President's Update - March 13th, 2017

Rockets and Bulldogs on to Provincial Finals...The Raymore Rockets defeated the Whitewood Orioles 5-3 on Sunday evening in Raymore to advance to the 2017 Provincial ‘C’ championship against the Delisle Bruins of the Sask Valley Hockey League. On Saturday evening in Lumsden the Bethune Bulldogs defeated the Lumsden Monarchs 6-2 to advance to the Provincial ‘A’ Championship. The Bulldogs will defend their 2016 title against the Wilkie Outlaws of the Sask West Hockey League. The Monarchs outshot the Bulldogs in the first ten minutes of this game but the second ten minutes of the first frame saw the Bulldogs outshoot the Monarchs 16-2 and score three goals. Kyle Ross scored a shorthanded goal, Joel Kot scored a power play goal and Jacob Ulmer scored late in the period to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead going into the second period. There was no scoring in the second period and shots were 9 -4 for the Bulldogs. In the third period Tyler Penny scored twice for the Monarchs. The Bulldogs would get goals from Mike Reich, Brock Appleyard and Drew George. Ryan Holfeld stopped 33 shots to pick up the win in net. Matt Weninger stopped 31 shots in the Lumsden net. This is the third year in a row the Bulldogs have reached the Provincial ‘A’ final. Bethune opens up against Wilkie this Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. in Bethune. Game two is Friday, March 24th in Wilkie. The Raymore Rockets open their final in Delisle this Friday at 8:30 p.m. in Delisle. Game two is in Raymore on Friday, March 24th at 8:30 in Raymore.

Bethune wins Game One of HHL Final…The Bethune Bulldogs won the first game of the League Final last Thursday evening in Bethune posting a 6-0 victory over the Lumsden Monarchs. Russ Neilson had two goals, including a power play marker, to lead the Bulldogs. Kyle Ross, Matt Delahey, Mark Lustig and Joel Kot also scored for Bethune. Bethune was assessed six minor penalties and Lumsden had four minor penalties. Ryan Holfeld picked up the shut out in net for the Bulldogs stopping 28 shots. Matt Weninger stopped 37 shots in the Lumsden net. Game two of this series is Tuesday in Lumsden and game three is Thursday in Bethune.

President's Update - March 6th, 2017

Highway Hockey League 2016-17 Awards winners:

Ken Hale Memorial Award Manager of the Year: Randy Kuntz - Lumsden Monarchs

Lynwood Miller Coach of the Year Award: Darrell Orban - Strasbourg Maroons

HHL Most Valuable Player Award: Kyle Ross - Bethune Bulldogs

Eckdahl-Jenkins Memorial Award – Most Valuable Player Local: Mark Cross - Strasbourg Maroons

Stats-Van Trott Award Rookie of the Year: Riley Focht-Gabriel - Raymore Rockets

HHL Most Sportsmanlike Player Award: Eric Schultz - Strasbourg Maroons

All-Star Goaltender: Ryan Holfeld - Bethune Bulldogs

All-Star Defencemen: Joel Kot – Bethune Bulldogs & Andrew Perrault – Lumsden Monarchs

All-Star Center: Kyle Ross – Bethune Bulldogs

All Star Right Wing: Drew George - Bethune Bulldogs

All-Star Left Wing: Greg Ferguson - Strasbourg Maroons

Tyson Sievert HHL Scoring Champion: Kyle Ross – Bethune Bulldogs G 24 A 33 – pts 57

Pennant Winners: Bethune Bulldogs 17-0-0 - 34 pts

Gunnar Lindal Memorial Team Goaltending Trophy: Ryan Holfeld & Ryan Seibel - Bethune Bulldogs 17-0-0 - 34 points 2.81 GAA

We will be presenting plaques at upcoming games.

Highway Hockey League Final starts this week… For the second year in a row the Bethune Bulldogs will be playing the Lumsden Monarchs in a best of five League Final. Lumsden defeated Strasbourg 6-5 in Lumsden on Tuesday evening in a game that saw the Monarchs take a 5-0 lead into the second period only to see the Maroons storm back to make it 5-5 after two periods. Liam Brennan would score the only goal of the third period and the Monarchs punched their ticket to the league final with a 6-5 victory. The Bethune Bulldogs defeated the Raymore Rockets 11-2 on Thursday evening to sweep their series and advance to the league final. The Final is set to begin in Bethune on Thursday, March 9th at 8 p.m. Game two will be in Lumsden on Tuesday, March 14th at 8 p.m. and game three will be in Bethune on Thursday, March 16th at 8 p.m. If a game four is required it will be in Lumsden on Tuesday, March 21st and if a game five is required it will be played on Thursday, March 23rd in Bethune. Last year Bethune defeated Lumsden three straight games to claim the Robert Schultz Cup.


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