Friday, 27 March 2015

Locals at Hoopla 2015 in Saskatoon

2A Boys **Friday**
Canora Cougars vs. Saskatoon Ecole Canadien

2A Girls **Friday**
Foam Lake Panthers vs. Regina Harvest City
4:15PM- Wynyard Golden Bears vs. Meath Park

3A Girls
Indian Head Broncs vs. Caronport

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Melville Millionaires Award Winners for 2014/15

(Top Row: Dalton Menke, Tyler Kreklewich, Tanner Kyle, Brennen Miller, Drew Litwin, Ben Mack, Trevor Martin. Bottom row: Matt Carr, Lane Harbor, Reed Murray, Adam Koopman)
**Picture compliments of Tania Bomberak

Molson's Award for Top Scorer- 
Lane Harbor

Fred McLean Memorial Trophy to the Most Gentlemanly Player- Matt Carr

Bob Parker Memorial Trophy to "Mr Hustle"- Drew Litwin & Tyler Kreklewich

Tom Dooley Memorial Trophy to the Most Improved Player- Matt Carr & Ben Mack

Don & Vi Kilbach Memorial Scholastic Award- Tyler Kreklewich

3 Star Player Award- Lane Harbor

Edward Wozniak Memorial Award for Unsung Hero- Dalton Menke & Adam Koopman

Cheerful Spirit & Co-Operative Attitude Award- Adam Koopman

Richard Mann Memorial Trophy for Best Playoff Performer- Trevor Martin

Bell Kreklewich & Co. Law Office Most Popular Player Award- Ben Mack

Swannie & Shirley Cox & Phyllis Sanftleben Memorial Trophy for Rookie of the Year- Drew Litwin, Tanner Kyle and Brennen Miller

Vaughn Motter Memorial Trophy for Best Forward- Reed Murray and Lane Harbor

Gerald Wassill Memorial Trophy for Best Defenceman- Ben Mack

Mel Sullivan Memorial Trophy for Most Valuable Player-
Trevor Martin

The Mils also said goodbye to their 7- 20 year olds :

(Top Row: Matt Carr, Lane Harbor, Adam Koopman. Bottom Row: Jeff Hubic, Allen Kilback, Reed Murray, Landon Farrell)

Norrish Twins & RIT Tigers open up NCAA tournament on Saturday vs. Minnesota State

There will be a couple Yorkton Terrier alumni participating in the 2015 NCAA tournament which begins this weekend.

Brady (pictured left) and Chase Norrish (pictured right) & the RIT Tigers will take on the top ranked Minnesota State Mavericks in the opening of the Midwest Regionals coming up on Saturday afternoon at 2PM SK time in South Bend, Indiana a game that will be played on TSN 1 .

RIT won its second Atlantic Hockey Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time as a Division I program last weekend with a win over Mercyhurst. It is RIT's 15th trip to the NCAA Tournament in program history (Divisions I, II, III).

Brady, was also named to the All-Tournament team and finished his season with 4 goals 18 assists for 22 points in 37 games while brother Chase also a freshmen on the team had 1 goals and 11 assists in 37 games.

I had a chance to catch up with Brady Norrish and get his thoughts on the Conference title and about their weekend opponent.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Mils' season comes to an end with a 4-0 Game 6 loss in Nipawin

After the Melville Millionaires got out to a 2 games to 1 series lead, the Nipawin Hawks rattled off 3 straight victories which included a 4-0 victory over the Mils in Game 6 to win the Best 7 Series 4-2.

The Mils started off the game with some pretty quality chances but they just weren't able to convert and it would be the Hawks drawing first blood at the 7:18 mark of the 1st as Eric Bolden would capitalize on a big rebound from Trevor Martin and hammer home his 1st of the series to make it a 1-0 lead. Chase Thudium would make it a 2-0 lead with 1:22 to go in the first frame as he would take nice back door feed from Carter Coben for his 2nd to give the Hawks a 2 goal lead after 1 period of play.

