Former Norman Northstars and OCN Blizzard defenceman Brady Keeper has been invited to attend the Los Angeles Kings development camp, which starts today and runs until Friday.
The 21-year-old Cross Lake, MB native spent one season with the Northstars in 2013-2014, and put up 25 points in 42 games. Keeper would go on to the Jr. “A” OCN Blizzard the next season, putting up 41 points in 54 games during his rookie campaign.
In his three year Jr. “A” career, Keeper put up 133 points in 161 games, and won league-wide awards every season. Keeper won league MVP this past season to cap off his junior career.
Brady Keeper will be heading to the University of Maine in the fall to continue his hockey career with the Black Bears. The program has produced many famous NHLers, including Paul Kariya, who was announced yesterday as one of the new inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Other famous players to graduate from the Maine hockey program include goalie Ben Bishop, Dustin Penner, Teddy Purcell and Gustav Nyquist.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes continue to fall further from the top of the American Association North Division as the St Paul Saints handed the boys from the Manitoba capital a 10-4 loss last night in Minnesota.
8,208 were in attendance at C.H.S. Field as the Saints stormed back from an early 4-0 deficit. Tony Thomas led the St Paul offence, driving in four runs on a homerun and a single. The Riverview, FL native has 26 RBI’s on the season and seven home runs.
Mason Katz was one of the few bright spots for Winnipeg, hitting a solo shot in the second inning. Reggie Abercrombie drove in two runs, and Josh Romanski had the other Goldeyes RBI on the evening. Both Abercrombie and Romanski now sit at 27 RBI’s on the season, which puts the pair in a tie for fifth place in the league.
Texas native Zach Nuding had yet another forgettable start for Winnipeg, allowing seven runs (five earned) on six hits through 6.1 innings pitched. Reliever Brandon Peterson picked up the win for the Saints, his first of the year.
Game two of the series between the divisional rivals goes tonight in St Paul with first pitch scheduled for just after 7:00pm. Edwin Carl (2-0) is scheduled to start for Winnipeg while Jason Creasy (3-2) goes for the Saints.
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The first roster for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights was announced last night during the 2017 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
Notable picks by the Knights include goalie Marc-Andre Fleury from the Pittsburgh Penguins, forward James Neal from the Nashville Predators, and forward David Perron from the St Louis Blues.
The Winnipeg Jets will be without the services of Chris Thorburn next season, as Vegas took the physical forward in the expansion draft. The Jets also acquired the 24th overall pick in tomorrow’s entry draft from Vegas in exchange for the 13th overall pick and a third-round pick in 2019. The trade was made by Winnipeg to ensure that Vegas would select Thorburn.
The Jets weren’t the only team making deals with the Golden Knights, who acquired 11 draft picks (in addition to the two from the Jets) and seven players in deals to protect certain players in the expansion draft. 10 deals in total were made.
Though they are all Golden Knights for today, many hockey insiders believe multiple players on the roster are bound for other teams and will be traded tomorrow at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Chicago.
List of all Expansion Draft picks by the Vegas Golden Knights
Colorado Avalanche: Calvin Pickard, G
Vancouver Canucks: Luca Sbisa, D
Arizona Coyotes: Teemu Pulkkinen, F
New Jersey Devils: Jon Merrill, D
Buffalo Sabres: William Carrier, F
Detroit Red Wings: Tomas Nosek, F
Dallas Stars: Cody Eakin, F
Florida Panthers: Jonathan Marchessault, F
Los Angeles Kings: Brayden McNabb, D
Carolina Hurricanes: Connor Brickley, F
Winnipeg Jets: Chris Thorburn, F
Philadelphia Flyers: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, F
Tampa Bay Lightning: Jason Garrison, D
New York Islanders: Jean-Francois Berube, G
Nashville Predators: James Neal, F
Calgary Flames: Deryk Engelland, D
Toronto Maple Leafs: Brendan Leipsic, F
Boston Bruins: Colin Miller, D
Ottawa Senators: Marc Methot, D
San Jose Sharks: David Schlemko, D
St. Louis Blues: David Perron, F
New York Rangers: Oscar Lindberg, F
Edmonton Oilers: Griffin Reinhart, D
Montreal Canadiens: Alexei Emelin, D
Anaheim Ducks: Clayton Stoner, D
Minnesota Wild: Erik Haula, F
Columbus Blue Jackets: William Karlsson, F
Chicago Blackhawks: Trevor van Riemsdyk, D
Pittsburgh Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury, G
Washington Capitals: Nate Schmidt, D
All 10 trades completed for the Expansion Draft
* Vegas acquired D Shea Theodore from Anaheim.
* Vegas acquired Buffalo's 6th-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (No. 161).
* Vegas acquired Boston's 5th-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (No. 142, previously acquired by Carolina).
* Vegas acquired F David Clarkson, Columbus' 1st-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (No. 24) and Columbus' 2nd-round pick in 2019.
* Vegas acquired F Reilly Smith from Florida for Vegas' 4th-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
* Vegas acquired F Alex Tuch from Minnesota for Vegas' 3rd-round pick in the 2017 or 2018 NHL Draft.
* Vegas acquired F Mikhail Grabovski and D Jake Bischoff as well as NY Islanders' 1st-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (No. 15) and 2nd-round pick in 2019.
* Vegas acquired Pittsburgh's 2nd-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
* Vegas acquired F Nikita Gusev, Tampa Bay's 2nd-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (No. 45) and Pittsburgh's 4th-round pick in 2018 (previously acquired by Tampa Bay).
* Vegas acquired Winnipeg's 1st-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (No. 13) and 3rd-round pick in 2019 for Columbus' 1st-round pick in 2017 (No. 24, previously acquired by Vegas).
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The Winnipeg Goldeyes snapped a three-game skid to add another “W” on the season with a 5-2 win over the Lincoln Saltdogs on the road.
Southpaw Kevin McGovern picked up his fifth win of the season last night, striking out seven batters while only allowing two earned runs in 7.1 innings worth of work. Ryan Chaffee fended off a comeback attempt from the Saltdogs in the ninth inning, picking up his 10th save of the season.
Kissimmee, FL native Shawn Pleffner lead the offence last night, driving in two runs on a single in the top of the ninth. The first baseman was also involved in one of the other three Goldeyes runs, as he was at bat in the third inning when Lincoln pitcher Derek Gordon through a wild pitch allowing Andrew Sohn to score. Pleffner would walk in the at-bat.
Reggie Abercrombie got the ball rolling in the first inning for Winnipeg, scoring Andrew Sohn with a single. Wes Darvill picked up the other RBI for the Goldeyes on the night, allowing Josh Romanski to cross the plate after hitting a single.
Riverside, MO native Derek Gordon would pick up the loss for the Lincoln Saltdogs, allowing two runs in seven innings of work. He struck out seven batters, allowing four hits.
The Goldeyes’ attention now turns to divisional rivals, the St Paul Saints. The two teams, who sit atop the American Association North Division, will face off for a four game weekend set starting tonight in St Paul. First pitch I scheduled for just after 7:00pm.
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The Winnipeg Goldeyes and Lincoln Saltdogs went the distance in last night’s game, which ended with the Saltdogs coming out on top 4-3 in 12 innings.
Lincoln got out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning thanks to the first of two RBI’s on the night for both Dashenko Ricardo and Matty Johnson. The Goldeyes would drive in three in the third off the bats of Josh Romanksi and David Bergin, but the Saltdogs would answer back in the fourth as Matty Johnson drove in Christian Ibarra with a single to tie the game at three. Lincoln catcher Dashenko Ricardo hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th inning to plate Cesar Valera and give the Saltdogs the win.
A total of 10 pitchers took part in the game, which lasted just over four hours. Mikey O’Brien got the start for Winnipeg while Ben McKendall got the ball for Lincoln. Both picked up no-decisions. Dominican Republic native Leuris Gomez would pick up the win for the Saltdogs, recording three strikeouts and two hits over two innings of work. Goldeyes closer Ryan Chaffee picked up the loss for Winnipeg, picking up his first loss of the season after allowing three walks , one hit and one run in the 12th .
The Winnipeg Goldeyes will finish off their three game set with the Saltdogs tonight at 6:45 in Lincoln, Nebraska. After tonight, they head to St. Paul, Minnesota for a four game set with the division leading Saints.
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The Winnipeg Goldeyes opened up a series in Lincoln, Nebraska last night against the Lincoln Saltdogs and came up short, losing 7-4.
Winnipeg got out to an early lead in the first inning thanks to a two-run homer from veteran Reggie Abercrombie, but Lincoln stayed right with them, as Curt Smith drove in Matty Johnson to bring the Saltdogs within one.
