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The Eastman Selects started the weekend 3 points up on the Thrashers in fourth spot. Heading into Shoal Lake to play the Chiefs has been a difficult task in the past, and with only with 14 players dressed the boys will need to play to the best of their abilities. The Yellowhead Chiefs had the better of the chances in the first period, however Powers gave the Selects some solid goaltending. Yellowhead scored to take the lead and a minute later Smith scored assisted by Hoffman to notch the game at 1. In the second period the Chiefs regained the lead on the Power Play. Then in just over a minute the wheels fell off for the Chiefs as Eastman scored 3 quick goals. Everything thrown at the net seemed to find twine. Dekoninck, Morrison and J. Beauchemin got the markers to gain a 4 -2 lead. At the end beginning of the third period the Selects got into penalty trouble and had to fight off a 5 on 3. The Chiefs did score 1, but Troy Beauchemin quickly replied to regain the 2 goal lead. Solid defense kept the Chiefs off the scoresheet for the rest of the game. Powers faced 28 shots in the game and the Selects scored on 3 of 7 power plays.
The second game of their western road trip was in Waskada to take on the Southwest Cougars in their new arena. This game was dominated by both goalies. Eastman had 4 power play opportunities with good puck movement, but Wallace stopped puck after puck keeping the Selects off the board. Belluk also played a solid game stopping all 33 shots directed his way. After 3 periods the score remained deadlocked at 0. Overtime solved nothing. Wallace did his job stopping all 3 shooters from Eastman. Southwest scored on their last attempt with a nice deke to take the win. With the Thrashers splitting their games in Thompson, Eastman gained a point in the race for forth. With 2 games remaining for both teams, the game on Friday night versus the Thrashers will be the biggest of the season. With a win or a tie the Selects would finish in 4th to play either the Thrashers or Chiefs.
The game between the Selects and the Pembina Valley Hawks was a close game until the third period. With the score 4 to 3, the Hawks scored 3 unanswered goals early in the third to take a commanding 6 to 2 lead. Troy Beauchemin who was having a great weekend scored to make it 6 to 3, but that was all the selects could muster as Pembina Valley went on to a 7 – 3 victory. It was Eastman’s second loss in as many days. Eastman’s goal scorers included Rylan Hoffman with a pair and singles from Cole DeKoninck and Troy Beauchemin. Justin Powers stopped 35 shots in the loss and the power play continued to click at 33%. Eastman gave up too many 2 on 1’s and two players were injured and had to leave the game. Sumaling left with an upper body injury and Thiessen went to the dressing room with what appeared to be a lower body injury. Hope both players will return soon as Eastman resumes the unfinished game versus the Wild on Tuesday night at the Sungrow center in Beausejour.
This was the second meeting of the year between the Eastman Selects and the Norman North Stars. Eastman came out with a territorial edge in play, however it was the boys from the north who got on the board first with a generous bounce off our own D and surprised Belluk. Then on a 5 on 3 power play, Matthew Hill went to the blue paint and batted in the goal for the tie. After the first period Eastman outshot Norman 13 – 7. Early in the second Norman regained their lead on a goal that appeared to have goalie interference. Hill tied the score once again at the 8:35 mark on a rebound that came out to the slot. At 15:08 Norman took the lead once again on a breakaway from their own blue line from a blocked shot. Before the end of the period, Hoffman who was due, scored on the power play in tight to once again even the score. Troy Beauchemin scored early in the third from Wilton to give Eastman their first lead. This sea saw battle continued at Norman scored on an odd man 2 on 1 rush to tie the game. 4 -4. The game remained tied and headed into overtime. In OT Eastman received a penalty that costed them as Norman scored at 2:21 for the win. The turning point in the game was in the second period with Eastman up 4 to 3. In a span of a minute and a half the Selects dominated play by hitting four goal posts. From that point on the North Stars regained their composure, played a tight game and scored on their opportunities.
With 3 games in 4 nights can the Selects continue their winning ways as the Yellowhead Chiefs come to town? Josh Beauchemin got things rolling for the selects with a puck that was misplayed by the Chiefs goalie to give the Selects the lead. Early in the Second Eastman got their power play working as Blair McGowan scored from the point with a blast that the Chiefs netminder had no chance on due to a screen in front. Rylan Hoffman scored another power play goal from Heide and T. Beauchemin. Troy Beauchemin collected the 4th eastman goal by going the scoring area to get a rebound to pound the puck into the net. Yellowhead scored to ruin the shut out for Powers who had a solid game in net. Yellowhead missed on several chances early in the game. Powers became more settled and played with confidence in the second and third periods as Yellowhead outshot the Selects 37 to 27 in the contest. Late in the third Evan Sumaling scored from the slot on a nice wrist shot off the post and in to give the Selects the 5 to 1 victory and a 3 game win streak which vaulted the Selects to third place in the standings 1 point ahead of the Bruins. Next action is this coming Friday night against the Norman North Stars.
