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Postby Hollywood2 » Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:30 am

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ST. BONIFACE RIELS 1
RAIDERS JUNIOR H.C. 7

(Raiders lead McKenzie Trophy final 3-1)
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I never saw this coming. The Raiders crushed the Riels in a way they haven't been crushed all year. The only positive note for the Riels is that they did outshoot the Raiders 49-41. Brenden Feibelkorn must have had a great game in net, making 48 saves for the Raiders.

Note that the series deviates from the Tue-Fri-Sun schedule with the next 2 games at Southdale going Saturday, if required. Next weekend is Easter so I believe all municipal rinks will be closed Friday and Sunday.

NEXT GAMES

Sat April 12 Raiders at St. Boniface
Tue April 15 St. Boniface at Raiders (if necessary)
Sat April 19 Raiders at St. Boniface (if necessary)
All games start at 7:30 p.m.
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Postby Hollywood2 » Sat Apr 12, 2014 8:50 pm

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DAUPHIN KINGS 1
WINNIPEG BLUES 4

(Blues lead Turnbull Cup final 3-0)
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I was part of the overflow crowd of 1,216 at this game. The Blues jumped all over the Kings right off the bat. It took barely 9 minutes for the Blues to take a 3-0 lead. The Blues were skating, the Kings were watching. That recipe usually leads to powerplays, and that made it worse. The Blues scored on a breakaway pass, a nice passing play, and a scramble arising from sustained pressure.

The Kings did manage to collect themselves and the 2nd period was much different. However, while nursung a 3-0 lead the Blues were focused on not giving up odd-man rushes. This meant that the Kings were trying to score off goal-mouth scrambles and one-and-done shots on goal. Then with the whole Kings lineup looking at the man with the puck on their right wing, nobody picked up the forward sneaking in behind them on the left wing. A tape-to-tape pass was converted into a 4th goal, and that was well and truly it for the Perogy Boys.

The Kings did manage to break the shut-out with 35 seconds left.

NEXT GAMES

Sun April 13 Winnipeg Blues at Dauphin Kings
Tue April 15 Dauphin Kings at Winnipeg Blues (if necessary)

All games start at 7:30 p.m.
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Postby Hollywood2 » Sun Apr 13, 2014 2:08 pm

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RAIDERS JUNIOR H.C. 2
ST. BONIFACE RIELS 1

(Raiders win McKenzie Trophy final 4-1)
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After dropping game 1 the Raiders rallied to take 4 straight, only allowing 1 goal per game. This is the first title for Seven Oaks since 1979-80. That was the Jets' first season in the NHL. Many of the players on that Raider team could recall the Leafs winning a Stanley Cup. The Riels now have the longest drought, not having won the cup since 1986. (Although the Stonewall Jets have never won a MMJHL title since coming over from the MJBHL in 2002.)
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Postby Hollywood2 » Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:44 am

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WINNIPEG BLUES 1
DAUPHIN KINGS 2

(Blues lead Turnbull Cup final 3-1)
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Down 1-0 and trailing the series 3-0, the Kings entered the 3rd period with their backs firmly against the wall. To their credit they rallied, scored twice, and shut down the Blues to claim the victory.

Since both teams are headed to the Western Canada Cup, we should look at that event. The provincial finals are going in all provinces:
BC: Coquitlam Express lead Vernon Vipers 2-0
Alberta: Spruce Grove Saints lead Drumheller Dragons 2-0
Sask: Yorkton Terriers lead Melville Millionaires 2-0

NEXT GAMES

Tue April 15 Dauphin Kings at Winnipeg Blues
Fri April 18 Winnipeg Blues at Dauphin Kings (if necessary)
Sun April 20 Dauphin Kings at Winnipeg Blues (if necessary)

All games start at 7:30 p.m.
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Postby Hollywood2 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:21 pm

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DAUPHIN KINGS 1
WINNIPEG BLUES 5

(Blues win Turnbull Cup final 4-1)
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The Blues walked away with this one in decisive fashion. Leading 4-1 heading into the 3rd period, they held the Kings to a meagre 3 shots on goal in the 3rd. It is always a sign of dominance when the losing team still would have lost even if they scored on 100% of their 3rd period shots.

Good to see that once again an overflow crowd over 1,100 jammed the IcePlex.

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Now it is on to the Western Canada Cup. This replaces the former Man-Sask Anavet Cup series and the BC-Alberta series. The 5-team event will result in the top 2 teams going to the RBC Cup. The Blues are Manitoba's rep and Dauphin sneaks in as the host.