The Hawks would be the only team to hit the score board as Game 5 OT hero Carter Coben would also convert on a big rebound and slip it by a sprawled out Trevor Martin for a power play goal, his 3rd of the series to make it a big advantage of 3-0 after 40 minutes.

The Mils might have played one of their better periods of the series in 3rd as they would out shoot Nipawin 21-7 but some how couldn't beat Joe O'Brien who had his best game of the series for the Hawks turning aside everything he saw. Kris Spriggs would add an empty netter with 5:23 to go, his team leading 5th goal of the series to put the final nail in the coffin of the Mils and a 4-0 Hawks victory.

19 year old Joe O'Brien stopped all 33 shots he faced for his 1st shutout of the postseason while 18 year old Mils netminder Trevor Martin made 25 saves in the season ending loss for the Mils.

The Hawks will now move on to face their biggest rivals, the Melfort Mustangs in the SJHL Semi-Finals which most likely will start on Friday night in Melfort at the Northern Lights Palace.

---- I would also like to thank the Melville Millionaires organization from top to bottom for having me once again involved in the 2014/15 season and I know it might've ended sooner than most like, but congrats on a great season.

Also Congrats to the 7 20 year olds who had their Jr. Careers come to an end and best of luck to them going forward. Those players were:

#5 Adam Koopman

#6 Matt Carr

#7 Jeff Hubic

#15 Allen Kilback

#20 Landon Farrell

#22 Lane Harbor

#23 Reed Murray

Final Post Game of 14/15 with Mils HC/GM Jamie Fiesel. He chats about the season that was, and a little comment about each graduating 20 year old.


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Coben's Game 5 Heroics pushes Mils to brink of elimination

The Melville Millionaires are now a loss away from elimination as they fell in Game 5 of their Best of 7 Quarter-Final series last night by a score of 6-5 to the Nipawin Hawks to take a 3-2 series lead.

The Mils would get on the board first as Lane Harbor would bang home his 1st of the playoffs on the power play to make it a 1-0 lead. But just 2:25 later, the Hawks would respond as Nick Reimer's point shot would beat Trevor Martin for his 1st to tie things up at 1-1 after 20 minutes.

The wild 2nd period would begin just 2:56 in when Zack Bross would go top shelf on Martin for his 2nd to give the Hawks their first lead at 2-1. Tanner Kyle would respond for the money men as he would get one past a screened Joe O'Brien to even things at 2-2. Chase Thudium would get the Hawks ahead again but once again the Mils would respond this time by Lane Harbor
who got his 2nd of the evening. The Mils would get the lead just 16 seconds later when Mark Zvonkovic's long shot would hit the back of the net for his 2nd of the postseason to make it 4-3 Mils. SJHL Rookie of the Year Garrett Dunlop would end off the high scoring period with a power play goal late to make it a 4-4 tie after a couple periods.

Jayden Piatelli would give the visitors an early in the 3rd frame just 4:36 in as Jayden Piatelli would get his 1st to make it 5-4. But to no ones surprise the Mils would once again tie things up at 5-5 when Tyson Predinchuk would fire home his 4th of the playoffs to force the overtime.

In the extra period, 20 year old Carter Coben would take a nice pass across from Brandon Arnold and jam it through Martin to gives his team the series lead and a 6-5 Game 5 victory.

Joe O'Brien made 21 saves on 26 shots for Nipawin while Trevor Martin was the busier of the goaltenders in the Melville net as he made 43 saves in the loss.

The Mils were 2 for 3 on the PP, while Hawks were 1/5.

The Mils will need a victory tomorrow night (Sun) when the two teams do battle for Game 6 in Nipawin. GX94 will broadcast the game with Yorkton Dodge Junior Hockey, pregame 5:50 pxp at 6:00.

Post Game Show with Mils Asst. GM Neil Lamberty