Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Yorkton Terriers trade 1991 D Scott Bollefor (Lake Lenore SK) to the Nipawin Hawks for 1993 F Cody Pongracz (Saskatoon SK).
Estevan Bruins acquire 1989 F Jordan Lane (Whitehorse YK) from the Battlefords North Stars for 1990 F Carlo Ricci (Montreal QC).
Nipawin Hawks acquire 1990 F Jonathan Ceci (North Vancouver BC) from the Melfort Mustangs for 1992 F Cody Michelle (Prince Albert SK).
Notre Dame Hounds send 1992 F Tanner Dusyk (Montmarte SK) to the Flin Flon Bombers for 1989 D Kevin Carpenter (Parker USA).
La Ronge Ice Wolves acquire 1989 F Kyle Miller (Rabbit Lake SK) from the Camrose Kodiaks for 1989 G Evan Smith.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
After a disappointing loss against the La Ronge Ice Wolves on Wednesday, the Kindersley Klippers are back at the .500 mark after a well-played 2-1 victory over the Notre Dame Hounds on Saturday.
Major product Andrew Dommett scored both goals and provided a couple of heavy hits in Saturday’s win, which saw the Klippers (2-2) put in their most complete effort to date.
The left winger scored the game-winner with 11:30 remaining in the third period, just moments after Notre Dame’s Patrick Thompson-Gale rung a hard wrister off the left post off the rush.
Johnny Calkins streaked down the left side with the puck and dumped it off to Dommett in front of the net at the last second for a one-timer that Dubyk wasn’t ready for.
The goal came after nearly two minutes of high-charged action at both ends. About eight minutes into the period, Josh Thorimbert came out of his net to get to a loose puck before three Hounds forecheckers and Klippers defenceman Johnathon Sonntag, who returned from a collapsed lung. The netminder gave the puck away and the resulting shot just missed the left post of the empty cage.
Thirty seconds later, Steven Turner claimed a clear victory in a fight with Hounds forward Steven Klips, and Thompson-Gale dinged the iron not long after.
“I think there was a little bit of, I wouldn’t say chaos, but a little stress going around,” said Klippers head coach Larry Wintoneak.
Thorimbert posted a stellar outing in his first Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League start, turning aside 22 of 23 shots and making some big stops at key times.
“Thorny played outstanding,” said Wintoneak of the 17-year-old. “For his first game, he probably fought through a lot of nervousness. He’s going to be a good goalie in this league and he’s going to get better, the more games he plays. Obviously (Hounds goalie Deven Dubyk) was phenomenal. He made some huge saves.”
Indeed, Dubyk was the only thing preventing the Klippers from breaking the game open in the first 40 minutes, when the Hounds were doubled up 22-11 on the shot clock. The final shots were 30-23 for Kindersley.
Dommett opened the scoring 5:22 into the first period, trailing Braeden Adamyk on a breakaway and cleaning up the trash on the rebound.
Hounds defenceman James Howden leveled the score nine minutes later, though, threading a wrister from the left point through power play traffic.
Wintoneak was pleased with his team’s performance after a lacklustre effort against La Ronge, who finished in the league basement last year.
“A different team showed up tonight, obviously. You saw the work ethic. If you don’t work, you’re not going to win and I think that was the message. We really supported the puck well in all areas of the ice,” he observed. “It was one of those games where you get a little worried because you’ve had a lot of chances. They did hit two posts and after that last post, we came back and scored. Sometimes the hockey gods are taking care of you.”
Meanwhile, Wintoneak only needed one word to sum up Wednesday’s loss.
“We had no urgency. When your top players aren’t your top players, you’re not going to win,” he said. “There was no urgency, I can’t express myself any more. You gotta have urgency. When you’re on the power play and penalty kill, they’re called special teams for a reason, because they are special and that ice time is valuable. We got outworked in a lot of areas and it’s disappointing. I think some guys took advantage and thought it’d be easy and it’s not easy in this league.
“I thought our two centremen (Jordan Braid and Calkins) were invisible and when your top two guys are invisible, it doesn’t help.”
A key setback for the Klippers was not being able to score on a five-on-three early in the second period that lasted for nearly a full two minutes.
Turner and Ryan Benn scored for the home side, which was outshot 41-36. La Ronge got a pair of goals from Ben Findlay and singles from Taylor Greenbank and Adam Moar.
Sean Flanagan returned to the team’s blueline Wednesday after going down to injury early in the season opener.The Melville Millionaires come to town for a two-game set on Thursday and Saturday, with both games beginning at 7 p.m. The defending Credit Union Cup champion Humboldt Broncos visit next Wednesday.
