LAKERS DONT FEEL SAFE IN THE BUNKER. CANES WIN 14-1
Dont blame any team that comes into the Bunker this year to play against the Hurricanes for being scared. The management build this team to be tough, strong, smart and dont take sorry or
mercy as a way to play nice.
Coach Dopaco remebers over the pasyt 3 years taking his beatings, 19-2 vs London, 23-1 vs Kingsville, 15-0 vs St.George, 14-2 vs Niagara.....but never once did coach Dopaco run the clock in the
third to make the game disapear quicker. He took his beating like a real coach and went to the executive requesting to bring in better players. The executive agreed with his proposal and Dopaco
started to build his team. Sitting at now at a 6 wins 0 Lose record, Dopaco is not done yet. Jason has signed a Russian player who is estimated to arrive in early November. A top russian
player who has many teams in the GMHL after his right. He has choosen Tillsonburg to be his home this hockey season. Jason knows the Canes management 3 year time line to win the Russell
Cup. But in year one of the time line, Dopaco is going for it this year. By the looks of it. The excutive is a bit more conservative when it comes to finalizing
statements. "We do want to win. And if does happen, we will enjoy the ride. But I do want to keep thing in prespective and keep our team looking prfoessional so we continue to build
relationships amongst other business owners in this league. If we decide to go full steam ahead and try to win this league, you need the support from the other teams in the league to help us
succeed. I like to make good and honest buisness decisions with other teams. We help them , they help us. We have moved players in the past to winning teams and in return they have
hekped us build our teams in the past. This year, we are building a contender". Says Owner Ian Ellis.
The Lakers have added some strenght and size to their line up since the last game the two team met. Which the Canes won 24-0. Since the a new 10 goal spread rule was voted in by majority league
owners. This rule, spear headed by the 24-0 win over the Lakers, will certainly raise some eyebrows. And it has made some concerning comment, making this rule look house leaguish. Canes have
taken their lickins in the past. Not too long ago with Kingsville giving the Canes a 23-1 *ss kicking. To find out this new rule has pasted, which the Canes voted against. So far this season canes
have score 2 games more than 10 goal spread. Both against London. Another team won 26-1, team name not mentioned. But the score reflected a 11-1 win.
Which henced the style of play Friday night playing aginst London. The Canes players didnt hold back. They went right at the throat of the Lakers and didnt stop. 10 goal spread or
not. The Canes won 14-1, and let Lakers coach Jeff Zerh, it going to be a long season....."remeber 19-2" coach Dopaco said after the win. Dopaco a OHF AAA Champion with Mississauga Rebels
of the GTHL, OFSSA Champion, ex ECHL player, and a native of Streetsville Ontario doesnt forget. Cut from the same cloth, owner Ian Ellis who grew up 22kms west of Jason , has the same up
bringing when it comes to not forgetting. Ellis stats"We will be nice to off the ice, but when you step up the ice.....we are not your friends anymore". "Are goal is to win this
Championship this year, say Coach Dopaco. Ellis backs him 100 percent.
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CANES TOO STRONG FOR NORTHUMBERLAND STARS TO COME OUT AT NIGHT WITH 10-1 WIN
With all do restpect for Gord Downie and his band members, it could have been Willy Nelson, or could have been the wine, but either helped the Northumberland Stars
reveal themselves one Start at a time. The Canes gave the Tillsonburg crowd of 200 plus people, on a Tillsonburg Minor Hockey Night a win of 10-1.
Captian Mitch Randall(Kitchener) lead the scoring with 2 G 3 A and took 1star of game. Dalla Routh(Edmonton) score 5A, earning 2nd star of the game and Riley Ellis(Woodstock) 1G 3A earned
3rd star of the game.
It was a shooting star night down at the Memorial arena in Tillsonburg. Turkeys were in the oven, students came home from university, and families gather around for a festivus holiday, and
the best way they did it was coming down to the rink to see the Canes go 5-0 with a 10 win.
