Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Thank You To Everyone:

I would just like to send a huge thank you out to some individuals who helped me make the most of my Hockey broadcasting season. Moving to Fort St. John in September, I was expecting to call close to 40 games, and ended up calling just 8 for the radio. I was given several opportunities by some folks that I will never be able to repay, including....

-Ron Gallo
Thank you for contacting me in November and helping me get my first BCHL broadcasts under my belt. The support you, along with the entire Spruce Kings organization, gave me will never be forgotten and I will forever be grateful for the chance you gave me to get my foot in the door.

-Scott Campbell
Scott brought me on to his broadcast in Vernon with Salmon Arm, despite never meeting face to face, and we instantly built a friendship I hope that will have a long tenure as rivals and colleagues(of sort). The privilege of working with Scott was very memorable as he allowed me to call a goal in the rink I grew up watching games in.

-Alex Rawnsley
Right from the Summer of 2011 Alex and I have been in contact, pushing each other and supporting each other! I was very lucky to join Alex last weekend in Powell River for a much anticipated co-broadcast, in which I provided color for him and he provided color for me. Alex deserves utmost respect and working with him was a great memory I will forever cherish.

-Kent Lewis
As the GM of the Powell River Kings, last summer Kent & I were in contact several times, and under those circumstances, it ended on a low note, but Kent made sure I was aware of several positives to do with myself and my potential career. I have to thank Kent for making sure I continued to pursue broadcasting and without his reassurance, I am unsure I would be in this position today.

-Rob Abramenko
From the day I landed my rookie gig with the Sicamous Eagles, Rob has acted as a bit of a mentor for me. Growing up listening to him and Todd Miller call Vernon Viper games, I credit my broadcast style to them both. Rob has provided me with endless advice and constructive criticism, and his efforts to help me be the best I can be will never be forgotten.

-Adam Reaburn & Brad Russell
As my management team at Moose FM, these two deserve a huge pat on the back for really pulling things together for the 2012 Savage Cup. I couldn't have made the trip without their support and I will be forever thankful to the entire ownership team at Moose FM for giving me this glorious opportunity. I look forward to working with Moose FM through the Summer of 2012 and in to the next Hockey season!

-My Family and Friends
These are the most important people in my life and receiving the support they provided will be the backbone of my career until the day I call it quits. Thank you so much and I can't wait to see where your support takes me in coming years!

One more time, thank you to everyone who helped this season exciting despite a few setbacks. I would also like to thank the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Prince George Spruce Kings, Powell River Kings and Vernon Vipers, along with everyone involved with these teams; for their support.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Flyers Fall Short in Powell River


With the cup in the house, there was no shortage of excitement at the Hap Parker arena in Powell River Saturday night. With the Powell River Regals up 2 games to none with a chance to win the Savage Cup on home ice, both teams would play consistently for a solid 60 minutes, but it would indeed be the Regals who would prevail with a 3-1 victory to win their first Savage Cup since 2006. 5 consecutive years of the Flyers being BC 'AAA' Champions would come to a end on the night they out shot the Regals by a large margin, but they only managed to solve goaltender Justin Mulholland once on 38 shots. Clayton Pool took the loss despite bringing forth his best effort, as did several other Flyers, who played with full bore energy for the entire 60 minutes of hockey.

Prior to the game, the Regals organization would honour Andy Mccallum, by raising his #4 to the rafters of the Powell River Rec Complex. Andy was a key member of the Regals on and off the ice since the '60s, and helped the Regals in to 15 Savage Cup finals, 6 McKenzie Cups, and 4 times he attended the Allan Cup, most recently with the 2006 edition of the Regals, who hosted the National Championships on home ice, where they would earn themselves that very title.

The game would have an early goal as just under 5 minutes in to the opening frame Joe Calderone would pick up a loose puck in front of Pool and slide it in to the yawning cage, with the set up being done by Doug Wilson and Chris Tarr. Shots on goal in the first would not at all reflect the score, with the Flyers throwing 15 shots on net compared to the Regals 7. Both goaltenders made several notable stops, including a great stop by Hunt on a one timer pass in the slot that brought the Flyers bench to their feet.

