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Avalanche win twice to snap losing skid

ANCASTER—Ancaster Avalanche broke out its five-game losing skid in fine fashion with back-to-back extra-time victories in Golden Horseshoe Junior B Conference action over the weekend in Niagara Falls and at home in the Morgan Firestone Arena.

Last Friday at Niagara Falls, the Avalanche edged the Canucks 4-3 in overtime with Cooper Richards netting the winner on an unassisted play at the 2:45 mark.  The next night, Ancaster’s Luke Zupan scored the winner in a 5-4 shootout victory over the Thorold Blackhawks.

With the victories, Ancaster sits with three wins and five losses as it works to gain ground on the Blackhawks.  The Avs play in the Golden Horseshow Showcase Tournament against Leamington on Saturday, October 11 at 1 p.m. Two days later, the Avs face the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs on Monday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Haldimand Arena.

“I was very excited to get the 2 wins over the weekend and get a good start to the month of October,” said General Manager and Coach, Ryan Kuwabara. ““In both games (Friday and Saturday) we did a lot of little things right such as getting pucks to the front of the net, and creating traffic in front of their goalies.” 

Last Friday, Richards scored three times with Spencer Leenders adding the other.  The next night, Richards again was on the top of his game scoring twice with Cole Nagy and Ryan Cox adding single goals as the Avalanche edged the Thorold in a shootout.

“We definitely had a tough month in September, losing more games than I had hoped.  However, our new players got used to playing at this level and learning our systems, which should pay off for us later in the season.”

“We got goalie Blake Richard back from the Niagara Ice Dogs.  He will help solidify our goaltending tandem with Matt Calas,” said Kuwabara

“The team is starting to play with more confidence and poise against our opponents.  Everyone gets used to playing with each other.  However, we have to learn to win each and every night that we play, which means we have to be the hardest working team in all areas of the ice,” he added. 

 

SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW ... $100 for Adults, $50 for Children, Students and
Seniors and a special offer to Ancaster Minor Hockey and Figure Skating Participants:
$20 ... Visit ancasteravalanche.ca for more information or contact
Brian Lewis at brian@ancasteravalanche.ca or at 905-973-9149

www.ancasteravalanche.ca

 

Calas and Herring working hard to earn wins for Ancaster

 

ANCASTER—A long season just seems to be getting longer, but the Ancaster Avalanche are not about to cave six games into the 2014-15 Golden Horseshoe Conference Junior B season.

Last Saturday night, the Avalanche fell 3-1 to the fifth place Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs as goalkeeper Matt Calas turned his first of two strong performances in the Ancaster.  Calas faced 44 shots while his teammates managed 20 shots on Caledonia’s Kevin Entmaa.

Brett Farrelly on an even-strength goal set us by Michael Pollice and Max Balinson; put the Avs on the board at 8:46 of the third period.

Sunday, at Welland, the Jr. Canadians held a three-goal lead after two periods of play en route to a 7-0 victory over Ancaster in the Welland Arena.

In that game, the Junior Canadians held the balance of power firing 36 shots at Ancaster goalkeepers Calas and Gavin Herring. Welland mounted an impenetrable defensive wall while killing penalties, and did not yield an Avalanche goal on five power play opportunities.

Friday night (October 3) the Avalanche take on the Niagara Falls Canucks at 7:30 p.m. in the Niagara Falls Gale Centre.  The next night, the Thorold Blackhawks visit the Morgan Firestone Arena for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff.

At some point, they know the worm will turn, and they will skate of with a “W” in the victory column.  Until then, there is a lot of hard work to be done.

 

SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW ... $100 for Adults, $50 for Children, Students and
Seniors and a special offer to Ancaster Minor Hockey and Figure Skating Participants:
$20 ... Visit ancasteravalanche.ca for more information or contact
Brian Lewis at brian@ancasteravalanche.ca or at 905-973-9149

www.ancasteravalanche.ca


TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN!

Ancaster geared up for weekend challenge

ANCASTER—Ancaster Avalanche wanted to break the .500 mark in the Golden Horseshoe Junior B Conference last week, but the Thorold Blackhawks and the St. Catharines Falcons had other ideas.

