Tuesday 30 April 2019

Melville's Severson to suit up for Canada at upcoming IIHF World Men's Hockey Championship in Slovakia

When Team Canada opens up the IIHF World Men's Hockey Championships next month in Slovakia, their roster will include a local product.

Melville's Damon Severson of the New Jersey Devils was one of the 22 players selected to don the red and white at the tournament.

"Yeah I'm pretty excited, it will be nice to put on the Canadian jersey wants again and hopefully we can have a good tournanment and bring back the Gold", Severson said in a phone interview with GX94.

This will be Severson’s first stint with the Canadian men’s national team.

His last time representing his country was 9 years ago,  when he played for the Canadian U18 team prior to being selected by New Jersey.

"Obviously you want to still be playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs but this year in New Jersey it wasn't our year and hopefully we will be back in postseason next year, but for right now I just got to focus on having a great month of May of hockey for Team Canada & go from there", Severson added.

Severson just completed his 5th NHL season with the Devils where he had a career year, compiling 11 goals, 28 assists for 39 points in 82 games.

Canada will open the tournament in Slovakia on May 10 against Finland.

For full look at the Canadian roster CLICK HERE

Chat with Severson below:

Weyburn Red Wings (SJHL) name Pilon as their new Head Coach

The Weyburn Red Wings have named their new Head Coach.

The team announced on Monday that former NHLer Rich Pilon will be the team's 9th bench boss in team history..

Pilon comes with a prolific playing career that included a 15-year NHL career where he made stops in New York and St. Louis, playing for both the Islanders and Rangers as well as the Blues

Since his retirement, he's had a few coaching gigs some time coaching in the Sask. Midget AAA Hockey league with the Saskatoon Contacts and Saskatoon Blazers.

The team also said that current General Manager Tanner McCall will stay on with his current role ahead of his fourth season with the club.

Monday 29 April 2019

Yorkton's Vranai & Wynyard's Ukrainetz help Tisdale Trojans capture Telus Cup Bronze medal

The Tisdale Trojans came away with a Bronze Medal from the 2019 Telus Cup in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The Trojans which included Yorkton product Colby Vranai and Wynyard's Kalen Ukrainetz defeated the Calgary Buffaloes 3-2 in the Bronze Medal Game on Sunday.

Vranai compiled 1G 3A for 4 points in 7 games for the Trojans while Ukrainetz had 7 points (1G 6A) in the teams 7 games at the event.

Meanwhile Melville Millionaires' prospect Landon Kosior was also a part of the Trojans and he was named the tournament's Top Defenceman.

**In Gold Medal Game,

Toronto Young Nationals 2 Cantonniers de Magog 1 (O.T)

Thursday 25 April 2019

Inaugural 9-Man Challenge Cup to be held in Melville this July!

Graduating High School football players from Saskatchewan and Manitoba will have a chance to showcase their talents this summer at the Snake Pit in Melville.

The first ever 9-Man Challenge Cup will take place on July 6th and it'll feature Team Saskatchewan facing off with Team Manitoba for football supremacy.

Team Sask Head Coach John Svenson says this replaces the annual Saskota Bowl that was held since 2004.

"Unfortunately our relationship with North Dakota came to an end this year and we're always looking for the chance to showcase rural 9-man football players at a high level and so do the people in Manitoba so we thought it would be a good fit to get them involved."

Players in Grade 12 that will be graduating this Spring and Summer that competed in 9-man football this past season in either province are eligible to compete in the event. (Just asked your local 9-man football coaches for more details)

Team Saskatchewan will be holding a showcase tryout camp on May 11th and 12th in Regina.

Svenson whose also a part of the organizing committee says a great chance for Melville to host the event but it definitely a lot of people involved are needed to make it happen.

"It's a costly event to put on you have house, feed players & equip players, so it's a big undertaking with 10's of thousands of dollars needed to get it off the ground, so anyone out there listening that wants to get involved to sponsor this event it would be greatly appreciated so we can get the chance to showcase the outstanding rural 9-man football talent that our provinces have to offer."

