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The Thompson Sports News

Trojan Basketball Tryouts Today And Tomorrow


Your chance to play basketball this year for the Trojans is today and tomorrow. 

 

All that's required to try-out is clean running shoes, appropriate clothing and readiness to compete. 

 

If you are interested in trying out but can't make it both days, you're asked to communicate directly with the coach or PHE staff as soon as possible.

 

Read: Trojan Volleyball Teams Come Up Short In Provincials

 

Below is the schedule for tryouts:

 

JV and SV Girls:
Monday (December 4) @ 3:30 pm in the Trojan and Parker Gym.
Tuesday (December 5) @ 5:30 pm in the Trojan and Parker Gym.

JV and SV Boys:
Monday (December 4) @ 5:30 pm in the Trojan and Parker Gym.
Tuesday (December 5) @ 3:30 pm in the Trojan and Parker Gym.

 

Note: all athletes are eligible to tryout at the SV level, and have the choice to do so. Only athletes in grade 9 and 10 (athletes in their first two years of high school) are eligible to tryout for the JV level.

 

 

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Trojan Volleyball Teams Come Up Short In Provincials


The RD Parker Trojan SV volleyball teams can hold their heads high despite not making the playoffs at the Provincial Championship in Brandon over the weekend.

 

Both the boys and girls teams finished fifth in their respective pools. The girls finished round robin play with a record of 1-3 while the boys finished 0-4. 

 

The attention now turns to basketball for the Trojans after capturing five of a possible six zone championships in volleyball.

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Northstars Pull Out First Win Of The Season Against Central Plains


It took 24 games, but the Norman Northstars have finally won their first game of the season.

 

The NorMan squad split their games over the weekend against the Central Plains Capitals, dropping the Friday night affair 8-5 before finally getting that long-sought first “W” on Saturday 6-5 in dramatic fashion.

 

The Northstars got out to a fast start yet again on Friday night, with Mikey Baron scoring to give his team the lead 30 seconds in. The first period would end tied up at two, with Keistin Saunders scoring the second goal for the NorMan squad. The second and third periods saw Central Plains dominate, outscoring the Northstars 6-3 in the last 40 minutes. Keian Weseen made 36 stops in the loss. Jerome Linklater, Keistin Saunders, Mitchell Reid and Hunter Rambow led the way up front with two points apiece.

 

Saturday saw a much different Northstars team come flying out of the gate. Sheldin Howard scored on the powerplay 5:26 into the first period, followed by a pair from Jonathan Saunders to give the home team a 3-0 lead. The NorMan squad would add two more goals in the second period from Jordan Pfoh and Linklater to take a 5-2 lead into the second intermission. Central Plains would score three in the final frame, but it wasn’t enough as Linkater added his second of the game into the empty net to push the Northstars over the top. Braedin Melsted was named defensive player of the game, making 33 stops on the night. Linkater was named offensive player of the game with two goals and two assists.

 

Saturday’s 6-5 victory was their first since February 4th, when they beat the Soutwest Cougars by the same score. Ethan Stuckless had the game winner in February, and Melsted was between the pipes.

 

Jerome Linklater, in his second season with the Northstars, is sitting at 18 points in 17 games after his 6-point weekend against the Capitals. Friday’s game was his first game since the November 10th tilt against the Pembina Valley Hawks.

 

Howard and Rambow are currently tied for the team lead in points, with 19. Reid continues to lead the team in goals with 9.

 

The Northstars are at home again this weekend for their final games before the holiday break. They’ll host the rival Kenora Thistles Friday and Saturday at the T.R.C.C. Both games will start at 7:30pm.

 

 

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RDPC Senior Girls and Boys Volleyball To Compete In Provincials This Weekend


The R.D. Parker senior girls and boys volleyball teams are in Brandon this weekend for the Manitoba High School Athletic Association Provincial Championships.

 

Both teams have round-robin action tomorrow and Friday, with the playoffs coming on Saturday.

 

The girls are playing in Pool B and coming in as the 10th ranked team, while the boys are playing in Pool A and come in at #9.

 

 

Below is the full tournament schedule.

 

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Norman Northstars Drop Trio Of Weekend Games


The Norman Northstars are once again coming back to Thompson in search of their first win of the season.

 

The Northstars fell to the Eastman Selects 9-3 on Friday, 10-4 to the Winnipeg Thrashers on Saturday, and 16-1 to the Winnipeg Wild yesterday.

