Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bruins Hang On For 5-3 win over Notre Dame *Updated Audio with Keith Cassidy and Tanner Froese*

The CanElson Drilling Estevan Bruins were able to pick up a win home ice as they defeated the Notre Dame Hounds 5-3 last night.

In the opening minutes the Bruins Curtis Martinu was called upon to make some make big saves against the Hounds to keep it scoreless. The Bruins would open the scoring in the first period when Darcy DeRoose took advantage of a Hounds turnover inside of their own end and buried his 10th of the season to give the Bruins the 1-0 lead. The Hounds would tie it up shortly afterwards to make it 1-1.

Calder Neufeld made his return to the Bruins lineup last night and made an impact late in the first period as he assisted on Dylan Smith's powerplay goal as the Bruins 2-1 after one period.

The Bruins restored their two goal lead as Tanner Froese snapped a scoring slump as he picked up his 11th on the year to make it 3-1.

Estevan made it 4-1 when Alex Cote took advantage of a great pass from Cole Olson and scored. As the Bruins entered the locker room in the third period with a three goal cushion.

The Hounds would make things interesting in the third period as they scored a pair of goals to cut the lead to 4-3 but with over a minute remaining, the Hounds Ty Reichenbach's pass was knocked down by Froese and went back into the net to make the final 5-3.

Martinu made 24 saves to register the win, the Bruins powerplay went 1 for 5 on the extra man advantage.

Next action for the Bruins is Saturday when they host Melfort.

Keith Cassidy comments after the game

Tanner Froese comments after the game

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Bruins Explosive in 6-4 Win over Bombers

The CanElson Drilling Estevan Bruins kicked off a crucial homestand with a strong 6-4 win over the Flin Flon Bombers at Spectra Place.

The game got off to a fast start with no whistles for the first 5:35. The Bruins controlled the majority of the play and began to play with a physical edge. The Bruins opened up the scoring on the powerplay as the Bruins powerplay unit made three quick passes which lead to the puck on Cole Olson's stick and he buried it to make it 1-0.

The Bruins extended their lead a minute later as Taylor Reich and finished off a 2 on 1 from Tanner Froese and extended the lead to 2-0. 90 seconds later the Bruins made it 3-0 got a breakaway and buried a shot top shelf past the Bombers Devon Buffalo.

Before the end of the period the Bombers began a comeback as Spencer Mault scored on an odd man rush and then Josh Roach scored from the point on the powerplay.

In the second period after the Bombers scored early to tie it up but about two minutes later Matt Brykaliuk took a pass from Tyler Kauk and buried a shot top shelf to regain the lead for the Bruins. Under a minute later the Bruins regained the two goal lead as Hudson Morrison created a turnover in the neutral zone and carried the puck in and buried a backhand shot top shelf to make it 5-3. Before the end of the second the Bombers scored again 5-4.

There was only one goal in the third period as Brykaliuk chased down the loose puck and got in behind the defence and banked a shot of the goalie and in the post and into the net as the Bruins made the final 6-4.

The Bruins powerplay went 1 for 3 and Curtis Martinu made 23 saves for the win.

The Bruins are back in action tonight as they host Battlefords at 7:30 at Spectra Place.

Bruins Head Coach Keith Cassidy and Brykaliuk comment after the win.

Keith Cassidy

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bonus Locker Talk Video With Dylan Smith and Cole Olson

This week on Locker Talk my guests are the Estevan Bruins Dylan Smith and Cole Olson. We talked about the return of Smith to the Bruins, the Bruins recent stretch as they have gone 2-1-1 in their last four games, and talked about the return of the NHL.

Me, Smith and Olson are big time baseball fans and here's a bonus segment of us talking about the Blue Jays offseason and their chances this year.

