The Keystone Junior Hockey League says that they are accepting applications for new teams heading into the upcoming 2018-2019 season.
The announcement, which is posted on the league’s website, comes in the wake of reports that five teams are leaving to form their own Junior “B” league. The teams reported to be leaving are the Selkirk Fishermen, Lundar Falcons, St Malo Warriors, Arborg Ice Dogs and the North Winnipeg Satellites.
The departure leaves the Keystone Junior Hockey League with five teams; the Peguis Juniors, Fisher River Hawks, OCN Storm, Cross Lake Islanders and the Norway House Northstars.
According to the report the teams have said that they could not afford to travel north. That claim has been refuted however, as the northern teams provide travel/hotel accomidation and meals. There is also a claim that some of the parents of players are reluctant to let their children travel by bus after the Humboldt Broncos crash.
The general manager of the OCN Storm isn’t thrilled with the news. Jeremy Hohn spoke to Arctic Radio News and said that he’s very disappointed by the five teams’ decision to form their own league. Hohn went on to claim that the commissioner of the KJHL lied when it came to the plans of the franchises.
It has been reported that the league hopes to attract expansion teams, and that KJHL officials have received interest from Nelson House (NCN) in conjunction with the City of Thompson.
The ice is now in at the TRCC, which means the 2018-2019 Norman Northstars season is just around the corner.
The Midget “AAA” club will be holding try-outs next weekend, starting Thursday August 23rd with registration in the TRCC gym.
There will be both on-ice and dry land events Friday and Saturday, and a parent and selected player meeting on Sunday afternoon.
If you’d like more information on the tryout weekend or the team, head to the Norman Northstars website by clicking here.
The OCN Blizzard finally has their man.
The Blizzard announced this morning that they have hired Matt Summers as their new head coach for the 2018-2019 Manitoba Junior Hockey League season.
Summers, who played for the Blizzard from 2003-2006, spent last season as a head coach in the USPHL Premier division with the Tri City Ice Hawks. The team finished with a record of 5-37-2.
The Savage, Minnesota native tallied 285 points in 195 games while in OCN, before spending 11 seasons playing in the Central Hockey League and the Southern Professional Hockey League. He hung up his skates and started coaching following the 2016-2017 season.
The Blizzard will open up the season at home against Swan Valley September 21st, though Summers will make his debut September 5th in an exhibition game against the SJHL’s La Ronge Ice Wolves.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes continued their climb up the American Association North Division standings with a 5-4 win over Texas.
The AirHogs, who came into the game with a record of 17-45, put two runs past Goldeyes starter Kevin McGovern in both the third and fifth innings to build a 4-0 lead.
The Winnipeg comeback started in the bottom of the seventh inning with a double from Jordan Ebert who made his way to third following a pair of walks before shortstop Matt McCann reached base on a fielder’s choice, which brought him home.
The real magic happened in the bottom of the ninth after Ebert, McCann and Josh McAdams all drove in runs to tie the game at four. With one out and runners on second and third, veteran slugger Reggie Abercrombie scored his 46th RBI of the season driving home McAdams on a sacrifice fly to end the game.
Despite giving up four earned runs, McGovern had a solid start for the Goldeyes, striking out nine over 6.2 innings in his 14th start of the season. He currently holds a record of 3-7, and seems to have taken a big step back from last year, where he finished the season 13-3 with an ERA of 2.55.
The Winnipeg bullpen managed to hold off the Texas bats during the last two innings of the game, with Farmington, New Mexico native Edwin Carl only allowing one hit in the eighth, before Victor Capellan picked up his third win of the season in the ninth.
The Goldeyes are back in action again tonight as they open a three-game set at Shaw Park against the visiting Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
Winnipeg currently sits seven games back of the division lead, which is currently shared by the Gary SouthShore RailCats and the St. Paul Saints.
Photo courtesy of Goldeyes.com
Eight Manitobans were taken in the 2018 NHL entry draft, including The Pas native Connor Dewar.
Dewar was taken off the board with the 92nd pick by the Minnesota Wild despite being projected to go later. The 18-year-old is set to captain the WHL's Everett Silvertips next year in his fourth full Major Junior campaign.
Vancouver made Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Jett Woo, who hails from Winnipeg, the highest-drafted man from the province with the 37th pick. Woo tallied 25 points in 44 games last year during his second full season in the WHL. The 17-year-old captained Canada White at the 2017 World U17 Hockey Challenge.
Steinbach Pistons goaltender Matthew Thiessen was also drafted by the Canucks, making him the only MJHL player selected this year. Being selected in the draft is icing on the cake for the netminder as it caps off a season that saw him help lead the Pistons to MJHL and ANAVET Cup glory. Thiessen was named to the MJHL All-Star and All-Rookie teams. The 18-year-old Altona native is committed to start playing hockey at the University of Maine after the upcoming season.
The 2026 World Cup is coming to North America.
The FIFA congress met earlier today in Russia, and selected the United 2026 (a joint effort from Canada, Mexico and the USA) bid as the host for the world-wide event over Morocco.
Most of the games will be played in the United States, with only six venues located in Canada and Mexico.
Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, BMO Field in Toronto and Olympic Stadium in Montreal will play host to the games here in Canada.
The announcement means that all three countries will receive automatic entries in the tournament.
The only time Canada has been in the World Cup was in 1986, where the team failed to win a game or score a goal.
The last major FIFA event to take place in North America was the 2015 Womens World Cup. It took place in cities across Canada including Winnipeg, Ottawa and Vancouver.
The return of professional soccer in Winnipeg is now official.
At a ceremony yesterday afternoon, The Winnipeg Football Club (Blue Bombers) officially announced that Valour F.C. will begin play at Investors Group Field next spring with the Canadian Premier League kicks off.
The team name comes from Valour Road, which was home to three recipients of The Victoria Cross during the First World War. More informaion on the story behind the name of the team can be found here.
The colours of the team are maroon, gold and black.
The name, colour scheme and jersey of the new Winnipeg soccer team set to take part in the Canadian Premier League is set to be official unveiled tomorrow.
The Canadian Premier League is set to start play next season and will feature seven teams; Cavalry FC (Calgary), FC Edmonton, Hamilton (Ontario), HFX Wanderers FC (Halifax), Port City (B.C.), York 9 FC (York Region, Ontario) and Winnipeg.
The club, which has been long speculated, is reportedly going to be owned by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and play their home games at Investors Group Field.
Winnipeg had a professional soccer team from 1987 until 1993. They were known as the Winnipeg Fury, and played in the Canadian Soccer League from '87 until the league folded in 1992, then moved over the Canadian National Soccer League for the 1993 season.
Eight new faces were added to the OCN Blizzard organization Sunday morning during the annual Manitoba Junior Hockey League draft.
Below is a list of the players taken by the Blizzard:
Pembina Valley Hawks Bantam "AAA"
RHA National Bantam Prep
Parkland Rangers Bantam "AAA"
RHA Nationals Bantam Prep
Winnipeg Hawks Bantam "AAA"
Interlake Lightning Bantam "AAA"
Ile Des Chenes, MB
RHA Nationals Bantam Prep
Darryl Junior Taylor-Luke
Parkland Rangers Bantam "AAA"
In addition to the eight players selected with picks, Chase Bertholet and Keilan Holland were officially welcomed to the team as auto-protects. Both Bertholet and Holland played for the Norman Wolves last season, and are from The Pas.
According to MJHL rules, every team has to protect two local players in March, prior to the draft. These players are then not eligible to be drafted.
