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Monday, February 28, 2011

AMBHL South Award Winners

A thank-you to one of the blogs readers who supplied this to me earlier today.

AMBHL Awards South:
MVP - Ty Mappin - RD White
Forward - Ty Mappin - RD White
Defense - Brycen Martin - Bisons
Goalie - Aidin Hill - Bisons
Sportsmanship - Brayden Point - Bisons
Coach - Mickey Kluner - Royals

March 2, 2011 newsletter is now ready!

In this edition of the newsletter, we make major changes to the 1996 born list prior to the provincial camps. The list changes include interviews and meetings with our WHL sources and our scouts as well.

I had a chance to speak with a big, power forward from Washington State who looks like he could be a first rounder and dominant WHL player down the road. I also spoke with a Saskatchewan elite talent, who is a goal scoring wizard having scored 40% of his teams goals this year. I also spoke with a pair of BC PCAHA talents in one of the top defenseman and a forward who is the captain on his team and certainly raising some optimism.

I also preview the AMBHL Conference Finals as SSAC takes on Leduc and the Calgary Bisons play the Red Deer Rebels White.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday, February 27

The Winnipeg AAA bantam league playoffs are underway with the four teams going head to head in a pair of best of 5 matchups.

The Winnipeg Hawks were able to defeat the 4th ranked Winnipeg Monarchs in the first two games by scores of 7-0 on Thursday and 5-1 on Saturday. The Hawks can advance to the league final with a victory on Tuesday night.

In the other series, it was the 2nd ranked Winnipeg Sharks defeating the Winnipeg Warriors in the first 2 games of a best 5 of series. First, they won 3-2 on Thursday night and then followed that up with a 7-3 victory on Saturday. The Sharks can also wrap up the series on Tuesday.

Action starts at 6:00pm Winnipeg time over at the Ed Golding arena with the Hawks/Monarchs and wraps up at 8:30 with the Sharks/Warriors.

As noted before, Winnipeg will host the Western Canadian Bantam Championships in April.


The Saskatoon Maniacs drew first blood in the two game total goal series with a 6-4 win in Saskatoon. The final game go's today for the right to face the provincial powerhouse Prince Albert Pirates who have rolled through the Centre Four Hockey League playoffs.

The 2nd round of the AMBHL playoffs are fully underway and there have been some casualties already.

SSAC defeats St. Albert 2-0
The St. Albert Saints who had a very successful 23-7-3 regular season, while allowing a league low 76 goals, weren't able to muster up enough offence to beat the North's top team in SSAC Southgate. Southgate had a very impressive 26-4-3 record and scored the 3rd most goals in the entire ambhl,while allowing the 2nd least at 78.

In game 1, SSAC Southgate got 20/21 saves from Jordan Papirny and 1-1-2 from Quennville and defenseman Zach Patterson en route to the 3-1 victory. Andrew Kary had the lone goal for St. Albert and Patrick Gora turned aside 33/36.

In game 2, SSAC once again held St. Albert to a single goal in a 4-1 victory to wrap up the series and advance to the north final. Jordan Papirny turned aside 17/18 and Riley Simpson picked up 3 assists in the victory. Bryar Ortynski picked up 1-2-3 and Brock Rezansoff scored twice.

Leduc defeats Spruce Grove 2-0
High powered Leduc was able to sweep defensive minded Spruce Grove. In game 1, Leduc defeated Spruce Grove in Spruce Grove 4-2. Leading the way for Leduc was Graydon Smith with 2 assists. Leduce got goals from 4 different players. Nolan Kruizenga stopped 38/40 in the win. Foster and Cardinal each scored for Spruce Grove.

In game 2, Leduc wrapped up the series with a 6-5 win at home yesterday. Leduc got 5 second period goals and were led by Graydon Smith once again with 3 assists and 2 goals each from Jakubowski and Fonteyne. Kruizenga stopped 31/36 in the win to advance to play SSAC Southgate. Ryan Helt had 1-2-3 for Spruce Grove.

Calgary Bisons defeat Calgary Royals 2-1
After falling behind in the series with a 4-3 OT loss to the Calgary Royals, the Bisons were able to win the final 2 games to advance to the south final outscoring the Royals 11-4.

In game 1, Kyle O'connor had 3 assists and Jordan Evans a pair of goals in the 4-3 OT victory. Ryan Graham scored the OT winner for the Royals and Jacob Ruissen stopped 37/40 shots. Reid Duke was held off the scoresheet. For the Bisons in the loss it was Adin Hill stopping 36/40 and Brayden Point scored 2-1-3, while Mowbray had 1-1-2. Tanner Macmaster was held off the scoresheet in the loss.

In game 2, the Bisons were able to force a 3rd and deciding game with the Royals with a 3-1 victory. Alex Mowbray scored the GWG late in the 2nd period and Tanner MacMaster added some insurrance in the 3rd for the win. Brayden Point chipped in with 1 assist and Adin Hill turned aside 35/36 shots in the win. The Royals lone goal was scored by Tyler Rohl and Reid Duke picked up 1 assist.

In the 3rd and deciding game, the Bisons walked away with a convincing 8-3 victory to advance to the south final. The Bisons would jump out to a 6-0 early 2nd period lead and the game would never be in doubt. Brayden Point had 3-1-4 and Tanner MacMaster had 2-2-4 in the clinching victory. Adin Hill stopped 45/48 shots. For the Royals, Reid Duke scored twice and Jacob Ruissen stopped 24/31.

Red Deer White defeats Red Deer Black 2-0
In game 1, the White squad scored a 6-3 victory led by first round candidate Ty Mappin who scored 3-1-4. Colton Bobyk had 2 assists for White and Jayden Sittler stopped 27/30. For Black, Chris Gerrie and Dylan Houston had 1-1-2 each.

In game 2, the White wrapped it up with a 7-1 thumping of Black. Ty Mappin scored 2 more times and added an assist. Chase Thudium also scored a pair of goals for White. Jayden Sittler faced just 14 shots in the victory. The Red Deer White will move on to play the Calgary Bisons in the south final.

North Final
Leduc Vs. SSAC Southgate

South Final
Red Deer White vs. Calgary Bisons


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pre-Holiday news..

My family and I are heading out on a much needed holiday tomorrow for the next 4-5 days. As a result the blog won't be updated during this time. I wish all of you the best of luck in the playoffs or in getting ready for provincial camps coming up.

A bit of news in regards to raising the body checking age in the U.S. from two years to when the player turns 13 has doctor's thinking that the same should be done in Canada. There are arguements in the article both ways. You can read the rest here:

Here is a video on the topic here:

As we discussed in yesterday's blog in regards to the Russell Rams and their two stars, Jayce Hawryluk and 97 born Rylee Zimmer tearing it up at the tournament of champions. John McNeil of the Brandon Sun takes a bit of a closer look here:

Monday, February 21, 2011

Manager of Player Development and Recruitment for the WHL Tyler Boldt

There is a video posted above that I feel all parents and bantam player prospects should view. Tyler Boldt, who is the Manager of Player Development and Recruitment for the WHL shares his views on the WHL and the bantam draft and education program and much much more.

Monday musings

The Elkhorn Canadians featuring the Sanheim twins will take on the Virden Oil Kings in the all-Westman Bantam "A" final today at the Victoria Inn-Precision Tournament of Champions.

The Oil Kings dropped the Brandon Wheat Kings 7-1 in a semi-final matchup, while Elkhorn defeated The Pas 7-4 in the other to advance.

At Bantam AA portion of the tournament is complete with Notre Dame AA defeating Southest Blizzard 7-1 in the championship final. The Blizzard finished 1st in the Eastman Bantam AA league with a 20-1-0 record. Joey Ratelle had 4 goals in the championship game for Notre Dame. Ethan Bellisle and Patrick Normandeau each had 4 point games. Ratelle had 8-4-12 in the 5 game tournament.