For more information or if you want to get involved in the 2019 Challenge Cup please contact John Svenson by phone at 1-306-728-9322 or by email at: jsvenson@sasktel.net


I caught up with Team Sask Head Coach John Svenson below:

Svenson on background of Challenge Cup

Svenson on Football Sask & Football Manitoba coming together

Svenson on how potential graduating players can participate

Svenson on Melville getting chance to host event

Svenson on potential volunteer and sponsorship opportunities

Deer Park Golf Report - April 25th Edition

First "Deer Park Golf Report" of the 2019 golf season with Director of Golf Al Sauser

Wednesday 24 April 2019

Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL) to hold Year-End Awards Banquet this Friday!

The Swan Valley Stampeders organization will be holding their year-end awards banquet, Friday April 26th at the Veterans Community Hall in Swan River.

The evening will consist of cocktails at 6pm with dinner at 7pm. The evening will also consist of year-end awards and an auction to follow.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Star & Times.

Call or text Cramer Coulthart to book tickets 1-204-281-4255.

Come out to support the 2018-19 Stampeders one final time.

(Stamps Release)

Yorkton Maulers (SMAAAHL) will now be knows as the "Yorkton Secon Maulers"

Monday 22 April 2019

Swan Valley drop Game 7 of MJHL Turnbull Cup to Portage in OT Heartbreaker

The Swan Valley Stampeders were gunning for their first MJHL Turnbull Cup title in team history but their pursuit ended in heartbreak after a 3-2 OT loss to the Portage Terriers in Game 7 of the championship series on Monday night.

The Terriers would open up the scoring in the deciding game striking first as Sam Huston took a nice feed on a 3 on 2 rush from Ty Barnstable and he would walk in and go top-shelf on Merek Pipes for his 7th of the playoffs to give the home team a 1-0 lead after 1 period.

Portage would begin the 2nd period with a 1:22 of a 2-man advantage but they wouldn't be able to capitalize on it as the Stamps' PK came up huge killing it off. The Stamps would grab some momentum from that as they would get on the board, 6:29 into the middle frame as Matt Osadick would walk in from the right-wall and his wrister would go bar-down on Nathan Moore for his 8th of the postseason to even it up at 1-1.

But Portage would respond though just 2:13 later, as Orca Wiesblatt's drop pass would find 20 year old Chase Brakel who sniped it home to give the Terriers a one goal lead once again this time after 2 periods.

Swan Valley would remain one down until just 7.3 seconds left on the clock when while short-handed  and the goalie pulled, Josh Tripp would slide it over to Matt Osadick whose first shot was stopped then he would tuck his own rebound past Nathan Moore for his 2nd of the night to force overtime for the 3rd time in the series tied at 2-2.

In the extra period, Regina product Reece Henry would be the Game 7 hero as off a partial break he would go forehand, backhand past Merek Pipes to help seal the Terriers their 12th league title in franchise history.

Nathan Moore would make 30 saves on 32 shots to get the victory in the Terriers goal while Merek Pipes, in what would end up to be his final Junior game would turn aside 25 shots in the overtime loss.

The Terriers now advance to the 2019 Anavet Cup that'll kick off on Friday night in Portage La Prairie when they host the SJHL champion Battlefords North Stars.

Also congrats to the Stampeders on a great season and especially to the graduating 20 year old's Josh Tripp, Brad Goethals, Campbell Balk, Quintin Sudom, Alex Uryga and Tucker Scantlebury on heck of Jr. careers and wish them the best going forward.


Part 1, 2 & 3 of Post Game chat with Stamps Asst. Coach Darren Webster below:

Webster chats about Game 7, the season and starts about the graduating 20 year olds

Webster continues chatting about 20 year olds including local boy Josh Tripp

Webster chats Quintin Sudom and thanks everyone for the exciting season

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.

Friday 12 April 2019

Swan River's Tripp announced as MJHL's Player of the Year

Josh Tripp of the Swan Valley Stampeders is this year’s MJHL’s selection for the Canadian Junior Hockey League Player of the Year award.

Tripp, who turns 21 later this month, was recently voted the MJHL’s Most Outstanding Player, in addition to being named a first-team all-star. He also won the Mike Ridley Trophy which is awarded to the player who wins the MJHL scoring race.

Each of the 10 leagues in the CJHL nominate a league winner which are reviewed by a selection committee to pick the national winner as the CJHL Player of the Year. The award winner will be announced at National Junior A Championship tournament next month in Brooks, AB.

“I’m extremely honoured to have been nominated and represent the MJHL,” said Tripp, who hails from Swan River. “Playing for my hometown team has been a dream come true. I grew up watching the Stampeders and it’s been a great experience playing this season in front of my family and friends.”