Justin Lies, from Flin Flon, was only member of the Norman Wolves team to be selected with a pick in the draft. He went in the 6th round at pick 64 to the Portage Terriers. Lies was also selected in the 2018 WHL Draft in the 3rd round (56th pick) by the Vancouver Giants.
Grady Lane, from Virden, MB, was taken with the #1 pick in the draft by the Winkler Flyers. Lane put up 22 goals and 20 assists last season, and was taken in the 8th round of the 2018 WHL draftlast month by the Spokane Chiefs.
The full draft results can be found by clicking here.
All of the players selected by the 11 member teams played bantam hockey last season, and were born in 2003.
Connor Dewar will have the “C” on his chest when the Everett Silvertips take to the ice for the 2018-2019 WHL season.
The 18-year-old native of The Pas was named the next captain of the Silvertips yesterday after spending the previous year as an alternate captain.
According to his head coach, Dennis Williams, Dewar is a natural fit to lead the team both on and off the ice.
The 18-year-old centre put up 38 goals and 30 assists last season, and is currently the 117th ranked North American skater for the upcoming NHL draft.
Glen Gulutzan is staying in Alberta after losing his job with the Calgary Flames.
The northern Manitoba product has been hired on by the Edmonton Oilers, and will work under head coach Todd McLellan as an assistant coach.
Gulutzan, who is from The Pas, has four seasons as an NHL head coach under his belt (2011-2013 with Dallas, 2016-2018 with Calgary).
He also spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks, and two seasons as the head coach of the AHL's Texas Stars. He started his full-time coaching career with six seasons behind the bench of the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers.
Two northerners have been designated as protected players by the OCN Blizzard for the upcoming Manitoba Junior Hockey League draft.
The Pas natives Keilan Holland and Chase Bertholet, who both spent last season in Thompson with the Bantam AAA Norman Wolves, were officially announced as the Blizzard’s protected players for 2018, though decision was made two months ago.
According to MJHL rules, every team has to protect two local players in March, prior to the draft. These players are then not eligible to be drafted.
Holland had 17 goals and 17 assists for the Wolves during the regular season, and contributed two goals for Team North during the 2018 Manitoba Games male hockey competition.
Bertholet was taken in the recent WHL Bantam Draft in the 5th round by the Red Deer Rebels, after finishing fourth in tournament scoring (4G, 6A) in the 2018 Manitoba Games and third in league scoring (30G, 38A) during the Winnipeg Bantam “AAA” regular season.
The 2017/2018 season is now officially in the books for the Norman Northstars.
The annual wrap-up banquet and awards ceremony took place Saturday at the Juniper Centre, and included the unveiling of a new jersey and new colour scheme for the logo.
Below is a list of the award winners:
Barry Patterson Most Popular Player: Mikey Baron
MacIntyre Defensive Player of the Game: Jordan Pfoh and Braedin Melsted
McDonald's Offensive Player of the Game: Hunter Rambow
Most Improved Player: Jamie Valentino
Terry Murray Most Dedicated Award: Sheldin Howard
Paul Lafreniere Best Defenseman: Jordan Pfoh
Cliff Duchesne Hardest Worker: Jon Tagoona
Top Scorder: Hunter Rambow
Top Defensive Forward: Keistin Saunders
Rookie of the Year: Mitchell Reid
MVP: Hunter Rambow
The Steinbach Pistons are the champions of Western Canada.
The Pistons beat the Nipawin Hawks 2-1 last night to win the 2018 ANAVET Cup over the SJHL Champs in six games.
Steinbach now moves on to the national Junior “A” championship, the RBC Cup. The tournament is taking place in Chilliwack, B.C. from May 12th through the 21st.
The RBC Cup will feature the four regional champions, in addition to the host Chilliwack Chiefs. The Ottawa Jr. Senators (CCHL) will represent the East Region, the Wellington Dukes (OJHL) for the Central Region, the Pistons (MJHL) for the Western Region and the Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) for the Pacific Region.
The Cobourg Cougars of the OJHL won the RBC Cup last year. The Portage Terriers won the trophy in 2015, making them the only MJHL team to ever accomplish the feat. The Dauphin Kings and OCN Blizzard both made the championship game once each in from 2000-2010.
Photo courtesy of the Steinbach Pistons on Twitter.
Two northerners are one step closer to their NHL dreams following the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.
Justin Lies and Chase Bertholet were selected in the 3rd and 5th rounds respectively following impressive 2017/2018 campaigns with the Bantam "AAA" Norman Wolves.
Lies went 56th overall to the Vancouver Giants after finishing 8th in league scoring during the Winnipeg Bantam "AAA" regular season. The Flin Flon native, who served as the Wolves' captain this season, put up 39 goals 23 assists in 35 games before helping Team North win bronze at the recent 2018 Manitoba Winter Games.
Bertholet, who hails from The Pas, went 94th overall to the Red Deer Rebels. The 15-year-old played a big role in Team North's medal at the Winter Games. He put up 10 points (4G, 6A) in the tournament, including a pair of goals and assists in the bronze medal game. Bertholet finished the regular season as the leading scorer for the Wolves and 6th in the league with 30 goals and 38 assists.
2017/2018 was the second season with the Norman Wolves for both Lies and Bertholet, though they only played a combined 12 games in 2016/2017.
Photo courtesy of Shaw TV Thompson
The annual Knights of Columbus track meet starts tomorrow morning in the T.R.C.C. at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena.
Things will get underway around 8:00am with events like shot-put and high jump, with track events following later in the day.
The opening ceremonies will take place in the evening, followed by the medal events. The event is free of charge and everyone is invited to attend.
Westwood School won the title at the meet last year, their 15th in a row. They finished the day with 175 points, 33 clear of Riverside School who came in second.
Photo courtesy of Ian Graham, Thompson Citizen.
A hockey player from Northern Manitoba is hoping to hear his name called this June at the NHL entry draft.
Connor Dewar, from The Pas, was passed over by all 31 teams at last years’ draft when he was first eligible. After being passed over, Dewar participated in the 2017 summer development camp for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The 18-year-old is currently in his third season with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips, and is one of three players from the team expected to be drafted with the top 100 picks.
The former Parkland Ranger Midget AAA forward scored 38 goals during the regular season this year, the youngest player in Silvertips history to do so.
The draft is taking place from June 22nd through the 23rd in Dallas.
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League has announced that they have rescheduled the remainder of the championship series between the Virden Oil Capitals and Steinbach Pistons.
Game two, which was originally scheduled for this past Sunday, will be played this Thursday (April 12th) in Virden. There will be a pregame ceremony before the game to pay tribute to the Humboldt Broncos hockey club.
Game three will go Saturday, followed by game four on Monday. Should games five, six and seven be required, they will be played on April 19th, 21st and 23rd.
All games are scheduled to start at 7:30pm, with games two, four and six set to be played at Tundra Oil & Gas Place in Virden, while games three, five and seven will be in Steinbach at the T.G. Smith Centre.
The Oil Capitals currently lead the series 1-0, having defeated the Pistons 2-1 in game one last Friday. Hunter Cloutier scored his first goal of the post-season at the 5:10 mark of the third period, which turned out to be the game winner. Former Flin Flon Bomber Rylee Zimmer opened the scoring for Virden at the 11:08 mark of the second period. Mark Taraschuk, who spent two seasons in the WHL with Brandon and Swift Current, had the lone tally for Steinbach.
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League has temporarily delayed the league championship series between the Steinbach Pistons and Virden Oil Kings following the tragedy involving the SJHL's Humboldt Broncos.
Virden took game one by a score of 2-1 on Friday evening, though the teams haven't played since. Game two was supposed to be played yesterday, though it was postponed once the scale of what had happened in Saskatchewan was made known.
