Tuesday 16 April 2024

Whitewood's Hamilton named to Canadian Men's hockey roster for 2024 U18 Worlds

 




Hockey Canada has announced the 19 players that will represent Team Canada at the upcoming 2024 World Men's Under-18 Hockey Championships in Finland. 

Whitewood product & Calgary Hitmen defenceman Reese Hamilton was named as one of the players that'll suit up in the event that runs April 25th to Sun. May 5th. 

Hamilton in his first full season in the WHL had 8 goals, 23 assists for 31 points in 42 games for the Hitmen. 

The 17 year old has represented Canada with Canada Red  at this past years World U17 Men's Hockey championships. 

Full Roster CLICK HERE 


Audio with Hamilton below:

Yorkton Sports Hall of Fame to celebrate 30 years with induction dinner set for Sept. 7th


                                      


The Yorkton Sports Hall of Fame (YSHF) will hold its 2024 induction evening on Saturday, September 7 at the Gallagher Centre, and it will be a very special occasion marking the 30th anniversary of the organization.

The evening’s program will include guest speaker and former Detroit Red Wing Dennis Polonich, who after his NHL career was the Terrier coach and general manager for six years starting with the 1986-87 season while the Master of ceremonies will be Curt Keilback, the radio and television broadcast play-by-play voice of the first edition of the Winnipeg Jets, and then of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Curt started his radio career with CJGX in Yorkton in 1970 and then after went on to broadcas  more than 2,400 NHL games over his career.

As well, plans are being made to invite all former inductees to attend as guests of the YSHF, in the hope that the evening will also serve as a reunion of Hall of Fame members.Details about that will be announced next month

.Nominations are still being accepted for inductees, as are nominations for the Yorkton Lions Support for Sports Award. Information about the nomination process for both are available at www.yorktonsportshalloffame.ca.

The YSHF was founded in 1994, spearheaded by Vern Pachal and a dedicated board, many of whom still live in Yorkton. The organization was largely inactive for about six years until it was revived in 2020 by a new board under the leadership of Don Pfeifer. This will be the third induction evening since then, the first one planned for 2021 having been cancelled because of covid-19. 

Monday 8 April 2024

Melville's Kostyshyn; Terriers' Butz commits to SAIT Trojans for 2024/25


    


Graduating Melville Millionaires captain Payton Kostyshyn will be heading a little west to continue his hockey career. 

The Melville product will be suiting up starting this fall with the SAIT Trojans of the ACAC in Calgary, Alberta. 

He spent 3 seasons with the Millionaires, suiting up in 133 games compiling 6 goals, 17 assists for 23 points. 

Kostyshyn joins former Millionaires Zach Cain, Connor Nolan and Kayden Skulmoski on the Trojans' roster. 

Meawhile Yorkton Terrier forward Brett Butz will join Kostyshyn on the Trojans starting this Fall after committing to the team on Wednesday. 

The Edmonton, Alberta product scored 18 times, added 30 assists for 48 points in 105 career games in a Terriers' uniform during his 2 year Junior career. 

This past season, Butz had 10 goals, 11 assists for 21 points in 49 games.






Friday 5 April 2024

Mils Asst. Coach Wudrick headed to Creston Valley (KIJHL)

 




The Melville Millionaires have announced that Assistant Geordie Wudrick will be leaving the SJHL club to becoming the Head Coach & GM of the Creston Valley Thunder Cats of the KIJHL starting in the 2024/25 season. 

The 33 year old spent one season behind the bench as Asst. Coach with the Moneymen helping them to their first playoff berth in 6 season and a Viterra division title alongside Head Coach & GM Doug Johnson.

 As a player, Wudrick was a third round NHL draft pick of the LA Kings and enjoyed a lengthy career in the Western Hockey League, USPORTS with the University of New Brunswick and UBC, and professionally in the ECHL, SPHL and in Europe.



Tuesday 2 April 2024

2024/25 Melville Millionaires, Yorkton Terriers & Swan Valley Stampeders Signings

 


D Thomas Ries (2006) - Humboldt, Saskatchewan 
(Last team: Estevan Bears (SK U18 AAA) - 44GP 13G 25A = 38 points)

D James Durfee (2006) - Napa Valley, California
(Last team:  Rogue Valley Royals (USPHL) - 9GP 2G 2A = 4 points)





F Evan Leden (2006)- Geneva, Illinois 
(Last team: Chicago Mission U18 AAA) 

D Nate Silvester (2006) - Regina, Saskatchewan 
(Last team: Regina Pat Canadians (SK U18 AAA) - 45GP 1G 24A = 25 points) 

F Jackson Lee (2006) - Whitelaw, Alberta 
(Last team: Grande Prairie Storm (AB U18 AAA) - 34GP 11G 8A = 19 points) 

D Riley Craigen (2006) - Regina, Saskatchewan 
(Last team: Estevan Bears (SK U18 AAA) - 44GP 0G 17A = 17 points) 

G Thomas Paquet (2006) - St. Jerome, Quebec) 
(Last Team: The Hill Academy (U18 AAA Prep) -  10-5 record  2.19GAA 0.935 SV%  4SO) 

D Brodie Hicks (2006) - Regina, Saskatchewan 
(Last Team: Regina Pat Canadians (SK U18 AAA)  -  40GP 1G 10A = 11 points) 

G Nick Genette (2006) - Royal Oak, Michigan 
(Last team: Detroit Victory Honda U18 AAA - 35GP 27-7-0 record  1.67GAA  0.921 SV%  6 shutouts)

D Chance Loke (2006) - Brooks, Alberta 
(Last Team: Prairie Hockey Academy (CSSHL) - 30GP 7G 22A = 29 points) 

F Ty Noseworthy (2006) - High Level, Alberta
(Last Team: Grande Prairie Storm  (AB U18 AAA) - 3GP 12G 12A = 24 points & 121 PIMs)