Lincoln would add two more runs in the seventh and four in the eighth to seal the victory. Hawaii native J.R. Bunda picked up the win coming out of the bullpen, his fifth of the season, for one innings worth of work. Righty Michael Wagner picked up the save.
Zack Dodson got the start for the Goldeyes, and went 6.1 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on eight hits while fanning five. He picked up the no-decision. Reliever Victor Capellan picked up the loss, his third of the year, over 1.2 innings where he gave up four runs.
With the loss, the Goldeyes continue to sit two games back of the American Association North Division leading St Paul Saints.
Game two of Winnipeg’s three game series with Lincoln goes tonight with first pitch scheduled for just after 6:45pm.
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The Winnipeg Goldeyes went 1-2 this past weekend in a series against divisional rivals, the St Paul Saints. The Saints took the series opener Friday 8-5, Winnipeg came back Saturday to win 3-2, and St Paul took the rubber match yesterday afternoon 7-6.
Kevin McGovern picked up his first loss of the season Friday evening, as he gave up four runs (three earned) on 11 hits through six innings. David Bergin drove in three runs, including a two-run homer, but it wasn’t enough as the Saints beat the Goldeyes 8-5. Right hander Dustin Crenshaw picked up the W for the Saints, going 5.2 innings while allowing three runs on four hits.
Saturday saw a close affair, with Winnipeg walking away with a 3-2 win in front of 6,415 fans at Shaw Park. The offence was once again led by David Bergin, who hit his second homerun of the series and drove in two runs. Bloomfield Hills, MI native Andrew Sohn also had a big evening, driving in one run while going two for four with a double and a homer. Zach Nuding picked up his second win of the season in the game, while Ryan Chaffee struck out one in his 1.1 innings to pick up his ninth save of the season.
Yesterday’s game was another one-run game, with the St Paul Saints walking away with a 7-6 win in the afternoon affair. Clayton, NC native Jason Creasy picked up the win for the Saints, despite allowing all six runs on six hits through five innings pitched. Reliever Seth Rosin came in in the ninth inning to pick up the save for St Paul. Mitchell Lambson came in in the sixth inning for the Goldeyes, and picked up the loss. David Bergin was again at the forefront of the Winnipeg offence, driving in two runs on a double. Bergin now has 22 RBI’s on the season.
The Goldeyes currently sit two games back of the Saints in the American Association North Division with a record of 17-12. Winnipeg sets out on a seven game road trip today, starting with a three game series with the Lincoln Saltdogs. Game one goes tonight at Haymarket Park in Lincoln, Nebraska with first pitch scheduled for 6:45.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes are back in the win column after shutting out the Texas AirHogs in front of 3,553 fans at Shaw Park last night 3-0.
Reggie Abercrombie hit a two-run home run, his fourth of the season, in the third inning to put the Goldeyes ahead, and they wouldn’t look back. The third run came in the fourth, when Wes Darvill crossed the plate following an error by AirHogs catcher Michael Miller.
Right hander Mikey O’Brien pitched seven solid innings for Winnipeg, not allowing any runs on two hits. The Roanoke, VA native’s record sits at 3-2 on the season in six starts with an ERA of 4.76. Ryan Chaffee came in for the ninth inning, striking out two en route to his eighth save of the season.
The win keeps the Goldeyes right behind the St Paul Saints with a record of 16-10.
Winnipeg is back in action as they open up a three game weekend set with the St Paul Saints at Shaw Park tonight. This is the first time the divisional rivals will meet this season and first pitch is scheduled for just after 7:00pm.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes have slipped to 1.5 games back of the St Paul Saints in the American Association’s North Division after being edged by the Texas AirHogs 4-2. The game was tied heading into the eighth inning when Texas pulled ahead for the win.
Wes Darvill reached on a fielder’s choice in the second inning, allowing Shawn Pleffner to cross the plate to open the scoring. Alixon Suarez singled as the next batter to score Mason Katz and increase the Goldeye’s lead to two.
The AirHogs scored two runs in the fourth inning thanks to a wild pitch and a single from Beamer Weems. Jake Taylor singled in the eighth and Levi Scott did the same in the ninth to push Texas ahead.
Zack Dodson got the start for Winnipeg while Michael Freeman got the start for Texas, and both came away with a no decision. Dodson went seven innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits. Freeman went six, allowing both runs on seven hits while fanning six.
Groesbeck, TX native T.J. Bozeman came in in relief for the AirHogs in the seventh inning, and picked up the win for his two solid innings where he struck out two while only allowing one hit. Southpaw Josh Blanco pitched the ninth inning for Texas and picked up his second save of the season.
Victor Capellan and Josh Laxer split the work for the Goldeyes in the eighth and ninth innings, each giving up a run in their respective innings. Capellan walked away with the loss.
Winnipeg and Texas will meet tonight for the series finale in Winnipeg at Shaw Park, with first pitch scheduled for just after 7:00pm. After tonight, the Goldeyes will host the North Division leading St Paul Saints for an important three game weekend series. This will be the first time the divisional rivals will meet this season.
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The Winnipeg Goldeyes laid a beating on the Texas AirHogs last night in front of 7,182 fans at Shaw Park to even up their three game set at a game a piece.
Shawn Pleffner lead the way for the Goldeyes, going three for five while driving in six runs on a single, double and a home run. The Kissimmee, FL native’s .380 batting average is currently second in the American Association. Wes Darvill and Reggie Abercrombie each had two RBI’s for Winnipeg in the victory.
Right hander Edwin Carl got the ball to start the game for the Goldeyes, fanning five while allowing only two runs on eight hits in six innings pitched. Carl’s record on the season stands at 2-0 with an ERA of 2.78 in five starts. Quintero, Capellan and Chaffee all pitched an inning in relief.
Brian Ragira and Michael Miller drove in the two runs for the AirHogs in the losing effort. Texas starter Scott Firth went five innings for the AirHogs, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits.
The Goldeyes are set to close out their set with the AirHogs tonight at Shaw Park, with the first pitch scheduled for just after 7:00pm.
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The Winnipeg Goldeyes returned home last night to open a seven game home stand, starting with a three game series against the Texas AirHogs.
The AirHogs got out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning thanks to the first of two RBI’s from shortstop Beamer Weems, and never looked back. Texas would add a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 4-0 lead before winning the game 4-1.
Roman Gomez picked up the win for the AirHogs, pitching six strong innings, allowing only three hits while striking out three. Right hander Jacob Morris came in in relief in the seventh inning allowing one run on four hits. El Paso, TX native Josh Blanco picked up the save in the ninth.
David Bergin drove in the only run of the game for the Goldeyes, as Andrew Sohn scored as a result of a Bergin single in the bottom of the eighth.
Zach Nuding got the start for Winnipeg, giving up four runs (two earned) en route to his third loss of the season. Josh Laxer, Mitchell Lambson, Kenny Matthews and Victor Capellan all came out of the bullpen for a combined four shutout innings.
The Goldeyes still sit second in the American Association North Division, 0.5 games back of the St Paul Saints. The record on the season sits at 14-9.
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The Winnipeg Goldeyes won the rubber match of a three game set with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 9-3 yesterday afternoon in Fargo, North Dakota in front of a crowd of 3,592.
The Goldeyes drove in four runs in the fourth inning to take the lead and never looked back. Mason Katz and David Bergin each hit homers for the Goldeyes, while Josh Romanski, Shawn Pleffner, Wes Darvill and Alixon Suarez drove in the other runs en route to the 14th win of the season.
Philadelphia, PA native Kevin McGovern got the start for Winnipeg, and pitched seven strong innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits to earn his fourth win of the season in his fifth start. The right-hander struck out seven batters while walking three. His ERA on the season sits at 3.28.
Mike O’Neal got the ball for the RedHawks in this one, and picked up his second loss of the season. The Auburn University alumnus allowed eight runs, four of them earned, over 5.2 innings. O’Neal struck out four while walking four in his fifth start of the season.
Ryan Pineda drove home a run for Fargo-Moorhead on a double to drive in one of the three runs on the afternoon, while Mike Schwartz and K.D. Lang drove in the other RedHawk runs.
The Goldeyes sit second in the American Association North Division, half a game back of the St Paul Saints with a record of 14-8.
Winnipeg returns home to open up a seven game home stand, with the Texas AirHogs in town for a three game set starting tonight. First pitch is scheduled for just after 7:00pm at Shaw Park.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins are once again Stanley Cup champions.
The Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 2-0 last night, winning the championship series 4-2. It’s Pittsburgh’s fifth cup and second third in the last eight years.