The Selects outplayed the Rangers for most of this game by outshooting their opponent 43 to 27. Dallon Wilton scored in the first from Hill and Dekoninck and then early in the second Evan Sumaling scored on the power play with the Assist going to Blair McGowan. Then at 16:28 Jesse Mistelbacher scored give Eastman a comfortable 3 – 0 lead with helpers coming from Troy Beauchemin and Burke Heide. Eastman got into penalty trouble late in the second giving the Rangers a two man advantage to start the third. Parkland took the opportunity and scored to come within 2. Another penalty resulted in yet another pp goal by the Rangers halfway through the third. Eastman powered through and Burke Heide put the game out of reach with an empty net goal to salt the game away for the Selects.
Christmas break came just in time for the Selects as they were struggling with only 2 wins in their last six games. By pressing the reset button, the Selects were in Portage to take on the Capitals. Central Plains got their game going by jumping out to a 2 – 0 lead partway through the second period. Eastman was having difficulty generating anything offensively until Keiran Thiessen scored on the power play to inject some life into the team. Both teams opened up as the Capitals scored just over a minute later to regain their 2 goal cushion. Eastman got within 1 on an even strength goal from Dallon Wilton, but once again only a minute later Central Plains scored off an unfortunate play in front of the Selects netminder. The Selects once again had to regain their composer and claw back into the game. Jesse Mistelbacher scored to close the gap to within 1 and then early in the 3rd Matthew Hill tied the score at 4 a piece. The Capitals Reilly Funk who had been a thorn in the Selects side scored his third goal of the evening to once again recapture the lead. This see saw battle continued with Cole Dekoninck scoring late in the third to tie the game at 5. Overtime settled nothing and in the shootout Cantral Plains scored first. Evan Sumaling scored on a nice deke to tie. Powers held the fort and with our final shooter, Rylan Hoffman scored 5 hole to give the Selects a much needed 2 points.
This was not a night to remember for the boys from the South East. The Selects were beat in every department as they lost races to the puck, gave up multiple odd man rushes, were outshot 44 to 27 and went only 1 for 6 on the power play. The biggest stat was losing 8 to 1 on the score sheet. The puck was not bouncing Eastman’s way and even Belluk struggled as Powers relieved him of his duties halfway through the second. One might say that Eastman drained the tank the night before playing Brandon to overtime and the back to back night finally caught up with the 3 forward lines. The one bright spot was that ( ap ) Wyatt Lodge scored his first provincial midget goal assisted by Chamberlin and Smith in the second period on the power play. The Selects will welcome Troy Beauchemin back into the fold and Rylan Hoffman is getting close to returning from injury. Next game is against their rivals the Wild at the Sungro center this Wednesday at 8:00.
Friday night had the makings of a great match as the two previous meetings have been decided by 1 goal between Brandon and Eastman. Half way through the first period Jesse Mistelbacher scored at the 11:34 mark assisted by Dallon Wilton to give the Selects an early lead. Not to be out done Brandon tied the game early in the second . The rest of the game was evenly played. It was a fast paced game played a lot between the blue lines with neither team giving up odd man opportunities. Special teams were not a factor as Brandons 4 pp and Eastman’s 3pp were both ineffective. The game stayed tied through the third and into over time. Five minutes of OT solved nothing leading to a shootout. All three Eastman shooters were denied, however Brandon’s last shooter Lynden McCallum beat Belluk five hole to give Brandon the victory. It was a well deserved point for the Selects.
The Selects have had the Thistles number this season defeating them in the two previous occasions. This game had a different vibe though as the Thistles just came off a big win against the Wild the night before. The Selects usually follow a bad game with a good one, so the table was set for a great game. Matthew Hill scored his second of the season off a lose rebound to give Eastman an early lead. Midway through the first Jesse Mistlebacher scored on a cross ice pass from Wilton to double the lead. Belluk stood tall in the net stopping all 13 shots directed his way in the first. Early in the second Dekoninck, moved to forward, slipped one past the Kenora netminder for a commanding 3 to 0 lead. Kenora found the back of the net on a scramble that had Belluk screened on a low shot. A couple of minutes later Evan Sumaling restored the 3 goal lead from a behind the net pass from Thiessen. Then at 12:16 of the 2nd Dallon Wilton fed Matthew Smith from the corner for an easy tap in to seal the deal for the Selects. The rest was a formality with no scoring in the third and Eastman skated away with a 5 to 1 victory. Next game will be a true test as Brandon comes to town along with their 15 game winning streak.