F Jake Briltz (2006) - Regina, Saskatchewan 
(Last Team: Moose Jaw Warriors (SK U18 AAA) - 44GP 15G 16A = 31 points) 




Monday 1 April 2024

2023/24 Melville Millionaires Team Award Winners



 Fred McLean Memorial Trophy to the Most Gentlemanly Player

· This year’s recipient of this award goes to #18 JADON IYOGUN

2) Bob Parker Memorial Trophy to “Mr. Hustle”

· This year’s recipient of this award goes to #22 GABORIK CARLSON

3) Tom Dooley Memorial Trophy to the Most Improved Player

· This year’s recipient of this award goes to #11 COHEN SWAN

4) Edward Wozniak Memorial Award for Unsung Hero

· This year’s recipient of this award goes to #8 BOSTON HARKNESS

5) DEDICATION & DESIRE AWARD (formerly - Cheerful Spirit & Cooperative Attitude)

· This year’s recipient of this award goes to #21 MATT KJEMHUS

6) Swannie & Shirley Cox & Phyllis Sanftleben Memorial Trophy to the Rookie of the Year

· This year’s recipient of this award goes to #2 LUC BYDAL

7) Vaughn Motter Memorial Trophy to the Best Forward, being presented by

· This year’s recipient of this award goes to #77 CADEN DRURY

8) Gerald Wassil Memorial Trophy to the Best Defenseman, being presented by

· Gerald was a Millionaires Defenseman for two seasons from 1975-1977, prior to his passing. This memorial award was donated by Gerald’s family and friends.

· This year’s recipient of this award goes to #14 COLBY BALL

9) Mel Sullivan Memorial Trophy to the Most Valuable Player, being presented by

· This year’s recipient of this award goes to #77 CADEN DRURY

10) Bell, Kreklewich & Co. Law Office for Fan Favorite

· This year’s recipient of this award goes to #20 PAYTON KOSTYSHYN

11) 3 Star Award

· This year’s recipient of this award goes to #2 LUC BYDAL & #35 WILLIAM DYKE

12) Leading Scorer

· This year’s recipient of this award goes to #77 CADEN DRURY

13) Scholastic Award

· This year’s recipient of this award goes to #11 COHEN SWAN

14) Most Valuable Playoff Performer

· This year’s recipient of this award goes to #35 WILLIAM DYKE

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MILLIONAIRES ANNOUNCE COMMITMENT OF LEDEN FOR 2024/25 SEASON 



The Melville Millionaires' announce the commitment of forward Evan Leden for the 2024/25 SJHL season. 

The 2006-born forward out of Genvea, Illinois suited up this past season with the Chicago Mission U18 AAA. 

During the 2022/23 season, he compiled 49 points in 55 games with the Northstar Christian Academy U16 AAA. 

Tuesday 26 March 2024

Wildcats; Rangers capture Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League titles

 


WADENA CAPTURES 2024 LONG LAKE HOCKEY LEAGUE TITLE 

Tyson Hobbins had the hat-trick while Travis Statchuk had 1G 2A to lead the Wadena Wilcats to a 6-3 win over the Wynyard Monarchs in the series clinching Game 4 of their Long Lake Hockey League Final on Friday night. 

Connor Odelein and Lyndon Lipinski also scored for the Wildcats while Jesse Forsberg, Drew Litwin and Max Gudnason replied for the Monarchs. 

The win was the first LLHL title in team history 






RANGERS SWEEP REDVERS TO BECOME BIG 6 HOCKEY LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Josh Elmes powerplay goal with 5:28 remaining stood up to be the game winner to lead the Moosomin Rangers to a 5-3 road win over the defending champion Redvers Rockets to sweep their Best of 5 Finals series, 3-0. 

Rykr Cole scored twice while Bud Holloway and Carter Sawchuk each had 1G 2A to lead the way offensively for the Rangers who their first Big 6 title since 2004. 

Brady Fiderchuk, Kolytn Miller and Kenton Miller replied for the Rockets in the loss. 




Saturday 23 March 2024

SJHL Quarter-Final Recaps- Game 4

GAME 4: 

Rylan Williams's goal at 5:06 of the first overtime lead the Battlefords North Stars to a 3-2 victory over the Melville Millionaires in Game 4 of their first round matchup to complete the 4 game sweep. 

The two teams exchanged goals in 1st as Joel Mabin opened the scoring for the moneymen just 7:21 in before Brad Blake responded for the Stars 2:08 later to make it a 1-1 game after the first. 

After a scoreless 2nd period the North Stars grabbed their first lead of the night at 2-1 as Hunter Burgeson beat Will Dyke over his right pad at the mark, 6:10 into the 3rd period. 

But the Mils responded quickly with the equalizer as 1:28 later, Euan Morrison deflected in a Colby Ball point shot past Logan Cunningham for his 1st to tie things up. 

Cunningham won his 4th straight start for Battlefords making 26 saves on 28 shots to earn the win, while Mils netminder Will Dyke stopped 42 of 45 in the loss. 


Post Game with Mils Head Coach & GM Doug Johnson:




Other Quarter-Final matchups: 


- Aidyn Hutchinson (2G 1A) and Ryan Duguay (1G 2A) each had three point nights as the Melfort Mustangs used a 3 goal third period to beat the Estevan Bruins 5-2
(Melfort now leads Best of 7 series, 3-1 ) 


- Nicholas Kovacs scored his 2nd of the night with 36 seconds left in first overtime to lead the Weyburn Red Wings to a 4-3 Game 4 win over the Humboldt Broncos 
( Best of 7 series tied, 2-2) 


- Justin Lies and Matt Egan scored while Harmon Laser-Hume made 34 stops to help the Flin Flon Bombers to a 2-1 series clinching win over the Kindersley Klippers to sweep their first round matchup 
(Flin Flon wins Best of 7 series, 4-0) 


GAME 3: 

The Melville Millionaires have been pushed to the brink of elimination after letting a 3rd period lead slip away, losing 5-3 to the Battlefords North Stars on home ice in Game 3. 