As the second period began, the intensity really started to pick up with several checks, as well as numerous scoring opportunities. Despite no scoring in the second, the scoring chances were left, right and centre; with both goaltenders giving their teams a chance to win. The Flyers would successfully kill off two penalties, giving them a 13/15 penalty kill on the series while the Regals would kill off one penalty in the second; leaving the Flyers with a dismal 0-for-16 power play in the series heading in to the third period.

Midway through the third period, Regal goaltender Justin Mulholland would make numerous saves to keep his team up by one, and his team would repay the 24 year old by going up 2 goals with just 6:46 remaining as Scott Kirton would blast home his 2nd goal and 4th point of the series, assists on that goal would go to John Coyle and Elias Godoy. All three of the aforementioned players were key pieces of the Regals throughout the series, picking up a combined 11 points in 3 games to lead the Regals offence. Just under a minute later, the Flyers would get some life as Bryan Lewis fired a puck on net, with David Alexander creating traffic and allowing cousin Todd Alexander to get the puck up and over Mulholland to get the visitors on the board. The final 5 minutes would feature more of the same hockey we witnessed all weekend, with plenty of shots being fired and the Regals doing anything they can to separate the man from the puck. With just 6 seconds remaining, Powell River would finally get the puck over the red line, as the Flyers pressed hard to preserve their Allan cup hopes. Chris Tarr would intercept a Flyer pass and send the puck in to the empty net, sealing the victory and giving Fort St John their first Savage cup loss in 5 seasons. Shots on goal in the 3rd would be 13-9 in favour of the Flyers, but they would be unable to solve Mulholland who would finish with 38 saves and first star on the night. Clayton Pool made 22 saves in defeat, but brought his best effort making several game saving stops.

So, with the end of the Savage Cup series, brings an end to the 2011-2012 edition of Fort St John Flyers hockey. 18 games and 7 wins later; the boys will now call it a year and turn their focus to the off season before returning to the ice in the fall. The Regals will now host the McKenzie Cup beginning April 5th on the West Coast, against the winner of the Alberta series between the Stony Plain Eagles and the Horse Lake Chiefs. The winner of that series will advance to the Allan Cup, Canada's Senior 'AAA' National Championship, held this year in Lloydminster, Alberta.

On behalf of myself, and the staff at Moose FM in Fort St John; I would like to thank the Powell River Regals for their hospitality throughout the weekend, the Powell River Kings for allowing me to use their facilities, the City of Powell River for allowing the use of a board room throughout the weekend, and the City Centre Hotel for their amazing breakfasts and comfortable beds. I'll never forget the experience and neither will the team, and we can never thank our supporters and sponsors enough.  

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Flyers Down 0-2 Heading In To Game 3:



GAME 2 RECAP

Heading in to tonight's game, Fort St John Flyers head coach Daryl Leahy and Powell River Regals assistant coach Tod English both stated consistency would play a large role in tonight's game. After 20 minutes at the Hap Parker Arena in Powell River, it was evident who the better team was. After 40 minutes, the tide had taken a 360 degree turn. And by the end of the game, one team came out with a huge victory while leaving the other gasping for breath as they try to find a way to solve the other team for a whole 60 minutes. In the end, it would be the Powell River Regals who would score 4 consecutive goals in the second period, en route to a 5-2 victory on home ice. The series is now 2-0 for the Regals and the Flyers will now need to win 3 straight hockey games if they want to defend their 5-time defending Savage Cup champ status.

The first period would quickly establish itself as the most exciting period of the series to date; mostly on behalf of the Flyers, who outshot the Regals 16-9 but could not solve netminder David Brumby. Brumby made 5 or 6 saves that should have goals, as did Clayton Pool at the other end, despite facing nearly half the shots. Just two penalties would be called in the opening frame, with each team killing off successfully. The only thing aside from big saves that would get fans on their feet was a huge hit by Aaron Schepers of the Flyers on to Chris Tarr of the Regals who would leave to the dressing room but would return minutes late. Tarr cleared the puck from the zone just as Schepers was incoming and it resulted in Tarr going spread eagle on the boards before quickly going to the bench.

