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Bodnarchuk Is Back

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 28, 2011

The Humboldt Broncos were one of the hottest teams down the stretch and one major reason why was goaltender Andrew Bodnarchuk. In their last 11 games, they were 9-2 and probably should have been 10-1 except for the 3rd period collapse against Melville where they allowed 4 goals in 3 minutes in the 3rd period to lose 5-4. In Bodnarchuk’s last 7 games, he is a perfect 7-0 with a GAA of 1.55 and a save percentage better than .950. In fact, he hasn’t given up more than 2 goals in a game over that span. Last year’s MVP has certainly heated up at the right time and if he shows the same magic we’ve seen from him the previous couple of years, this young Broncos team could be a force to be reckoned with. The 4th year Bronco, who is the only 1990 born player on the squad, was also named Goaltender of the Month for February where he collected 6 of the wins on his current streak. From what I was told today, Mustangs goalie Charles Corsi is just starting to resume workouts again and hasn’t played a real game in quite some time. Melfort was said to have a big goaltending edge in the upcoming series but that adavantage may have been narrowed considerably. If Corsi is rusty, Melfort does have the luxury of having argueably the best back-up in the league with Jesse Ehnisz who has been unbelievable this season. This playoff series may be determined by Bodnarchuk’s play. Humboldt needs him to be at his best to get by the more experienced Mustangs. Could this turn out to be a goaltenders duel? Friday night will be the first chapter of this saga.

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Hawks Hand Out Awards

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 28, 2011

The Nipawin Hawks held their year-end banquet on Friday night at the Evergreen Centre. Hawks Director John Shenher was the emcee while president Dennis Botterill, head coach Doug Johnson and city councillor Tim Verklan all made speeches. One of the hi-lites of the night was when Gino De Paoli spilled his glass of rum all over the crotch of his pants. It was a perfect shot as there was no spillage on the table or on the floor just in the private area. Doug and I busted a gut laughing. In all seriousness, the food was terrific, the company was great and the auction went well.

Here is a list of the award winners:

Most Popular Player: Scott Bollefer
Top Scorer: Eli Lichtenwald
Most Under-Rated Player: Brady Zerr
Rookie of the Year: Eli Lichtenwald
Most Gentlemanly Player: Adam Reichert
Best Offensive Defenceman: Jeff Datoff
Most Dedicated Player: Stephen Klein
Most Improved Player: Brady Zerr
Most Valuable Player: Tanner Dusyk
Best Defensive Player: Brody Hoffman
Most Inspirational Player: Brody Hoffman
Hardest Worker: Dan Szerlip
Community Service Award: Scott Bollefer
1st Star Overall: Eli Lichtenwald
2nd Star Overall: Jamie Johnson, Darius Cole (tie)
Most Valuable Player in Playoffs: (None)

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Nipawin Hawks Banquet Tonight

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 25, 2011

The Nipawin Hawks are hosting their year-end Awards Night banquet tonight . Here is the info:

Place: Nipawin Evergreen Centre
Time: 6:00 Cocktails; 7:00 Supper
Price: $30 adults, $15 kids 6 & under
Purchase At: Flowers N’ Things

The program, jersey auction and social will follow supper.

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Bronco Round Up & Hawkey Talk

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 25, 2011

There was no Mustang Report because of the holiday on Monday. Gino spoke with Dean Brockman for Bronco Round Up Wednesday while I spoke with Dennis Botterill, president of the Nipawin Hawks for the last installment of Hawkey Talk yesterday.

Bronco Round Up

Hawkey Talk

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Losing 3 Points Does Have Implications

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 23, 2011

When one first looks at the standings and sees the 3 points the Melfort Mustangs lost for playing Nick Angelo in 4 more games than he was supposed to, it doesn’t seem to be a big deal. The Mustangs still finish 2nd in the Bauer Conference and will still host their Conference semi-final against Humboldt on the same dates… so everything is status quo right? Not necessarily. Should Melfort win the Bauer Conference and play in the Credit Union Cup final, those 3 points could be very costly… that is if they play Kindersley. Melfort had home-ice advantage if they played the Klippers before but now that has changed. The Stangs now finish the regular season with 72 points which is 1 less than Kindersley. That means home-ice advantage in a Melfort-Kindersley final would go to the Klippers. However that is a long ways away and may never happen anyway. We’ll just have to wait and see if that boo boo costs them more than the $1800 fine.

