Friday, November 30, 2012

Bruins vs Mustangs Preview

Last Meeting

Both teams were looking for the first victory of the season back on September 25 at Spectra Place. The game was tied 1-1 after 60 minutes and overtime was required. Jarrett Zentner's goal with 23 seconds gave Melfort the first win of the season.

Latest News

Bruins- The Bruins will be looking to build some consistency as they kick off their road trip in Melfort. The Bruins only have one three game winning streak this season (Oct.21-Oct.30) and are in danger of falling behind the pace of the top three teams in the Sherwood Conference with Notre Dame picking up points in their last 11 games and Yorkton on a 7 point streak game.

Mustangs-- With Battlefords putting together a five game winning streak the Mustangs are now 7 points back of 4th spot in the Bauer Conference. The Mustangs sit one point ahead of La Ronge for 6th place after losing in overtime to the Ice Wolves earlier this week.

Keep an Eye For

Bruins- The Bruins Forwards. With the team struggling to score in Yorkton and losing Austin Daae to Prince Albert this week, it will be interesting to see what kind of lines the Bruins will have when they open up their road trip in Melfort.

Melfort- Mustangs Goalies. It seems like that every time the Bruins lose to the Mustangs, Melfort's goalies comes up big. The Mustangs have two solid goalies in Jesse Wilkins and Patrick Johnson with Johnson in net for Melfort back on Sept.25 when Melfort picked up their win against the Bruins.

Special Stats


PP- 12.4% (9th)
PK- 84.5% (4th)


PP- 8.8% (12th)
PK- 87.9% (3rd)

Intermission Guests.\

2nd Intermission Guest, Mike Butters. Butters was a member of the 1985 Anavet Cup Champion Bruins squad. He would go on to play Minor Pro before moving on to an acting career which included roles in Saw 4 &5. He then moved on to work in the Tampa Bay Lightning front office before his current role of Owner/GM of the Helena Big Horns of the American West Hockey League.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Daae Heading to Prince Albert

Austin Daae is heading back to the WHL.

Daae has been recalled by the Prince Albert Raiders. This season Daae has 5 goals and 11 assists in 21 games for the Bruins.

Daae is no stranger to the WHL after spending time with the Saskatoon Blades and Prince George Cougars over the past couple of seasons. He also attended the Regina Pats camp this fall.

The Bruins have today off before they kick off a three game road trip tomorrow in Melfort against the Mustangs.

You can catch the game on CJ1280 beginning at 7:20.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Scoring Woes Continues for the Bruins

It was a night of missed opportunities for the  Estevan Bruins as they were defeated by the Yorkton Terriers 4-1.

Both teams had chances to score in the first period but Yorkton was the first team to capitalize as Zak Majkowski scored on the powerplay to give the Terriers the lead.

In the second period, the Bruins still had plenty of chances to capitalize including a couple of powerplays along with some odd man rushes but were unable to beat Yorkton's Kale Thomson. The Terriers would extend their lead as Patrick Martens picked off Curtis Martinu's pass and beat him top shelf. The Terriers would make it 3-0 when Tyler Giebel scored for the Terriers.

The Bruins would make a game of it in the third period as Cole Olson scored to cut the deficit to 3-1. Late in the game with just over five minutes left the Bruins had a 5 on 3 powerplay for 1:47 but were unable to score on the two man advantage. Martens would add an empty netter for Yorkton to make the final 4-1.

The Bruins went 0 for 10 on the powerplay while Yorkton was 2 for 8. Curtis Martinu made 32 saves for the Bruins in the loss.

Next action for the Bruins is Friday when they head to Melfort to meet the Mustangs. Coverage on CJ1280 begins at 7:20.

Bruins Head Coach Keith Cassidy with his comments after the game.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bruins Make Moves Before Dec.1 Deadline

The Estevan Bruins made a couple of moves before the December 1 deadline. They have traded 20 year forward Roger Tagoona to the OCN Blizzard (MJHL) in exchange for future considerations. Tagoona had one goal and one assist in 9 games with the Bruins after being acquired from Battlefords in October.

The team has also released 18 year old Brandon Halbgewachs. Halbgewachs had one goal and one assist with the Bruins in 11 games this season. He also spent time with the team as an AP last year.

The Bruins did acquire Leighton McLachlan from the Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL. McLachlan has spent time with Drumheller and Fort McMurray this season playing in 19 games with no points and 74 PM's.

The Bruins now have 14 Forwards 7 defenceman and 3 Goalies on their roster. (I counted Brett Dumaine as a forward)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Bruins Lose to Klippers 4-2

The CanElson Drilling Estevan Bruins fell back to 5th place of the Sherwood Conference after the Kindersley Klippers beat the Bruins 5-3.

