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Johnson, Hudema Suspended 3 Games-Wow!

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 31, 2011

Are you kidding me? A terrific hockey game at the Elgar Peterson has been tarnished by the SJHL ‘Junior A Supplement’ that was implented at the start of the year. It was a good close, hard-hitting hockey game last night that ended up being decided by one goal. Humboldt Broncos forward Taylor Johnson was laying Nipawin Hawks bodies all over the ice with good clean body checks. It got contagious and it was a good clean hockey game… oh wait a minute, insert the new league policy. In the 3rd period, Humboldt led 1-0 when Hawks forward  Jamie Johnson stepped forward to show his team (and the Broncos) that they weren’t going to get pushed around and tried to change the momentum. He and Nathan Hudema dropped the gloves after the drop of the puck. Both were willing combatants and it was a very even fight. We rated it a draw. It worked as the Hawks came back to tie it up and outshot Humboldt 17-5 in the period, but eventually ended up losing 2-1. Next time I see Jamie Johnson in the Hawks dressing room, I’m going to shake his hand and congratulate him on a job well done. Same with Hudema for standing up and saying, “Absolutely” when asked to fight. What does the league say? You’re suspended 3 games each for this utter non-sense of violence! Once again, are you kidding me? Don’t get me wrong, I am very pro-SJHL and pro-good sportsmanship. Was there something that hurt the league or sportsmanship of our great game from this incident? No, in my opinion, that game demonstrated why our game (and sport) is better than any other. I stand up for the league in most instances and rules except two. This rule to suspend a player for 3 games for a Staged Fight is one of them I disagree with.

Rule 7.3.1 states that this is case for a 3-game suspension but here is my reasoning why I would like to see it modified. You can purposely take a full run at an unsuspecting player from behind, crush him face first into the boards and injure him for half the season. You will only get 2-games if a 5-minute major penalty is assessed. Another example is if a player is down on the ice in a defenceless position and purposely gets struck in the head, still just a 2-game suspension.

In last night’s game, it was a case of 2 willing combatants fighting during the play. Why is it better if you get jumped from behind, then drop your gloves? You only get 5 minutes (unless an instigator is deemed). As long as it doesn’t happen right after the face off, fighting is supposedly not as illegal. One member of one of the oraganizations involved said this is turning into a “Chicken Shit League.” Was the SJHL correct in the 3-game suspension? Yes, according to the rules in the Supplement, they acted accordingly. Let’s hope that the SJHL will look at this rule at the end of the year and modify to maybe a game misconduct or something like that. A 3-game suspension is ridiculous (once again in my own opinion).

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Hawks Game Cancelled Again

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 28, 2011

The Nipawin Hawks home game against Battlefords tonight has been postponed until February 16th because of problems with the chiller. This is the 2nd game in a row that the Black & Gold have had to move to a later date and the timings of the new dates will make things a little tougher. They now have 3 games in 3 nights (all at the Cage) in mid February. They play Flin Flon Feb. 14th, La Ronge Feb. 15th and Battlefords Feb. 16th. That will also make it a stretch of 5 games in 6 nights and 7 games in 9 nights. This team has just 20 cards so it will be a tough stretch on the regulars. Unfortunately it is always tough to try to reschedule this time of year because the other team’s schedule must be considered as well as as ice-time availability for your own rink.

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Hawkey Talk

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 27, 2011

Here is today’s edition of Hawkey Talk which was done with head coach & GM Doug Johnson.

Hawkey Talk

The Hawks are 16-26-3-1 which is 6th in the Bauer Conference, 6 points behind Flin Flon. They had their last game postponed due to the ammonia leak and tomorow’s game against Battlefords is also in question. Last Tuesday’s game against Flin Flon has been rescheduled for Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14th for you non-romantics that don’t know).

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Nipawin Hawks Game Tomorrow In Doubt

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 27, 2011

The Nipawin Hawks home game against Battlefords tomorrow night is in doubt. Some hoses blew in the chiller which caused an ammonia gas leak which cancelled Tuesday’s game against Flin Flon. It still isn’t fixed and head coach Doug Johnson told me this morning that he should find out by 4:00 this afternoon if it can be fixed in time for their game tomorrow. He is frustrated because it’s the 2nd time in 5 months that this has happened with the new chiller. From the looks of things, it doesn’t look good right now. I will let you know as soon as I find out more.