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Mustangs-Broncos Playoff Dates

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 19, 2011

We’ve known for a while that the Melfort Mustangs and Humboldt Broncos were going to meet in one of the Bauer Conference semi-finals and the league has officially given out the dates. There will be a preview in the coming week or so of the series but for now, here are the dates:

Friday March 4 Humboldt @ Melfort 7:30

Sunday March 6 Melfort @ Humboldt 6:00

Tuesday March 8 Humboldt @ Melfort 7:30

Thursday March 10 Melfort @ Humboldt 7:30

Saturday March 12 Humboldt @ Melfort 7:30 (if necessary)

Sunday March 13 Melfort @ Humboldt 6:00 (if necessary)

Tuesday March 15 Humboldt @ Melfort 7:30 (if necessary)

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Mustangs Banquet

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 18, 2011

The Melfort Mustangs year-end banquet & awards ceremony is rapidly approaching. Once again this year, the team has decided to do it between the end of the regular season and before the start of the playoffs. Here are the details:

Date: Sunday Feb. 20/11
Place: Kerry Vickar Centre (CJVR Theatre)
Time: Cocktails-4:00 PM; Dinner-5:00 PM
Ticket Prices: Adults-$25.00, Children Under 12-$12.00

The award presentations and jersey auction takes place after dinner.

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Mustangs, Broncos & Hawks Reports

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 17, 2011

Gino De Paoli was a busy guy again this week with me not being in the radio station much. He did the reports for all 3 of our teams and here they are.

Mustang Report

Bronco Round Up

Hawkey Talk

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Dog Breakfast XI Announced

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 13, 2011

It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies football team and is expected to be as big as ever again this year. The Dogs Breakfast will take place at Prairieland Park on Thursday April 28th and will start at 7:30 AM. This year’s guest speaker will be professional football’s all-time leading passer Damon Allen. The Calfornia State University – Fullerton product has amassed 72 381 yards passing in his career, mostly recently with the Toronto Argonauts where he retired in 2008. The amazing thing about Allen is that he is also the 3rd leading rusher in CFL history behind only Mike Pringle and George Reed. The Dogs Breakfast has an impressive list of ex-quarterbacks who have been key-note speakers such as Matt Dunnigan, Ron Lancaster, Russ Jackson and Warren Moon.

It’s an event that many of us wait for all year with anticipation. The money raised goes towards the Huskies football scholarship fund. As for the importance of the event, head coach Brian Towriss said, “We’re hoping to raise in excess of $100 000 dollars in scholarship money and tuitions going up every year all across the country, we are paying out to our cap right now or pretty close to it with the support. We wouldn’t be able to attract the top student athletes without doing that. It’s absolutely huge in that regard and just to raise the profile of our program and the city as well, I think its come a long way in doing that.” BT also talked about what a “thrill” it is for many of the recruits to be announced and walk up to receive and put on their jersey in front of 2000 onlookers.

So far, the Dogs Breakfast has raised over $800 000 dollars and will most likely sell out quickly once again this year. Tickets are $100 each or you can purchase a table of 8 for $800 dollars. For more information or to order tickets, you can go to http://huskiesfootballfoundation.com/. One of the bonuses about the breakfast is that you should be out and at work for 9:00 AM. City police help with parking and traffic flow to make sure everything goes smooth. Can’t wait, we’ll see you there!

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Hawks Eliminated; Broncos Clinch 3rd; Stangs Struggling

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 13, 2011

There were a few things settled this past weekend with our 3 coverage teams. Starting with the Nipawin Hawks, they lost their 8th and 9th straight games (0-8-0-1) and are now officially eliminated from playoff contention. Despite the disappointing streak the team is on right now, I thought head coach Doug Johnson showed a lot of class after Friday’s 5-1 loss in Humboldt. He went on the ice after the game and shook hands with Dean Brockman and Murray Brookbank, then went to the Broncos coaches office afterwards to wish the team good luck in the playoffs. This is the 2nd staright season that the squad has missed the playoffs and they have played just 3 post-season games total in the last 3 years. Meanwhile, Humboldt is the 2nd hottest team in the SJHL right now next to La Ronge. The Broncos have won 2 in a row, 6 of their last 7 and 8 of their last 11 games. This young squad is starting to learn how to win without their 20 year old’s and may be a scary team to play in the playoffs. They clinched 3rd place this weekend which means they avoid the survivor series and will play Melfort in one of the Bauer Conference semi-finals. Speaking of the Mustangs, they are struggling right now. They have just 2 wins in their last 7 games (2-4-0-1). Granted, they haven’t had a full line up but this is a team that prides itself on its depth. I couldn’t see last night’s home loss against Notre Dame because I was at a fundraiser but I do see that Charles Corsi, Brett Kipling, Carter Berg, Nick Angelo, Johnny Badura and Spencer Mault all never dressed. Darrell Mann is just as concerned about having a healthy team for the playoffs as he is winning these meaningless games as the end of the season approaches. The only thing left to decide in the Bauer Conference is whether Flin Flon or Battlefords gets home ice advantage in the survivor series. Thank goodness there is still one good race down the stretch. The North Stars hold a 1 point advantage over the Bombers and have a game in hand. The 2 teams split a pair of games in the Flon and now play each other again on Tuesday in North Battleford.