In the consolation game, it was the powerful Russell Rams defeating Seine River 8-6. Russell found themselves in the consolation due to a pair of round-robin ties against Southeast and Morden. 1997 born forward and possible first round pick in the 2012 bantam draft, Rylee Zimmer led the tournament in scoring with 10-11-21 in 5 games. Jayce Hawryluk had 9-10-19. Zimmer had 4-4-8 in one game against Dryden.


The 43rd annual KIBIHT will take place in Kamloops from April 6-10. This years tournament will feature 14 teams from all across Western Canada. Here is a look at this years entries.

Chilliwack Jr. Bruins
Hollyburn Huskies
Kamloops Jardine Blazers
Kelowna Jr. Rockets
Langley Eagles
North Shore Winter Club
North Vancouver Bantam A1
Spokane Jr. Chiefs
Spruce Grove PAC Saints
Swift Current Kubos Raiders
Vernon Renegades
Warman Wildcats
Westside Warriors

A look over at the bantam playoffs on Vancouver Island now and it was a round-robin format featuring Victoria, Comox, Nanaimo and Cowichan Valley. Nanaimo was able to go undefeated, winning the round-robin, out-scoring their oppenents 14-3.

And in the bantam Tier 1 final, it was Nanaimo defeating Victoria 6-3 to win their league.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

98 born Jaeger White finishes with record 124 goals

A player who is sure to make waves in the ambhl next season will be 98 born Jaeger White of the Medicine Hat "Sports Connection" Venom. He rouned out his season this weekend playing three games in three days and figured in on 13 of his teams 16 goals in scoring 10 and 3 assists. White, the brother of '10 WHL first round bantam selection of Moose Jaw, Torrin White scored a league record 124 goals and assisting on 24 others. His 124 goals are almost 30 more than the record previously held by Airdrie's Ty Rattie. Jaeger White won the league goal scoring race by 57 over Bow Valley's Dillon Dube, who will likely join Airdrie next season.

Sunday, February 20 Red Deer Black stuns Airdrie

The AMBHL playoffs continued over the past couple days with a few series ending. Some very surprising in terms of outcome while others not so much.

In Calgary, the Calgary Royals were in need of a victory to stay alive after falling 4-3 in OT to the Calgary Northstar Sabres on Wednesday night. On Saturday, after trailing the Northstar Sabres 4-3 just 2 minutes in to the 2nd period, the Royals were able to reel off 8 straight goals and take this one 11-4 to tie the best of 3 season at 1-1. For the Royals, it was Josh McCulloch scoring 3 times in the victory. McCulloch was 2nd in team goal scoring in the regular season with 22 in 33 games. Igor Stakic had 1-2-3 and Kyle O'Connor scored a pair of goals as well for the Royals. For the Northstar Sabres, it was Kyler Nachigall scoring twice and Devin Nemes picking up 3 assists. Nachtigall and Nemes were 2nd/3rd respectively in team regular season scoring. The 3rd and deciding game go's on Sunday afternoon.

In Lloydminster, the Leduc Allen's Transport squad made very short work of Lloydminster, eliminating them from the playoffs on Saturday. Leduc outscored Lloydminster 18-6 in a pair of victories. This coming after Lloydminster surprisingly took the season series 2-1 and outscored Leduc 16-14. On Saturday, it was Kord Pankewicz scoring 4 times and Trevor Posch scoring twice in leading Leduc to the win. Evan Polei had 1-2-3. The key for Leduc is their balanced scoring attack and if they can keep the goals against down, they have just as good a shot as anyone. The Lloydminster goalies let up 7 goals on just 33 shots. Leduc will move on to the division finals to play either Spruce Grove or Camrose.

In Camrose AB, it was Spruce Grove needing a victory to stay alive and they got just that with a sound 4-0 victory over the 4th seed Kodiaks. Thomas Foster once again led the way for Spruce Grove with a hat-trick and one assist and figuring in on all 4 markers. Foster now has 6 points in 2 playoff games. Line-mate Matthew McNeil had a goal and 3 assists. McNeil had 2-1-3 in the season series, while Foster had a pair of goals in the 3 games head to head. Foster led all Spruce Grove players in regular season points with 32-21-53. Goalie J.T. Barlett turned aside all 24 shots in the shut-out effort. Barlett had a .930 save percentage in head to head with Camrose this year. Game 3 go's Sunday morning back in Spruce Grove. The winner takes on Leduc in the division final.

In an all Edmonton battle, it was no surprise that Edmonton SSAC defeated Edmonton CAC in two straight games to advance. Edmonton CAC had a very young team and will no doubt be a team to beat next season in the ambhl North. SSAC got goals from 6 different players in this one though en route to a 6-1 series clinching win. Quennville had 1-1-2 in the game. Quennville who finished in the top 5 in league scoring has 2-3-5 in 2 playoff games. Jordan Papirny stopped 27/28 shots. SSAC will play St. Albert or Sherwood Park in the final. St. Albert does lead their series 1-0 and can close it out on Sunday.

In Red Deer, it was Red Deer Black stunning one of the south favorites Aidrie Xtreme 4-3 to knock Airdrie out in 2 straight games. If you remember, Airdrie rolled over Red Deer in the regular season 3-0 in the season series and outscored them 20-2. This has to be very disappointing for Airdrie who had designes on going far this year. Red Deer Black got goals in this one from 4 different players, including the eventual game winner from Gabe Bast in the 3rd to go up 4-2 at the time. Bast had just 3 regular season goals. He also added an assist. Goalie Joey Desrosiers stopped 39/42 shots. In the regular season against Airdrie he stopped 44/47 in a game. Colby Chartier scored twice for Airdrie. Tyler Wong was held to just 1 assist. Red Deer Black will play Red Deer White in the south final.

In Lethbridge, Red Deer White will advance to play Red Deer Black in the division final as they out-lasted Lethbridge by a score of 4-3 in triple Overtime on Friday. Lethbridge was trying to stay alive and held a 3-2 lead in this one until the 14:59 mark of the 3rd period when Matthew Krusky scored to tie it up and force OT. The teams would play in to the 3rd overtime and then at :55 seconds of overtime 3, Chase Thudium scored the series winner. Ty Mappin had a pair of assists, including an assist on the GWG. Mappin finished the 2 games with 2-4-6. Cavin Leth had 1-1-2 for Lethbridge. Jonathan Hogue did all he could to hold his team in it for Lethbridge stopping 52/56 shots.

In Calgary, the Bisons defeated the Calgary Bronks in a 1980's style of game, winning 10-7. The Bisons take the series in 2 straight while racking up 18 goals. The lethal duo of Brayden Point and Tanner MacMaster each scored an impressive 3-3-6 in the game. Both Point and MacMaster have each 4-5-9 in 2 playoff games this year. Alex Mowbray had 1-3-4 in this one. Bisons goalies turned aside just 37/44 shots they faced. For the Bronks, team leader Sam Young had 2-2-4 and Zach Finlay also scored a pair in the loss. Goalie TJ Cairns let in 10 goals on 55 shots. Calgary will advance to play either the Northstar Sabres or Royals in the division final.


In Winnipeg, it was the Winnipeg Hawks flexing their muscle with a 14-1 victory as league play winds down in that league. Adam Brooks scored 3-2-5. He now has 52 goals on the season. Adam Wowryk and Dallas Starodub each scored twice as well. Dane Schioler picked up 6 assists, giving him 10-51-61 on the season and placing him 2nd in league scoring, 27 points behind Adam Brooks. The season wraps up this weekend with the Hawks playing the Warriors.

Playoffs are set to begin on Thursday with the Hawks taking on the Monarchs and with the Warriors playing the Sharks also on Thursday. Game 2 action go's on Saturday. Both series are best of 7 matchups and will take place at the Ed Golding arena in Winnipeg.

The Manitoba Rural AA playoffs will get underway from March 4-6 and will feature 2 pools in their bid to become provincial champions.