 

Hunter Rambow, Chase Muswagon and Keistin Saunders scored for the NorMan squad on Friday, with Sheldin Howard, Albert Berard, Sean Yaworski and Jon Tagoona adding helpers. Keian Weseen and Braedin Melsted split the time between the pipes.

 

On Saturday, Albert Sinclair had two of the four goals for the Northstars, with Howard and Keistin Saunders adding the other two. Berard, Frederick Ledoux, Jonathan Saunders and Jamie Valentino picked up the assists. Weseen stopped 42 of 52 stops on the night.

 

Valentino had the loan NorMan goal yesterday, with assists from Howard and Rambow 10 seconds into the second period. The final shot count was 64-17 in favour of the Wild. Tristan Thompson and Winnipeg Blues prospect Luke Seremet each had three goals and three assists for the Wild.

 

Read: Northstars Drop Pair Of Disappointing Games To Southwest Cougars

 

Howard currently leads the Northstars in points with 17 (7G, 10A) in 22 games. Flin Flon, MB native Mitchell Reid leads the team in goals with 9.

 

The Northstars are at home this coming weekend as they welcome the Central Plains Capitals to the C.A. Nesbitt Arena for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday. Both games will start at 7:30pm.

 

The Friday night affair, as always, can be heard live on 102.9 CHTM and online at ThompsonOnline.ca.

 

 

Current Manitoba Midget "AAA" Standings:

 

TEAM GP W L T OTL SOL PTS GF GA
Winnipeg Wild 20 18 2 0 0 0 36 119 39
Brandon Wheat Kings 20 18 2 0 0 0 36 112 47
Eastman Selects 21 16 4 0 1 0 33 96 62
Winnipeg Bruins 19 14 4 0 1 0 29 79 60
Winnipeg Thrashers 24 13 10 0 1 0 27 86 93
Pembina Valley Hawks 20 10 8 0 1 1 22 63 96
Yellowhead Chiefs 20 10 10 0 0 0 20 65 64
Southwest Cougars 20 9 10 0 1 0 19 65 68
Parkland Rangers 20 8 10 0 0 2 18 64 77
Central Plains Capitals 20 6 11 0 1 2 15 61 77
Kenora Thistles 21 6 13 0 0 2 14 60 77
Interlake Lightning 19 5 14 0 0 0 10 49 94
Norman Northstars 22 0 21 0 0 1 1 56 148

 

GP = Games played

W = Win

L = Loss

T = Tie

OTL = Overtime loss

SOL = Shootout loss

PTS = Points

GF = Goals for

GA = Goals against

 

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Northstars Drop Pair Of Disappointing Games To Southwest Cougars


The Norman Northstars are once again looking for their first win after dropping both their weekend games to the Southwest Cougars.

 

The Northstars got out to a very early lead on Friday thanks to a goal from Jamie Valentino 13 seconds into the opening frame, but couldn’t hold on. The Cougars equalized close to the end of the first period, the first of six unanswered goals.

 

Braedin Melsted was named defensive player of the game for the NorMan squad, making 38 stops in the 6-1 loss. Forward Sheldin Howard took home offensive player of the game honours for the Northstars.

 

Read: Norman Northstars Getting Closer, But Still Seeking First Win

 

The Cougars got out to an early lead in the Saturday night affair, with a pair of first period goals from Rylan Gudnason. The Northstars would answer back with one of their own in the second, but it wasn’t enough as the Southwest Cougars won 5-1. Hunter Rambow had the loan NorMan goal.  

 

Keian Weseen took home defensive player of the game for the Northstars and Rambow took home the award for the forwards. Weseen stopped 42 shots, including 23 in the third period.

 

The Northstars are on the road this weekend. They’ll face the Eastman Selects Friday, the Winnipeg Thrashers Saturday, and the Winnipeg Wild on Sunday.

 

The next home series will be December 1st and 2nd, as the Northstars will welcome the Central Plains Capitals to the C.A. Nesbitt arena.

 

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Norman Northstars Getting Closer, But Still Seeking First Win


The Norman Northstars had an impressive showing down south against the Pembina Valley Hawks and Winnipeg Thrashers, but are still in search of their first win of the season.

 

The Northstars had leads in the third period both Saturday against the Hawks and Sunday against the Thrashers, but couldn’t hold on to either lead.

