Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bombers Take Down Hawks On Tuesday Night:

Well, I don't have a whole lot to say about tonight's game as I was able to watch as an innocent bystander, and spent more time cheering than actually dissecting the game.

It's always nice to see the voice of the Bombers, Rob Hart; if you can, visit his blog!

First off, thanks to the amazing fans who made tonight's game as fun as it was, next time.... EVERYONE get in on the "let's go Nipawin let's go" chants.. Let's make those guys know we love the team whether they win, lose, or... well, lose in a shootout?

The final tonight was 3-1 and had it not been for Davis Jones it could have just as easily been 5 or 6. I did not think the Hawks played anywhere near their potential tonight.

The lone goal for the Hawks was scored by Brendan Hopkins early in the 2nd, while Cameron Blair, Brody Robinson and Spencer Mault added singles for Flin Flon.

With the loss, the Hawks are now 1 game above .500(not if you count OTL's as a loss) at 6-5-0-2. The Bombers improved to 12-3-0-0 on the year with the win.

View the full boxscore here!

The Hawks now shift their focus to a 3 game road trip this weekend that begins Friday night in Weyburn. Saturday night they will visit Estevan, while Sunday the team will be in Wilcox taking on the Notre Dame Hounds.

Broadcast Information:
Friday, 7:15 pregame show on 105 CJVR, 106.3 in Nipawin.

Saturday, 7:15 pregame show on CK750. 

Sunday, 4:15 pregame show on CK750.

Join me on all 3 broadcasts and you might hear Rod Peterson of Lighthouse FM stepping in to help me out on color on one of the nights, maybe more!

All games can be heard online on

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Tough Shootout Loss In Yorkton For Hawks:

The Hawks got 2 goals from Tad Kozun, and a couple assists from Arti Kalashnikov but failed to pick up the 2 points in Yorkton on Saturday night.

Kozun opened the scoring just over a minute in to the game, finding the back of the net off a goal mouth scramble from an Artsiom Kalashnikov shot. But Yorkton would come back 7 minutes later with goal-king Jeremy Johnson adding his first of two n the night. Yorkton would take the 14-11 shot advantage in to the break, but the teams were deadlocked at 1 apiece.

In the second, deep inside the offensive zone Grant Jensen looked to be exchanging words with a Terrier when the Yorkton player decided to turn and skate away while Jensen slashed his stick out of his hands. With the Hawks shorthanded, Dustin Skilliter landed the puck on his stick for a breakaway but couldn't beat Kale Thomson. The Terriers went back on a 2-on-2 but couldn't convert, and then Jeff Datoff threw the puck up in the air to Tad Kozun, who walked in alone and beat Thomson 5-hole to put his team up 2-1 with his 6th of season, all while remaining shorthanded. 5 minutes later, the Hawks were at it again, as Brady Zerr walked over the blue line and fired a beamer over the glove of Thomson and in to the back of the net. The Hawks got outshot 12-6 in the period, but 2 goals put them in front by a score of 3-1.

Kailum Gervais beat Davis Jones early in the 3rd to get Yorkton within 1, with the assists to Zak Majkowski(who seemed to be after everyone physically) and Johnson with his 2nd point of the night. Both teams were less than impressive on the power play, combining for 0-for-9 on the night, so it would be a even strength goal that tied the game; as Jeremy Johnson notched his 2nd and 11th of the year. The Hawks only managed 4 3rd period shots, to Yorkton's 16. The teams would head to overtime after the final minutes saw several stoppages that gave the players chances to mentally set up a big chance late in the game.

Overtime wouldn't see a whole lot of chances for either sides, but the Hawks netminder Davis Jones made several HUGE saves not just in OT, but throughout this game to give his team a chance to win. He would finish the night with 41 saves(and somehow got left off the 3 stars).

In the shootout, Derek Falloon and Jesse Bernard exchanged goals, before Arti Kalashnikov and Zak Majkowski both couldn't score. After a Jeremy Johnson goal, Tad Kozun needed to score to keep the game going, but he fanned on the shot and the Terriers bench erupted to the ice, improving to 7-0-0-0 on home ice. Meanwhile, the Hawks road struggles continued, dropping to 0-3-0-2 away from the Cage.