The pattern is made, just as the star align at night, but the Coach Jason Dopaco is not giving out any secrets to the success so far why the Hurricanes are now a 5-0 hockey club. They Canes
players came out of the gate up 3 - 0 in the first 5 minutes of the first period. and scoring a fourth goal right at the buzzer making it 4-0. The mold of the pattern is staring to show
its eye of the storm.
With both clubS drwoing 5/4 penalties, the first period came sdown to specialty team. Tillsonburg who is ranked #1 in penalty kills, defended 8 mins of PK time. Only allowing 7 shot on
the Canes net. While NHS took 19 shoots with 10 mins of pk time, allowing the Canes to lead 4-0 after the first.
The second period didnt hold any sparkle to the Starts offence, leting in 3 goals on 15 shots maiking the game 7-0 after 2.
Canes goalie was frezzing staring the third period after only taking 14 shots. Canes allowed NHS to have a few more giving Ray Smith a few more making a total 10 shots in the third.
Smith is ranked #1 in Goals Aginst in the GMHL at this moment. Smith who is from Texas, came to Tillosnburg last year in a trade with Windsor. Ray being 21 and now in his last year of
junior has brough a different look to himself this season. His positive outlook on life, his support from family and friends, and his hard work ethic on and of the ice to success is helping his
game rasie to the next level. Smith let only 1 goal in during the third period at the 5 min marker. The Canes score anothe 3 making the final 10-1.
Canes goals scored by Iven Bondaranko(2), Alex Takacs(1), Sinden(2), Rabelle(2), Ellis(1), Randell(1). Assist - Crawley(1), Brown(2), Rotuh(5), Sinden(1), Rabelle(1), Bondaranko(1), Ellis(3),
Next Home is agains London Lakers @ 730pm
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CANES DEFEND HOME TURF AGAINST NIAGARA ON THE LAKE NATIONALS
OCT 5 2018
The NOTL Nationals is a new team in the GMHL. Original they were to start their season off in the lower of the junior league in North America, the CPJHL, but decide half way through the summer to
jump ship and join the Tier II Junior A GMHL. A smart move on the leaders part of the Nationals executive. So far they sit at a 4-1 record prior to the game this past evening.
They Canes are coming in at a 4-0 record, best in franchise history, rally the troops, gather a plan of attack on the Nationals defensive core and took them out in 60 minutes winning with a score
Kyle Fritz, a Montreal native goalie, who was picked up in a money trade with the Braford Rattlers, has made a big impact so far this season during games times. Ftizs allowed 4 goals in on 47
shots. Fritz first win came against St. George Ravens in a 8-7 shoot out in St.George Sept 22nd.
After the first period the Canes lead the charge 4-0. Hurricane Michael was slowly seeping through the raffters of the Memorial arena and giving strength to the Canes below taking aim at the
their forth win of the season. Louis Rabelle(France) took the French Express to the Nationals defenders, turned them inside in and out, sealed the puck with a French Kiss and fired the puck
pasted the Nat's goaltender 30 seconds into the game. Clayton Hilker(Delhi Ont) powered another bisket past the Nationals goalies 1 min later. 2 minutes later a long came Riley Ellis, who has
no issues driving any apponents net hard, drove home the puck to make it 3-0. Where Hurricanes are seen the most, North Carolina's Keagan Crawley felt he need to contribute and powered a beauty of a
shot from the point making it 4-0. NOTL scored a goal with 3 seconds left in the first.
The second and third aloowed both team to play back and forth good clean hockey. NOTL came back with 3 goals. Louis Rabelle netted another goal to make it 5-3. The Canes played a defensive
trap holding the Nats helpless in their own end and nutral zone for most of the third period. The National did manage to squeeze by the puck past Fritz with 6mins left in the third. Assists
Sinden(3), Ellis(2), Walter(1), Routh(1), Brown(1), Randall(1).
