Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mustangs' Brandon Formosa Interview:

Brandon Formosa joined me to talk a little bit about his past, his holiday plans and his feelings on being a Melfort Mustang.

Brandon is in the his rookie SJHL season, but his 2nd season of Junior A hockey, and he currently leads the Mustangs with 10 goals and 19 points to date.

Melfort hosts Estevan and Kindersley this weekend, with both games beginning at 7:30 at the Palace.

Don't forget the CK750 Mustangs radio-thon is Saturday beginning at 9:00 AM, broadcasting live at the Palace. Make sure you get your tickets for the 25th anniversary 2013 Ford Mustang raffle, the car will be given away on December 31st when Nipawin is in town.




Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mustangs Weekly Report(Audio):

The Melfort Mustangs are in La Ronge tonight to face the only team behind them in the Bauer conference standings. The 2 clubs have faced off 3 times this season, with the Mustangs winning 2-1, 2-1, and most recently 1-0.

I had the chance to chat with Head Coach Gavin Holcomb as part of CK750's feature, the Mustang Report.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Discussing the Hawks with Doug Johnson:

I had the chance to have a chat with Nipawin Hawks coach Doug Johnson regarding the team, the upcoming games, a player getting the call to the WJHC, and of course, the lockout.

Props to Doug for making the time for me today.

The Hawks are in Flin Flon on Friday evening and host Battlefords on Saturday night.

Hope that you will give it a listen!

Also a big thanks goes out to Branden Crowe, Al Montgomery, Dennis Botterill, Mark Zosel as well as the staff at both Nipawin's Centennial Arena and Melfort's Northern Lights Palace for making this season as fun as it's been. It's only November, but already you all have done so much for myself and the broadcasts!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Hawks Defeat Broncos 2-1, 3rd Straight Win:

In the first, both teams came out looking strong and playing hard, but no one could beat the netminders at either end. Late in the period, Davis Jones was tested as Joey Davies went in on a breakaway. Davies got a clean shot away but Grant Jensen appeared to have played a little too aggressive, and the referee called a penalty shot. The crowd gave huge boos and made sure Davies couldn't hear himself think, and it proved worthy as Jones made a sharp glove save to keep the game scoreless. Shots after one were 9-9 and it was scoreless.

Early in the period, the ref would do his best to even up the calls by giving the Hawks an early powerplay, but they were unable to get any pressure prior to taking their own penalty. Humboldt seems to really come in waves, not a lot of 1 or 2 man rushes, you often see the whole offensive line rush to the net. For most of the 2nd, the Hawks seemed to be playing much better hockey and at one point the Hawks were up in 3nd period shots 14-2. The 14th shot would be the one to finally beat Humboldt goaltender Matt Hyrnkiw after Arti had a chance in front and the goalie couldn't hang on to the rebound. Carter Danczak eventually beat Hrynkiw after Yan and Arti worked with Danczak in front. The period was all Hawks and the shots showed it, 26-15 in favor of the Hawks.

Just 15 seconds in to he third, the Hawks energy line struck as Michael Lambert got a hard shot in the slot after receiving a pass from the side of the net from Dustin Skilliter, with Carter Coben also working in on the play. Nipawin continued their hard working game in to the first half of the period, but the Broncos showed a little bit more hustle as the period ticked down. Both teams would see a couple powerplays in the period but saves by Hrynkiw and Jones kept the game close. Near the midway mark, Jones would lose a puck behind him off a shot by Cody Pongracz and it would trickle in. Davies and Neil Landry had the assists. Humboldt would continue to buzz late in the period but they could not develop too much momentum as the Hawks played very well defensively. Hrynkiw left the net with just under a minute to go but the extra attacker didn't help the Broncos as the Hawks ended their 6 game winning streak with a 2-1 victory. The win extends Doug Johnsons' club win streak to 3 games. Nipawin outshot Humboldt 37-26 overall with Jeff Datoff picking up first star. Jeff played the game with a cage after taking a skate to the face last night. He discusses in the interview below.

