MBB: No. 9 Manitoba squeaks out 72-69 win over Regina

Box Score: https://gobisons.ca/sports/mens-basketball/stats/2019-20/regina-cougars/boxscore/4641 

Game Recap

MBB: No. 9 Manitoba squeaks out 72-69 win over Regina

Nik Kowalski, Bison Sports

WINNIPEG – Down 16 at the half, the No. 9 Manitoba Bisons (13-2) found a way yet again, defeating the Regina Cougars (7-8) 72-69 at Investors Group Athletic Centre Friday night.

“We’re all here for each other, we’re having fun together and we’re all hyped up,” said Manitoba’s Andre Arruda postgame. “It’s just been a really good time.”

Both teams were without their leading scorers, Carter Millar for Regina and Rashawn Browne for Manitoba.

Manitoba felt the absence of their top point-getter early on, scoring just 20 points in the first half and going without a bucket for over half of the second quarter.

“Rashawn’s such a ball dominant guy and such a leader for us offensively,” said head coach Kirby Schepp postgame. “We were kind of a ship without its brother for the first little while.”

Regina led 36-20 at the half, taking advantage of only eight made Manitoba field goals.

“We weren’t very assertive in the way we executed,” said Schepp. “We just couldn’t get a good shot.”

With nine points off turnovers, the Bisons turned up their aggression in the third and completely erased the Cougar’s 16-point lead.

Missed free throws hurt Regina, while Manitoba sent the game into the fourth tied after a trio of Arruda free throws — his first points of the game.

“Every shot today felt good,” said Arruda, who finished with five points and 11 rebounds. “Getting those free throws to calm myself down and see the ball go through the hoop was nice.”

Manitoba grabbed their first lead of the game at 52-49 on a Keiran Zziwa and-one. They never looked back, leading until the clock hit zeroes.

Other Bisons stepped up throughout the night: James Wagner scored a game-high 25, Risto Zimbakov nailed a trio of threes, Cameron O’Hara used his height to pick off a full-court pass late in the game, and Joel Adu-Quaye threw down the game’s final basket with a vicious dunk.

Manitoba will look to stay unbeaten in regulation when they host Regina again, 7 p.m. tip-off.

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The 2020 YONEX Canadian National Badminton Championships are coming to Winnipeg

From January 29th to February 1st, 2020, Badminton Canada will be hosting the 2020 YONEX Canadian National Badminton Championships at the Prairie Badminton Club in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

For the first time in history, Badminton Canada will be hosting the National Championships for both able-bodied and para-badminton at the same time, and in the same venue.

“Badminton Canada has made inclusivity a priority; combining these events into one Championship was a crucial and necessary step for the organization” said Joe Morissette, Executive Director of Badminton Canada. “We welcome badminton enthusiasts of all abilities to come watch and experience the fastest racquet sport in the world!”

On display at the 2020 YONEX Canadian National Badminton Championships will be Canada’s best badminton athletes, including the youngest National Champion in history, Brian Yang. Yang is currently 2nd on the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Junior Ranking, and fresh off an incredible season – winning a Bronze medal at the Pan American Games this summer at the age of 17.

Joining, Yang will be fellow YONEX National Team athletes, including Women’s Doubles pair Rachel Honderich and Kristen Tsai; Men’s Doubles pair Jason Ho-Shue and Nyl Yakura; and Mixed Doubles pair Joshua Hurlburt-Yu and Josephine Wu – all of whom are defending National Champions and 2019 Pan Am Games Champions.

“We have our best athletes attending the Championships this year, it is sure to be a great competition with tons of great performances and energy” said Mike Butler, National Team Head Coach. “With para-badminton debuting in the 2020 Paralympic Games this summer in Tokyo, athletes and spectators will get a taste of the amazing things these para-athletes can do!”

An athlete to watch in the para-badminton events is young Winnipeg local, Olivia Meier. Meier trains out of the Winnipeg Winter Club (WWC), and has been a top performer for Canada since she began competing in para-badminton in 2016. This past summer, Meier claimed her first Parapan Am Games title in Mixed Doubles (SL3/SU5) alongside partner, Pascal Lapointe, and was also able to claim a silver medal with an outstanding performance in Women’s Singles (SL3/SU5). Now, like many of our Canadian badminton athletes, Meier looks to capture a National Championship title, however this time, she has the potential to do it in her hometown!