Pool A
Russell 20-0-0 Parkisimo Bantam League
McDonald 8-10-3 (68-71) Eastman Bantam League
Springfield 5-11-5 (50-87) Eastman Bantam League

Pool B
Interlake - Winnipeg AAA League
Seine River 7-10-4 (61-70) Eastman Bantam League
Southwest Jets 8-11-2 (84-89) Eastman Bantam League
Northern Knights 6-13-2 (58-96) Eastman Bantam League

Bantam AA Draw
Pool 1
Flin Flon -Norman Region
Swan Valley - Parkland Region
Steinbach - Eastman Region

Pool 2
Thompson - Norman Region
Brandon - Winnipeg AAA League
Winkler - Pembina Valley

Pool 3
Portage - Central Plaines
The Pas Host
Morden - 16-4-1 (84-33) Eastman Bantam League


OMAHA Playoffs
Kamloops 9 - Vernon 3
Game 2 - Sunday 20th
Game 3 - Sunday 27th

Kelowna 5 - Westside 2
Kelowna 6 - Westside 3

PCAHA Playoffs Round 3
Abbotsford 6 - Surrey 0
Cloverdale 5 - Hollyburn 2

Friday, February 18, 2011

Spokane vs. Shattuck St. Mary's Bantam

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Friday, February 18, 2011

The AMBHL playoffs resumed Thursday night with a trio of games.

In Spruce Grove, the underdog Camrose Kodiaks skated away with a 5-4 victory. The outcome may come as a suprise to some people given the fact that Spruce Grove finished in 1st and had 21 more points than Camrose during the regular season. However, the season series was just 2-1 for Spruce Grove and they outscored them only 11-9 which must've given Camrose a level of confidence. Leading the way for Camrose were Cloutier, Ternes and Kirkland all with 1-1-2. Kirkland led Camrose during the season series with 1-3-4 in the 3 games. The game winner came from Jordan Holmes with just 5:57 remaining in the 3rd period. Goalie Travis Child turned aside 29/33 for the win. Child had a .906 save percentage in the season series vs. Spruce Grove. For Spruce Grove it was Michael Cardinal scoring a pair of goals while Thomas Foster had a pair of assists. Cardinal led all players with 1-3-4 in the season series. Matthew Meek-White stopped just 16/21 shots he faced. Meek-White let in 6 goals on 24 shots in his regular season matchup with Camrose while counterpart J.T. Barlett had a .930 save percentage. Game 2 go's Saturday in Camrose.

In Airdrie, a huge shocker in that the Red Deer Rebels Black defeated the heavily favored and top seed in the division 5-4 in OT. Airdrie had won the season series 3-0-0 and outscored Red Deer Black 20-2 in the three games they played so it seemed atleast on paper that they should be able to role over Red Deer Black. Get this, leading the way for Red Deer Black was 1998 born Tyler Steenbergen with 3 goals, which also included the OT game winner. Steenbergen had 13-9-22 in 33 regular season games, not bad for a 98 born who should be playing peewee hockey! Dylan Houston finished with 1-2-3. Houston was the team scoring leader this season with 14-16-30 in 33 games. Tyler Wong led Airdrie with 1-2-3. Wong was 2nd in the ambhl scoring race this year with 101 points and in the season series against Red Deer Black, Wong had 6-7-13 in 3 games. Shots were 34 apeice. Game 2 go's Saturday afternoon in Red Deer and game 3 if needed go's back in Airdrie on Sunday.

Finally from Thursday night it was Red Deer White all over Lethbridge 6-0 in Red Deer. Lethbridge had won the season series 2-0-1 but Red Deer was the higher ranked team heading in. Red Deer White was led by team scoring leader Ty Mappin with 2-2-4. Mappin had 37-34-71 in the regular season which was 34 more points than anyone else on his team. Shots on goal were 49-22 for Red Deer White. Goalie Jayden Sittler turned aside all 22 shots for the shutout. Red Deer can wrap things up tonight in Lethbridge.


In the SSBHL from Wednesday night, the Balgonie Prairie Storm who will play the Saskatoon Maniacs for the right to play the Prince Albert Pirates in the SHA Bantam Provincial final upped their regular season record to 15-1-2 with a 9-2 victory over Moose Jaw. Jordan Ross, who has been on quite the tear as of late scored 4 times in the victory and 97 born Jayden Halgewachs continues to improve by scoring 1-2-3. Jordan Ross now has 16-21-37 in 18 league games. Halbgewachs, who should be a high pick in the 2012 bantam draft has 35 points. For Moose Jaw, Rhett Gardner who has mainly been a one man show in the Jaw scored a goal. Gardner is expected to be picked in the top couple rounds in the draft. Gardner has scored 25 of Moose Jaw's 70 goals and has been in on 39 of the 70 goals or 56% of the teams goals. Moreover, he has scored 36% of his teams goals.


The Matchups are set for the third round of the PCAHA Flight 1 playoffs. Here are the matchups:

Feb 19, Feb 26

Abbotsford vs. Surrey
Feb 17, Mar 3

Sefair vs. Langley
Feb 21,22 and Mar 1

Hollyburn vs. Cloverdale
Feb 18, 23, 25 and Mar 2

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thursday, February 17

The AMBHL playoffs are now fully underway with half of the series having begun.

In Edmonton, the SSAC took a 1-0 series lead over Edmonton CAC in a battle of 1st vs. 4th. SSAC rolled to an easy 7-2 victory, out-shooting CAC 50-16 in the process. Riley Simpson, the son of former NHL player and HNIC color man Craig Simpson led the way with 2-1-3. All indication are that the younger Simpson will be taking his talents south of the border. Simpson had 11 points in 4 games in the season series vs. CAC. Team scoring leader, John Quennville had 1-2-3. Quennville had 8-6-14 in 4 head to head meetings. 97 born Giorgio Estephen had 1-1-2. SSAC defenseman Kyle North received a 10 minute and a game misconduct in this one. Game 2 go's Friday at the CAC rink.

In Leduc, the Allen's Transport who lost the season series to Lloydminster 2-1, were able to score 9 times en route to a 9-4 convincing victory. In a game were the score was 4-1 after 2, Leduc erupted for 5 goals in the first 12 minutes of the 3rd to take a 9-2 lead and cruised from there. Leading the way for Leduc was team scoring leader Liam Gregor with 3-1-4. Gregor had 4 goals in 3 head to head matchups this year and finished 8th in league scoring with 30-38-68. Braden Jakubowski had 1-2-3 and defenseman Kord Pankewicz, who will be a first round pick in the bantam draft finished with 1-1-2. Leduc goalie Nolan Kruizenga turned aside 14/18 shots. For Lloydminster, defenseman Conner James had 2 goals to lead the way. James had 5-19-24 in the regular season and 5 assists in the 3 head to head matchups. Lloyminster welcomed back skilled 97 born forward Andrew Koep but he was held scoreless. Game 2 go's Saturday at the Lloyminster Civic Centre.

In Calgary, it was the lower ranked Calgary Northstar Sabres upsetting the Calgary Royals 3-2 in OT. The Royals won the season series 3-1-1 and were undefeated in the past 4 meetings. For the Northstar Sabres it was Justin Peers playing the role of hero scoring the OT winner just 50 seconds in to extra time. Peers also had 5 pts in 5 head to head meetings this year. Franco Colapaolo had 1-1-2. Northstar Sabres goalie Derek Mazil who played in all 5 head to head meetings and had a .902 save percentage turned aside 33/35 shots. For the Royals, it was Danton Oliver scoring both goals. Oliver had just 8 regular season goals. Kyle O'connor picked up a pair of helpers. Reid Duke was held off the scoresheet for the Royals and picked up a slashing and charging minor in the 3rd period. Game 2 go's Saturday afternoon in Calgary where the Northstar Sabres can wrap it up.

Finally, the Calgary Bisons rolled over the Calgary Bronks 8-2 in another 1st vs. 4th game. The Bisons were 4-0-1 in the season series and averaged 6 goals per game in the meetings. The Bisons were led by defenseman Brycen Martin who scored 2-2-4. Martin has a good chance to be selected in the first round of the bantam draft. Martin had 42 regular season points to lead all regular defenseman in the ambhl if you don't include Kord Pankewicz who played forward for a good chunk of the season. League scoring leader Brayden Point had 1-2-3 as did Tanner MacMaster. Point and MacMaster combined for 28 pts in the 5 head to head meetings vs. the Bronks in the regular season. Game 2 go's Saturday afternoon.