 

On Friday night, Pembina got out to a 3-0 lead to seal the game, which ended as a 5-2 win for the Hawks. Jamie Valentino scored the first Northstars goal in the second period, and Hunter Rambow added a short-handed goal in the third.

 

The NorMan squad was night-and-day from Friday to Saturday, as they had a 3-1 lead after one (thanks to goals from Jon Tagoona, Henry Muchikekwanape and Sheldin Howard) and a 5-2 lead after two frames. Mitchell Reid and Lance Bobesko scored for the Northstars in the middle period. Pembina came roaring back in the third, however, scoring their third goal less than 30 seconds in, followed by three in the final ten minutes. The final tally from Saturday was 6-5 in favour of the Hawks.

 

Sunday saw the Northstars play a relatively uneventful game against the Winnipeg Thrashers, with only one penalty called on both teams during regulation. The Thrashers had a 1-0 lead going into the second period, and a 2-1 lead going into the third. Goals from Muchikekwanape and captain Albert Berard within the first 10 minutes of the final frame had the NorMan squad poised to pick up their first “W” of the season, before Winnipeg answered back with two goals in four minutes. The Thrashers would skate away with a 4-3 victory.  

 

Henry Muchikekwanape currently leads the Northstars with 14 points (6G, 8A), while Mitchell Reid leads the squad with 9 goals.

 

The Northstars will face off against the Southwest Cougars for a pair of games this coming weekend. Both games (Friday and Saturday) will be played at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena starting at 7:30.

 

The Friday night affair can be heard live on 102.9 CHTM and thompsononline.ca.

 

 

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Northstars Earn First Point, Still Looking For First Win Following Showcase


The Norman Northstars are still in search of their first win after dropping three games over the weekend during the Manitoba Midget AAA showcase in Portage.

 

The NorMan side opened up the showcase Friday, dropping a 5-2 to the Central Plains Capitals.

 

Saturday saw the Northstars pick up their first point of the season, as they came close in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings.

 

The Norman Northstars wrapped up the showcase yesterday, falling 8-5 to the Parkland Rangers.

 

The team will host the Interlake Lightning at the Thompson Regional Community Centre this coming Friday and Saturday.

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Flin Flon Falls On Weekend 5-2


The Flin Flon Bombers dropped both of their weekend road games by a score of 5-2.

 

They opened up against the Ice Wolves on Friday night before falling to the Battlefords North Stars on Saturday.

 

The Bombers will return home to the Whitney Forum to face the Red Wings and Hounds this coming weekend.

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Blizzard Drop Pair Of Games Down South


The OCN Blizzard are looking to bounce back after a disappointing weekend.

 

The Blizzard dropped a close one in Winnipeg to the Blues Saturday night, 6-5 in overtime. Five different players scored for OCN, while Levi Cudmore lead the way for Winnipeg with four goals.

 

The Blizzard had a night to forget last night as they were stomped 7-0 by the Steinbach Pistons.

 

OCN is in action on Wednesday when they welcome the Virden Oil Capitals to the GLMC.

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Bombers Defence No Where To Be Found Over Weekend


The Flin Flon Bombers had defencive woes over the weekend, allowing a combinded 14 goals against the Weyburn Red Wings and Estevan Bruins.

 

Friday night saw the Red Wings trounce the Bombers 7-4 at Crescent Point Place in Weyburn before Estevan stomped Flin Flon 7-3. Nate Hooper had a goal and two assists in the game against the Bruins.

 

The Bombers will hope to improve their fortunes Friday as they head to La Ronge.

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OCN Blizzard Split Weekend Series In Virden


The OCN Blizzard were in Virden over the weekend where they split a weekend series with the Oil Capitals.

 

Lantz Hiebert potted his fourth of the season to give the Blizzard an early first period lead, but it wasn't enough as Virden had the game tied by the end of the second. Oil Capitals forward Ben Dalke potting the game winner early into a penalty-riddled third period. The final score was 6-4.

 

OCN would respond in the Saturday affair, dropping the Capitals 4-1. Daniel Chartrand led the way for the Blizzard with a goal and an assist.

 

The OCN Blizzard currently sit second in the MJHL, only behind the Steinbach Pistons.

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Northstars Fall To 0-7 On The Season With Second Loss To Yellowhead


The Norman Northstars are still looking for their first win of the 2017/2018 season after dropping both games in their weekend series with the Yellowhead Chiefs.