SJHL Realigning

The release from the SJHL yesterday

The Governors of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League held their semi-annual Governor’s meeting in Melfort at the Canalta Hotel Jan. 18th Friday and Jan 19th Saturday.
The Governors made the following decisions that will take place for the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League next season.
There will be 3 Divisions with 4 teams in each division.
LaRonge Ice Wolves; Flin Flon Bombers; Melfort Mustangs and Nipawin Hawks in one division.
Battleford NorthStars; Kindersley Klippers; Humboldt Broncos and Notre Dame Hounds in another division.
Estevan Bruins; Weyburn Redwings; Melville Millionaires and Yorkton Terriers in another division.
Playoffs will see the teams with the most points at the conclusion of the regular season be deemed Division Winners, who will be seeded based on most points 1, 2 and 3.
The teams that finished 2nd in each division will then be seeded based on the most points, 4, 5 and 6 for playoffs.
The teams with the next most points will then be seeded 7, 8, 9 and 10 and will be deemed the Wild Card playoffs. 7 vs 10 and 8 vs 9. The winners in the best of 5 series will then take the 7 and 8 seeds based on points for the next series of the playoffs.
With the seeding of the teams for the playoffs it is thought that every game will have meaning during the regular season. Playing teams outside of your division will be just as important as playing a team in your division.
The Governors know this will create more interest in regular season play and will create some interesting series battles during the playoffs.
Notre Dame Hounds will be hosting the 2013-14 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Smith Named Player of the Week

Dylan Smith has made an impact with the CanElson Drilling Estevan Bruins since returning to the team after the January 10 trade deadline. Yesterday the SJHL recognized Smith with the SJHL Canalta Player of the Week Award.

Smith had a strong week as he collected a goal and three assists in a win over the Notre Dame Hounds on Tuesday.  He also had his team’s only goal in a loss to Nipawin on Friday and then helped the Bruins earn a single point in a loss to Melfort on Saturday by also scoring a goal to finish with three goals and three assists on the week.  He has 4-goals and 4-assists in 5-games this season.

Smith added the shootout winner in the one game that he didn't score in against Battlefords.

The Bruins are back in action on Friday night when they square off with the Flin Flon Bombers at Spectra Place at 7:30.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Bruins Strong Effort Only Earns One Point in Melfort

Last night was one of the best efforts turned in by the CanElson Drilling Estevan Bruins all season but unforutnately they only managed one point as they lost to the Melfort Mustangs 2-1 in OT.\

The Bruins jumped out to one of their best starts on the season as they dominated the Mustangs in the first period. The Bruins opened up out shooting the Mustangs 12-0 in the opening minutes of the game. But the Mustangs Patick Johnson shut the Bruins down on all of their chances. The Bruins line of Cole Olson, Alex Cote and Cole Olson created several quality opportunities.

But the Mustangs got the only goal in the first period with Logan Scevoir scoring on the powerplay as the Mustangs 1-0.

The Bruins were playing on their heels in the beginning of the second period but Curtis Martinu answered the bell and kept the game at 1-0 after two periods as neither team scored in the second period.

In the third period, the Bruins dominated the play once again as they had a lot of quality scoring chances but Johnson continued to make save after save on the Bruins. But the Bruins were able to tie it up as Alex Cote drove to the net from and got tripped by a Mustang defenceman, while the penalty was about to be called Dylan Smith took the loose puck and scored his fourth goal since returning to the Bruins.

The teams went into overtime and with less than a minute Godric Tham got a shot past Martinu on the glove side for the win.

The Bruins outshot the Mustangs 42-27 in the game and while they deserved the win, they had to settle for an overtime loss.

The Bruins next game is Friday as they kick off a 6 game homestand when they meet the Flin Flon Bombers.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bruins Lose to Hawks 3-1

The CanElson Drilling Estevan Bruins opened up their road trip in northeastern Saskatchewan with a 3-1 loss to the Nipawin Hawks.

Former Bruin and Carlyle product Ben Johnstone opened up the scoring 38 seconds as he took the puck from the corner and walked in front of the net and buried a shot past the Bruins Curtis Martinu to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.

Nipawin would extend their lead to 2-0 as Brady Zerr capitalized on a Bruins turnover and scored for Nipawin.

The Hawks extended their lead to 3-0 when Eli Litchenwald found Tad Kozun in front. The Bruins battled through the first two periods but weren't able to solve Jordan Liem.

In the third period the Bruins Dylan Smith finished off a give and go with Alex Cote and the Bruins were back in business as they were down 3-1 early in the period. But the Bruins weren't able to convert on any other chances and ended up losing to the Hawks 3-1.

Martinu made 32 saves for the Bruins while the Bruins powerplay went 0 for 3.

The next game for the Bruins is tonight when they meet Melfort. You can catch the game on CJ1280 and at 7:20

Friday, January 18, 2013

Bruins and Hawks Set To Renew Rivalry

The CanElson Drilling Estevan Bruins will begin an important road trip tonight as they face the Nipawin Hawks tonight.