Schedule of Play: • Wednesday January 29th & Thursday January 30th 2020 – Main Round Matches – All Day • Friday January 31st – Semi-Finals begin a 5:00PM MST • Saturday February 1 st – Finals being at 12:00PM MST – Medals & Awards at 5:00PM MST

Prairie Badminton 275 De Baets st. Unit 2 Winnipeg, Manitoba R2J 4A8

For media access and athlete availability, please contact

mikeluck@badminton.ca Mike Luck Events & Communications, Manager Badminton Canada mikeluck@badminton.ca (613) 748-5674 ext. 223

Mike Soroka wins Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award

St. Marys, Ont. – Calgary native Mike Soroka has been named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 Tip O’Neill Award.

Canada’s baseball shrine presents this honour annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to baseball’s highest ideals.

Soroka, who finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting and sixth in the Cy Young Award voting, is a first-time winner of the award. He staved off strong competition from last year’s winner James Paxton (Ladner, B.C.) to secure the honour.

“Mike Soroka put together one of the best rookie seasons by a Canadian pitcher in major league history,” said Scott Crawford, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s director of operations. “He not only had an outstanding regular season with the Atlanta Braves, but he was also dominant in his first post-season start. He’s definitely a worthy recipient of the award.”

In his first full major league season, Soroka posted a 13-4 record and a 2.68 ERA, while striking out 142 batters in 174-2/3 innings in 29 starts for the Braves. His ERA ranked third in the National League, while his road ERA (1.35) was the best in the circuit and the fifth lowest in major leagues since 1913 (minimum 15 games started).

Among National League rookie hurlers, Soroka had the best ERA, was third in wins and fourth in games started, innings pitched and strikeouts. For his efforts, he was named to the National League All-Star team and a starting pitcher on Baseball America’s MLB All-Rookie team.

The Canuck right-hander was also masterful in his first post-season start, limiting the St. Louis Cardinals to one run on two hits, while striking out seven, in seven innings in Game 3 of the National League Division Series.

Selected in the first round of the 2015 MLB draft, the PBF Redbirds and Junior National Team alum made his big league debut on May 1, 2018. In five starts for the Braves last season, he registered a 2-1 record and a 3.51 ERA.

On top of his strong on-the-field performance in 2019 , Soroka has also been active in charitable and community endeavors. He worked with a number of charities that the Braves Foundation supports, including the Dave Krache Foundation and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He also worked with CHOA’s epilepsy unit during the season to host a number of children and their parents at a game. Back in his home province, he serves as an ambassador for KidSport Calgary.

Credit Kevin D. Liles/Atlanta Braves

“When I had been told I would be the recipient of the 2019 Tip O’Neill Award, it really did put me back in a sense of awe,” said Soroka. “Having had the opportunity to grow up through the Canadian Baseball Program (Junior National Team), I have always felt a sense of pride when there are Canadians excelling in this game. I am always sure to mention to anyone watching other games in the clubhouse when a Canadian is at the plate or on the mound. I am beyond humbled to have the honour of sharing this award with some of the greats of not just Canadian baseball, but Major League Baseball period. This sense of pride has stemmed from others who represented Canadian baseball so well before me, and is something I hope to carry on as well.

“I am extremely thankful to have been considered for the Tip O’Neill, as it will be something I carry with great pride.”

Details about the presentation of the 2019 Tip O’Neill Award will be announced in the coming months.

The Hall’s Tip O’Neill Award is named after Woodstock, Ont., native James “Tip” O’Neill, who was one of Major League Baseball’s first legitimate stars. With the American Association’s St. Louis Browns in 1887, O’Neill set big league records in hits, doubles, slugging percentage and total bases, while compiling a major league record .492 batting average. Walks were counted as hits in 1887, but if O’Neill’s average was calculated by today’s standards, it would be .435, the second-highest in big league history to Hugh Duffy who hit .440 in 1894.

To determine the winner of the Tip O’Neill Award, the Hall takes into account a number of criteria, including each candidate’s on-the-field performance, contributions to their team, community and charitable endeavors and support in fan voting. Starting on November 15, the Hall had encouraged fans to vote for their top three candidates and they responded by casting their votes via e-mail and on the Hall’s website.

