After the hard fought loss against the Essa Stallions in the President’s cup finals last night, it was time for the Anglers to pack their bags and head home for the off-season. Rik and Cam, two of the meanest guys on the ice, but nicest off the ice gifted a signed stick to their host brother Jax Griffith. Pam Griffith, mother of Jax said “It’s mounted up on his bedroom wall already. We are truly going to miss you!” Stop waiting, join the game now with 50 lions pokies continuous luck and many victories await you!
Rik stated after the exchange that he was sad to go, but hopeful that next year he would be returning to the ice with the Anglers and returning to live with the Griffith family!
Ethan Messner, starting goalie for the Anglers was selected and voted for by players around the league as the top goaltender for the month of February.
Messner went 2-2-0 in five games last month, picking up wins on Feb. 1 over Smiths Falls (20 saves), March 2 against the Grey Highlands Hawks (41 saves).
He also totaled 52 saves in a 4-2 loss to the Essa Stallions on Feb. 23.
The 2001 birth year from Amherst, N.H., went 10-6-0 on the season with a 3.36 GAA and a .915 save percentage.
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We have come to yet another end of a season. Cheering from our fans helps our players work harder. As Philip Guilmette,, General Manager of the team, said: ‘On behalf of the players, coaching staff, and the volunteers we want to thank our fans for being there from day 1. We could not have have had this amazing year without you. Win or lose you have cheered loud and proud and your energy always lifted us up. ‘
We would also like to thank all our fans for the kind and encouraging words for our team to reach the Presidents Cup Finals. Barry DeGray said ‘ Great job this year making it to the Presidents Cup finals. It’s quite the accomplishment.’
The team is extremely excited to see you all next season.]]>
Anglers believe in its fans as much as our fans believe in us. They are just not a number but very important to us. With their help we stay encouraged and focused on our goal throughout the year and even more determined for the next year.
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Amber MH’s encouraging words keeps us on the path of treating our fans as family. She said ‘This was so amazing for Evan as he too starts championship finals tomorrow with his own team.’]]>
Your Muskoka Anglers battled bravely through a 3 game series against the number one seeded Grey Highland Hawks. The upset was complete this week when the Anglers won the series in game 3 and will be advancing on to play the Essa Stalions (seeded number 2) this weekend for the President’s Cup finals.]]>
After a great end to the regular season the boys in green went into the quarter finals riding high in a highly anticipated match up against the Seaforth Generals. This week they clinched a birth to the semi-finals after sweeping the series in dramatic fashion.
They will move on to play the Grey Highland Hawks, the number one team in the league this Sunday. Come on out to the Graeme Murray Centennial Centre to watch us go up against the top team in the league!
Anglers would never miss the opportunity to talk about its wins and not afraid to talk about its loses either.
Muskoka Anglers won against Hawks in a very close match. Anglers won by one point. The game came to an end with Anglers with 6 goals and Hawks with 5 goals.
We would like to thank Carole Myroup-Chlebek for her encouraging words ‘Way to go Team Anglers. We are Proud.’ and everyone as they keep the players motivated.]]>
The Muskoka Anglers started this year as a team replacing the beloved South Muskoka Shield that had been around Gravenhurst for over a decade. They came in knowing that winning over the hearts and minds of the community would be no easy task. “Right from the beginning of the year we made it our goal to show everyone in Muskoka that we are a part of this community and a team that is not just about hockey, but rather about giving back to the community that has so graciously accepted us into their mist.” said Philip Guilmette, the General Manager of the team.
Through the course of the Winter Carnival in Gravenhurst the players have been actively involved in many different activities, from volunteering at booths for companies around town, participating in the shopping cart races and volunteering at the learn to skate program. Tanner Green, spoke out online saying the following “What an amazing group of young men. As many of you may know, the team made my step son’s dreams come true with the signed stick they gave him on Friday after their game. But the story goes on! We have seen them all over town during the gravenhurst winter carnival volunteering. Anytime we crossed paths the team made a point to talk to us and Derek! Today was public skating at the arena, and Derek HAD to go and try his skill at skating. The team has been helping Derek learn to skate encouraging him and teaching him today! Can’t say enough about this whole team, but a special shout out to #17 Keilan Shane Aloyis Cutting, Keilan was the player that gave his stick.
Sammy Spencer, Defenseman for the Muskoka Anglers Jr. A Hockey Club was selected to play for the CPJHL showcase team in the Las Vegas WSHL tournament. Spencer is a 6’3, 185 lbs no-nonsense defenseman with great vision on the ice and excellent puck movement. He is one of the premiere players for the league and his selection to the showcase surprised no one.
“It was an honour to be selected and we had an excellent time during the tournament. We got to meet several NHL players, met with over 20 different scouts from college level hockey and played in front of the over 150 scouts in attendance!” said Spencer of his time in the showcase.
When asked about his return to Muskoka he answered with “I am still reviewing my options; however, with that being said there is a strong possibility that I return to play for Muskoka next year as I had one of the best years of development of my life.”
We asked Anglers GM, Phil Guilmette about Sammy and he had this to say “Sammy is one of the hardest working guys both on and off the ice. He has an excellent understanding of the game and it is my belief that he has what it takes to move on to a higher level of hockey after next season. I have already received interest from him from ACHA and NCAA teams and am trying my best to convince him to come play for us next year before moving on.”
On January 12, the Muskoka Anglers took on a top team in the CPJHL the Essa Stallions. The defending champions of the league were at home and looking to introduce the new boys to the league. This was not in the cars however as Muskoka’s Ethan Messner stood on his head, allowing only 1 goal with a .982 SV%.