For the Hawks, I personally felt like it was one of the better games of the year, leading up to the third period. I had nothing bad to say about any individual player, although a few plays almost cost the team the game prior to the shootout. Tad Kozun, Tayler Balog and Jesse Bernard were the top forwards in my eyes, with Dustin Skilliter also having a gutsy effort. All 6 d-men had sound games, and netminder Davis Jones let his 41 stops speak for themselves. I couldn't believe some of the saves he made, I will get audio up on Sunday at some point.

The Hawks will embark on a 3 game road trip next weekend, but before they head out they have to host Flin Flon on Tuesday night. The game will begin at 7:30 down at the Centennial Arena, and the Hawks hope to see the Cage packed as the Bombers are one of the SJHL's top teams and it should make for a great game.

Best of luck to Tayler Balog at the World Junior A Challenge Camp, which begins at 6:00 PM tonight in Calgary. If the next few days go well for Tayler, he will travel to Nova Scotia for the WJAC which begins November 5th. Go get 'em, Balog!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Hawks Head To Yorkton To Face Terriers:

 The Nipawin Hawks are travelling south east today to Yorkton, where they will hit the ic for a 7:30 puck drop against the Terriers.

The Hawks have won 4 of 5 since dropping both games on their Yorkton/Melville trip in early October. The only loss came in Humboldt, when the Broncos came away with a 5-1 decision.

The last time Nipawin was in Yorkton, they failed to beat netminder Kale Thomson, who made 24 stops in a 3-0 win. That game featured what some refer to as sparks, but I'll refer to it as a bonfire. The 2 teams combined for 236 penalty minutes, including 10 Rough After Whistle penalties and multiple Fighting Majors.

Both teams, you can tell don't like each other much; but I think tonight's game is going to have a quicker pace and a more Hockey-oriented style. Doug Johnson and Trent Cassan were both disappointed with the on-ice performance, meaning they probably want the guys to take this game out on the scoreboard.

Puck drop tonight will be 7:30, but the game can be heard live throughout most of Saskatchewan on the AM dial, on CK750. I'll have the call beginning at 7:15 from the Farrell Agencies Arena.

Tune in online if you can't get the signal, at

Mustangs Win In Weyburn:

 Last season, the Mustangs were 0-4 against the Weyburn Red Wings. This year, they've come out to a 2-0 start thanks to last night's 2-1 victory over the Red n White.

Brandon Formosa scored a power play goal just past the midway point of the opening period. He roofed a rebound after Logan Sceviour fired a point shot towards Wings' netminder Nate Ferris.

Weyburn would tie the game in the 2nd, with Ryan Ostertag picking up his 9th goal in 7 games since being traded from Nipawin 6 games in to this season. Melfort left off the gas pedal a little in the 2nd, but had a 1-1 tie going in to the room.

In the 3rd, Jay Aason would put the Mustangs power play to 2/4 on the night with a rocket shot from the point that fooled Ferris. The Mustangs power play had finally awoken and they went in front late.

A push from Weyburn late in the game would result in a dying minutes penalty against the Mustangs, but Patrick Johnson remained solid in net, holding out several booming one timers from Carter Struthers.

Making 26 saves for the win, Johnson improved as the game went on. Ferris made 29 stops in the losing cause, while Melfort improved to 6-7-0-0 on the season. Weyburn fell to 3-12-0-0.

Tonight, the 'Stangs host the Melville Millionaires at the Palace, who are coming off a 8-3 win last night, not to mention a 6 goal 3rd period. These two teams will rematch on Tuesday night in Melville, that game will be heard on CK750.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Mustangs @ Weyburn Preview:

The Melfort Mustangs are in Weyburn tonight to take on the Red Wings, who have struggled lately winning just 1 of their previous 8 games. The Mustangs, meanwhile have lost 2 straight, dropping their record to 5-7-0-0 on the season.

These teams met 2 weeks ago in Melfort, and the Mustangs carried the pace of play for the majority of that game, winning 6-3 thanks to 3-point nights from each member of the top line; Brandon Formosa, Brandon Sloan and Jarrett Zentner.

Weyburn made a trade today sending Brendon Wilde to Estevan, meaning there will be one less familiar face in the Wings line up for the Mustangs to focus on.