 

The NorMan squad allowed three first period goals, including two in the opening minute, and just couldn't claw their way back into the game. Albert Berard and Mitchell Reid would increase the Northstars goal totals from the previous night, but it wasn't enough.

 

Brian Mentuck lead the way for the Chiefs with a goal and two assists for three points, while Chad Nychuk, Owen Wareham, Logan Tanner and Tanner Dutcawich all had multi-point nights.

 

The Northstars next game is scheduled for Friday against the Central Plains Capitals. Their next home game is on October 27th against the Interlake Lightning.

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A Night To Forget For The Northstars


Last night was one to forget for the Norman Northstars.

 

The NorMan squad gave up five first period goals to last seasons' runner up, including a hattrick to Logan Wotton and two short handed markers as the Yellowhoead Chiefs walked away with an easy 7-1 victory in the first of two games this weekend. Starting goaltender Braedin Melsted was pulled after allowing three goals in the first nine minutes.

 

Former Northstar Jeremy Dutcawich picked up the win for Chiefs. The Flin Flon, MB native stopped 33 of 34 shots to pick up his second win of the season. 

 

Henry Muchikekwanape had the lone goal for the Northstars, with Lance Bobesko and Jerome Linklater picking up the assists. 

 

Linklater skated away with forward of the game honours for the NorMan side, while Jordan Pfoh was named defender of the game. 

 

The Northstars will look for their first win of the season again tonight as they wrap up their weekend series with the Chiefs. Puck drop is at 7:30. 

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Wheat Kings Drop Pair Of Weekend Games


The Wheaties had a weekend to forget.

 

The Major Junior squad from Brandon dropped Friday evening’s gameto the Red Deer Rebels before falling to Swift Current on Saturday.

 

The Firday game saw the Wheat Kings fourth-year defenceman Kale Clague add three helpers as Brandon fell 5-4 to the Rebels in the shootout.

 

Saturday saw the Wheaties welcome the Swift Current Broncos to Westman Place. The Broncos scored early and often, and ended the first period with a 5-0 lead. They would go on to win 7-2.

 

The Wheat Kings currently sit fifth in the WHL's east division.

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Bombers Offence Drop 12 Goals Over Two Games


The Flin Flon Bombers are back in the win column after sweeping the Melville Millionaires in a pair of games over the weekend.

 

The Bombers beat the Millionaires 5-2 on Friday night at the Whitney Forum. Four players had a pair of points for Flin Flon, who were backed by Brenden Newton's third win of the season in net.

 

Saturday saw the Bombers offence improve on their effort from the previous night, shutting out Melville 7-0. The game featured seven different Flin Flon players scoring,  Ben Lanfermann putting up four points, and Daylan Marchi adding three helpers. Brenden Newton stopped all 23 shots that he faced for the shutout.

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Blizzard Drop 2 Of 3 On Weekend Road Trip


The OCN Blizzard dropped two of three over the weekend.

 

The Blizzard opened the weekend in Selkirk, playing back-to-back games Friday and Saturday night. The series-opener ended early in overtime as Nat Halvorsen potting his second of the season for the Steelers who came out on top 5-4.

 

OCN would skate away with a 5-4 win in the Saturday affair. Anthony Keeper and Thomas Hansell would lead the way for the Blizzard, scoring two goals a peice. Dorian Laganiere picked up his fourth win of the season.

 

The Blizzard then travelled to Steinbach to take on the Pistons in a Sunday night affair. It was a night to forget for the side from OCN as Braden Purtill, who spend parts of four seasons in the WHL with the Tri-City Americans and Red Deer Rebels, scored four en route to a 5-0 win for the Pistons.

 

The Blizzard next play Friday as they host the Winnipeg Blues at the G.L.M.C.

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Trojan Girls Win Zones


The R.D.P.C. Trojan girls' soccer team are Zone XI champions.

 

The girls and boys' sides travelled to Flin Flon over the weekend to compete in the tournament, and the girls came away with the Zone title, and will play in the MHSAA Provincial Soccer Championships from October 13th to 14th in Niverville, MB.

 

The girls beat the Hapnot Kopper Kweens 1-0 in the final. Tressa McDonald scored the lone goal for the R.D.P.C. side, while Dennita Cameron kept a clean sheet in net. The team finished the weekend with an impressive 22 goals scored for without allowing a single ball into their own net. 