Tripp hopes to attend a post-secondary school and earn a degree in business. He’s also hoping to continue his hockey career via the university or college route.

“Josh is an outstanding nominee based on both his on-ice and off-ice contributions,” MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis said. “He’s worked with youth in his hometown, helping at various practices and learn to skate programs. He’s also been in the schools reading to students. He’s an outstanding person, student and hockey player.”

Manitoba’s last national winner was Portage Terriers’ star Eric DeLong, who won the award in 2009.

(MJHL Press Release)


Swan Valley Stampeders Coaches Show (April 12th) with Head Coach/GM Barry Wolff

Wednesday 10 April 2019

Stamps' drop Game #3 of MJHL Final on Wednesday in Portage

For the 3rd straight time in the series, the home team came out on top as the Portage Terriers defeated the Swan Valley Stampeders 3-2 on Wednesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the MJHL Turnbull Cup Final series.

After a scoreless 1st period, the Terriers would strike first just 2:37 into the middle frame as Logan Calder found Scott Mickoski wide-open in front of the Stamps net and he would make no mistake beating Merek Pipes to make it 1-0. It would stay like that until late stages of the period when Orca Wiesblatt sent a nice saucer pass to Jay Buchholz back-door and he would tap it by Pipes to give the Terriers a 2 goal lead after 40 minutes.

In the 3rd, the Stamps would finally come out with a little bit of jump and they would rewarded as Bradly Goethals would cause a turnover at the Portage blue-line and then find Alex Uryga in front who one-timed it by Ethan Peterson for his 5th of the playoffs to make it 2-1. The just over three minutes later the Stamps would get the equalizer off a nice individual rush from Dane Hirst as he would go wide around the Terriers' net then his wraparound would squeak through Peterson to make it 2-2.

But the Terriers would respond with the game winner as with just 6 seconds left on their 4 minute powerplay it would be Scott Mickoski jumping on a rebound and potting in his 2nd of the night to lead his team to the win.

Ethan Peterson wasn't tested all that much in the game making 16 saves on 18 shots while Merek Pipes was very good in the Stamps' net keeping his team in it making 33 saves on 37 shots.

The series now shifts back to Swan River for Game number 4 on Saturday night from the Centennial Arena. GX94 will once again broadcast the game with Yorkton Dodge Junior Playoff Hockey, there will be no pregame show with Kinsmen Radio Bingo happening, so we will pick up the play by play right after at around 8PM MB time.

Hehr & Yorkton Terriers agree to new 2-year contract to stay on as Head Coach/GM

After advancing to the SJHL Semi-Final for the first time since 2014, Mat Hehr (pictured above middle) has earned himself a new contract. 

The Yorkton Terriers and Hehr agreed to a new 2-year contract extension plus an option for 2021-22 season. 

The Terriers' said in their press release that Hehr successfully changed the culture in the dressing room to promote a more positive team experience and developed a strong, team first support staff that included a full scouting staff, assistant general manager, and role specific assistants. 

Hehr and the Terriers improved on their win total from the previous year by 18 wins during the regular season to 31 this season, and knocked off the Notre Dame Hounds, the defending champion Nipawin Hawks before falling in Semi-Finals in 4 games to the Battlefords North Stars.

GX94's Craig Wallebeck caught up with Terriers Head Coach/GM Mat Hehr and Terriers President Alan Sharp below: 

Monday 8 April 2019

Wadena's Syrota and rink earn Gold; Yorkton's Marteniuk captures Bronze at 2019 Canadian Masters' Curling Championships in Saskatoon

(Photo compliments of Curl Sask)

It was a golden weekend for Delores Syrota and her rink out of Wadena at the 2019 Canadian Masters Curling Championship in Saskatoon.

Syrota and her Saskatchewan rink of Bev Krasowski, June Campbell and Sylvia Broad score three points in the 8th and final end to defeat British Columbia 8-7 in the Gold Medal game.

On the Men's side, Team Saskatchewan skipped by Brad Heidt capture the Bronze medal after a 9-3 victory over British Columbia.

Heidt's rink featured Yorkton's Terry Marteniuk throwing the third stones.

Churchbridge's Kaminski named Head Coach & GM of La Ronge Ice Wolves (SJHL)

The SJHL's La Ronge Ice Wolves have found their new bench boss.