Kim Davis, the commissioner of the MJHL, issued a statement Saturday saying that the league does not believe that the game that was supposed to have been played yesterday should be played as scheduled out of the "deepest respect to the Humboldt Broncos organization, its players and parents, the SJHL and its member clubs"
Davis added that the playoffs will resume, but that the next few days will be "focused on mourning, supporting the SJHL and reflecting on the loss of life that we can’t comprehend at this time."
Game three of the series was originally scheduled to be played tomorrow.
Tonight marks the start of the MJHL championship series.
The best-of-seven is a true contest of the best Manitoba has to offer, with the #1 Steinbach Pistons taking on the #2 Virden Oil Capitals.
Game one will go tonight at the T.G. Smith Centre in Steinbach, with puck drop coming around 7:30pm. Games 1, 3, 5 and 7 will be played in Steinbach, while games 2, 4 and 6 will be at Tundra Oil and Gas Place in Virden.
The Pistons finished the regular season as the #3 Jr “A” side in the country and an impressive record of 48-8-2-2. They come into the series with a playoff record of 8-2. The Oil Capitals enter the championship series with a 8-1 playoff record, after finishing as the regular season runners-up with a 40-17-2-1 record.
The winner of the series will not only claim the Turnbull Cup, but will represent Manitoba at the ANAVET Cup against the SJHL champion.
Former Norman Northstar and OCN Blizzard standout Justin Nachbaur continued to carve his path to the pros this season as he was named rookie of the year by the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders.
The 17-year-old Cross Lake, MB native spent two seasons playing hockey in Thompson, one with the Norman Wolves Bantam "AAA" side and one with the Midget "AAA" Northstars. In his first year of bantam hockey with the Wolves, Nachbaur put up 17 points (9G, 8A) in 22 games, putting him second in team scoring behind Bryce Young.
Justin would play his second and final season of bantam hockey with the Winnipeg Warriors, where he scored 23 goals and added 22 helpers in 30 games. This performance got the attention of WHL scouts, leading to him being taken by the Raiders in the seventh round.
He only played one season of midget hockey before making the jump to junior, and it was spent with the Norman Northstars. He finished fourth in team scoring, notching 14 goals and 9 assists in 30 games.
Nachbaur spent last season in OCN with the Blizzard, where he continued to make his mark. The then 16-year-old found the back of the net 11 times and added 20 helpers in 55 games, before putting up 6 points in 15 playoff games.
He made the jump to Major Junior this year, playing 66 games and helped the Raiders with 20 points.
Nachbaur will be looking to help Prince Albert in their quest for the Ed Chynoweth Cup, and hopefully the Memorial Cup, when they start their first round playoff series tonight against the Moose Jaw Warriors.
A former Norman Northstar is continuing to make waves following his Midget "AAA" career, having been named the co-rookie of the year for the OCN Blizzard.
Norway House, MB native Anthony Apetagon received his award at the OCN Blizzard end of year banquet, which took place at the Aseneskak Casino earlier this week.
Apetagon finished the season with 33 points (19G, 14A) and 31 PIM in 54 games played. This was his first full season playing Junior "A" hockey, following a season with the Junior "B" OCN Storm. In his one season with the Storm, Apetagon picked up the Keystone Junior Hockey League scoring title, putting up 102 points (42G, 59A) with 31 PIM in 34 regular season games. He followed up that performance with 25 points (9G, 16A) in 9 playoff games.
Rookie centre Mark Liwiski joined Apetagon in the ROY honours for the Blizzard. The 16 year old from Dauphin put up 14 goals and 11 assists in 36 games, after failing to make much of an impact this season in the WHL with the Everett Silvertips. He was selected in the third round of the WHL Bantam Draft in 2016 by the Silvertips after 91 points in his final year of Bantam "AAA" hockey. Last season, Liwiski played with the Midget "AAA" Parkland Rangers, picking up 54 points (25G, 29A) in 37 games.
This may come as a surprise to many people who live here in Thompson, but Team North will be playing for a hockey medal tomorrow for the second time this week. The boys took home bronze on Wednesday, and the girls will play tomorrow. Just like their male counterparts, the female Team North is made up of girls both from the north, and all around the province.
Lee Cummings is the head coach of Team North, and says that he’s glad to be back behind the bench again after coaching the Midget “AAA” Norman Wild last year. He said that he really likes the fact that the team is made up of girls from the different parts of the province. He said that it’s exciting for him to be able to coach girls who are looking to make their mark on Hockey Manitoba, hoping to earn a spot that will compete at the Canada Games next year in Red Deer, Alberta.
Cummings said that the hardest part of his job is making sure the girls are put in a spot where they can succeed and showcase their talents. He said that some of the girls have to move to a different position, as there is always an abundance of centres. He said that win or lose it’s exciting to be back behind the bench again.
Kenzer Amy is one of the girls on the team not from the NorMan region. This past season, the 16-year-old Birtle, MB native was a member of the Midget “AAA” Yellowhead Chiefs. She put up one goal and four assists this season in 31 games while playing defence. According to the Chiefs website, Kenzer said that one of her greatest achievements was being the captain of the Bantam “AAA” Chiefs during the 2015/2016 season.
When it comes to playing for a Manitoba Games medal, she said that its exciting and a great opportunity. Kenzer said that it was nerve-wracking at first to play with a bunch of girls that she doesn’t normally play with, but that they’re a great group. She added that it didn’t take long to find chemistry on the ice with her teammates, and that her highlight of the games has been being here and having new opportunities.
The girls will be playing for bronze tomorrow morning at 9:00am.
The OCN Blizzard went one for three on the weekend, dropping games to the Wolverines and Natives, before defeating Neepawa in Overtime yesterday.
The Blizzard, who currently sit fourth in the MJHL, are nine points behind Virden and Portage in the standings, while level with Winkler, though OCN has a game in hand.
Cross Lake native Anthony Keeper continues to lead the team in points, with 52 (15G, 37A).
The Blizzard will play their final home game of the season Wednesday as they host the Swan Valley Stampeders.
With the regular season now in the books, the first round playoff matchups in the Manitoba Midget “AAA” League have now been set.
Below is a breakdown of all four first-round matchups.
(1) Winnipeg Wild vs (8) Central Plains Capitals
The Wild finished the season first place in the league with a record of 41-5-0-1-1, outscoring their opponents 325-107. That offence was led by Bemidji State commit Kyle Bettens who won the league scoring title with 95 points (40G, 55A) in 48 games. That dominance over their opponents extended to the Central Plains Capitals, as the Wild swept the season series 4-0 (6-2, 3-2, 7-1, 6-4).
Despite having the four wins, the Wild were in tough in the last game against the Capitals, who were surging as they pushed to make the post-season. Central Plains went 8-1 in the month of February, as they narrowly edged out the Pembina Valley Hawks for the final playoff spot. The Capitals are led by their captian, Reily Funk. The Portage Terriers prospect split the season between the Terriers and Capitals, putting up 61 points (29G, 32A) in midget “AAA” play.
If the Capitals can continue their streak of tenacious play, this could be an upset in the making. On the other side of the coin, however, if the Wild can get fast transition game going like they have all season, there is also the possibility of a quick series with the number one seed moving on.
(2) Brandon Wheat Kings vs (7) Southwest Cougars
The Brandon Wheat Kings will be in tough against one of the hottest teams in the league. Despite finishing second in the league, the Wheat Kings have lost two of their best players that got them to where they are. The Wheaties lost star goalie Trent Miner on January 10th as he was called up by the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. Despite not finishing the year in the league, Miner finished as the league leader in GAA (1.64) and save percentage (.941). Since being called up, Trent Miner has played in four games with the Giants, posting a 3.13 GAA and .918sv%. Also missing for the Wheat Kings is defenceman Daemon Hunt, who was called up by the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors.