The Buins are coming off a pair of come from behind wins this week as they defeated the Battlefords 4-3 in a shootout on Sunday and  Notre Dame on Tuesday 4-3.

The line of Dylan Smith, Cole Olson and Alex Cote have been leading the way on the scoresheet. On Tuesday the line was able to combine for 8 points in the win over Notre Dame and were able to score a pair of goals on the powerplay.

The Bruins are expecting to get some help on the blueline as defenceman Nick Egan is expected to make his debut this weekend for the Bruins. Egan will be a welcome addition for the Bruins with defenceman David Robertson suffering a wrist injury in Tuesday's game against the Hounds.

The Bruins and Hawks have developed an intense rivalry. Last time the Bruins faced the Hawks, Curtis Martinu took a match penalty which resulted in a three game suspension. Another reason for the heated rivalry is that there are a few former players on each side. Ben Johnstone and Jesse Bernard now play for the Hawks while the Bruins Tyler Paslawski  started his career in Nipawin.

After this weekend's roadtrip, the Bruins will have a nice schedule down the stretch drive as they play 11 of their final 15 games at Spectra Place.

You can catch tonight's game on CJ1280 and beginning at 7:20.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bruins Multimedia: Smith and Olson Audio. Morrison and Robertson Video

             Interview with Dylan Smith and Cole Olson after last night's win

This week's Locker Talk Video with Hudson Morrison and David Robertson

Smith and Olson Lead Bruins to 4-3 Win over Hounds

The CanElson Drilling Estevan Bruins powerplay has struggled this season but last night it was a big reason for the Bruins 4-3 win over Notre Dame.

The Bruins were trailing after the first period as the Hounds scored the only goal in the first period. The Hounds would extend their lead to 2-0 before the Bruins got a 5 on 3 powerplay for 1:20 in the middle of the second period.

Dylan Smith in his first game at Spectra Place since being reacquired at last week's trading deadline took the puck and skated into the slot and buried a shot past Ty Reichenbach to cut the deficit to 2-1.

The Bruins would tie the game up later in the powerplay as Tyler Kauk unleased a bomb from the blue line that found the back of the net to tie the game at 2-2.

Notre Dame would regain the lead on the powerplay as Brandon Millin managed to score on a loose rebound with one second left in a powerplay and the Hounds lead 3-2.

But the Bruins were able to tie it shorthanded as Smith forced a turnover inside of the Hounds zone and gave Olson a great and #23 for the Bruins finished off the play to tie the game at 3-3 heading into the final period.

The Bruins were able to grab the lead in the third as Olson was on the recieving end of a great pass, this time Alex Cote found Olson all alone in front of the net and Olson tapped the puck in the net to give the Bruins the win.

Curtis Martinu picked up the win as he made 17 saves. The Bruins powerplay went 2 for 5.

The Bruins will hit the road this weekend with a pair of games beginning Friday night in Nipawin. You can catch the game on CJ1280 and discoverestevan,com beginning at 7:20.

Audio with Smith and Olson...Game Highlights and the interview with former Bruin Matthew Dochylo will be on the blog later today.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Bruins Host Hounds Tonight

The CanElson Drilling Estevan Bruins will return to home ice tonight when they meet the Notre Dame Hounds.

The Bruins are coming off a dramatic win on Sunday in Battlefords as Hudson Morrison as he scored with 36 seconds left in regulation and sending the game into shootout. The Bruins Dylan Smith and Alex Cote scored and Curtis Martinu stopped two Northstars to perserve the win.

Smith will likely bring a lot of energy into Spectra Place tonight as he plays in his first home game of the season. Bruins Head Coach Keith Cassidy has been happy with Smith's play so far this year. He says Smith has not only scored for the Bruins but has brought leadership, energy and has returned to Estevan much improved.

Morrison has been the Bruins best player so far in 2013. He's scored 7 goals in the last 5 games. Cassidy noted that Morrison is relishing the role of being a top scorer for the Bruins and is getting more comfortable playing in the SJHL.

The last time Martinu faced the Hounds he earned a shutout win. He says that he's looking forward for another opportunity to meet the Hounds. He added that the Bruins have played their best against the top teams this year and is hoping that's the case tonight.

During the 2nd intermission of tonight's game the Bruins will be auctioning off a Steve Yzerman autographed Team Canada jersey with all the proceeds going to the Bruins scholarship fund.

