Thursday, 23 March 2017

Willowbrook's Hull taking part in CFL West Regional Combine in Regina

The 2017 edition of CFL Week continues today (Thurs) in the Queen City.
Apart of activities happening today includes the CFL West Regional Combine that goes all day in Regina.

One of the invitees is Willowbrook product & former Yorkton Raider Gridder LB Layne Hull.

Hull, as a member of the Okanagan Sun was named the BCFC Defensive Player of the Year & a CJFL All-Canadian in 2016.

Hull is joining the University of Regina Rams for the 2017 U-Sports season.

Raider Gridder Head Coach Roby Sharpe chatted about his former player

Terriers stave off elimination after 3-2 Game 4 win over Estevan on Wednesday night

The Yorkton Terriers were able to stave off elimination last night (Wed) after 3-2 victory over the Estevan Bruins in Game 4.

The Terriers for the 2nd straight night would strike first as Jared Legien would snipe home his 3rd of the series to give them a 1-0 lead just 4:43 into the opening period. Jason Miller though would reply 25 seconds later as he would one-time home his 5th of the playoffs to make it 1-1 after 1 period.

The score would stay even until Carson Welke would walk out from the right side corner and jam it by Nathan Alalouf for his 1st to give the home-side a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes with the shots favoring the Bruins 21-18.

In the 3rd, just 4:22 in the Bruins would even it up at 2-2 as Levi Barnstable would pick up a loose puck and slip it by a sprawled out Nathan Hargrave for his 1st of the series. The Terriers would once again respond and it would be Jordan Ross (pictured above) netting the eventual game winner as he would take nice pass across from Dexter Robinson on the 2 on 1 rush and the Kronau product would get his 1st of the playoffs to help keep his team alive with the big home ice win.

20 year old Nathan Hargrave would get his 1st playoff win in a Terrier uniform making 27 saves on 29 shots while Bruin netminder had his playoff record drop to 3-1 as they turned aside 24 shots in the losing cause.

The win was also the first playoff victory for the Terriers since the RBC Cup Final that they won back in May of 2014.

The two teams will now play a game number 5 tomorrow night (Friday) from Affinity Place in Estevan. GX94 will broadcast the game with Yorkton Dodge Junior Hockey, pregame 7:20 pxp at 7:30.

Terriers forward Jordan Ross Post Game

Terriers Asst. Coach Matt Hehr Post Game

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Terriers pushed to the brink after 5-4 Game 4 loss on Tuesday in Estevan

The Yorkton Terriers have been pushed to the brink of elimination after 5-4 loss on the road last night (Tues) in Game 3 to the Estevan Bruin at Affinity Place

For the first time in the series the Terriers would strike first just 3 minutes into the 1st as Jordan Hudson’s long wrist shot would be deflected in by Cody Illerbrun for his 1st SJHL playoff goal to make it 1-0 Terriers. Evan Scott would even it up with 2:40 to go as he would walk out from the far side corner and wrap it around Nathan Hargave for his 1st of the series which made it 1-1. Then just 1:33 later, Jake Heerspink would re-direct home a Jake Fletcher shot for his 1st to give the home team a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes with the Bruins leading shot column as well at 15-8 after 1 period.

The Terriers would even it up early in the 2nd with a power play goal as Dakota Odgers would find Shane Sherban backdoor and Lanigan product would bang in his 1st to make it 2-2 just 2:52 into the middle frame.  Then the tail end of a penalty kill, Corwin Stevely would stepped across the Bruins’ blue-line and he would send a rocket that would would beat Nathan Alalouf over his right shoulder, for the Terriers’ captain’s first of the playoffs that made it 3-2 midway through the 2nd. But the Bruins would come back with two late goals to grab their 1 goal lead back with goals from Lynden Pastachak & Jason Miller (powerplay) to give Estevan a 4-3 lead after 2 periods. Shots 33-21 Bruins (18-13 EST in 2nd).

Michael McChesney (pictured above) would get the 5th Bruins’ goal which would end up to be the game winner as he would slip it five-hole on the Terriers net minder Nathan Hargrave for his 2nd of the playoffs to make it 5-3. The Terriers would cut it within 1 with 34 seconds to go as Dakota Odgers would snipe home his 1st of the series to make it 5-4 but that’s as close as the Terriers would get dropping a 1 goal decision in Game 4.

20 year old Nathan Alalouf made 31 saves for his 3rd straight win in the Bruins net while Terriers goalie Nathan Hargrave was once again busy turning aside 37 of 42 Bruins’ shots.

The Terriers will look to stay alive tonight (Wed) as they host Game 4 against the Bruins at the FAA. Pregame show at 7:20, pxp at 7:30 with Yorkton dodge Junior Hockey on GX94. 

Ochapowace's Bear named WHL Defenceman of the Year nominee & 1st team West division All-Star

The Western Hockey League is out with their league awards and All-Star teams from the 2016/17 regular season.

Ochapowace product and Seattle Thunderbirds defenceman Ethan Bear was named to the Western Conference's 1st All-Star team & also named as the Western Conference nominee the WHL's Defenceman of the Year.
He will go up against Regina Pats dman Connor Hobbs for the award.