The season series was won 3-1 by Brandon, but Southwest is coming into the playoffs on a roll having won three straight and five of their last six. The Cougars are led by Jared McCorrister, who put up 49 points (33G, 16A) in 42 games. Riley Wallace has been solid between the pipes for the Southwest team, posting a record of 19-10 with a 2.67GAA and .917sv%.
This is another series that can go either way. If the team play that brought the Cougars into the playoffs continues they have a shot at the upset. On the other hand, if the Wheat Kings focus on the team they have, which includes 84-point rookie Nolan Ritchie, the series is well within reach for the Wheaties.
(3) Winnipeg Bruins vs (6) Yellowhead Chiefs
Despite making it to the league finals last year, Yellowhead has regressed a bit, coming into the playoffs as the number six seed with a record of 62-20-0-2.
The Bruins, who are coming off a dominant performance in the last weekend against the Norman Northstars, will be looking to shake off their 3-6 month of February in the playoffs. They’ll be relying on their top line of Jayson Szun, Blake Burr and Kyle Lang. The trio finished with a combined 194 points and 88 goals. Winnipeg won the season series with Yellowhead 3-1.
Yellowhead will be in tough, as the scoring has been hard to come by this season. Chad Nychuck led the team in scoring with 61 points (17G, 44A) in 47 games. The Chiefs will be relying heavily on former Norman Northstars goaltender Jeremy Dutcawich, who posted a 22-17 record.
(4) Winnipeg Thrashers vs (5) Eastman Selects
The 4-5 series, as expected, should be the closest and most tightly-contested matchup in the first round. The two teams split their regular season series, and finished the season with the same amount of points, 57. The Thrashers will get home ice advantage, however, as they finished with two more wins.
Josiah Vanderhooft leds the Thrashers offence, and finished the season with 50 points (25G, 25A) in 48 points. He finished the season strong with 14 points (6G, 8A) in the final eight games of the season. Eastman is led by Cole Dekoninck, who had 58 points (20G, 38A) in 48 games. The Kelowna Rockets prospect played two games with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines this season.
This is the one series that should go down to the wire, as there isn’t much separating the two teams.
The first round of the playoffs will begin on Friday March 2nd, with the final wrapping up on March 30th.
The Norman Northstars wrapped up their season over the weekend with a pair of disappointing losses to the expansion Winnipeg Bruins.
The Nor-Man squad was playing with a short bench Friday night, as captain Jerome Linklater, Jonathan Saunders and Frederick Ledoux were out of the lineup. Ryan Monias, who had 17 points (6G, 11A) with the Midget “AA” King Miners this season, made his Northstars debut.
The Winnipeg Bruins came out hard and fast, as they needed just one point to lock up third place in the league heading into the playoffs. Jason Kotchon potted the first of the game less than two minutes in, giving the Bruins the lead. Kyle Lang and Blake Burr would add two more goals for Winnipeg, giving them a 3-0 advantage going into the second. Wheat Kings prospect Wililam Highet added one on the powerplay 1:24 into the second, before Lang added a pair of goals two minutes apart to double the Bruins lead to 6-0. The Northstars would get two back, with Hunter Rambow and Sheldin Howard beating Kolby Thornton. 6-2 was as close as they would come, however, as Lang and Jayson Szun would add two more to make the final 8-2. Szun and Lang finished with five points each, while Burr added four. Tanner Pilon was one of the bright spots for the Northstars, playing as a forward for the first time in his midget “AAA” career. Despite not making a mark on the scoresheet, Pilon had a handful of scoring chances and made his presence known physically in the Bruins’ end.
Saturday saw the debut of two more Midget “AA” King Miners, Riley Locke and Cody Hale. The penalty-filled affair was not better for the Northstars than it was the night before, as they were down 5-0 after the first period. The only real bright spot of the game came near the end of the second period, when Mikey Baron scored his eight goal of the season shorthanded. The third period started with the Bruins up 11-1, and they’d add five more in the final frame for a final score of 16-1. Szun would finished the night with seven points, Luc Massé with six, and Lang and Devin Bulloch with five a piece. Northstars alternate captain Mitchell Reid finished the game with 23 PIMS, while Jamie Valentino had 15.
The Norman Northstars finished the season with a record of 4-43-0-0-1. The Northstars will say goodbye to five players as they are aging out of midget hockey; Linklater, Reid, Pilon, Jon Tagoona and goaltender Keian Weseen.
The Pas, MB native and OCN Blizzard prospect Hunter Rambow, who wore the captain’s “C” in the final two games, finished the season as the team leader in points with 36 (12G, 24A).
Three RD Parker basketball teams participated in tournaments over the weekend, and two came out with championship banners.
The junior varisty (JV) girls and boys teams were at home, as RD Parker played host to the Zone XI JV basketball tournament. There were four teams competing in both girls and boys ball; RD Parker, MBCI (The Pas), Cross Lake and Norway House.
The JV girls opened the tournament with a statement win over Norway House, 66-12. They then beat the MBCI Spartans from The Pas by a score of 59-11 to advance to the finals. They faced the Spartans again in the final, where they won 50-13.
The JV boys also opened up the tournament against Norway House, winning 81-36. The Trojans turned around to play the MBCI Spartans, and fell 93-64. Sitting at 1-1, the boys played Cross Lake, and won 59-55 to advance to the finals. In the championship game, the Trojan boys came up strong, defeating the MBCI Spartans 76-73.
The senior varisty girls team was on the road this past weekend, taking part in the Credit Union Varsity Girls Tournament, hosted by the Swan Valley Tigers. The girls went 1-1, with a 59-51 loss to the host Tigers and a 62-33 win over Neelin.
The Thompson King Miners and Cross Lake Islanders will play in Cross Lake for the first game of the Norman Midget "AA" League playoff finals the weekend of March 10th.
The series was originailly scheduled to take place this weekend, but had to be moved until after the 2018 Manitoba Winter Games due to a scheduling conflict.
The King Miners are coming off a first round sweep of the Norway House Northstars, which saw the Thompson side outscore their rivals a combined 21-6. They were led up front in the series by Drayden Spence (7G, 3A), Chase Gurniak (4G, 5A) and Matthew Rempel (7A). Skylar Szocs, who made his Midget "AAA" debut earlier this season with the Norman Northstars, played all three games for Thompson while posting a 2.00 GAA and a .924 save percentage.
Cross Lake, who finished first in the regular season and received a bye to the finals, hasn't played since beating Norway House on February 8th. Kadin Ross led the team in offence all season, posting 30 points (15G, 15A) in 15 games. Peter Ross was the team’s main goaltender, posting a record of 5-4. Ross' .891 save percentage led the league while his GAA of 4.80 was second to Thompson's Isaak Weenusk.
The first ever Wayne Zahayko Memorial pre-novice hockey tournament will be taking place tomorrow, February 24th, at the Thompson Regional Community Centre.
The tournament is in memory of Wayne Zahayko, who passed away in 2015. Zahayko was an active member of the Thompson Minor Hockey Association, playing throughout his childhood, then volunteering as coach.
The tournament, which features six-year-old players, will have ten teams. Three teams are from Thompson; the Jets, Blackhawks and Redwings.
The action will get underway at 9:30am, with the Wabowden Stingers playing the Thompson Jets and the Snow Lake Spartans playing the Thompson Blackhawks. The opening ceremonies will follow at 11:50am.