The Red Deer Black vs. Airdrie and Camrose vs. Spruce Grove series begin tonight. Same go's for Red Deer White vs. Lethbridge. Sherwood Park vs. St. Albert won't start until Saturday.


Monday, February 14, 2011

February 16, 2011 newsletter is now ready!

In this edition, I've polled many WHL director of PPL staff and my scouts all over Western Canada and USA to adjust the rankings once again on all fronts.

I had a chance to speak with one of the scoring leaders from the SSBHL hockey league who patterns his game after Shaun Horcoff. We will see this player selected in the top few rounds of the draft. I also spoke with perhaps the top goalie available who eyes Carey Price and Cam Ward as his role models. I speak with a small skilled forward from Saskatoon who is flying under the radar, but for how long? Finally, I had a chance to speak with one of the top scoring dynamo's from Alberta who could be the next Brayden Point from the province!

And a special in depth preview on the AMBHL league playoffs which get underway tomorrow. It includes the a look at the head to head matchups in all series and also I include the top 8 scorers in the head to head season series and goaltender stats in the head to head games.

AMBHL Stats Break-Down

Here are some interesting stat breakdowns from the AMBHL for forwards and defenseman.

Percentage of Team Scoring from the top forwards in the AMBHL

1. Okotoks - Conner Bleakley 61.3%
2. Airdrie - Tyler Wong 58.7%
3. Red Deer White – Ty Mappin 49.3%
4. Bisons – Brayden Point 47%
5. Lethbridge - Cavin Leth 46.4%
6. Airdrie - Kyle Pauls 45.5%
7. SSAC – John Quenneville 43.4%
8. Bisons – Tanner McMaster 42.4%
9. Airdrie – Bauer MacKenzie 41.9%
10. PAC – Thomas Foster 39.3%
11. Royals – Reid Duke 39%
12. KC – Nicholas Jones 38.2%
13. Leduc – Liam Gregor 36.6%
14. Lloydminster – Tyler Busch 35.7%
15. Fort Sask – Ryley Wozniak 32.7%

Percentage of team scoring from the top defenseman in the AMBHL

Fort Sask - Aaron Kellogg 21.4%
1. CAC - Michael Zipp 21.4%
2. Sherwood Park - Jordan Davies 19.4%
3. Bisons - Brycen Martin 18.4%
4. Spruce Grove - Nikolas Koberstein 17.6%
5. Red Deer Black - Jordan Steenbergen 17.2%
6. St. Albert - Zack Gonek 16.5%
7. Lethbridge - Jace Jurgens 14.6%
8. Airdrie - Jake Dube 14%
9. Royals - Riley Vanhorn 13.7%
10. SSAC - Zack Patterson 13.5%
11. K of C - Keenan Shaw 13.1%
12. Royals - Greydon Robinson 11.8%
13. Bronks - Griffem Mumby 11.6%
14. SSAC - Erick Donald 11%

Valentine's Day Notes....

Starting off in the Winnipeg Bantam AAA league, the Winnipeg Hawks got back to their winning way with a pair of victories against the two last place teams in the division.

First off, they began the weekend with a 7-2 victory over Brandon. Brandon is now 2-26-1 and sit in last place. For Winnipeg, it was Adam Brooks scoring his 46th and 47th goals of the season and Dallas Starodub adding his 22nd and 23rd. Ingimundsen picked up 3 assists from defense for the Hawks who improved their record to 23-2-1. For Brandon, it was team scoring leader Brett Kitt with 1-1-2 in the loss.

Brandon was back in action on Saturday against another of the Winnipeg teams in playing the Monarchs. The Monarchs erupted for 7 2nd period goals en route to the 8-0 victory. That win pushed the Monarchs in to a 3rd place tie with the Winnipeg Warriors and a chance to avoid playing the Winnipeg Hawks in the first round. For the Monarchs it was Ezra Hall scoring twice, giving him 14 goals. Daniel Kennedy had 1-2-3. Brandon falls to 2-27-1 and Winnipeg are 14-9-2.

Finally over the weekend in the Winnipeg league it was the Winnipeg Hawks running their record to 24-2-1 in defeating the 6-19-2 Interlake Lightning 10-2. Adam Brooks had 2-3-5, pushing his league leading totals to 49-33-82. His 49 goals have him 18 goals ahead of 97 born Dallas Miller and his 82 points are 29 ahead of team-mate Dane Shioler. Gritty forward Nico Lisi had 1-3-4 and now has 11-25-36. For Interlake it was once again Clay Tait scoring both goals, giving him 13-15-28.


A look over at the Eastman Bantam AA League and we see the Southwest Jets running away with things in their hopes to make it to provincials. They are currently at 18-1-0 and average well over 5 goals per game. Alex Tetrault is leading the way with 19-29-48 The only other team playing above .500 hockey are the Morden Hawks who are 14-4-1. They have allowed just 29 goals in 19 games this season.

In the Parkisimo Hockey League, it is the Russell Rams led by Jayce Hawryluk and David Dunn running away with the standings at 18-0-0. Both Hawryluk and Dunn should go in the first few rounds of the bantam draft. Nipping at the heals of Russell are Elkhorn who are 17-2-0 this season. Of course Elkhorn is led by the Sanheim Twins. If you remember the Sanheim twins joined Russell for a tournament in Saskatoon over the New Year's Day weekend and really were successful.

In the South Sask Bantam League, it was the Balgonie Prairie Storm punching their ticket for a date vs. either the Saskatoon Outlaws or the Maniacs with a 4-2 victory over the Regina Senators. The Prairie Storm who hold the league's best regular season record were led by Jordan Ross who scored 3 times and 97 born Jayden Halbgewachs with 2 assists. Halbgewachs leads all playoff scorers with 5-7-12 in 6 games while Ross is 4th with 5-5-10. An area of concern despite the win for Balgonie was going 0/13 on the power-play. The winner of the Balgonie/Saskatoon series will go on to play the power house Prince Albert Pirates in the provincial Final.

For those of your interested, the Sask First dates and rosters are now available on the SHA website. I plan on doing a more in depth look at the 8 zones a bit later this week. In the mean time, here is the link to the rosters:

The AMBHL hockey season is now complete. Instead of running through all the summaries from over the weekend. We'll take a look at some of the statistical leaders from the 2010-2011 season. I will have a full in depth preview of each series and some of the head to head stats on players etc. But back to the leaders:

Division Champions
SSAC Southgate
Spruce Grove PAC Saints
Calgary Bisons
Airdrie Xtreme

Goal Scoring Leaders
Tyler Wong 49
Tanner MacMaster 49
Brayden Point 42
Ty Mappin 37
Conner Bleackley 36

Assist Leaders
Brayden Point 60
Tyler Wong 52
Tanner MacMaster 43
John Quennville 40
Liam Gregor 38

Point Leaders
Brayden Point 102
Tyler Wong 101
Tanner MacMaster 92
John Quennville 75
Mack Bauer 72

97 born Scoring Leaders
Giorgio Estephan 27-37-64 SSAC
Mason McCarty 12-25-37 Okotoks
Matt Fonteyne 16-20-36 Leduc
Nick Merkley 16-18-34 Calgary Bisons
Brayden Burke 17-15-32 Edmonton CAC

Final note from Albert is the a look at the Jaeger White watch and we see that he scored 3 more times in his last game, giving him 114 goals this season in 27 games. He has 3 games remaining and holds a 50 goal lead over Dillon Dube who has 64 for Bow Valley.

British Columbia
Game 1: Penticton 7 - Vernon 0
Game 2: Vernon 6 - Penticton 5 OT
Game 3: Vernon 2 - Penticton 1
-Vernon advance and will play Kamloops next round.