As the Flyers knew they had the momentum going in to the second, it would take under 20 seconds to finally beat Brumby, as Mat Alexander would beat the former ECHL starter to open the scoring on a play that was momentarily the game changer. Alexander would later leave the game and not return due to a minor injury; but during his time on the ice, he played the hardest of anyone on either of the teams; and the goal was certainely well deserved. The Flyers would battle hard but the Regals would strike back 10 minutes later, with a Elias Godoy goal that was set up on a nifty pass in the spot from Scott Kirton. The deadlock would last just 2:29 as the Regals would capitalize on the power play, on a Dale Lupul point shot that beat Pool over the right shoulder. With a one goal lead, the Regals started to attempt longer passes, and the man who has long pass written all over him, John Coyle; would make no mistake in burying his first with 3:06 remaining in the middle frame. Then, just 37 seconds later, Coyle would again capitalize on a Flyer mistake, sniping one under the glove of Pool for a 3 goal lead late in the second. Both teams took 3 penalties in the second, to bring the power play opportunities to an even 11 for each team through 5 periods of the Savage Cup. Shots in the second would be 14-6 in favor of the Regals, proving that in no way were they going to just roll over.

Another 16 shots in the third period for the Flyers would be necessary, and that's exactly what they did. The Regals would also match their first period total of 9 in the third, but it would only take one of those shots to really bury the win. Taylor Greatrex would pull the Flyers within two with 6:54 remaining, on a weak shot from the point that snuck through the legs of Brumby and in to the back of the net. The Flyers would play the next couple of shifts very hard, but a turnover in the neutral zone would lead to ex-Victoria Salsa Blair Tassone wiring a slap shot under the blocker of Pool to restore the 3 goal lead, as the Flyers bench looked on in disbelief. The Regals would get a power play late in the game off of a questionable call on Michael Olson, who looked better and better as the night went on. The power play would be unable to generate anything as Aaron Schepers pinned the puck to the boards deep in the corner, which he used his strong frame to fight off Regal opposition for the final 45 seconds of the contest. The final buzzer would sound and Dave Brumby would make 38 stops to lead his team to a 5-2 win and a 2-0 series lead over the Flyers going in to Saturday night's game, in which the Savage Cup will be in house. Final shots on goal in the game would be 40 for the Flyers, and 30 for the Regals, many of which came on the powerplay, one area in particular where Pool played well.

Quickly touching a few other thoughts about the game; the Flyers welcomed Rick Cleaver and Gary Gladue in to their lineup, and both players played very well from the getgo but by the end were leading the Flyers attack; along with Michael Olson and Jason Deleurme, who seemed to settle in as the game wore on. Also having very strong games for the Flyers was Todd, Dave and Mat Alexander, Luke Middleton and youngster Taylor Greatrex. At the end of the day, it has to be said that most of the Flyers played an efficient game, but a few costly mistakes and missed saves and blocks, would cost them the game.

Next game for the Flyers and Regals will be tomorrow night at the Hap Parker Arena in Powell River, as the Flyers will fight for their Allan Cup contention lives. Not only is the spot as host for the McKenzie Cup on the line, but also the Flyers 5-time defending Savage Cup champions is on the line. The Savage Cup will be in house for Dunc McCallum Jersey Retirement Night at the Hap; which begins at 7:30. You can catch the game online at energeticcity.ca/moosefm or tune in on the radio at 100.1 Moose FM!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Gearing Up For Game 2:

Fort St John Flyers-Powell River Regals
2012 SAVAGE CUP
POWELL RIVER, BC

After one game, the series is about to pick up some momentum. Last night's 4-2 Regal victory came due to hard work, and capitalizing on mistakes. The Flyers are primed and ready to go tonight as they welcome a couple new faces to the lineup. Rick Cleaver(Parksville, BC) and Gary Gladue(Chetwynd, BC) will make their Savage Cup debut in a game you might refer to as a must win for the boys in blue. 

