Shield Double Up on Bradford Bulls
Your South Muskoka Shield hosted the Bradford Bulls Saturday evening and met their goal of a 4 point weekend by winning the back end of a weekend home series by defeating the Bulls 6-3. Garrett Wills posted a strong performance in net while rookie defenseman Michal Zak and rookie forward Dan Vandal-Courte each scored their first Junior "A" goals. Also scoring for the Shield were Ladislav Garay, Fabian Heyter, & Simon Berglind with 2. Up next for your Shield is a bus trip to Orangeville Wednesday, September 28 to take on the Crushers.
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Shield Takes Proactive Approach to Concussions
By Kim Goggins
GRAVENHURST - For the second season, the South Muskoka Shield is taking an innovative approach to dealing with concussions among its team members.
The team is working in conjunction with the SportLab in Huntsville and its owner, Lowell Greib, a naturopathic doctor, to establish a sport standard for the assessment and treatment of concussions.
“The problem that occurs (with concussions) is that the proper assessment is often difficult because the players, or anyone with a concussion, may say, ‘I know something’s wrong but I seem OK,’” explained PJ Drouillard, co-owner of the Junior A team. “With our assessment abilities increasing in this program and developing a how to assess people properly and do follow-up treatment, it is essentially going to determine whether we are going to take someone to a hospital and monitor them but also to give follow up with those people and give different testing to see if they’re ready to go back and play.”
According to statistics released by the SportLab, approximately 36,000 minor hockey players in Ontario suffer concussions annually and it’s estimated that half of concussions go undiagnosed or unreported.
“The big three sports for concussion in our region would be hockey, basketball and soccer,” said Greib. “These sports are fairly high when you start to compare them to others.”
Through the SportLab, each member of the Shield hockey team has been given a baseline test so if something does happen, there is a measurable standard to tell if something is not quite right.
“They refer their player to us and then we go through a bunch of diagnostic testing, which is part of the program,” explained Greib. “But because we’ve done some baseline testing with them we know what a norm is for them on these diagnostic tests. Then, we can compare their norm to where they are after an injury to define whether there is a suspected concussion or not.”
This information can determine if a player needs to be taken to hospital and will also be forwarded to the player’s physician. If the player does not have a doctor, management of care can be carried out at the SportLab.
Baseline testing is only a small piece of the program. Education of each stakeholder — parents, billet families, coaches, trainers, players — is also necessary.
“If everybody’s not on the same page then we end up spinning our wheels in terms of having effective care,” said Greib.
The program also allows for the team to be proactive in its approach to concussions, added Drouillard.
“This is something that is showing a very legitimate concern for our players’ safety and their health and is doing something proactively to help prevent and also to treat it if something were to come up.”
Shield Lay the Hammer to The Wiarton Rock
Your South Muskoka Shield hosted the Rock Friday evening and put on a goal scoring clinic by netting 11 goals on route to an 11-2 victory. Lucas Lahay was in between the pipes for the W. Scoring for the Shield: Schiller x2, Berglind x2, Baptiste, Heyter, Denis, Luptak, Garay, Lyden & Wafer. A special Congratulations to Erik Wafer on recording his first junior "A" goal. Wafer skated into the slot from the point and received a pass from behind the net to bury a one-timer past the Rock goaltender.
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Shield Advance to North Division Semi Finals
Your South Muskoka Shield defeated the Almaguin Spartans 6-5 in a Shoot out in the final and deciding game 5 of the divisional quarter finals to advance to the divisional semi finals vs the Parry Sound Islanders.
The game was fast-paced from the opening shift as both teams came out with something to prove. The Shield opened the scoring 1 minute into the game and by the end of the 1st period your boys led 4-2 with goals from Marko, Denis, and Nemeth (x2).
The Spartans did not give up as they scored a goal early in the 2nd period to pull within 1 but Dan Vandal scored on a beautiful breakaway goal to preserve the Shield's 2 goal lead heading into the 3rd.
The 3rd period was an exciting 20 minutes as the Shield tried to hold off the Spartans. The Spartans scored to cut the lead to 1 and with 55 seconds remaining in the game and both team's seasons the Spartans managed to score off a rebound in front from a shot from the point to send the game into over time. The extra frame could not settle anything on the score board so off to a shoot out we go...
Asenbrenner was stellar in net stopping all 3 Spartans shooters while Captain Carl Lyden scored for the Shield to win the series.
