Monthly Archives: September 2013
Jeff Stoughton’s team from Winnipeg worked their way through the 2013 Point Optical Curling Classic without a defeat at the Nutana Club in Saskatoon. The team finished off their run with a 6-2 victory over Edmonton’s Kevin Martin in the final to earn the $12,000 first prize.
Stoughton’s path to the final started with Matthew Blandford from Calgary and then, facing another Alberta team, defeated Kevin Koe 7-3 in the semi-final.
Martin reached the final with a 4-1 semi-final win over 2013 World Silver Medalist Brad Jacobs and with a quarter-final victory against Manitoba’s Rob Fowler.
The Western Hockey League announced today that Spokane Chiefs’ forward Mitch Holmberg is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending September 29, 2013.
Holmberg recorded 10 points on five goals and five assists to go with a +6 rating over three games in the last week, helping lead the Chiefs to three wins in that span.
On Tuesday, September 24th, Holmberg scored two goals and two assists for a four-point outing while earning 1st Star honors in a 6-2 victory over the Victoria Royals in Victoria, B.C. On Wednesday, September, 25th, Holmberg enjoyed his second four-point outing in as many nights, netting a goal and three assists as the Chiefs defeated the Royals 6-1 in Victoria. On Saturday, September 28th, Holmberg scored both goals and was named the game’s 1st Star in a 2-1 win over the visiting Tri-City Americans.
The Saskatoon Blades have re-assigned defenceman Ross Hnidy to the Nipawin Hawks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
The 17 year old blueliner from Saskatoon appeared in one of the Blades first three games in 2013-14, the team’s 5-2 loss in Moose Jaw on Saturday night. Hnidy never registered a point or any penalty minutes in the game, and had an even plus-minus rating.
Hnidy was selected by Saskatoon in the 6th round, 115th overall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. He spent the last two seasons as a member of the Midget-AAA Saskatoon Contacts, winning the provincial title both years. Last year in 43 games with the Contacts, Hnidy posted 3 goals and 11 points to go along with 146 PIMs.
Here’s a look at the week that was in the Prairie Football Conference:
Winnipeg Rifles 13 at Regina Thunder 40:
The Regina Thunder could capture a play-off spot in this one as they hosted the Rifles at Mosaic Stadium and things got offensive quick. The Thunder built a 28-6 lead at halftime and then coasted to a 40-13 victory.
The Thunder offence was put up nearly 600 Net Yards of offence lead on the ground by running back Nick Brown who carried the ball 17 times for 131 yards.
Through the air, Regina’s Asher Hastings was good on 18-of-27 pass attempts for 301 yards, 4 TD’s and 2 INTS. Meanwhile, Winnipeg’s Ryan Marsch finished the day 17/37 for 261 yards 1TD and 1 INT.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders dropped a 17-12 decision to the Alouettes in Montreal Sunday afternoon. Here are 20 quick observations and burning questions following the contest:
1 Darian Durant was hit 15 times in the game.
2 The Riders ran the ball a total of 6 times in the game.
3 The leagues all time pass receiving leader, Geroy Simon, was left into block on the game’s final two offensive plays for the Riders.
The Saskatoon Blades had a win at their fingertips, but it just slipped away on Saturday night in Moose Jaw. The Warriors scored a shorthanded goal late, and then added two more in the dying minutes to take home a 5-2 victory.
The game opened with each team having a very good chance to take an early lead. The Warriors got the first one, with Todd Fiddler beating Ayrton Nikkel to a loose puck in the neutral zone before firing a shot just high over the glove of Blades goalie Troy Trombley. Less than 30 seconds later, the Blades had their own early chance to take a lead as Collin Valcourt fired a hard shot off the glove of goalie Justin Paulic during a 2 on 1 rush. After continuing to trade chances in a free-flowing period, Moose Jaw got the first goal. The goal came seconds after a Warriors powerplay ended, as they rushed up the ice with Josh Uhrich feeding Bryson Gore. Gore tipped the puck home past the glove hand of Trombley on the bang-bang play to make it 1-0. Saskatoon’s best chance of the frame came only seconds after the opening goal when Matt Revel was sprung on a breakaway, only to be thwarted by Paulic, as the puck was held between his glove hand and body. The Gore goal stood up as the only tally of the first, as a late-period shot flurry by Saskatoon left the shot clock sitting at 7-6 for Saskatoon through 20 minutes.
The UBC Thunderbirds had their first home win of the season in their sights in the fourth quarter, but failed to come away with points on two separate first-and-goal situations inside the five, losing 17-12 to No. 7 Saskatchewan on Saturday at David Sidoo Field.
UBC was actually pitching a defensive shutout into the fourth quarter, with the Huskies’ points through three quarters coming on a rouge, a safety and a blocked punt touchdown. Saskatchewan’s offence finally got on the board early in the fourth when Shane Buchanan capped off a long drive with a one-yard touchdown run to make it 17-12 Huskies.
“Our defence has been tough all year,” said UBC head coach Shawn Olson. “Obviously the weather conditions were a bit of an issue too, but our
defence has been flying around and playing with heart all year. Offensively we just weren’t able to capitalize.”
I’m on the road to Moose Jaw with the Saskatoon Blades as they return to the ice for the first time since a tough 6-5 loss in Prince Albert one week ago.
The Blades are looking for their first win of the young campaign while the Warriors picked up their first win of the season in a shootout over Swift Current, last night.
You can catch my call on 92.9 The Bull in Saskatoon or online by clicking here.
Here’s a complete preview of tonight’s contest:
After a week between games, the Blades are ready to get back on the ice and into some game action.
Auto Clearing Motor Speedway and their corporate partners are ready for the final race of the season! The Ellenn Plastics Annual Enduro and Demolition Derby.
Gates open at 1:00pm. Racing starts at 2:00pm!
This is the final race of the year and it’s going to be the one to watch! Crashin’ Bashin’ and Racin’! New at this year’s event is a Demolition Derby with over 15 cars battling it out to be the last one standing!
HUSKIES FACE UBC IN CRUCIAL MATCHUP
Game Date: Saturday, September 28, 2pm
Game Location: Thunderbirds Stadium
Both the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and UBC Thunderbirds are in must win situations in the lone conference meeting between the two teams.
Kickoff is 2 p.m. local time on Saturday. The game will be available live on www.canadawest.tv.