The Klippers were able to grab a 2-0 lead in a 19 second span in the opening period. Kolby Daniels scored the opening goal to give Kindersley a 1-0 lead and that was followed by Brett Printz banged a shot off the glass that took a funny bounce and caught Curtis Martinu out of position as he went to play the puck behind the net and just like that the Klippers lead 2-0 after one period.

In the second period the Klippers added to their lead when Cody McKinnon extended the Klippers lead to 3-0. Later in the period Roger Tagoona was ejected as he was called for checking from behind on Daniels. Daniels would be called for a roughing penalty but once Daniels stepped back on the ice he scored on the Klippers to make 4-0 after two periods.

In the final period the Bruins made things interesting as Austin Yano opened up the scoring to make 4-1. The Bruins made it 4-2 when Darcy DeRoose scored his 8th goal for the Bruins. The Klippers would get the insuance goal when Connor Gay scored on the powerplay to give the Klippers a 5-2 lead. Austin Daae added a late goal for the Bruins but Estevan would lose 5-3.

Next action for the Bruins is Tuesday when they meet the Yorkton Terriers on Tuesday night, you can catch the game on CJ1280 and beginning at 7:20.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Bruins Defeat Ice Wolves 5-2

It was a big night for Matt Brykaliuk as he returned to the Bruins lineup after missing the last month with a shoulder injury. He scored a pair of goals to lead the Bruins to a 5-2 win over the La Ronge Ice Wolves.

The Bruins had their chances to get the first goal of the game but couldn't capitalize on a couple of early power play chances. It was La Ronge who opened up the scoring as Braden Oleskyn squeaked a puck past Curtis Martinu to give the Ice Wolves a 1-0 lead.

The Bruins did respond as Brykaliuk managed a nice toe drag past an Ice Wolves defender and got the snap shot past La Ronge's Dasan Sydora to tie the game at 1-1. The Bruins would take the lead a 1:16 later as Austin Daae took the puck from the corner and skated in front to bury a shot past Sydora to give the Bruins the 2-1 lead after one period.

The Bruins didn't get off to the start that they wanted to in the second as La Ronge tied the game when Graham Smerek banged home a loose rebound to tie the game 2-2.

The Bruins regained the lead in the second period when Tyler Paslawski found the loose puck in front and scored his 6th goal of the season as the Bruins lead 3-2 after 40 minutes.

Estevan got the insurance goal they were looking for when Hudson Morrison snuck a shot just under the crossbar to make the score 4-2. The Bruins would wrap up the scoring as Brykaliuk scored his 2nd of the night to give the Bruins a the 5-2 win.

Curtis Martinu returned to the lineup after serving a three game suspension and picked up the win with 27 saves. The Bruins went 2 for 6 on the powerplay.

Next action for the Bruins is tonight when they host the Kindersley Klippers at 7:30. The Bruins also added some defensive depth as they added 19 year old d-man Leighton McLachlan from the Drumheller Dragons for future considerations. McLachlan has spent time with Drumheller and Fort McMurray this season playing in 19 games with no points and 74 PM's.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Q and A with Matt Brykaliuk as He Returns Tonight

The Bruins are back in action tonight when they host the La Ronge Ice Wolves and they will also will be getting a boost with the return of Matt Brykaliuk to the lineup.

I had a chance to speak with Brykaliuk this week about his return to the lineup.

It's also parents weekend with the Bruins. Before tonight's game all the player's parents will be recognized at centre ice.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Locker Talk Video w/Travis Pelletier

This week on Locker Talk I'm going to be joined by Bruins Goaltender Travis Pelletier. We talk about Pelletier's first two victories over the last two weeks as they were the result as of a shootout. We recapped the last three games that Pelletier was in net with Curtis Martinu suspended. We also discussed his minor hockey background in Regina.

 Here's a bonus video of this week's episode as we talk about Pelletier's wins in the shootout this year.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

ECS Elecs Football Awards

The ECS Elecs Football team honoured their graduating players by handing out their awards at their Awards Banquet last night.

The following players received awards.

Offensive Back- Kolby Fleury
Receiver- Ian Ferguson
Off.Lineman- Dustin Debruyne
Def.Lineman- Issac Elder
Linebacker- Tyler Hodgson
Def. Back- Cole MacCuish
Special Team- Cole MacCuish
Rookie- Kaleb Memory
Who Are We Award- Colten Bachorick, Tyler Hodgson, Nolan Tide, & Jeremey Godfrey
Player Choice Award- Nolan Tide
MVP- Tyler Hodgson and Kolby Fleury

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Weekend Watching

--  A rare weekend for me with no Bruins hockey to cover. The Bruins are off until Friday when they host the La Ronge Ice Wolves at Spectra Place. With the weekend off the Bruins travelled to Grand Forks to visit the University of North Dakota and watch the Fighting Sioux in action yesterday.