The club announced Churchbridge product Kevin Kaminski as their new Head Coach/General Manager today (Mon), signing him to a 3-year contract.

Kaminski comes to the Ice Wolves with over 14 years of coaching experience, most recently the Head Coach of the Fresno Monsters of the Western States Hockey League.

The Ice Wolves also announced that Gaelan Patterson will return to team as now Associate Coach & Asst. GM while Travis Hegland will return as Athletic Therapist.

Chat with Kevin Kaminski below:

Sunday 7 April 2019

Goethals' plays OT hero as Stampeders beat Portage in Game 2 of MJHL Final

The Swan Valley Stampeders have evened up their MJHL Final at 1 game apiece after a 6-5 overtime victory over the Portage Terriers on Sunday night.

The Stamps got off to a quick start in the first as they would grab the early lead as Brian Harris would tap-in his 2nd of the playoffs on the PP to make it 1-0. They would add to their lead with a couple late goals as first up with 2:14 to go, Josh Tripp would take a beauty feed from Kasyn Kruse from below the goal line and the MJHL MVP would make no mistake for his 10th of postseason to make it 2-0. Then just 19 seconds later, it would be John Jebamani getting on the scoresheet for the first time with a rocket that would beat Ethan Peterson to give his team a 3 goal lead after 1 period.

The visitors would come out in the middle frame with a big period as first off Joey Moffatt would deflect in his 5th of the playoffs to get Portage on the board to make it 3-1. Then just under 3 minutes later, it would Orca Wiesblatt sniping in his 2nd of the playoffs to make it a one goal game. But the Stamps would respond to make it a two goal game once again as a nice drive play from Alex Uryga and his wrap around would get past Ethan Peterson for his 4th of the playoffs to make it 4-2. But late in the 2nd period, the Terriers would get a late powerplay and they would capitalize as a one-time from Chase Brakel would beat Merek Pipes top-shelf over the left shoulder for make it 4-3 Stamps after 40 minutes.

In the 3rd, the Stamps would even it up as Chase Brakel would add his 2nd of the night to even it up at 4-4. Then just 5:37 later, the Terriers would grab their first lead as a big rebound would be jumped on by Ty Barnstable who made it 5-4. It would stay like that until the the 13:38 mark of the third as Brad Goethals (pictured above) would hammer home his 8th to make it 5-5 to force overtime.

In the extra period, Goethals would add his 2nd of the night just 1:31 in as his long point shot would beat a screened Peterson over the right shoulder to give the Stamps the win.

The two teams will now meet in Game 3 of their Best of 7 series on Wednesday night in Portage La Prairie. GX94 will broadcast the game with Yorkton Dodge Junior Hockey, pregame show begins at 7:20 with Play by Play kicking off at 7:30 from Stride Place.

Post Game with Stamps Head Coach/GM Darren Webster below:

Friday 5 April 2019

Swan Valley fall in Game 1 of MJHL Final in Portage

The Swan Valley Stampeders dropped the opening game of the MJHL Turnbull Cup Final on Friday night, 3-0 to the Portage Terriers at Stride Place.

Despite having a pretty solid first period, the Stampeders would find themselves trailing 1-0 as getting the only goal was Terriers' F Joey Moffat whose one-timer snuck through Merek Pipes for his 4th of the playoffs to give the home team a one goal lead after 20 minutes.

After a scoreless 2nd period, in the third the Terriers would add some insurance late. First off just over 11 minutes in Ty Barnstable would tuck home a nice feed from Chase Brakel for his 3rd to make it 2-0 then Brakel would ice it into the empty net to give the Terriers the opening game win.

Ethan Peterson made 34 saves to earn his 1st shutout of the postseason while Merek Pipes turned aside 29 shots in the loss.

The two teams will meet in Game 2 of the Best of 7 Championship series on Sunday back in Swan River. GX94 will broadcast the game with Yorkton Dodge Junior Hockey, pregame show begins at 7:20 with Play by Play kicking off at 7:30.