The MJHL announced that Barry Trotz is now honourary co-chair of the event. [LINK]

Two of the other 3 "foreign" teams for the WCC have also been decided:

BC: The Coquitlam Express beat the Vernon Vipers 4-0. [LINK]

Alberta: The Spruce Grove Saints beat the Drumheller Dragons 4-0. [LINK]

Saskatchewan: The Yorkton Derrieres lead the Melville Millionaires 3-0. [LINK]

How odd would it be to see all 3 other provincial finals decided by sweeps?

Schedule:
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Sat 26-Apr 2:00P SJHL Champion v Winnipeg Blues
Sat 26-Apr 7:00P Spruce Grove Saints v Dauphin Kings
Sun 27-Apr 2:00P Coquitlam Express v Spruce Grove Saints
Sun 27-Apr 7:00P Dauphin Kings v SJHL Champion
Mon 28-Apr 7:00P Winnipeg Blues v Coquitlam Express
Tue 29-Apr 2:00P SJHL Champion v Spruce Grove Saints
Tue 29-Apr 7:00P Winnipeg Blues v Dauphin Kings
Wed 30-Apr 7:00P Coquitlam Express v SJHL Champion
Thu 01-May 2:00P Spruce Grove Saints v Winnipeg Blues
Thu 01-May 7:00P Dauphin Kings v Coquitlam Express
Sat 03-May 2:00P 4th Place v 3rd Place
Sat 03-May 7:00P 2nd Place v 1st Place
Sun 04-May 4:00P Loser 1/2 v Winner 3/4
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Postby Hollywood2 » Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:59 am

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When I left off the Saskatchewanites had yet to declare a winner. Well, the Yorkton Derrieres took the final in 4 straight. [LINK]

The tournament preview is also up at the MJHL site. [LINK]

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Dauphin Kings
Regular season: 40-17-3
OCN Blizzard: won 4-0
Virden Oil Capitals: won 4-0
Winnipeg Blues: lost 1-4

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Winnipeg Blues
Regular season: 31-23-6
Winkler Flyers: won 2-0
Selkirk Steelers: won 4-1
Steinbach Pistons: won 4-1
Dauphin Kings: won 4-1

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Yorkton Terriers
Regular season: 37-12-2-5
Notre Dame Hounds: won 4-1
Humboldt Broncos: won 4-1
Melville Millionaires: won 4-0

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Spruce Grove Saints
Regular season: 47-10-3
Sherwood Park Raiders: won 4-3
Fort McMurray Oil Barons: won 4-3
Drumheller Dragons: won 4-0

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Coquitlam Express
Regular season: 27-26-2-3
Prince George Spruce Kings: won 4-2
Langley Rivermen: won 4-2
Round-robin: 2-1
Vernon Vipers: won 4-0

Schedule:
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Sat 26-Apr 2:00P Yorkton Terriers v Winnipeg Blues
Sat 26-Apr 7:00P Spruce Grove Saints v Dauphin Kings
Sun 27-Apr 2:00P Coquitlam Express v Spruce Grove Saints
Sun 27-Apr 7:00P Dauphin Kings v Yorkton Terriers
Mon 28-Apr 7:00P Winnipeg Blues v Coquitlam Express
Tue 29-Apr 2:00P Yorkton Terriers v Spruce Grove Saints
Tue 29-Apr 7:00P Winnipeg Blues v Dauphin Kings
Wed 30-Apr 7:00P Coquitlam Express v Yorkton Terriers
Thu 01-May 2:00P Spruce Grove Saints v Winnipeg Blues
Thu 01-May 7:00P Dauphin Kings v Coquitlam Express
Sat 03-May 2:00P 4th Place v 3rd Place
Sat 03-May 7:00P 2nd Place v 1st Place
Sun 04-May 4:00P Loser 1/2 v Winner 3/4
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Postby Hollywood2 » Sat Apr 26, 2014 6:13 pm

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YORKTON TERRIERS 1
WINNIPEG BLUES 3


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The opening game in the WCC followed an opening ceremony complete with flags from each of the four western provinces. The Blues may have entered the tournament as outsiders, but instead they followed their formula for success to a "T". They built a 3-0 1st period lead over the Derrieres and from there on in they could simply coast to another victory.

Stillwell, Bittner, and Tait scored in the 1st and then they turned it over to netminder Byron Spriggs. He stopped 25 of 26 shots. The way he has played, the Blues are not likely to lose any game where they surrender just 26 shots.

Tonight Dauphin faces Spruce Grove. The Blues' next game is Monday night against Coquitlam.