In net, both teams have given mostly split duties. Jesse Wilkins and Patrick Johnson have both played over 250 minutes of hockey, while the Red Wings have iced 3 goaltenders, with of them seeing over 250 minutes of action.

Ryan Ostertag has given Weyburn a spark of light as of late, winning last weeks SJHL player of the week award. Ostertag, an ex-Nipawin Hawk, has put up 12 points in his first 6 games in Red and White.

The game can be heard online at as well as on the radio dial on 105 CJVR!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hawks' Balog To Attend WJAC Camp:

The Nipawin Hawks may have lost 5-1 at the hands of the Humboldt Broncos last night, but there is still one positive vibe pumping from the yellow and black's dressing room.

18 year old Tayler Balog has been named one of seven SJHL players invited by Dean Brockman and the Canada West Coaching Staff to attend the World Junior A Challenge Camp in Calgary.

The camp, which begins Sunday night, will see Balog joined by SJ'ers Tyler Kauk(Estevan, D), Josh Betinol(Battlefords, F), Brett Boehm(Flin Flon, F), Rhyse Dieno(La Ronge, F), Dylan McCombie(Flin Flon, F) and Russell Trudeau(Melville, F).

Of the 7 SJHL players selected, 3 of which call Saskatchewan home during the off season. Another interesting stat, there are 8 players on this list that live east of Manitoba(Ont and Que). This stat, I don't feel should exist.

There are some very quality Hockey players from the SJHL who got passed over potentially because of players who would normally be on the Team Canada East Roster, and I'm sure players from the MJHL and SIJHL as well.  

Because we're all from Canada, it's a hard issue to argue against. I feel this is conflicting with a similar situation last year. Mario Lucia was playing for Penticton in the BCHL yet played for Team USA - I know Canada 'West' and 'East' aren't their own nations, but for me the pride is the same and I feel the WJAC should be a 'play where you're from, not where you play' situation not just for international players.. 

Aside from that, this is an extremely exciting opportunity for all of these players; with 7 returning players from last years team Gold Medal winning team, including last years top 2 team scorers, Canada West should be in for a fun ride this November in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

With alumni such as Jaden Schwartz and Nail Yakupov, the WJAC is a week of exciting hockey beginning with exhibition beginning not this Friday, but next. Last year, West beat East in the Final in Langley, thanks to a multi-point effort from Alex Kerfoot, who is among the returnees.

Canada West opens the tournament vs the Czech Republic on Tuesday, November 9th at 1:00 Central time, 4:00 Atlantic time. The games can be viewed free thanks to FASTHockey. Click that link and you're on the broadcast page, just sign up and go!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

SJHL Hitting The Books:

This is (great news) from the SJHL website:

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is getting a whole lot smarter.

Although the hockey product will always be the No. 1 priority for the league, the education of the players - both while they are in the league and when they move on in the future - is a growing concern.

That is where Garry Gawryliuk comes into the picture.

Gawryliuk is a retired high school teacher from Yorkton and for the past 15 years he has been working with players from both the Terriers and the Melville Millionaires to help them prepare for educational opportunities once they have finished playing in the SJHL.

Last year, after Bill Chow was brought in as league president, Gawryliuk had his responsibilities expanded when he became the educational consultant for the entire league.

“Last week when I was in Humboldt for the prospects game, the NCAA scouts were pretty impressed,” says Gawryliuk. “There is no other league that has hired an educational consultant. They kind of liked it when they needed information and we had it all there for them.”

What Gawryliuk has done is create a series of templates that the players fill out so if a scout does call, then the information is ready for dispersal. The templates fall into three categories: educational, hockey and vocational. The educational portfolio includes the player’s marks, study interests and possibly a reference letter from a teacher. The hockey portfolio lists all the player’s accomplishments on the ice including any awards won, statistics and a letter of reference from a coach. The vocational template is designed for players who are unsure of going the school route, but would like to continue playing hockey at some level.

“By filling out the portfolios, the players have to decide on what they want to do,” says Gawryliuk. “Judging from the success we had last year we are definitely on the right track.”