In last night's game, the spotlight was won over by Regals forward Andy Welsh. The Powell River Kings color analyst scored a goal and added an assist in the victory, while Rick McLaren, Scott Kirton and Chris Tarr added singles. Scoring for the Flyers was Ian Munro, who potted a nifty one timer pass in front of the net to open the scoring; and Luke Middleton made it a 3-2 game before Tarr picked up the shorthanded marker to seal the victory for the Regals. Kirby Halcrow made 30 saves in the losing effort, while Justin Mulholland stopped 22 of the 24 shots he faced. Fort St John would go 0-for-5 on the man advantage, while Powell River would go 1-for-5, with a shorthanded goal.

Game 2 goes tonight at the
 Hap Parker Arena in Powell River.
 If you can't make it down to the rink, or across the province, 
listen online at energeticcity.ca/moosefm beginning at 7:15 for the pre game show
 with the puck dropping at 7:30
 You can also listen on the FM airwaves in Fort St John at 100.1 CKFU. 

A special thanks goes out to Alex Rawnsley, the voice of the Powell River Kings; who allowed me to join his broadcast last night. It is the 3rd BCHL squad I have had the privilege of working with this season, and to Alex and the rest of the folks, I can never thank you enough for the opportunities you have given myself. Check out Alex' blog at alexrawnsley.wordpress.com!


Flyers Drop Game One of Savage Cup:


Was in the booth for tonight's first game of the Savage Cup between the Powell River Regals and the Fort St John Flyers, and it was a back and forth affair that ended in a 4-2 score in favor of the Regals. Powell River played hard for a whole 60 minutes and it proved worthy as they go up 1-0 in the Best of 5 series.

The game began with some sloppy play by each sides, and the games first goal would come just over five minutes in to the first period on a nifty play involving Ryan Carter, Ian Munro and Paul Wiens. The goal came after Wiens worked hard to free up the puck along the half wall, before he passed it down low to Carter who dished the puck in front to Munro who was waiting on the doorstep to bury the biscuit to open the scoring and give the Flyers the first goal of the Savage Cup. The Regals would respond before the break, with just over 5 minutes remaining in the opening frame Andy Welsh would pot home a one timer that had Flyers netminder Kirby Halcrow laying flat across the crease. Shots on goal after one would be in favor of the Regals, 13-6.

In the second period, the Flyers would find themselves behind the 8-ball midway through the frame, as captain Rick McLaren would put the Regals up 2-1 after Aaron Schepers put the Flyers down a man, something that happened 5 times in the contest, with McLaren notching the only powerplay marker. Tyler Gow and Andy Welsh would pick up the assists. To make things worse, the Regals would go up 3-1 before the break, when Scott Kirton fired home his first, on a nifty setup from a man who was the Regals star of the game, John Coyle. The Regals would score 2 goals on 13 second period shots, while the Flyers weren't able to muster up many opportunities, getting 9 shots, bringing them to 15 after 40 minutes. Both teams would take a single penalty in the second, both stick infractions; something that happened on 7 of the 10 penalties given in the game.

Luke Middleton would give the Flyers a taste of blood, with a bullet slap shot from just beneath the face off dot that beat netminder Justin Mulholland over the shoulder in to the top corner. The goal came with just under 3 minutes remaining, and Munro and Carter would pick up their second assists of the evening. It would then become a real nail biter as John Coyle would sit for hooking down Todd Alexander, who was smashing bodies in to boards from the initial drop of the puck. During the powerplay, the rust would catch up to the Flyers, as Jason Deleurme and Ryan Carter would get immensely tangled up in the neutral zone while the puck was in deep, but a high dump by the Regals would cause a key turnover and Chris Tarr would make absolutely no mistake, streaking in on Halcrow and beating him low glove side to seal the deal with just over 2 minutes to go in regulation. Halcrow would hit the bench and a time out would be called, but it was too little too late as the Regals hung on for a 4-2 victory and a 1-0 series lead in the Savage Cup Best of 5, final shots would count up to 35-24 in favor of Powell River.

Tonight’s game was a learning curve for both teams, and tomorrow we should see a completely different contest, which begins at 7:30. All the action can be caught on 100.1 Moose FM in Fort St John, or online at energeticcity.ca/moosefm. The pre-game show will begin at 7:15 with Dustin Scafe live from the booth at the Hap Parker Arena! If you have any comments you'd like to share with Dustin, email him at dustin@moosefm.ca Thanks and see you at the rink!