You can catch tonight's game on CJ1280 and beginning at 7:20.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Bruins With Dramatic Win over Battlefords..Postgamer with Keith Cassidy and Q & A with Curtis Martinu and Play by Play Highlights

The CanElson Drilling Estevan Bruins showed a lot of heart and character in last night's 4-3 shootout win over the Battlefords Northstars.

The first period got off to a rocky start for the Bruins as they fell into some early penalty trouble as they took four penalties including an a double minor penalty which lead to a 4 minute powerplay for the Northstars. The Bruins killed off their the first three penalties but on the fourth powerplay Josh Betinol scored on a loose rebound to give the Northstars a 1-0 lead after the first period.

The Bruins would tie up the game early in the second period as Tyler Paslawski forced a turnover deep inside of the Northstars end and found Hudson Morrison in front scored and extended his goal scoring streak to 5 games as the Bruins tied the game up at 1-1.

The Northstars responded on the powerplay as the Northstars crashed into the Bruins Curtis Martinu with the extra traffic, Betinol scored his second of the night and gave the Northstars the 2-1 lead.

Zach Douglas would get the Bruins at even as he let a shot from the point that was blocked by a Northstar, Douglas picked up the loose puck and unloaded another shot that got through to the back of the net and the Bruins and Northstars were tied at 2-2 after the two periods of play.

Battlefords opened up the scoring early in the third period as Blake Young completed a wraparound and scored to give the Northstars the lead.

The Bruins pressed for the equalizer but were unsuccessful until with 36 seconds left with Martinu pulled, a loose scramble took place in front and Morrison scored his second of the game to send it into overtime.

Overtime settled nothing. After Martinu made the first save in the shootout, Dylan Smith buried a shot top shelf to give the Bruins the edge. Battlefords second shooter Brody Luhning was stopped by Martinu and Alex Cote gave the Bruins as he put a backhanded shot through the five hole to seal the Bruins first win in 2013.

Martinu made 43 saves for the win. The Northstars were 2 for 8 on the powerplay while the Bruins were 0 for 4.

The Bruins will be back in action tomorrow night as they host the Notre Dame Hounds at Spectra Place beginning with the pregame show at 7:20.

After the game Keith Cassidy comments on the win.

Martinu comments on the 43 save win

                                        Here are some of the highlights from the game

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Bruins Fast Start Not Enough in 4-3 Loss

The return of Dylan Smith to the Estevan Bruins lineup provided a spark but in the end it was enough as they lost to the Kindersley Klippers 4-3.

The Bruins got off to a fast start with Hudson Morrison scoring 1:41 into the first period to make it a 1-0 Bruins lead. The Bruins extended their lead to 2-0 when Dylan Smith scored in his first game back with the Bruins on a loose rebound. After the Smith goal, the Klippers pulled Goalie Warren Shymko and replaced him with Tyrell King.

The move seemed to spark the Klippers as they settled down and managed to sneak one past the Bruins Curtis Martinu. The Bruins lead 2-1 after one period.

In the second period the Klippers tied the game after Kindersley's Giovani Bombini with a highlight reel goal tied the game at 2-2. But halfway thru the period the Bruins regained the lead as Cole Olson deflected Zach Douglas shot on the powerplay to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.

The Klippers tied the game in the third as Colby Daniels shot from the point got past Martinu to tie the game. With just over six minutes Troy Gedney's shot from the point trickled past Martinu and the Bruins fell behind for the first time of rhe game.

With about a minute remaining the Bruins pulled Martinu for an extra attacker. The Bruins weren't able to capitalize as Tyler Paslawski was called for an interference penalty. The Klippers hung on for a 4-3 win.

Despite the disappointment of losing a game against the Klippers the team they're chasing there were some positives. With the return of Smith and Darcy DeRoose, the forward lines for the Bruins looked much better than their loss last Saturday. All three lines were generating opportunities and all three lines showed chemistry. Smith didn't look out of place in first game back. He was working hard going into the corners and could've scored a few more goals. Hudson Morrison extended his scoring streak to four games with the opening goal of the game.

Tonight was another example of the Bruins showing signs that they're ready to break through, they just need something to bring it all together.

The Bruins are back in action tomorrow night in Battlefords and you can catch the game on CJ1280 and beginning at 4:50.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Bruins vs Stars PPD

The game between the Estevan Bruins and Battlefords Northstars has been cancelled.

Road conditions are terrible in southern Saskatchewan.

No makeup date has been announced but it appears that it won't be on Sunday.