Davis Jones made 25 saves for his 8th win of the season, while Matt Hrynkiw made 35 saves in just his 5th loss of the year.

Overall I thought the Hawks were a very very good hockey team. Coming in, Humboldt was just that, very very good. Nipawin got great defense tonight and when they got the puck they made the right plays. Humboldt showed signs of life at various moments in the game, and like every other time I've seen them play they seem to come at you in waves of 3 or 4 skaters and you can tell teams struggle with that but tonight Nipawin did a good job of containing Humboldt. Michael Lambert took a hard check and appeared hurt, but appeared to come back better than ever as he turned in his best effort of the season. Artsiom and Yan Kalashnikov also played very strong, getting the puck in the zone with smart plays, with both of them picking up an assist as well. Perhaps their best games of the year as well. Grant Jensen also turned in his best game, he broke up a few sure-scoring opportunities.

Next up for the Hawks is a  Tuesday nighter in Melville. The Hawks beat the Millionaires on Friday night with a 1-0 shutout for Davis Jones. That game can be heard live on CK750 with Branden Crowe, and you can also catch the game live on http://www.yourtownnews.ca beginning at 7:15. The Hawks return home Saturday night when the Battlefords North Stars make their first of two visits to the Centennial Arena.




Friday, November 16, 2012

Hawks Welcome Millionaires To Town:

They're 2nd in the SJHL at 14-5-0-1 and the last time the Melville Millionaires played the Nipawin Hawks, they scored 3 goals in the 3rd period in a 5-3 win at the Horizon Credit Union Center.

Jesse Bernard had a goal and an assist in the loss, while Carter Coben and Michael Lambert added singles and Davis Jones made 24 of 28 stops.

Alex Wakaluk made 33 stops on 36 shots, while Russel Trudeau and Ian McNulty led the way offensively for the Mills. TJ Reeve, who played in the WJAC out in Nova Scotia, was not in the lineup that night.

Coming in to tonight's game, the Hawks are fresh off their first road win of the season last Saturday in Melfort. That night features lots of sparks, through goals and hits and big stops from Jordan Liem. Tonight, Davis Jones will get tested against one of Canada's top teams, so make sure you stand on your feet and make some noise for the boys in yellow 'n black.

Tad Kozun will return from a suspension he recieved for an incident in Estevan a couple weeks ago, which is a huge boost for the injury-laden Hawks who are slowly rebuilding their lineup with players returning. Mitch Doell, Brady Zerr and Brendan Hopkins all remain on the IR.

Game time tonight at the Centennial Arena is 7:30, but be sure to get their a few minutes early to get in your seat to catch the starting lineups!

Tomorrow night, the Hawks entertain the Humboldt Broncos, who are in Melfort tonight taking on the Mustangs who are coming off a 5-2 win over Battlefords on Wednesday.

Godric Tham had 2 goals for Melfort that night, who got a strong performance from Patrick Johnson.

You can listen to that game tonight at 7:15 on CK750 and online at yourttownnews.ca and although you will hear Branden Crowe on the call, if you listen extra hard you'll hear my voice as the PA announcer at the Palace tonight.

See you at the rink!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Mustangs Win Heated Affair With North Stars:

Jay Aasen scored a powerplay goal and had an assist while Godric Tham had two goals in a 5-2 win for the Mustangs last night on home ice over the Battlefords North Stars.

The game featured a chance for Melfort to congratulate the MUCC Comets on their 9-man provincial Football title that they won last weekend, so again; Congrats boys!

Battlefords outshot the 'Stangs 32-25, with 16 of those shots coming in the 3rd period. Patrick Johnson was spectacular in net, stopping all but two of those shots. At the other end, it was rookie Ryan Rewerts making his debut after being called up from the SMAAAHL. He would stop 20 of 24 shots in his SJHL debut.

Kyle Hall opened the scoring for the Stars before Jay Aasen zinged a wrister past Rewerts after Blake Young took a tripping penalty. 4 minutes later, it was one of the games top players Brennan Bosovich who scored his 7th of season after splitting the D and breaking in on a mini-breakaway.

