QVHHL Update - December 13th, 2021

Welll...this is the first weekend we had so many games that were decided early. It gets this way close to Christmas for a variety of reasons with most common reason being smaller rosrers for games. Sometimes that works and sometimes the matchups just don't. Other than two games the penalty count was way down in the other three true to the Christmas spirit...perhaps.The one game we had this weekend that was close was in Lumsden on Friday evening. Andrew Perrault scored just 22 seconds into the game to give the Monarchs a 1-0 lead. The Flyers then preceded to kill three straight penalties and then Andrew Yano scored late to tie the game 1-1 with goals from the Andrews. In the second period we went nearly 19 minutes without a goal or a penalty and the Flyers would take the lead late on a goal from Logan Gorsalitz. Early in the third period Gorsalitz would notch his second goal of the evening and it was 3-1 Flyers. Halfway through the third period Perrault would score his second to get Lumsden to within one...Cam McGeogh would score an empty net goal late and the Flyers had their 4-2 win. Lumsden had 3 minor penalties and Milestone had 4. Both goalies played well in this game with Riley Ross stopping 34 shots in the win and Dawson McCauley stopping 34 shots in the Lumsden net. Also on Friday evening the Grenfell Spitfires carried a 2-1 lead into the second period and then scored three times in the second and three times in the third and defeated the Bethuine Bulldogs 8-1. Lane Harbor scored three times and Derek Bachert scored twice to lead the Spitfires. Mark Schneider, Eric Kuzek and Kale Haylock also scored for Grenfell. Nolan Curts had the lone goal for Bethune. Bethune had three minor penalties and Grenfell had two. Mitch Kilgore picked up the win in net for Grenfell and Duncan Paddock was in net for the Bulldogs.

On Saturday evening we had two games played. The Odessa/Vibank Bruins hosted the Bulldogs and scored five times in the first period on their way to an 8-3 victory. Michael Reiger and Kyle Stroh each scored twice with the rest of the scoring coming from Marshall Wilton, Zak Zborosky, Troy Murray and Tyler King with a power play goal. Lucas Ulmer, Cole Kaiswatum and Mark Lustig scored for the Bulldogs. Tim Ostryznink picked up the win for the Bruins and Duncan Paddock was in net for the Bulldogs. Bethune had three minor penalties and the Bruins had two. Also on Saturday evening the Lumsden Monarchs handed the Balcarres Broncs their first loss of the year. It was 2-1 for the Monarchs after one period. Nolan Reid and Tyler Lees scored first for the Monarchs and Corey Kosloski would score on the power play with just four seconds left in the first period for the Broncs. This game had 12 total penalties with nine of them called in the second period and most of them to the Monarchs. The Monarchs killed those off and ended up scoring three times in the second period. Kevin Dufour scored on a penalty shot in the first minute of the period and Riley Riddell and Liam Brennan would score later in the period after the peanlty kills to give the Monarchs a 5-2 lead going into the third period. In the third Brennan would score twice more to get the hat trick and Dufour would score his second goal of the evening. Dawson McCauley picked up the win in the Lumsden net and Dean Brothen was in the Balcarres net. Brody Luhning from the Monarchs was handed a two game suspension for the aggressor and instigator penalties taken in the second period.

On Sunday the Milestone Flyers defeated the Southey Marlins 12-2. The Flyers scored seven times in the first and added two in the second and three goals in the third. Logan Gorsalitz had three goals including a power play goal to lead the way for the Flyers. Brayden Cockwill, Morgan Gallais and Jacob Cardiff each scored twice. Nathan Deck, Cam McGeough and Shane Cole also scored for the Flyers. Chaston Sare and Pat Thompson-Gale scored for Southey. Riley Ross picked up his second win of the weekend in net for the Flyers. Landon Moldenhauer was in net for the Marlins. The Flyers outshot the Marlins 41-23. The Flyers took nine minor penalties along with a major and a game misconduct. The Marlins had six minor penalties and a major with a game misconduct.

We have a three way tie in the scoring race. Corey Kosloski from the Broncs, Logan Gorsalitz from the Flyers and Kyle Stroh from the Bruins each have 16 points. Kosloski leads the league with 10 goals. Zak Zborosky from the Bruins leads the league with 11 assists. Zborosky is next with 14 points, followed by teammate Eamon Milligan with 13 points. Milligan is tied with Kevin Dufour from the Monarchs and with another teammate Marschall Wilton. Gorsalitz leads the league with 3 game winning goals and Kale Haylock from the Grenfell Spitfires leads the league with 3 power play goals. Logan Herchak from the Bruins and Kyle Stroh from the Bruins lead the league with first goals of the game, each has two. Mitch Kilgore from the Spitfires leads all goalies with 3 wins and a 1.67 GAA. Thomas Spence from Milestone also has 3 wins and is next with a 2.50 GAA. Dawson McCauley from the Monarchs leads all goalies with 420 minutes played and has a 3.71 GAA which is sixth in the league.

The top power play belongs to the Grenfell Spitfires who have a 40% success rate. Milestone is next at 32%. The lowest power play success belongs to the Southey Marlins at 17.4%. The top penalty killing unit are the Balcarres Broncs at 85%. The Flyers are next at 83.9%. The lowest kill rate belongs to the Southey Marlins at 60%. We have had eight shorthanded goals so far this year. The Bruins lead the league with three. Milestone and Balcarees each have two and Southey has one. The Marlins have aloowed 4 shorthanded goals and Bulldogs have aloowed three. The Spitfires have aloowed the other SH goal.

We have two games on Friday evening. Milestone (6-1-0) is in Grenfell to play the Spitfires (4-1-0). Balcarres (5-1-0) is in Southey to play the Marlins (1-5-0). On saturday evening Grenfell is in Balcarres, Milestone is at Odessa Vibank (4-3-1) and the Bethune Bulldogs (0-7-0) host Southey. All games are at 8:00 p.m. On Sunday the Lumsden Monarchs (3-4-0) host the Bethune Bulldogs at 5:30 p.m.

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