*Mike Soroka photo credit Kevin D. Liles/Atlanta Braves

Past winners of the James “Tip” O’Neill Award:

1984 – Terry Puhl
1985 – Dave Shipanoff
1986 – Rob Ducey
1987 – Larry Walker
1988 – Kevin Reimer
1989 – Steve Wilson
1990 – Larry Walker
1991 – Daniel Brabant
1992 – Larry Walker
1993 – Rob Butler
1994 – Larry Walker
1995 – Larry Walker
1996 – Jason Dickson
1997 – Larry Walker
1998 – Larry Walker
1999 – Jeff Zimmerman
2000 – Ryan Dempster
2001 – Corey Koskie
2001 – Larry Walker
2002 – Eric Gagné
2002 – Larry Walker
2003 – Eric Gagné
2004 – Jason Bay
2005 – Jason Bay
2006 – Justin Morneau
2007 – Russell Martin
2008 – Justin Morneau
2009 – Jason Bay
2010 – Joey Votto
2011 – Joey Votto
2011 – John Axford
2012 – Joey Votto
2013 – Joey Votto
2014 – Justin Morneau
2015 – Joey Votto
2016 – Joey Votto
2017 – Joey Votto
2018 – James Paxton
2019 – Mike Soroka
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Mike Soroka est le lauréat du prix Tip O’Neill du Temple de la renommée du baseball canadien

St-Marys, Ontario – Le lauréat 2019 du prix Tip O’Neill remis par le Temple de la renommée du baseball canadien est Mike Soroka (Calgary, AB).

Ce prix est remis annuellement au joueur canadien qui a excellé de façon individuelle et apporté une grande contribution à son club tout en adhérant aux plus grands idéaux du baseball.

Soroka, qui a terminé deuxième pour le titre de recrue de l’année dans la Ligue nationale et sixième pour le Cy Young, remporte ce prix pour la première fois. Il a tout juste surpassé le gagnant précédant, James Paxton (Ladner, C.-B.).

« Mike Soroka a réalisé l’une des meilleures saisons pour un lanceur recru canadien dans l’histoire des Ligues majeures, a commenté Scott Crawford, le directeur des opérations du Temple de la renommée du baseball canadien. En plus de sa campagne magnifique avec les Braves d’Atlanta, il a dominé lors de son seul départ en séries d’après-saison. Il mérite amplement cet honneur. »

À sa première saison complète dans les Majeures, Soroka a compilé une fiche de 13-4 et une MPM de 2,68, retirant 142 frappeurs en 174 manches et deux tiers, soit 29 départs, pour les Braves. Sa moyenne de points mérités est la troisième meilleure la Nationale alors qu’il a présenté la meilleure MPM sur la route (1,35) de tout le circuit et la cinquième meilleure depuis 1913.

De tous les lanceurs recrus de la Ligue nationale, Soroka a maintenu la meilleure MPM, a terminé troisième pour les victoires et quatrième pour les matchs débutés, les manches lancées et les retraits sur trois prises. Grâce à ces résultats, il a été invité au match des étoiles et a été nommé lanceur partant de l’équipe étoiles des recrues par la revue Baseball America.

Le lanceur droitier a aussi été magistral lors de son seul départ en séries, limitant les Cardinals de St-Louis à un point et deux coups sûrs en sept manches lors du troisième match de la série de division. Il a aussi retiré sept frappeurs sur des prises.

Repêché en première ronde en 2015, l’ancien de l’équipe nationale junior du Canada a fait ses débuts dans les grandes ligues le 1er mai 2018. En cinq départs avec les Braves cette saison-là, il avait une fiche de 2-1 et une MPM de 3,51.

En plus de ses performances sur le terrain, Soroka s’est impliqué dans des œuvres de charité et dans sa communauté. Il a participé à des activités organisées par des fondations soutenues par les Braves, dont la fondation Dave Krache et les hôpitaux pour enfants d’Atlanta. Il a aussi invité les enfants atteints d’épilepsie et leurs parents à assister à des rencontres. Dans sa province natale, il est un ambassadeur de KidSport Calgary.