Leading the offense was Defenseman Tim Borse (2G) and Center and captain for the Anglers, Brett Machin (1G, 2A). The game was a scrappy affair with 17 penalties called by the officials through the course of the game. Ultimately, it was the Anglers’ discipline that led to their win as they scored 3 PP goals as well as potting a short-handed beauty by Machin.
Adam Brown’s hat trick lead the offensive output while Ethan Messner made 36 saves in net as the Muskoka Anglers defeated the Coldwater Ice Wolves 9-3 in CPJHL action last night.
Muskoka had fallen to the Ice Wolves 6-2 in Coldwater just two weeks ago, and that was fresh in their minds heading in to the game. “We came in last game with kind of a weird mindset,” said Anglers’ captain Brett Machin. “They’re a good team, we came in today a little more set, a little more focused. The first period was tied 1-1, then we came out with some fire in our stomachs and brought it to them.”
On the other side of the ice, the Ice Wolves squandered a chance to pass Muskoka for fourth place and Coach Justin Beers said this was one they let get away. “I thought we played really well in the first period, then we took a couple of bad penalties and it spiraled out of control and we just couldn’t recover in time. We put a good effort in, just had a bad second period and it killed us.”
Coldwater did start the game out fast and opened the scoring less than three minutes in. Rico Opikokew’s shot kicked to the corner where Cam Gee was able to corral it and send it to Colin Carlson in the slot, and Carlson fired it in to the yawning net to make it 1-0 for the Ice Wolves.
With just under six minutes left in the period and the Ice Wolves pressuring and looking to extend their lead, Coldwater’s Erol Durocher received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for a hit from behind, and that would swing the momentum over to the Anglers.
Muskoka was all over the Ice Wolves and finally converted when Brown banged in a goal from in close to tie the game at 1. Coldwater goalie Ty Golden made multiple key stops on the penalty kill and the game entered the first intermission still tied at 1, despite the Anglers outshooting the Ice Wolves 15-8.
Early in the second period, Muskoka’s Brendan Zier took a shot that bounced off the end boards and right to Tyler Schnurr in front, who then flipped the puck up over Golden’s glove to make it 2-1. The Ice Wolves would come close to equalizing, but Muskoka defenseman Sammy Spencer was just able to get his stick on an Owen Mihalik shot to prevent the Coldwater player from putting the puck into the open net.
Minutes later, Muskoka would pick up their second power play goal of the game when a Coldwater bad bounce off the boards lead to a scramble play in front of the net and Keilan Cutting was able to bang the puck home to make it 3-1 Anglers. Brown would add his second of the game on a 2-on-1 breakout off a terrific lead pass from Hunter Varney and only 90 seconds after that, Cameron Murray’s goal off a faceoff extended the lead to 5-1 for Muskoka.
The Anglers would make it 6-1 before the end of the period on a breakaway goal by Brendan Zier and they entered the second intermission with six unanswered goals.
Coldwater switched to Milan Koznar in net for the third period and would not go down without a fight. Ivan Korcak scored his team-leading 24th goal of the season to cut the gap to 6-2; but despite outshooting Muskoka 21-17 in the third, Coldwater would not cut into the deficit any further.
With 14:35 to play, Messner fired a pass from his own net to the far blue line to spring Devon Campbell who beat Koznar with a wrist shot off the far post and in to make the score 7-2. Later in the period, Brown would complete the hat trick and Schnurr would add his second of the game to increase the lead to 9-2 for Muskoka.
Carlson would pick up his second of the game for Coldwater with 8:02 left to make it 9-3, and that was how the game ended.
Messner finished the game with 36 saves on 39 shots, but he refused to take any credit for the win. “It had nothing to do with me, all my defensemen. Sammy [Spencer] saved a ton of goals, I need my whole team. Every single time, it’s all them.” As for what the difference this time as opposed to their last outing against Coldwater, “The boys really picked their heads up this time. They figured out what to do, we’ve played a few times, practices have been getting better and better, everybody’s coming together now.”
Muskoka’s next game is Friday, December 7th when they host the Maniwaki Mustangs. The Anglers are currently five points behind Maniwaki, with one game in hand, in the race for third place.
For Coldwater, they also host the Mustangs next weekend, on Saturday, December 8th. With only three games left until the Christmas break, Coldwater will look to shake this defeat off and bounce back in order to build momentum as they end the first half of the season.]]>
Gravenhurst’s newest hockey team is looking for a few good people.
The Muskoka Anglers are in the Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League and they are looking for some people in various positions to help with home game operations at the Graeme Murray Arena.
Philip Guilmette says they are looking to fill a number of roles, including in-game announcer, a timekeeper, and a DJ/music person. They are also looking for a paper statistician to track all goals, assists, penalties etc.
There are a number of other jobs they are looking to fill as well including someone to collect at the gate and various promotional contests that involve the collection of cash.
If you are interested in any of the roles the clock is ticking with the first home game on September 28th. Contact Guilmette by email at MuskokaAnglersGM@gmail.com.]]>
The Muskoka Anglers are excited to announce that we have finalized a partnership with Graeme Murray, gold medalist, world champion and name sake of our home rink! It is with great excitement that we announce that he will will be our inaugural GM! Graeme has been a local of Gravenhurst for many years and through the course of his years there has gotten incredibly involved with the community, starting the Gravenhurst Sports Hall of Fame, helping numerous not for profit organizations and even running for town council in the upcoming election.