CHECK BACK FOR MORE TOMORROW!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

*UPDATE*Flyers- Regals Meet For 2012 Savage Cup:


UPDATE
Game 1; Game time will now be approximately 9:00 PM following the Powell River Kings BCHL Playoff game. The pre game show will begin 15 minutes prior to puck drop. 

Game 3; Game time will now be 5:00 PM with a pre game show at 4:45 PM. The Powell River Kings will then play a BCHL Playoff game at 8:00 PM, see below for link to Kings Blog!


In just over a weeks time, the Savage Cup Best of 5 series will begin in Powell River at the Hap Parker Arena. Games 1 and 3 are subject to change due to scheduling conflicts with the BCHL's Powell River Kings. Keep tabs of the Kings, who will be in the midst of a series; by checking out a great Kings blog run by their Play by Play guy Alex Rawnsley. All you gotta do is click HERE!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Flyers Prepare for Powell River:

On March 22nd, the Fort St John Flyers will begin the Savage Cup in Powell River, and I'll be covering every second of it. That's right, Moose FM will have all the coverage of the Savage Cup coming March 22nd!

I am so happy to say I will be traveling with the Flyers to Powell River to broadcast anywhere from 3 to 5 games against the Regals, as the series is a Best of 5, so whoever wins 3 first will move on to the McKenzie Cup. Game one will be held Thursday March 22nd, and you can catch it on 100.1 Moose FM in Fort St John, and online at EnergeticCity.ca. I will have the pre game show beginning at 7:15, with Puck Drop going for 7:30. One, maybe two games, will be held in the late afternoon as the Powell River Kings Junior A squad will be in the midst of their playoff run.

Here's a schedule! More information will be coming this week on the Flyers and the Regals! Do keep in mind up to two of those times could be changed due to scheduling conflicts, keep in touch with the blog for updates!

When?                                              Where?                           Who's Away?            Who's Home?
Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 7:30pm Powell River Fort St. John Flyers

Powell River Regals
Friday, March 23, 2012 - 7:30pm Powell River Fort St. John Flyers

Powell River Regals
Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 7:30pm Powell River Fort St. John Flyers

Powell River Regals
Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 7:30pm Powell River (if needed) Fort St. John Flyers

Powell River Regals
Monday, March 26, 2012 - 7:30pm Powell River (if needed) Fort St. John Flyers

Powell River Regals

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Huskies vs Navs Broadcast Tonight:

Firstly, I would like to apologize for the lack of updates in the past week or so. Things have gotten very hectic at work, but on the bright side, things were hectic because I was busy putting together a game package for a broadcast I mustered up! And I am proud to announce that broadcast will hit the air TONIGHT on 100.1 Moose FM and online at EnergeticCity.ca. Here's the run dowwwwwwn!

Fort St John Huskies Trail Series 3-1 to the Peace River Navigators. The Navs finished first overall in the NWJHL with a record of 33-3-0-0, while the Huskies finished 18-17-0-1. In the first round, the Pups beat the Sexsmith Vipers in a best of 5 series, before setting themselves up to play the Navs.

Peace River has allowed 4+ goals just 2 times this season, and one of those times was Sunday afternoon in a 7-2 trouncing by the Huskies on North Peace Arena ice. Tonight, the Huskies know they need to get pucks on net if they plan on living another day. Speaking of another day, Game 6 if necessary will go Saturday afternoon right back here in Fort St John. And, if all goes as planned, Game 7 will be Sunday afternoon back in Alberta.

Listen to tonight's game with myself and Sean Assor on color, beginning at 7:15 PMT/8:15 MST with the action getting underway at 8:30 Local time(MST). Please Click This Link To Listen Live! 
Or visit http://www.energeticcity.ca/moosefm and click listen live!



Flyer Notes..... The FSJ Senior AAA Flyers will play a NPHL winner takes all AAA Championship game on Monday evening in Fort St John as the Horse Lake Chiefs come to town. The Flyers will then embark on a road trip to Powell River, BC for a Best of 5 Savage Cup series that will begin March 22 on the west coast at the Hap Parker Arena. If the Flyers win that series, they will host the Alberta Champion(Stony Plain or Horse Lake) on home ice for the McKenzie Cup.