The educational and hockey information is obviously used by players wanting to attract a scholarship, whether it is to an American college, Canadian university or even a technical school. The vocational route is rather new, but one that is gaining some momentum as industries and professional trades are looking for workers with a hockey background so that they can represent their business at major tournaments in addition to providing an opportunity for employment.

“Places like the northern mines, or the RCMP, like junior hockey players because of their discipline, leadership and the team modelling concept,” says Gawryliuk.

“We are becoming a sounding board for agencies interested in that,” added Gawryliuk, who noted that Lee Bitternose of the RCMP has been one to inquire about the program.

While Gawryliuk does the footwork for the players to get started in determining their future career path, he says it is up to the players to be diligent in seeking out opportunities.

“To get a scholarship you have to sell yourself and sell yourself on paper,” says Gawryliuk. “We also encourage players to include video highlights (of themselves) to go with their packages and we tell players if the scouts don’t come knocking on your door, that is where they have to get to work and study what schools they would like to play for and also see which teams might need a player like them.”

Gawryliuk does try and visit most SJHL clubs, but when they come into Yorkton or Melville they can almost certainly expect a visit so as “to give them a face to the name.”

There is no age restriction for any player to select any route although generally it is the younger players that seek out the scholarships and the older players who consider the vocational program.

The SJHL has put a strong emphasis on education and with Gawryliuk taking control of the program, it is very evident that the league will be highly recruited and the players will have a greater chance for success in the future.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Mustangs Preparing For Terriers:

Old Time Logo's For 2 Historical Teams
After a 6-3 win this weekend against the sluggish Weyburn Red Wings, the Melfort Mustangs are back at the drawing board in preparation for Thursday's game against the Yorkton Terriers. These teams are yet to meet this season, but the Terriers will come in with the hot(ter) hand.

With 6 wins in their first 8 games, the Terriers sit with the 2nd best win percentage in the SJHL, behind only Flin Flon. They posses heavy gun Jeremy Johnson, who has 8 goals in 8 games, and they've also allowed a league low 16 goals thanks to Conor Barrie and local boy Kale Thomson. Not bad for a team that hardly made it over 10 returning players.

The Mustangs meanwhile, are now playing .500 hockey at 5-5-0-0 and will look to be above .500 with a win for the first time since February 16th of 2011, and hey, this Terrier club is the same one that ousted the Mustangs in 5 games in the 2nd round that year. A win would also help the Mustangs gain ground on the Humboldt Broncos, assuming they pick up a minimum of 2 points in 2 games leading up to Thursday. The 'Stangs are currently 1 point back of their barn pals, with 2 games more being played by Melfort.

Game time on Thursday is 7:30 at Northern Lights Palace, and if you are unable to make it to the rink, I encourage you to tune in to the Melfort Mustangs Broadcast Network for a few bucks cheaper with Sportsnet like scoreboards and replays!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Mustangs Improve To .500:

The Weyburn Red Wings came in to Melfort on Saturday night with not much confidence, riding a 3 game losing slide and coming off an 11-4 loss to Nipawin.

The Mustangs, on the other hand, were coming back from a 2-1 win on Wednesday after Humboldt gave them 2 losses last weekend.

Led by Brandon Sloan and Brandon Formosa, the Mustangs improved their record to 5-5-0-0 with a 6-3 win over the Wings at the Northern Lights Palace.

Goric Tham opened the scoring late in the 1st when he picked a Weyburn d-man of the puck and picked his spot on netminder Brett Teskey. And then before I could even get my notes written, they went right back in off the faceoff and capitalized on a 2-on-1. Jarret Zentner and Sloan drew assists on Formosa's 2nd of the year and 1st of the night. Outshooting Weyburn 13-12 in the 1st, the Mustangs took a 2 goal lead to the break.

5 minutes in to the 2nd, with Branden Ganz and Cody Fiala in the box, Jay Aason would score a point shot off a one-touch pass play by Logan Sceviour and Tham. 3 minutes later, the Zentner-Formosa-Sloan line got another one, with Formosa notching his 2nd. With shots 27-14 at that point, the Mustangs kept coming making it 5-0 when Cody Brown moved the puck up to a shorthanded Landon Belchamber who stopped up just below the top of circle and defined top corner for the 646 strong at the Palace. Austin Rosselain got Weyburn on the board with a side of the net wraparound that slipped through the legs of Patrick Johnson, who made some wonderful saves in all 3 periods. Just over a minute later, the Mustangs top line added another, this time it was Brandon Sloan with his line mates getting assists. The game was 6-1 after 2 and the Mustangs had a shot advantage of 28-18.

