Darryl Skender's Website

Play by Play for the U of S football Huskies, Melfort Mustangs, Nipawin Hawks & Humboldt Broncos

Archive for December, 2009

Age/Height/Weight Comparisons

Posted by Darryl Skender on December 23, 2009

With no hockey going on, I thought it would be interesting to see a comparison of the 3 teams we cover. Who do you think is the youngest team? It was actually the opposite of what I would have guessed. I went by the rosters that are on the teams websites. I added 16 year old defenceman Tanner Clark to Humboldt’s as he is not on the website but has probably been on the team playing every game for their last 15 or 20 games. However, I don’t have his weight and height so he is only in the age category. Also, Nipawin may seem a bit older than they are as I used their entire 21-man roster but it’s 20 year old Lucas Daoust (injury) that’s not playing so they really only have three 20 year olds active even though he is counted as a 4th. I counted Stefan Herrington of Melfort but he’s probably not returning this season from his injury. Also Brendan Kotyk (injured) hasn’t played with the Broncos for a long time now but he is counted as he is still on the roster. So here are how the 3 teams stack up:

   Humboldt:                               Nipawin:                                 Melfort:
5   –  20 year olds                  4   –   20 year olds                     7   –   20 year olds
10  – 19 year olds                  8   –   19 year olds                     4   –   19 year olds
5  –   18 year olds                  7   –   18 year olds                     9   –   18 year olds
3  –   17 year olds                  2   –   17 year olds                     3   –   17 year olds
1  –   16 year old                   0   –   16 year olds                      1   –   16 year olds
Average Age: 18.625      Average Age: 18.667              Average Age: 18.652

Average Height                                                                 Average Weight

Humboldt:  71.04″ (just over 5’11”)                              Humboldt:  183.8 lbs
Nipawin:     72.00″ (6’0″ exactly)                                  Nipawin:     181.6 lbs
Melfort:      71.87″ (just under 6’0″)                              Melfort:      184.6 lbs

Posted in Humboldt Broncos, Melfort Mustangs, Nipawin Hawks | Leave a Comment »

Bronco Round Up

Posted by Darryl Skender on December 23, 2009

The Humboldt Broncos finished the 2009 portion of their season beating Melfort and losing to Notre Dame. They are now 1-3-0-1 against the Hounds this season. The Broncos have struggled this month going 2-3-0-3 but overall have done pretty well for a young team as they are just 3 points out of 2nd place. I was surprised when I called the Broncos office and Dean Brockman answered. No he is not on holidays yet as he is busy doing various things including getting things in order for the 2012 RBC Cup bid. Here is today’s edition of Bronco Round Up. Dean and his family aren’t going too far away for Christmas as he works today and is off to the MAC’s tournament right after Christmas.

Posted in Humboldt Broncos | Leave a Comment »

4 Hawks, 1 Bronco, 1 Mustang Runner-Ups

Posted by Darryl Skender on December 22, 2009

The SJHL Players of the Week and Month were announced yesterday.

Runner-Ups for Nipawin were:

David Skagen – Player of the Week and Month (GP-3  G-4  A-1) (GP-8  G-7  A-6)
Patrick Howey – Defenceman of the Week (GP-3  G-1  A-1)
Scott Brkich – Defenceman of the Month (GP-8  G-1  A-5)
Jonathon Ceci – Rookie of the Month (GP-8  G-2  A-7)

Runner-Up for Humboldt:

Kirk Croswell – Goaltender of the Week and Month (1-1-0-1  GAA- 1.62 SPCT-.944) (2-2-0-1  GAA-1.59  SPCT-.947)

Runner-Up for Melfort:

Lee Christensen – Defenceman of the Week (GP-3  G-0  A-3)

Posted in Humboldt Broncos, Melfort Mustangs, Nipawin Hawks | Leave a Comment »

Mustang Report

Posted by Darryl Skender on December 22, 2009

The Melfort Mustangs closed out the 2009 portion of this season with a pair of losses. Even thought the Mustangs are still in pretty good shape considering there games in hand, head coach Darrell Mann was still disappointed with the losses as they had a chance to move into a 2nd place tie with Battlefords had they won those games. Here is this week’s edition of the Mustang Report. The Mustangs have taken 9 out of a possible 10 points from the Nipawin Hawks this season. Both games of the head-to-head rivalry on January 1st & 2nd will be broadcast on CK750 starting at 7:15.