Last Wednesday at Thorold, they fell 3-1 to the ‘Hawks as Ancaster’s Zach Maciel gave the club a 1-1 first period tie on a play set up by Spencer Leenders and Owen Burnell.  Unfortunately, the Avs were unable to hold on.

Three nights later, the Falcons doubled the count on Ancaster as it skated to a 4-2 victory as Nicholas Dozzi scored twice for St. Catharines in the Morgan Firestone Arena.  Tyler Jackson and Nick Prestia had the other St. Catharines goals.  Tyler Morrison and Ryan Doucette set up two scoring plays each.  Cooper Richards and Ryan Cox replied for the Avalanche. 

“Unfortunately, we haven't got off to the start I had hoped for.  With a lot of new faces we are going through the process of learning the systems and coming together,” said Head Coach and General Manager Ryan Kuwabara.

“During the first four games we have been making some rookie mistakes that have cost us and we have been struggling to score when we have had chances. It will be an uphill climb for us, but if we continue learning and working hard as a team things will definitely get better for us.”

Next action for the Avs is against the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs on Saturday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Morgan Firestone Arena before taking on Welland Junior Canadians the next night in Welland at 7 p.m.

SEASON TICKETS ON SALE

. $100 for Adults, $50 for Children, Students and Seniors

$20 for Ancaster Minor Hockey and Figure Skating Participants
Brian Lewis at brian@ancasteravalanche.ca or at 905-973-9149

 

2nd ANNUAL AVALANCHE GOLF TOURNAMENT

Monday, September 29th at Beverly Golf and Country Club …

$175 per golfer, $700 per foursome, $150 per hole sponsorship

Special Pricing on 2014-15 Children’s Season Tickets 

ANCASTER—Ancaster Avalanche President Brian Lewis announced today that special 2014-15 season ticket pricing is being offered to all boys and girls in the Ancaster Avalanche Minor Hockey programme and Ancaster Figure Skating Club.

“We are really excited to do this for the kids of the community,” said Lewis.  “The team has been embraced by the community of Ancaster and this is our way of giving back.  The future for Junior hockey in Ancaster is now.”

Children season tickets to all Ancaster Avalanche game will be available for $20 for the season.

The tickets are now available on game nights in the Morgan Firestone Arena, or by contacting Brian Lewis at brian@ancasteravalanche.ca

Kavanagh Moves On

 

The Ancaster Jr Avalanche would like to thank Assistant Coach Michael Kavanagh for his contribution to the club for the past 2 seasons.

 

Stoney Creek native “Kavy” joined General Manager and Head Coach Ryan Kuwabara while with the Hamilton Jr Bulldogs then joined the Stoney Creek Warriors when Ryan took on the reigns behind the bench. When the team moved to Ancaster last season, Kavy  followed suit.

 

Kuwabara says “Kavy brought a lot of technical knowledge and commitment to the organization. Given his busy work and school schedule, he was always committed to being at our games and practices to help the players get better. He definitively helped in reshaping our hockey club while in Stoney Creek and with our move to Ancaster. We are sorry to lose such a dedicated young man in our day to day operations but are extremely happy he will still be with the organization”.

 

Michael will remain with the club as a Scout in the Niagara area.

Avs Affiliate with Glanbrook Rangers

 

The Ancaster Jr Avalanche are very pleased to announce their team affiliation with the Glanbrook Rangers of the Niagara District Jr Hockey League.

 

General Manager and Head Coach Ryan Kuwabara says “Glanbrook have a number of very good young players that can help out our team throughout the season if injuries and suspensions impact our game roster. We have invited their players to attend our practices in order to familiarize themselves with our systems and make the transition easier. It also allows us to look at the development of their players and hopefully make the jump to our team in the future.” 

Avalanche's Zach Neminen Heads to Buffalo State

Ancaster's leading scorer the past 2 season's has agreed to attend Buffalo State!  The Bengals play in the 9 team SUNYAC division of the NCAA..

The Ajax, Ontario native led the Avalanche with 73 points including 36 goals during the 2013-2014 campaign. 

Everyone in the Avalanche organization congratulate Zach and wish him good luck!  

