway Hockey League will be celebrating 50 years of existence next season.  Again we are asking anyone who was ever involved in the league to please send us an email and let us know your contact information so we can update you about activities next year. Also if you have any interest in being involved please send an email. highwayhockey@gmail.com

Please note that the Highway Hockey twitter feed is now on our main page for your convenience….so you don’t have to be on twitter to get the updates from our league. The Highway Hockey feed will show all tweets sent from our feed. You will get our new “mobile view” on your handhelds….there is an option at the bottom of the page to go to a desktop view. If you prefer you can just follow us: http://twitter.com/highwayhockeyor on the Pensky File http://twitter.com/GeraldT

Thank you for supporting the Highway Hockey League. Playoff games this week in Bethune, Raymore and Wynyard and Provincials also continue this week. Please get out to a game near you.

Gerry Tomkins

President - HHL