Post Game with Stamps Asst. Coach Darren Webster

Thursday 4 April 2019

Melville Millionaires (SJHL) sign Adams as Head Coach/GM

The Melville Millionaires proudly announces the signing of a two year contract with Kyle Adams as Head Coach and General Manager of the Melville Millionaires.    
Adams was hired as an Assistant Coach early in the 2018/19 hockey season, before being appointed interim Head Coach and General Manager in December. Kyle has made some great strides since his appointment in December and the Club is looking forward to what the 2019/2020 season has in store for Melville. 
 Adams career began in Ontario, where he grew up in a family that valued the sport of hockey and began to play at a young age.  Moving through minor hockey, Adams really began to dedicate his time to hockey and in pursuing a career in the sport. His skills, passion, and dedication earned him a spot on the Arizona Coyotes affiliate team in the UHL.
Although Adams was a successful player, he decided to turn his focus on coaching and began in 2005 as a Head Coach and General Manager in AAA.  Adams quickly transitioned into Junior A hockey in 2009 as a Head Coach and General Manager for the Drayton Valley Thunder Junior A Hockey Club in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.  His career than took him to Woodstock (Maritime Junior Hockey League), where he was Associate Head Coach and Assistant General Manager for the Club. In the three years of coaching there, he successfully earned season championships for all years and a silver medal at the Royal Bank Cup. From here Adams travelled West to coach as an Associate Coach and General Manager for the Chilliwack Chiefs Hockey Club (British Columbia Hockey League). He was once again successful, winning division championships every year, and partaking in league finals. Moving east once again, he returned to the Alberta Hockey League for a brief season before making his way to Melville.
“I am honoured to be part of a hockey organization that has the history that the Melville Millionaires does and am looking forward to being a part of such an historical franchise. I have been welcomed by the town with open arms and am excited to work with the Board of Directors as well as the fans into turning this organization into something even more special” said Adams.  
President Dwayne Kraft is pleased with the signing today and is looking forward to the new season. “As an Executive, we are excited to see the player commitments that have been occurring here off season and are looking forward to the team that Kyle will have on the ice come September. We look forward to working with him over the summer and seeing all the fans back in the rink come fall for what is expected to be an exciting season.” 
(Mils Press Release)

GX94's Luke Walters caught up with Adams below:

Swan Valley & Portage get set to meet in 2019 MJHL Turnbull Cup Final that begins tonight!

Friday, April 5th, 2019  will be some history for the MJHL's Swan Valley Stampeders when they play their first game of a MJHL Turnbull Cup Final when they visit the Portage Terriers for Game 1 of their Best of 7 Championship series.

"It's exciting times for the community, you always strive to have the best team possible and seems like this year we've got the right people in place and Barry does a great job, and it's one of the best teams I've ever seen," said team governor and Stamps' alumni Cramer Coulthart.

After dispatching of the Dauphin Kings in 4 straight games in the Quarter-Finals, the Stamps then went on to dethrone the defending champion Steinbach Pistons in round 2 to advance on to the big dance for the very first time.

"The Pistons were a good challenge for us, they challenged us all series and lucky for us we came out on top," Stamps Head Coach/GM Barry Wolff said in a series preview interview.

Meanwhile for the Stamps' opponent in the final, the Portage Terriers they are in a very familiar place, competing 5th final in the last 8 years and the franchise is gunning for the 12th league title.

Wolff says his opposition, who they beat 4 times during the regular season,  will be a good challenge once again.

"They've had a lot of success over the years and this season and they score a lot of goals and lets hope our strong defensive play continues and we can keep their offence in check so we can be successful."

Series Schedule:

GM 1 (Fri. Apr 5th)-
Swan Valley @ Portage 7:30 MB **

GM 2 (Sun. Apr 7th) -
Portage @ Swan Valley  7:30 MB **

GM 3 (Wed. Apr 10th)
- Swan Valley @ Portage  7:30 MB **

GM 4 (Sat. Apr 13th) -
Portage @ Swan Valley  7:30 MB **

*GM 5 (Tues. Apr 16th)
- Swan Valley @ Portage 7:30 MB **

*GM 6 (Thurs. Apr 18th) -
Portage @ Swan Valley  7:30 MB **

*GM 7 (Mon. Apr 22nd)
- Swan Valley @ Portage  7:30 MB **

Series Preview Interview with Stamps Head Coach/GM Barry Wolff below:

Terriers' season comes to an end after Game 4 loss to Battlefords in SJHL Semi-Finals

The Yorkton Terriers had their 2018/19 season come to an end on Wednesday night after falling 3-0 to the Battlefords North Stars in Game 4 of their SJHL Semi-Final series.