Posted in Melfort Mustangs | Leave a Comment »

World Junior Game In Humboldt A Success

Posted by Darryl Skender on December 21, 2009

Humboldt held a 2010 IIHF World Junior Hockey exhibition game last night at the Elgar Peterson Arena. It was estimated about 1600 or so fans showed up to see Slovakia take on Austria with profits from the game being split between the Broncos and minor hockey in the city. It was no surprise that Slovakia came out with a 4-0 victory as they seemed bigger, stronger, faster and more physical throughout the game. For Humboldt however, it was more than just an exhibition game. It was also a chance for them to showcase their city, venue and fans to some of the top officials with Hockey Canada which could go a long way for their 2012 Royal Bank Cup bid. Everything seemed to run smooth with the organizing and the fans came out to watch a game on the same night where Canada was playing on TV. I had a chance to talk about this with Hockey Canada’s Events Manager Kevin Webster. Gord Lees did a great job as the chair of this event. Also, a big thanks to Mayor Malcolm Eaton for talking to us during the 2nd intermission shedding some light on this game and the 2012 bid. He confirmed that the dressing room issues and press box space were going to be addressed whether they get the national championships or not. Hosting this event, coupled with how well the city did with supporting Hockeyville, one has to think that Humboldt will be a front runner to host the RBC in a couple of years.

This ends CK750’s broadcast schedule for 2009 but there’s plenty more SJHL, Long Lake Hockey and Midget ‘AAA’ coming up in the new year.

Posted in Humboldt Broncos | Leave a Comment »

Hawks Comeback Falls Short

Posted by Darryl Skender on December 20, 2009

For the 2nd game in as many nights, Nipawin scored a goal with their net empty to force extra time, but unfortunately the ending was the same story as well. The La Ronge Ice Wolves came out with a 5-4 shoot-out win over the Hawks in a game which was played at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert. David Skagen had a hat trick as well as an assist in the loss while Matthew Spafford scored the tying goal with 14 seconds left in the 3rd and was the only Hawks player able to score in the shoot-out. Nipawin goes into the break on a 5-game losing streak (o-1-3-1) but have points in 7 of their last 8 games (3-1-3-1).

The Black & Gold only have 5 games left until the January 10th deadline. This team looks very good for next year already and it will be up to Colin O’Hara on whether he wants to add any more depth to next year’s squad by trading one or more of his 20 year olds. After the game, I asked Colin O’Hara if he made up his mind on what he’s doing yet. Of course, you don’t want to compromise a possible playoff run by the team this year so there will be some tough decisions coming up. The three 20 year old’s he was referring to are Ryan Kerpan (who has high value), David Skagen (whose value has shot up since coming over from Yorkton) and Alexandre LeCerc (who has been very steady all season and is close to a point per game). Lucas Daoust is also a 20 year old but his stock is not as high because of his lower than expected numbers (5 goals in 27 games) and the fact that he hasn’t played since November 27th because of an injury).

Colin and his family are flying out tomorrow (Sunday) to go back to the Okanagan. Only 9 players 3 members of the coaching staff took the bus to Prince Albert. The rest made their own way there as they headed home for the Christmas break after the game.

And yes, what were the chances? It was was close to midnight as Fraser and I were driving back to the radio station from Prince Albert and there weren’t any gas stations open at that time of night so I had to stop so he could relieve himself (I was smart enough to go before we left Prince Albert). We were only stopped about 45 seconds on a turn-off but that was enough time for the RCMP to pull up beside the station jeep and enquire why we were stopped. We all had a good laugh about it and I am thankful for the great mermbers we have on law enforcement in our area.

Posted in Nipawin Hawks | Leave a Comment »

Upcoming Broadcast Schedule

Posted by Darryl Skender on December 18, 2009

There are some updates on our broadcast schedule so I thought I’d post them here. We originally had tonight’s game between Melfort and Humboldt scheduled for broadcast but unfortunately had to reschedule it for January 30th when they meet again. Also, we have the IIHF World Junior pre-competition game on Sunday and I’ve made up our Long Lake Hockey League and SMAAAHL broadcast schedules up. These are still tenative. Listen to our station and check our website for any changes in the future.