There would then be scoring until the 3rd period, but there would be one tilt in the middle frame, when ex-North Okanagan Knight Ben Greenaway dropped the mitts with Mustangs' Cody Brown. Both players have size and strength but the two went down together after only a few hard punches connected.

In the 3rd, Godric Tham would beat Rewerts putting Melfort up 3-1 but just over a minute later Battlefords went to work. Blake Young went low blocker as he flew in to the zone, beating Johnson for a 3-2 deficit. Young would then take a 4-minute high sticking penalty and for the second time on the night, the Mustangs would score with him in the box. This time it was Godric Tham, on a beautiful play set up by Logan Sceviour and Matt Saunderson. With a 4-2 lead, the Mustangs had to play 5-on-6 for the final two minutes, but Brandon Sloan sealed the deal with an empty netter.

With the win, the Mustangs are now 8-12-0-1 and have a chance to win their 4th home game of the season on Friday night when the Humboldt Broncos visit the Palace. You can catch that game on CK750 and online at yourtownnews.ca with Branden Crowe, who will have the call.

The Stars fell to 8-11-0-0 on the season, and sit 1 point back of the Mustangs in the Bauer Conference.

Notes: Avery Van Blaricom, ex-Mustang, played last night's game with the North Stars as an AP call up, and in limited ice time was effective with the puck. I guess this means he won't be a special guest on the broadcast for a while! Also was very nice to see Bosovich play the way he did, he was the stand out player in my eyes. Tham also had his best game of the year and looked like his confidence with the puck grew exponentially. Patrick Johnson and Jesse Wilkins must make up one of the best duos in the league, and Johnson is property of the Saskatoon Blades and with the way he is playing I wouldn't be surprised if he gets called up to the WHL during the World Juniors as their starter, Andrey Makarov, will be with Russia.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mustangs Host North Stars:

The Melfort Mustangs will look to bounce over the Battlefords North Stars tonight in the Sher-Wood Conference with a win.

The Mustangs, at 7-12-0-1 have won just 2 of their previous 10 but the teams play has been great in most of the games, with most of them being 1-goal games.

The North Stars on the other hand, are fighting to get back to .500 as they are currently 8-10-0-0.

These two teams have met twice this season already, with Battlefords taking both games by scores of 3-1(Sept. 29) and 5-4(Oct. 14). The second meeting was a close one with Patrick Johnson standing tall in net, while Jesse Wilkins stood out with 38 saves in the first meeting.

Connor Creech and Casey Parker have both appeared in one game for the Stars, with Parker stopping 23-of-27 in the 5-4 win, and Creech making 18 saves in the 3-1 game.

The Mustangs seem to have found more success in the offensive zone, although a 5-0 loss last night in Humboldt hurt their average. Last weekend, the team scored 7 in 2 games vs the Nipawin Hawks, showing that the offense is capable of scoring goals.

Brandon Formosa proved his worth last weekend, with a Friday night hat trick while both netminders played two amazing games, keeping the Mustangs within distance for the full 60 minutes.

Tonight's game can be heard on CJNB with my former Fort St John's Moose FM predecessor Mike Feeney, as well as online on the Mustangs Broadcast Network, through melfortmustangs.com

The MBN features what I think is one of the best Junior video broadcasts there is, features replay's, scoreboards, and graphics on goaltenders and players.

Tune in, it'll be worth it! A big thanks goes out today to the parents and fans I received emails from regarding my comments earlier this week, and while I regret putting a Mustang on the spot like that, I am glad you are all understanding of the situation I put myself in to and I look forward to bringing you enjoyable coverage of the SJHL for many games to come!

Monday, November 12, 2012

UPDATE: Hawks and Mustangs Each Win One:

Update- with apology to players. 

Dexter Bricker’s third period goal proved to be the winner as the Nipawin Hawks earned a victory on the road against their bitter rivals, 2-1.