The CJHL Weekly Top 15 as of Monday, September 28th:
1. (1) Vernon Vipers (BCHL)
2. (7) Dauphin Kings (MJHL)
3. (5) Penticton Vees (BCHL)
4. (4) Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)
5. (8) Brooks Bandits (AJHL)
6. (3) Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
7. (10) Kingston Voyageurs (OJAHL)
8. (4) Pembroke Lumber Kings (CJHL)
9. (11) Burlington Cougars (CCHL)
10. (HM) Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL)
11. (HM) Newmarket Hurricanes (CCHL)
12. (NR) Amherst Ramblers (MJAHL)
13. (13) North Bay Trappers (NOJHL)
14. (15) Les Pantheres de Saint-Jerome (LHJAAA)
15. (14) Fort William North Stars (SIJHL)
Honorable mention goes to the Bonnyville Pontiacs (AJHL), Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL), Buffalo Jr. Sabres (OJAHL), Wellington Dukes (CCHL), Markham Waxers (CCHL), Le College Francais de Longueuil (LHJAAA), and the Summerside Western Capitals (MJAHL).
The rankings are based upon a variety of factors which includes the league in which the teams belong to, their winning percentage, their win-loss record, total points accumulated, their goals-for versus goals-against ratio, amongst other factors.
The CJHL is an amalgamation of ten Junior A hockey leagues from across Canada.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Monday, September 28th
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM Team Red practice
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Team White practice
7:15 PM Game Team Red vs Team White
Tuesday, September 29th
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM Team White practice
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Team Red practice
7:15 PM Game Team White vs Team Red
Game Tickets are available at the Oilers Box Office inside the Okotoks Centennial Arena. Tickets for Adults and Seniors $10.00, Students and Children $5.00, and children under 8 are free.
The final rosters for Team Canada East and Team Canada West will be announced in mid-October. Summerside, P.E.I. will host the 2009 World Junior A Challenge from November 1st - 8th, 2009 at Credit Union Centre. The 2009 World Junior A Challenge will follow the same format as previous years - two Canadian entries will be joined by four international teams from Russia, Belarus, Sweden and the defending champion Team USA.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Of the 40 players selected to the camp, 7 are from the SJHL. Of those seven only one is a member of the Kindersley Klippers and that is Braeden Adamyk.
Players and coaches leave for camp on Sunday. More details and some reaction is on the way.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Larry Wintoneak can be called a lot of things, but flat-footed is not one of them.
When the Flin Flon Bombers made a clerical error in listing Walker Wintoneak’s birth date last week, the Kindersley Klippers head coach pounced, taking advantage of a rarely used SJHL rule to claim his son’s Junior A rights for the Klippers.
The Bombers had recently acquired the 20-year-old winger’s rights from the Swan Valley Stampeders of the MJHL, hoping to lure the Saskatoon Blade to play his final junior season in his hometown. Walker grew up in Flin Flon while his father was coaching the Bombers.
When they added him to their list, however, they incorrectly recorded his birth date as February 8, 1989, rather than his actual birthday of July 25.
According to the SJHL rule book, that mistake allows any other team to claim the player if they can prove his correct birth date. Obviously, that wasn’t a difficult task for the player’s father.
The Bombers appealed Larry Wintoneak’s action, but the Klippers were found to be within their rights in a ruling delivered on Monday.The entire affair is likely moot, since Walker scored 31 goals and 59 points for the Blades last season and will want to stay with the club for his final season of junior eligibility rather than take a step down to the SJHL.
The Blades have four 20-year-olds in camp, one more than the limit, but if he does wind up the odd man out, it’s hard to imagine there wouldn’t be a line-up of other WHL teams interested in his services.
“Walker’s focused on the Western Hockey League. We’d love to have him, obviously, but I’m not even worried about it,” said his father. “He’s a Western League player and I’m not even saying that as a father bragging about it. That’s what I think and what I’ve been told by other people.”
Still, the family connection was something the coach couldn’t pass up, and the winger would be a huge addition to the Klippers’ offence if he does happen to join the team at some point during the season.
“The way I look at it, it’s family. Blood’s thicker than water,” said Wintoneak. “Maybe it’s not the nicest thing to do, but when it comes to your son, opportunity knocked. A mistake was made. (Flin Flon general manager) Mike (Reagan) had the opportunity to list him properly and didn’t.”
After a season opening victory the Klippers were on the road in North Battleford last Saturday night for the back end of a home and home. Although the Klippers took an early lead it was Stars who came away with the 9-5 win.