Dec. 19 Nipawin @ La Ronge 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl In Prince Albert
Dec. 20 Slovakia vs. Austria 6:30 PM 7:00 PM IIHF Darryl Fraser – Color
Jan. 1 Nipawin @ Melfort 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Fraser  
Jan. 2 Melfort @ Nipawin 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl  
Jan. 5 Melfort @ Notre Dame 6:45 PM 7:00 PM SJHL Darryl  
Jan. 8 Melfort @ Yorkton 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl  
Jan. 9 Melfort @ Melville 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl  
Jan. 12 Humboldt @ La Ronge 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl  
Jan. 16 Watrous @ Lanigan 7:45 PM 8:00 PM LLH Fraser  
Jan. 19 Melfort @ Battlefords 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl  
Jan. 20 Melfort @ Kindersley 6:45 PM 7:00 PM SJHL Darryl  
Jan. 20 Drake @ LeRoy 7:45 PM 8:00 PM LLH Fraser Broadcast On CJVR-FM
Jan. 22 Humboldt @ Melville 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl  
Jan. 23 Nokomis @ Drake 7:45 PM 8:00 PM LLH Fraser  
Jan. 26 Nipawin @ Battlefords 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl  
Jan. 27 Nipawin @ Melville 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl  
Jan. 28 Tisdale @ Prince Albert 7:15 PM 7:30 PM AAA Fraser Art Hauser Centre
Jan. 29 Humboldt @ Melfort 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl  
Jan. 30 Melfort @ Humboldt 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl Broadcast on CJVR-FM
Jan. 30 Nipawin @ Kindersley 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Fraser  
Jan. 31 Nipawin @ Battlefords 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Fraser  
Feb. 2 Humboldt @ Flin Flon 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl  
Feb. 3 Humboldt @ La Ronge 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl  
Feb. 3 Nipawin @ Yorkton 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Fraser Broadcast on CJVR-FM
Feb. 4 Tisdale @ S’toon Blazers 7:15 PM 7:30 PM AAA Fraser Harold Latrace Arena
Feb. 5 Lanigan @ Nokomis 7:45 PM 8:00 PM LLH Fraser  
Feb. 6 Nipawin @ La Ronge 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl  
Feb. 6 LeRoy @ Watrous 7:45 PM 8:00 PM LLH Fraser Broadcast on CJVR-FM
Feb. 7 Tisdale @ Regina 2:15 PM 2:30 PM AAA Fraser Al Ritchie Arena
Feb. 9 Melfort @ Kindersley 6:45 PM 7:00 PM SJHL Darryl  
Feb. 10 Melfort @ Battlefords 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl  
Feb. 12 Humboldt @ Estevan 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl  
Feb. 13 Humboldt @ Weyburn 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl  
Feb. 15 Nipawin @ Humboldt 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl  
Feb. 18 Tisdale@S’toonContacts 7:45 PM 8:00 PM AAA Fraser Scroh Arena
Feb. 19 Nipawin @ Melfort 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl  
Feb. 20 Melfort @ Nipawin 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl  
Feb. 23 Humboldt @ Battlefords 7:15 PM 7:30 PM SJHL Darryl  

Posted in Humboldt Broncos, Melfort Mustangs, Nipawin Hawks | Leave a Comment »

2010 IIHF World Junior Game On CK750

Posted by Darryl Skender on December 18, 2009

The sports department here at CK750 is pleased to announce that we will be broadcasting the 2010 IIHF World Junior Hockey pre-cometition game in Humboldt on Sunday. I will be doing the play by play with Fraser Rodgers providing color. Here are the details:

Event: Slovakia vs. Austria
Date: Dec. 20/09
Pre-Game Show: 6:30 PM
Game Start: 7:00 PM
Venue: Elgar Peterson Arena
City: Humboldt
Play by Play: Darryl Skender
Color: Fraser Rodgers

We’d like to thank the city of Humboldt for this opportunity. Tickets for the event are $20 and can be purchased at the Broncos office or the Leisure Services office. The 50/50 is guaranteed to be at least $3000 dollars thanks to BHP Billiton. Also, anyone purchasing tickets for this game will get a free ticket to the Slovakia vs. Latvia game the following Sunday in Saskatoon which is part of the round robin tournament.