Game 1: Kelowna 5 - Westside 2
Game 2: February 19
Game 3: February 20

Abbotsford 6 - NVMHA 0
BWC 8 - North Delta 0
Hollyburn 5 - Richmond 3
Surrey 2 - Chilliwack 0
NSWC 4 - Semiahmoo 1

Friday, February 11, 2011


The GSHL finals are set now as the Saskatoon Outlaws defeated the Saskatoon Generals 5-1 on Thursday night. The Outlaws win the 2 game total goal series 8-5 to advance. Their oppenant will be the Saskatoon Maniacs who finished off the Saskatoon Stallions last night winning 8-3 and taking the 2 game total goal series 14-11.

GSHL Final begins tonight at the Harold Latrace in Saskatoon and finishes up at the ACT rink on Sunday at 5:30.

Saskatoon Maniacs vs. Saskatoon Outlaws
-The Saskatoon Maniacs won the league season series at 3-1-3.

Their foe in the final to see who will meet the Prince Albert Pirates is yet to be determined as the Balgonie Prairie Storm is currently playing the Regina Senators. Game one of the 2 game total goal series went on Wednesday night with the Prairie Storm winning 6-2. The Prairie Storm who lost just once so far in the regular season play can wrap things up on Saturday and await the Outlaws/Maniacs winner. Cohan Yaho had 1-1-2 in game one of the series as did Gordon Wasteste.


In the AMBHL, several playoff matchups are set already heading in to the final weekend of the regular season. Here are some of the matchups:

Nitro North
St. Albert vs. Sherwood Park
-St. Albert totally dominated Sherwood park in the season series going 4-0-0 and not allowing a single goal, outscoring Sherwood Park 14-0 in the 4 wins.

-For KC to get in the playoffs, they will have to beat both SSAC and Spruce Grove over the weekend and have CAC lose their final game. So it looks like it will be CAC. SSAC went 4-0-0 and outscored CAC 29-11 in the 4 wins.

Charger North
Nothing is really settled at all in this division as just 1 point separates Spruce Grove and Leduc for first place. Spruce Grove who sits one point back can control their own destiny as they have 2 games remaining and Leduc has just 1. Spruce Grove will play KC and CAC so they are both winnable games. Leduc finishes up against SSAC. Lloydminster is going to finish 3rd and will see who finishes 2nd, likely Leduc. Camrose makes the final playoff spot in 4th place.

Challenger South
The Bisons have locked up first place and the Calgary Royals second place. However there is still an outside chance the Calgary Bronks could move to 3rd place over the Calgary Northstar Sabres with a pair of weekend wins over Red Deer White and MH but they would need the Sabres to lose both of their weekend games against Red Deer Black and Airdrie. So it is likely we'll see this:

Calgary Bisons vs. Calgary Bronks
-The Bisons went 4-0-1 against the Bronks and outscored them 29-15 in the 4 wins.

Calgary Royals vs. Calgary Northstar Sabres
-The Royals won the season series but the games were pretty close. The series went to the Royals 3-1-1 but only outscored the Sabres 20-17.

Ram South
The playoff matchups are set in stone in the Ram South. Here they are:

Airdrie Xtreme vs. Red Deer Black
-Airdrie dominated Red Deer Black going 3-0-0 and outscored them 20-2.

Red Deer White vs. Lethbridge
-The 3rd place Lethbridge team beat the Red Deer White squad 2-0-1 and outscored them 8-5 in the season series.

**I will have a huge in depth look at each series, including scoring leaders head to head and team stats when the matchups come final after Sunday. It will either be on the blog or in the newsletter on the 15th.


PCAHA Playoff Action:
NVMHA 7 - Vancouver Thunderbirds 5
North Delta 6 - Coquitlam 2
Burnaby 6 - Port Coquitlam 3

Surrey 2 - Chilliwack 0

Next up...
NVMHA vs. Abbotsford
Burnaby vs. Seafair
Hollyburn vs. Richmond
Cloverdale vs. Ridge Meadows
Langley vs. South Delta
NSWC vs. Semiahmoo

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Prince Albert advance to the Saskatchewan Provincial Final

The Prince Albert Venice House Pirates finished off the Warman Wildcats Wednesday night in Prince Albert in the Centre Four Hockey League best of 3 final. The Pirates, who outshot the Wildcats 30-4 in the first period and 58-21 in the game scored early and often in this one. Lance Yaremchuk led the way for Prince Albert with 2-3-5. Ryan Duret (2), Warkentine, Kjargaard, Campese also scored for Prince Albert. Replying for Warman was; Draude, Farbacher and Clark.

The Warman Wildcats were without western Canada top 5 ranked defenseman and their captain, Ryan Pilon who is suffering from some concussion problems. The Pirates will meet the winner of the SSBHL vs. GSHL champion in the provincial final. Balgonie is currently playing the Regina Senators in the south final, while there are still 4 teams playing in the GSHL.

There was a fight late in the 3rd period in this one as Warman Wildcats defenseman Ashton Clark battled Breylan Fiset.

In an interesting side note, the two teams will play tonight once again in Prince Albert, in league action.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

WEHP Announce Top 10 Team Rankings

1. Kamloops Jardine Blazers 13-1-1 90-30
2. Burnaby Winter Club 25-0-0 165-24
3. Calgary Bisons 25-4-1 185-92
4. SSAC Southgate Lions 24-3-3 163-69
5. Airdrie Xtreme 22-8-1 164-98
6. Prince Albert Pirates 18-0-1 191-59
7. Calgary Royals 21-8-2 153-99
8. St. Albert Sabres 23-6-3 133-73
9. Abbotsford Hawks 20-5-3 137-75
10. Winnipeg Hawks 22-2-2 161-60

Honorable Mentions:
Leduc Allen's Transport
Winnipeg Sharks
Spruce Grove PAC Saints
Warman Wildcats

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Just news
The Airdrie Xtreme have clinched first place in the RAM South in the ambhl. Here is more right here, courtesy of Nick Kuhl from the Rocky View Weekly:

In Okotoks, the Oilers and Lethbridge did battle in a game of sub .500 teams. The Goldenhawks are destined for the playoffs, while Okotoks will finish last in the all Calgary division. On this day, Okotoks got 2-1-3 from first round candidate Conner Bleackley. Bleackley now has 36-29-65 and has 31 more points than anyone else on his team. Markson Bechtold who is 2nd in team scoring scored his 16th and added a helper in the win. Lethbridge, who has been without one of their best players all year long in Brendon Benson, got 1-1-2 from Zachary Wall. Wall has 3 goals in 16 games this season.

In Lloydminster, the Leduc Allen's Transport squad travelled to Lloyd in hope of putting a strangle hold on top spot in the Charger North over Spruce Grove. However, they fell to Lloydminster 7-6 and remain just 1 point up on Spruce Grove with both teams having 2 games remaining. Lloydminster led 6-2 after 40 minutes and 7-3 midway through the 3rd but hung on for the win. Lloydminster got goals from 7 different players. For Leduc, team scoring leader Liam Gregor scored his 28th and 29th goals of the season and added an assist. Gregor now has 65 points. Evan Polei scored twice as well giving him 14 goals this season.


The Winnipeg Bantam AAA league had some interesting results from over the weekend including Brandon winning their 2nd game of the season in a 5-4 upset over the Winnipeg Monarchs. For Brandon, Brett Kitt scored 4 times in leading his team to the victory. Kitt now has 15-11-26 in 26 games this season to lead his team in points by 11 over the next player. Ryan Hutton and Xander Tachinski each had 2 points for the Monarchs. The Monarchs remain 1 point back of the Winnipeg Warriors for 3rd and the chance to avoid playing the powerful Hawks in round 1.

Speaking of those powerful Hawks, they lost to the 2nd place Winnipeg Sharks 3-2 over the weekend. Adam Brooks was able to score his league leading 45th goal of the season in a losing cause for the Hawks. For the Sharks, Miller, Rybuck and Lindgren all scored. The Sharks are 4 points back of the Hawks for first place but the Hawks hold 2 games in hand.