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Preview links:
:. [Winnipeg Sun]
:. [Winnipeg Free Press]
:. [Yorkton News]
:. [Saskatoon Star Phoenix]
:. [JuniorHockey.com]
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Postby Hollywood2 » Sat Apr 26, 2014 10:35 pm

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SPRUCE GROVE SAINTS 2
DAUPHIN KINGS 4


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Well, how about this? After being slapped silly by the Blues in the MJHL final the Perogy Boys rallied to register a solid win over the reps from Saudi Alberta. And Spruce Grove is not just here to make up the numbers. They had the best regular season record of the 5 squads in this tournament.

The teams were 1-1 after the 1st. In the 2nd, the Saints outshot the Kings 14-7 but the Kings outscored them 2-1. The Saints were not only unable to rally in the 3rd, they were outshot 13-9 and the Kings registered the only goal.

After the Steinbach Pistons went 0-4 in the inaugural WCC, it is looking much better for Manitoba this time around.

The Groovey Ones have a short turn-around. They face the Coquitlam Express from British California at 2:00. The Kings then face the Yorkton Derrieres at 7:00. I am contemplating a Sunday drive for the afternoon affair.
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Postby Hollywood2 » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:20 pm

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COQUITLAM EXPRESS 3
SPRUCE GROVE SAINTS 1


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I made a trip to Dauphin to catch this matinee. Spruce Grove deserved to be leading after two periods, but instead were locked in a 1-1 tie. Then Coquitlam took over in the 3rd period and scored the only 2 goals. The short rest likely caught up with the Groovey Ones.

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DAUPHIN KINGS 6
YORKTON TERRIERS 8


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The Kings trailed throughout the night but were still in with a chance until an empty netter clinched it for the Derrieres. The Kings were outshot 41-26 on the night. The result left both teams at 1-1.
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Postby Hollywood2 » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:37 pm

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WINNIPEG BLUES 1
COQUITLAM EXPRESS 2


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The WCC reached its mid-point. Coquitlam won to go 2-0, and the Blues fell to 1-1 and a 3-way tie for 2nd place.

Coquitlam scored twice in the 1st period and the Blues were unable to chip away. Each team had 33 shots in total.
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Postby Hollywood2 » Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:20 pm

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YORKTON TERRIERS 2
SPRUCE GROVE SAINTS 3

(in overtime)

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The Groovey Ones got their first win, and they needed it. A loss could have eliminated them. Instead, both sides stand at 1-2 in a tournament that has no points for OTLs. The shots were 41-37 for the Groove. Those high shot counts cannot be pleasing for the Derrieres.

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WINNIPEG BLUES 3
DAUPHIN KINGS 4

(in overtime)

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:. To be uploaded: [Daily Recap] : [MJHL Story]


The Kings gained a measure of revenge in this one and in the process moved into 2nd place with a 2-1 record. The Blues are in a 3-way tie for 3rd place at 1-2.

Although holding an edge in play, the Blues fell behind 3-1 after two periods. They rallied to tie the game in the 3rd period. However, it took Dauphin only 42 seconds of overtime to win the game.

Wednesday's only game is Coquitlam against Yorkton. A loss would eliminate Yorkton. Coquitlam leads at 2-0, Dauphin is 2-1, and the rest are 1-2.
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Postby Hollywood2 » Thu May 01, 2014 7:13 am

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COQUITLAM EXPRESS 1
YORKTON TERRIERS 4


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The Derrieres needed a win in this one. A loss would have eliminated them. This was the most one-sided game in the tournament so far. Yorkton outshot Coquitlam 43-25. Coquitlam's top scorer Ryan Rosenthal missed the game due to injury. This tournament has really evolved into a toss-up.

The round-robin wraps up on Thursday. At 2:00 the Blues face Spruce Grove. Both sides are 1-2, so the loser of that game is out. Dauphin plays Coquitlam at 7:00. Both sides are 2-1 so the winner of that game gets 1st place.

Yorkton finishes the round-robin at 2-2 and will be part of a 3-way tie for 2nd place. They beat both Dauphin and Coquitlam, and lost to Winnipeg and Spruce Grove. I believe that all 3-way ties would be between teams who are 1-1 against one another. In that case, instead of applying a normal plus/minus they use a ratio:

ii. If two (2) or more teams are still tied after (b)(i), then in the games involving the tied teams, add each team’s goals for and goals against, divide this sum by the teams goals for. The team with the lowest quotient gains the higher position in the standings. If there are still teams tied, they go to the next step of the tie break procedures.