With Svenson called up to Red deer and Hoffman out with an upper body injury, the Selects are without two of their top 3 point getters. To make matters worse, Troy Beauchemin got a game suspension for hitting from behind early in the first. Before Eastman could get their legs and their lines straightened out, Yellowhead scored a power play, short handed and an even strength goal to take a quick 3 to 0 lead. With not much help in front of him Powers was pulled before the end of the first. At 14:35 of the second, Sexton scored on the power play from Dekoninck and Wilton to get Eastman within 2. From then on the game was evenly played with not many quality chances at both ends. The Chiefs scored an empty net goal to put the game out of reach late in the Third. Final score was Yellowhead 4 Eastman 1.
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Great Start for Selects
The Manitoba AAA Midget 2017-18 season is underway and the Eastman Selects are off to a great start. With three of their first games at home, the Selects used the home ice advantage to get early leads and then hold off the opposition to win all three. The home opener saw Eastman take a 2 to 0 lead only to have Central Plains come back to tie the game midway through the second. With 6 minutes left in the third, Josh Beauchemin scored the game winner on the power play for the 3 to 2 victory.
Game number two versus the Southwest Cougars had the Selects jump out to a 4 to 0 lead. With penalty trouble in the third, the Cougars closed the gap at 5 to 4. Dallon Wilton scored at 17:35 to put the game away and lead the Selects to a 6 to 4 win.
Notables on the score sheet had Josh Beauchemin and Dallon Wilton with a pair of goals each.
Game Three against Kenora had the Selects used their team speed to dominate play on the rush as well as cycling down low. Kenora turned the puck over several occasions and Eastman capitalized on the power play scoring 4 unanswered goals in the third on route to a 6 to 1 win. Both Dallon Wilton and Jesse Mistelbacher had 3 points in the contest.
Belluk was in net for all three games with a goals-against average of .916. Next action for the Selects has the team travel to Winnipeg to take on the Winnipeg Bruins at the Southdale Arena. Both teams are the only two undefeated squads and look to keep their perfect record intact.
Eastman home to Brandon Wheat Kings
With Eastman on a high from their overtime win against the Bruins the Brandon Wheat Kings had other plans in store for the Selects. The Wheaties came out of the gate with 2 goals early in the third only to have Dallon Wilton score a short handed goal to pull within one. Brandon restored their two goal lead at 15:58 and not even a minute later Rylan Hoffman deposited his 3rd of the season to cut the lead by one. Brandon took the wind out of the arena by scoring a late one in the first to take a 4 – 2 lead. The Wheat Kings held the lead through out the whole game. Every time the Selects scored, Brandon answered back to keep their cushion at 2. Eastman struggled on the power play going 0 for 5 and Danton Belluk suffered his first loss after making 34 saves. Other Eastman goal scorers included Rylan Hoffman who scored a hat trick, Jesse Mistelbacher and Justin Svenson.
Game # 7 Against Brandon Wheat Kings
The Eastman Selects hot off their win against Parkland were looking to start another winning streak as they visited the Brandon Wheat Kings at the Brandon Sportsplex. Eastman came out skating and used their speed and cycling ability to outshoot Brandon by a 12 to 4 margin in the first. It wasn’t until the second period at 7:15 where Jesse Mistelbacher scored on the power play from Smith and Wilton. Eastman had a bad couple of minutes as Brandon answered with a power play marker and an even strength goal that surprised Belluk. Both teams played fairly even from then on, but at 9:42 of the third, Matthew Boonstra scored on the power play with a nice slap shot that found its way through a screen to notch the game at 2. As overtimes go, when one team has a good scoring chance, the other team usually comes down the ice and scores on an odd man rush. This is what happened as Brandon scored a minute into overtime to defeat the Selects 3 to 2. It was a tough loss for the Selects as they were hoping to attend the WHL’s Wheat Kings game on a high. Next pair of games has the Selects playing in Portage in the Show Case Weekend against the Winnipeg Wild and the Pembina Valley Hawks.