The 3rd period wouldn't have too much of anything, minus the Red Wings finding their groove. They scored 2 goals 27 seconds apart from Lane Harbor and Brendon Wilde. The Mustangs settled their game down and both teams played a hard fought period with not too much rough stuff at all, minus a few hits and scrums. Shots on net in their 3rd favored the Red Wings, meaning that despite their 2-8-0-0 record, they have only been outshot in all 3 periods once this season, in a loss in the 3rd game against Flin Flon. Final score was 6-3 and the Mustangs did the salute at center to thank their fans.

With the win, the Mustangs now sit 1 point back of the Humboldt Broncos for 2nd in the Bauer Conference, while the loss drops the Red Wings to 2-8-0-0 and leaves them 1 point back of Estevan for 2nd last in the Sherwood Conference.

Next up for the Mustangs is a Thursday night battle with Yorkton down at the Palace. Puck drop is 7:30 and the game can be heard online at on the Mustang Broadcast Network.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Hawks Give Parents More Than A Handful:

It was Parents and Billets Night for the Nipawin Hawks on Friday, and the sons of 19 families(read on....) gave their parents a huge treat, scoring nearly a dozen times en route to a 11-4 shellacking of the Weyburn Red Wings.

The game began with a presentation that saw the players skate from the dressing room across the ice to their parents with flowers in arms. Nice for the parents for sure.

Maybe the flowers were giving off some sort of magical odour, because the Hawks came out hard, and never looked back. It only took 3:24 for the Hawks to strike first, and it was a wonderful play cycling down low between Brady Zerr, Yan Kalashnikov and the newest Hawk, Artisiom Kalashnikov. Arti, as they call him, is the 6 month younger brother of Yan and will surely provide added comfort and confidence for both brothers. Back to the goal, Arti got a wraparound and buried to open the scoring. Drake Brown would beat Davis Jones with just under 5 to go in the period making it 1-1. Most of the first period was played back and forth, but the Hawks went up a couple when Taylor Balog and Tad Kozun began their multi-point nights assisting on Dexter Bricker's 1st of the night. Cody Fiala would deliver a punishing yet very dirty hit on Garret Lockeridge, and fights would follow between Michael Lambert and Ryan Cooper, and Dustin Skilliter and Fiala. Shots would end up being 11-10 in favor of the Red Wings after one, and the Hawks led 2-1.

In the second, Nipawin seemed to find their gas pedal. Brady Zerr got it going 4 minutes in with Keenan Martens and Tad Kozun drawing helpers. The Hawks pressured but found themselves down 2 men at the 8:00 mark, but somehow it was the Hawks that capitalized while down a man. Wheaton King fed the puck to Jesse Bernard who went down shorthanded and beat Weyburn netminder Nate Ferris. :30 seconds later, they did it again, this time it was Tad Kozun off a pass from Taylor Balog. 4 minutes after that, Dexter Bricker capitalized on the man advantage, with Ben Petros and Carter Danczak getting assists on the 6-1 goal. Miguel Pareira added one for Weyburn with just over 5 minutes to go, but their momentum wouldn't last long as Tad Kozun made it 7-2 moments later. Shots after the 2nd were 23-17 for the Hawks, and they lead 7-2.

3 minutes in to the final frame, Carter Danczak got the puck to Jesse Bernard who set up Wheaton King for his first of the night. 2 and a half minutes later, the Hawks found themselves on the powerplay and Tad Kozun gave Taylor Balog the tap in, making it 9-2. The third period seemed to drag on and then the bubble broke when Jeff Datoff moved the puck up to Jesse Bernard, who gave King his 2nd of the night. With 5 minutes left, Kyle Oleniuk picked his spot on Jones, and attempted to give his team some life. His work would prove handy as Matt Martin made a fancy move and beat Jones for his 2nd of the season and to make it a 10-4 game. But the night would end just how it started, as Dexter Bricker scored with just 3 seconds left from the goal line. Both Kalashnikov brothers had assists but I see the SJHL removed them. The Hawks dominated the Wings in the third as well, out shooting them 17-6, and overall 50-34. The Hawks gave their parents a heck of a night, and won 11-4 and improved to 4-3-0-1 on the year.