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Only A Minor Penalty?

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 10, 2011

The Humboldt Broncos widened their 3rd place lead over Battlefords with a 4-2 win over the North Stars at the Civic Centre last night. The Green & Gold are 8 points up on Stars with Humboldt having 5 games left and Battlefords 6. Ward Szucki, playing hurt, had a hat trick while captain Tayor Johnson netted the game winner.

An incident happened with 7:45 left in the 3rd period that still has me baffled. During the stoppage with some players headed for the faceoff in the neutral zone, Brett Pisio got in a scrum with several members of the North Stsars bench (I later found out that he took a slash to the forearm from someone on the bench while skating by).  He started throwing punches with his gloves on, then was grabbed by several members on the bench knocking his helmet off. He threw his gloves off and and started throwing punches. The Battlefords players on the bench all kept their gloves on (I think) but were punching back and tying him up (which I can understand with what Pisio is doing). At that time, Tony Oak, who was already on the ice, shed his gloves and jumped Pisio from behind punching him in the back of the head while Pisio was being tied up at the North Stars bench. I understand where Oak was coming from in doing what he did (although don’t agree with it). The biggest problem I have is with how it was handled by the referee (whose name I won’t mention). Pisio should have received a 5-minute major for fighting and a game misconduct. He got 4 minutes and a game miscoduct so I can live with that. The real problem I have is where there was no penalty against the Battlefords bench for slashing a player on the ice or for the punches thrown at the player on the ice. Also, Tony Oak, despite attacking someone from behind and landing several punches with his gloves off to the back of someone’s head, gets a 2-minute minor. Are you kidding me? Should that not be a 5 minute major for fighting and possibly either a 3rd man in a fight or an instigator. Also, there should be a game misconduct for a fight in the last 10 minutes according to Rule: 7.5 in the Junior ‘A’ Supplement. However it was not deemed a fight, just a 2-minute minor. Yes I don’t like the Supplement and hopes it gets abolished but the league has to follow it until such a time. As for the Supplement, it deals with dangerous blow(s) to a defenseless player while he is down but not when engaged in another altercation. According to the Supplement, a situation like this isn’t that serious if the defenseless player is already standing.

Please don’t get me wrong, I love Tony Oak as a player and can appreciate him standing up for his teammates. From what I understand, he is a great teammate and even better kid. Even Darrell Mann has told me he thinks Tony is a great guy off the the ice and is often found talking to him or his parents. Several players that have fought him have become friends with him afterwards. This article isn’t so much about him as it is about the way the situation was handled by the officials. All 3 had a meeting on the ice and this was the best they could come up with. Back to my title, only a minor penalty?

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Hawkey Talk

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 10, 2011

This is today’s edition of Hawkey Talk which will be heard on our radio stations later this afternoon with Gino De Paoli and Doug Johnson.

Hawkey Talk

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Bronco Round Up

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 10, 2011

Here is yesterday’s edition of Bronco Round Up with Dean Brockman.

Bronco Round Up

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Mustang Report

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 7, 2011

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

Mustang Report

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Game On In Nipawin

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 7, 2011

Hawks fans will be able to watch the Black & Gold play in the comfort of their own arena. Head coach Doug Johnson said this morning, “Tomorrow’s game is going to be in Nipawin. Got a text this morning at 7:45 that the plant is going and everything will be good for tomorrow night. It is definitely good news finally.” If the Cage wouldn’t have been operational, the Carrot River Arena was being discussed as a possible venue for the game.

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