Saturday, December 19, 2009

Mils, Wolves Win; Stamps Get a Point

- Michael Jordan and Cody Hanson had 2g-1a each, leading the Melville Millionaires to a 6-4 win over the visiting Estevan Bruins to send both teams to the Christmas Break. Mark Owen and Michael Desjarlais also scored, and Brayden Metz had 2-assists. Chris Jackson made 29/33 saves and is now 3-0 as a Millionaires.

The Mils have won 3 straight games heading into the break, and are back to .500 at 16-16-2-1, two points back of the Yorkton Terriers with 2 games in hand, and the Mils and Terriers square off January 1st (in MVL) and 2nd (in YOR) for their annual New Year's home-and-home.

Coach Jamie Fiesel and G Zach Rakochy will take part in the World U17's in Timmins, ON beginning December 29th, along with Swan Valley D Evan Morden, and Wayway F Jens Meilleur.

- The Wayway Wolverines have a tradition of holding their "200 Club" night for their final home game before Christmas, where 200 tickets get sold, which get you into the game, and a social after the game. They've never lost the "200 Club" game in its 6 year history, and beat Neepawa 4-1 on Saturday. Dan Kelsey had 2g-1a, Preston McLeod and Jared McCarthy (pictured) also scored, and Dave Williams racked up 3 assists. McCarthy (1 goal in first 31 games) and Williams (0 goals, 4a in first 33 games) had slow starts to the season points-wise, but have both cranked it up in the last week. McCarthy has 4g-1a-5p in his last 4 games, while Williams has picked up 2g-5a-7p in his last 5 games.

Deszi Wiens made 32/33 saves in the win.

This was originally supposed to be Wayway's last game before Christmas, but they've got a makeup game against Selkirk on Tuesday night, at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.

- Bit of a crazy game in Swan, as the Stampeders fell 7-6 in a shootout to the Winnipeg South Blues. The Stamps led 1-0, trailed 3-1, led 5-3, were tied 5-5, led 6-5, and the Blues tied it again and got the extra point in the SO.

Ryan Marshall (28g) and Shelby Gray scored twice each, D Brent Wilson (pictured) had 1g-3a and Myles Stevens had 1g-2a. Also having big point nights were Carter Selinger (2a) and Chris Reimer (3a).

Two goalies who were Stampeder teammates a couple short weeks ago went head to head. Winnipeg South's Charlie Pogue made 30 saves on 36 shots, while Swan's Caden Unger made 19 saves on 25 shots in his toughest outing so far as a Stamp, although he's still yet to lose in regulation, with a record of 7-0-0-2.

Swan Valley hits the Christmas break with a record of 24-13-2-3, and with Neepawa losing in Wayway and OCN falling in Steinbach on Saturday, have at least a 10 point lead on the rest of the field for 2nd in the Sherwood. Portage has 5 games in hand and are 10 pts back in 3rd.

With 42 games played, they've got 20 remaining after Christmas, 18 of which are against Sherwood Division opponents. Here's their schedule breakdown, and it's a toughie!

8 home games, 12 away

OCN: 5 (3 home, 2 away)
Dauphin: 4 (1 home, 3 away)
Portage: 3 (1 home, 2 away)
Neepawa: 3 (2 home, 1 away)
Wayway: 3 (1 home, 2 away)

@ Wpg South, Winkler

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