The Flin Flon Bombers will start their preparation for the playoffs this weekend as they play a home-and-home weekend set with the Nipawin Hawks, who lead the SJHL with 82 points and are currently listed as the fourth best Junior “A” club in Canada.
Tonight’s game will be the second of three games in a row that the two teams will play against each other. They have met six times already this season, with the Hawks getting the better of the Bombers in four of the games. Nipawin has outscored Flin Flon 24-10 so far this season.
Prince Albert native Josh McDougall leads Nipawin in scoring this season with 64 points (15Gm 19A) in 49 games played. The 1998-born skater will be lacing up for the Mercyhurst University next season to play NCAA D1 hockey. Flin Flon is led by Nate Hooper, who has 48 points (19G, 29A) in 50 games. The 20-year-old former Winnipeg Thrasher is in his second season with the Bombers.
Flin Flon has six games left in the regular season after this weekend.
The OCN Blizzard continue their road trip tonight with a game against the last-place Waywayseecappo Wolverines.
The Blizzzard are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Portage Terriers, and will be looking to once again get the upper hand on the Wolverines to gain some separation in the standings from the Flyers.
OCN and Wayway last met during the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival, where the Blizzard beat the Wolverines 3-2 and 2-1.
After tonight, OCN heads to Neepawa where they have back-to-back games against the Natives at the Yellowhead Centre. The Blizzard will be in tough, as Neepawa is the only team outside of the top eight left with a shot at the playoffs. They currently sit five points back of Swan Valley for the final playoff spot.
If you want to follow the action, make sure totune in to 102.9 CJAR as Marty Martinson will have the call of all three weekend games. If you’re outside of The Pas area, you can head to thepasonline.com.
It’s a busy weekend when it comes to basketball for RD Parker Collegiate.
The school will be hosting the junior varsity Zone XI tournament, with games starting this afternoon. The tournament is taking place in both the Parker and Trojan gyms, with four teams competing in both the boys and girls sides. RD Parker, Norway House, Cross Lake and The Pas all have teams competing in both tournaments. The girls final will take place in the Trojan Gym tomorrow at 12:30pm, while the boys final will start right after at 2:00pm.
While the JV tournament is going on at home, the senior varsity girls are on the road. The Trojans will be in Swan River, where they are taking place in the Credit Union Varsity Girls tournament.
The Norman Northstars will wrap up their 2017/2018 season this weekend the same way they began the season; against the expansion Winnipeg Bruins.
The two teams have played twice this season, both times in Winnipeg. The Bruins took the first game 4-1, and the second 13-3. Winnipeg Blues prospect Ty Naaykens, who currently sits second on the team in scoring with 57 points (26G, 31A), dominated the Nor-Man side with four points in the opener (2G, 2A) and five points in the second game (4G, 1A).
The Bruins, who left Winnipeg for Thompson this morning, are currently in a slump. They have lost six of their last seven games, including five straight. Despite the recent run of bad play, Winnipeg continues to hold on to third spot in the Manitoba Midget “AAA” League, four points up on fourth place Eastman and eight points up on the Winnipeg Thrashers.
The Norman Northstars are coming off a disappointing 12-5 loss to the Winnipeg Thrashers after upsetting the Winnipeg side 2-1 the night before. The Northstars were led in the offense department last weekend by captain Jerome Linklater, who had four helpers. Sheldin Howard and Keistin Saunders each had three points.
This weekend will mark the last chance for Linklater, Tanner Pilon, Jon Tagoona, Mitchell Reid and Keian Weseen to don a Northstars jersey. The five 2000-born players on the team will age out of midget hockey once the season comes to a close. Both Linklater and Pilon are in their second full season with the Nor-Man side, while Tagoona, Reid and Weseen made their debuts this year.
Both of the weekend games, tonight and tomorrow, against the Bruins will start at 7:30pm at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena in the T.R.C.C. If you can’t make it out to tonight’s game, tune in to 102.9 CHTM for the call of the game starting at 7:25pm.
There are three other midget “AAA” games on the go tonight here in Manitoba. The Eastman Selects are visiting the Winnipeg Thrashers, the Pembina Valley Hawks host the Brandon Wheat Kings, and the Parkland Rangers will battle the Southwest Cougars.
A curling team from RD Parker Collegiate is currently in Winkler participating in the provincial finals.
Brooke Graham, Madison Andrews, Keanna Lowlin and Kira Milligan make up the team, coached by Jeff Paradis.
The girls open up the "A" side draw against Garden Valley, and will face the winner of Shoal Lake and Ashern.
The OCN Blizzard lost to the Portage Terriers last night in a shootout, dropping a key point against the team that was right above them in MJHL standings.
Portage got the ball rolling early, as Jeremey Leipsic potted his 27th of the season to give the Terriers a 1-0 edge. Nick Doyle would add one ten minutes later, and Portage would take a 2-0 lead into the break.
The second period saw no scoring, but OCN would storm back in the third. Former Norman Northstar Tony Apetagon scored five minutes into the final frame, before Riley Bruce tied things up half way through, forcing overtime.
The extra frame solved nothing, so the two teams went to the shootout. Leipsic was the only skater able to score, giving the Terriers the extra point. The Former Winnipeg Wild standout is an alternate captain with Portage this season, and currently has 76 points (27G, 49A) in 56 games.
With the Win, the Terriers have jumped over the Oil Capitals to take second place in the league. The OCN Blizzard continue to sit fourth, two points up on the Winkler Flyers with two games in hand.
Seven of the eight playoff spots in the MJHL have been clinched, with number eight still up for grabs. The spot is currently held by the Swan Valley Stampeders, who sit five points ahead of the Neepawa Natives with three games in hand.
Photo courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press
The OCN Blizzard picked up four crucial points over the weekend by taking down the Waywayseecappo Wolverines in back-to-back games.
The Wolverines, who sit dead last in the MJHL, were hoping to play spoiler as they made the trip north to play the Blizzard during the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival.
Friday night saw a close game, with OCN coming out on top 3-2. The Blizzard started the game playing catch-up, with Jesse Korytko potting his 10th of the season only 42 seconds in to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead. Riley Bruce would tie things up for the Blizzard with 3:30 to go in the opening frame. The powerplay goal was set up by two former Norman Northstars, Anthony Keeper and Tony Apetagon.
The second period saw more penalties than scoring, as Mark Liwiski had the only goal as OCN took a 2-1 lead into the third.
Wayway would tie up the game early in the third thanks to Peyton Malcolm, before former Vancouver Giant and Edmonton Oil King Jesse Roach scored his 10th of the season to push OCN over the top. Former Drummondville Voltigeurs goalie Emilien Boily picked up the win for the Blizzard, his 21st of the season. He sits among the league leaders with a 2.79 GAA and 0.923 sv%.
Saturday saw another close game between the two clubs, once again with OCN coming out on top.
Brayden Dale opened up the scoring early in the first with his 11th of the season. The goal, which came at the 2:02 mark from Wyatt Riendeau and Liwiski, would be the only marker of the period.
Korytko would tie things up midway through the second period for the Wolverines, before Brady Valiquette scored early in the third to give the Blizzard their second win in 24 hours.
With the pair of victories, the Blizzard sit in fourth place in the MJHL, three points up on fifth place Winkler.
OCN has five games left of the season, starting Wednesday against the third place Terriers in Portage.
The end of the season gets easier after Wednesday with game against the last place Wolverines, followed by a pair against Neepawa and one against Swan Valley. The Stampeders currently sit in the final playoff spot, five points ahead of the ninth place Neepawa Natives. Swan Valley has two games in hand.