The Bruins will head to Kindersley tomorrow and the game will be on CJ1280 and beginning at 7:20.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Q and A With Dylan Smith. Back in Estevan

The Bruins have reacquired forward  Dylan Smith and have added 20 year defenceman Nick Egan.

Here's the release from the team.

The Estevan Bruins have a pair of transactions to announce at the SJHL deadline.
The club would like to announce that 20-year-old forward Dylan Smith will be returning to the Bruins lineup for the remainder of the season. Smith has been playing with the Connecticut Oilers of the Eastern Junior Hockey League and was enjoying a strong season with 28 points in 25 games.
Bruins head coach and general manager Keith Cassidy says the team is excited to have Smith back in the lineup and look forward to his return.
“We feel Dylan can add an offensive element to our lineup that we’ve been searching for this season,” said Cassidy.
Smith’s return to the lineup will be dependent upon travel arrangements.
In a separate deal the club has also acquired defenceman Nick Egan from the Philadelphia Revolution of the EJHL. The six-foot-two 19-year-old has major junior experience with Acadie-Bathurst of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Cassidy said Egan is a rugged stay at home blueliner who was the captain of his team in Philadelphia.
Egan, who was acquired for future considerations, is expected to debut on Tuesday when the Bruins host the Notre Dame Hounds.


I had a chance to speak with Smith shortly after the trade was officially confirmed.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Q and A With the Blue Jays JP Arencibia

As apart of the Blue Jays Winter Tour I had a chance to speak with Blue Jays Catcher JP Arencibia. We talked about the Blue Jays tour stop in Saskatoon coming up on Friday along with his thoughts about the Jays offseason and the upcoming season.

Bruins Head Into Trade Deadline With Questions

It has been a frustrating start to 2013 for the Bruins. The Bruins have dropped their first four games back from the Christmas holidays and now head into the January 10th trade deadline with a lot of questions.

The Bruins were carrying momentum into the Christmas holidays after winning four out of their last six but after a couple of home and home sweeps at the hands to the Weyburn Red Wings and Melville Millionaires, the Bruins are left looking for answers.

Forward Nick Weiss believes the team is lacking mental toughness and this was evident in the Bruins loss on Saturday to Melville. The Bruins gave up a pair of goals to the Millionaires 20 seconds apart along with the Mils scoring 12 seconds after the Bruins made it a one goal game late in the second period.

Weiss added the team's defence has taken a step back since the Christmas holidays. The Bruins have allowed several odd man rushes which has lead to some goals for the Red Wings and Millionaires.

It hasn't been all bad for the Bruins since the Christmas holidays. Weiss and Hudson Morrison are two players who have stepped up with each scoring four goals in his last three games. Weiss has taken a role much similar to the one Matthew Dochylo- Josh Jelinski and Tyler Paslawski took on last season by providing a consistent hardworking effort that is effective at both ends of the ice.

With the Bruins play since the holidays, many players are wondering about their future with the Janaury 10th deadline only a couple of days away. Weiss says the players can't worry about what they can't control and they have to keep working hard in practice and get ready for the next game.

The Bruins begin an important road trip this weekend as they will travel to Battlefords on Friday and then that's followed by a huge divisional game in Kindersley on Saturday. You can catch both games on CJ1280 beginning at 7:20.

Monday, January 7, 2013

2013 SJHL Hall of Fame Class Announced

The Estevan Bruins will be holding the 2012-13 SJHL Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies along with the Bruins Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 2. The Awards Dinner will be held at the Days Inn Plaza.

The six newest members of the SJHL Hall of Fame are.

Ron Dunville: Ron was one of the most dynamic players in Bruins history. He is the all-time Bruins leading scorer and is 12th in SJHL history and third in SJHL for goals scored.

Bruce Firth: Bruce is 18th all-time in SJHL scoring history and is regarded as one of the SJHL Bruins top players of all-time. Bruce was also a longstanding member of the executive and as the team’s accountant played a crucial role in helping to guide the team to financial stability.

Ray Frehlick: Ray was part of the group that kept the franchise alive when the WHL Bruins moved to New Westminster. Ray was a huge part of the first management team of the SJHL Bruins and has long been an incredible financial supporter.

Alan May: Alan spent four years with Bruins. In ‘85 Alan had 51 goals and over 400 PIM’s on the team that won the SJHL championship. Alan then went on to an 8 year NHL career. With respect to the SJHL Bruins, Al has had one of the best post-Bruin careers. Alan remains involved in hockey as announcer for the Washington Capitals.