Ancaster’s Kuwabara named GHC Coach of Year

ST.CATHARINES—Ryan Kuwabara, coach of the Ancaster Avalanche Junior Hockey club was named the recipient of the Tom Kelly Memorial Trophy as the Golden Horseshoe Conference Junior B coach of the Year at the GHC Awards Banquet at the Club Roma last night (Monday).

The 41-year-old Hamilton native is in his second season as General Manager and coach of the Avalanche (previously known as the Stoney Creek Warriors) during which time the club has risen from seventh place in the GHC to fifth place this season.

Kuwabara beat out Mike Bullard of the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs, Chris Johnstone of the Fort Erie Meteors, Terry Masterson of the Niagara Falls Canucks, Yvan Charrios of the Port Colborne Pirates, Frank Girhiny of the St. Catharines Falcons, Ed Pizzo of the Thorold Blackhawks, and Keith Osborne of the Welland Junior Canadians for the honour.

Kuwabara played for the Hamilton Kilty B’s Junior B team in 1988-89 before embarking on a three-year Junior A stint with the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League.  He went on to play in the American hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League before launching a 15-year professional career in Japan.  During that time he played as a member of the Japanese National Team in the 1998 Nagano Olympic Games in Japan plus six World Hockey Championships between 1999 and 2003.  He played for the Senior AAA Dundas Real McCoys in 2009-10.  

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Ancaster geared up for weekend challenge

ANCASTER—Ancaster Avalanche wanted to break the .500 mark in the Golden Horseshoe Junior B Conference last week, but the Thorold Blackhawks and the St. Catharines Falcons had other ideas.

 

Last Wednesday at Thorold, they fell 3-1 to the ‘Hawks as Ancaster’s Zach Maciel gave the club a 1-1 first period tie on a play set up by Spencer Leenders and Owen Burnell.  Unfortunately, the Avs were unable to hold on.

 

Three nights later, the Falcons doubled the count on Ancaster as it skated to a 4-2 victory as Nicholas Dozzi scored twice for St. Catharines in the Morgan Firestone Arena.  Tyler Jackson and Nick Prestia had the other St. Catharines goals.  Tyler Morrison and Ryan Doucette set up two scoring plays each.  Cooper Richards and Ryan Cox replied for the Avalanche. 

 

“Unfortunately, we haven't got off to the start I had hoped for.  With a lot of new faces we are going through the process of learning the systems and coming together,” said Head Coach and General Manager Ryan Kuwabara.

 

“During the first four games we have been making some rookie mistakes that have cost us and we have been struggling to score when we have had chances. It will be an uphill climb for us, but if we continue learning and working hard as a team things will definitely get better for us.”

 

Next action for the Avs is against the Caledonia Pro-Fit Corvairs on Saturday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Morgan Firestone Arena before taking on Welland Junior Canadians the next night in Welland at 7 p.m.

 

 

Golden Horseshoe Conference

 

 

 

 

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

PTS

PCT

GF

GA

PIM

HOME

AWAY

St. Catharines

4

3

1

0

6

.750

21

8

71

1-1-0

2-0-0

Niagara Falls

4

3

1

0

6

.750

22

11

119

2-0-0

1-1-0

Welland

4

3

1

0

6

.750

16

6

42

1-1-0

2-0-0

Thorold

4

3

1

0

6

.750

9

8

100

2-0-0

1-1-0

Caledonia

3

2

1

0

4

.667

7

8

68

1-1-0

1-0-0

Fort Erie

4

1

2

1

3

.375

8

21

112

1-1-0

0-1-1

Ancaster

4

1

3

0

2

.250

10

13

107

0-2-0

1-1-0

Pelham

5

0

5

0

0

.000

14

32

126

0-2-0

0-3-0

                           

SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW ... $100 for Adults, $50 for Children, Students and
Seniors and a special offer to Ancaster Minor Hockey and Figure Skating Participants:
$20 ... Visit ancasteravalanche.ca for more information or contact
Brian Lewis at brian@ancasteravalanche.ca or at 905-973-9149

www.ancasteravalanche.ca

Interested in Billeting a Player

 

The Ancaster Avalanche are now taking host family applications for the 2014-2015 hockey season.  As we embark on another season and expectations run high, the Jr Avalanche are seeking families willing to open their homes to out of town players. These billet families will be an integral part of the success of our Hockey Club.

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

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