Midway through the second period, Colton Sissions appeared to most in attendance (and watching on TV) to have opened the scoring, but the referee had already blown the whistle as he had lost sight of the puck. Video replay clearly showed that the puck was loose behind Penguins netminder Matt Murray, but the whistle had been blown so there was no goal on the ice.
The game remained extremely close throughout the third period and almost went into overtime. Former Nashville forward Patric Hornqvist scored from behind the net, bouncing the puck of the back of Pekka Rinne, to put Pittsburgh ahead with 1:35 left in regulation. Hornqvist, the last pick in the 2005 NHL draft, was traded from the Predators to the Penguins with Nick Spaling for James Neal back in June 2014.
Carl Hagelin scored his second of the playoffs into the empty net with 14 seconds remaining in regulation to keep Pittsburgh on the throne of the hockey world.
Captain Sidney Crosby was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy for playoff MVP for the second year in a row. The Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup cap off an impressive (to say the least) calendar year for Crosby, who from June 2016 to June 2017 won two Stanley Cups, two Conn Smythe awards, a Rocket Richard trophy (NHL leading goal scorer) a World Cup championship, World Cup MVP, and World Cup leading scorer in addition to being selected to his sixth all-star game (though this was only the second one he played in).
The Penguins have now won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, the first time it’s been done in the salary cap era of the NHL. It’s also the first time that it’s been done in almost 20 years, as the last team to achieve the feat was the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings won the cup in 1997 and 1998, under legendary head coach Scotty Bowman and Hall of Fame captain Steve Yzerman.
Now that the playoffs are all wrapped up, all eyes in the hockey world are now on Las Vegas. The expansion draft for the Vegas Golden Knights will take place June 18th-19th, with the announcement of the selections being made at the NHL Awards (which take place at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas).
The regular NHL draft is set to take place on June 23rd at the United Centre in Chicago, with the Winnipeg Jets holding the 13th overall pick.
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The Winnipeg Goldeyes were supposed to finish off their three game series with the Sioux City Explorers last night, but the game had to be postponed due to team illness.
A spokesperson for the Goldeyes said they don’t know what made the players sick or what they’re sick with.
The game will be made up in August as a part of a double-header with the Explorers at Louis & Clark Park in August.
The Goldeyes are scheduled to be in Fargo, North Dakota today starting a three game set with the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. The RedHawks are currently in the middle of a three-game losing streak.
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The Winnipeg Goldeyes held a 4-2 lead going into the seventh inning, but couldn't hold on as the Sioux City Explorers powered 10 runs in the seventh and eighth innings to claim the second game of the three game set 12-6.
Josh Romanski lead the way for the Goldeyes offence, going one for three with his fifth home run of the season. Romanski also hit a sacrifice fly to left field in fourth inning for a total of two RBI's on the night. Andrew Sohn was the other bright spot for the Winnipeg offence, hitting a triple and then scoring on Romanski's sac fly.
Tyler Ogle lead the Sioux City offence with his first home run of the season in the five-run eighth inning to drive in two of this three RBIs on the night. Nate Samson drove in two runs on a triple in the seventh and Michael Lang drove in a pair while going three for five with three singles.
Edwin Carl got the start for the Goldeyes, pitching six solid innings giving up three runs on seven hits before being pulled for reliever Mitchell Lambson. Lambson would give up seven runs (six earned) on five hits in seventh inning, before being replaced by Madison, MS native Josh Laxer for the eighth. Lambson would pick up the loss on the night.
26-year-old Kurt Heyer got the ball for the Explorers to start his fourth game of the season, and picked up his first win of the season. The Huntington Beach, CA native pitched seven strong innings, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out three.
Winnipeg will close out the series tonight at Louis & Clark Park against Sioux City, before starting a three game set with divisional rivals Fargo-Moorhead tomorrow.
Tonight's first pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
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The Winnipeg Goldeyes opened up their three-game series in Iowa against the Sioux City Explorers on a losing note, dropping a 6-3 decision in front of a small crowd of 860 people.
Fort Worth, TX native Zach Nuding got the start for the Goldeyes, his fourth of the season. Nuding went 5.2 innings, giving up six runs on 12 hits with one strike out and two walks. Joeanthony Rivera, Josh Laxer and Kenny Matthews all came in in relief of Nuding, not allowing any more runs to cross the plate while facing eight batters.
Independent League veteran Reggie Abercrombie hit a solo shot, his third of the season, to open the scoring in the second inning, and added an RBI in the third as Winnipeg took a 3-2 lead into the fourth inning, where the Explorers' bats came alive and drove in three runs on a triple from Michael Land and a sacrifice fly from Jayce Ray.
Former Philadelphia Phillies draft pick Cody Forsythe picked up the win for Sioux City in his fourth start of the season. The Calvert City, KY native pitched 6.2 solid innings for the Explorers, giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out six. P.J. Francescon came in for ninth inning, striking out one of the five batters he faced to pick up his fifth save of the season.
With the loss and a St Paul Saints win, the Goldeyes dropped to third place in the North Division with a record of 12-6. St Paul and Fargo-Moorhead are in a tie for first in the American Association, 0.5 games ahead of the Goldeyes.
The Explorers maintained their first place spot in the Central Division, 1.5 games up on the Kansas City T-Bones with a record of 11-6.
Winnipeg and Sioux City will play the second game of their three-game set tonight with first pitched scheduled for just after 7:00pm at Lewis & Clark Park.
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The Winnipeg Goldeyes ended their seven-game home-stand with a win, beating the Lincoln Saltdogs 5-2 to move into a tie for first placed in the American Association and the North Division.
The 3,612 in attendance at Shaw Park in the Manitoba capital yesterday afternoon were treated to a dazzling performance by Kevin McGovern, who pitched seven solid innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out eight.
Hazelton, PA native Victor Capellan came in in relief in the eighth inning, before righty Ryan Chaffee came in and picked up the save in the ninth. The save was Chaffee’s league-leading seventh on the young season.
Once again the Goldeyes offence was lead by Josh Romanski, who picked up his 19th RBI of the season. Romanski is currently tied with Matt Chavez of the Wichita Wingnuts and Frank Martinez of the Gary SouthShore RailCats for the league lead.
Bennett Parry got the start for Lincoln, his fourth of the season. Parry pitched five innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking four and striking out three. Zac Person picked up the loss for the Saltdogs, pitching only 0.2 innings. Person gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits while walking three. J.R. Bunda and Michael Wagner pitched the remaining 2.1 innings of the game.
The Goldeyes have today off, before starting a three game series with the Sioux City Explorers at Lewis & Clark Park in Sioux City, Iowa.
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Registration is taking place this week for the Thompson Junior Soccer Association.
Registration will take place starting Wednesday at the V.R.C.C.
Wednesday, June 7: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday, June 8: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Friday, June 9: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, June 10: 10:00am-2:00pm
The cost for soccer this year is $50.00 for Timbits and $75.00 for everyon else.
The season will run from Monday, June 19 until Thursday July 27.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes beat the Sioux Falls Canaries 8-6 last night at Shaw Park. With the win, the Goldeyes improved to 10-4 on the season, one game back of the American Association (and North Division) leading Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
Shawn Pleffner, David Rohm and Mason Katz each had two RBI’s for the Goldeyes to lead the way. Blake Schmit had a two-run double in the ninth for the Canaries.
Farmington, NM native Edwin Carl pitched eight solid innings to pick up his first win, fanning five while walking two and allowing three earned runs on six hits. Right hander Victor Capellan came in to pick up the last out of the game and earn his first save on the year.
The Lincoln Saltdogs are in town for a weekend series with game one tonight. First pitch is scheduled for just after 7:00pm. After the weekend, the Goldeyes will be on the road for seven games.
Nashville couldn't hold on to an early lead as Pittsburgh took a 2-0 series lead last night in the Stanley Cup Final.
Pontus Aberg opened up the scoring in the first period, roofing the puck past a sprawling Matt Murray to put the Predators ahead in Pittsburgh. Jake Guentzel responded for the Penguins less than four minutes later with his 11th goal of the playoffs.
The second period saw no scoring, but Pittsburgh came roaring out of the gate in the third, chasing Pekka Rinne from the Nashville net.
Guentzel, Wilson and Malkin scored for the Penguins in the span of 3:28 to open the period before rookie netminder Juuse Saros took over between the pipes for the Preds.
Pittsburgh had scored a fifth goal, but it was called back following an offside.
Game three goes Saturday night in the music city, and P.K. Subban has already guaranteed a Predators' victory.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00pm central on CBC and Sportsnet.
