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AVALANCHE HOCKEY HEADLINES

2014 - 2015 Ancaster Avalanche

2014-15 was a season of improvement

ANCASTER (March 30)—The 2014-15 Golden Horseshoe Conference Junior B hockey season is just a memory and already the Ancaster Avalanche are preparing for the 2015-16 campaign.

Ancaster was victorious in the league standings as they gained fourth place with five victories in the win column, three fewer losses, and two fewer overtime losses to gain eight points over last year’s finish.  The also increased its winning percentage by .082 percentage.

The Avs showed such improvement, that they advanced to the second round of the Golden Horseshoe Conference playoffs against the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs.

General Manager and Coach Ryan Kuwabara’s charges based on their 2014-15 showing will be a force to be reckoned with in 2015-16. 

“I am very proud of how the team came together, and played so well down the stretch, and into the playoffs. The players worked very hard to learn our systems and it definitely showed during playoffs,” said Kuwabara..

“Unfortunately, we didn't get chance to play for the Sutherland ‎Cup this year, however, we increased our wins, moved up another spot in the regular season standings.  We got into the second round of playoffs, and finished up against a very good Caledonia team,” Kuwabara.

“I want like to thank all the people who volunteered their time to help give the Avalanche the best chance at success during the regular season and playoffs. It takes a lot of ‎work to make our hockey team run smoothly, and without those volunteers working so hard, running a junior hockey team becomes very difficult.”

The 2014-15 season had some very memorable moments such as when Max Balinson scored two goals in a game, just days after his mother’s memorial service.

Goalkeeper Blake Richard was the recipient of the 2014-15 Russell Masterson Memorial Trophy as the League’s Most Valuable Player. He had a 2.22 goals-against average, and .933 save percentage.   He also had four shutouts. 

Lucas Triemstra was the recipient of the Corporal Tyler Crooks Award as the Player of the Year and the Dave Dunham Trophy for Most Valuable Defenceman in 2014-15.

In February, Fred LaLonde marked 50 years of volunteer service to Hamilton hockey, which began back in 1964.  Former Hamilton Kilty B player, and current GM and coach of the Avs, Ryan Kuwabara, who first met up with LaLonde as a 15-year-old rookie during the 1987-1988 season still marvels at his dedication to the game.

Kelly Barber, Assistant GM of the Avalanche was one of the eight GHC Volunteers of the Year.

Thursday, March 19, the run to the championship ended as the Avs battled the Caledonia Pro Fit Corvairs in the final game of the best-of-seven GHC seminfinal in Caledonia’s Haldimand Centre.  Ancaster opened the scoring with a powerplay goal by Blake Luscombe, but Caledonia prevailed 3-2 to win the series.

In the final two games of their playoff run, the Avs played before capacity houses in the Morgan Firestone Arena.

Caledonia won the best-of-seven series 4-1 in games to advance to the Conference final. Cole Nagy scored the Avalanche’s final goal of the game and of the 2014-15 GHC season at 8:13 of the third period.

Golden Horseshoe Conference

Best-of-Seven Semifinal

Caledonia Pro Fit Corvairs vs. Ancaster Avalanche

Caledonia wins series 4-1 in games

Ancaster 1, Caledonia 2         Friday, March 13

Caledonia 3, Ancaster 0         Saturday, March 14

Ancaster 1, Caledonia 8         Sunday, March 15 

Caledonia 3, Ancaster 5         Tuesday, March 17

Ancaster 2, Caledonia 3         Thursday, March 19

Luscombe, Nagy supply Avs firepower

ANCASTER (March 19)—Ancaster Avalanche opened the scoring with a powerplay goal by Blake Luscombe, but in the end it was the Caledonia Pro Fit Corvairs who prevailed 3-2 to win the Golden Horseshoe Conference Junior B hockey semifinal tonight in the Haldimand Centre.

Caledonia won the best-of-seven series 4-1 in games to advance to the Conference final.

Cole Nagy scored the Avalanche’s final goal of the game and of the 2014-15 GHC season at 8:13 of the third period.