The 3 stars of the game go to #1 Louis Rabelle, #2 Kyle Fritz and #3 Griffin Sinden
Next home game is Oct 6 at home vs Northumberland Stars
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The Tillsonburg Hurricanes have been quick out of the gate in their third Greater Metro Junior Hockey League season.
Winners of their first three hockey games, the Hurricanes rocketed into the upper stratosphere of the South Division, for the first time putting them on par with teams like with Kingsville (4-3-0),
Niagara-on-the-Lake (3-1), Oshawa (2-0) and Niagara (2-0) and North York (2-0).
Team owner and general manager Ian Ellis said recruitment and retainment have led to the team’s early success.
“He (head coach Jason Dopaco) has done a top shelf job over the off season,” said Ellis, noting they had planned to take a few weeks off, maybe even a month, to relax after the conclusion of the
2017-18 season, but both Dopaco and Ellis found themselves ‘back at it’ and recruiting within the first two weeks.
“Recruiting really started backed in December 2017, talking to players around the world,” said Ellis. “We took off a good week and went right back at ‘er. Jason has done a fantastic job talking to
players – good quality players that we know will help us get to our chief target and goal, and help us this year become a winning team and aim to win the league championship.
“So he’s done a great job, hands down.”
It wasn’t just promoting the team off-ice, the Hurricanes saw some success with ‘The Trench’, a 19-week summer development program Dopaco ran for junior-age players and 10-week minor hockey
“He’s been busy,” Ellis smiled, “and right now, these three games are a reward for him. It’s shown how hard he’s worked.”
The crown jewel in their recruitment drive was Ivan Bondarenko, who was fifth in scoring in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL) last year with 126 points. Ellis said the 21-year-old Russian might
currently be the top-ranked player in the GMHL.
“He has not just made a statement in our league,” said Ellis, noting Bondarenko had 23 points in Tillsonburg’s first three wins, “but with the players around him. He has made the good players better.
He has elevated everybody’s game. Not just in game time, but in practice time and out in the community… he is just a great addition to our team. Just bringing in that one player has really advanced
Bondarenko and the Hurricanes made their first ‘statement’ to the league in the season opener, a 24-0 win over London in which Bondarenko had nine goals and six assists.
Tillsonburg got by St. George 8-6 the next day, then beat Windsor 6-1, leaving both the Ravens and Aces with 2-1-0 records.
“The players around him are also generating points too,” said Ellis, “so he was a very positive addition to the hockey club.”
Tillsonburg’s Griffin Sinden, the teams’ leading scorer last year with 72 points as a 16-year-
old, is currently second in GMHL scoring behind Bondarenko with 11 goals and 21 points.
The team’s early success has generated interest from hockey agents, who have been calling players on the team, said Ellis.
“Players from around the world, from Russia, from the States, are now calling us to see if there are any available spots to come on our team. It’s happening through social media, the websites, and
now they’re showing an interest in coming to our team which is great. And that’s what happens when you have a winning team – people want to be part of a winning team.”
The Hurricanes flirted with success in their first two campaigns, showing some promise, but were not able to maintain it over long stretches missing playoffs both seasons. This year they want to
“We looked at the St. George game and said, ‘was this luck?’ No. We broke the game down and we feel we beat them physically, mentally and on the score clock – the areas where they beat us last year.
The next test was Windsor, and they’re a great team. They beat us three out of four times last year, and we were up 5-0 after the first period.
“So yeah, we want to roll. We want to be full steam ahead and get as many wins as possible so that we finish high in the standings. Our goal is Top 3.”
The St. George game was a good test, he said, because in the warmup the Ravens attempted to verbally intimidate the Hurricanes.
“Once the game started, they tried their stuff but they didn’t have the strength and size to compete with us. This year, we beat them in that department. We out-forced them, we out-checked them, we
kind of drove them into the ice and they were getting frustrated, and they were getting penalties. They couldn’t handle the pressure of that type of game that we gave to them.”