I was very impressed with the entire Hawks team tonight, they all played with real intensity. Getting Arti and Yan together was huge for both of them and I think along with Brady Zerr, they will make a strong line this season. Tad Kozun looked to be much more confident tonight as well, as did Jesse Bernard. There wasn't many dark spots for the Hawks, and now they have a week to fine tune things for their Friday night game with the Kindersley Klippers. Puckdrop on Friday is 7:30 at the Centennial Arena.

Tomorrow is the 8th annual Hawks Fish Fest at the White Fox Community Hall. It begins at 6:00 and if you would like to go, it's 30 bucks a plate and the night will have music by Touch of Grey. Get tickets at the Hawks office or Scotiabank in Nipawin.

Hawks Host Red Wings(+broadcast link):

The Weyburn Red Wings visit the Cage tonight, and the Hawks will be forced to face former Nipawin forward Ryan Ostertag.

Weyburn has a record of 2-6-0-0, while the Hawks are 3-3-0-1.

Gametime is 7:30, with the ustream broadcast available online at

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hawks Pick Up 2 Points vs La Ronge:

The Nipawin Hawks ended their struggles with a 3-1 win tonight at home over the La Ronge Ice Wolves.

Davis Jones was by far the sharpest claw, making 44 stops on 45 shots. At the other end, Myles Hovdebo made 27 saves on 29 shots.

Grant Jensen scored his first of the season on the powerplay in the opening frame, with Tad Kozun dishing a cross ice pass to the pinching Jensen. Kozun picked up his first of three assists on the night. Mitch Doell also added a helper.

In the second, Taylor Balog got a beauty pass in front, once again from Kozun. Hovdebo stood no chance getting across, and the Hawks went up by 2, four minutes before the games midway point. Dexter Bricker also assisted on the goal.

Brendan Boyd made it 2-1 at 11:23 of the 2nd, but the Hawks battled hard for the rest of the game picking up 2 points over an Ice Wolves team that will be in Melfort on Wednesday night.

Wheaton King added a breakaway empty netter with under a minute to go, putting the nail in the coffin.

As far as special teams went, the Hawks went 1/6, while successfully killing off all 5 shorthanded efforts. The game features a couple tussles, between Taylor Balog and Brett McNevin; and then later between Dustin Skilliter and La Ronge captain Graham Smerek.

Jones, Kozun and Boyd were named the games 3 stars in front of 504 faithful at the Centennial Arena.

Nipawin welcomes ex-Hawk Ryan Ostertag and the Weyburn Red Wings to town on Friday night, with puck drop set for 7:30.

Hawks Make Couple Of Deals:

Following a road trip that started well but finished with a landslide, the Nipawin Hawks have made their move.

20-year old forward Ryan Ostertag has been sent to the Weyburn Red Wings in exchange for Future Considerations and '95 born prospect Forward Connor Bucsis.

Bucsis is currently playing with the Tisdale Trojans, and has 3 points in 2 games.

Last week, the Hawks also acquired 18-year old Carter Danczak and 17-year old Max Powiada from the Battlefords North Stars for Forward Justin Waskewitch..

Danczak was the leading scoring with the Battlefords Midget AAA club last season, and has 1 assists through 1 game with the SJHL Stars so far this season.

Powiada is from Saskatoon but is playing for the SMHL's Battleford Stars currently, and was also a part of Team Saskatchewan at the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax. Max will fight for a roster spot in 2013/2014.

The Hawks entertain the La Ronge Ice Wolves tonight at 7:30. Listen to the broadcast live on MBC with fellow BC-boy Dustin Forbes(with me on color) by clicking this link!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Hawks Go 0-2 On Road Trip:

The Hawks return home Tuesday after dropping both games on a southern swing.


The Nipawin Hawks arrived early at the rink in Yorkton, and after having several hours of hanging out together and building up anticipation for the game, you would have thunk the energy levels to start the game would have been higher.