The Norman Northstars are looking ahead to the final two games of the season after splitting a pair of games at home against the Winnipeg Thrashers.
Friday night saw the Northstars play their best game of the season in a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Thrashers. It was a tightly-contested game for the entire 60 minutes, with both sides doing everything they could to try and give their team an advantage.
The scoring started early in the third period, when Nor-Man alternate captain Keistin Saunders scored his sixth goal of the season at the 1:02 mark. Jordan Pfoh would add his team-leading seventh powerplay goal of the season to give his team a 2-0 lead. Billy Klymchuk would add one late for the Thrashers, but it wasn’t enough. Waywayseecappo Wolverines prospect Braedin Melsted played one of the best games of his Midget “AAA” career, stopping 35 of 36 shots. The Northstars penalty kill continued to shine, going a perfect ten for ten.
Saturday night saw a very different game from both teams as the Thrashers dominated the Northstars en route to a 12-5 victory. The line of Klymchuk, Josiah Vanderhooft and Levi Thiessen proved to be kryptonite for the Nor-Man side, as the trio of Thrashers combined for seven goals and 19 points in the game. The Thrashers were up 8-2 at the start of the third, and stretched that to 11-2 before the Northstars attempted a late comeback. Jon Tagoona got the ball rolling with his fourth of the season with five minutes left, before Sheldin Howard and Mikey Baron added quick goals a minute later closing the gap to 11-5. The comeback was cut short less than a minute later as Klymchuk scored with three minutes to go to seal the deal.
Captain Jerome Linklater and The Pas, MB native Hunter Rambow are currently tied for the team lead in points with 34. Mitchell Reid continues to lead the team in goals with 18.
The Norman Northstars will finish off their season this weekend at the TRCC as they host the expansion Winnipeg Bruins.
The Flin Flon Bombers are in tough tonight as they face off against the divisional-rival Mustangs in Melfort.
The two teams, who have both clinched playoff berths, have had very different seasons. The Bombers currently sit third in the Sherwood Division with a record of 19-22-3-4, while the Mustangs are second with a record of 33-11-4-1.
Tonight's game will mark the third time in a row, and sixth time this season, that the two rivals have played each other. Melfort currently holds the edge in the season series 4-2. The last games these two teams played, on February 9th and 10th, was split. Flin Flon won the first game 6-4 in Melfort before the Mustangs dropped the Bombers 6-3 at the Whitney Forum.
The two teams will play one more time this season, on March 6th, in Flin Flon.
Tonight's game is scheduled to start at 7:30pm local time.
The OCN Blizzard are at home this weekend during the Northern Manitoba Trappers' Festival with a pair of games against the Wayway Wolverines.
The Blizzard have won all three games that the two teams have played this season to date. They last met on January 24th, with the Blizzard skating away with a 4-1 victory.
OCN currently sits fifth in the MJHL, one point back of the Winkler Flyers. They'll be pushing hard the rest of the season, which ends at the end of month, in an attempt to earn home ice advantage in the playoffs. Anthony Keeper continues to lead the Blizzard with 49 points (15G, 34A) in 49 games.
Waywayseecappo on the other hand can do nothing but try and play spoiler. The Wolverines are dead last in the MJHL with a record of 7-14-3-1, and have already been eliminated from playoff contention. Hibbing, Minnesota native Jake Bestul is among the team leaders for Wayway, and has 20 points (10G, 10A) in 52 games played.
The first game of the weekend will go tonight at 7:00pm.
The Norman Northstars have a tough weekend ahead of them as they prepare to host the Winnipeg Thrashers for a pair of games.
The Northstars are coming off their last road trip of the year, which saw them drop three games to the Wild, Capitals and Lightning. Despite the trio of losses, the Norman Northstars continued to see the emergence of rookie defenceman Jordan Pfoh. The 15-year-old Flin Flon, MB native has 14 points (7G, 7A) in his 44 games played. His big physical presence and leadership have been impressing fans and coaches alike over the season. Pfoh was recently listed by the MJHL's Waywayseecappo Wolverines.
The Thrashers, who are fighting to get home ice advantage in the upcoming playoffs, are coming off a 2-1 loss to the red-hot Southwest Cougars. They currently sit in sixth place in the Manitoba Midget "AAA" League with a record of 25-18-0-1. They are three points back of the Eastman Selects for fourth place.
The two teams have played twice this season, both times in Winnipeg at the Gateway Blue Arena. On November 12th, the Thrashers edged the Northstars 4-3 in a very close and tightly contested affair. The next game the two teams played, on November 25th, the Winnipeg side came to play, and trounced the Nor-Man squad 10-4.
The Thrashers are led offensively by Josiah Vanderhooft, who leads the team with 41 points (22G, 19A) in 44 games. Kelowna Rockets 2015 draft pick Reid Robertson is second on the team with 40 points (18G, 22A).
The Pas native and OCN Blizzard prospect Hunter Rambow continues to lead the Norman Northstars with 33 points (11G, 22A) in 43 games. Flin Flon's Mitchell Reid leads the team with 18 goals.
The first game will be played at the C.A. Nesbitt arena tonight at 7:30pm. If you can't make it to tonight’s game, it will be broadcast live on 102.9 CHTM starting at 7:25pm.
The 48th annual Munn Cup tournament is now underway at the T.R.C.C.
This year’s edition of the tournament features 21 teams. There are three teams from Thompson ("AA" King Miners, "A" Kinger Miners, "B" side Carroll Aeors), one from Waboden ("B" side), and two from Nunavut ("A" side from Arviat, "B" side from Rankin Inlet).
The first game of the tournament, which started minutes ago, is a "B" side matchup between Arviat and Cross Lake. Today's games will wrap up with a "AA" matchup between Swan River and Norway House in the Gordon Beard Arena at 8:00pm.
The official opening ceremonies will take place tomorrow at 12:45pm, before the "AA" King Miners take on Swan River.
Tomorrow's games will go from 8:00am to 8:00pm with the final games being played on Sunday.
The full schedule can be found here, or at the TRCC.
The Thompson Midget “AA” King Miners are moving on to the finals of the Norman Midget “AA” League playoffs after a weekend sweep of the Norway House Northstars.
The first game, which took place on Friday, saw the King Miners get out on the right foot, crushing Norway House 7-1. Drayden Spence led the way for Thompson with three goals, while Chase Gurniak added a goal and two assists. Former Norman Northstars standout Henry Muchikekwanpe had the lone goal for the Northstars.
Saturday saw a closer game that the night before, but nothing that wasn’t comfortable for the home team. Back-stopped by Skylar Szocs, the King Miners won game two 5-2. Matthew Rempel led the way with three assists, while Harley Horning added a pair of goals.
Yesterday, in a do-or-die game for Norway House, the King Miners stamped out any hope of extending the series with a 9-3 statement win. Drayden Spence and Brendan McKay each had three goals, while Chase Gurniak added a pair for Thompson, while Kale Mayor added the other goal. Dawson Bilawka, Rylee Locke and Rempel each added a pair of helpers.
The King Miners will move on to play the Cross Lake Islanders in the next round of the playoffs.
The Norman Northstars were on the road over the weekend down south to play the Wild, Capitals and Lightning on their last road trip of the 2017/2018 season. The team was down two regular forwards on the trip, Jonathan Saunders and Frederick Ledoux.