Other thoughts from the sporting world.

-- If you're a Blue Jays fan how can you not be excited right now. It's fair to say that Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buerhle and Melky Cabrera all have question marks but it's been almost 20 years since the Jays added this many quality players in one offseason. The one question mark that these players don't have is age (Buerhle may be turning 34 in March but could be a useful player for a few years) With the Yankees getting older and the Red Sox rebuilding the time is now for the Blue Jays.

-- The Saskatchewan Roughriders season came to an end on Sunday and many people are debating if the success or a failure. Considering the state the franchise was in one year ago, I would call it a success but not a big time success. I think the expectation for the team heading into the season would be to finish either 2nd or 3rd. I believe Darian Durant comments were right when he said it was tough for the offence to gel when the receivers were constantly changing. I do like the offense they have returning next year along with Jock Sanders the only needed upgrade is Canadian Receiving whether that means Chris Getzlaf is more consistent and a healthy Rob Bagg or some new players through the draft/free agency. The Riders do need some work on defence, especially in the secondary.

-- Now that baseball and the Riders seasons are over, I think it's now where I'm going to really feel the effects of the NHL lockout. It sure doesn't seem like there's going to be any hockey this year. I have been watching a lot more NCAA College Football with the absence of NHL, I also try and catch up some WHL hockey whenever I can.

-- UFC 154 is tonight which means the return of GSP, Georges St. Pierre. It will be GSP and Carlos Condit in a welterweight title unification bout and my prediction is the Canadian hero will take it by decision. I'm a little surprised UFC President Dana White announced if GSP wins that he'll face Anderson Silva in May, I actually believed it would be GSP vs Nick Diaz, and you never know with UFC it could still be.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Q and A with Wade Baldwin As He Prepares for Fight in Virgin Islands

Last week I talked with Estevan's Derek Daku about his fight on Saturday December 1 in the Virgin Islands on the MMA in Paradise 2 card. The second local fighter competing on the card will be Wade Baldwin who will be competing in a Heavyweight (225 lb limit) bout against Ken Sweeney in a Canada vs USA fight.

I had a chance to speak with Baldwin this week.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bruins-Mils Highlights/ Alumni Update w/ Lucas Stubel

It was a good effort from the Estevan Bruins in Melville but they had nothing to show for it as they lost last night 3-2 to Melville.

The Bruins got both of their goals in the third period. The first goal was given to Darcy DeRoose and the second goal was picked up by Tanner Froese.

Last night's Bruins Alumni Update was with Lucas Stubel who played for three seasons with his hometown team.(2008-2011). Here's the interview from last night.

Bruins Fall Short in Melville

The Estevan Bruins had a solid effort in Meville but walked away empty handed as they were defeated by the Melville Millionaires 3-2.

The Millionaires opened up the scoring as Kyle Scaber’s pass in front took an unfortunate deflection and snuck past Bruins Goalie Travis Pelletier to give the Millionaires an early lead. The Millionaires extended their lead to 2-0 as Russell Trudeau's shot from the point found the back of the net.

The Bruins were in similar situation on opening night in Melville trailing by a couple of goals after the first period, but instead of collapsing the Bruins fought back and took control in the second period. The Bruins were able to control the play in the Millionaires zone for the most part in the period, but were unable to get a goal past the Mils Alex Wakaluk.

The Bruins went to work early in the period. 34 seconds into the final period Tyler Paslawski pass along the goal line was deflected by Darcy DeRoose to cut the deficit to 2-1. With the goal DeRoose extended his point streak to 8 games.

Melville responded less than a minute later when Christian Magnus completed a wrap around and scored for Melville to give the Millionaires a 3-1 lead.

The Bruins wouldn't go down without a fight as the power play was able to connect for the Bruins. Newcomer Dustin Jesseau’s shot from the point was deflected by Tanner Froese for his 7th of the season to make it a one goal game.

The Bruins had a few opportunities to tie the game in the final ten minutes by Wakaluk was able to keep the puck of net as Melville won 3-2.

For Jesseau it was an impressive debut as he picked an assist and looked right at home on a line with Roger Tagoona and Nick Weiss. The trio created havoc inside of Melville’s zone which lead to several scoring opportunities.

The Bruins were unable to move past Kindersley and remains one point behind the Klippers for 4th spot in the Sherwood Conference.