The Hawks managed just 5 first period shots, with Yorkton getting a couple goals while nearly tripling the Nipawin shot total. Jeremy Johnson beat Jordan Liem 3:32 in to open the scoring with Patrick Webb getting an assist, as well as Derek Falloon; who had two helpers on the night. 15 minutes later, Dylan Baer added his first of the season after joining a tenacious fore check, making it 2-0.

In the second, the Hawks started to show a little life and they were playing back and forth hockey until a Tayler Thompson dangle with just under 5 to go in the period. Thompson undressed Eric Bollefer with a between the legs toe drag, and roofed it on Liem to extend the 'Pups lead to 3-0. Shots in the 2nd were 11-7 for Nipawin.

The 3rd period would see a lot less hockey being played, and a lot more stupid stuff. The Hawks veterans seemed to be losing their cool, amassing a total of 104 penalty minutes in the 3rd period alone. They totaled 132 on the night, with Yorkton totaling 104. I won't point any fingers, but several Hawks displayed very poor sportsmanship in the period, and a fight in the defensive zone between Jesse Roden and Brendan Poncelet instigated a mini-brawl, which had 90 penalty minutes handed out at the 12:21 mark. With time running down, Brendan Hopkins would go after John Odgers, who wanted nothing to do with it, but went anyways; and that would be the last of the rough stuff and the game would wind down to 00:00 with Yorkton winning 3-0.

Final Shots on net after 60 minutes would be (officially)28-24, although the arena shot clock read 31-24 in favor of Yorkton. Jordan Liem played stellar making a few huge saves, totalling 25 on the evening. For Yorkton, hometown boy Kale Thomson stopped all 24 shots he faced.

Head Coach Doug Johnson was very displeased with not just the way his team played, but the way they handled themselves. During the Davis Rexall Drugs postgame show, he also made it known that he thought the game got out of hand with help of the officiating crew, who I think the majority of the 772 in attendance will agree; did a poor job of keeping both teams calm and controlled.

It was a game that started out boring, and finished with fireworks. But at the same time, those fireworks should have been avoided, and I wouldn't be surprised to see a few of the involved players from both sides receive suspensions. When I know if there is going to be suspensions, I will keep you all posted through the blog and twitter who is getting what, for what, and for how long.

The Hawks may have had a rough weekend, but I think there are great things in store for these boys. The young group of players is great and the returning core needs to step up, but when they do, watch for an improvement from the 34-win season last year. Besides, it's still very early.

I also owe a thank you to the rink staff in both Melville and Yorkton, they treated myself and the entire Hawks team with tons of respect. I had rink guys helping me make sure wiring was set up, and I had all the resources; and to get that help from strangers is great!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. May it be filled with turkey and stuffing. And family!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Millionaires Complete Comeback On Nipawin:



It was a night that started oh so well for the Hawks, but at the end of the game, it was the Millionaires who had the last laugh, winning 5-3 after trailing 3-1 in the 2nd.

Russel Trudeau scored the games opening goal, before Carter Coben and Jesse Bernard scored 1st period goals to send the Hawks to the break in front. Dustin Skilliter, Brady Zerr and Wheaton King added assists on the 1st period markers.

Early in the 2nd, Michael Lambert would find the puck on the doorstep to beat Mills netminder Alex Wakaluk, who made 33 saves on the night. Tad Kozun and Jesse Bernard put up the helpers.

With a 2 goal lead, Nipawin looked to hold all momentum, building up a large shot margin, but Ian McNulty gave his team a spark with under 2 minutes to go, cutting the Hawks lead to on.

For most of the third, Melville held pressure, and just after the midway mark they would strike twice in 16 seconds with Michael Sagen scoring right before Trudeau added his 2nd of the night.

The Hawks would send Davis Jones to the bench for the extra attacker but Alex Elliot sealed the deal late. Trudeau picked up his 3rd point of the night on the play, bringing his season total to 11 through his teams first 7 games. 