 

The boys' squad did not fair as well as their female counterparts, falling in the semifinals 2-1 to Hapnot. Seongyeon Wi scored the goal for the Trojans. 

 

 

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Northstars Drop Third Straight, Fall To 0-3


The Norman Northstars are heading back north after a disapointing start to the season. 

 

The NorMan squad dropped this afternoon's game in Kenora 3-0 to the Thistles. Kenora scored once in the opening frame before potting two in the second. Cooper Witherspoon had a two goal afternoon for the Thistles. The final shot count was 36-19 in favour of Kenora.

 

The Northstars now focus their attention on the Parkland Rangers, who will be in Thompson for a pair of games this coming Friday and Saturday. 

 

Both games will be played at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena in the T.R.C.C. starting at 7:30pm. The Friday night game can be heard live on 102.9 CHTM. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blue Jays Finish Disappointing Season With Win Over Playoff-Bound Yankees


The Toronto Blue Jays wrapped up their 2017 season earlier this afternoon in New York, where they beat the playoff-bound Yankees 2-1.

 

Toronto jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 4th inning, thanks to a sacrifice fly from Jose Bautista. The 36-year-old was playing in what might possibly have been his last game in a Blue Jays uniform. 

 

Ryan Goins would ground out in the top of the 8th inning to drive in the game-winning run. 

 

Brett Anderson got the start for the Jays, and came away with a no-decision after five innings of three-hit ball. He struck out three. Reliever Danny Barnes picked up the win for Toronto and Roberto Osuna picked up his career-best 39th save of the season.

 

The Toronto Blue Jays finished the season with a record of 76-86, good enough for fourth place in the American League East division. They will not make the playoffs for the first time in three years. 

 

 

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Kenora Blanks Northstars


The Norman Northstars dropped their second game of the season earlier this evening 5-0. 

 

The NorMan squad made the trip earlier this afternoon from Winnipeg to Kenora, where they played their second game of the season. 

 

Cooper Witherspoon opened up the scoring for the Thistles just 32 seonds into the first period, and Kenora never looked back. They would add three more goals, including a PP marker and a short-handed goal. 

 

Keian Weseen made his second start of the season in net for the Northstars, stopping 46 of 51 shots. 

 

The Norman Northstars will wrap up their season-opening road trip tomorrow as they face off for a second time against Kenora. Puck drop is at 2:30pm. 

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Northstars Fall In Season Opener


The Norman Northstars dropped their season opener last night to the Winnipeg Bruins 4-1.

 

The game was the first ever games for the expansion Bruins, who will be playing out of the Southdale Community Centre.

 

Ty Naaykens opened up the scoring half way through the first with the first goal for the new AAA club. He would add his second of the season on the PP early in the second period. Winnipeg would add two more before Mitchell Reid netted his first AAA goal for the Northstars. 

 

Flin Flon native Keian Weseen picked up the loss between the pipes for the NorMan squad, stopping 25 of 29 shots for a season-opening .862 save percentage. 

 

The Northstars continue their season tonight as they face Kenora at 7:30.

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2017/2018 Norman Northstars Roster Announced


The full roster for your 2017/2018 Norman Northstars has been announced.

 

The roster features 10 players from Thompson, four from Flin Flon, three from the Pas, one from Norway House, one from Cross Lake, and one from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.

 

The team is made up of six players born in 2000, eight born in 2001, and six born in 2002.

 

The Northstars will open up the season on the road in Winnipeg against the Bruins tomorrow evening.

 

The first broadcast of the season on 102.9 CHTM will take place on October 6th for the home opener against the Parkland Rangers.

 

FULL ROSTER :

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#7 Mitchell Reid (’00, Flin Flon, MB)

#8 Jerome Linklater (’00, Thompson, MB)

#10 Albert Berard (’00, Thompson, MB)

#12 Jon Tagoona (’00, Rankin Inlet, NU)

#13 Frederick Ledoux (’02, Flin Flon, MB)

#17 Sheldin Howard (’01, Thompson, MB)

#19 Jonathan Saunders (’01, Thompson, MB)

#20 Henry Muchikekwanape (’01, Norway House, MB)

#21 Keistin Saunders (’01, Thompson, MB)

#22 Mikey Baron (’01, Thompson, MB)