First Western Road Trip
With 4 out of their first 5 games at home it was time for the Selects to take their first road trip of the season. It was a great first period for the Selects as they scored 4 unanswered goals in the first to take a commanding lead that they would never relinquish. Dallon Wilton and Josh Beachemin each scored a pair while Smith and Thiessen contributed with singles. Eastman’s penalty kill was superb killing all 5 of Parkland’s power plays. Justin Powers was in net and turned away 33 shots in the convincing 6 to 2 win for the Selects.
Eastman was home to take on the surging Thrashers on Saturday night at the Sungro Center. It was an evenly played match with the slight edge in territorial play going to the Thrashers. The Thrashers scored midway through the first to take a one-goal lead, which looked insurmountable, as the Selects were not getting very many quality chances. The power play clicked in the second as Justin Svenson tied the game from Smith and Boonstra. Not a minute later the Thrashers scored on an individual rush that seemed to take the wind out of the Selects’ sails. Just as the fans were wondering if this was not Eastman’s night, Burke Heide took a shot late in a power play that was nicely redirected by Jesse Mistelbacher that handcuffed the Thrashers goalie high to the blocker side. In overtime Belluk made some key saves to keep the Selects in the game. With a little over a minute into the extra frame there was a scramble in front of the Thrashers net that had Matthew Hill dart in to push in his first goal of the season to give the Selects the win.
The Eastman Selects travelled to Portage this past weekend to take on the Winnipeg Wild and the Pembina Valley Hawks in back to back nights. The Selects were in for a tough night against the Wild when one of their top forwards, Justin Svenson was tossed from the game for a slew foot penalty early in the first. The Selects had to juggle their lines and Denton Belluk needed to make several terrific saves to keep the Wild off the board. It was only a matter of time as Winnipeg looked like the faster team. The Wild took the Selects time and space away, which caused many turnovers and difficulty getting out of their own end. The Wild won most battles and were the faster team and as a result the Wild had a 3 – 0 lead after two. The score was 5 – 0 for the Wild before the Selects finally scored. On a two on one, Even Sumaling came down the right wing and took a shot which ricochet off the goalies right pad to Thiessen’s stick as he was charging the front of the net. It was a bang, bang play allowing Eastman to break the shut out. The rest was history as the Wild cruised to a 6 to 1 victory.
You knew the Selects were going to come out skating based on their previous nights performance. From start to finish the Selects played a good team game against the Pembina Valley Hawks. Eastman played well defensively and did not give the Hawks many quality chances around the net. Dallon Wilton got things going with a power play marker halfway through the first. Pembina Valley tied the game at 16:13 of the Second even though they were outshot by a 14 to 9 margin. Early in the third the Selects power play struck again as Matthew Boonstra scored from a feed from Mistelbacher. Shortly after that Svenson increased the lead to two. Svenson put the game away with his second of the evening with an empty netter to put the Selects back in the Win column with a 4 to 1 victory. Next action has the Selects travelling to Gateway Arena on Wednesday to take on the struggling Thrashers
Come back win to remain only undefeated team.
The Eastman Selects headed into the South Dale Arena to face the upstart Bruins who have had a great start to their season. The two teams remain the only undefeated teams. The Selects had a great come back versus the Bruins after being down 3 to 1 in the third. Memorable moments in the game saw Matthew Smith knock a cross ice pass out the air for a goal, Kieran Thiessen’s one timer from a nice feed from behind the net from Josh Beauchemin and of course the overtime blast from Troy Beauchemin that sent the Eastman crowd into a frenzy. Eastman off to a 4 and 0 start.
Interlake Lightning vs Eastman Selects
Eastman came out of the gate fast and furious as Hoffman, Sexton and Smith all scored even strength markers to take a 3 – 0 lead midway through the first. With Interlake only getting 4 shots on net in the first, Powers looked like he was getting cold feet. Josh Beauchemin got on the board early in the second and Cole Dekoninck blasted his 8th of the season making it 5-0. Interlake got on the score sheet early in the first only to see Dekoninck get his second of the afternoon only a minute later. Kieran Thiessen scored on a nice passing play from Josh Beauchemin to put the game out of reach for the Lightning. With a miscue behind the net the Lightning scored late in the game to make the final 7 to 2 for Eastman. Eastman had all forward lines going as 9 out of 11 forwards had points on the night. With the win, Eastman sits 1 point out of first with an 8 game winning streak on the line. On the injury front, Boonstra left the game midway through the third in what looked like an upper body injury.