Goaltender Riley Ross had a tough outing getting pulled early in the second for a short stint and then finally at the 8:35 mark of the second period in favour of Josh Thorimbert. Jordan Braid, Travis Eggum, and Taylor Duzan combined for 12 points in the game.
The La Ronge Ice Wolves were in North Battleford last night taking on the North Stars and it wasn't a favourable outcome. Both teams were able to get 38 shots a piece on goal but it was the Stars who found the net giving them the 5-2 win.
The Ice Wolves pulled goaltender Chris Jackson in the second period paving the way for Adam Bartko and the North Battleford product was fairly solid the rest of the way.
Head to head:
This is the first of four meetings between these to clubs.
Oct. 20 @ La Ronge
Nov. 14@ Kindersley
Dec. 9 @ La Ronge
For the Klippers Jordan Braid and Travis Eggum are leading the way offensively. Through two games Braid has 3g 4a for 7pts while Eggum has 2g 4a for 6pts. Early on the Klippers are the Sherwood Conference's highest scoring team.
Doug Lindensmith is off to a strong start for the Ice Wolves with 2g 4a and 6pts in three games. Mike Alexander also has a pair of goals to go along with three helpers. The Wolves have seven different players averaging at least a point per game through the first three games of the season. In goal through a game and a half between the pipes Adam Bartko has seen 52 shots and has a save percentage of 0.904.
G: Braid (3)
A: Braid (4) Eggum (4)
PTS: Braid (7)
PIM: Perreaux (9)
GAA: Ross (6.51)
SV. PCT: Ross: 0.813
G: Lindensmith (2), Alexander (2), Conacher (2), Gordon (2)
A: Lindensmith (4), Stevenson (4)
PTS: Lindensmith (6)
PIM: Monfore (12)
GAA: Bartko (3.26)
SV. PCT: Bartko (0.904)
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
In the Bauer Conference the Battlefords North Stars are hosting the La Ronge Ice Wolves while Nipawin Hawks are hosting the Sherwood Conference's Yorkton Terriers. Elsewhere the Estevan Bruins are on the road in Wilcox taking on the Notre Dame Hounds.
Follow along for yourself at www.sjhl.ca. I also encourage you to tune into the radio broadcasts online. I usually have two or three going back and forth at the same time myself. Dallas Hicks of MBC is on the air in North Battleford while Craig Stein is on the road with the Terriers tonight.
And if that doesn't tickle you then follow along with Dan O'connor on Twitter. Follow him at Twitter.com/danoconnor19.
Enjoy the games!
The games were entertaining and the crowds were great.
I'm working on the South 20 Dodge Chrysler & RV Centre Top 10 right now and hope to post something soon. What do you think? You can leave your comments below.
The Kindersley Klippers are in action tomorrow against the La Ronge Ice Wolves. I'll try to dig up some info for you too.
Ok, I don't really have much today but I promise more tomorrow!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
The Kindersley Klippers look for their second straight victory to open the season when they travel to North Battleford to take on the Stars. Kindersley is 1-0 after a 6-4 win over the Stars last night.
It is also the Calgary Flames and the New York Islanders at CUC. Ill be there in the third row behind the benches tonight. Ill blog a few pics possibly.
Football scores that have been passed along are posted on my Twitter feed.
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Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
--Plenty of returning players and, perhaps, an entire top line has been added via recruitment.
--With Bly, Penny, Whiffen, and company the Wings are in excellent shape.
--Expectations are high, but even with an excellent regular season this team will be judged by its playoff record.
--Another team with high expectations based on a strong recruiting class and plenty of returning players.
--Last year's runner-ups have to prove they can, ably, replace Travis Bosch, Levi Lind, Daniel Hope, and Kale Dolinski. A tall order.
--They look like a team similar to what we've seen in the last two years. They won't score a lot, but they won't be a walk in the park to play against.
--Be careful of a playoff hangover. The Stars were head and shoulders better in their brief playoff than they were in the regular season. Still, on the right track.
--Filteau, Haygarth, and Harris are going to get a lot of ice time. Can Riley Hengen and AJ Cristiano stabilize the crease?
--They've completely retooled with some key Manitoba players leading the way in Hamm, Kimpinski, and Brolund.
--Plenty of players graduated and the biggest question facing the rest of the team will be 'are you a year better in addition to being a year older?'
--New head coach Darren Evjen starts over. This club is a darkhorse.
--Hard to see them being last again. Bob Beatty has added some veterans to the blueline and up front. As well, newcomers Lange, White, and Dengler will add to the offense.