The Sharks were able to continue their winning way on Sunday in defeating the last place Brandon squad 9-3. 1997 born star, Dallas Miller scored 4 goals and added an assist. Miller now has 31 goals, which has in comfortably in 2nd place in the league goal scoring parade. Brett Kitt scored 2 more goals for Brandon, giving him 6 goals for the weekend.


In the SSBHL, the Swift Current Kubos Raiders scored 9 times en route to a 9-3 victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors. Swift Current improved their record to 12-5-2 and sit 5 points behind first place Weyburn. The Warriors are 4-14-1. For Swift Current, Tim Vanstone who is the league scoring leader had 3-3-6, giving him 25 goals. Jordan Wittman also picked up 3 goals in the victory. Wittman now has 25 goals as well. Both players are tied for 2nd in goal scoring race, just one behind leader Nicholas Pouliot. Moose Jaw scoring leader Rhett Gardner had 1-1-2. Gardner now has 20-12-32 and has scored 33% of Moose Jaw's goals.

In Weyburn, the Redwings defeated the 4-9-4 Melville Millionaires 9-1 to keep their first place standing. Trey Tendler had a huge game with 3-3-6. He now has 24-22-46 and is just one point back of team-mate Nicholas Pouliot who had 2-2-4 in this one. Weyburn is 15-4-1 and sit in first place, 3 points ahead of Balgonie. However, Balgonie who is at 13-1-2 hold 4 games in hand.

Centre Four Hockey League Standings

Prince Albert 19 18 0 1 191 59 37
Humboldt 23 15 5 3 142 83 33
Warman 20 14 4 2 128 65 30
Melfort 21 9 7 5 94 93 23
Unity 21 10 10 1 97 108 21
Battlefords 21 6 13 2 65 116 14
Tisdale 20 6 13 1 80 110 13
Meadow Lake 22 6 15 1 110 152 13
West Central 21 2 19 0 51 172 4

Scoring Leaders:
No. Name Team GP G A PTS PIM

12 Ryan Duret Prince Albert 19 42 45 87 8
14 Reid Gardiner Humboldt 23 48 30 78 28
17 Lance Yaremchuk Prince Albert 15 38 20 58 30
12 Rylan Freed Melfort 20 36 22 58 22
27 Matthew Campese Prince Albert 19 26 24 50 14
19 Wyatt Hinson Meadow Lake 20 31 19 50 40
7 Terrell Draude Warman 18 24 24 48 12
4 Ryan Pilon Warman 20 27 18 45 46
19 Miles Warkentine Prince Albert 16 21 21 42 35
23 Tyrell Pompu Tisdale 20 15 27 42 36

*Game 3 of the provincial league final go's tomorrow night at 8pm at the Kinsmen rink in Prince Albert vs. Warman.


The PCAHA playoffs are just around the corner. Here are some of the games coming up for Flight 1 teams:

Richmond at Hollyburn Friday, Feb 11
Chilliwack at Surrey Thursday, Feb 10
Ridge Meadows at Cloverdale Wednesday, Feb 16
South Delta at Langley Tuesday, Feb 15
Semiahmoo at NSWC Saturday, Feb 12

Monday, February 7, 2011


Ryan Duret (left) leads the Centre Four Hockey League in scoring.

Before we get in to the re-caps from over the weekend across the various leagues. There are a couple interesting articles from across Western Canada.

-kevin Parnell from the Kelowna Capital News talks about the great experience the host team had in hosting the International Children's Games last weekend. The host team finished 3rd in the tournament. You can read the rest here:

Westside Warriors getting ready for the OMAHA Playoffs:

The Swift Current Raiders in the SSBHL continue play strong in the southern Saskatchewan league with a split on the weekend. They blew out Moose Jaw 9-3 on Sunday. Tim Vanstone who leads the league in scoring finished with 3-3-6. The SW Booster out of Swift Current takes an in depth look here:

Finally, a look at the Centre Four Hockey League's leading scorer in depth, courtesy of the Prince Albert Daily Herald.

The Calgary Bisons ran their record to 25-4-1 and in the process clinched top spot overall in the AMBHL South throughout the playoffs by defeating Red Deer White 4-2 on Sunday. The Bisons are tied with SSAC Southgate with 51 points, both have played 31 games and have two games remaining. Red Deer White is going to finish 2nd place in the RAM South and will play Lethbridge in round 1. Leading the way in this one for the Bisons was Brayden Point and Tanner MacMaster who each had 1-2-3. Point, who has 40-52-92 is 2 points back of Tyler Wong in the league scoring race. Adin Hill stopped 34/36 shots he faced and leads all AMBHL goalies with a .922 save percentage and a 15-1 record. Ty Mappin replied with his 35th goal of the season.

In Fort Saskatchewan, the Rangers who are eliminated from playoff contention dropped a 6-3 decision to Lloydminster on Sunday. Lloydminster will finish 3rd place in the Charger North Division and will play either Spruce Grove or Leduc in round 1 of the playoffs. Keaton Golinowski led the way for Lloydminster with a pair goals, he now has 11. Defenseman Connor James scored twice, giving him 5-13-18 this season. Team scoring leader Tyler Busch had 2 assists, he now has 44 points and a team leading 32 helpers. 97 born forward Andrew Koep was once again out of the lineup. Fort Sask. got a pair of goals from Justin Ferris who now has 9 in 32 games and 2 assists from team scoring leader Ryley Wozniak who now has 33 points ion 30 games and 65pims.

In Medicine Hat, the Airdrie Xtreme clinched top spot in the Ram South with a 8-5 victory. The Hounds are 1 loss away from being eliminated from playoff contention. Colby Chartier led the way in this one for Airdrie with 3 goals and 2 assists. Chartier now has 17-23-40 to go with 80pims. Tyler Wong picked up 1-2-3, giving him a league leading 45-49-94. Mack Bauer who was fresh off a 5 goal game, scored 1-2-3. He now has 33-36-69. Medicine Hat got 2 goals from Ryley Rissling, giving him 13 goals.

In Edmonton, the SSAC Soutgate Lions improved to a league leading 24-3-3 and will need just 1 win or 1 St. Albert loss to clinch top spot in the Nitro North as they defeated Camrose 4-3. Camrose will finish 4th in the Charger North and play either Leduc or Spruce Grove in round 1. Leading the way once again for Camrose was captain Justin Kirkland with 1-2-3. He has a team leading 18-22-40 in 31 games. Adam Ternes had 1-1-2 and now has 16 goals. For SSAC, John Quennville scored 2 times giving him 34-35-69 and tieing him for 4th in league scoring.

In Edmonton, the KC Squires kept their playoff hopes alive with a 3-1 victory over Sherwood Park. Edmonton KC is just 2 points back of Edmonton CAC for the 4th and final playoff spot in the Nitro North. Both teams have 2 games remaining against SSAC and Spruce Grove. CAC will play MLAC and Spruce Grove. Nicholas Jones scored his team leading 17th goal of the season for KC and goalie Dylan France turned aside 26/27. 97 born defenseman who should be a top 10 pick next year in the bantam draft scored his 3rd of the season for the Flyers. Sherwood Park will finish 3rd in the Nitro North and play St. Albert or SSAC in round 1.


The Centre Four Hockey League regular season is winding down and there was lots of action over the weekend. Here is a run down of some of the scores:

Humboldt 6 - Warman 5
Unity 7 - Melfort 3

Humboldt 4 - Tisdale 5
Prince Albert 7 - Battleford 2
West Central 4 - Meadow Lake 8

Melfort 6 - Humboldt 6
Unity 2 - Meadow Lake 9
West Central 2 - Battleford 4

In Provincial league action, the Prince Albert Pirates tied up the best 3 finals with Warman by defeating them 10-3. I should have more on this game this afternoon.

In the SSBHL, the Balgonie Prairie Storm will play the Regina Senators on Wednesday in Regina and back in Balgonie on Saturday in a 2 goal total series for the SSBHL provincial rep.