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Over 4,000 people showed up to Shaw Park yesterday morning to watch the Winnipeg Goldeyes play the Sioux Falls Canaries.
Winnipeg outlasted a comeback from Sioux Falls to take the third installment of their four game series 5-4. They now sit only one game back of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks for the lead in the North Division.
Josh Romanski had two RBI's for the Goldeyes in the afternoon affair while going two for four with a double. Romanski's two RBI's keep him atop of the American Association leader board with 18 on the season. Bergin, Abercrombie and Katz each had one RBI in the game.
LA Dodgers 2007 draft pick Ty Morrison hit a two run homer for the Canaries, while B.J. Guinn Jr. and Dan Motl knocked in the other runs for Sioux Falls.
Fort Worth's Zach Nuding pitched six strong innings for Winnipeg while picking up his first win of the season. Nuding allowed three of the four runs, all earned, while striking out four and walking two. Nuding's last start came on May 25, a 19-4 loss to the Wichita Wingnuts.
Goldeyes closer Ryan Chafee picked up his league-leading fifth save of the year, striking out one while walking one in the ninth inning.
Grand Rapids, MI native Bryce Morrow got the start for the Canaries, his third of the year. Morrow lasted four innings Wednesday morning, giving up five earned runs on nine hits.
The four game series with Sioux Falls will conclude this evening at Shaw Park. First pitch is scheduled for just after 7:00pm.
The Goldeyes home-stand continues for three games after tonight, with the Lincoln Saltdogs in town for a three game weekend series.
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The 3,531 fans who were at Shaw Park last night were not disappointed. Even though the game only took two and a half hours to play, The Winnipeg Goldeyes bounced back from dropping their home opener to beat the Sioux Falls Canaries 8-4 in game two of their seven game home stand.
Southpaw Kevin McGovern got his third start of the year for the Goldeyes while picking up his second win. The Philadelphia, PA native pitched eight solid innings, striking out seven while allowing four earned runs on four hits. All four runs were scored in the ninth inning. McGovern has pitched in 17 of 18 innings in his last two starts and leads the American Association with 21.2 innings pitched.
Andrew Sohn lead the way for the Winnipeg offence, going three for four on the evening with a double and a home run for four RBI's. Josh Romanski, David Bergin, Mason Katz and Wes Darvill drove in the other four runs for the Goldeyes.
Both the Goldeyes and Canaries maintained their positions in the North Division of the American Association with the decision. Winnipeg sits in second in the North Division, and third overall in the American Association, with a record of 8-4. They're one game back of the league-leading Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and Sioux City Explorers. Sioux Falls sits last in the North Division and second last in the American Association with a 4-7 record.
Game three of the four game series between the divisional rivals goes this morning at 11:00 at Shaw Park.
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The Stanley Cup Finals started with a bang last night as the Penguins beat the Predators 5-3 to open up the best-of-seven final.
After a PK Subban goal was called back following a coaches’ challenge for offside, Pittsburgh stormed back with three unanswered goals from Evgeni Malkin, Conor Sheary and Nick Bonino.
The second period was a complete turn-around, as Pittsburgh was held without a shot (the first time that has happened in a playoff game for the Penguins), and defenceman Ryan Ellis scored on the powerplay from Subban and Fisher to bring the Predators to within two.
Colton Sissions and Frederick Gaudreau added goals for Nashville to tie the game in the third, before Jake Guentzel scored his 10th of the playoffs and Nick Bonino scored his second of the night to push Pittsburgh over the top.
Pekka Rinne stopped seven of the 11 shots he faced for the Predators.
Matt Murray picked up his fourth win of the playoffs, stopping 23 of 26.
Game two goes tomorrow night in Pittsburgh before the series shifts to Nashville for games three and four.
(Photo courtesy of NHL.com)
The Goldeyes lost their home opener last night as the Sioux Falls Canaries doubled up on Winnipeg 10-5. The night got underway before first pitch with a ceremony honouring last seasons’ American Association Championship in front of a crowd of 6,357 people.
The Canaries got the ball rolling in the second inning, when catcher Cody Coffman singled to centre to score Patrick Fiala. Scoring was a team effort by Sioux Falls in the game, with six different players driving in runs.
Right hander Mikey O’Brien got the start for Winnipeg, going three and a third innings in a start he’d like to soon forget. He gave up seven runs on 12 hits while walking two and striking out only one. The loss was O’Brien’s first of the season with a record of two and one. His ERA shot up to 5.87.
Tampa, FL native David Bergin was the lone bright spot for the Goldeyes in the game, going two for five with a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth.
Winnipeg sits at seven and four after the loss and sit second in the American Association North Division, two games back of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Sioux Falls improved to four and six on the year with the win, four and a half games back of the RedHawks.
Winnipeg and Sioux Falls will play this evening at Shaw Park for game two of their four game set. First pitch is scheduled for just after seven.
(Photo courtesy of Goldeyes.com)
The Manitoba Games have a new logo and title sponsor.
The games were previously known as the Power Smart Manitoba Games, but are now the Manitoba Games Powered by Manitoba Hydro.
In addition to unveiling the new name, a new logo for the games was also introduced.
The new logo features Manitoba Hydro's blue, with the gold symbol from the previous games' logo.
The announcements were made at a press conference Friday at the Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre in front of a large crowd, made up of representatives from Sport Manitoba, the City of Thompson, and members of the 2018 Host Society.
The delegations from Sport Manitoba were in Thompson for the first host tour in preparation for the 2018 Winter Games, which will start in March.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes have moved up to second in the American Association North Division after completing a three-game sweep of the Salina Stockade.
The Goldeyes came out swinging in the series finale, thumping the Stockade 16-0 yesterday afternoon.
Josh Romanski and Reggie Abercrombie each hit a homerun and drove in four runs apiece to lead the way offensively. David Rohm went three for six while adding three RBI's.
Wes Darvill, Mason Katz, Shawn Pleffner and David Bergin drove in the other runs for the Goldeyes.
Philadelphia, PA native Kevin McGovern got the start for Winnipeg, and pitched a complete game. He struck out five while walking one and allowing four hits.
24-year-old Sam Agnew-Wieland picked up the loss for Salina, his second of the season. Agnew-Wieland went just three innings, surrendering eight earned runs on nine hits. His ERA for the season sits at a whopping 18.89.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes play today as they open up a three game set with the Wichita Wingnuts at Lawrence Dumont Stadium, before traveling back north for their home opener on Monday at Shaw Park against the Sioux Falls Canaries.
(Photo courtesy of Goldeyes.com)
The Winnipeg Goldeyes picked up their fourth win of the season yesterday, beating the Salina Stockade 7-4 at the Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kansas.
Right hander Mikey O'Brien fanned five over six innings while giving up only two runs on four hits to earn his second win of the season. Amarillo, Texas native TJ Looney pitched six innings for the Stockade, giving up four earned runs on four hits while fanning two.
The 'W' ties O'Brien with St Paul's Mark Hamburger and Ryan Fritze of the Gary SouthShore RailCats for the league lead in wins.
Josh Romanski hit two homeruns to drive in four to help lift the Goldeyes to victory, while Mason Katz and David Bergin each had one RBI. Romanski's two homers tied him for the league-lead in homers with three.
Winnipeg still sit in third in the American Association North Division, four games back of the St Paul Saints and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
The Goldeyes will be looking to improve on their 4-2 record this afternoon as they take on the Stockade in the finale of their three game series.
(Photo courtesy of Goldeyes.com)
The Winnipeg Goldeyes are starting their 2017 campaign with a 10-game road trip, and after five games sit third in the American Association North Division with a record of 3-2.
The Goldeyes opened up the season Thursday by winning 5-3 decision over the Cleburne Railroaders. Mikey O'Brien got the win for Winnipeg, striking out four over six solid innings while giving up two runs. Jupiter, Florida native Ryan Chaffee struck out one in the ninth to pick up the save. Josh Romanski lead the way up front for the Goldeyes, going two for five with a double and a home run, picking up three RBI's.
Friday saw another Winnipeg win over Cleburne, this time 6-4. Southpaw Kenny Matthews picked up the win after coming in in relief in the fifth inning for starter Kevin McGovern. Chaffee picked up the save. Reggie Abercrombie picked up four RBI's in the game, going two for four at the plate with a home run.
Games three and four of the season-opening series didn't go as well for the Goldeyes, who dropped both games 4-3. Kenny Matthews picked up the loss on Saturday while Victor Capellan picked up the L on Sunday in a game that went 10 innings. Shawn Pleffner, the American Association batter of the week, went four for seven in the pair of losses.