The Bruins will now begin their biggest break of the season besides the Christmas holiday. The Bruins are off until Friday, November  23 when they host the La Ronge Ice Wolves. The next Bruins broadcast on CJ1280 and is set for Tuesday, November 27 when the Bruins meet Yorkton, coverage begins at 7:20.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bruins vs Mils Preview

Last Meeting

The two teams met in a home and home set on the opening weekend of the season. Melville won  the opening game in Melville 10-2. The following night it was a much closer game at Spectra Place as the Bruins lost 4-2 with the fourth goal a result of an empty netter.Nick Weiss had both goals for the Bruins.

Latest News

Bruins- The Bruins are coming off a shootout victory over the Kindersley Klippers. Much like the week before against Nipawin at home, the Bruins had a solid opening 40 minutes but the Klippers were able to come from behind and tie the game at 4-4. Austin Daae scored the lone shootout goal in the win. The Bruins will have a 10 day break after tonight and it comes at a good time with Calder Neufeld, Matt Brykaliuk and Steven Glass sidelined with injuries.

Mils- After storming out the gates with a 13-2-1 record the Mils have lost their last three games. Two of the losses came up north in La Ronge and Flin Flon which has become a nightmare trip for the Sherwood Conference teams. The Mils will get TJ Reeve back in their lineup as he's been with Team Canada West for the World Junior A Challenge for the last couple of weeks.

Keep An Eye Out For

Bruins-Cole Olson. Olson struggled early in the season getting on the scoreboard, it also didn't help his linemate from last season Calder Neufeld has been out with an ankle injury for over a month. But since being put on a line with Austin Daae and Tanner Froese, Olson has been producing points wise. In the last two games he's picked up three goals.

Mils- Ian McNulty. One of the favorites for the SJHL scoring title hasn't disappointed so far this season.He has 9 goals and 21 assists and is one of the leaders on a deep group of forwards for Melville that includes Russell Trudeau and Sean Aschim among others.

Special Stats

PP 12.3% (11th overall)
PK 86.7% (2nd overall) 

PP 23.7% (3rd overall)
PK 74.7% (11th overall)

Intermission Guests

I'm hoping to speak with Bruins Captain Connor Milligan in the first intermission. Tonight's Bruins Alumni Update will be with Lucas Stubel (2008-2011)

I'll have play by play tonight from the Horizon Credit Union Centre beginning at 7:20

Monday, November 12, 2012

Bruins Weekly Winners Nov 5-11

Now that I'm back on the road with the Bruins and watching every game the Bruins play, I'm bringing back the weekly winner section. I'll name a Player of the Week, Defenceman of the Week, Rookie of the Week and Unsung Hero of the Week. Since the Bruins only have one game this upcoming week, I won't have any weekly winners for next week.

Team Recap

This past week the Bruins went 1-1. They lost a tough game in Notre Dame as the Hounds slipped past the Bruins 4-3. The Bruins rebounded on Friday night to win 5-4 in a shootout over Kindersley. Since the Bruins only won in a shootout against the Klippers, they remain one point behind Kindersley for fourth spot in the Sherwood Conference.

Player of the Week

Cole Olson  (3-0-3)

In terms of points it has been a slow start for Olson and losing his line mate in Calder Neufeld didn't help out matters. But since been put on a line with Austin Daae and Tanner Froese, Olson has started to turn his opportunities into points. Against the Hounds Olson tied the game late in the second with a backhand and then against the Klippers he was able to score a pair of goals. Playing with Daae and Froese gives Olson a pair of linemates who are capable of scoring a lot points when they're playing together.

Defenceman of the Week

Tyler Kauk (0-2-2)

Kauk was the only defenceman to register a point this week for the Bruins, but the biggest highlight for him this past week was inside of his own zone. In the second period of Friday's win, Kauk delivered a huge hit on the Klipper's Connor Gay that could be heard throughout Spectra Place. This season Kauk has been solid at both ends of the ice and has earned an SJHL Defenceman of the Week award and an invite to the Canada West Team for the World Junior A Challenge.

Rookie of the Week

Darcy DeRoose (1-1-2)

DeRoose has been on fire over the past couple of weeks. After going pointless in his first 9 games, DeRoose has now picked up points in his last 7 games. He's found some chemistry on a line with Hudson Morrison and Tyler Pawlawski. The trio have the ability to be a physical line that can also produce a lot of points.

Unsung Hero of the Week

Nick Weiss

Weiss had a strong week for the Bruins. He did pick up a goal and an assist in the Bruins two games but he was also a physical force for the Bruins along the boards. Weiss had a strong game against the Hounds and it seems like he's found a role with the Bruins playing on an energy line with Roger Tagoona that should help out the Bruins at both ends of the ice.

Up Ahead
It's a light week for the Bruins, they face the Millionaires on Wednesday in Melville and they're off for 10 days.