The weekend started on a rough note at the BellMTS Iceplex with a game against the Winnipeg Wild. Head coach James Buchanan said before the game that he knew his side was in tough against Winnipeg, especially without Saunders and Ledoux. Alternate captain Mitchell Reid spoke to 102.9 CHTM before the game, and said that going into the game the team had to do all they could to outwork the Wild. Braedin Melsted got the nod between the pipes to start the game, but didn’t last the first period, allowing seven goals in the first 16:22 of the game. Keian Weseen would allow 13 goals over the final 43:38 as the Wild came away with their fourth win of the season over the Northstars by a score of 20-1. Mikey Baron had the lone goal for the Nor-Man side, assisted by captain Jerome Linklater. Kyle Bettens led the way for the Wild with eight points (3G, 5A), while 14 other players had multi-point games.
It was a quick turnaround for the Northstars, who made the short trip to Portage la Prairie the next afternoon for a 4:00pm game against the Central Plains Capitals; a team they have beat this year. Melsted, who started the Saturday game, said that he was ready for the game and wouldn’t let the previous night’s game affect him. The Nor-Man side got out to a fast start by putting Central Plains on their heels, but couldn’t capitalize. At the end of the first frame the Capitals were up 2-0. Coach Buchanan spoke highly of his captain during the first intermission for his work in shutting down the Central Plains Captain, Reilly Funk. Funk has played 20 games this season, while not with the Jr. “A” Portage Terriers, and has 47 points (23G, 24A). He did score in the game, but that was the only time he was noticeable. The Capitals would add four more goals in the game to skate away with a 6-0 victory.
The Northstars wrapped up their road trip in Teulon, MB on Sunday with a matinee against the Interlake Lightning. The team once again got out to a good start, but couldn’t capitalize on their chances, leading to the Lightning breaking the deadlock with four minutes to go in the opening frame. Penalties plagued the Nor-Man side in the second period, as they allowed a goal while shorthanded. Mitchell Reid would answer back for the Northstars with his 18th of the season on a Northstars powerplay, with the assists coming from Linklater and Keistin Saunders. Despite the visitors having the momentum from the goal heading into the third period, Interlake would add four in the third period to finish the 7-1 victory.
Morgan Beauchamp, an “AP” call-up, was with the team over the weekend to help fill the holes left by missing players. Though he didn’t register a point, the coaching staff said they were happy with his play. He has now played five games with the team.
The Northstars will finish off their season at home with two giant challenges. The first is the Winnipeg Thrashers, who are in town this coming weekend for a pair of games. After the Thrashers, the Winnipeg Bruins will be in town for the final games of the season.
The Norman Northstars are in tough tonight in Winnipeg against the Wild.
The NorMan squad made the long trek down to the provincial capital last night, and are well rested for the tough task of facing the Winnipeg Wild.
The Northstars would rather forget the last time they saw the Wild, which was a few weekends ago in Thompson. The Winnipeg side outscored the Northstars 29-3 over the two games that they played.
The Wild currently sits atop the Manitoba Midget “AAA” Hockey League with a record of 35-4-0-1-1, holding the tiebreak over the Brandon Wheat Kings, who also have 72 points
The Northstars are at the other end of the spectrum, sitting last with seven points.
Tonight’s puck drop is scheduled for 7:00pm. Be sure to follow 102.9 CHTM on Facebook for the latest updates on the game.
It was a successful weekend for the Atom King Miners at the annual Grub Box Tournament in The Pas.
The Atom “A” team won the Morrish Cup by a score of 4-3, and the “AA” team won the Grub Box Cup. The "AA" side captured the trophy with a 6-3 victory over Swan River.
The Pas Huskies were the only other team to take home a trophy, as they won the “B” side Grub Box Cup. They defeated the King Miners to take home the prize.
Flin Flon finished third in the "AA" division, beating out the Huskies in overtime.
The Midget “AA” King Miners did what they needed to on the final weekend of the regular season to find themselves, at least for now, atop the NorMan Midget “AA” Hockey League.
The King Miners went into Cross Lake Saturday, and came away with a 6-4 victory. Isaak Weenusk stood tall between the pipes, stopping 30 shots to pick up the win. Chase Gurniak led the way for the offence, scoring a hat trick while adding two assists. Matthew Rempel added two assists.
Sunday had the Thompson squad in Norway House, where they laid a 9-3 beating on the Northstars. Harley Horning and Brendan McKay each had a goal and three assists, Matthew Rempel and Drayden Spence each had two goals and an assist, while Kale Mayor added a pair of goals. Skylar Szocs made 30 saves for the win.
Former Norman Northstar Henry Muchikekwanape had a goal for Norway House.
The King Miners currently sit first in the league, one point ahead of the Islanders. The team now needs Norway House to beat Cross Lake Thursday in the final game of the season to maintain their position.
The Norman Northstars couldn't overcome a slow start on Saturday night as Eastman completed the weekend sweep with a 9-3 victory.
The Selects came out strong to start the game, putting three by Braedin Melsted in the first 10 minutes. The game was the first for Melsted since January 14th, who stopped 41 of 50 shots on the night.
Kelowna Rockets prospect Cole Dekoninck opened the second period the same way he ended the first, with a goal. Dekoninck, who has 53 points so far this season, scored a natural hat trick when he potted home his third of the game at 11:34 of the second frame. Dekoninck would finish the night with five points. His line mates, Jesse Mistelbacher and Dallon Wilton, would finish with a goal and three assists each.
Mitchell Reid opened up the scoring for the Northstars late in the second period with an unassisted goal. Keistin Saunders and Sheldin Howard would add the other two for the NorMan squad.
The Northstars are on the road this weekend for their final road trip of the year. They'll face-off against the Winnipeg Wild on Friday, the Central Plains Capitals on Saturday and finish with the Interlake Lightning on Sunday.
The Norman Wolves ended their regular season on a sour note as they dropped a pair of games to the Parkland Rangers.
The Wolves got out to a 5-1 lead early in Saturday’s game, before giving up nine unanswered goals en route to a 10-6 loss. Sunday was no better, as they fell behind early and couldn’t catch up in the 13-4 route.
The Pas’ Chase Bertholet led the team over the weekend with two goals and four assists, while Flin Flon native and team captain, Justin Lies, finished the weekend with three goals and three assists. Carter Anderson, the lone Thompsonite competing in boys’ hockey at the Manitoba Games, put up a goal and an assist.
14 different players ended up on the score sheet for the Rangers, including goaltender Jean Berthaudin. Nine players had multi-point weekends, including five who had over five points. 13-year-old Tyson Zimmer led the way with eight points over the weekend, three goals and five assists.
The Manitoba Midget "AAA" League has named their players of the month for January. Two of the three players are from the Southwest Cougars, who went 7-3 in the first month of 2018.
Zachary Falk (Winnipeg Wild) was named the Chicken Chef forward of the month, Cory King (Southwest Cougars) was named the Super 8/Motel 6 defenceman of the month, and Riley Wallace (Southwest Cougars) was named the Xplornet goalie of the month.
Falk, a Winnipeg native, put up 22 points (12G, 10A) in 10 games during January. The 17-year-old, who is in his first full season with the Wild, has put up 64 points (33G, 31A) in 39 games. Falk is currently fourth in overall league scoring, second in goals and 11th in assists. He sits second in team scoring behind Kyle Bettens.
15-year-old Cory King is have a huge breakout year in his first Midget "AAA" season. He represented Manitoba earlier in the year, helping the team win bronze in the WHL Cup. He scored two goals in the tournament. The Souris, MB native has a bright future ahead of him after being taken third overall by the Swan Valley Stampeders in the 2017 MJHL draft and 98th overall by the Moose Jaw Warriors in the 2017 WHL draft.
Sophomore goalie Riley Wallace has played in 37 games for the Cougars this year, posting a record of 14-8. The 17-year-old has posted good numbers this year; a 2.78 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. The Oak Lake native has already improved on last season, where he held a 3.71 GAA and .890 SV%. Over the month of January, Wallace collected 6 wins while posting one shutout and an impressive .933 SV%.