Golden Horseshoe Conference

Best-of-Seven Semifinal

Caledonia Pro Fit Corvairs vs. Ancaster Avalanche

Caledonia wins series 4-1 in games

Ancaster 1, Caledonia 2         Friday, March 13

Caledonia 3, Ancaster 0         Saturday, March 14

Ancaster 1, Caledonia 8         Sunday, March 15 

Caledonia 3, Ancaster 5         Tuesday, March 17

Ancaster 2, Caledonia 3         Thursday, March 19

Avalanche Does Its Part to Help

ANCASTER--Luke Zupan, Max Balinson, Ryan Cox and Michael Faliero laid down their hockey sticks for a few hours last Saturday to give back to the community they play hockey for to assist with the 23rd Ancaster Community Food Drive.

The four members of the Ancaster Avalanche Junior B Hockey Club worked alongside other community volunteers for more than two hours packing and sorting foodstuffs as they arrived in the warehouse.  Scott Merwin and Assistant Generals Manager Kelly Barber also represented the Avs.  Barber was named one of the Golden Horseshoe Conference’s Volunteer of the Year on Monday night at St. Catharines.

The ACFD has raised 1,278,000 pounds of food in the past 22 years since being initiated by the Ancaster Ministerial Association and with support citizens, businesses, schools and community agencies.

All the donations are delivered to Hamilton’s major food agencies such as Neighbour to Neighbour; The Salvation Army; Greater Hamilton Food Share; St. Matthew’s House;

Mission Services of Hamilton; Wesley Urban Ministries; Good Shepherd Centre and the Ancaster Community Services. 

The Drive based in St. John’s Anglican Church, Parish Hall, 37 on Halson Street in Ancaster was conducted on February 14, 20, 21 and 23, 2015.  The ACFD collected 75,000 pounds of food in 2014.   2015 totals have not been announced. 

"People always say how a community is there for a team, but we want our community to know our team is there for them."

Ancaster wins three GHC awards

ST. CATHARINES (February 23)--Ancaster Avalanche goalkeeper Blake Richard had a standout season compiling a 21 win, eight loss, and two overtime/shootout loss record in 2014-15 to earn the Russell Masterson Memorial Trophy as the League’s Most Valuable Player at the Golden Horseshoe Conference Banquet and Awards Night Monday night in Club Roma at St. Catharines.

Richard, the former Ontario Hockey League Niagara IceDogs goaltender finished the regular season with a 2.22 goals-against average, and .933 save percentage.   He also had four shutouts. The 21-year-old Stoney Creek native opened his final season of Junior eligibility with the IceDogs before joining Ancaster.

Richard’s Ancaster teammate Lucas Triemstra was the recipient of the Corporal Tyler Crooks Award as the Player of the Year and the Dave Dunham Trophy for Most Valuable Defenceman in 2014-15.  Triemstra, 21, also a Stoney Creek native scored three goals and 19 assists for 22 points in 49 games, somewhat remarkable considering that he commutes to classes in the University of Western Ontario at London.

Tyler Morrison of the St. Catharines Falcons was awarded the Cecil Jones Memorial Trophy as Most Gentlemanly Player with 28 goals, 81 points, and 12 minutes in penalties.  Tyler also earned the Pat Murphy Memorial Trophy as GHC scoring champion. 

Kevin Entmaa and Marc Sinclair the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs goaltending duo earned the Tony Bloomfield Trophy for the best goals against average during the regular season.

Jake Brown of the Corvairs was named the JP Thomas Memorial Trophy recipient as the Most Improved Player. Brown, an 18-year-old Ancaster native had 26 goals and 41 assists for 67 points.

The Brent Rubel Trophy for Rookie of the Year went to Anthony Sorrentino of the Pelham Pirates. He scored 33 goals and had 69 points for the Pirates.

Mike Bullard of the Corvairs was named Coach of the Year as he guided the defending Sutherland Cup champions to the best record in the Ontario Hockey Association, 44-3-2.

Austin Wright of the Niagara Falls Canucks was named the Rob Judge Memorial Trophy winner for most goals in the regular season with 36.

The Corvairs also won the Golden Horseshoe Trophy as regular season champions.

The League also honoured the Volunteers of the Year for each team: Kelly Barber, Ancaster; Larry Devuyst, Caledonia; Amy McCombs, Fort Erie; Michel Dompierre, Niagara Falls Canucks; Erwin Vargas, Pelham Panthers; Barry Murphy, St. Catharines Falcons; Jean Raymond, Thorold Blackhawks and Linda Nault, Welland Junior Canadians.

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