Q and A with Derek Daku as He Prepares for MMA in Paradise 2 in the Virgin Islands

Estevan's Derek Daku and Wade Baldwin will be back inside of the cage on Saturday December 1 in the Virgin Islands as apart of the MMA in Paradise 2 card for Paradise Fighting Championships.

Daku will be competing in the Heavyweight title bout against Puerto Rico's Saul Solivan. The card will feature fighters from Canada, USA and the Caribbean.

I had a chance to speak with Daku to find out how this opportunity came about, the fight itself and if there's a possibility for an international fight card here in Estevan down the road.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Bruins Win Another Shootout Thriller. 5-4 Over Kindersley

It was a case of deja vu for the CanElson Drilling Estevan Bruins at Spectra Place a week after the Bruins beat the Nipawin Hawks 5-4 in a shootout, the Bruins beat the Kindersley Klippers 5-4 in the shootout.

The Klippers opened up the scoring in the first period with Kyle Davies picking up his first goal of the evening to give the Klippers the lead. But that lead would last 31 seconds as Roger Tagoona skated inside the Klippers blue line and unleashed a lazer of a wrist shot past Tyrell King and tied the game. Just over two minutes later the Bruins gain the lead as Cole Olson took the puck from the corner and drove it to the net and knocked it past King.

The Klippers didn't waste anytime to tie the game in the second period as Davies shot went off a skate and past Travis Pelletier to make the score 2-2 eight seconds into the period. The Bruins would get the lead back at the 5:46 mark as Darcy DeRoose extended his point streak to seven games as he took a loose puck and buried it past King with one second remaining on their powerplay.

Tyler Kauk provided the heaviest hit of the game in the second period as he crushed the Klipper's Connor Gay along the boards, to Gay's credit he return shortly after taking the hit. With eight seconds remaining in the period, Austin Daae's shot was blocked in front of the net and it went right back to Olson who scored and gave the Bruins a 4-2 lead.

Cole Olson Wearing the Hard Hat after the game

Kindersley wouldn't go down without a fight as Giovanni Bombini scored to cut the Klipper deficit to 4-3. The Klippers would tie the game 15 seconds later as Beau Stewart scored for Kindersley. With four seconds remaining Bombini had the best chance to end the game as he took advantage of a Bruins turnover and had a breakaway, he thought he had Pelletier beat with a deke but the Bruins netminder was able to reach back with the glove save and keep the game tied.

Overtime settled nothing which meant the game was decided in a shootout. Nobody could score through the first three shooters for either team. The Bruins fourth shooter was Austin Daae who managed to score to give the Bruins the edge. Stefan Seel was the final shooter for the Klippers but was denied by Pelletier as the Bruins picked up the win. With Kindersley losing in the shootout, the Bruins are still one point behind the Klippers for 4th spot in the Sherwood Conference. The next action for the Bruins is Wednesday in Melville against the Millionaires.

After the game Travis Pelletier, Cole Olson and Keith Cassidy commented on the win.

                                         Travis Pelletier

                                      Keith Cassidy

                                           Cole Olson

Friday, November 9, 2012

Bruins vs Klippers Tonight

For the first time this season the Estevan Bruins will meet the Kindersley Klippers.
The Bruins are heading into tonight's game on the heels of a tough 4-3 loss to the Notre Dame Hounds on Tuesday night. Meanwhile the Klippers head into the Energy City with a little bit of momentum after beating the Weyburn Red Wings 3-2 last night in Weyburn.

After the the tough loss on Tuesday, Bruins forward Nick Weiss says it's important to keep the locker room in a positive mood. He notes that as a 20 year old he has been in this situation before and and knows  it's important to keep team positive after a game where they worked hard and deserved a better fate.

Heading into tonight's game the Bruins are trailing the Klippers by a pair of points for fourth place in the Sherwood Conference. Weiss says even though it's only November there's a lot riding on tonight's game. He says this is as close as to a playoff game as you're going to get at this time of year.

Since being acquired a couple of weeks ago from Battlefords, Roger Tagoona has found some chemistry with Weiss. Weiss believes this is because the two players are very similar, they both like to play along the boards and drive the puck towards the net. Weiss scored his sixth goal on Tuesday night as a result of 2 on 1 play with Tagoona.

The Bruins are hoping home ice will be able to cure their power play blues. The Bruins have struggled with the extra man advantage this season. The Bruins ranked 11th in the SJHL with a 11.6%. Weiss says if the Bruins can improve on their power play it will likely lead to an extra goal or two goal a game which should be the difference in getting more victories.