The Mils got off to a quick start with two goals in the 1st period off the sticks of Hudson Norris and Bradley Banach to give them a 2-0 through 1 period. 

In the 2nd, the North Stars cut their deficit in half as SJHL MVP Kian Bell potted home his 3rd of the playoffs to make it a one goal game through 40 minutes. 

Elliot Mikesch pulled the Mils back ahead by two just 4:11 into the 3rd as he finished off a 2 on 1 with Joel Mabin for his 1st of the playoffs making it 3-1. 

But just under three minutes later Ben Portner cut it to 3-2 before Elijah Anderson's powerplay goal tied things up a short time later. 

Battlefords wrapped up their 3rd period comeback with two more goals from Kian Bell including the game winner with 2:52 left in regulation to seal the win. 

Logan Cunningham made 25 saves on 28 shots to earn his third straight win for the Stars, while Mils' G Will Dyke turned aside 36 of 40 shots in the loss. 

Game 4 is set for Wednesday in Melville. 


Elsewhere, 

Melfort Mustangs 3   Estevan Bruins 4

Keagon Little scored the game winner on the powerplay with 3:23 left in regulation capped a three point night to lead the Estevan Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Melfort Mustangs at Affinity Place. 

(Melfort leads Best of 7 series, 2-1) 

Humboldt Broncos 3    Weyburn Red Wings 5

Jaxson Ruthven had 1G 1A and his goal with just over 2 minutes left in regulation helped the Weyburn Red Wings slip by the Humboldt Broncos 5-3. 

Cage Newans scored twice to lead the Broncos offensively. 

(Humboldt leads Best of 7 series, 2-1) 

Flin Flon Bombers 5   Kindersley Klippers 2

Local product Carter Anderson netted 2 goals and 1 assist to put the Flin Flon Bombers one win away from the SJHL Semi-Finals after a 5-2 victory over the Kindersley Klippers at the West Central Events Centre. 

(Flin Flon leads Best of 7 series, 3-0) 



GAME 2: 

The Melville Millionaires fell short in Game 2 of their SJHL Quarter-Final series on Saturday, 2-1 to the Battlefords North Stars. 

For the 2nd straight night the home-team struck first on the powerplay late in the 1st as Bradley Blake sniped home his 1st of the series to make it 1-0 after 1 period. 

Alex Izyk added to the North Stars lead just under half-way through the 2nd as he muscled his way to the slot and snapped it through Will Dyke to give them some insurance before Luc Bydal cut the deficit in half for the Mils with 1:48 left in the middle frame.

The Millionaires had some glorious chances to even it up throughout the third, even outshooting Battlefords 11-6 but couldn't hit the back of the net.

Logan Cunningham was once again solid for the Stars making 27 stops in the win, while Mils G Will Dyke stopped 21/23 shots in the loss. 

The two teams meet in Melville on Tuesday. 


Other Game 2's:

FLIN FLON 8, KINDERSLEY 0 

MELFORT 7, ESTEVAN 4 

HUMBOLDT 7, WEYBURN 4

(Flin Flon, Battlefords, Melfort and Humboldt all lead their Best of 7 series, 2-0) 
 
GAME 1:

The Battlefords North Stars struck first in their first round series, beating the Melville Millionaires 4-1 on Friday night.

After a scoreless 1st period,  Ben Portner got the series' opening goal at 9:01 of the 2nd period as his wrap-around beat Mils' netminder William Dyke to make it 1-0 through 40 minutes.

In the 3rd, Kian Bell added to the lead just 3:11 into the 3rd as his wrister beat William Dyke to make it 2-0.

Just over 3 minutes later the Mils cut their deficit in half as Luc Bydal tapped home his 1st to make it 2-1 but that's as close as they would get as Bell and Brayden Sinclair added empty netters to wrap up the scoring.

Logan Cunningham turned aside 31 of 32 shots to earn the win the while Mils' G Will Dyke made 33 saves in the losing cause.

Elsewhere,

FLIN FLON 4, KINDERSLEY 0

MELFORT 5, ESTEVAN 1

HUMBOLDT 6, WEYBURN 1


Thursday 21 March 2024

Local teams competing in 2024 SHSAA Provincial Basketball Championships this Saturday in Moose Jaw

 




While the Hoopla 2024 Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association basketball championship has been cancelled, teams from throughout the province will have a chance to play for medals based on their seeding during a one-day tournament running all day Saturday at gyms throughout Moose Jaw. 

Locally, matchups include: 

1A GIRLS BRONZE MEDAL GAME: 

12 Noon (MJ Vanier) - Foam Lake vs. Coronach 


2A GIRLS BRONZE MEDAL GAME: 

1:45PM (MJ Riverview) - Norquay vs. LCBI 


3A GIRLS BRONZE MEDAL GAME: 

3:30PM (MJ Peacock North) - Indian Head vs. Regina Laval 


2A BOYS BRONZE MEDAL GAME: 

3:30PM (MJ Riverview) - Preeceville vs. Norquay 


1A BOYS GOLD MEDAL GAME: 

5:15PM (MJ Vanier) - Porcupine Plain vs. Saskatoon Legacy Christian 


2A GIRLS GOLD MEDAL GAME: 

5:15PM (MJ Riverview) - Preeceville vs. St. Brieux 


3A GIRLS GOLD MEDAL GAME 

7:00PM (MJ Peacock North) - Wynyard vs. Lanigan 




Wednesday 20 March 2024

SJHL announces 2023/24 League Award Winners

 



The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League are pleased to announce their individual league award winners for the 2023/24 season.

