Thursday, 18 April 2019

Swan Valley & Portage headed to Game 7 on Monday to decide MJHL Turnbull Cup

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Turnbull Cup will be decided in a Game #7 on Monday after the Portage Terriers scored 4 third period goals to stun a sold-out Swan River Centennial Arena after defeating the Swan Valley Stampeders 5-2 in Game 6.

The Stamps for the 3rd straight game would strike first and yet again it would be 20 year Brad Goethals hitting the back of the net as his long wrister would beat Terriers’ starter Nathan Moore over the right shoulder for his league-leading 12th of the playoffs to give them the advantage at 1-0 after 20 minutes. 

In the 2nd the score would remain the same until the visitors would strike late as Orca Wiesblatt's  shot would be stopped by Merek Pipes but the rebound would pop out back-door to Owen Murray who scooped it over the Stamps' net minder with just 12 seconds left in the middle frame to make it a 1-1 game after 40 minutes. 

Alex Uryga would get the home crowd back into it early in the 3rd as just 2:20 in, he would walk across the blue-line and his blistering snap-shot would beat Nathan Moore high for his 6th of the postseason to make it 2-1 for the home-side. 

The Terriers though would once again respond as just after their powerplay expired, Kolton Shindle would find Reece Henry in front and the Regina product would slide it five-hole on Merek Pipes to pull them even at 2-2. 

Then just 1:40 later, Chase Brakel would get the eventual game-winner as his long point shot would re-direct off a Stampeder stick in front and get past the Stamps goaltender to give the Terriers their first lead at 3-2. 

Jay Buchholz would add some insurance later with a couple empty-netters to help Portage to the comeback victory. 

Nathan Moore making his first start in the MJHL Final would turn aside 24 of 26 shots to earn his 2nd career MJHL playoff victory while Stamps' G Merek Pipes was once again very solid in the Swan goal make 47 saves in the loss. 

The 7th and deciding game of the MJHL Turnbull Cup Final will go on Monday night from Stride Place in Portage La Prairie. GX94 will broadcast the game with Yorkton Dodge Junior Playoff hockey, pregame show kicks off at 7:20 with the Play by Play starting at 7:30PM MB time. 

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Terriers' Keenleyside; Mils' Liberty commits to the ACAC

With their SJHL seasons coming to an end, a couple of players have announced they will be advancing their hockey careers at the collegiate level.

The Yorkton Terriers are pleased to announced that graduating forward Cole Keenleyside will join the Portage College Voyageurs of the ACAC starting in the 2019/20 season.

The Hazlet, SK product played in 227 career games as a Terrier compiling 53 goals, 68 assists for 121 points.

Meanwhile, Melville Millionaires defenceman Daniel Liberty has also committed to ACAC with the Red Deer College Kings.

The 20 year old Edmonton product scored 14 goals, and added 23 assists in 96 games with the Mils during his 2 seasons

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Goethals plays OT hero once again as Swan Valley takes Game 5 of MJHL Final in Portage

The Swan Valley Stampeders are now just one victory away from the first MJHL Turnbull Cup title after their 4-3 triple overtime over the Portage Terriers on Tuesday night in Game 5.

The Stamps for the 2nd straight game would open the scoring as this time it would be Kasyn Kruse took a nice feed in front from Alex Uryga and make no mistake for his 7th of the playoffs to make it 1-0, 11:20 into the opening period.

But the Terriers would respond with a late one with just 31 seconds left in the 1st as Ty Barnstable would sneak behind the Stamps D and take a nice stretch pass from Owen Murray and snipe it blocker side on Merek Pipes to make it an even game at 1-1 after 20 minutes.

Portage would grab their first lead of the night at 2-1, 7:36 into the 2nd as Chase Brakel would rifle home his 6th of the postseason over the left shoulder of the Stamps goalie.

But before the 2nd would wrap up the Stamps would respond as Josh Maucieri after a big face-off win would find a wide-open Matt Osadick in front and he would beat former teammate Ethan Peterson for the Grande Pointe, MB product's 9th of the playoffs to tie it up at 2-2 after 2 periods.

In the 3rd, the Terriers would regain their lead as Jay Buchholz would scoop it past Pipes to make it 3-2 Terriers. But the Stamps would rewarded a late powerplay and would convert as Brad Goethals long point shot would get re-directed in by Brian Harris to even it up at 3-3 and force the overtime.

After a back and forth first 2 overtime periods the Stamps would convert on their PP chance in the 3rd OT period as Brad Goethals (pictured above) took a nifty feed in the hight-slot and would beat Ethan Peterson over the right pad for his 3rd OT winner of the playffs to earn the Stamps the big Game 5 win.

Merek Pipes earned his 2nd straight win in the series making 44 saves on 47 shots while Ethan Peterson turned aside 37 shots in the losing cause.