« Lorsque j’ai su que j’étais le lauréat 2019 du prix Tip O’Neill, ça m’a transporté en arrière, a dit le principal intéressé. J’ai eu la chance de me développer dans des programmes canadiens et j’ai toujours été fier lorsque des Canadiens réussissaient. Je ne manque jamais une occasion de dire, lorsque nous écoutons d’autres parties dans le vestiaire, que tel joueur au bâton ou tel lanceur au monticule est Canadien. Je suis plus qu’honoré de partager cet honneur avec non seulement les meilleurs joueurs du Canada, mais des Ligues majeures tout court. Ce sentiment de fierté de représenter le baseball canadien se voyait chez les autres et j’espère pouvoir faire de même à mon tour.

« Je suis heureux d’avoir été considéré pour ce prix et j’en resterai fier. »

Les détails sur la présentation officielle du prix Tip O’Neill seront annoncées au cours des prochains mois.

Le prix Tip O’Neill du Temple est dédié à James « Tip » O’Neill, de Woodstock (Ontario), qui a été l’une des premières vedettes des Ligues majeures. Avec les Browns de Saint-Louis de l’Association américaine en 1887, O’Neill a établi des records pour les coups sûrs, les doubles, le pourcentage de puissance et le total de buts, en plus de terminer la campagne avec une moyenne au bâton de ,492, un autre record. Les buts sur balles étaient comptabilisés comme des coups sûrs en 1887, mais si nous calculions sa moyenne selon les standards d’aujourd’hui, elle serait de ,435, bonne pour le deuxième rang de tous les temps derrière Hugh Duffy (,440 en 1894).

Pour déterminer un gagnant, le Temple prend en considération de nombreux critères, incluant les résultats de chaque candidat sur le terrain, son importance au sein de l’équipe, son engagement communautaire et le nombre de votes reçu par les amateurs. En effet, à partir du 15 novembre dernier, les partisans pouvaient voter parmi trois candidats par courriel ou via le site web du Temple.

Gagnants précédents du trophée Tip O’Neill

1984 – Terry Puhl
1985 – Dave Shipanoff
1986 – Rob Ducey
1987 – Larry Walker
1988 – Kevin Reimer
1989 – Steve Wilson
1990 – Larry Walker
1991 – Daniel Brabant
1992 – Larry Walker
1993 – Rob Butler
1994 – Larry Walker
1995 – Larry Walker
1996 – Jason Dickson
1997 – Larry Walker
1998 – Larry Walker
1999 – Jeff Zimmerman
2000 – Ryan Dempster
2001 – Corey Koskie
2001 – Larry Walker
2002 – Eric Gagné
2002 – Larry Walker
2003 – Eric Gagné
2004 – Jason Bay
2005 – Jason Bay
2006 – Justin Morneau
2007 – Russell Martin
2008 – Justin Morneau
2009 – Jason Bay
2010 – Joey Votto
2011 – Joey Votto
2011 – John Axford
2012 – Joey Votto
2013 – Joey Votto
2014 – Justin Morneau
2015 – Joey Votto
2016 – Joey Votto
2017 – Joey Votto
2018 – James Paxton
2019 – Mike Soroka

Contacts Erase 2-0 Deficit To Remain Tied For First Place In The League

By Matt Dekker

The Saskatoon Contacts showed no quit and came back from a 2-0 hole to overwhelm the Prince Albert Mintos 4-2 Tuesday Night. Alex Bernauer scored twice including the game winner. With the win the Contacts are still tied for first place in the Saskatchewan AAA Midget Hockey League with the Moose Jaw AAA Warriors.

The first period was a physical affair with massive hits delivered by both teams. The Mintos struck first. Dawson Springer released a wrist shot from the point where Austin McLean tipped the puck past Ethan Chadwick to break the deadlock. The Mintos had a couple chances to increase their on two powerplay chances, but the Contacts denied their northern rivals of an insurance marker in the period.

The Mintos jumped on the Contacts early in the second. A perfect pinpoint pass from Chase Bertholet found Kayden Skulmoski who made no mistake depositing the puck into the yawning cage, giving the Mintos a 2-0 lead. Then the Contacts took over the game. A wrist shot from Rylan Jockins deflected off the stick of his teammate Alex Bernauer and past Mintos’ goalie Spencer Welke to cut the Minto lead in half. Halfway through the period, Matthew Hodson released a shot that made its way through a crowd and beat an unsuspecting Welke to tie the game at two.