Battlefords North Stars forward Kian Bell was the big winner with two awards capturing his 2nd straight league Most Valuable Player and Top Forward award. 

Bell came back from an early stint this season with WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings and helped rejuvenate the North Stars while also scoring 37 goals, 57 assists for 94 points in just 41 games to lead the league in points once again.

Bell's North Star teammate Carson Olsen was rewarded being named the league's Top Rookie. 

The 17 year old U-Mass Lowell commit netted 10 goals, 20 assists for 30 points in 51 games in his 1st season with the Battlefords.

A trio of Flin Flon Bombers have also been rewarded for their great season as Noah Houle has been named the SJHL's Top Defenceman,  Harmon Laser-Hume was announced as the SJHL's Goalie of the Year and their Head Coach & GM Mike Reagan was named SJHL Coach of the Year.

Laser-Hume finished top three in, wins, goals against average, & save percentage while Houle led all SJHL rear-guards in points with 68, 12 points clear of finalist Alex Izyk of the Battlefords North Stars and Reagan led the leagye's top seeded to a league-best 44-9-2-1 record including 15 weeks as the CJHL's #1 ranked team.

Humboldt Broncos forward Spencer Bell was awarded the first ever Saskatchewan Player of the Year award.

The product of Warman, SK scored a league-high 47 goals while adding 41 assists for 88 points to finish 2nd in league-scoring.

Finally, Mason Bueckert of the La Ronge Ice Wolves captured the SJHL Most Sportsmanlike Player. 

The Saskatoon product had a team-high 62 points in 56 games with the Ice Wolves while accumulating only 12 minutes in penalties. 

For a full look at the SJHL Award winners CLICK HERE





Monday 18 March 2024

SJHL Quarter-Final Preview - #5 Melville Millionaires vs. #4 Battlefords North Stars

 



5th- Melville Millionaires (32-23-0-1 = 65 points vs. 4th- Battlefords North Stars (36-15-4-1 = 77 points)  

"Regular Season Head to Head
"

Sept 30th/23 - 3-1 Melville 
Dec 2nd/23- 4-3 Melville (OT) 
Jan 23rd/24 - 7-4 Battlefords 
Feb 24th/24- 4-1 Melville 

Millionaires: 3-1-0
North Stars:  1-2-1


Top Scorers (Regular Season)

Millionaires: 

#77 Caden Drury - 55GP 17G 35A = 52 pts
#2 Luc Bydal - 50GP 23G 24A = 47 pts
#18 Jadon Iyogun - 48GP 23G 21A = 44 pts
#14 Colby Ball - 52GP 12G 25A = 37 pts
#17 Kole Keen - 52GP 10G 25A = 35 pts


"Goaltending"

#35 William Dyke - 40GP  24-13-1 record  2.88GAA  0.908 SV%  5SO
#30 Ethan Rau - 21GP 8-10-0 record  3.51GAA  0.890 SV%

North Stars:

#27 Kian Bell - 41GP 37G 57A = 94 pts
#18 Ben Portner - 50GP 28G 41A = 69 pts
#19 Bradley Blake - 55GP 20G 36A = 56 pts
#26 Alex Izyk - 50GP 17G 39A = 56 pts
#6 Tanner Gold - 51GP 11G 39A = 50 pts


"Goaltending"

#30 Logan Cunningham - 17GP 13-3-0 record  3.44GAA  0.895 SV%
#1 Matthew McArthur - 11GP 4-5-2 record  3.73GAA 0.895  1SO


Special Teams (Regular Season)

Power Play:

BFD-- 63/274 = 23% (3rd)
MLV-- 45/266 = 16.9% (10th)


Penalty Kill:

BFD-- 80.9% (4th)    6 SHG
MLV-- 77.2% (9th)    11 SHG



SERIES SCHEDULE


GAME 1- Fri. March 22nd - Melville Millionaires @ Battlefords North Stars - 7:30PM
 
GAME 2-Sat. March 23rd - Melville Millionaires @ Battlefords North Stars - 7:30PM

GAME 3- Tues. March 26th - Battlefords North Stars @ Melville Millionaires - 7:00PM
 
GAME 4- Wed. March 27th - Battlefords North Stars @ Melville Millionaires - 7:00PM

GAME 5-**Fri. March 29th - Melville Millionaires @ Battlefords North Stars - 7:30PM

GAME 6-**Sun. March 31st - Battlefords North Stars @ Melville Millionaires - 6:00PM

GAME 7-**Tues. April 2nd  - Melville Millionaires @ Battlefords North Stars - 7:30PM

**If Necessary

ALL GAMES WILL BE BROADCASTED ON GX94 RADIO 


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Battlefords North Stars Head Coach & GM Brayden Klimosko 



Melville Millionaires Head Coach & GM Doug Johnson:

Millionaires' defend Parks Cup with a road shootout win over Yorkton in Terriers' season finale



SJHL:

The Melville Millionaires' successful defended Parks Cup after defeating the Yorkton Terriers 4-3 in shootout in front of just over 1100 fans at the Westland Arena.

For the 2nd straight night the Millionaires struck first as with just 76 seconds to go in the opening period, Hudson Norris sent a nifty feed in front to Kole Keen in the slot & he made no mistake for his 9th of the year to give Melville a 1-0 lead after 1 period.

In the 2nd, the Terriers evened it up about half way through the period as Tate Schofer knocked home a rebound past Ethan Rau for his 4th of the season to make it 1-1 before Tyson Perkins rifled home his 3rd of the campaign to give Yorkton their first lead at 2-1.

The Millionaires though before the 2nd period buzzer went off answered short-handed as Hudson Norris stole a puck at his own blue-line & tucked it five-hole on Ethan Farrow for his 6th to make it even through 40 minutes.

The Terriers regained their one goal lead just 1:36 into the third and it would be Tyson Perkins yet again as his long point shot beat Rau again clean for his 2nd of the night making it 3-2.