The Eastman Selects coming off a loss to the Winnipeg Wild were back in action on a western road swing taking on the Parkland Rangers. Dallon Wilton scored midway through the first from McGowan and Svenson. Eastman continued to pepper the Rangers goalie in the first, but time and time again made the big save. The Selects had an opportunity to take a two-goal lead as Matthew Hill was stymied on a break away while blocking a shot on the PK. Late in the period Parkland evened the score that had Troy Beauchemin hopping as he received a 10-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike play. The second period was a wash as both teams traded a couple of minor penalties and there was not much in the way of opportunities at both ends. In the third Eastman got into more penalty trouble and in a span of 2 minutes, the Rangers scored 3 goals to take a commanding lead in the game. Parkland was getting heavy traffic in front of the net giving Powers fits. Then with 5 minutes left in the third the Selects showed up. Josh Beauchemin split the D and made a nice over the glove shot to beat the Parkland Goalie late in a power play. Justin Svenson collected a rebound and scored to get within one. Eastman was all over Parkland and Parkland was blocking shot after shot until with the Goalie pulled on a last ditch effort Cole Dekoninck took a low shot that the goalie never saw until it hit the back of the net. All this happened with only 1.2 seconds remaining in regulation time. The Parkland fans were stunned to see their 3 goal lead disappear. Nothing was settled in overtime, however the Rangers did have the best chance with a cross-ice pass that just missed. In the shootout with the score tied at 2 Rylan Hoffman on our fifth and deciding shot beat the goalie on another low shot. Belluk who came in for Powers finished off the shootout with a solid slide save to his left. The Selects may not have deserved to get the two points, but they came out with the win in one of the best come backs in recent Selects history.
The Brandon Wheat Kings hold a seven game winning streak at home making it a tough task for the Eastman Selects who had a quick turn around game from a late one the night before in Dauphin. The game started with a bang as Burke Heide scored his second of the season off a rebound from a low pad shot from Matt Hill on the Power Play. Halfway through the first Justin Svenson received a suspect interference 5 min. call that resulted in a confusing game Misconduct penalty. Brandon proceeded to even the score on the power play. The Eastman penalty kill did a great job of killing off the rest of the penalty. In the Second Troy Beauchemin scored to give Eastman the lead once again. Eastman held the territorial edge in play in the second with 14 shots to Brandon’s 6. In the third the Selects played a solid period not giving up any odd man rushes and got the puck deep to make safe line changes. The Selects appeared to be in cruise control and then along came a penalty. Late in the power play, Brandon’s McCallum scored on a screened shot that Belluk had no chance on. Only seconds later, off poor face off coverage in their own end, Brandon took the lead that shocked the Selects. With the goalie pulled for the second night in a row, could Eastman work some late heroics? Not this time as the clock ran out leaving the score 3 to 2 for Brandon’s third consecutive win against the Selects. Belluk made 22 saves in the game to the Selects 33 shots for. Next action for the Selects is this Friday at the Sun Gro center against Norman.
The Eastman Selects hosted the Norman North Stars on Saturday night. Norman played a solid first period limiting the Selects to one goal. Late in the first, Mistelbacher headed the puck on a turnover that had Wilton all alone to take a 1 goal lead before the end of the period. To start the second Wilton deposited 2 more for the hat trick. Eastman scored 6 unanswered goals in the second frame to take a commanding lead. That was enough as Eastman went on to win by a score of 9 to 3. Andrew Blocker who played in his first Provincial game scored his first goal. Josh Beauchemin and Cole Dekoninck each had 3 assists in the contest. Powers had little work between the pipes facing 17 shots in the one sided affair.
With last weeks come back win against Parkland still fresh on their minds, the Rangers were hoping to return the favor against the Selects at the Sun Gro Center. Parkland had a couple of power play opportunities in the first, but Belluk made a couple of key saves to keep the Rangers off the board. Then at 18:45 Cole Dekoninck flipped a pass to a streaking Kieran Thiessen who beat the netminder on the glove hand. The play was even throughout the second as both goalies were in the zone stopping all shots. Then in the third, the Selects over powered the Rangers with waves of opportunities outshooting their opponents 12 - 5. Mistelbacher, Dekoninck and Svenson each scored on route to a 4 to 0 victory. The Parkland netminder faced 43 shots while Belluk who recorded the shut out faced 23 shots. With back to back wins and with the Bruins losing to Southwest, Eastman moves up a spot to 3rd place in the standings, 3 points behind the Wild and Wheatkings. Next action is at home against Yellowhead on December 2nd at 8:00 at Sun Gro.