The Bruins are hitting a light portion of the schedule. After tonight's game their next game is Wednesday in Melville. Following that game, the Bruins next game is Friday November 23 against La Ronge at Spectra Place.

Here's the interview with Weiss

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Q and A with Zach Douglas About Playing in CJHL Prospects Games

Estevan Bruins defenceman Zach Douglas will be traveling to Nova Scotia this weekend to take part in the CJHL Prospects Games.

The first game will be in Digby on Saturday and then they will play in Yarmouth on Sunday before the World Junior A Challenge Gold Medal Game.

Douglas is the only SJHL player selected to the roster. I had a chance to talk to him yesterday.

The Bruins also made a move yesterday sending Brendan Wilde to the Neepawa Natives yesterday. Wilde was acquired by the Bruins a couple of weeks ago and played in 2 games and registered 0 points.

Bruins are

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bruins and Hounds Hilites/Bruins Alumni Update w/ Dominic Perrault

Here's a new feature that I'm going to try and post on the blog the day after a Bruins game. Here are the goal calls from last night's game in case you missed them. In the future I'll be looking to add onto to it and include noteworthy saves, hits etc.

Also last night was the first Bruins Alumni Update as I talked with former Bruin and current Mount Royal Cougar Dominic Perrault

Hounds Use Powerplay To Get Past Bruins

Power plays proved to be the biggest difference in the CanElson Drilling Estevan Bruins 4-3 loss to the Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox.

The Bruins opened up the scoring in the first period with Roger Tagoona creating a turnover in the neutral zone which lead to a 2 on 1 with Nick Weiss. Weiss managed to sneak a shot past the Hounds Ty Reichenbach to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

The Hounds tied the game early in the second period as tne Hounds Ryan Donovan buried a rebound shot past Travis Pelletier to tie the game at 1-1. The Hounds would gain the lead in the second as Kale Derkson was able to use his skate and deflect the puck past Pelletier to give the Hounds a lead. The Bruins thought the goal was kicked in but after conference with the referees, it was ruled a legal goal. With less than two minutes Austin Daae's aggressive fore-checking created a turnover inside of the Hounds, after a pass bounced off Tanner Froese's stick Cole Olson would take the loose puck and sneak a backhand shot into the net to tie the game at 2-2 after 40 minutes.

In the third period a couple of penalties came back to haunt the Bruins. Hudson Morrison was ejected from the game after he took a checking from behind penalty. The Hounds took advantage as the puck bounced off Travis Pelletier into the slot and Mitch Boucher fired the loose puck past Pelletier to give the Hounds a 3-2. With about nine minutes remaining in the period, the Bruins Tyler Paslawski was called for a carrying the puck and the Hounds got another opportunity with the extra man advantage. On the power play Brennan Kuse's point shot got past a Pelletier who didn't see the puck to give the Hounds an insurance goal. But the Bruins didn't go down without a fight as Tyler Paslawski got a Darcy DeRoose buried a shot inside the slot with 1:46 remaining to cut the deficit to 4-3. But the Bruins didn't get a chance for a 6 on 5 advantage as Nick Weiss was called for an elbowing penalty with a minute remaining. The Bruins weren't able to score on the 5 on 5 situation as the Hounds held on to a 4-3 win.

The Bruins now fall behind eight points behind the Hounds for third place in the Sherwood Conference and remain in a tie for fourth with Kindersley. The Bruins and Klippers will meet in their first meeting of the season when the two teams on Friday night at Spectra Place with an opening faceoff at 7:30. The next Bruins game on CJ1280 and is next Wednesday in Melville beginning at 7:20.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Bruins and Hounds Preview.

Last Meeting

For the second time in the last week, the Estevan Bruins will head to Wilcox and face the Notre Dame Hounds. On Thursday the Bruins were defeated by the Hounds 6-1. The first period was scoreless before the two exchanged three goals in the first 2:45 of the second period with Notre Dame emerging with a 2-1 lead. The Hounds picked up a late goal in the second period before adding three more in the third.

Latest News

Bruins-- Obviously the situation between the pipes is what a lot of Bruin fans are talking about. With Curtis Martinu suspended for the next three games it means that Travis Pelletier will be getting his first start tonight. Pelletier came on relief for the Bruins on Saturday and while he did let up four goals, he also did make a pair of saves in the shootout to earn his first win. The Bruins will have to do a better job of playing in front of Pelletier than they did in the final third period.

Hounds- The Notre Dame Hounds have been rolling as of late as they've won their last three games. Mitch Boucher was named defenceman of the week by the SJHL as he's on a four point game streak. Boucher is a part of a solid blue line for the Hounds that's lead by Carson Grolla.