But for the 2nd straight period it was the Mils responded with a short-handed marker as this time Kole Keen notched his 2nd goal of the day to make it 3-3.

After an entertaining overtime solved nothing, it went to a shootout where Colby Ball got the eventual game winner.

Ethan Rau earned his 8th win of the season making 26 saves on 29 shots in the win, while Terriers G turned aside 22 of 25 shots in shootout loss.

The Millionaires return to action in Game 1 of their first round playoff series on the road most likely on Friday night, their opponent is still to be determined.


Friday 15 March 2024

Drury's hat trick leads Millionaires to home ice win over Terriers

 TERRIERS 3, MILLIONAIRES 6

The Melville Millionaires prevailed in the 5th Highway 10 battle of the season beating the Yorkton Terriers 6-3 on Friday night. 

The Millionaires got off to a quick start with three goals in the 1st as Jadon Iyogun, Caden Drury and Bradley Banach twinkled the twine to give the Mils a 3-0 lead after 1 period. 

Aiden Knutson and Anthony Domina gave the Terriers some life in 2nd with 2 quick goals to make it a one goal game. 

The Mils regained their two goal lead when Caden Drury notched his second of the night with 9 seconds left before Terrier F Tate Schofer cut their deficit within one with just 0.9 seconds left in the period. 

But that's as close as the Terriers would get as Luc Bydal and the hat-trick goal from Drury pushed the Moneymen to the two points. 

William Dyke made 24 stops on 27 shots to earn the victory in Mils goal while Terrier starter Adam Kelly started making 3 saves on 4 shots before leaving with an injury while Ethan Farrow made 25 saves in the losing cause.

The two teams will meet once again in Yorkton on Saturday night afternoon.

Elsewhere, 

WEYBURN 4, ESTEVAN 0

FLIN FLON 2, HUMBOLDT 6

LA RONGE 0, NIPAWIN 6 

KINDERSLEY 3, BATTLEFORDS 5 

Tuesday 12 March 2024

Mar. 12th Local MJHL/SJHL Recap

WOLVERINES 4, STAMPEDERS 1 

The Swan Valley Stampeders dropped their final home game of the season on Tuesday night as Waywayseecappo kept their playoff hopes alive with a 4-1 road victory. 

After the scoreless first period the Wolverines struck just over half-way through the 2nd as Luc Cernohous finished off a 3 on 1 beating Elias Giaccari-Dimtriou over the left pad for his 2nd of the year to make it 1-0.

Sam McPeak and Sean Williams added to the visitors lead in the later stage of the period to give Waywayseecappo a three-goal advantage after 40 minutes.

In the 3rd, the Wolverines added to lead with 3:46 left in regulation when Thomas Kaufield tap home his 10th before Darren Hunt snapped the shut-out bid with a PP goal of his own to get the Stamps on the board.

Wolverines netminder Jase Wareham made 26 saves on 27 shots for the victory while Stamps' starter Elias Giaccarri-Dimitriou stopped 37/41 shots in the loss. 

The Wolverines go right back at it on Wednesday hosting Selkirk while the Stampeders wrap up their season on Saturday vs. Niverville. 

Elsewhere on Tuesday, 

PORTAGE 3, DAUPHIN 7 

NEEPAWA 10, WPG BLUES 2 

WINKLER 10, WPG FREEZE 0 

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SJHL:

HAWKS 5, MILLIONAIRES 2

The Melville Millionaires had their 6 game win streak snapped on Tuesday, 5-2 at the hands of the visiting Nipawin Hawks.

Finley Radloff scored twice for the Hawks while Braeden Jockims and Artem Hrabovetsky chipped in with singles.  Tyson Endall made 34 saves for the W. 

Bradley Banach and Jadon Iyogun replied for the Mils who got 29 saves from Ethan Rau in the win. 

The Mills return to action on Friday night hosting the Melville Millionaires on GX94. 

Three Millionaires rewarded with SJHL Weekly Honours

Three members of the Melville Millionaires were named as SJHL Weekly Award Winners from this past week. 

Forward Luc Bydal was named Rookie of the Week, Bradley Banach was the MVP of the Week while G Will Dyke captured his 3rd straight SJHL Goalie of the Week. 

Banach's  four-goal night at Notre Dame Tuesday was the first multi-goal outing of his SJHL career, and he followed that performance up with the all-important opening goal two nights later in hard-fought victory in Weyburn over the Red Wings.

Dyke earned another
 two wins put his personal start win-streak at five games, and his fifth shutout of the year, which came Saturday in a Division-clinching 1-0 victory over the Weyburn Red Wings

Meanwhile Bydal's two goals 
against Weyburn at Crescent Point Place Friday night were almost all the team needed.

He is now only five points behind and one goal ahead of, 19-year-old ‘rookie’ Travis Bryson of the Humboldt Broncos for the rookie scoring lead

Friday 8 March 2024

Millionaires' inch closer to division title after capturing 5th straight on Friday

The Melville Millionaires pushed even closer to clinching the Viterra division after winning their 5th straight on Friday night, 3-1 over the Weyburn Red Wings.

Bradley Banach continued his torrid week as he notched his 5th goal in as many nights as after a turnover in front, Luc Bydal found the 20 year old from Ontario back-door to tap home his 15th of season with 2:57 left in the first period to help the Mils lead 1-0 after 20 minutes.

In the 2nd, the Millionaires added to their lead as Luc Bydal scored a beauty for his 21st of the year with a snipe over the right shoulder of Dazza Mitchell to increase Melville's lead to two through 2 periods of play.

The Red Wings would get some life early in 3rd from their powerplay as 2:21 into the period, Jackson Ruthven banged home one through the five-hole of Will Dyke to cut the Mils lead in half.