In the GSHL, the Saskatoon Stallions defeated Martensville yesterday to move on in the GSHL playoffs. The Saskatoon Generals also defeated the Saskatoon Bandits 4-0 to win the total goal series 8-1 to advance. The Stallions, Generals, Outlaws will join the Saskatoon Maniacs in the final 4 of the GSHL playoffs. The Maniacs, who got a bye to the final 4 will play the Stallions while the Outlaws and Generals will face off.


In the OMAHA, Penticton went up 1-0 on Vernon in the best of 3 to see who gets to play Kamloops next in the playoffs. Penticton won the game 7-0 and with one more win will advance.

In the PCAHA, the BWC Bruins ran their record to 20-0-0 with a 3-1 win over Seafair on Sunday. Seafair finishes 3rd place in the top grouping, just 2 points back of Abbotsford.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday action

The Spruce Grove PAC Saints got back to the winning ways Sunday afternoon with a 7-2 win over the now 3-28-0 Grand Prairie Storm. Spruce Grove is now just 1 point back of Leduc in the Charger North division but Leduc has a game in hand. The Saints fired 55 shots at Grand Prairie goalie Jayden La Valley in the win. Grand Prairie forward Tanner Kostiuk-Paquette received a match penalty in the 3rd period of this one. Gage Joel had 2 goals for Spruce Grove, giving him 9 on the season. Jason Miller picked up his 20th goal and added 2 assists, giving him 40 points this season. Defenseman Nicholas Koberstein had 1-1-2, he now has 22 points in 26 games.

The Calgary Royals will have to settle for 2nd place in the Challenger South as they tied Red Deer Black 3-3 Sunday. The 1 point gives the Royals 44 points which is 5 back of the Calgary Bisons but the Royals have just 2 games left. Red Deer Black has a 4 point lead for the 4th and final playoff spot over Medicine Hat in the Ram South. Medicine Hat has 2 games in hand. However, Medicine Hat still has games left against the Bisons and Airdrie. Leading the way for the Royals today was Reid Duke with a pair of assists. Duke is 9th in league scoring with 28-33-61 in 28 games. Duke also has 73 pims.

In the CFHL today, it was Humboldt getting 5 goals from Reid Gardiner to give him 42 goals in 21 games this season in a 6-6 tie against Melfort. The win moves Humboldt 2 points ahead of 3rd place Warman in the league standings. Warman does have 2 games in hand. Melfort got 1-2-3 from Rylan Freed. Freed is in the top 5 in scoring and his 36 goals are 23 more than his next closest team-mate in 97 born Caleb Seaman who has 13 goals. Gardiner's 42 goals are 17 more than his next closest team-mate Austin Dyok who has 25.

Prince Albert Venice House Pirates have defeated Warman today in game 2 of a best of 3 league provincial rep final. More to come on this later or tomorrow.

British Columbia news wire
BWC head coach John Batchelor happy with the way his team played at the St. Albert tournament despite a 4-0 loss to the Kamloops Blazers in the semi's.

NSWC win their first game in over a month of action. It has been a frustrating season for NSWC with many 1 goal losses:

Weekend action

Mackenzie Bauer (left) scores 5 times in an 11-2 Airdrie Victory.

There is just over a week of action remaining in the SSBHL regular and Balgonie and Weyburn continue to win league game action. But first from Friday night, the Notre Dame Hounds played another exhibition game, this time against a very young Yorkton team and came away with a 6-1 victory. Josh Uhrich had 1-3-4 and Ben Duperreault 1-2-3 to lead the way. Duperreault's 48 points are just 6 behind Penner for the team lead. Josh Uhich now has 41 points in 20 games and a team leading 53 pims.

Notre Dame played Saturday as well vs. another very young team, against Melville. The Hounds outshot the Millionaires 29-13 and won the game 4-1. Leading the way for the Hounds was Ben Duperreault once again with 1-1-2 and Jeremiah Addison had a pair of helpers. Tyler Krekelwich scored the lone goal for Melville.

On to league play from Saturday, Weyburn defeated Swift Current 4-2. Weyburn now has a league leading 29 pts at 14-4-1 and hold a narrow 1 point lead over 2nd place Balgonie who have 3 games in hand. Swift Current is having a good season at 11-5-2 but with just 2 games remaining, don't have a chance at top spot in the league standings. Nicholas Pouliot was once again the catalyst for Weyburn with 2-1-3 and for Swift Current, Tim Vanstone notched a helper. Both Pouliot and Vanstone are tied for the league lead with 43 pts. A far cry from last season when Cory Milette, Ty McLean and Tim McGauley all put up nearly 100 points.

In a game between a pair of teams who have had their struggles this season, the Regina Canucks skated by Moose Jaw 5-2. Moose Jaw is 4-13-1 and Regina Canucks are 5-11-2. Brody Neilsen, Drew Bundus and Taylor Hoedel each had 1-1-2 for Regina. For Moose Jaw, Rhett Gardner scored both goals and now has 19-11-30, he has a 13 point and 7 goal lead over team-mate Braydon Delorme for team leads in those categories.

It was the Balgonie Prairie Storm running their record to 13-1-2 with a 10-4 victory over the 7-10-3 Regina Hurricanes. Jordan Ross had a huge game with 2-4-6 and outstanding 97 born Jayden Halbgewachs had 3-2-5 who were 3/5 on the PP. Regina was led by team leading scorer Mitchell Lipon with 3 assists. Lipon, the brother of Kamloops Blazer forward J.C. Lipon is in the top 5 in scoring with 38 points and is 2nd in league goals with 23.


Of course in the Centre Four Hockey League, game 2 of the provincial league final go's today in Prince Albert and the Pirates are in a must win situation after losing to Ryan Pilon and Warman back on Wednesday night.

A league game was played this afternoon in which Melfort tied Humboldt 6-6. First round prospect Reid Gardiner scored 5 goals for Humboldt and Rylan Freed scored and added two assists.

CFHL Top 5 Scorers:
Ryan Duret 17GP 40-40-80 Prince Albert
Reid Gardiner 21GP 42-30-72 Humboldt
Lance Yaremchuk 14GP 36-19-55 Prince Albert
Rylan Freed 20GP 36-22-58 Melfort
Matthew Campese 17GP 24-23-47 Prince Albert

The GSHL season is now complete and the provincial playoffs have begun. Here are the scores thus far:
Saskatoon Outlaws 6 - Saskatoon Frostbite 3
Saskatoon Generals 4 - Saskatoon Bandits 1
Saskatoon Stallions 5 - Martensville 5
Saskatoon Outlaws 4 - Saskatoon Frostbite 3

The Saskatoon Maniacs received a "bye" due to finishing 1st place in the provincial standings at 10-4-4. They will play the 3rd seed in the next round. The Saskatoon Outlaws have advanced. Interesting to note that league scoring leader Kolten Olynek didn't score a goal in either game.
Tyler Olsen scored 3 times for the Frostbite and team leading scorer Jesse Shynkaruk scored twice in the 2 losses.


In the AMBHL from Saturday, it was Airdrie continueing to turn it up at the right time of year with an 11-2 victory over Red Deer Black. Tyler Wong had himself another huge game with 3-3-6. Wong all of a sudden leads the AMBHL in goals (44), points (91). Mackenzie Bauer had 5 goals and 2 assists. Bauer is now 6th in league scoring with 32-34-66. 98 born Tyler Steenbergan had 1-1-2 for Red Deer who gave up 51 shots. The Xtreme now have a 6 point lead for first place at 21-8-1 over Red Deer White. Red Deer holds a game in hand.

St. Albert keeps pace with SSAC and stays tied at the top with 49 points after a 6-1 win over 3-27-0 Grand Prairie. Brett Smyth and Andrew kary each scored 1-1-2 and defenseman Guy Butlin continues to pick up points from the blueline with a pair of assists. Butlin, who has one more game to play this year now has 3-13-16. Kary leads the team in goals with 21 in 32 games. St. Albert outshot Grand Prairie 49-16.