The North Stars for the 2nd straight night would get the opening goal as scramble in front of the Terriers net and the puck would scoot out for Quin Loon-Stewardson who make no mistake potting home his 6th of the playoffs to give the Battlefords at 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

After a scoreless 2nd period, the North Stars would add some insurance late to put the game out of reach off with goals from Brett Gammer and Ryan Gil to lead them to the sweep.

Joel Grzybowski earned his 3rd straight shutout in goal for the Stars making 31 saves for his 4th shutout of the postseason while Terriers' goalie Ryan Ouellette turned aside 32 of 35 shots in the loss.

With the Terriers' season coming to an end, it was also the end of the Junior career for 9 graduating Terriers in Brendan Mark, Jared Legien, Andrew Henderson, Colby Brandt, Cole Keenleyside, Quin Hobbs, Dino Antoniadis. Mason Mullaney and Branden Klatt. Congrats to those individuals on their Jr. careers and I wish them nothing but the best going forward

Final Post Game of 2018/19 with Terriers Head Coach/GM Mat Hehr

In the other SJHL Semi-Final,

TJ Irey and Cody Davis scored twice to lead the Estevan Bruins to a 4-2 win over the visiting Melfort Mustangs.

The series is now tied at 2-2 with Game 5 taking place back in Melfort on Friday.

Wednesday 3 April 2019

Terriers drop Game 3 of SJHL Semi-Final to the Battlefords on Tuesday

The Battlefords North Stars have pushed Yorkton to the brink of elimination after blanking the Terriers for the 2nd straight game by a score of 1-0 in Game 3 of their SJHL Semi-Finals.

The visitors notch the only goal of Game 3 as Austin Becker would slide it across to left circle to Brett Gammer whose shot would sneak through short-side on Ryan Ouellette to give the North Stars 1-0 lead and thats all they would need to lead them to 3rd straight victory to start the series.

Joel Grzybowski captured his 2nd straight shutout making 30 saves in the win while Ryan Ouellette in the Terriers net turned aside 40 of 41 shots in the loss.

The North Stars now lead the Best of 7 series, 3-0 and the two teams will meet in Game 4 on Wednesday night. GX94 will broadcast the game with Yorkton Dodge Junior Playoff Hockey with the "Sask Milk" pregame show beginning at 7:20 and the PXP kicking off at 7:30.

Post Game wtih Terriers Head Coach/GM Mat Hehr below:

In the other SJHL Semi-Final,

Estevan Bruins over the Melfort Mustangs,  3-2
(Melfort leads Best of 7 series, 2-1)

Monday 1 April 2019

Stamps' book ticket to MJHL Turnbull Cup Final after Game 6 win in Steinbach

For the first time in their 20 year history, the Swan Valley Stampeders will play in the MJHL Championship series after the Stamps defeated the Steinbach Pistons 5-3 in Game 6 to win their Semi-Final series, 4 games to 2.

The Stamps would kick off the scoring just 31 seconds into the 1st as Brad Goethals would take a nice pass across from Josh Tripp & snipe home his 7th of the postseason to make it 1-0. Matt Osadick would make it 2-0 as his long slap-shot would beat a screened Matt Radomsky for his 6th of playoffs to help them to a very good shot. The Pistons would cut their deficit in half as the puck would take a big bounce off the end glass right out in front for Riley Vautour who tapped it in to make it 2-1. Swan would add two more to make it a 3 goal lead with two goals from Tucker Scantlebury to give them a 4-1 advantage after 1 period.

In the 2nd, the Pistons would come out with some jump and would be awarded netting the only goal of the period as Doug Johnson's low point shot would be deflected in by Tanner Mole, for his 5th to make it a 4-2 game after 40 minutes.

The Pistons would get a late goal from Kyle Bettens with 5:18 to go to make it 4-3 but thats as close as they would get as Dane Hirst would ice the game into the empty with just a second left to push Swan to a two goal win.

Merek Pipes was steady in the Stamps' net making 26 saves on 29 shots in the win while Matt Radomsky turned aside 31 shots in the losing cause.

The Stamps will now face off with the top-ranked Portage Terriers in the MJHL Turnbull Cup Final championship series which will begin this weekend.

Post Game with Stamps. Asst Coach/Director of Player Personnel  Darren Webster below: