Soo Eagles News - Hockey News September 19, 2014

Eagles open up regular season with a split

The Soo Eagles opened up their 2014-15 North American Hockey League season last weekend, as they split a pair of games with the Janesville Jets, at Pullar Stadium.

Soo Eagles 3, Janesville Jets 2 – Friday, September 12, 2014

The Soo Eagles came from behind to defeat the Janesville Jets, 3-2, in the season opener for both clubs, in front of 769 fans at Pullar Stadium.
It didn’t take long for the opening goal, as some strong Jets fore-checking got a loose puck to Drew Callin, who put the first shot of the game past Sean Keating, for a 1-0 Jets lead.

Bruno Birzitis would tie things early in the 2nd period for the Eagles, as the veteran forward tapped home a pass from Sandis Zolmanis to tie the game at 1-1.

Callin would answer for the Jets with his second goal of the game late in the 2nd period.

The Eagles scored twice in the 3rd period, including another early goal, as a loose puck bounced out to the high slot, where Raymond Brice would bury a slapshot past Matt Jurusik.

The game-winner came with just under six minutes to go as Birzitis would score his second of the game as he was left all alone on the back door to tap in a goal to make the final 3-2.

Janesville Jets 4, Soo Eagles 3 – Saturday, September 13, 2014

Brandon Schultz scored twice, including the game-winning goal late in the 3rd period, as the Janesville Jets earned a weekend split against the Soo Eagles with a 4-3 win on Saturday night.

After a scoreless 11 minutes to open the game, Janesville scored first on their first power play of the game. as Kyle Patava found the back of the net.

The lead didn’t last long. as less than two minutes later, Trevor Cope scored to tie the game at 1-1.

With :46 seconds remaining in the 1st period, Schultz scored his first of the game to put Janesville ahead 2-1.

Drew Callin scored his third goal of the weekend to put the Jets up 3-1 in the 2nd period, but the Eagles responded with goals from Cope and one from Sandis Zolmanis.

Schultz’s game-winner came with just about nine minutes to go in the game.


 
Soo Eagles News - Hockey News September 15, 2014

Weekend Recap (9/12-9/13)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Janesville     2
Soo     3


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Janesville     4
Soo     3


 
Soo Eagles News - Hockey News August 20, 2014

Two Soo Eagles get NCAA commitments

By Randy Russon
hockeynewsnorth.com

Soo Eagles coach-general manager Bruno Bragagnolo has confirmed to HockeyNewsNorth.com that two more of his players have recently secured National Collegiate Athletic Association commitments for the 2014-2015 season.

Scott Cuthrell, a 1993 birth-year forward, and Matthew Montemurro, a 1994 birth-year defencemen, will both be advancing to the Division 3, NCAA ranks.

As a North American Hockey League rookie in 2013-2014, Cuthrell potted 16 goals, 22 assists, 38 points in 53 games in a season that started with the Michigan Warriors and ended with the Eagles. Cuthrell is headed to Nichols College in Dudley, Massachussets.

Montemurro, who played in 99 games over two NAHL seasons with the Odessa Jackalopes, Kenai River Brown Bears, Coulee Region Chill and the Soo, is off to Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Bragagnolo noted that both Cuthrell and Montemurro are “well-prepared” for their advancement to the Division 3, NCAA level.

“They are good hockey players who are going to schools that are among the best D3 programs in the country,” said Bragagnolo.

Of note, Montemurro will join his former Eagles teammate and fellow defenceman Brad Mueller at Lawrence.

 
Soo Eagles News - Hockey News July 19, 2014

Soo Eagles NAHL Main Camp Invitation

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Soo Eagles News - Hockey News August 03, 2014

Soo Eagles promote from within

By Randy Russon
HockeyNewsNorth.com

Alex Sawruk has been promoted to full-time associate coach with the Soo Eagles of the North American Hockey League.

The 34-year old Sawruk, who hails from the Michigan Soo, was a volunteer assistant with the Eagles in 2013-2014.

Sawruk will continue to work alongside holdover assistants Joe Behling and Bill Vanderleest under Eagles coach-general manager Bruno Bragagnolo.

Bragagnolo, who is about to enter his fifth season with the Eagles (his third in the NAHL and previous two when the team was part of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League), said Sawruk’s “hard work, dedication and understanding of the game have not gone un-noticed by our organization.

“Our players not only like Alex but they respect him,” added Bragagnolo, who noted that Eagles owner Ron Lavin also endorsed the promotion of Sawruk.

Sawruk has an impressive hockey background as a player.

He skated as a forward in the NAHL for the erstwhile Soo Indians, who were coached by Joe Shawhan, who is now an assistant with the Michigan Tech Huskies of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Sawruk also played in the NAHL for the erstwhile Detroit Compuware Ambassadors and in the United States Hockey League with the Des Moines Buccaneers before going on to a four-year career as a dependable forward at the Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association level with the Northern Michigan Wildcats.

Former coaches of Sawruk — including Shawhan and Walt Kyle of Northern Michigan — speak highly of their former player, who finished up his active career a few years back at the minor-pro level.

Sawruk, to be sure, is thankful for the opportunity to move up in the coaching ranks of the NAHL Eagles.

“I’m very appreciative of the opportunity that Ron and Bruno are giving me for this upcoming season. This was an easy decision for me as I know we have a very solid core of returning players. I believe playing this year in a renovated Pullar Stadium is going to continue to bring a lot of excitement to the community, and for the Eagles,” said Sawruk.

 
Soo Eagles News - Hockey News July 16, 2014

Upcoming Events!

July 28 - August 1: 1st Annual Soo Eagles Youth Hockey Camp at Big Bear

August 1-3: 
Main Camp at Big Bear

September 5, 7:30PM & September 6, 7:00PM: Rollie King Exhibition Series vs. Soo Ontario Thunderbirds

September 6:
Soo Eagles Golf Outing 9:00AM at Sault Ste Marie Country Club

September 8, 4:30 - 7:30PM
: Burger Bash at the Elks Club

September 12, 7:30PM & September 13, 7:00PM: Opening Season Weekend vs. Janesville Jets at renovated Pullar!

 


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