The Contacts jumped on the Mintos early in the third period and they never let up. At 3:20 a mad scramble in front of the Mintos net broke out and Bernauer found the loose puck and buried it for the Contacts first lead of the game. The Mintos had a chance to tie the game on a breakaway but they missed the net entirely. For the rest of the game the Contacts locked down the Mintos, limiting them to only three shots in the third. They would add an empty net goal thanks to Connor Yager and the Contacts knocked off the Mintos 4-2.

Coming up the Contacts will host the Battlefords Stars on Thursday night while Prince Albert will return to the Art Hauser Centre to host the Notre Dame Argos.

WHL REFEREE STEVE PAPP RECEIVES WHL MILESTONE AWARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2019 Kelowna, B.C. – The Western Hockey League announced today WHL Referee Steve Papp has been honoured with the WHL Milestone Award. Papp was recognized by WHL Senior Director, Officiating Kevin Muench in a special ceremony prior to tonight’s game between the Kelowna Rockets and Prince George Cougars.

The WHL Milestone Award is presented to WHL players, coaches, trainers, officials and WHL Championship teams for their outstanding achievements and service to the WHL.

“On behalf of the WHL and our member Clubs, we would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Steve on receiving this prestigious WHL Milestone Award,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “Officiating in the WHL requires a tremendous commitment and we very much appreciate the extraordinary service Steve has provided to the WHL over the past 16 seasons.”

Papp, in his 16th season with the WHL and 14th as a Referee, began his WHL Officiating career in 2004 and has worked more than 650 regular season games. The native of Kelowna has skated in 10 WHL Conference Championships and six WHL Championship Series. In 2017 and 2018, Papp was part of the officiating crews for the Memorial Cup in Windsor and Regina, respectively.

In addition to his work as a WHL Referee, Papp has enjoyed extensive opportunities on the international stage, having officiated the IIHF World U18 Championship in 2013 and the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2014.

Away from the rink, Papp has enjoyed a successful career with FedEx the past five years. Papp would like to express his thanks to Kristen, as well as his children, Hunter and Allie, for allowing him to pursue his career in officiating throughout the years.

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

NEW CURLING CLUB CHALLENGE

We’ve got exciting news to share with you. In 2020, one curling club in every province and the territories will receive a $10,000 grant for a hospital in their community for the purchase of life-saving equipment to help save babies’ lives.

Please join the growing list of curling clubs holding fundraising events for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation. For every $50 raised by your curling club, you will receive one ballot in a random draw which will take place on May 31, 2020 for all participating clubs in your province or territory.

Representatives from your curling club will take part in the cheque presentation to the hospital, which will be shared on social media.

We have a long list of fundraising ideas for you. And, there’s a poster that you can download here, to promote your event.

The deadline for receiving funds is April 30, 2020.

Please help us realize our vision that every baby born in Canada has the chance to grow up and be a champion, like Sandra!

Thank you and good luck!

For more information, please contact Tanya Martin at: tmartin@sandraschmirler.org

Bombers Overcome Broncos In A Wild Game

By Matt Dekker

Cole Rafuse had two goals and Jacob Delorme made 28 saves in relief to help the Flin Flon Bombers knock off the Humboldt Broncos in a back and forth game Thursday night.

The first period was a wild one! Both teams combined for five goals. Bryson Cecconi got the party started at 2:47 with a sharp angle shot squeaking between Kyle Jessiman and the near post. Just when the Broncos thought momentum was on their side, the Bombers struck back 30 seconds later. Billy Klymchuk made a perfect, pinpoint pass finding Matt Raymond with a wide open net. Raymond made no mistake for his first goal as a Bomber and the game was tied at one. Then, 1:49 later the Broncos came right back. Logan Foster found a wide open Nicksha Eric in front of the net. Jessiman made a great first stop with the pad, but Eric knocked the puck out of mid-air to restore the Bronco lead. The Broncos extended their lead at the 16:27 mark on the powerplay. Cecconi released a harmless looking shot, but Jessiman misjudged it with his glove and the puck ended up in his net for a 3-1 Bronco lead. That would end Jessiman’s night who was replaced by Jacob Delorme. Just before the end of the period, Flin Flon would get one back. Cole Rafuse would let a shot go from the slot which hit a body and went past a surprised Brendan Forman to bring the Bombers within a goal to close out a crazy first period.