Posted in Humboldt Broncos, Melfort Mustangs, Nipawin Hawks | Leave a Comment »

Broncos & Mustangs Battle For 3rd Place Tonight

Posted by Darryl Skender on December 18, 2009

The 4th place Melfort Mustangs travel to Humboldt to face the 5th place Broncos tonight. The middle part of the Bauer Conference is very tight right now. If the Mustangs win, they will move past idle La Ronge into sole possession of 3rd place. If the Broncos win, they will jump over Melfort and be tied for 3rd with the Ice Wolves. Humboldt has beaten Melfort twice (4-1 & 3-0) while the Mustangs won the middle game (2-1 in overtime). Game time is 7:30 at the Elgar Peterson Arena.

The game was originally to be broadcast on CK750 but the broadcast has been since cancelled and rescheduled for when the 2 teams meet again in Humboldt on January 30th.

Posted in Humboldt Broncos, Melfort Mustangs | Leave a Comment »

Hawkey Talk

Posted by Darryl Skender on December 18, 2009

The Nipawin Hawks play their final 2 games of 2009 today and tomorrow. The Weyburn Red Wings, winners of 4 of their last 5 games and points in 6 of their last 7 games, invade the Cage. The Hawks will be putting their 9 game home winning streak on the line in tonight’s contest. The clubs have faced each other just once and that was back on October 30th when the Red Wings won 1-0 in overtime. Ryan Kerpan took the loss stopping 40 of 41 shots.

Here is this week’s edition of Hawkey Talk.

Tomorrow’s game at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert against the La Ronge Ice Wolves will be broadcast on your Game Day station CK750.

Posted in Nipawin Hawks | Leave a Comment »

Mustangs Have Eyes Set On 2nd Place

Posted by Darryl Skender on December 17, 2009

Head coach Darrell Mann said yesterday at the Mustangs Luncheon that 2nd place was in their crosshairs and the team went out that night and beat the Notre Dame Hounds 6-4. Deven Stillar opened the Mustangs scoring in each of the 3 periods for the hat trick. One concern for the Stangs might be that they gave up a total of 4 goals in either the first minute and a half or the last minute and a half of periods last night. They are red-hot right now as they won their 3rd in a row and are 8-1-0-2 in their last 11 games. Melfort has games in hand on every team in the Bauer Conference. Here is a run-down on those games in hand:

12 points out of 1st place and 2 games in hand
4 points out of 2nd place and 4 games in hand
1 point out of 3rd place and 5 games in hand
1 point ahead of 5th place and 4 games in hand
6 points ahead of 6th place and 1 game in hand

The Mustangs next action is tomorrow night in Humboldt. The club will play its last game before the Christmas break on Saturday at home to the Weyburn Red Wings.

Posted in Melfort Mustangs | Leave a Comment »

Broncos Continue To Have Problems In Shoot-Outs

Posted by Darryl Skender on December 17, 2009

The Humboldt Broncos dropped a 2-1 shoot-out decision to the Kindersley Klippers last night to drop into 5th place in the Bauer Conference, 1 point behind the Melfort Mustangs. The Klippers sweep the season serioes 4-0. Rookie Justin Buzzeo scored the lone Broncos goal. Kirk Croswell, starting in his 3rd staright game over Andrew Bodnarchuk, looked good again stopping 40 of 41 shots plus another 6 of 7 in the shoot-out. Humboldt has jsut 1 win their last 6 games. They have had trouble lately scoring in the shoot-out as they haven’t scored in their last 17 attempts. Here is a review of their last 5 shoot-outs:

Dec. 16 vs. Kindersley: 0 for 7
Dec. 9 vs. Flin Flon: 0 for 8
Dec. 6 vs. Battlefords: 0 for 2
Nov. 22 vs. Estevan: 2 for 5
Nov. 11 @ La Ronge: 0 for 6

The Broncos are back in action tomorrow (Friday) against the Melfort Mustangs for their last home game before the Christmas break. Game time is 7:30 at the Elgar Peterson Arena. Humboldt has won 2 of the 3 meetings this season and have picked up 5 of a possible 6 points against the Mustangs.