Bill Shinske: Bill had a huge influence on the SJHL and the Estevan Bruins. This long time general manager’s name was synonymous with the Bruins franchise for years. The league’s builder of the year award was named in his honour.

Terry Simpson: Terry played with the Bruins prior to their move to the WHL. He then went on to coach Prince Albert to a number of dominant seasons before the team moved to WHL and is regarded as one of the best coaches in SJHL history. Terry also had a successful coaching career in the NHL with a number of teams.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Catching Up With Chris Daniels

Here's my interview with former Bruin Chris Daniels that aired during last night's Bruins game.

Bruins Drop Home and Home With Melville 9-4

The Estevan Bruins struggles continue as they were defeated by the Melville Millionares 9-4 last night.

Melville opened up the scoring before the Bruins took a 2-1 lead as Brett Dumaine and Nick Weiss replied for the Bruins. Melville tied the game late in the first at 2-2.

The Millionaires took an early lead in the second before Hudson Morrison tied the game at 3-3. But Melville responded with a pair goals 40 seconds apart to take a 5-3 lead. Weiss added his second but Melville scored 12 seconds later to take a 6-4 lead into the second intermission.

It was all Melville in the third as they scored three times to make a final of 9-4.

The Bruins next game is Friday in Battlefords and that game can be heard on CJ1280 and beginning at 7:20.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Bruins Lose Another Close One 4-3 against Melville

The Estevan Bruins dropped another close game as they were defeated by the Melville Millionaires 4-3 at Spectra Place.

Melville jumped out to a quick lead in the first when Sean Aschim scored for Melville 1:28 into the hockey game. The Bruins would tie the game when Hudson Morrison's jumped went over top of the Mils Alex Wakaluk and in the net.

The Bruins took the lead as the Bruins created a turnover shorthanded and Taylor Reich found himself on a breakaway and he would beat Wakaluk on a deke to give the Bruins the lead. But Melville responded 59 seconds later as Aschim found a loose rebound in front and tied the game 2-2 which was the score after 20.

Once again in the second period the Bruins gave up a pair of goals. First Christian Magnus took advantage of a 3 on 2 rush and beat Curtis Martinu to give the Mils the lead. With 27 seconds left in the period Russell Trudeau's lazer from inside the blue line snuck in past Martinu and the Millionaires lead 4-2 after two periods.

The Bruins came out and played a strong third period. They were able to cut the deficit to one when Nick Weiss scored but they were unable to get the equalizer as the Mils held on the for the win.

Martinu and Wakaluk both made 30 saves.

The two teams meet again in Melville tonight and you can catch the game on CJ1280 beginning at 7:20.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Bruins-Mils Preview

The Estevan Bruins kick off a home and home set with the Melville Millionaires at Spectra Place. Tonight will be the 5th contest between the two teams this season with the Bruins owning a 1-3 record against the Mils.

Last Meeting

The final game before the Christmas holidays saw the Bruins defeat the Mils  in Carlyle. The Bruins jumped out to an early lead and held off a late Mils charge in the third period.

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Estevan Bruins- The Bruins season took another frustrating turn with the loss on Tuesday with Weyburn scoring with 0.2 seconds remaining. One positive for the Bruins in the game was the line of Hudson Morrison-Alex Cote-Cole Olson. The trio combined for 3 goals and 8 points with both of Morrison's goal on the powerplay.

Melville Millionaires- The Melville Millionaires opened 2013 with a home ice 5-3 win over their rivals in the Yorkton Terriers. The Mils dropped the opening game of the home and home set with Yorkton on Sunday night in overtime 5-4.

Keep An Eye Out For

Estevan Bruins- Hudson Morrison. Morrison generated a lot of scoring opportunities for the Bruins in December. And now that he's being put on a line with Alex Cote and Cole Olson, the opportunities should only increase in the games to come.

Melville Millionaires-Alex Wakaluk. Wakaluk has consistent all season for the Mils with a .927 Save% on the year. He was huge on Tuesday with 38 saves in the 5-3 win over Yorkton.

Special Stats 

Estevan- PP 11.3 (11th)
              PK 85.3 (2nd)

Melville  PP 17.0(7th)
              PK 78.4%(11th)

You can tune in on CJ1280 and beginning at 7:20.