So if the Blues win, they would finish 2nd because:

- if Dauphin loses, the ratios would be:
Blues: 3-1, 3-4, ratio 1.83
Yorkton: 1-3, 8-6, ratio 2.0
Dauphin: 6-8, 4-3, ratio 2.1

- if Dauphin wins, the ratios would be:
Blues: 3-1, 1-2, ratio 1.75
Yorkton: 1-3, 4-1, ratio 1.8
Coquitlam: 2-1, 1-4, ratio 2.67
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Postby Hollywood2 » Tue May 06, 2014 9:33 am

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SPRUCE GROVE SAINTS 5
WINNIPEG BLUES 3


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This was a hard-fought and very even game. With the score tied 3-3 and about 8 minutes left the Blues' 3rd period rally got a boost when they went on the PP. However, ashort-handed goal gave the Saints a lead, which was later secured with an empty-netter. So instead of being of to the 1-2 playoff game for the title, the Blues were out with yet another nail-biting loss.

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DAUPHIN KINGS 5
COQUITLAM EXPRESS 3


:. [Summary]
:. [Daily Recap] : [MJHL Story]


The Perogy Boys have claimed 1st place in the round-robin with a convincing win over the champions of British California. In a tournament featuring a host of one-goal games, the Kings amassed a 4-0 lead in the 2nd period. Coquitlam scored in the last minute of the 2nd and again in the 1st minute of the 3rd to make a game of it. Dauphin secured victory with an empty-netter to make it 5-2 before Coquitlam notched a consolation goal in the dying seconds of the game.

Dauphin's 3-1 record in the round-robin gives them 1st place. The Yorkton Derrieres won the tie-breaker and get 2nd place. Coquitlam and Spruce Grove play in the 3-4 playoff.

The playoff format is quite like the Brier, without an "A-B" final. The winner of the 1-2 game gets the title and one berth in the RBC Cup for the national championship. The loser of that game then plays the winner of the 3-4 game for the 2nd berth in the RBC Cup.
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COQUITLAM EXPRESS 3
SPRUCE GROVE SAINTS 5


:. [Summary]

This was the 3-4 playoff, meaning that although neither team could win the tournament, they could still get the 2nd berth available for the nationals. These teams entered as the favourites. The BC league is touted as the best Junior A league because the bigger towns have the resources to heavily recruit those headed to the NCAA. The Alberta league is somewhat similar, and the Groovey Ones were the dominant team this year. Yet, both sides went 2-2 in the round-robin.

Spruce Grove was on the ascent as the tournament wore on, and Coquitlam on the descent. However, Coquitlam grabbed themselves a 2-0 1st period lead and appeared on their way. However, 5 straight goals by Spruce Grove put this one away.

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YORKTON TERRIERS 5
DAUPHIN KINGS 4


:. [Summary]
:. [Daily Recap] : [MJHL Story]


So close was this competition that 1st place was awarded to a team with a 3-2 record. The Derrieres were flirting with last place just days ago, yet here they are, off to the RBC with the WCC in their trophy case.

This game was tied 2-2 mid-way through the 3rd period. Then all heck broke loose with a five goal outburst. There was not a real explosion of shots on goal, just that everything seemed to find the twine.

Dauphin and Spruce Grove (both sides also 3-2) now face off for 2nd place and the final berth in the RBC Cup.
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Postby Hollywood2 » Tue May 06, 2014 11:19 am

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DAUPHIN KINGS 4


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The Saints appeared to be on their way to victory, with a 3-1 3rd period lead. However, Dauphin scored a shorthanded goal to start a rally which saw them score 3 goals on only 5 shots. Quite a collapse for the Saints.

So, Dauphin gets a berth in the nationals. This tournament is quite ironic. Before last year the "Pacific Zone" included BC and Alberta and the "Western Zone" included Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The provincial winners played a best-of-7 and each zone sent a team to the nationals. BC and Alberta thought their leagues were short-changed in this, and wanted the present format adopted. So in 2 years we now have one berth in the nationals for each of the 4 provinces.

The teams in the nationals will include the hosts (Vernon Vipers), the Central Zone winners (Toronto Lakeshore Patriots), and the Eastern Zone winners (Carleton Place Canadians). Vernon has long been a Junior A power. Toronto won the OJHL and beat out host Wellington, SIJHL winner Fort Frances, and NOJHL winner Kirkland Lake to win the Dudley Hewitt Cup. Carleton won the CCHL and won the Fred Page Cup over host St. Jerome Panthers, the Truro Bearcats of the MHL, and the Granby Inouk of the LHJAAAQ.

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