Bear, who is in 4th season with the T-Birds had 28 goals, 42 assists for 70 points in 67 regular season games 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Former Millionaires Liam Shaw & U Vic Vikes win 2016/17 BCIHL Championship

(U Vic Press Release)

It almost wasn't to be for the University of Victoria's men's hockey club.

The team that had nothing handed to them all year was just 36 seconds away from an unlikely BCIHL championship when Trinity Western's Jarret Fontaine played spoiler, scoring a short-handed goal that seemed like it would almost certainly send the game to overtime and shift momentum in favour of the Spartans.
But fifth year Vike Shawn Mueller had other plans, scoring the game winner with just seven seconds left on the clock to send the underdog Vikes to a huge Game 3 victory at the Langley Events Centre and their fourth BCIHL title in 11 seasons.
"It was the definition of a team effort—everyone gave it their all and that's all we needed to win it all," said Mueller. "For (fellow graduating senior Luciano Somerville) and myself we couldn't have written a better ending to our university careers, going out as champions."
Mueller's goal required something that the Vikes have mastered through an up-and-down 2016-17 season: patience. The Kitimat, B.C., native took a pass from teammate and former Victoria Royal Jack Palmer and waited a crucial extra second to lose the Trinity Western defender before firing the puck through a screen and in.
"We were still on the power play and Patrick Holland passed it over to Jack Palmer, who went cross ice to me. I walked the puck into the slot and just put one on net and it happened to go in," said Mueller, who led the Vikes in scoring during the regular season with 29 points through 24 games.

Just over a minute before Mueller's winner, Holland put the Vikes up 2-1 with his second power play goal of the night, only to watch Fontaine help his team back into the game with a short-handed goal off a shot from the point. 
With momentum on their side and time ticking down, you couldn't blame the large Trinity Western crowd if they thought they were about to watch overtime. In fact, you couldn't blame the Vikes if they were feeling the same.
But thankfully for UVic, they had some more magic left in the tank.
"One of the best recoveries from a goal against I have ever seen," said Vikes assistant coach James Gaertner. "Great team effort with 100 per cent buy-in from every man on the roster. It took sacrifice and dedication to pull it out."
For UVic's seniors, the moment was extra special.
"It's so surreal and I couldn't be more proud of our team—absolutely unbelievable," said Somerville. "This is the best possible scenario to end our UVic hockey careers. We have dreamt about this for 5 years and now it's here."
The game-winning goal was the third power play marker for UVic on the night, as they turned a perfect performance on the man advantage. That special teams performance turned out to be a big boost for a team that ranked fourth of five teams in the BCIHL with a 15 per cent success rate during the regular season.
The Vikes also shutout the Spartans on the penalty kill, thanks in large part to the play of backstop Michael Fredrick. Fredrick was spectacular for the Vikes all night, stopping 37 of 39 shots to finish with a .949 save percentage.
The Lethbridge, Alberta, native was key to the Vikes turnaround in the series after they lost their opener 5-0 in front of a home crowd.  Fredrick, who hadn't started a playoff game yet in 2017, got the call on Saturday night and turned in a 27-save performance in a 2-1 overtime win in Langley.
He was just one of many key performers for the Vikes throughout the playoffs, a list highlighted by former Montreal Canadiens' prospect Holland. The 25-year-old from Lethbridge put up four goals and a team-high 11 points through five playoff games after registering 14 goals and 28 points in the regular season.
Palmer, no stranger to Victoria sports fans after spending parts of two seasons with the Victoria Royals, also had a strong post-season for the Vikes. The homegrown forward had seven goals and nine points in 10 regular season games before exploding for six assists and nine points in the playoffs.
The 2017 BCIHL banner is the first for the Vikes men's hockey program since they defeated Simon Fraser in the 2012 final. Victoria, who also won titles in 2007 and 2009, becomes the first team other than Selkirk College to win a title since 2012.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Town of Ituna makes Top 2 of Kraft Hockeyville 2017

The town of Ituna has made it to the top two in the race for Kraft Hockeyville 2017

Ituna is guaranteed $100,000 for arena upgrades and the chance to host an NHL pre-season hockey game.

The other finalist is O'Leary, P.E.I., and they will compete with Ituna for the chance to host the game and hold the title of Hockeyville.

 Voting ends tonight (Mon) at 10 p.m. and you can go vote Here

The winner being announced on "Hockey Night in Canada" April 1st

Chat with Ituna's own & University of Regina Cougars Women's Hockey forward Bailey Braden


Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL) looking for new Head Coach/GM

The Swan Valley Stampeders Jr. A Hockey Club are accepting resumes for the position of a full time GM/Head Coach. The candidate would be responsible for the overall direction of the hockey club.

The ideal candidate will have a strong hockey background. Demonstrate leadership skills, strong business acumen and a strong focus on player development.

For a detailed job description or more information regarding the position please contact Dave Kirk. Only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Please send resume to Dave Kirk, President, Swan Valley Stampeders Jr. A Hockey Club on or before April 21/17.