The last two seasons, the Hurricanes learned from their opponents, said Ellis, watched and studied them, and know what they need to beat that.
“We think we’re ‘there,’ but I don’t think we’re there 100 per cent. I’m not convinced 100 per cent yet. I’m looking at it thinking… a couple more pieces, then yes.”
The Hurricanes, who have a home-and-home against St. George Oct. 26-27, will also be tested by several other South teams, including Kingsville Kings, a perennial power-house.
“If we pass those tests, then we’ll really know we’ve got a contender in the South Division.”
The GMHL schedule was balanced for the 2018-19 campaign, rather than geographically tilted, so the Hurricanes will play two home and two road games against each of the South teams.
“So we’re not playing Kingsville six times. Last year I think we played 18 or 20 games against three teams – and they were all top teams. So how do you compete?”
Ellis advocated for the balanced schedule, and other owners jumped on, hoping to see a little more parity in the league.
“There will be nights you win, and some nights you lose.”
The puck will drop at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5th for Tillsonburg’s home opener against Niagara-on-the-Lake (2-0) in the Kinsmen Memorial Arena. The Hurricanes then host Northumberland on Saturday,
Oct. 6, also at 7:30 p.m. – and in the Memorial Arena.
The team hopes to have a band playing prior to Saturday’s game, with inflatable/bouncy castle for the children and pre-game BBQ.
“Local businesses have agreed to support the opening weekend.”
For the first time the Hurricanes will be playing four of their Saturday home games on the Memorial side of the Community Centre while the Tillsonburg Thunder are on the road.
At least 10 players returned from last year’s team, said Ellis, giving them a good core t
o work with. And over the first month of the season, they’ve gelled exceptionally well.
“This is the best gelled team so far. We have a lot of local players – we have Noah Demelo… Riley Ellis from Woodstock, Griffin Sinden from Tillsonburg, Alex Takacs, our team captain Mitch Randell…
So what’s happened is the local guys who live close by have been setting up barbecues for the team at their homes, out at their farms, so they’re kind of gelling in a different way. Last year they’d
go to local establishments, this year they’re going to the farms. They’re just kind of chillin’ and doing their own thing, which is great.”
The Hurricanes have also been active in the community, Ellis noted.
The team had its grocery bagging day at Sobeys, they set up at The Town Centre mall, they helped serve at the Shriner’s barbecue, and this week visited Annandale Public School’s open house, and on
Saturday they are helping at the Helping Hand Food Bank’s annual Food Blitz.
“This crew is like the first year, the support from everybody is coming along really well. That’s kind of what you build winning teams with, so coach is happy, I’m happy.”
The team’s depth starts in the net where the Hurricanes have been 20-year-old Kyle Fritz and 21-year-old Ray Smith.
“Our goaltending is dynamite,” said Ellis. “Ray Smith, right now, has the best goals against average in the league. Kyle Fritz has been really strong – he’s from Montreal – and we targeted him in a
trade. He was the goalie in the St. George game. And Ray’s from Texas, he’s with us for a second year, great focus.
“We have the top goal scorer in the league, Ivan Bondarenko, and second top scorer Griffin Sinden.”
The Hurricanes brought back Dallas Routh, a 21-year-old 6’3″ forward from Alberta, who was traded from Tillsonburg last season.
The Hurricanes have some sponsors, but would like some more to come on board.
“It could help take us further into the playoffs,” said Ellis, anticipating an extra $25,000 to $30,000 will be needed if they go deep into the post season.
“Any little of community support helps, and we’ll make sure we return the favour. So there is room for more sponsors, open to anybody else in the community.”
The team is also open to finding new billets, he said, to add to their “really good billets.”
“And if anyone wants to help work with the team as a volunteer, just give a shout and we’ll find something. We’re always looking for volunteers to help make the games run smoother.”
They are also looking for someone to wear the team’s new fox mascot uniform.
