President's Update - March 14th, 2013


Avonlea Arrows, Cupar Canucks, Wynyard Monarchs advance to Provincial Finals

Wynyard advances to League Final with 4-3 OT victory over Bethune Bulldogs

The Avonlea Arrows bounced back from a 3-2 overtime defeat on Saturday evening to defeat the Bethune Bulldogs 6-2 on Sunday afternoon in Bethune and win their Provincial ‘D’ semi-final two games to one. They will now play the Drake Canucks in the Provincial ‘D’ final. Update - Drake 5 Avonlea 1 game one on Friday evening and defeated Avonlea 4-1 on Sunday afternoon to claim the Provincial 'D' title.  In 2005, the Avonlea Arrows won the Provincial ’D’ title.  Drake has won the Provincial ‘D’ title seven times with the last championship coming in 1996. Drake won the Provincial ‘C’ title in 2010 and in 2005.

The Wynyard Monarchs came back from a 6-5 defeat to the Bruno T-Birds on Sunday afternoon and defeated the T-Birds 5-4 in triple overtime on Monday evening in Wynyard. Mike Kesslering scored the winner.  They Monarchs will now play their HHL counterparts, Cupar Canucks, in the Provincial ‘A’ final. The Canucks defeated the Lumsden Monarchs two games to none in their semi-final series and are now 8-1 in Provincial play heading into the final. The Wynyard Monarchs are 8-3 in Provincial play. Cupar won the 1994 Provincial ‘A’ championship and the 1995 ‘AAA’ championship. Update - Wynyard wins game one of this series with a 3-2 victory in Wynyard Sunday afternoon. Wynyard has won many Provincial titles but never a senior championship. The last HHL team to win the Provincial ‘A’ championship were the Southey Marlins in 2004 and just three years before that the Raymore Rockets won. Game one of this series is in Wynyard on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

All series are posted under the Provincials tab and are shown under Upcoming games on the left side of this home page.

HHL League Playoffs Update

The Cupar Canucks swept the Strasbourg Maroons three games to none with a 6-4 victory on Sunday evening in Cupar. Kyle Ross had two power play goals and an assist to lead the way for the Canucks. Kyle leads all scorers in the playoff scoring race with 13 goals and 14 assists in 7 games played. He has 4 shorthanded goals, 4 power play goals and 2 game winning goals in that total. Tyler Stewart had a power play goal and the balance of Cupar’s scoring came from Ryan Bahan, Kyle Ermel and Justin Schulhauser. Greg Ferguson, Branden Sentes, Tanner Exner and Eric Schultz with a power play goal scored for the Maroons. Jamie Wutke picked up the win in net for the Canucks. Wutke is now 6-1 in playoffs with a 3.40 GAA. The Canucks are now 14-0-0 at home in HHL games and if you add in Provincials they are 19-0-0 for season at home. The Canucks defeated the Maroons 12-3 in game one and in game two on Saturday evening defeated the Maroons 5-2 in Strasbourg.

Update...Bryan Kauk's goal at the 5:48 mark of overtime gives Wynyard a 4-3 victory over the Bethune Bulldogs in game five of League semi-final. Wynyard now plays Cupar Canucks in League final playing for the Robert Schultz Championship trophy.

Game four - Down 1-0 early in the second period, the Wynyard Monarchs scored four unanswered goals and posted a 4-1 victory in Bethune. Dale Spelchen, Chad Mazurak, Eric Popadynec and Derek Halldorson with a PPG scored for Wynyard. Derek Fuchs scored the lone Bethune goal. Dave Perkin picked up the win in net for the Monarchs and Ryan Seibel was in net for the Bulldogs. Game five of this series is Friday evening in Wynyard.

Game one saw Bethune take a 6-0 lead after two periods. Mike Reich had two goals (1-PPG). Other goals came from Dustin MacAngus and Jacob Ulmer with power play goals and Tyler Dobrescu and Lucas Ulmer with even strength goals. Wynyard’s five goals all came in the third period with Bryan Kauk getting two goals and Chad Mazurak picking up a hat trick. Two of Mazurak’s goals came on the power play and two of his goals came in the last 1:02 of play. Kevin Hasset picked up the win in net for the Bulldogs. Game two saw Wynyard Monarchs defeat the Bethune Bulldogs 6-1 in Bethune. The League’s regular season scoring leader, Brett Leffler, scored four times including three times on the power play. Jordan Karakochuk scored twice for the Monarchs. Defenceman Joel Kot picked up the Bulldog’s only goal on the power play. Dave Perkin picked up the win in net for the Monarchs. Game three was in Wynyard. Again the visiting team won this game with the Bulldogs winning 11-5. Again a big first period in Wynyard for Bethune as they took a 5-2 lead. They led 6-4 after two periods. Mike Reich had four goals (1-PPG) and five assists for the Bulldogs. Jacob Ulmer had three goals and two assists. Also scoring for Bethune were Dustin McAngus with a power play goal, Joel Kot, Tyler Dobrescu with a power play goal and Tory Willfong with the game winner. Donovan Hall scored twice for the Monarchs. Also scoring for Wynyard were Bryan Kauk, Brett Leffler, Derek Halldorson and Dale Spelchen. The visitors own this series much like the Bethune/Raymore series. The Bulldogs are now 5-7-3 at home this year and are 11-3-0 on the road. Wynyard is 10-4-0 at home and are 10-2-1 on the road.

Barry has all statistics updated under the Statistics tab.

All Star selections are out and I will have them all published here over the next week. Here are the MVP nominations:

Here are the Most Valuable Player nominations:

Avonlea                Shay Neufeld

Bethune               Dustin MacAngus

Cupar                    Kyle Ross

Lumsden              Lance Morrison

Raymore              Josh Belair

Southey                Pat Thompson-Gale

Strasbourg           Brady Heintz

Wynyard              Brett Leffler


Most Valuable Player (Local):

Avonlea                James Ardelan

Bethune               Ryan Seibel

Cupar                    Justin Schulhauser

Lumsden              Jesse Matlock

Raymore              Josh Jordan

Southey                Pat Thompson-Gale

Strasbourg           Brady Heintz

Wynyard              Brett Leffler


There is a still lot of hockey to get out and see…please keep your eyes on our upcoming schedule and we will see you at the rink.

Gerry Tomkins

HHL President

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