Monday saw the Winnipeg pick up their third win of the season to bring their early season record to above .500 with a 12-10 win over the Salina Stockade. Joeanthony Rivera picked up the win after coming in in relief in the seventh inning, while Ryan Chaffee picked up his third save of the young season. Wes Darvill lead the offence for the Goldeyes in this one, going three for five while picking up four RBI's. Alixon Suarez and David Rohm picked up two RBI's apiece.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes play the Stockade again today, then wrap up the three game set tomorrow. The Goldeyes will play their first game at Shaw Park next Monday against the Sioux Falls Canaries.
The 50th Canada Games are taking place in Winnipeg this summer, and the Manitoba Hydro Torch Relay will be making its way through Thompson on July 6th.
Late last week, Manitoba Hydro unveiled the ten Thompsonites who will be carrying the Roly McLenehan Torch when it comes through town.
Conroy Halcrow, Megan Szabo, Caroline Winship, Madison Humby, Taylor Kristjanson, Tyson Mosiondz, Eve Spence, Jennifer Montgomery, Sandra Ross-Hitch and 102.9 CHTM's Stuart Walter were all selected as torch bearers for their dedication to the community and local sport.
The torch will travel here in Thompson on a route that will see it go from the Manitoba Hydro office on Station Road to MacLean Park.
The torch will be lit in Ottawa, with the relay starting in Steinbach on June 23rd. The torch will then make its way through Kenora and Morden, Gillam and Fox Lake Cree Nation, Thompson, The Pas/OCN, Dauphin, Brandon, Sagkeeng First Nation and Great Falls before arriving in Winnipeg two days before the games begin.
The games will start in Winnipeg on July 28th.
(Photo courtesy of Ian Graham, Thompson Citizen)
Up to 45 youth and community members from First Nations communities will be attending every Bombers home game during the upcoming 2017 season.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers, in partnership with Perimeter Aviation and Exchange Income, will be flying in their guests on a private chartered plane, giving them tickets to a game, food and hotel as well as a meet and greet with players afterwards.
14 different communities will be taking part this year; St. Theresa Point, Garden Hill, Red Sucker Lake, Wasagamack, Oxford House, God's Lake Narrows, Gods River, Shamattawa, Norway House, Cross Lake, Sandy Lake, Lac Brochet, Tadoule Lake and Brochet
All communities will attend a draft dinner later this month, to determine the schedule of games and distribution of the tickets.
In addition, Bombers players will be visiting one of the communities next spring to deliver the Blue Bombers Care school program.
The visit will be modeled after the visit earlier in the year to Thompson and Wabowden.
(Pictured: Matthias Goossen of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers hanging out with the Boys and Girls Club of Thompson at Juniper School earlier this year)
All R.D. Parker students are invited to try out for the back-to-back Provincial Champion Trojan track and field team tomorrow.
Those interested should be at the Parker gym at 3:45 with a change of gym clothes.
Students from all grades are welcome to come try out
Those who are unsure about trying out should still come out, even if it's just to ask questions.
The Manitoba Midget "AAA" hockey league finals begin tonight in Winnipeg.
The defending league champions, the Winnipeg Wild, will face off against the Yellowhead Chiefs.
The two teams finished one-two in regular season standings, with only five points separating the two.
The two clubs met four times during the regular season, each winning twice. The Chiefs took the first two, both in November, 3-2 and 7-5. The Wild won both games played in February, 6-3 and 7-1.
Yellowhead is yet to lose a playoff game this year, coming off sweeps of the Central Plains Capitals and the Brandon Wheat Kings.
The Wild have had a slightly tougher time in the post-season, having gone the distance in the best-of-five series with the Eastman Selects after sweeping the Parkland Rangers.
Winnipeg is lead up front in the playoffs by Spokane Cheifs prospect Cedric Chenier and Brandon Wheat Kings prospect Kyle Bettens, who each have 12 points in eight playoff games played.
The R.M. of Yellowhead side has been lead offensively in the playoffs by Mackenzie Belinski, a 2015 8th round pick of the Regina Pats. Belinksi has 10 points in six games played.
The Trojans are headed to Winnipeg.
Both the senior boys and girls teams from R.D. Parker won zones earlier in the month and earned bids in the provincial tournament.
The senior boys team enters the eight-team tournament as the #3 seed, and will open the tournament against the #6 Lorette Scorpions tomorrow afternoon at 4:00.
The girls come in at #6 and face the #3 Linden Christian Wings tomorrow morning at 10:00.
The tournament will wrap up on Saturday with the consolation, third place and championship games.
The Thompson Midget "AA" King Miners competed in the Manitoba Hockey rural AA/A Provincial tournament at the C.A. Nesbitt arena over the weekend, where they experienced their only two losses of the season.
The Miners fell 4-1 to the Beausejour Blades on Saturday night and again to the Blades in the final on Sunday, 4-3.
Thompson opened up the tournament Friday afternoon against league rival Cross Lake. The King Miners easily took the game 7-0.
Friday night was a tough fight for the Miners, who faced their first real tough challenge of the season. The Beausejour Blades fought hard and ended up winning 4-1 after head coach Michael Lafreniere had been ejected from the game.
Saturday saw Thompson win both their games, in the afternoon against The Pas Huskies and in the evening against the Swan Valley Stampeders.
Sunday afternoon, the final took place between the 3-1 Thompson King Miners and the 4-0 Beausejour Blades.
The Blades got out to an early lead and never looked back despite a late push from the King Miners.
Final Manitoba Hockey rural AA/A Provincial Standings:
Thompson King Miners
Swan Valley Stampeders
The Pas Huskies
Cross Lake Islanders
A huge congratulations are in order for the R.D. Parker "AAA" JV girls basketball team who won Provincials this past weekend.
The #2-seed Trojans opened the tournament in Altona against the #7 Calvin Christian Eagles, a game which R.D.P.C. took easily 53-27.
The girls then took on #3 John Taylor in the semi-final. The Trojans barely edged out the Pipers 47-40 to advance to the finals against #1 U of W.
The U of W Wesmen were the only other team to enter the tournament with an undefeated record.
The girls beat the Wesmen 62-53 to cap off a perfect 17-0 season with the Provincial Championship banner.
Avery Ritchie was named the Game Star for the championship game, while Emma Deibert was named to the tournament All-Star team and Ashley Williams was named tournament MVP.
A member of the Brandon Wheat Kings made history yesterday by becoming the first player to sign with the NHL's newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights.
Calgary native Reid Duke signed a three-year entry level contract with the Golden Knights yesterday in the first player transaction in franchise history.
The 21-year-old forward has 67 points (35G,32A) in 54 games with the Wheaties so far this season.
Duke is in his fourth full WHL seasons, spending parts of four seasons with the Lethbridge Hurricanes before coming to the Wheat Kings. He was originally drafted by the Minnesota Wild in 2014 (Round 6, pick 169).
Reid Duke will finish the season in Brandon and is expected to join the Golden Knights for their inaugural development camp in the summer.
The Thompson Midget "AA" King Miners are champions!
The team, who went 24-0 during the regular season, swept The Pas Huskies in the championship series this past weekend.
The Miners won game one on Friday evening 5-2, before barely escaping Saturday with a 4-3 victory.
On Sunday evening, the Thompson side showed why they were #1 in the regular season and The Pas were #2 with a 7-1 thumping to complete the sweep.
The King Miners' season isn't over, however, as Thompson is hosting the Rural "A" and "AA" Hockey Manitoba Provincials starting on Friday.
The SJHL handed out their season-ending awards and two Bombers were among the recipients.
Forward Greyson Reitmeier was named one of the RBC Players of the Year, while Eric Sinclair was named top defenceman.
Reitmeier, in his second season in Flin Flon, has put up 63 points (23G, 40A) over 49 games. The Nakusp, BC native came to the Bombers after spending the 2014/2015 season in Melville after coming over from the Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL.
Bombers head coach and GM Mike Reagan said that Reitmeier is a late bloomer with still a lot of growth in him. He added that the 6’4” winger skates like he’s 5’7” and that he takes pucks to the net with authority.
The 20 year old is set to continue his hockey career next season, playing NCAA Div. I hockey at Michigan Tech.
Eric Sinclair, who won defender of the year last year, has put up 36 points (12G, 24A) in his SJHL swan song.
The 1996 born Kenora, Ontario native is in his third and final Junior “A” season, spending two full seasons in Melfort before splitting last year between the Mustangs and Bombers.
His coach calls Sinclair a “man among boys”. He also added that Sinclair out-competes everybody and that Bombers’ management wasn’t fully aware of everything that he was capable of when they acquired him, which is always a welcome surprise.