#26 Hunter Rambow (’01, The Pas, MB)

#28 Jamie Valentino (’02, Thompson, MB)

 

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#3 Dredyn Robinson (’02, Cross Lake, MB)

#4 Branden Hill (’02, The Pas, MB)

#5 Lance Bobesko (’02, Thompson, MB)

#6 Chase Muswagon (’01, The Pas, MB)

#11 Tanner Pilon (’00, Thompson, MB)

#24 Jordan Pfoh (’02, Flin Flon, MB)

 

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#1 Keian Weseen (’00, Flin Flon, MB)

#31 Braedin Melsted (’01, Thompson, MB)

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Blizzard PP Propels OCN To Big Win Over Dauphin


The OCN Blizzard extended their season-opening win streak to three last night with a big win at home over the Dauphin Kings.

 

The 7-3 final was powered in large part by the OCN powerplay, which contributed a goal in every period.

 

The Blizzard got the ball rolling early in the first with Thomas Hansell's first goal of the season, and they never looked back. Third year forward and The Pas native Lantz Hiebert scored 10 minutes after Hansell, and OCN took a 2-1 lead into the second period.

 

The second frame saw the Bilzzard add two more and head into the third period up 4-2, thanks to goals from Daylon Campbell and Wyatt Riendeau. Apetagon, BVartley and Roch all added markers in the final period to seal the victory for OCN.

 

Riese Gaber scored a pair for Dauphin, while Wilson Northey added the lone Kings' goal in the third.

 

Dorian Laganiere picked up his third win of the year for the Blizzard, stopping 37 of 40 shots.

 

The Blizzard now head out on the road for their weekend games, visiting Selkirk on Friday and Saturday, before heading to Steinbach for a Sunday evening affair with the Pistons.

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OCN Blizzard Open Season With Win Streak


The MJHL season kicked off over the weekend, and the OCN Blizzard are one of four teams sitting atop of the league with a perfect 2-0 record.

 

The Blizzard opened up at home Friday evening against the Waywayseecappo Wolverines, and survived a late comeback to win 2-1. Tony Apetagon opened up the scoring for OCN in the first period, and Daniel Chartrant netted the game-winner in the second period. Macklin McPhee scored early in the third period for the Wolverines. The game featured two members of the 2016/2017 Norman Northstars, Hunter Halcrow and Ethan Stuckless.

 

Saturday saw the Blizzard welcome the Swan Valley Stampeders to the GLMC, and once again OCN was able to skate away with a narrow one goal victory. The Stampeders got out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to Shane Roulette. Tony Apetagon and Daniel Chartrand answered back with their second goals of the season in the second period for Blizzard, who took a 2-1 lead into the third. Roulette potted his second of the game, and the season, early in the third to tie up the game and force overtime. Lantz Hiebert scored the game winner three minutes into the extra frame to push the Blizzard to a 2-0 record.

 

Newcomer Dorian Laganiere picked up a win in both games over the weekend for the Blizzard. He currently has a 1.46 GAA. The 5’11”, 181lbs goalie from Granby, Quebec split the 2016/2017 season with four different teams, the Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL), Revelstoke Grizzlies (KIJHL), Golden Rockets (KIJHL) and Nelson Leafs (KIJHL).

 

The Blizzard will look to continue their perfect start to the season tomorrow as they welcome the Dauphin Kings to the GLMC. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00pm.   

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Bombers Drop Weekend Games


The Flin Flon Bombers season continued over the weekend, where they dropped a pair of weekend games.

 

The Bombers played the Nipawin Hawks at the Whitney Forum on Friday evening, falling 5-2. Logan Casavant potted his second of the season to open up the scoring in the first period for the Hawks. Chrystopher Collin responded for Flin Flon in the second, but Nipawin answred his goal with Jake Tremblay’s first of the season and the Hawks never looked back. They’d add three more in the third, including one into the empty net, to seal the victory.

 

Sunday saw the Bombers come away with another loss, this time in the shootout at the hands of the Weyburn Red Wings. The Bombers got out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to the first goals of the season from both Ben Lanfermann and Caleb Moretz. The Red Wings would score in the second and third periods to send the games to overtime. Overtime solved nothing, and Cole Woodliffe and Landon Walters, both of the Weyburn Red Wings, were the only ones to score in the shootout to give Weyburn the win.