The second period had a lot of shots and chances but not as many goals. Early on Cecconi made a bid for a hat trick, only to be denied by the crossbar. Flin Flon wouldn’t miss their chance. On the powerplay, Alec Malo’s shot found the net. Forman made the first save but Rafuse found the puck and batted it out of mid-air for his second of the game to tie it at three. Just over two minutes later, Humboldt would answer back. Karter McNarland received the puck at the point and let the shot go. The puck hit his teammate Logan Kurki and deflected into the net past a stunned Delorme. Both teams sent several shots on net and the goalies were standing tall. It looked like the Broncos would take their lead into the second intermission, until the dying seconds of the period. Mason Martin released a shot from the point that Forman stopped it with his right pad. Unfortunately for Forman and the Broncos the rebound went right to Alec Malo who made no mistake and buried the puck for his 9th goal of the season. We were tied at four heading to the third.

The third period saw both teams getting feisty, capped off with a spirited fight between Flin Flon’s Cole Vardy and Humboldt’s Josh Paulhus. After trading penalties to start the period, the Broncos took another lead, their fourth of the game. With the puck bouncing in front of the net, Tristan Shewchuk finally corralled it for the Broncos. He let a backhand shot go which slid along the ice past the outstretched leg of Delorme for a 5-4 Bronco lead. It looked as if the Broncos would hold on but the Bombers had one more answer. A mad scramble broke out in Humboldt’s crease, both teams desperately trying to find the puck. Finally Bombers forward Tristan Lemyre found the puck and flipped it into the Broncos net, past a down and out Forman. With 1:42 left to go in the third, we had a tied game.

Overtime came calling and both teams had their chances. The best chance of the extra period went to the Bombers. Donovan Houle-Villeneuve made a terrific move to get around the Bronco defender and a second deke to get around Forman. But somehow the Bronco goalie managed to stretch out his goal stick and rob Houle-Villeneuve of an overtime winner, one of his 55 saves he made in the game.

To the shootout we would go. Alec Malo would score for the Bombers, beating Forman throughout the five hole. While on the other end Delorme would stop all three Bronco shooters to seal the game and give Flin Flon a 6-5 win.

With the win, Flin Flon is now tied with the Melfort Mustangs for first in the Sherwood Division. They will be back in action Friday to take on the Notre Dame Hounds at home. For the Broncos they will travel west to take on the red hot La Ronge Ice Wolves on the road.

Chantz Petruic And The Terriers End North Stars Winning Streak

By Matt Dekker

The North Stars may have found their kryptonite and it comes in the form of Chantz Petruic and the Yorkton Terriers. The Terriers ended Battlefords 15 game winning streak, eliminated their perfect record at home, and are the only team in the SJHL to defeat the North Stars doing so twice. This time it would take a six point night from the league’s leading point scorer to overcome the North Stars.

Early on the North Stars looked like they would dominate. Less than three minutes into the game defenseman Timon Prexler released a wrist shot from the point that would go straight into the net, past a screened Ryan Ouellette. Battlefords pressed forward looking for a second goal but they weren’t able to solve Ouellette, instead the Terriers would strike back. Just after a Battlefords penalty ended, an Ethan Robson blocked shot made its way to the side of the net. There Petruic fired a wrist shot into the empty net, tying the game at one. Petruic came close to finding a second goal for Yorkton late in the period. He beat the goaltender, Parker Rey, but the post came to Rey’s rescue, maintaining a tie game.

The second period would be fiery. Big hits were delivered early to start the period and a fight broke out between Yorkton’s Gavin Ingram and Battlefords’ Carson Reagan. The North Stars found a stroke of luck. On an innocent looking play, Quintin Loon-Stewardson released a shot from a tight angle. The puck would hit the post, go straight up in the air, fall back down on Ouellette and trickle into the net for a North Stars 2-1 lead.

It looked like Battlefords would take a lead into the third period, but Petruic had other ideas. Late in the period, Petruic picked up the puck shorthanded and raced in on a breakaway. He unleashed a bullet, beating Rey blocker side to tie the game at two. Then just 34 seconds later, a mad scramble in the North Stars crease ensued. Petruic got his stick on the puck and it crawled over the goal line. It was a hat trick for Petruic and a 3-2 lead for Yorkton going into the third.

The Petruic show continued to start the third period. Skating hard to the net, Petruic redirected a Jordan Guiney pass past Adam Dmyterko, who replaced Rey to start the third period. It was the first two goal lead either team had so far in the game. But it wouldn’t last. Battlefords scored on the power-play 10:18 into the third period. Seth Summers released a wrist shot from the point and Kaden Boser tipped it in to bring the North Stars back to within one. It wouldn’t take long for them to tie the game.