The Hawks opened the scoring in the first period when Garrett Lockeridge snapped home his first career goal. Lockeridge wouldn’t see much ice after that… More on that later.

The Mustangs tied things up on the powerplay when Brennan Bosovich picked up his 6th goal of the season three minutes after the Hawks opened the scoring.

The second period was jam packed with big hits, fights and scrappy play. Hawks forward Garrett Lockeridge was thrown out after what was penalized as a crosscheck to the mouth of Godric Tham in the mouth after the whistle. Tham went for stitches and Lockeridge was given a 5 minute match penalty for intent to injure.

The Mustangs would fail to convert on the ensuing powerplay and things got heated after Cody Brown road Wheaton King in to the turnbuckle. King’s head caught the stanchion and snapped back "faster than I have ever seen" as Brendan Hopkins stated in the intermission show. Grant Jensen jumped in and the two wrestled to the ice.

Brown did not receive a penalty on the play, while King left to local Hospital and did not return. Keep reading for an extended update.

Off the ensuing faceoff Zach Walker and Taylor Balog dropped the mitts and took part in one of the more spirited tilts of the season.

Over 55 minutes in penalties were issued in the middle frame.

Bricker’s winner with under 5 minutes to go moves the Hawks to 8-7-1-3 while the Mustangs slip to 7-11-0-1.

It was a battle of the backups as Patrick Johnson made 28 saves while Jordan Liam kicked aside 18.

The Mustangs head to Humboldt on Tuesday while the Hawks host Melville on Friday. Tuesday's Mustang game will be broadcast on CK750, as well as Friday's Mustang @ Humboldt game, and then Saturday night the Hawks will take over CK750 with the Broncos in town. All games begin at 7:30 with the pregame show at 7:15.

These two teams don't meet until New Years Eve and New Years Day, and let me tell you, from the sounds of it; you won't want to miss those games. These teams do not like each at all, and I'm sure there will be some hurtin' bodies that aren't just from the New Years hangover...

Thank you

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Rematch Between SJHL Rivals:

Last night, Brandon Formosa notched his first ever SJHL hat trick, and netminder Jesse Wilkins made 30 saves en route to a 6-3 win over the Nipawin Hawks, who got 34 saves from Davis Jones.

Tonight, the two teams will do it all over again at the Northern Lights Palace in Melfort. Last night, Nipawin played their best hockey in the 2nd period, and it will take a full 60 minute effort tonight if they want to pick up the two points.

Tonight is also Rivalry Night in Melfort, so if you come from Nipawin, WEAR YOUR JERSEY! Wear it loud, and wear it proud. For every pair of Hawks jerseys, you will get two tickets for $15.00.

It's the Hawks and the Mustangs, Round 2 of the home-and-home! Tune in on CK750 if you can't make it down to the rink, and if you don't have a radio nearby, go online to yourtownnews.ca!

Pregame show begins at 7:15, with puckdrop slated for 7:30 although it is Remembrance Weekend so I invite you to join us for a moment of silence before puckdrop. Stick around after the game for the Davis Rexall Drugs Post Game Show, with the game stars, plays and hits of the game, and of course, thoughts from Hawks' coach Tyson Hobbins.

Mustangs Score Six In Nipawin:

This is from Branden's blog:

Brandon Formosa had the best night of his career with the Melfort Mustangs as he netted a hat trick to lead the Mustangs to a come from behind win over the Nipawin Hawks in an absolute thriller at The Cage.

It took all of 90 seconds for the Mustangs to silence the 630 people in attendance at the Centennial Arena as he opened the scoring on a great shot from the high slot on a Jesse Bernard turnover.

Eight minutes later Godric Tham scored a highlight reel goal as he deked out the defender and ripped home his 5th of the season to give the offensively dormant Mustangs a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.

Doug Johnson is a fiery coach and it was clear that whatever he said in the break woke up his Nipawin Hawks.

Three unanswered goals in 11 minutes helped the Hawks regain the lead and the momentum. The line of Jesse Bernard, Wheaton King and Jesse Williamson combined for 5 points in the period with Bernard and King adding goals to Garrett Lockeridge’s 1st of the season.