In case you were wondering here is the definition of ammonia gas:

A colorless, pungent, suffocating, highly water-soluble, gaseous compound, NH 3 , usually produced by the direct combination of nitrogen and hydrogen gases: used chiefly for refrigeration and in the manufacture of commercial chemicals and laboratory reagents.

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Mustangs Luncheon

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 27, 2011

Everyone is invited to the Mustang Luncheon taking place on Wednesday February 2nd at the Melfort Curling Club. Head coach Darrell Mann and president Barrie Jung will give an update on the hockey team and operations. The lunch, which starts at noon, costs $10.00 per person. People interested in going must contact the Mustang office by Monday January 31st.

Phone: 752-2799
Fax: 752-3899
Email: tanis@melfortmustangs.com

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Bronco Round Up

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 26, 2011

Here is today’s edition of Bronco Round Up that played on both stations earlier today:

Bronco Round Up

Humboldt has a record of 23-22-0-1 and currently hold down the 3rd spot in the Bauer Conference, 1 point ahead of Battlefords.

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Mustang-Bronco Rivalry Still Heated

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 26, 2011

It was another entertaining game between 2 teams that really don’t like each other. The game had intensity, a lot of big hits, chippy play and chirping from both sides. Brody Haygarth was outstanding once again netting his 2nd hat trick in as many games and also drew a penalty with his speed. You know he loves playing with Brayden Metz and Cody Hanson. Darrell Mann like the combination because of Haygarth’s scoring touch, Metz’s playmaking ability and Hanson can grind in the corner and dig out pucks. All 3 average over a point per game. Melfort was down to 4 regular defenceman in the 1st period when Mitch Berg tweaked his back. It was Scott Byrkich’s first game back from injury. Melfort has been decimiated by injuries. They have had up to 4 regular defenceman out at the same time along with key forwards. All they do is keep on winning however. You can argue if they’re the best team in the league but in my opinion they have the most depth.

The Humboldt Broncos meanwhile looked down and out when they trailed 5-1 with a minute left in the 2nd period but the young Broncos don’t know how to give up. They took advantage of Melfort’s discipline problems and made it 5-4 but could not get the equalizer. Josh Roach looked great with his end to end rushes. He doesn’t always pick the best times to do it but he was terrific last night. He just may be the best defenceman in the SJHL next year. He’s only 18 and playing like an overager. Despite the loss of their skilled players at the trade deadline, the Green & Gold have played well despite their record and their special teams have not suffered. As of today, Humboldt is 1st in the SJHL on the PP and 2nd in PK. They may be a scary team to play in the playoffs.

I can hardly wait for Friday when they hook up again at the Palace. If these 2 clubs met in the playoffs, it would be an absolute war with the victor limping into the next series. Friday’s game is on CK750 but if you can make it to the game, it will well be worth the money.

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New Radio Station

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 25, 2011

For those interested, the CRTC has granted the Humboldt licence to Golden West Radio. The decision came down this morning. No idea when they will be up and running.

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New Radio Station In Humboldt

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 24, 2011

The CRTC (which is the governing body for radio stations and other media) will be handing down a decision regarding the applications for a new radio station in Humboldt this week. There are 2 companies in the running. One is our company (Fabmar Communications) and the other is Golden West Radio. The hearings were held last October and hopefully we will be successful. We currently have 4 radio stations which include CJVR & CK750 in Melfort, “XM105” in Whitecourt, Alberta and “FM 89.5 The Hawk” in Chilliwack, BC.

Everytime I do a game in Humboldt I get asked about the new station, when it will be up & running and will we be doing Broncos games on it. We need to get the licence first before we get too far ahead of ourselves. Like I said, we have been told the decision is coming sometime this week. If we do get it, I believe it will be at least 6 months or so before we would get it up and running. As for the Broncos, most of the games will still be from our flagship station in Melfort on CK750 with selected games on the new FM station. The reason is that it will be a small powered station whereas the CK750 signal can be heard in most of Saskatchewan and all over the world on the internet. This is not for sure but just what I understand but that is very preliminary because we haven’t been issued a licence yet. I will let you know when the decision comes down.

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Mustang Report

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 24, 2011

Here is today’s edition of the Mustang Report with head coach Darrell Mann.

Mustang Report

Tomorrow’s game in Humboldt will be on CK750 starting at 7:15. We all remember what happened at the end of the game the last time these 2 teams played. Should be a good one.