But it would be Bydal icing it into the empty net in the final minute to help the visitors earn the two points.

William Dyke once again was solid in the Mils net making 23 saves on 24 shots to earn the win, while Wings netminder Dazza Mitchell turned aside 35 of 37 shots in the loss.

The two teams will meet once again on Saturday night from the CN Community Center for a 7:00PM face-off.


Other games in the SJHL:

NOTRE DAME 4, ESTEVAN 5

NIPAWIN 2, MELFORT 7


Yorkton Maulers (SMU18AAAHL) announce Gordon as new Head Coach

 



The Yorkton Maulers of the Saskatchewan Male Under-18 AAA Hockey league have announced the hiring of local product Jason Gordon as their new Head Coach.

"His dedication to the game, strategic mindset and ability to inspire young athletes make him an excellent addition to the program," Mauler President Greg Donnelly said in the release.




Gordon (pictured above) brings a wealth of experience in coaching including the last numbers of years as the bench boss of the Yorkton Under-18 AA Terriers and currently this season as Head Coach of Sask East Oilers U18 AA program.

"I'm honored and I'm looking forward to the challenge in working with the talented players, staff and supportive community to build on the achievements and contribute to the development of these young athletes both on & off the ice", Gordon said.

Gordon takes over Darrell Mann who held the position for the last two seasons.




Wednesday 6 March 2024

Banach's big night leads Millionaires to road rout over Notre Dame

 




MILLIONAIRES 7, HOUNDS 1 

Bradley Banach netted 4 goals while Ethan Rau made 19 saves on 20 shots as the Melville Millionaires earned their 4th straight win, a 7-1 decision over the Notre Dame Hounds on Wednesday night.

Luc Bydal, Jadon Iyogun and Joel Mabin on the powerplay also scored for the Mils, while F Hudson Norris chipped in with 4 helpers. 

Marko Djordjevic scored the lone marker for ND in the first period. 

Ethan Rau earned his ninth win of the season in Mils goal stopping 19 of 20 shots. 

The Millionaires now 3 points up on Weyburn for the Viterra division lead, and the two teams will meet for the front half of a weekend home & home starting on Friday night in Weyburn.

Elsewhere in SJHL, 

HUMBOLDT 6, ESTEVAN 2 

MELFORT 3,
FLIN FLON 1 




25 years later: Shymko rink's magical run at 1999 Brier

 




It was a magical time for those who saw it unfold, and for the competitors it was an unforgettable experience.

It was 25 years ago today (March 6th) that the Yorkton rink skipped by Gerald Shymko alongside Gerry Adam, Steve Sobkow, Arnie Geisler & Neil Curson's started their memorable run a the 1999 Brier in Edmontin.

The Shymko team qualified at each step and were successful in reaching the final of the provincial championship  held in Meadow Lake where they were joined by Yorkton clubmate Bryan Derbowka and his rink.

Gerry Adam says it was quite the game to be a part of. 

"It was a tough game to be part of honestly, I curled with Brian for many years and we also had the goal to make it to the Brier, so hard to see some one lose but still glad we came out on top."

The Shymko team then received their green and white Saskatchewan sweaters and the coveted purple hearts and they were off to Brier, at the Skyreach Center in Edmonton.

"It was one of those things we didn't have much expectations going in as it was our first kind of experience, but as the week went on we got more comfortable and realized we could compete at this level." Adam added. 

The team completed the round robin in third place and disposed of Russ Howard in the 3-4 game.

Then came the semi-final and a matchup with Quebec's Guy Hemmings, a game that Adam admits was the greatest one he was a part of.

"It was a back and forth game, and it could've went either way, we tied it up in 10th and then Gerald make a great draw to the side of the button but guess not good enough as Guy made a once in a lifetime draw to beat us."

So it was an unfortunate result, and not the storybook ending for the local crew that is still stung by that loss to this day, but Adam says it was a great run to be a part of with a great group of friends, that he won't forget. 

"At this time every year you always think about it a bit a bit more, and it stings being that close,  cause you don't get many chances usually to compete for a Brier title." 


Chat with Adam below:


Terriers' eliminated from SJHL playoff contention after home loss to Nipawin on Tuesday

 HAWKS 5, TERRIERS 2

The Yorkton Terriers had their hopes for a SJHL playoff spot officially dashed on Tuesday night, dropping a 5-2 home decision to the Nipawin Hawks.  

Artem Hrabovetski & Mark Lafleur each chipped in with 1G 1A to lead the Hawks offensively while Evan Forrest's goal in the 2nd period stood up to be the game winner. 

Jaron Desnoyers & Tommy Chunchukov replied for the Terriers. 

Tyson Endall was solid making 34 saves for the Hawks in the win, while Terrier netminder Ethan Farrow made 24 saves on 29 shots in the losing cause. 

With the loss, the Terriers have been eliminated from playoff contention and they'll wrap up their season with a home & home series starting next Friday in Melville. 

Elsewhere, 

NOTRE DAME 2, RED WINGS 4 

Monday 4 March 2024

Three Millionaires named as nominees for 2023/24 SJHL Yearly Awards


The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League has announced their nominees for their 2023/24 league awards, and three members of the Melville Millionaires were nominated.


Forward Luc Bydal (pictured above right) was named as a nominee for SJHL Rookie of the Year while fellow forward Jadon Iyogun (pictured above left) is up for league's Most Sportsmanlike Player.

Bydal, a product of Grand Forks, North Dakota is currently 2nd in league Rookie scoring right with 19 goals, 21 assists for 40 points in 46 games & will go up against Travis Bryson (Humdolt) & Carson Olsen (Battlefords) for the award. 

Iyogun has a team-high 20 goals along with 17 assists for 37 points in 40 games while also accumulating just 8 minutes in penalties.

The fellow nominees for the category are Ben Portner (Battlefords), Mason Bueckert (La Ronge), Evan Forrest (Nipawin) and Zac Somers (Melfort).