The turning point of the hockey game came late in the 2nd period when the Hawks came out flying and fired 9 shots on Jesse Wilkins on one shift and the Calgary native was an absolute rock. Wilkins wasn’t tested too often on the night but was great making 30 saves for the win.

The third period was all Melfort as they exploded for four goals. Brennan Bosovich and Cole Hyrsky chipped in while Brandon Formosa added two more to complete the hat-trick and seal the deal for the win.

10 Mustangs made it onto the scoresheet and their powerplay finally caught a break as they capitalized on a 5-3 in the second period.

Davis Jones made 34 saves in the losing effort for the Hawks and will likely get the start tonight (Saturday).

These two teams swap venues and will do it all again Saturday night at The Palace. The game can be heard on CK750 starting with the pre-game show at 7:15.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Mustangs vs Hawks, Double Header Weekend:


The Melfort Mustangs and Nipawin Hawks are preparing for their first two matchups of this 2012/2013 SJHL season.

Both teams have had struggles as of late, although Nipawin is coming off beating the #3 team in the CJHL on Tuesday.

With a record of 7-6-1-3, the Hawks have been lead to date by Wheaton King, Jesse Bernard and Tad Kozun, who currently has 2 games remaining on a 3 game suspension.

Defenceman Jesse Williamson has made the transition to forward for the past 3 games, and has 2 assists since doing so. Grant Jensen has also seen increased ice time with several forwards out of the lineup with injury.

Davis Jones has been the keystone for the Hawks, and he seems to be improving day by day. He has a 3.02 GAA currently while backup Jordan Liem has also been sharp, and he boasts a 2.70 GAA.

For the Mustangs, the line of Brandon Formosa, Brandon Sloan and Jarret Zentner have both been paving the way for thir team. With a record now of 6-10-0-1, the team has scored just 40 goals, 14 of which from those 3.

Jay Aasen, of Melfort, has given the team a stud on defence, and he's got 3 goals so far. Also on the back end, Matt Saunderson has shown great 2-way improvement.

In net, both goaltenders have looked sharp, with Jesse Wilkins having played 12 to Patrick Johnson's 7. Wilkins SV% is now .901 and Johnson has a 2.15 GAA.

Powerplays for both teams have been an area of concern, with Melfort being 4-for-63 currently, which is last in the SJHL. The Hawks have picked it up but still sit 14-for-96, which is 8th in the league. Both teams Penalty Kills are inside of the top 5, which can bring some joy to the coaching staff.

Tonight's game could either be a one-sided affair, or a goaltending battle down to the wire. Either way, make sure you come to the rink and cheer on your team!

If you come to the rink in Nipawin wearing Melfort colors, you will receive your 1st ticket for just $10.00 and the 2nd for ONLY $5.00! Don't forget to wear Nipawin colors to Melfort on Saturday for the same deal!

Tonight's game at the Centennial Arena begins at 7:30, with the CK750 pregame show with Branden Crowe beginning at 7:15.

Tomorrow night, the 2 clubs will rematch again in Melfort at Northern Lights Palace. That game, too, starts at 7:30 while the CK750 pregame show begins at 7:15 with Dustin Scafe.

You can listen to both games on yourtownnews.ca if you're unable to find our AM signal.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hawks End Bombers & Their Own Streaks:




Why bother with a big post game write up when the highlights say it all?

What a game last night at the Cage, with the Hawks winning 4-1 against the Bombers, improving to 7-6-1-3 on the season while the Bombers are now 13-4-0-0.

The Hawks came in on a 5 game winless streak while Flin Flon had won 5 straight. 

Flin Flon is in Melfort tonight beginning at 7:30 at the Northern Lights Palace, while the Hawks are off until Friday's game at home against Melfort.

Below is the highlights, and below that is the audio from my visit with the official voice of the Winnipeg Jets on TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg, Brian Munz. 