Red Deer White picked up a 5-4 win over Okotoks to stay within striking distance of Airdrie. Projected first round prospect Ty Mappin led the way with 2-1-3. Mappin is 4th in league scoring with 34-33-67 in 29 games. He has 32 more pts than anyone else on his team. Connor Bleackley once again scored for Okotoks who now sit at 7-20-3 and in last place in the ambhl south.

Finally from Saturday, Camrose defeated the 7-20-4 Fort Sask. Rangers 5-1. The Kodiaks are now 9-15-6 and sit 4th in their division and have now clinched a playoff spot while eliminating Fort Sask. in the process. Camrose will likely play Leduc in round one. Adam Ternes scored a pair of goals for Camrose, he now has 13. Captain Justin Kirkland picked up 1-1-2 and leads the team with 37 points, 5 more than Ternes.


In the Calgary AA bantam league, it was the Calgary Rangers defeating the last place Calgary Canucks 8-0. League scoring leader Braylan Schmyr had 1-1-2 and Anthony Orubor had a pair of goals. Orubor has 20 goals which is 6 back of league goal leader Schmyr who has 26.

The Calgary Royals Blue ran their league leading record to 24-4-0 with a 4-0 shutout over the 3rd place 13-10-5 Calgary Royals Gold. Cameron Anklewich who is 2nd in league scoring had 1-1-2 as did Logan Ferguson. Tyler Van Vliet turned aside 21 shots for the goose egg. Van Vliet is the league leader in goals against at 1.89 and has a .924 save percentage.

The 2nd place Calgary Blazers defeated the 6th place Calgary Blackhawks 8-2. Austin Wagner had 2-2-4 for the Blazers. Wagner now has 20 points in 21 games. Nicholas Patterson turned aside 31/33 shots in the win.

By the way, Jagger White scored 2 more times on Saturday for the Peewee Medicine Hat Venom and now has 111 goals in 26 games.


Friday, February 4, 2011

Friday round up

In the Winnipeg AAA Bantam League it was the Winnipeg Monarchs coming back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Interlake 5-4 in a SO. Team scoring leader, Liam Kroeker led the way with a pair of goals, he now has 21 in 25 games which is 11 more than his next closest team-mate Brennan Middaugh who has 10. Chase Foulkner led the way for Interlake with 2 goals, he has 10 goals and a team leading 104 penalty minutes.

The Winnipeg Hawks lost their first regular season game in 25 games played this season, falling 3-2 to the Winnipeg Warriors. Griffin Doell scored 2 times, and Brett Masterson scored the game winner with just over 5 minutes remaining to give the Warriors the big upset win. The Warriors are now 14-9-3. Adam Brooks scored his league leading 43rd and added an assist for the Hawks.

Something that has slipped through the cracks a little was a Bantam AA tournament in Manitoba that took place a little over a month ago, featuring some of the top teams not playing in the Winnipeg league. The Morden Hawks who went undefeated at 5-0-0 during the round robin portion of the tournament ended up beating Interlake 3-2 in the final. Jayce Hawryluk once again tore apart a tournament leading the scoring race with 9-6-15.

Scoring leaders:
Jayce Hawryluk 9-6-15 Russell Rams
Clay Tait 8-3-11 Interlake Lightning
Alex Tetrault 6-5-11 Southwest Jets
Nathan Grenier 6-4-10 Morden Hawks
Scott Gall 5-5-10 Morden Hawks

Hunter Ploszay 1.33 .957 Interlake Lightning
Zac Robidoux 2.26 .906 Morden Hawks

PCAHA Scores:
Abbotsford 3 - Hollyburn 3

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Zach Gonek scored 2 goals as the St. Albert Sabres ran their record to 21-6-3 with a 4-3 victory over Edmonton MLAC. The Sabres are now just 2 points back of SSAC for the division lead but SSAC hold two games in hand. Gonek now has 9-13-22 in 25 games this season.

The Calgary Bisons got 28 saves from Adin Hill and 2 goals each from Brayden Point and Landon Welykholowa in shutting out the Calgary Bronks 5-0. The Bisons now have a 6 point lead over the Calgary Royals and hold a game in hand as the season winds down. Point now has a league leading 89 points and his 39 goals place him 3rd. Point has a 4 point lead over the hard charging Airdrie forward, Tyler Wong who has 85 points.

The Calgary Royals kept pace with the Bisons in a 3-1 victory over the improving Calgary Northstar Sabres last night. Northstar Sabre goalie; Derek Mazil did all he could to hold his team in with 44 saves on 47 shots, which including 23 first period saves. Royals star forward, Reid Duke did not play in this one, either did Josh McCulloch. Kyle O'Connor led the way in their absence with 1-1-2. The 6'1 158lb O'Connor now has 15-12-27 this season.

And lastly from last night in the ambhl, it was the last place Medicine Hat Hounds defeating Lethbridge 5-3. For the Hounds, it was just their 6th win in 29 games this season. Carson Pickett, who should get drafted in May led the way with 2 goals. Pickett has a team leading 22 goals this season. Laramie Kostelansky had 1-1-2 for Lethbridge.


The Centre Four Hockey League provincial final began last night in Waldheim, SK with the Warman Wildcats upsetting the Prince Albert Pirates 5-4 in game 1 of a best of 3 final. The next two games will be played in Prince Albert, starting next Wednesday.


PCAHA Scores:
Abbotsford 7 - South Delta 4
-Abbotsford sits comfortably in 2nd place with a 15-3-1. They have just one loss in their past 15 games. That was a 4-0 loss to BWC.

Cloverdale 4 - Surrey 2
Cloverdale is back to .500 at 9-9-1 and Surrey falls to 6-11-2.


Finally, for those of you interested in watching some live bantam hockey this weekend on the net. You can take in a pair of games between Spokane Jr. Chiefs and POE here:

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Weekend clean up

A few articles to get going with this morning. First of all, the Airdrie Xtreme continue to prove that they will be a force down the stretch with 3 weekend victories, you can read more here:

The Burnaby Winter Club won 3 games over the weekend as well, not even allowing a goal. There is a brief write-up on their performance in St. Albert here:

Starting out east in the Winnipeg Bantam League, it was the Winnipeg Hawks led by Dallas Starodub's 3 goals and 1 assist, leading them to a 5-1 win over Interlake. Adam Brooks had 1-2-3 and Dan Schioler had 3 assists. Brooks, Starodub and Schioler are the top 3 scorers in the league with Brooks having the lead in goals with 43 which is 19 more than Dallas Miller and his points of 71, is 24 more than team-mate Schioler.

In the SSBHL, it was the Notre Dame Hounds playing an exhibition game against the Regina Oilers on Sunday. The Hounds once again walked away with a win, this time 6-1. Joey Ratelle from Quebec led the way with 2-2-4 and Jared Toole had a pair of goals.

The Regina Senators who will play Balgonie in the provincial league final played another of the top teams on Sunday against Weyburn. Weyburn was able to walk away with a 3-1 hard fought victory. A pair of the league's top two scorers; Tendler and Pouliot each scored for Weyburn.

Swift Current fired 66 shots on the Lumsden goalie en route to a 10-1 victory. Lumsden dresssed just 11 skaters in the game. Jordan Wittman and Tim Vanstone combined for 7 goals with Wittman scoring 4 and Vanstone 3. Each player had a 5 point game. Defenseman Carter Forsyth had 3 assists.

Finally this morning, the Regina AA Peewee tournament wrapped up over the weekend with the Winnipeg River East Marauders defeating the Lloydminster 3-2 in the final. Lumsden defeated the Winnipeg Northwest Stars in the 3rd place game. The tournament featured 32 teams from Saskatchewan and Manitoba and a few from Alberta. These players are primarily born in 1998 and we'll start focusing on them as soon as the bantam draft is over in May.

Tournament All-stars
1st Team
G- Curtis Meger - Regina Sabres
D- Garrett Kuklica - Winnipeg Marauders
D- Tristan Petrie - Lloydminster Blazers
F- Mason Shaw - Lloyminster Blazers
F- Brady Costellano - Winnipeg Marauders
F- Michael Clarke - Medicine Hat

Tournament MVP - Garrett Kuklica - Winnipeg Marauders