 

The Flin Flon Bombers currently sit third in the Sherwood Division, three points back of the SJHL-leading Melfort Mustangs. They next play tonight, as they visit the Notre Dame Hounds. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:45pm ST.

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Wheaties Open Season Against Regina


The Brandon Wheat Kings opened up the 2017/2018 WHL season over the weekend with a pair of games against the Regina Pats.

 

Friday evenings’ game, which was played at Westman Place in Brandon, saw the Wheaties stomp the Pats 8-1. Third year player Ty Lewis lead the way for Brandon with two goals and three assists. Regina alternate captain Matt Bradley had the loan goal for the Pats.

 

Saturday saw the two teams face off for the second time, this time at the Brandt Centre in Regina. The Pats came out victories, edging the Wheaties 4-3. George King, who spent most of the 2016/2017 season with the OCN Blizzard, opened up the scoring half way through the first with his first in the WHL for the Pats. Regina took a 2-0 lead into the second period, before Stelio Mattheos, a third round pick by Carolina in the most recent NHL draft, answered back with two of his own for the Wheat Kings. Regina would add two more goals, one each in the second and third, to seal the victory.

 

The Wheat Kings will welcome both Red Deer and Swift Current on Friday and Saturday.

 

Photo courtesy of the Regina Leader-Post

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Former Norman Northstar Heading To Kings Development Camp


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. 

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Goldeyes Fall To Saints


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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Vegas Golden Knights Announce Roster


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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Goldeyes Back In The Win Column With Win Over Saltdogs


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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Goldeyes Fall In Extra Innings


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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Goldeyes Drop Second Game In A Row


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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Goldeyes Drop Weekend Series With Saints


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.   

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Goldeyes Shutout Texas AirHogs In Series Finale


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.

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Goldeyes Fall To AirHogs


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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Goldeyes Thump AirHogs


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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Goldeyes Drop Opener Against AirHogs


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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Goldeyes Back In The Win Column


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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Penguins Win Stanley Cup


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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Goldeyes Game Postponed


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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Goldeyes Fall To Explorers In Late Comeback


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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Goldeyes Drop Series Opener


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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Goldeyes End Home-stand On Winning Note


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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Junior Soccer Registration Starts Wednesday


Registration is taking place this week for the Thompson Junior Soccer Association.

 

Registration will take place starting Wednesday at the V.R.C.C.

 

Registration Schedule:

  • 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.

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Goldeyes Beat Canaries 8-6, Win Series


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.

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Pittsburgh Takes 2-0 Series Lead


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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Goldeyes Edge Canaries 5-4


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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Goldeyes Get Revenge, Beat Canaries 8-4


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.

 

Photo courtesy of Goldeyes.com

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Penguins Takes Bite Out Of Predators With 5-3 Win


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)

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Goldeyes Drop Home Opener


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)

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Sport Manitoba Unveils New Manitoba Games Logo, Title Sponsor


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.

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Goldeyes Sweep Stockade


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)

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Goldeyes Beat Stockade 7-4


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)

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Goldeyes Start Season 3-2


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.

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Torch Bearers for Canada Games Revealed


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)

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First Nations Communities To Attend Blue Bombers Games


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)

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Open Track And Field Try-Outs at R.D.P.C. Tomorrow


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.

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Manitoba Midget "AAA" Final Set


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.

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R.D.P.C. Trojans Headed to Winnipeg


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.

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King Miners Fall in Finals


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:

  1. Beausejour Blades
  2. Thompson King Miners
  3. Swan Valley Stampeders
  4. The Pas Huskies
  5. Cross Lake Islanders

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R.D.P.C. "AAA JV Girls Are Provincial Champions


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.

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Wheatie Making History


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.

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Midget "AA" King Miners Are Champions


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.

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Two Bombers Earn Top League Honours


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.

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OCN Blizzard Host Virden Oil Capitals


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.

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Former Norman Northstar Named MJHL MVP


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.

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Blizzard Sneak By Blues


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.

 

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Munn Cup Weekend Is Finally Here


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

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Winnipeg Avros Host Norman Wild In Playoffs


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.

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Northstars Close Out Season As They Host Parkland


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.

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Blizzard Host Wolverines In Weekend Set


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.

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Bombers Visit Hawks In Lone Weekend Game


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.

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Wheaties Continue Playoff Push


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.

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Jets Take Weekend Eastern Canada Road Trip


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.

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