The Stamps will host Game number 6 of their Best of 7 series on Thursday night against the Terriers from the Centennial Arena. GX94 will broadcast the game with Yorkton Dodge Junior Playoff Hockey with the pregame show kicking off at 7:20 and the Play by Play starting at 7:30 MB time.

Post Game with Stamps Asst. Coach Darren Webster:

Goethals 3OT Winner


In the SJHL Canalta Cup Final,

Brayden Buziak had the GWG to lead the Battlefords North Stars to a 4-2 victory over the Melfort Mustangs in Game 3 of their Best of 7 series,

The North Stars now lead the series, 2-1 and will be in Melfort for Game 4 of the series on Wednesday night from the Northern Lights Palace.

Monday, 15 April 2019

2019 Spring Camp Recap with Waywayseecappo Wolverines Head Coach/GM Taylor Harnett

Yorkton Terrier alumni Norrish helps Lacombe Generals capture 2019 Allan Cup


After helping the Colorado Eagles capture the ECHL's Kelly Cup championship last season, Yorkton Terrier alumni Chase Norrish (pictured above) can add another big title to resume.

Norrish helped the host Lacombe Generals win the historic and 2019 edition of the Allan Cup on Saturday after defeating the Innisfail Eagles 5-2 in the championship game.

The Strongfield, SK product who was also named the tournament's Top Defence, chipped in with 1G 2A for 3 points in 4 games.

Norrish spent 3 seasons with the SJHL's Terriers from 2011-14 helping them win 2 Canalta Cups ('13,'14), a Western Canada Cup ('14) and the franchise's only RBC Cup National Title in 2014.

Chat with Chase Norrish below:

Ituna Regional Park receives funding through Jays' Care Foundation

The Jays Care Foundation in partnership with the Toronto Blue Jays have awarded funding to 15 communities across Canada with their "Field of Dreams" Granting program.

One of those communities was the town of Ituna, who will receive $48,000 in funding which will go towards to covering the expenses for a new backstop, bleachers, shale, perimeter fencing and landscaping on Diamond #2 in the Ituna Regional Park.

"Field Of Dreams is Jays Care's granting program for infrastructure dedicated to youth life-skill development and physical activity.

The Field Of Dreams program provides funding to design, refurbish and build safe spaces for children and youth to play baseball, develop life skills and learn from positive role models.

In the last five years, Jays Care has committed over $7.5 million to 70 infrastructure projects across Canada.

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Stamps' explode for 7 in Game 4 to even up MJHL Turnbull Cup Final with Portage at 2-2

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The MJHL Championship series is now down to a Best of 3 after the Swan Valley Stampeders defeated the Portage Terriers 7-2 in Game 4 on Saturday night from the Centennial Arena in Swan River.

The Stamps for the 2nd time in the series would get the first goal as Josh Tripp would take a nice feed in front and snap home his league-leading 11th of the playoffs to make it 1-0 just 8:04 into the first.

They would add to their lead with 3:30 left in the first frame as after a big scramble in front the puck squirted out in front right to a wide-open Matt Osadick who made no mistake by a sprawled out Ethan Peterson for his 7th of the postseason to give the home-side a 2 goal lead after 20 minutes.

Swan Valley would continue to put the pedal to the metal in the 2nd as just 3:25 in on the PP, Brad Goethals from the left circle would snap it past Peterson for his 10th to make it 3-0.

The Stamps would add two more goals on the man-advantage just 1:02 apart a short-time later off the sticks of Matt Osadick and Campbell Balk (pictured above) to make it a 5 goal Stamps' advantage. Balk, a West Olive, Michigan product would add his 2nd of the period just over two minutes later as after he was hauled down on a breakaway he would be awarded a penalty shot and would be successful on it to make it  6-0. Brian Harris then would get into the scoring party with 8:35 left in the middle frame to make it a 7 goal Swan lead just over half-way through the game.

But the Terriers would respond with a couple late goals in the middle frame as first up Caelan McPhee would walk in from the right point and go top-shelf on Merek Pipes for his 1at of the playoffs and then a short time later, Scott Mickosi on the PP would wire in his 6th of the playoffs and 3rd in as many games to make it a 5 goal game and thats as close as the visitors would get on this night.

Merek Pipes earned his 10th victory of the playoffs making 32 saves on 34 shots in the Stamps net. For Portage, Ethan Peterson got the start but was pulled after allowing 5 goals on 17 shots then back-up Nathan Moore made 5 saves on 7 shots in relief.

So the MJHL Turnbull Cup Final is now tied up at 2-2 setting up a huge Game 5 on Tuesday night in Portage La Prairie. GX94 will broadcast the game with Yorkton Dodge Junior Hockey, pregame show begins at 7:20 with the play by play kicking at 7:30PM MB time from Stride Place.