Sinclair will lace up next season in the north, playing NCAA Div. I hockey for the University of Alaska-Anchorage.
The Bombers play tonight in La Ronge, before hosting the Ice Wolves tomorrow and closing out the season at home on Tuesday against the Nipawin Hawks.
The OCN Blizzard host the Virden Oil Capitals tonight in the final regular season home game of the season. The Blizzard come into tonight’s game as one of the hottest teams in the MJHL; they’ve won five in a row and 12 of their last 13.
The Blizzard sport a record of 38-16-3 and are currently in a three-way tie for second in the MJHL with Selkirk and Winkler at 79 points.
In addition to the hot play of the team as a whole, star defenceman Brady Keeper was the recipient of three MJHL honours; league MVP, defenceman of the year and a member of the league’s first all-star team.
Keeper is set to attend the University of Maine next year to play NCAA Div-I hockey for the Black Bears.
After tonight’s game, the Blizzard will finish off their season on the road next weekend in Selkirk and Steinbach.
Tonight’s game can be heard on 102.9 CJAR in OCN and The Pas and can also be streamed online at www.thepasonline.com. Jaret Schneider will have the call starting with a pregame show at 6:45.
Former Norman Northstars standout Brady Keeper has been named MVP of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
The 20 year old defender from Cross Lake, Manitoba spent three full seasons with the Blizzard, putting up 85 points in his first two seasons. He currently has 45 points heading into tonight’s affair against the Virden Oil Capitals.
Before joining the OCN Blizzard, Keeper spent a year in Thompson playing for the Norman Northstars. In 42 games with the Midget “AAA” side, Brady Keeper scored seven goals and added 18 assists for 25 points. He also served 99 minutes in the penalty box.
In addition to league MVP honours, the OCN Blizzard captain was also named MJHL defenceman of the year and named to the leagues’ first all-star team.
Keeper currently sits three points back of Dale Warkentine for the all-time Blizzard defenceman scoring record. Warkentine scored 133 points in 215 games over four seasons in OCN. Keeper scored his 130 in only 158 games.
Brady Keeper is set to continue his hockey career next season in Maine, where he’ll suit up for the NCAA Div-I Univeristy of Maine Black Bears hockey team.
The OCN Blizzard have three games left in the regular season, with their final home game coming tonight against the Virden Oil Capitals. The game can be heard on 102.9 CJAR in The Pas or streamed online at www.thepasonline.com. Jaret Schneider will have the call with puck drop coming at 7:00.
The OCN Blizzard finished off their two game road trip last night with a game in Winnipeg against the Blues.
Dexter Kuczek opened the scoring in the opening minute for Winnipeg, and Adam Wowryk would add another to make the Blues' lead 2-0 after the first period.
Brady Valiquette would score for OCN in the middle frame, and the Blizzard were able to tie up the game half-way through the third thanks to Tristan Elie's seventh goal of the season.
Jeremy Dumount would play hero in this one, scoring the game winner with under a minute left in regulation.
Brett Epp made 23 saves between the pipes for his 24th win of the season.
The Blizzard now sit at 38-16-3 on the season with 79 points.
The win draws OCN into a three-way tie for second in the MJHL with the Winkler Flyers and the Selkirk Steelers.
The Blizzard are set to play their last regular season home game on Friday when host the middle-of-the-table Virden Oil Capitals. OCN will finish off the 2016/17 regular season with a pair of road games on March 3rd and 4th against Selkirk and Steinbach.
The 47th Munn Cup is officially underway here in Thompson.
The annual tournament, hosted by the Thompson Minor Hockey Association, will run until Sunday, when the six different championships will be awarded.
Games will run until around 8:30 tonight, tomorrow from 8:00am until 9:00pm, and Sunday from 8:00am until 5:30pm. The games will be played at both the C.A. Nesbitt Arena as well as the Gordon Beard Arena.
There are 18 teams in this year’s tournament, including two from Thompson as well as teams from Arviat and Rankin Inlet in Nunavut.
Link to the full Munn Cup schedule : http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0117/4108/2017_munn_cup_draw_Final.pdf
The Norman Wild are in Winnipeg to play their first round playoff series against the Winnipeg Avros.
The Wild, who finished in sixth place with a record of 9-18-1, need to win one of the three weekend games to bring the series back to Thompson. The Avros finished the season with a record of 20-8 in third place
The Wild will be looking to captain Kali Cummings up front, who leads the team in scoring with 10 goals and 14 assists. She is coming off a goal and assists last weekend in two games against the Pembina Valley Hawks.
The first game of the series takes place tonight at 7, game two tomorrow at 4:45, and the third game will be played Sunday at 11:45am.
The Norman Northstars look to finish off their 2016/2017 campaign on a winning note as they host the Parkland Rangers for a pair of games.
The Northstars are coming off a pair of losses last weekend at the hands of the Central Plains Capitals.
This weekend will be hard for over half of the team, as 12 Northstars will be too old to return to “AAA” hockey next season.
Tomorrow’s game will get underway at 7:30 while the season-closer on Sunday will start at 1:30
If you can’t make it out to the C.A. Nesbitt Arena to support the team, make sure you listen to the Saturday game right here on 102.9 CHTM.
The OCN Blizzard are in action this weekend, hosting the Waywayseecappo Wolverines for a pair of games.
OCN is coming off a 4-0 victory over the Swan Valley Stampeders on Tuesday, and hope to improve on their 34-16-3 record. The Blizzard, who have already secured an MJHL playoff spot, currently sit at 71 points, four back of the third-place Selkirk Steelers. The Blizzard have three games in had on Selkirk.
Waywayseecappo currently sits in the basement of the MJHL, with a record of 13-35-4 and 30 points.
The Blizzard and Wolverines first game is tonight at the Roy H. Johnson Arena at 7:00, while tomorrow’s affair is back at the GLMC.
The OCN Blizzard only have three games left in the regular season after this weekend; two on the road against Winker and Winnipeg before hosting Virden at home to close out the year.
The Flin Flon Bombers will make the trip to Nipawin tomorrow to play their lone weekend game against the Hawks.
The Bombers are coming off a 7-3 loss to Nipawin Tuesday.
Flin Flon currently sits two points ahead of the Hawks in Sherwood division standings. Nipawin has two games in hand.
The Bombers have three games left in the regular season, including tomorrow’s affair, and it’s crucial to come away with as many points as possible if they hope to win the division.
Flin Flon will close out the season next weekend, when they host Humboldt and Melfort.
The Wheaties are playing a pair of games this weekend, hosting Regina tonight and Prince Albert tomorrow.
Brandon currently sits seventh in the WHL Eastern Conference with a record of 27-22-6-2.
The Wheat Kings are 1-3 in their season series with the Regina Pats and are 1-2 against the Prince Albert Raiders.
Both games get underway at 7:30.
The Jets will visit Montreal and Ottawa this weekend on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
The 26-29-5 Jets have 57 points on the season, and currently sit four points back of Calgary for the final Western Conference wild card spot.
Winnipeg is coming off a 4-3 overtime loss in Pittsburgh, where Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored his 1000th career point.
Patrick Laine, Paul Postma and Dustin Byfuglien scored the Jets’ goals.
Jeremy Dumont led the way with a pair of goals while George King added two goals as the OCN Blizzard shut out the Swan Valley Stampeders 4-0 last night at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre.
Travis Roch opened up the scoring with five minutes remaining the first period for OCN and the Blizzard never looked back.
Anthony Keeper had the other Blizzard goal.
Brett Epp was solid between the pipes yet again for OCN as he recorded his third shutout of the season and was named the games’ first star.
With the win, the Blizzard improve to 34-16-3, four points back of the Selkirk Steelers for third place in the MJHL.
The Blizzard are next in action Friday as they visit the last-placed Waywayseecappo Wolverines.
The Bombers dropped a 7-3 decision to the Nipawin Hawks last night at the Whitney Forum.
The Hawks scored two early first period goals to take a 2-0 lead and ran away with the game, leaving the first period with a 5-1 lead.
Bombers starting goalie Zac Robidoux was pulled just 5:54 into the first period after giving up the second goal.
Josh Bly led the way for Nipawin with two goals and two assists.
Kristian St. Onge led the way for Flin Flon with a goal and an assist.
The nationally-ranked Bombers are next in action Saturday as they travel to Nipawin for a rematch with the Hawks.
Brandon Lesko of the Flin Flon Bombers has been named SJHL player of the week.
The 18-year-old native of Hafford, Saskatchewan potted three goals and added three helpers as the Bombers topped the Ice Wolves in both games of their weekend home-and-home.
Lesko is in his third season with the Bombers, after being traded from the Battleford North Stars in the middle of the 2014-2015 season.
Lesko currently sits fifth in team scoring with 20 goals and 23 assists for 43 points in 43 games played.
Congratulations are in order to the players and coaching staff of the Thompson "AA" Midget King Miner Hockey team.
The boys finished their season with a perfect 24-0 record in the NorMan Midget Hockey League.
The King Miners finished 10 points clear of the second place team, The Pas Huskies, who finished with a record of 18-4-2.
Thompson is set to host the Manitoba Hockey Male Midget "A" and "AA" provincials from March 10th through the 12th.
The Bombers have once again been named to the CJHL Weekly Top 20 list, coming in at number 20.
The ranking comes after Flin Flon swept the La Ronge Ice Wolves in a weekend series.
The Bombers dominated the first game of the weekend home-and home 11-0 before topping the Ice Wolves 4-3 on Saturday.
Only one other SJHL team made the weekly rankings. The league-leading Battleford North Stars moved up one spot from 8 to 7.
Flin Flon is next in action tonight as they host the Nipawin Hawks.
The Norman Wild Female Midget “AAA” team hosted the Pembina Valley Hawks for their final two games of the regular season before the playoffs.
On Friday night at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena, the Wild and Hawks battled hard through the first period, before the squad from Pembina Valley took the lead with two unanswered second period goals and never looked back.
The Wolves would add another pair of goals in the third to finalize a 5-2 victory.
Rachel O’Toole and captain Kali Cummings had the goals for the Norman side in the loss.
Saturday afternoon was a game the team needs to just forget.
Mackenzie McCallum led the way for the Hawks with four points as the Pembina Valley side routed the Wild 9-2. Kelly-Rae Zdan scored a hat trick. Saige McKay and Megan Quesnel had the goals for the Wild.
The Norman Wild finished the regular season with a record of 9-18-1 and will start their playoff run next weekend on the road.
The Norman Wolves Bantam “AAA” squad hosted the Interlake Lightning over the weekend.
Saturday saw the Norman squad come out on top in a close one, 3-2.
On Sunday, the Wolves got out to an early lead but couldn’t hold on as the Lighting went on to win 7-5.
The Norman Northstars hosted the Central Plains Capitals over the weekend at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena.
Before the game got underway Saturday night, two players were honoured by the Northstars for reaching 100 games played. Michael Venne and Ethan Stuckless both received a certificate and commemorative watch from Norman Northstars President Brad Salamandyk .
Once the puck dropped, the atmosphere of those in attendance quickly changed. The Capitals struck quickly and left the first period with a 5-0 lead.
Central Plains went on to add three more in the second and two in the third. Zak Smith led the way for the Capitals with two goals and two assists.
Norman Northstars leading scorer Dennis Scatch potted his 14th of the year, the lone goal of the night for the Norman side, as the Capitals won 10-1.
Sunday afternoon saw the Capitals once again get out to an early lead, this time leading 1-0 after the first period.
The Central Plains side would go on to add six more to skate away with a 7-1 victory.
The Capitals went five for ten on the powerplay, with Zak Smith, Lane Taylor and Reilly Funk each netting three points.
Keith Blacksmith scored his first goal for the Northstars from Alex Murray and Hunter Rambow in the loss.
With the weekend losses, the Northstars fall to 7-34-0-0-1.
The Norman Northstars will close out the season at home this weekend as the 16-21-0-1-3 Parkland Rangers visit Thompson.
The OCN Blizzard had a quiet weekend, with only one game being played.
The Blizzard welcomed the Selkirk Steelers to the GLMC on Saturday night in a battle for third place in the MJHL.
It was a close fought game, with the Steelers coming out on top 2-0.
The game was scoreless until the 3:12 mark of the third period when Jake Dudar opened the scoring for Selkirk on the powerplay. Cole McCartan would add another powerplay marker three minutes later to double the lead.
Hayden Dola made 35 saves for the Steelers to pick up the shutout, while Brett Epp made 36 saves for the Blizzard in the loss.
OCN now sits fourth in the MJHL with a record of 33-16-3.
It was all Bombers in the first of a home-and-home series with the La Ronge Ice Wolves on Friday evening.
Flin Flon pelted La Ronge goalie Luke Lush with 76 shots, putting 11 by him, to win 11-0.
Brandon Lesko led the way for the Bombers with five points (3G, 2A), while Jason Lavallee (1G, 3A), Brody Madarash (1G, 1A), Eric Sinclair (1G, 2A) and Nick Shumlanski (1G, 1A) put up multi-point performances.
Brenden Newton made 16 saves to pick up the shutout in.
The game was anything but a blowout Saturday when the teams played again in La Ronge.
The Bombers got out to an early 3-0 first period lead before the Ice Wolves answered back in the second with two of their own.
Rylee Zimmer scored his 18th of the year early in the third to make it a 4-2 game, before Austin Shumanski brought La Ronge within one with his second of the season.
The game would end that way, 4-3, with Gunnar Neilsen picking up his third win of the season with the Bombers after coming over from the Kindersley Klippers.
With the wins, Flin Flon has improved to 34-12-2-3 on the season with 73 points, 12 back of the Battleford North Stars.
The Norman Northstars are once again in Thompson this weekend as they host the Central Plains Capitals.
The 22-15-2-1 Capitals are coming off a 2-0 loss to the Eastman Selects last Saturday, and currently have a three game losing streak.
Joey Moffat leads the Capitals up front with 28 goals and 32 assists for 60 points in 40 games. The 2001-born forward from Portage la Prairie was taken with the 201st pick (10th round) in last years’ WHL Bantam Draft by the Saskatoon Blades.
The 7-32-0-1 Northstars are coming off a split weekend against the Southwest Cougars, where they won on Saturday but lost the Sunday afternoon affair.
The Northstars and Capitals will take to the ice of the C.A. Nesbitt, as always, on Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 1:30.
Tune in to 102.9 CHTM for the Saturday night game if you can’t be at the arena to support our Norman Northstars.
The Norman Wild Midget AAA wrap up their 2016-2017 regular season this weekend with a pair of games against the Pembina Valley Hawks.
The Wild currently sit 6th in the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League with a record of 9-16-1.
The Norman Wild have been led up front all season by Kali Cummings, who leads the team in points with 9 goals and 12 assists for 21 points. Annaliese Meier leads the team in goals in 10. Shayna Moore has led the way between the pipes for most of the season, posting a 5-9-1 record with a 2.53 GAA and a 0.927 save percentage.
Their opponent this weekend, Pembina Valley, sits fourth with a record of 18-6-2. The team is being lead by alternate captain Sage McElroy-Scott, who has posted 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points in 26 games.
The Hawks are coming off a pair of losses at the end of January, one to the Westman Wildcats and the other to the Central Plains Capitals.
The Wild last played in January, where they went 2-1 in a weekend set against the Winnipeg Avros and Interlake Lightning.
The Wild and Hawks will play tonight at 8:00 at the C.A. Nesbitt before wrapping up the regular season Saturday at noon.
The Flin Flon Bombers are back in action this weekend with two games as the SJHL playoffs start to near.
The Bombers will play The La Ronge Ice Wolves in a back-to-back home-and-home series.
Flin Flon will host La Ronge at the Whitney Forum today at 7:30 before making the 4½ hour drive to La Ronge for a Saturday afternoon tilt.
The Bombers are coming off two straight losses last weekend after a five game win streak and are looking to get back on track.
Zac Robidoux has led the way between the pipes for the Flin Flon Bombers, posting an impressive 16-5-3 record in 25 games. He currently sits fourth in the SJHL for both save percentage (0.925) and goals against average (2.13).
Flin Flon has locked up a spot in the SJHL playoffs with a record of 32-12-2-3 through 49 games, but need to keep their foot on the gas if they want to win the Sherwood division. The Nipawin Hawks are just two points back of the Bombers with two games in hand.
The games, as always, can be heard on 102.9 CFAR or online at www.FlinFlonOnline.ca
The OCN Blizzard will play one game this weekend, tomorrow, as they host the Selkirk Steelers.
The Blizzard and Steelers are currently tied in the MJHL standings with 69 points. OCN however holds the tiebreak advantage and sits in third while Selkirk sits in fourth.
OCN comes into the game tomorrow riding a seven game win streak, thanks to strong performances offensively by Brady Keeper, George King and Tristen Elie while Brett Epp has been solid as ever in net.
Selkirk comes north to OCN after a loss on Tuesday at the hands of the Winkler Flyers.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 Saturday night at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre.