While shorthanded, Loon-Stewardson picked up the puck in his own end. He was allowed to enter the Terriers zone untouched and he made no mistake firing the puck past Ouellette for his second goal to tie the game at four. Eventually though special teams caught up with the North Stars. After taking their sixth penalty, the Terriers drew up a plan for the ensuing power-play and it paid off. Petruic let a shot go from the point and it was deflected by Steven Norum. The North Stars claimed it was a high stick, but after a lengthy discussion by the referees, the goal counted. Yorkton had the lead again, this time for good. Guiney sealed the deal with an empty net goal assisted by, you guessed it, Chantz Petruic.

Petruic’s six points is the most scored by any player so far this season, and it would take a lot to see someone beat that. Yorkton will travel to Weyburn for a Viterra Division showdown on Saturday, while the North Stars will take eight days off before they try to get back on track at home against the Estevan Bruins on November 22nd.

Bond Stands Tall As Terriers Down Klippers

By Matt Dekker

Philippe Bond made 45 saves and Chantz Petruic scored with 57 seconds left in regulation to lift the Yorkton Terriers past the Kindersley Klippers 3-2. Jordan Guiney added two goals as the Terriers improve to 13-10-1-0 to increase their lead in the Viterra Division. Both Scott McKenzie and Tyler Traptow had a goal and an assist for the Klippers in the loss, their seventh straight.

The Klippers dictated the play early in the first period. They wouldn’t allow Yorkton their first shot of the game till the 4:56 mark. Eric Sorenson would have a glorious opportunity to take the lead early for the Klippers only to be robbed by Bond. One of his many great saves of the game. The Klippers would eventually score first. Late on the powerplay, Scott McKenzie would pick up the puck and skate into the Terrier zone. Left uncontested, McKenzie would reach the slot and wire the puck past Bond to give the Klippers a 1-0 lead at the 9:33 mark. It wouldn’t take long for the Terriers to reply. 50 seconds later, as the announcement for the Klippers goal was finishing, Petruic would let a shot go from the point. Jordan Guiney would get his stick on it to redirect the puck past Klippers goaltender Matthew Pesenti and Terriers would tie the game at one.

The second period saw the physicality increase. Both teams delivered big hits on each other and a couple hits even found the refs. The biggest hit of the period was delivered by Klippers defenceman Michael Neumeier on Brett LeGrandeur. LeGrandeur had just finished releasing a shot when Neumeier stepped up and caught him cleanly in the chest, sending him tumbling to the ice. The physical play opened up space for the Klippers to operate and they made Yorkton pay. 8:29 into the period, the Klippers entered the Terriers zone on an odd man rush. Bond made the initial save, but Tyler Traptow would bat in the rebound giving the Klippers their second lead of the game.

Both teams would press for the crucial next goal. Bond would make not one but two quality saves, robbing Kindersley of an insurance marker. While at the other end the crossbar would bail out the Klippers, as the league’s leading point getter, Chantz Petruic would wire a one timer flush off the bar. Kindersley would get a golden opportunity to increase their lead with a five on three powerplay late in the game, but they couldn’t solve Bond. That would be the turning point of the game. 13 seconds after the Terriers killed off the five on three, Guiney would pick up the puck in his own zone. He skated into Klippers territory uncontested before he cut hard to net, tucking the puck around goaltender Hudson Killem, (filling in for an injured Pesenti) and tied the game at two with four minutes left in the third.

The game was looking for a hero. Enter the top point scorer in the league, Yorkton’s Petruic. Tyson Janzen found Petruic behind the Klippers defenders with a long stretch pass. Petruic would go one on one with Killem and would pick the top corner for his league leading 48th point of the season. The Terriers only lead of the game would happen with 57 seconds left, and the stunned Klippers couldn’t recover. Yorkton won 3-2

Yorkton will be back in action Wednesday night as their road trip will continue on the North Battleford where they will take on the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s new number one team, the Battlefords North Stars. They have given the North Stars fits all season so far and will look to continue to do the same at the North Battleford Civic Centre. Kindersley will travel to Nipawin on Friday to take on the Hawks, where they will look to end their seven game losing skid and get back in the hunt for a playoff spot.