Finally, Millionaires Head Coach & GM Doug Johnson has been nominated as SJHL Coach of the Year. 

The Millionaires' at the moment have a 13 win and 21 point over one season ago, and Johnson has helped the Moneymen clinched their first playoff spot in over a half-dozen years.

Kindersley's Clayton Jardine and Flin Flon's Mike Reagan are also nominated for the award.


Other Award nominees:

SJHL MVP

G James Venne (MFT)
F Spencer Bell (HUM)
F Kian Bell (HUM)

Forward of the Year:

F Kian Bell (BFD)
F Spencer Bell (HUM)
F Justin Lies (FF)

Defenceman of the Year:

D Noah Houle (FF)
D Alex Izyk (BFD)
D Chase Friedt-Mohr (MFT)

Goalie of the Year:

G Dazza Mitchell (WEY)
G Harmon Laser-Hume (FF)
G James Venne (MFT)

Saskatchewan Player of the Year:

F Logan Linklater - Kindersley, SK (KIN)
F Spencer Bell - Warman, SK (HUM)
F Matthew Van Blaircom - Southey, SK (HUM)

RBC Community Player of the Year:

Jacob Cossette (La Ronge)
Keagon Little (Estevan)
Joey Lies (Flin Flon)
Leith Olafson (Melfort)



Friday 1 March 2024

Mar. 1st Local MJHL/SJHL Recap


 MJHL

STAMPEDERS 4, TITANS 1 

Caden Hagerty had 1G 1A while Mason Lobreau made 24 saves on 25 shots to lead the Neepawa Titans to their 4th straight win, a 4-1 decision over the Swan Valley Stampeders on Friday night.

Ty Schell, Carter McLeod and Logan Paquette also scored for Neepawa who got out to a 4-0 lead before Stamps' Captain Darisu Makse scored a PP goal in late stages of third. 

Elias Giaccarri-Dimitriou made 33 saves on 37 shots in the loss. 

Stampeders return to action on Saturday hosting Portage.

Elsewhere, 

WAYWAYSEECAPPO 3, SELKIRK 2 (SO)

THE BLIZZARD 5, PORTAGE 3 

VIRDEN 3, WINKLER 4 

DAUPHIN 4, WINNIPEG FREEZE 

NIVERVILLE 5, WINNIPEG BLUES 3

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SJHL


William Dyke stopped 21 shots for his 4th shutout of the season to the Melville Millionaires to clinching a playoff spot 

Elliot Mikesch, Caden Drury, Noah Belles-Isles and Euan Morrison chipped in with markers. 

Cody Jaman made 27 saves on 31 shots in the loss. 

The Mils return to action on Wednesday visiting Notre Dame while the Klips go right back it to his the Clay Sleeva. 

Elsewhere, 

Anthony Domina had 2 points while Ethan Farrow made 34 stops to lead the Yorkton Terriers to their 3rd straight win, 4-1 over the Nipawin Hawks. 

Anthony McIntosh, Cooper Algajer and Aiden Knutson also scored for the Terriers while Alex Bernauer scored the lone marker to open the scoring in the first. 


Other Friday results: 

WEYBURN 3, LA RONGE 1 

MELFORT 4, BATTLEFORDS 3

ESTEVAN 4, FLIN FLON 3 (SO)



Yorkton Terriers "Save The Terriers" Ticket Blitz Campaign a Success



The month-long, Yorkton Terriers "Save The Terriers" Season Ticket Blitz officially wrapped up yesterday (Thurs), and the organization says it was a great success. 

Terriers' Director of Marketing Calvin Tokarchuk says they had a great run especially on the last day. 

"We had a great final day on Thursday, selling over 216 tickets and we have a tentative total this morning of 931 tickets sold." 

The organization launched the campaign over a month ago to try & rebuild the club’s finances that were in a dire situation. 

With the overwhelming support from the last month for their community, Terriers' President Corvyn Neufeld has some good news for hockey fans in Yorkton going forward 

"We met as a board last night, and we're excited to say we're good to go for next season. That being said, there's still lots of work to be done as we have a few big fundraisers' coming up including our Celebrity Sports Dinner on April 20th."

If you're interested in purchasing a ticket for the dinner they are on sale now for $85 per person, table of 8 for $600 or $750 for a Table of 10 and can be bought by contacting Grant at 306-621-5185. 

The night which will be held at the Yorkton Curling Rink, will feature cocktails, dinner and guest speakers including former NHLers Jeff Odgers and Terry Ryan. (More Details Below:)


GX94's Danny Ismond chatting with the Calvin Tokarchuk & Coryvn Neufeld






Thursday 29 February 2024

Feb. 28th Local SJHL/MJHL Recap

 SJHL 

KLIPPERS 3, TERRIERS 4 (OT) 

For the 2nd straight night the Yorkton Terriers knotted it up late and then got the extra point in overtime. 

Jeff Hammond scored at the 1:24 mark of the extra period to lead the Terriers to a 4-3 win over the Kindersley Klippers on Wednesday night. 

Jaron Desnoyers notched the tying goal with 1:51 left in regulation time while Dustin Renas and David Coyle also scored. 

Nathan Degraves, Cam Perlinger and Russ Demo replied for the Klippers. 

Terrier starter Ethan Farrow turned aside 19 of 22 shots to earn the win. 

Elsewhere, 

The Terriers didn't gain any ground on the 8th place Weyburn Red Wings as Max Monette scored the game winner in OT to lead the Wings to a 5-4 victory over the Nipawin Hawks at the Cage. 

Other game on Wednesday, Aidyn Hutchinson had a 6 point night (4G 2A) to lead the Melfort Mustangs to a 7-4 triumph over the Melfort Mustangs. 


