President's Update March 15th, 2018

League Update… The Lumsden Monarchs defeated the Raymore Rockets last Monday evening 8-5 and forced a game five in Lumsden on Tuesday evening. The first four games of this series saw 59 goals scored but in game five the goalies and the defence said that was enough and a defence oriented hockey game saw the Rockets punch their ticket into League final by defeating the Monarchs 3-1. Cody Mapes scored on the power play in the first period and it was 1-0 Rockets after one period. In the second period the Rockets extended their lead to 2-0 on a goal from Tanner Linnen. Lumsden got a goal from Brady Aulie just two minutes later and the score was 2-1. With just over a minute left in the period Matthew Kinnunen would score shorthanded and it was 3-1 going into the third period. There was no scoring in the third and the Rockets have moved on to play the Bethune Bulldogs in the Robert Schultz Cup final. Lumsden was 0 for 5 on the power play and Raymore was 1 for 4. Raymore outshot the Monarchs for the first time in the series 34-31. Dean Brothen picked up the win in net for the Rockets and Will Hood was in net for the Monarchs. Game one of our final will be in Bethune on Friday, March 16th at 8:00 p.m. Game two is Tuesday, March 20th in Raymore and game three is Sunday, March 25th in Bethune. Games four and five will be announced if required.

Provincials Update… The Bethune Bulldogs play game two of the best of five ‘AAA’ Provincial series against Rosetown on Saturday evening in Bethune and lost 5-2. The series is now tied 1-1. Game three of this series is on Sunday, March 18th in Rosetown at 4:00 p.m. Game four will be in Bethune on Friday, March 23rd at 8:00 p.m. If a game five is required it will be played in Rosetown on Saturday, March 24th. The Lumsden Monarchs were defeated 2-1 last Friday evening in Balgonie and then lost 4-3 at home the following evening in Lumsden and lost the south Provincial ‘A’ final series to the Bison 2-0. The Strasbourg Maroons lost game two of their Provincial ‘D’ series 3-1 to Kyle and were eliminated. The Raymore Rockets lost at home to Theodore 7-2 in game two of their series and will not be defending their Provincial “C’ crown.

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Lots of hockey still left. Please get out to a game near you and thank you for supporting the Highway Hockey League.

Gerry Tomkins

President – HHL

Twitter @highwayhockey