Posted in Humboldt Broncos | Leave a Comment »

Mustang Luncheon

Posted by Darryl Skender on December 16, 2009

The Melfort Mustangs held a luncheon this afternoon at the curling rink and they took the opportunity to give an update regarding both on and off-ice activities regarding the organization. President Barry Jung talked about the off-ice situation while head coach Darrell Mann spoke about the team on the ice. Mann said he was very excited about how the team has been playing and how well his mid-season acquisitions have been (naming players like Chris Ward and Brant Harris). Because of the games in hand the Mustangs have, he believes this team can be in 2nd place in the short-term future. I sat down and spoke with Barry Jung about a multitude of subjects and the full interview can be found in the “Interviews” section of the website.

Posted in Melfort Mustangs | Leave a Comment »

Bronco Round Up

Posted by Darryl Skender on December 16, 2009

The Humboldt Broncos will try to get back on the winning track tonight when they host the Kindersley Klippers. Humboldt is coming off a 2-1 loss to the Estevan Bruins on Sunday. The Green & Gold couldn’t hold on to their 1-0 lead in the 3rd period and goaltender Kirk Croswell suffered his first SJHL loss. Less than 400 fans were on hand for that game. Here is today’s edition of Bronco Round Up with Dean Brockman. The Klippers have not been kind to the Broncos this season beating them by scores of 8-1, 3-2 and 9-5. Humboldt is currently tied for 4th place in the Bauer Conference with the Melfort Mustangs. The Bronocs last game before the break is on Saturday in Notre Dame.

Posted in Humboldt Broncos | Leave a Comment »

Controversial Call In Melville Costs Hawks

Posted by Darryl Skender on December 16, 2009

The Melville Millionaires took advantage of a blown call by referee Curtis Funk to score the winning goal on the same power play in their 4-2 victory over the Nipawin Hawks. It came late in the 2nd period when Matthew Spafford was called for tripping, which made no sense considering that no Melville player went down. Head coach Colin O’Hara-1 explains what happened. Tanner Dusyk and David Skagen scored the Hawks goals in the loss.

Another questionable call in the game came in the 3rd period when Michael Rogoschewsky drilled defenceman Brant Remenda into the boards with a hit from behind on what looked like would be a certain 5 minute major. The officials called it just 2 minutes as Remenda only stayed on the ice face down for a few moments, despite having his face cut. During the post-game show, I asked Colin O’Hara if Remenda’s toughness of getting up right away instead of laying down on the ice like some players might, cost the Hawks a longer power play. Colin O’Hara-2 thought is should have been 5 minutes but says that’s not how his team plays.

The Mills are in same boat as the Hawks in that they are looking to build for the future while not compromising the current team. Melville play by play announcer Craig Stein talks about it. By the way, a big thanks to Craig for allowing me the broadcast location at centre ice while he took the spot in the corner. He will be getting some beer the next time he comes to town.

And how can you not love Jamie Fiesel. He is such an intense coach when the game is on, but off the ice, is a very entertaining fellow. I also owe him beer as he sent me (and paid for the delivery) my recorder which I left in the building when I was in Melville earlier in the season with another team. Anyway, everyone that knows Jamie knows that his teams are generally the biggest and toughest teams in the league. He had just told me that he brought in another big defenceman and I joked with him about it. Here’s how that conversation with Jamie Fiesel went. He is a character.

My first intermission guest was defenceman Scott Bollefer (that’s what you get for sitting so close to the front of the bus Scott). You can hear that interview in the “Interviews” section.

I gave Scott Brkich 2nd star last night. He only had an assist in the game  but I am so impressed with how he uses his size. I remember one time behind his own net when he got sandwiched by 2 Millionaires players and it was both Mills players that fell to the ice while Scott still had the puck. I saw him taping up his stick before the game so I went over and asked him how many sticks he’s broken this season. He said 11 (almost all of them were while he was playing with Flin Flon).

By the way, good job on picking the movie guys (finally). We watched, “The Hangover” on the way down to Melville and it had everyone in stitches. While it’s probably not appropriate for smaller kids, I recommend it highly.

Nipawin’s next game is at home tomorrow where they will host the Weyburn Red Wings. Game time is 7:30 at the Cage.

Posted in Nipawin Hawks | Leave a Comment »