Arctic Radio’s Jaret Schneider will have the call of the game on 102.9 CJAR or online at www.ThePasOnline.ca
The Winnipeg Jets will host back-to-back games at the MTS Centre this weekend.
Winnipeg currently sits six points back of the final wildcard spot in the western conference with a record of 25-27-4 and 54 points.
Tonight, in the first game, divisional rivals Chicago are in town. The Blackhawks come into tonight’s game on a three game win streak, having beat the Wild 4-3 in their last game.
On Saturday, the Jets welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning, like the Jets, sit six points back of the final eastern conference wildcard spot with 54 points.
The Brandon Wheat Kings will play two games this weekend; one at home tonight at Westman Place against the Everett Silvertips before taking the bus to Saskatchewan to play the Saskatoon Blades at the SaskTel Centre on Saturday.
The Wheaties currently sit seventh in the eastern conference with a record of 16-20-5-2.
Tonight’s game will be the first and only time Brandon and Everett will play this season. The Silvertips sit second in the western conference with a record of 31-11-8-2.
The Wheat Kings and Blades will meet for the fifth time this season Saturday night in Saskatoon. The Wheaties currently lead the season series 4-1. The last time they met, Brandon edged Saskatoon 3-2 on December 17th with Connor Gutenberg scoring the game winner in the third period.
The Wheaties have 17 regular season games left on the schedule after this weekend.
For a full schedule of this weekends’ WHL schedule, head to www.WHL.ca/Schedule
Yesterday, Baseball Canada unveiled the roster for the upcoming 2017 World Baseball Classic.
The roster includes former Cy-Young award winner Eric Gagne (Free agent; Montreal, QC), Justin Morneau (Free agent; New Westminster, B.C), John Axford (Oakland Athletics; Simcoe, ON) and Dalton Pompey (Toronto Blue Jays; Mississauga, ON).
Notable omissions from the team include Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin, former Blue Jays Michael Saunders and Brett Lawrie as well as Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto.
Saunders' bat will be sorely missed, as he was named to the All-WBC team and led the tournament in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS the last time the tournament was played in 2013.
Canada is in group C for the 2017 WBC, which includes Colombia, the Dominican Republic and the United States.
The 16-team tournament will get underway March 6th, with Canada's first game coming on the 9th against the defending champions, the Dominican Republic.
Canada was eliminated in the first round in the 2013 World Baseball Classic after posting a 1-2 record.
The Wheaties were in action last night as they welcomed the Moose Jaw Warriors.
It was a close-fought affair with the Warriors coming out on top in overtime 4-3. Thomas Foster scored the game winner for Moose Jaw.
Stelio Mattheos led the way up front for Brandon with two goals and an assist. Nolan Patrick was held to one assist, while Tyler Coulter picked up two helpers.
The Wheaties currently sit fourth in the WHL’s eastern division with a record of 26-20-5-2 and 59 points.
The Wheat Kings next game is Friday when they welcome the Silvertips.
The Winnipeg Jets fell to the Minnesota Wild at home last night, 4-2.
The Wild were powered by Jason Pominville, who scored two goals and had two assists. Nino Neiderreiter had the other Minnesota tallies.
Bryan Little and Joel Armia scored for the Jets in the losing effort.
Ondrej Pavelec was pulled after allowing three unanswered goals.
With the loss, the Jets now sit five points back of Calgary for the last Western Conference wild card playoff spot.
Winnipeg next plays Friday when they host the Chicago Blackhawks.
The OCN Blizzard extended their win streak to seven in a row last nightas they defeated the Dauphin Kings last night 4-2.
The Blizzard were lead up front with three 3-point performances. Reigning MJHL player of the month George King as well as newcomer Tristen Elie each had two goals and an assist while Jeremy Dumont picked up three helpers.
Elie joined OCN in January, having spent the season with the Cornwall Nationals of the Federal Hockey League, putting up one goal and ten assists in 17 games. Previously, Elie split his junior hockey career between the London Knights (OHL), Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL), London Nationals (GOJHL), Cornwall Colts (CCHL) and the Hawkesbury Hawks (CCHL). The 20-year-old forward from Alexandria, Ontario has 16 points in nine games for the Blizzard, only failing to get on the score sheet in two games.
Between the pipes Brett Epp stopped 28 of 30 shots to earn his 20th win of the season.
The Blizzard currently sit third in MJHL standings, with a record of 33-15-3.
The OCN Blizzard are next in action Saturday as they welcome the Selkirk Steelers.
Ian Wild and Matthias Goossen of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were in Thompson early this week.
Wild and Goossen delivered presentations on the Break The Silence on Violence Against Women, Bombers Tackle Bullying (in partnership with Manitoba Status of Women) and the Canadian Red Cross' Beyond the Hurt program at four different schools; one in Wabowden and three in Thompson.
The pair both said that they were more than willing to give their time for the students here in the north despite the CFL season being almost half a year away.
Goossen said that this is an area of the province that doesn't get to see as many professional athletes and that the message they brought was extremely important for everyone, regardless of where they live.
The Bombers spent Monday evening with the Boys and Girls Club of Thompson, hanging out with the kids for over two hours.
Ian Wild told CHTM that the Boys and Girls Club holds a special place for him, as he was a part of the club when he was growing up and remembers when pro players would visit his school as a kid. He added that the visits had an impact on his formative years, and wants to do the same for future generations
The Flin Flon Bombers were named once again to the CJHL Top 20 team list earlier today.
The Bombers come in at number 20, the same spot they held last week.
Flin Flon currently sits first in the Sherwood division with a record of 32-12-2-3.
The Bombers are 10 points back of the SJHL-leading Battleford North Stars, who are number eight on the CJHL list.
One other SJHL team was mentioned in the weekly CJHL press release. The Nipawin Hawks, who sit behind the Bombers in the standings, received an honourable mention.
The CJHL Top 20 list comes out every week and is based on a variety of factors, including the league in which the team plays, winning percentage, win-loss record, total points accumulated, goals-for versus goals-against ratio and other statistics.
The Norman Northstars split their series with the Southwest Cougars over the weekend.
The Northstars picked up the win in the Saturday game six-five thanks to five multi-point performances.
Alex Murray and Henry Muchikekwanape each had a goal and two assists to lead the way while Allan Kohli made 24 saves.
On Sunday, it was the Cougars who came out on top.
Tanner Andrew and Dylan Fontaine each had a goal and assist for Southwest as they beat the Northstars 4-2.
Alex Murray and Ethan Stuckless had the goals for the Northstars.
The Norman Northstars will host the Central Plains Capitals on the weekend.
The OCN Blizzard swept their weekend series against the Neepawa Natives.
The Blizzard edge out the Natives 5-4 on Friday thanks to late third-period heroics from Justin Nachbaur, who scored the game winner with seven seconds left in the game.
On Satudray, the Blizzard doubled up on the Natives 6-3 thanks to a hat-trick from former Norman Northstar and future University of Maine Black Bear, Brady Keeper.
With the wins, the Blizzard are just two points back of third in the league.
Jets were in Colorado over the weekend to play the Avalanche.
Despite a pair of goals from Adam Lowry, Winnipeg dropped the Saturday afternoon affair 5-2.
Ondrej Pavelec had 23 saves in the loss.
The Jets fell to 25-26-4 on the season, three points back of the final wild card spot in the West.
They next play Tuesday as they host the Minnesota Wild.
The Wheat Kings played a pair of games over the weekend, beating the Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday before falling to the Swift Current Broncos Saturday.
The Wheaties doubled up on the Oil Kings 6-3 thanks to four point performances from both Tyler Coulter and captain Nolan Patrick. Coulter had two goals and two assists while Patrick had four helpers.
Tyler Steenbergen lead the way with a pair of goals for the Broncos on Saturday as Swift Current powered past Brandon 4-1. Tyler Coulter scored his 23rd of the season, the Wheat Kings only goal in the game, assisted by Nolan Patrick and Connor Gutenberg.
The Wheaties next game is Wednesday as they host Moose Jaw.
The Flin Flon Bombers had their win-streak snapped Saturday as they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox.
The Bombers got out to a 1-0 lead in the second period thanks to Eric Sinclair’s 13th of the season, but the Hounds responded with three of their own in the third period to overpower Flin Flon.
Flin Flon also lost on Sunday, falling 4-2 to Estevan. Zac Robidoux made 29 saves, but that wasn’t enough to stop the Bruins, who were lead by two goals from Josh Rieger.
The Bombers sit at 32-12-2-3 with six games left in the regular season. They next play Friday at home against La Ronge Ice Wolves.