“One of the players down in the States bought it,” Ellis laughed. “Dalton Brown picked it up… The Fox.”
The Hurricanes experience this year will include a ‘Shootout’ between periods. Fans who win a $5 draw will try to shoot the puck through a hole in a board blocking the net.
“If you get it in, you go to the finals at the end of the year and you have a chance to win some decent tickets for the Leafs.”
It’s still early in the season, said Ellis, who has been encouraged by the team’s success so far and is hoping the community gets involved.
“It’s great for the community. We want minor hockey to be part of our program this year and I’ve already part the word out to them,” he said, noting they will have free admission for kids
12-and-under on Oct. 5th and Minor Hockey Night is Oct. 6th.
“We have a White Out Night, Beach Ball Night, Tennis Ball Night, Halloween Costume Night… just to throw a little bit more excitement into it.”
Season tickets are available for $100. General admission is $10, and $5 for seniors/students.
“People should come out and watch these kids. Ivan Bondarenko is some kind of player – it’s worth $5 if you’re a senior or $10 – to come out and watch this kid. He is quite entertaining to watch,
Hurricanes Roll the Dice in Casino Town and Smoke the Aces With A 6-1 Win.
Sept 23 2018
Manny Quinn - The 5th Period News
Canes go undfeated after beating up on Windsor Aces 6-1 at the old Windsor Adox Arena downtown in the Pit of Windsor. The Aces threw in the cards in the 3rd period when they realized they
could beat the strength of the Hurricanes. The Canes came busting out of the shoe box dressing with a gail force wind that would push a semi-truck over the edge of the Ambassador Bridge. After
the first period the Canes lead the game 5-0. With Griffin Sinden#27, Tillsonburg Native leading the way in scoring with 3 goals, 2 assists and Ivan Bondaranko(Russia) scoring 2 goals.
The second period the Canes held off on the scoring to give the Aces a chance to realize what just happened. Just as a gambler who has falling behind on his bets at the black jack table and trying
to double down. But the Canes didn't stop on the attack, as their condition is mid season form. The Canes size and speed put the Aces on thier heals. The Aces needed to regroup during the
second intermission, and try to figure out a game plan to try and make a game out something that was over in the first.
Coming into the third period all Hurricanes were firing on all cylinders. They forced the Aces to continue to make turn over after turn over. But the Canes played a defensive style of
game. The Aces did however slip a puck past the #1 ranked goalie in the league Ray Smith at the 12:27 marker of the third. But the Canes didn't take lightly to the that, which the eye of
the storm opened the gate again and netted one past the Aces goalie at 10:24 of the third period with a goal from #27 Grigffin Sinden.
As the game continued, the Aces got more frusturated with the Canes delivering Wammy after Wammy, making the Aces feel like they were on a Casino River boat in the middle of a Hurricane and
Huckaberry and Tom were driving the boat. They become undisaplined and took matters in their own hands, jump the Hurricane players and tryiedto take adavntage of a situation that they couldn't
control. The Canes strength and toughness out Smarted, out played and out scored the home town team.
Hurricanes players #22 kam Wilson(Bracebridge) contributed with 2 assist, #18 Dallas Routh(Edmonton), #2 Keagan Crawley(Maine USA), #24 Demelo(London), #10Brown(Washington St.), Captian#97 Mitch
Randell(Burford) and #55 Riley Ellis(Woodstock) all scored one assist.
The Canes garcefully walked out with a team franchise record start to the season with a 3-0 record. 36 Goals for and 7 goals gainst. The Canes are in second place with 6 point, in the South
Division behind Kingsville Kings with 8 points after 7 games.
Hurricanes Home Opener is Friday Oct 5 at 7:30pm vs Niagara On The Lake Nationals. Season tickets are still available. Game tickets are $10/Adult, $5/Senior/Student/Child. The
Canes will alos play at Home Sat Oct 6 at 730pm vs undefeated Northumberland Stars.