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MJHL

KINGS 4, STAMPEDERS 1 

In front of over 800 students & staff at the Centennial Arena, the Swan Valley Stampeders drop a 4-1 decision to the visiting Dauphin Kings in their annual School Kids game in Swan River. 

Ian Ness scored the lone goal for the Stampeders, while Alex Senf scored twice and Havril Simchuk & Cayden Glover replied for the Kings. 

Elias Giaccari-Dimitriou made 43 stops on 47 shots in the losing cause. 

The Stampeders return to action on GX94 on Friday night visiting the Neepawa Titans. 


Other game on Wednesday:

SELKIRK 7, WINNIPEG FREEZE 1

Tuesday 27 February 2024

Terriers; Millionaires both victorious on Tuesday Night

 



TERRIERS 5, HOUNDS 4 

The Yorkton Terriers got a late goal from Brett Butz with 1:22 remaining to lead them to a 5-4 road victory over the Notre Dame Hounds on Tuesday night. 

Jeff Hammond scored twice for the Terriers in the win while netminder Ethan Farrow made 33 saves on 37 shots in the win.

Anthony Domina and Colton Koran also chipped in with singles for Yorkton while Jaron Desnoyers had 3 helpers. 

Rocsyn Bird, Paul Bloomer, Ashton Breyer  and Jacon Landeen led the Hounds with 1G 1A each while Hounds G Spencer Borsos stopped 28 of 33 shots in the loss. 

The Terriers now just 4 points back of Weyburn for the final playoff spot will go right back at it on Wednesday night hosting the Kindersley Klippers at the Westland Arena. 

Speaking of the Klippers, 

Kindersley began their 4 games in 5 nights road trip on Tuesday with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Melville Millionaires. 

Joel Mabin's goal in the late stages of the 1st period stood up to the be the game winner, while William Dyke turned aside all 26 shots he faced for his 3rd shutout of the season. 

Cody Jaman made 31 saves on 32 shots to suffer the loss in the Klippers net. 

The Millionaires next game will be on Friday night once against the Klippers at the CN Community Center. 


Monday 26 February 2024

Wadena's Pomedli captures 2024 Curl Sask U20 Women's Championship



Wadena product Jenna Pomedli is a Provincial Curling Champion. 

Pomedli and her rink that curls now out of the Saskatoon Nutana curling club captured the Curl Sask U20 Provincial Championship in North Battleford, with a 7-4 victory over Saskatoon's Ava Beausoleil in the Final. 

The rink which also features local product Verne Anderson as Coach now advances to represent Saskatchewan at the 2024 Canadian U20 Curling Championships that runs March 24th to March 31st in Fort McMurray, Alberta 

Saskatoon's Matthew Drewitz captured the Men's championship with a convincing 8-2 win over Martensville's Dylan Derkson in the Gold Medal game. 

Friday 23 February 2024

Millionaires' fall; Terriers win on Friday Night SJHL Recap

 




MILLIONAIRES 0, MUSTANGS 7

The Melfort Mustangs won their 3rd straight on Friday night after a commanding 7-0 victory over the Melville Millionaires at the Northern Lights Palace, to split the season series at 2-2. 

Aidyn Hutchinson opened the scoring for the Mustangs in the 2nd and ended the night with a 3 point night (2G 1A). 

Chase Friedt-Mohr also chipped in with 1G 2A while Kaleb Binner, Rhett Hamilton, snd Tye Evans chipped in with singles. 

Mustangs netminder James Venne turned aside all 22 shots he face for his 4th shutout of the season, while Ethan Rau started for Melville & made 14 saves on 19 shots before being relieved for William Dyke (11 saves on 13 shots).

The Moneymen look to rebound on Saturday night hosting the Battlefords North Stars. 

Elsewhere, 

NORTH STARS 3, TERRIERS 8 

The Yorkton Terriers got back in the win column in a big way on Friday by defeating the visiting Battlefords North Stars, 8-3. 

Brett Butz and Jye Zawatsky each scored twice for the Terriers who got singles from David Coyle, Jaron Desnoyers, Cooper Algajer & Dustin Renas. 

Alex Izyk scored 2 goals for the North Stars while Evan Waldie had the other. 

Ethan Farrow made 31 saves for the Terriers in the win. 

Yorkton will look to make it two straight entertaining the Estevan Bruins on Saturday night. 


Other Friday results: 

FLIN FLON 2, KINDERSLEY 3 

NIPAWIN 5, ESTEVAN 4 



Wednesday 21 February 2024

Feb. 20th Local SJHL/MJHL Recap

 




HOUNDS 4, TERRIERS 3 

The Yorkton Terriers netted three third period goals but it wasn't enough as they fell 4-3 to the visiting Notre Dame Hounds on Tuesday night. 

Paul Bloomer, Owen Dawson, Liam Hunks and Carson Baylis helped the Hounds get out to a 4-0 lead early in the 3rd period, before Tommy Chunchakov, David Coyle and Anthony McIntosh made it a one goal game but that's as close as they would get. 

Johann Tremblay-Kau made 40 saves on 43 Terrier shots to earn the victory for Notre Dame while Terrier G Ethan Farrow turned aside 35 of 39 in the loss. 

The Terriers who remain 6 points back of the final playoff spot, return to action on Friday night hosting the Battlefords North Stars. 



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MJHL

Gabriel Buguead scored twice as the Dauphin Kings handed the Swan Valley Stampeders their 10th straight loss after a 7-1 decision at home on Tuesday. 

Jordan Bax, Rylan Gibbs, Aiden Murray, Charlie Sandven and Naaman Hofer also scored for the Kings who got 19 saves from Austin Seibel in the win. 

Darren Hunt scored the lone marker for the Stamps, while Elias Giaccarri-Dimitriou made 50 saves on 57 shots in goal. 

The Stampeders return to action on Saturday night visiting the Neepawa Titans.