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Bombers-Hawks Broadcast Tonight:

 Nipawin vs Flin Flon, November 6th 2012
  • Hawks: 6-6-1-3 16 pts, 3rd in Bauer Conference
  • Bombers: 13-3-0-0 26 pts, 1st in Bauer Conference

Due to some demand from fans and parents, I will be providing play by play tonight for the Nipawin Hawks and Flin Flon Bombers game beginning at 7:20 on uStream.

 The Hawks are coming off losing 3 games this past weekend, despite the final 4 periods being their best.

Flin Flon is #3 in Canada and seems to just keep getting better and better.

Voice of the Winnipeg Jets on TSN Radio 1290 Brian Munz will join me on the broadcast, and if all goes well he may even provide the call for a period of Hawks Hockey!

The URL for tonight's game is http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sjhl-hockey

You can also click here!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Home-And-Home Ticket Promotion For Hawks & Mustangs:

We are over a quarter of the way in to the 2012/2013 SJHL season and the Nipawin Hawks and Melfort Mustangs are yet to face off.

Next weekend, they will do just that. Friday night in Nipawin, Saturday night in Melfort; the rivalry can finally rekindle.

Both teams play Flin Flon this week, as the Bombers are in Nipawin Tuesday and Melfort Wednesday. 7:30 is the puck drop time for both games, make sure you get to the rink and check out Canada's #3 team!

There will be a special promotion for next weekend's double header between the Hawks and 'Stangs, with the visiting teams fans getting discounted tickets. There's a catch, of course.. On Friday night, if you come from Melfort and have 2 or more people dressed in Mustangs colors, your first ticket will be just $10.00 and your second tickets will be ONLY $5.00! The same can be said for Saturday wear black 'n yellow and support the Hawk in Melfort and pay just $15.00 for two tickets!

Both teams hope to see you at the rink, stay tuned to CK750 all week to follow the teams to their first meetings of the season. Both games will be heard of CK750, the voice of the SJHL!

Hawks Lose All 3 On Southern Swing:


Unfortunately for the Nipawin Hawks, the off-ice attitudes and mindsets couldn't be put on the scoreboard. The guys grew closer and the friendships grew stronger, but the Hawks were unable to win in Weyburn, Estevan and Notre Dame.

The weekend started on Friday with a 4-1 loss to the Weyburn Red Wings(see below post) before heading down to Estevan to get in the hotel and catch some z's before the Bruins played host on Saturday night.

In Estevan, not only did the team get to play in the SJHL's finest barn, but they got to play in front of over 1500 fans. Those fans team up with the Bruins to put the Hawks down 3-0 after 2 periods thanks to goals from Darcy DeRoose, Wyatt Garagan and Tanner Froese. Shots were 25-15 after 2 periods and there weren't many sparks aside from a Tayler Balog 10-minute misconduct.

To start the 3rd, the Bruins netminder Curtis Martinu skated to center for whatever reason and collided with Tad Kozun and then speared Kozun in the throat. As a result of this altercation, Kozun has received a questionable 3 game suspension for being the instigator, which begins Tuesday. Martinu has also received a 3 game suspension which I'm sure is sitting well with the Bruins coaching staff as their backup netminder has now allowed 9 goals in under 60 minutes of action this season. After the penalties were sorted out, the 3rd got going and the Hawks started with an extended powerplay that allowed Dustin Skilliter to get on the board with Yan Kalashnikov and Eric Bollefer getting helpers. Under 3 minutes after that, Jeff Datoff would score his first of the season with a point shot that beat Travis Pelletier to cut the lead to one, assists to Jesse Bernard and Wheaton King. Then it was Dexter Bricker's turn just 3:25 later, after a nice rush from Datoff who fed it to David Heath who hit Bricker in the high slot. Wouldn't you know it, 14 seconds later the Hawks took the lead, as Wheaton King and Jesser Bernard got away on a 2-on-1 and King buried his 5th for the 4-3 goal. Getting upset, the Bruins started to look dangerous with several players taking near-miss runs at some of the Hawks. The only real connection was a Tyler Kauk board on Michael Lambert, which resulted in Lambert getting up slowly. Carter Coben took a later penalty and then moment later Hudson Morrison delivered a hit to the head of a Hawk, earning the gate for the game so the final minute was 4-on-4 under the :06 second mark when Coben got out. Coben rushed to the net where several Estevan players were jamming at the puck and they eventually found it, beating Davis Jones to tie the game with just 3 seconds left. The Bruins bench went nuts as did the crowd, who began throwing souvenir pucks at the Hawks bench and on the ice, not to mention a pack of cigarettes among things.