Estevan Bruins Alumni Celebrate Legacy

The Estevan Bruins Alumni regained the Alumni Cup as they defeated the Weyburn Red Wings Alumni 10-6 on New Year's Day.

I talked to Bruins Alumni President Brad Pierson about the game, next year's game and other news from the Alumni.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year's HeartBreak for Bruins in 5-4 Loss to Weyburn

It was an unbelievable game with an unbelievable ending but unfortunately for the CanElson Drilling Estevan Bruins they got off to a tough start in 2013 as they were defeated by the Weyburn Red Wings 5-4.

Weyburn's Jackson Schiender scored with 0.2 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Red Wings a sweep in the home and home set.

The Red Wings scored the only goal of the first period with Ty McLean deflecting a shot past the Bruins Curtis Martinu at 12:13. Martinu had to come up with a few big saves in the first period to keep it a one goal game.

In the second period the Red Wings extended their lead as the puck bounced off Martinu and went to Schiender who was all alone in front and Schneider buried the puck with backhand to give the Wings a 2-0 lead. Former Bruin Ryan Ostertag scored a powerplay goal that made it 3-0.

But the Bruins came back on the powerplay as Hudson Morrison scored a pair of power play goals in a span of a 3:25 to cut the score to 3-2.

Weyburn responded with Lane Harbor taking a turnover in the Bruins zone and managing to bury a shot past Martinu to make it 4-2. But before the end of the second period, Cole Olson scored on a 2 on 1 rush with Alex Cote to make it 4-3 heading into the final period.

The Bruins did fall into some penalty trouble in the beginning of the third period but the Nick Weiss was able get on a short handed breakaway and snuck a backhanded shot past the Red Wing's Jean Phillipe Boucher to tie the game at 4-4.

The Bruins desperately tried to get the go ahead goal in the final period as they peppered Boucher with shots including Morrison who was robbed by Boucher on a chance late in the game.

The game seemed like it was heading to overtime before a turnover at the Bruins lead Thomas Carleton giving Schiender a pass that allowed him to be the hero and allowing the Red Wings to sweep  the home and home set.

It was a big day for the line of Hudson Morrison-Alex Cote-Cole Olson. The trio combined for three goals and 8 points. The line rejuvenated a stagnant powerplay scoring twice with the extra man advantage.

The Bruins lost forward Wyatt Garagan with what appears to be a significant shoulder injury after taking a hit.

The Bruins will meet the Red Wings for one more home and home series on the final weekend of the SJHL season in late February.

Also yesterday in Weyburn, The Estevan Bruin Alumni faced off with the Weyburn Red Wings yesterday in the fourth annual Alumni Game between the Highway 39 rivals.

The Estevan Bruins Alumni pulled out on top with a 10-6 win over the Red Wings Alumni.

The Bruins will begin another home and home set on Friday at Spectra Place as the Bruins welcome the Melville Millionaires.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Bruins vs Red Wings Preview

Last Meeting

Happy New Year Everyone.. The Estevan Bruins kick off 2013 this afternoon as they complete their Annual New Year's Day home and home set with the Weyburn Red Wings in Weyburn. The last meeting between the two teams was on Sunday when the Red Wings beat the Bruins 4-1. The Red Wings scored a pair of power play goals in the win.

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Estevan Bruins- The time is now for the Bruins. With one more game against the Red Wings and an upcoming home and home set with Melville on the horizon, the Bruins need some wins this week in order for the Bruins to make up some ground on their divisional rivals.

Weyburn Red Wings- The Red Wings are coming off their first win since the announcement that Dwight McMillan was no longer the team's Head Coach. A win today for the Red Wings would give the team new life in the playoff race in the Sherwood Conference.

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Estevan Bruins- In the third period of Sunday's Game the Bruins mixed up the lines putting Cole Olson on a line with Alex Cote and Hudson Morrison. With the callup of Darcy DeRoose to Moose Jaw (WHL) it will be interesting to what lines the Bruins go with today.

Weyburn Red Wings- The Wings top line of Ryan Ostertag Miguel Pereria and Ty McLean was limited to one powerplay goal but are still a key part of the Red Wings offence.

Special Stats 


PP 10.2% (12th)
PK 85.6% (2nd)

Red Wings
PP 12.4 (10th)
PK 79.7 (9th)

Joining me in the second period intermission will be former Bruin Michael Hengen. Pregame coverage begins at 2:50