Keep An Eye Out For

Bruins-- Darcy DeRoose. The rookie forward has been on fire in his recent five game point streak as he earned 5 goals and 4 assists. DeRoose has found some great chemistry with Hudson Morrison and Tyler Paslawski, After going pointless to start the season DeRoose has caught fire and is playing with a lot of confidence.

Hounds- Carson Grolla. There's no question Grolla is the top player on the Hounds. Grolla was the top player for Notre Dame last season when they played a tough three game Survivor Series against the Bruins. Grolla is a excellent inside of his own zone and can put the puck in the net as has 5 goals and 7 assists in 17 games this season which ranks third among SJHL defenceman.


Special Stats


Powerplay-- 8 for 68 11.8% (11th overall)
Penalty Kill-- 61 for 68 89.7% (1st overall)

Powerplay-- 16 for 84 19% (6th overall)
Penalty Kill-- 14 for 76 81.6% (7th overall)


Intermission Guests

Every first period I'll be doing a player profile of one of the Bruin players. Tonight it will be #23 Cole Olson.

Every second period I'll feature a Bruins Alumni member and tonight I'll be chatting with Dominic Perrault. (2010-2012)

Tune on CJ1280 at 7:50 with the pregame show. You can also tune in online at

Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday Mix..Bruins Radio Broadcast/News/Skills Clinic

I'm looking forward to tomorrow night when I travel with the Bruins for the first time this season as they head to Notre Dame and meet the Hounds. Tomorrow will kick off my 5th year of broadcasting Bruin games on CJ1280 and I'll have more about the game tomorrow but here's the new intro to the Bruins games this year. (Kind of fitting we start the year against the Hounds with the first three clips coming against the Hounds in the playoffs.)

Tomorrow we're also launching a new contest with the Brick. If the Bruins score 5 powerplay goals, one Bruins listener will win a 50 inch plasma TV. To enter the contest all you have to do is stop by the Brick and enter your name in the draw box.

Also tomorrow we're going to start profiling Bruins Alumni in the second intermission. Tomorrow I'll be talking with former Bruins defenceman Dominic Perrault who is now playing with the Mount Royal Cougars in Calgary. If there's any Bruin Alumni interested in being featured they are welcome to drop me an email or giving me a call at the radio station.


The big news coming from Saturday's game against the Bruins is the suspension of Goalie Curtis Martinu. Martinu was ejected from the game for a butt ending penalty. With the match penalty, that means it's an automatic three game suspension. That means Travis Pelletier will be getting his first start tomorrow night in Notre Dame against the Hounds.


Assistant Coach Cole Zahn and some of the Bruin players will be running a weekly Skills Clinic at Spectra Place from 7:00-8:00am. The clinic is for Peewee and Bantam players and will focus on Skill Development. I had the chance to speak with Zahn about the clinic.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Bruins Win a Wild One Against Nipawin

The CanElson Drilling Estevan Bruins emotional roller coaster ride ended with an ultimate high as they picked up two huge points to beat the Nipawin Hawks 5-4 in a shootout.

There was two tales to this game. In the first forty minutes the Bruins played some of their best hockey of the season at both ends of the ice. The Bruins opened the scoring at the 7:13 mark of the first period when Darcy DeRoose took advantage of Hudson Morrison's nice pass to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. For DeRoose the goal extended his point streak to 5 games and for Morrison his point streak is now at 4 games. The Bruins had a few opportunities to add to the lead as Cole Olson had a couple of great opportunities but missed them by a matter of inches. After 20 minutes of play the Bruins were leading 1-0.

The score remained 1-0 until 16:07 mark of the period when Wyatt Garagan was awarded a penalty shot. Garagan scored his second goal of the season as he buried the backhand past Davis Jones to make it 2-0. With 26 seconds remaining in the period, Austin Daae was able to chip a puck ahead to Tanner Froese who managed to get a back hand shot past Jones to make it 3-0 Bruins after 40 minutes of play.

The third period was completely different from the previous two. It started off with Goalie Curtis Martinu being ejected for Match Butt Ending penalty after an altercation with the Hawk's Tad Kozun. Martinu was ejected from the game and Travis Pelletier was called in relief for the first time since he played in the season opener in Melville back on September 20. The Hawks had a three minute powerplay and took advantage of it when Dustin Skilliter scored to give the Hawks some life. The Hawks would climb within one as Jeff Datoff's point shot snuck past Pelletier and just like the Hawks were within one. 2:25 later the Hawks managed to tie the game Dexter Bricker scored for Nipawin to gain the lead. The Bruins were obviously reeling at this point because 14 seconds later Wheaton King scored to give Nipawin their first lead of the night.

After the Hawk's Carter Coben took a goaltender interference penalty with 2:34 left on the clock to give the Bruins a powerplay. But the powerplay was short lived as Morrison took a checking to the head penalty and was ejected from the game.