Final shots in regulation favored the Estevan Bruins, 38-24 but the teams were knotted up at 4-4. Overtime had a few chances either way including a big stop from Jones in close, and then Grant Jensen put his team down a man but they were able to kill it off just fine and the OT ended, shots 3-3.

In the shootout, Tanner Froese started things off but was stopped by Jones, before Yan Kalashnikov went in and missed wide on the right side. Austin Yano would then beat Jones to put his team up prior to Jesse Bernard equaling things up. Nick Weiss again gave Estevan the lead which set up Wheaton King to give the Hawks another chance. King went in, but couldn't pull the trigger to beat Pelletier setting up the Hawks loss and the winless road record continues.

Final shots were 41-27 with Estevan winning 5-4 to improve their record to 6-8-2-0 while the Hawks fell to 6-6-0-3. Davis Jones was, like always, sharp making 37 saves in the loss.










On Sunday afternoon, the Notre Dame Hounds had a chance to continue the Hawks winless stretch on home ice, and they did just that in overtime.

Ian Williams would open the scoring on a setup with Brandon Millian and Mitch Boucher at 9:24 before Wheaton King tied it up 2 minutes later from Jesse Bernard and Jesse Williamson(who played forward and looked great) and that would be it for the first period with the shots being 12-8 in Notre Dame's favor.

The Hounds looked frustrated at something in the middle frame, taking a few penalties while getting a way with a few, but the Hawks would eventually capitalize with 5:02 to go when Wheaton King tried to hit Tad Kozun in front of the net, but the puck instead made it's way to Eric Bollefer, who got his 3rd goal of the season. 56 seconds after that, the Hawks really woke up when Yan Kalashnikov picked up his first SJHL goal from Tayler Balog, making it 3-1. The Hawks outshot the Hounds 10-8 in the period.

In the 3rd, the ref and linesmen seemed to be calling a much more level game, but the Hounds played their hearts out and outshot the Hawks 14-6, while carrying most of the play. 32 seconds in to the period, Brandon Millin scored to cut the lead to one. Sam Aulie and Boucher got the helpers. Davis Jones was tested in the 3rd making several big stops including a back of leg save after he got spun around backwards in the net. With 1:26 to go, the Hawks would give up the late lead when Sam Aulie beat Jones on shot 33.

After a short break, the teams took to the ice for a 5 minute overtime with opportunities coming both ways. I thought the Hawks would finally get the monkey off their back but Carson Grolla used his speed and strength to get around several Hawks and get the puck in deep before beating Davis Jones to end the road trip with just 2 points of 6, and no road victories to look back to with a smile. Final shots were 37-27, and for the Hawks, their powerplay finally clicked going 2/4. Jones made 34 saves while Ty Reichenbach played strong making 24 saves in the win.

Overall, the Hawks road trip with a failure, as they went 0-1-1-1. But let's look at the grand scheme of things, that makes this road trip a huge success. From the guys laughing at dinner to hanging out at the hotel, the team made the most of their opportunities to hang with the boys and grow as a family. I owe a thanks to the coaches, Doug and Tyson, for their time this weekend as well as the players for hangin' out with the broadcast and Brian Kahlbenn just for being awesome. Also big props to Rod Peterson who provided color with me Friday and Saturday and did an absolutely fantastic job and I hope to have him on again soon!

Next up for the Hawks is Flin Flon on Tuesday night. Here's to hoping Garret Lockeridge will be back as well as the other injured players. Gametime at the Cage is 7:30!