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Haygarth’s Six Points Paces Mustangs

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 24, 2011

The best defensive team in the SJHL was involved in a 15-goal game yesterday (Saturday). The Melfort Mustangs got 3 goals and 3 assists including 2-short handed goals from Brody Haygarth in their 9-6 win over the Weyburn Red Wings. Not exactly the type of game we expect out of Melfort who came into the game allowing just 2.84 goals per game. That went up to 2.91 after the contest. Four different Stangs ended the night with at least 3 points.

There was one shift for Cody Hanson that you don’t see very often. He was on the ice when Weyburn scored a goal at 1:12 of the 2nd period. On the same shift, he then scored at 1:43. Still on the same shift, he took a penalty at 2:20. That was quite the eventful shift. Head coach Darrell Mann had him playing with Brayden Metz again. During the previous home game against Notre Dame, Mann had split up the 2 former Melville Millionaires.

There was an unfortunate incident near the end of the game. Sterling Bear gave a 2-handed golf swing chop to the ankle of Red Wings defenceman and captain Tanner McCall. Bear was frustrated with no penalty call after taking a couple of cross checks in the back and previously being taken down to the ice. After the whistle blew, McCall was skating back towards his bench and you could hear the slash from the crowd. McCall went down immediately and Bear receive a 5-minute major for slashing. That was on the same play where Zach Johnson got a tripping penalty so Melfort was down 2-men for a full 2-minutes. They killed it off and Haygarth finished the hat trick on a breakaway while Bear was still in the penalty box.

The victory was an important one for the Mustangs because La Ronge also won on Saturday. Melfort remains 5 points behind the Ice Wolves in the race for 1st place in the Bauer Conference. The Stangs still have a game in hand as well. They’re red-hot winning 10 of their last 12 games going 10-1-0-1 in that span. Their next game is Tuesday in Humboldt which is a possible Bauer Conference semi-final playoff match up.

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Hawks Alumni-Riders Game

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 24, 2011

The Rider Pride Hockey Challenge was called a huge success by everyone. Apporoximately 900 people packed the Cage to watch the Nipawin Hawks Alumni take on a team assembled of current Saskatchewan Roughriders. The game ended up 5-4 in favor of the Riders but nobody really cared about the score. It seemed like fans, players and everyone else involved had fun. The Riders are touring the communities that were finalists in the Riderville contest to help raise money for sports and capital projects for that particular community.

The game definitely had a football theme to it:

It was played in 2 halves instead of 3 periods.
The Riders bench threw out challenge flags to get Hawks goals disallowed.
Everytime a goal was scored, the ref put his hands in the air to signal a touchdown instead of making a signal for a goal.
Instead of raising his hand for a delayed penalty, the ref would throw a red penalty flag on the ice.

You think reffing in the SJHL is bad? In this game, the referee made Nipawin take one penalty shot with a golfing putter and another one with a cardboard outhouse in the way of the net. The linesman also only called offsides against the Hawks alumni. After the Riders put a youngster in net, one Hawks goal was nulified for “Scoring on a goalie that was under 10 years old.” In fact, they got a penalty for it. After a couple of goals were disallowed against the Alumni, defenceman Doug Johnson (head coach of the Junior ‘A’ Hawks) scored by shooting in his own net. That counted for the Green & White. I asked Doug about it after the game and he jokingly said,” I knew we weren’t going to be able to win. The ref’s it seems were against us so I wanted to get a goal, couldn’t score on their net so I threw it into our net and it worked out.”

It was a very pro-Riders crowd at the Cage. The fan favorite was Shomari Williams. He was out there despite not really knowing how to skate and definitely not knowing how to stop as he crashed into the boards several times. The Hawks never checked him whenever he got the puck which usually worked out because he would lose control of it anyway. Finally in the 2nd half, when Williams got the puck at centre and lost it again, the Hawks alumni passed it back to him, he lost it on his own again, they passed it back to him. He took it on goal and shot it in the net (the goalie didn’t move) and the Cage erupted with cheers and laughter.

The game was done with class and kept everyone entertained. The best player on the ice for either side was Riders receiver Chris Getzlaf. He told me after the game that he plays the odd senior game. He also said that he was wondering if some scouts might try to scoop up Shomari for a hockey tryout. I’m guessing probably not.

Another bonus besides the gate sales was the 50/50 draw.  I believe it was for close to $1000 dollars. Great job Nipawin!