With goaltender pulled the Bruins went to work on a 5 on 4 advantage in the final minute of the game. With about 10 seconds left, Tyler Poskus' shot from the point in was knocked by Jones which lead to a mad scramble DeRoose and Nick Weiss had a chance to score before Tyler Paslawski managed to get puck past Davis Jones with three seconds remaining to tie the game to send it to overtime.

The Bruins did get a powerplay in overtime but were unable to score which meant a shootout. Froese was the first shooter for the Bruins and was denied by Jones as he tried to go with a backhand. Yan Kalashnikov was the first shooter for the Hawks and missed the net with his shot.

Austin Yano was the second shooter for the Bruins and performed a beatiful deke that fooled Jones as Yano finished it off with a backhand to give the Bruins the edge. Former Bruin Jesse Bernard managed to squeak his shot past Pelletier to draw even.

Nick Weiss was the third shooter for the Bruins and buried a shot past top shelf to give the Bruins the edge. Wheaton King was the final shooter and Pelletier managed to stay with King made the final save of the game to give the Bruins a 5-4 win.

After the game when asked about the incident with Martinu and Kozun, Bruins Head Coach Keith Cassidy didn't want to comment on the incident until he saw the video. He noted the Hawks got into the situation they wanted and were able to take advantage of the goalie switch.

The former Hawk Paslawski was thrilled to get the tying goal against his old team. He said "It's pretty sweet, it was nice to win it in the shootout with Jones being one of the top goalies last year. You know the boys pulled through and Pelletier being thrown in there did very well in the shootout, very impressed."

Yano got the Bruins some momentum in the shootout with his deke and explains what he was thinking when making the shot."I knew the goalie would go down so I tried to get him and make move side to side a bit and once I got him down, I moved it to my forehand and figured it was open and put in there."

Here's some audio from after the game first Keith Cassidy

And audio from Austin Yano

The Bruins will only have a couple of days before they're back in action when they meet the Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox. You can catch the game on CJ1280/ with the pregame show beginning at 7:50.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Kauk Reaction To World Junior A Camp and Looking Ahead to the Hawks

Tyler Kauk returned to the Bruins lineup on Thursday night after his tryout with Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge in Calgary this week. Despite Kauk picking up three assists in the two scrimmages, Kauk was left off the roster. There was only 5 1993 players allowed on the roster and Canada West five 93 players on forward.

I had a chance to speak with Kauk yesterday about the World Junior A Camp and tonight's game against the Hawks.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Smith Reflects on Hurricane Sandy Experience

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Former Estevan Bruin Dylan Smith got a first hand look at Hurricane Sandy this past week. Smith is staying in Greenwich Connecticut and decided to stay in the community when the storm occurred. Luckily Smith and the home he's staying at didn't receive much damage, but there's a lot repair that needs to be done to the area. 

The pictures above are some shots in Greenwich that were taken this week. I had a chance to talk to Smith yesterday Hurricane Sandy and how it compares to the floodings from southeast Sask. in 2011.

Bruins Defeated by Hounds

The CanElson Drilling Estevan Bruins four game point streak came to an end last night as they defeated by the Notre Dame Hounds 6-1.

Hudson Morrison scored the Bruins lone goal. Darcy DeRoose picked up an assist on the goal to extend both of their point streaks.

Curtis Martinu was in net for the loss as he made 24 saves.

The Bruins next game is tomorrow when they host the Nipawin Hawks at Spectra Place.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Kauk Unable To Make Canada West

Despite picking up three points in the two scrimmages at the World Junior A Camp in Calgary, Tyler Kauk didn't make the Canada West team.

There were no defencemen on Canada West who was born in 1993 which may have hurt Kauk's chances to make the team since the team is only allowed five in total.

Two players from the SJHL made the squad, Rhyse Dieno from La Ronge and TJ Reeve from Melville.

Kauk will be rejoining the team tonight in Wilcox, his status for tonight's game against Notre Dame is questionable

Another Strong Showing for Kauk at WJAC Camp

CanElson Drilling Estevan Bruins defenceman Tyler Kauk had another solid night on the scoresheet at the Canada West camp for the World Junior A Challenge in Calgary. Kauk picked up a pair of assists for Team Blue in their 5-1 win over Team White.

The final 22 man roster will be named this morning. Team Canada West will travel to Nova Scotia today and will face the USA on Saturday night.

Talked to Kauk yesterday via text and he noted the camp was a more finesse style with the bigger ice surface and there's a lot of other good players at the camp.

If Kauk doesn't make the team he'll fly back today and rejoin the Bruins in Wilcox today.