Also a reminder next weekend is the Melfort Mustangs-Nipawin Hawks rivalry weekend, so make sure to come to Nipawin on Friday in Mustang colors and then Melfort on Saturday in Hawks colors! If you have 2 people with team colors, tickets are just 2 for 15 dollars.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Weekend Swing Starts With Loss To Weyburn:

The Nipawin Hawks lost 2 more forwards to injury on Friday night in a lackluster effort, falling 4-1 to the last place Weyburn Red Wings.

The Hawks came out decent in the first period but seemed to die off as the game went on, and Weyburn took advantage of it several times. Jordan Liem was one of a few bright spots for the Hawks, despite statistically only stopping 25 of 29. Jean-Phillipe Boucher of Quebec came in to his second game as a Red Wing and played strong and confident, making 30 stops for his second consecutive win.

Scoring was opened just prior to the 13:00 mark, when Ryan Ostertag and Miguel Pereira got away on a 2-on-1, with Pereira beating Liem off a cross-slot pass. Josh Lees picked up the second assist. 2:32 later, on the powerplay, Lane Harbor would roof a shot over a sprawling Liem with the assists to Sam Normandeau and Shain Scheschuk, who was ejected for a hit from behind on Brendan Hopkins who suffered an upper body injury on the play. 1:01 after the Wings went up a pair, Jesse Bernard would beat Boucher for 5th goal of the season, with Wheaton King and Jesse Williamson drawing helpers. The worst part of that goal was the broadcast was just coming back from commercial! The best part was the Hawks were within a goal late in the first. Shots in the 1st period were even at 10.

Weyburn really picked it up in the 2nd period and just under seven minutes in, Sam Williams capitalized on Jordan Liem, restoring the Red Wings 2 goal lead. Team scoring leader Miguel Pereira got an assist as well as Cody Fiala. Coming in to this game, the Red Wings powerplay was last place in the SJHL while the Hawks PK was 3rd, but the Wings got the edge with their 2nd powerplay goal of the night at the 15:11 mark when Sam Normandeau fired an absolute cannon from the point past Liem. Ryan Cooper and Lane Harbor had the assists on the 4-1 goal. After 2 periods, shots were 21-21 but the Red Wings had a 3 goal lead.

Looking to win their first road game of the season, the Hawks knew they needed a great 3rd period, but several Wings made great plays to preserve their lead. Their was a few sparks in this period as Dexter Bricker and Josh Lees agreed to drop the mitts inside of the Weyburn blue line and I'm not sure if Bricker fell of what but the fight ended moments in, no decision! After that, Arti Kalashnikov poked at a Wing on the bench, receiving 2-2 minute spearing penalties on the play, earning his spot in the press box tonight in Estevan. J-P Boucher made an unbelievable save on Yan, who I thought played a strong game for Nipawin. Shots in the third were 10-8 Nipawin, but they were unable to get any goals falling 4-1 to the previously weak Weyburn Red Wings. With the loss, the Hawks are now 6-6-0-2 and need a win tonight to stay above .500.

I thought the Hawks got strong games from Tayler Balog, Carter Coben and Carter Danczak, and I thought Yan Kalashnikov and Jesse Bernard also played good games. Coming in to their 2nd game of 3 in 3 nights, the Hawks need a much more widespread effort if they want to gain some confidence and catch up to the likes of Flin Flon and Humboldt. The Hawks lost Brendan Hopkins and Tad Kozun to injuries, and now have 5 forwards hurt and out of the lineup. Ian Bablitz played his 4th game of the season last night, and looked very comfortable and he will only continue to play better as he gets some games under his belt.

Tonight's game can be heard on CK750 and online at yourtownnews.ca as the Estevan Bruins host the Hawks for the first time this season(they return Feb. 9). The CK750 pregame show begins at 7:15 and puckdrop is 7:30! Tune in to the call with myself and Rod Peterson, who made his color debut last night and did a heck of a job!

Here's a picture of the green red men at last nights game.