Jones made 22 stops in the loss, and his team will look to rebound tonight in Yorkton. The game can be heard on CJVR and online at

Hawks-Millionaires SJHL Preview:


Millionaires Record: 4-2-0-0
Hawks Record: 2-1-1-0

Next Hawks Game: Tomorrow night @ Yorkton, 7:15 on CJVR /

Broadcast link: HERE!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Hawks Weekend Look Ahead:

The Nipawin Hawks are hitting the road for their first road trip of the 12/13 season, beginning with a Friday night showdown in Melville with the Millionaires.

The Mills have scored 26 goals through their first 5 games, a league high.

The Hawks have a 2-1-1 record and want to come home with 4 more points in the standings.

Assistant Coach Tyson Hobbins knows what his team needs to do to shut down the Millionaire offense.

"Take time and space away, (those good players) need time and space, and if we can take that space away we should be good."

He also stated "This is the first overnight trip for the team and this is going to be a good time for the boys to bond and spend time together."

The Hawks will look to Ryan Ostertag to continue to provide offense, as well as Mitch Doell and Tad Kozun.

Several Hawks forwards are underachieving and this weekend is a great chance for some of those players to step things up.

The Hawks will then use Saturday to travel to Yorkton, before visiting the Farrell Agencies Arena and the Terriers who call it home.

The Terriers have just one player with more than 1 goal to start the season, meaning depth may be an issue although it is too early in the season to predict.

Both games will begin at 7:30, with the pregame show beginning at 7:15 on both nights on the home of Country in the northeast, 105 CJVR. The game can also be heard online at or by clicking here!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

SJHL Players of the Week:

Players of the Week

La Ronge Ice Wolves forward Rhyse Dieno is the SJHL Player of the Week after putting up 9 points in his teams first 5 games.

Estevan Bruin D-man Tyler Kauk was Defenseman of the Week, picking up 3 points against Nipawin on Thursday night. Kauk also added 2 assists through his teams next 2 games.

Kindersley Klippers goalie Warren Shymko won the Goaltender honors with a 1.97 goals against average in 2 starts, while his teammate Connor Gay was the Top Rookie to start the season, scoring 4 points in his first 3 SJHL games.

Despite not having any players honored, the Melfort Mustangs and Nipawin Hawks both continue to fine tune their teams this week in preperation for road trips.

Melfort will be in La Ronge on Thursday beginning with a 7:15 pre game show on CK750, followed by the opening half of a home-and-home with the Humboldt Broncos which starts Friday in Melfort.

The Nipawin Hawks will hit the road this weekend as well, with stops in Melville and Yorkton. Beginning with Friday's game in Melville, both games can be heard on 105 CJVR beginning with a 7:15 pre game show.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

SJHL Power Rankings:

The SJHL released their Power Rankings for the week, and here they are. Keep in mind these are the picks of Mike Stackhouse and the SJHL, not myself. 

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1-FLIN FLON (4-0-0-0)
Scoring lots and not getting scored on very much.  Pretty good recipe to win hockey games.

2-KINDERSLEY (3-1-0-0)
The surprise of the first week and a half of the season.  Shymko gives them a chance every night.

3-LA RONGE (2-1-0-2) 
Not abundant in talent, but a real pain to play against.  Teams thinking it will be easy will be leaving town with 0 points.

4-NOTRE DAME (2-0-0-2)
Nobody pays any attention to them and Kevin White couldn’t be happier.

5-YORKTON (2-1-0-0)
Quiet out of the gate, but playing a tight defensive style that will win them plenty of games.

6-MELVILLE (3-2-0-0)
Fun for the fans, not so fun for the coaching staff.  Lots of run and gun.

7-NIPAWIN (2-1-0-1)
Look like they are still meshing a bit.  A team to watch.

8-HUMBOLDT (2-2-0-1)
If you were expecting an also ran after their load up from last year, think again.

9-BATTLEFORDS (2-2-0-0)
They are just never ever bad.  Never.  Even now when their roster seems void of superstars.

10-WEYBURN (2-3-0-0)
Defense is really good, but McMillan may need to bring smoke and mirrors to the rink some nights.

11-MELFORT (2-3-0-0)
Wouldn’t be a surprise to see single digit points separate second from sixth all year.  It’s going to be fun watching the North Division standings.

12-ESTEVAN (1-4-0-1)
Showing signs of coming around, they have to be careful not to get buried.