Coach Demasi commented "Our guys played a great game. I give a lot of credit to the Spartans as they battled back twice from 2 goal deficits. It was great to see Vandal, Marko and Denis get on the score sheet with goals as it was a solid team effort. Never a fun thing to let up 5 goals but that's the way it goes some nights. Good teams find a way to win and we were lucky enough to end up on the right side of the score board."
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Shield Take Game 1 in First Round Play Offs
Your South Muskoka Shield defeated the Almaguin Spartans 4-2 at home Friday evening. Your Shield came out of the gates fast and scored early and often jumping out to a 3-0 lead 8 minutes into the game.
Captain Carl Lyden opened the scoring with a beautiful wrap around goal.
This was followed by a power play goal by Lars Schiller with a great wrist shot from the point that found its way through traffic to beat the Spartan's goalie.
3 Minutes later Tomas Nemeth scored his first of two goals on the night when he jammed home a rebound in front of the net.
The Shield ran into some penalty trouble in the 2nd period but the penalty kill was up to the task killing off a 7 minute penalty.
When asked about the slew of penalties his team took Coach Demasi commented "Hockey is an emotional game. I'm happy to see the guys stick up for each other but I think we could have done it a little smarter. We have a young team and as they mature they will learn to control their emotions therefore enabling them to handle difficult situations in the proper manner. Our penalty killers led by Ladislav Garay bailed us out tonight, and Patty was real solid in net."
After killing off a rash of penalties Nemeth scored his 2nd of the night off of a beautiful deflection to beat the Spartan's goalie high over his left shoulder for the Shield's 4th goal. The Shield took their foot off the pedal and allowed the Spartans to score 2 before shutting the door to a 4-2 victory.
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Shield Blow 4-0 1st Period Lead vs Rattlers
Your South Muskoka Shield traveled to Bradford Sunday evening and came out firing; scoring 4 goals in the first 15 minutes of the game to gain a 4-0 advantage. After allowing 3 goals coach Demasi pulled goalie Garrett Wills in favour of Lucas Lahay who did not fair much better as he let in 4 goals. Your Shield battled back to make the score 7-6 late in the 3rd but the Rattlers scored an empty net goal to seal the game. The boys will regroup as the team plays for 4 points in this weekend's home stand vs the Rock on Friday and the Bulls on Saturday.
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News From 2016/17 Season
Shield Have Bracebridge Singing the Blues
Your Shield (5-1) hosted their cross-town rivals, the Bracebridge Blues and came out firing by scoring 14 goals en-route to a 14-2 win. Lucas Lahay got the W in net for the Shield while defenseman Lars Schiller led the way with a hat trick. Also scoring for the Shield were Denis X2, Heyter, Krolak, Luptak, Lagzdins, Berglind, Baptiste, Mulatu, Bouthillier and Prekop, who was named player of the game. Your Shield travel to Seguin to take on the Huskies Sunday afternoon. Game time is 2:00 pm.
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Team Captains Named
Your South Muskoka Shield are proud to announce its captains for the 2016-17 Season:
Assistant Captain White Jersey: #8 Ermi Mulatu
Assistant Captain White Jersey: #28 Lars Schiller
Assistant Captain Red Jersey: #98 Ladislav Garay
Assistant Captain Red Jersey: #24 Fabian Heyter
Team Captain: #66 Carl Lyden
Congratulations gentlemen and have a great season!
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Shield Bow out to Islanders in Division
Your South Muskoka Shield once again had a successful season but just fell short of another trip to the division finals. The Parry Sound Islanders proved to be the stronger team in the series and went on to win the best of 5 contest 3 games to 1.
Despite winning the first game of the series 5-0, some untimely injuries to the Shield proved too much to overcome as the Islanders went on to win the next 3 games.
When asked of the season coach Demasi had this to say "It's disappointing to lose in the playoffs but I give Parry Sound credit on a very well played series. They have a strong team and in the end they deserved to win. I am proud of the season we had and the great strides our players made on and off the ice. We had lots of fun and it was a memorable season. We have a real good group of guys in that dressing room and although we were the 2nd youngest team in the league the guys played hard and earned 3rd place in the tough North Division.
I would like to thank all our fans, volunteers, sponsors and team staff for a wonderful season and I look forward to seeing everyone at the commencement of the 2017/18 season".
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