Sask Male Midget AAA/AA Initiative

Sask Male Midget AAA/AA Initiative

Source SHA

Memorandum

To:          SHA Membership
             
From:      Kelly McClintock, General Manager

Re:          Sask Male Midget AAA/AA Initiative

November 12, 2019

During the past three years, the SHA Board of Directors have undertaken an initiative to review both Female Midget and Bantam Hockey in the Province along with the Male Midget AAA/AA Hockey structure. The following is an outline of the steps taken within the initiative specifically pertaining to Male Midget AAA/AA;

  • Creation of a SHA Minor/Female Development Committee to address the structure of both Minor and Female Hockey in the Province in 2017
  • Feedback from Membership through Zone Meetings with MHA’s in attendance starting in 2017 and throughout 2019
  • Male Midget AAA being deemed “age appropriateness” with a Player Acceleratio Process established for fourteen-year old’s wishing to register and play Midget AAA.
  • Circulation of a Final Proposal to the Membership in January 2019 which involved the following;

Male Midget AAA

  • As of the 2020/21 there were no guaranteed MHA’s/teams within both the Sask Midget AAA and Sask AA League for Male Midget Hockey. *Please note that there was also no “transferring” of franchises. All applications were evaluated based upon the criteria outlined and awarded based upon the application meeting the criteria.
  • The SHA shall determine the location of the teams and all existing teams must reapply through their MHA to be considered.
  • Male Midget AAA
    • The Board of Directors approved up to a maximum of twelve teams make up the SMAAAHL.
  • Male Midget AA
    • The Board of Directors approved up to a maximum of twenty-five teams be members of the Sask AA Hockey League – Midget AA Division.
  • The SHA determines the location of the teams, however, there must be a minimum of one in each of the sponsoring centers of the Midget AAA locations determined.
  • The SHA to receive applications from interested Minor Hockey Associations by October 1, 2019
  • The SHA created a Task Group from the SHA Minor/Female Development Committee to review the applications received; determine where the best locations of teams would be based on the criteria established; and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.
    • Criteria considered in the review of the applications were;

Midget AAA

  • The MHA having an established Male Hockey Program.
  • The MHA provide enough local Coaching Resources.
  • The MHA providing billeting options for Midget AAA Males including a billeting coordinator.
  • The MHA providing an educational Consultant along with and including a written working agreement with a local high school for Midget AAA Males to attend.
  • The MHA must also be able to sustain a Midget AA program for the availability of affiliates.
  • Must be able to sustain a Male Midget AAA team with a minimum of 18 skaters and 2 goaltenders.
  • Players will be able to be drawn from the entire Province.
  • Players of Bantam age will not be eligible.

Midget AA

  • The MHA having an established Male Program.
  • The MHA provide enough local Coaching Resources.
  • Must be able to sustain a Male Midget AAA team with a minimum of 17 skaters and 2 goaltenders.
  • Players will have to try out first for the nearest AA team of their residence except for Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw which are closed.
  • Players of Bantam age will not be eligible.

The SHA Board of Directors met on Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10, 2019 whereupon the following recommendations within the SHA Minor Female Development Committee were approved for the location of teams for the 2020/21 hockey season;

Male Midget AAA (12 teams)

North Battleford

Estevan

Moose Jaw

Notre Dame Hounds

Prince Albert

Regina

Saskatoon Blazers

Saskatoon Contacts

Swift Current

Tisdale

Warman

Yorkton

Male Midget AA (25 teams)

The following seventeen teams are included due to the MHA’s having a minimum of one Midget

AAA team;

North Battleford

Estevan

Moose Jaw

Notre Dame (2)

Prince Albert

Regina (3)

Saskatoon (4)

Swift Current

Northeast (Sponsoring center is now Tisdale)

Warman

Yorkton

The additional eight AA teams are;

Humboldt

Lumsden

Martensville

Melville

Prairie Storm (Sponsoring center is Balgonie)

Shellbrook

West Central (Sponsoring center is Kerrobert)

Weyburn

The SHA Board of Directors would like to thank every Minor Hockey Association who took the time to complete and submit an application.

The Sask Midget AAA Hockey League and the Sask AA Hockey League will take the necessary action at their respective Annual General Meetings in 2020 to alter their Constitution and Bylaws to accept the new approved Members.