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Hawks Looking To Make It Two In A Row Tonight

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 19, 2011

The Hawks broke their 4-game losing streak last night in Battlefords and will be looking to make it 2 in a row tonight. We came back to the hotel right after the game to eat and get some rest. The team met on the bus at 9:00 this morning, had breakfast at 9:30 , then came back to the hotel shortly after. Most of the team is enjoying a well-deserved sleep right now after playing their hearts out last night. None of the carded forwards are complaining about ice time for the Hawks who dressed just 3 lines yesterday. We will be checking out of our hotel at 3:00, heading to the rink to get the equipment, then off to Kindersley.

Let’s take a look at the 2 teams:

Records
Nipawin: 16-23–3-1 (6th in Bauer Conference; 11th overall)
Kindersley: 25-17-2-0 (2nd in the Sherwood Conference; 4th overall)

Leaders
Nipawin: Eli Lichtenwald: 19-17-36
Kindersley: Johnny Calkins: 20-51-71

Special Teams
Nipawin: PP – 11th; PK – 9th
Kindersley: PP – 4th; PK – 7th

Head To Head
Nipawin: 1-1-0-1   Kindersley: 2-1-0-0
Oct. 23: Kindersley 7 Nipawin 2
Nov. 5: Nipawin 6 Kindersley 5
Nov. 9: Kindersley 3 Nipawin 2 (SO)

Goals For And Against Per Game
Nipawin: 2.88 (11th); 4.07 (10th)
Kindersley: 4.05 (3rd); 3.45 (6th)

The stats favour the Klippers as you would expect considering that they are one of the favorites to win the league title this year. However, Nipawin has played them tough this season and have 3 points in 3 games against them. Expect a short-handed line up once agin this evening. Talking with some of the players, they don’t mind it however. Most are looking at it as an opportunity to show what they can do. Before yeserday’s game, Doug Johnson told me he was going to go with whichever goalie is winning and/or playing well. That would mean Brody Hoffman should be getting the start for a second consecutive night. This will be the last of 5 cosecutive road games for Nipawin before returning home for 4 in a row. The game can be heard on CK750 starting at 7:15.

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Gutsy Effort By Hawks Leads To Victory

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 19, 2011

The Nipawin Hawks went into North Battleford with just 3 forward lines due to injuries and a suspension but played hard until the end in their 4-2 win over the North Stars. It didn’t start good for the Black & Gold however. They took a penalty just 29 seconds into the game, they were being outshot 7-0 early and were down 1-0 after giving up a short-handed goal. However, things did turn around in the 1st period as they ended up outshooting Battlefords in the opening frame and had a 3-1 lead. They played well until the North Stars took over with about 8 minutes left in the 3rd period and dominated. I asked head coach Doug Johnson about that and he said the team was starting to wear down at the end. Despite being tired, the effort was still there and Brody Hoffman was sensational. A missed offside by the linesman (it was about a foot and a half offside) late in the 3rd period gave Battlefords a scoring chance but the Hawks survived and got the victory when Brendan Tash buried the puck into the empty net.

The team played without Pearce Gourley and Stuart Holland due to injuries and Tyler Paslawski because of his suspension. The team did bring up forward Chris Musselman from Junior ‘B’ but he saw very limited action.

The win improves the Hawks record to 16-23-3-1 for the season but they didn’t gain any ground on Flin Flon because the Bombers also won. Looking at the stats, it looks like PJ Musico had a great game as he stopped 45 of 46 La Ronge shots. So Nipawin is 4 points behind Flin Flon and 6 back of Battlefords as they try to make a run at the playoffs down the stretch. 

That was the Hawks 4th consecutive road game and they’re not done yet. They’ll have a stiff test tonight when they travel to Kindersley. The Klippers are in 2nd place in the Sherwood Conference.

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Paslawski Suspended 2 Games

Posted by Darryl Skender on January 17, 2011

Nipawin Hawks forward Tyler Paslawski has been handed a 2-game suspension for his hit from behind on an Estevan player late in the 3rd period of Saturday’s game. Nipawin was down 7-2 at the time when Paslawski came in and hit the Bruins player in the corner where a number of players were tying up the puck. The league felt the illegal hit looked deliberate and took action. That means Paslawski will miss the 2-game western road trip the Hawks have starting tomorrow in Battlefords and ending in Kindersley on Wednesday.

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