The Flin Flon Bombers picked up two critical points last night as they destroyed the La Ronge Ice Wolves 6-1.
In the first of the back-to-back home-and-home, the Bombers came to play. Dawson McKenzie potted his fourth of the season 2:28 into the first period, and Flin Flon never looked back. The Bombers would add two more in the opening frame thanks to Nate Hooper and Chrystopher Collin.
The lone Ice Wolves goal came from Zach Bannister, his third of the season, with 1 second left in the first period.
Flin Flon would put another one by Victoria, BC native Merek Pipes in the second thanks to Donavan Houle-Villeneuve. Brandson Hein would net his fourth of the year at the 7:07 mark of the third, before Hooper scored his second of the game to close out the scoring.
The two teams will meet again tonight at the Whitney Forum in Flin Flon. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30pm.
The OCN Blizzard came up short last night in their attempt to capture fourth in the MJHL standings as they dropped a 3-1 decision to the Neepawa Natives.
Blizzard forward Tony Apetagon, who put up 102 points in 34 games last year with the OCN Storm, opened up the scoring near the end of the second period with his 14th goal of the season. The OCN lead wouldn't last long, as Zach Johnson responded for Neepawa just over a minute later to send the game into the third period tied at one.
Ashton Anderson and Nolan Richards would each put one past Blizzard goaltender Emilien Boily in the first 10:00 minutes of the third period to give Neepawa the lead, and the win.
The Blizzard will play again tonight as they host the Winkler Flyers. The last time the two teams met, the Blizzard put 5 past Flyers goalie Troy Martyniuk in a 5-2 win. Puck drop tonight is scheduled for 7:00pm at the GLMC.
The Norman Northstars came up short last night at the C.A. Nesbitt arena as the Eastman Selects skated away with a 5-3 victory.
For the first time in a while, the Northstars were the team with a full roster card, while the EastMan squad was down a few players. The Northstars were augmented by two "AP" call-ups, goaltender Rylan Potkonjak and forward Morgan Beauchamp.
Shelding Howard opened up the scoring 57 seconds into the first period (assisted by Jamie Valentino and Branden Hill) to give the Northstars an early 1-0 lead. It wasn't long, however, before Eastman answered back. The Selects would put five unanswered goals past Potkonjak, who was making his Midget "AAA" debut.
The second period saw the NorMan squad start to mount a comeback, with powerplay goals from captain Jerome Linklater and Hunter Rambow. Both of the goals came when Spencer Morrison was in the box for the Selects.
The comeback, however, wasn't meant to be as Eastman goaltender Justin Powers closed the door in the third to lead his team to a 5-3 victory. Potkonjak made 44 saves in his Northstars debut.
The two teams will meet again tonight for the conclusion of their weekend series. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30pm.
The Flin Flon Bombers will continue their push for eighth spot in SJHL standings tonight as they face the Ice Wolves in home-and-home weekend series.
Tonights game, against the Bombers' Sherwood Division rivals, will get underway at 7:30pm in La Ronge, Saskatechewan. The last time these two teams met, the Ice Wolves edged Flin Flon 4-3 in overtime.
After tonight, the Bombers will return home to the Whitney Forum as La Ronge will come to Flin Flon.
The Bombers currently sit ninth in the league, three points back of the Kindersley Klippers.
The OCN Blizzard will be looking to climb up the MJHL ladder this weekend as they host both Neepawa and Winkler.
The Blizzard will kick off their weekend tonight with a game agains the Neepawa Natives at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre. OCN is coming off a pair of losses to the Winnipeg Blues. The Natives on the other hand are coming off a 3-1 road win over the Stampeders.
After tonight, the Blizzard will have a quick turnaround as they will host the Winkler Flyers on Saturday night. The two teams are currently tied with 56 points in the standings, though Winkler holds fourth and OCN sixth as the Flyers have three more regulation wins.
The Blizzard are led up front by former Norman Northstars standout, and Cross Lake native, Anthony Keeper. The 20-year-old third year Blizzard forward currently leads the team with 45 points (15G, 30A) in 43 games played.
It’s a busy weekend for the RD Parker athletics department.
The senior varsity boys basketball team is in Winnipeg this weekend for the Linden Christian “Hoops for Hope” tournament. They’ll open up the bracket against Steinbach Christian. If they win, they’ll face either Saint Norbert or Swan Valley in the semis.
The junior varsity girls basketball team is also in Winnipeg, competing in the Elmwood JV tournament.
In addition to basketball, both RDPC girls curling teams are competing at the Zone XI Championships in Flin Flon.
The Midget “AA” King Miners are on the road this weekend as they try to clinch first place in the league.
They're in Cross Lake tomorrow to play the first-place Islanders, and in Norway House Sunday to play the Northstars.
The King Miners currently sit second the league, three points back of Cross Lake.
The Norman Wolves (6-26-0-0-2) will be looking to end their 2017/2018 home schedule on a high note as they host the Parkland Rangers (17-10-0-2-1).
The Wolves currently sit in the basement of the Winnipeg Bantam “AAA” West Division, while the Rangers sit third behind Southwest and Yellowhead.
Game one goes tomorrow at 4:00pm, while game two will be played Sunday at 11:00am.
Both games will be played in the C.A. Nesbitt Arena.
Photo courtesy of the Thompson Citizen.
The Norman Northstars have a tough weekend ahead of them as they host the Eastman Selects tonight and tomorrow at the TRCC.
The last time these two teams played, back on January 12th, Mikey Baron scored in overtime to lead the NorMan squad to a 5-4 win. The only other meeting of the season, back in November, was a 9-3 victory for the Selects.
Eastman comes into this weekend in fourth place in the Manitoba Midget “AAA” League, two points ahead of the Pembina Valley Hawks, though the Hawks have a game in hand. Eastman is currently on a three game slide, coming off 4-0 and 3-2 losses to the Winnipeg Bruins and Interlake Lightning respectively. The Selects are expected to come out strong to try and hold on to home ice advantage for the playoffs.
The Northstars are coming off a weekend they’d all like to forget, dropping a pair of games to the Winnipeg Wild with a combined score of 29-3. The NorMan squad will get a boost between the pipes, as Braedin Melsted is expected to be back in net. Hunter Rambow leads the Northstars with 31 points (10G, 21A) in 38 games.
The games will be played tonight and tomorrow night in the C.A. Nesbitt Arena. Puck drop is 7:30pm both nights.
The annual first and second all-star teams for the Manitoba Midget "AAA" Hockey League have been announced.
The two teams, made up of a combined 10 skaters and two goalies, are selected by a vote of each of the coaches in the league.
Four of the six members of the first team are from the Brandon "AAA" Wheat Kings, including goaltender Trent Miner. Miner played 30 games this season in the league, posting a record of 17-3 with two shutouts with a GAA of 1.64 and a save percentage of .941. Miner has been since called up to the Vancouver Giants of the WHL.
Kyle Bettens is one of two members of the defending league champs, the Winnipeg Wild, on the all-star teams. Bettens, who was taken 87th overall in the 2016 WHL draft by the Brandon Wheat Kings, currently has 69 points in 39 games. He is coming off a 10-point weekend against the Norman Northstars. The 16 year old is in his second season with the Wild, and registered three assists in one game this season with the Steinbach Pistons. He is committed to play NCAA hockey at Bemidji State University in Minnesota starting in 2020.
The OCN Blizzard were singing the blues following a pair of weekend losses to the Winnipeg Blues.
The Blizzard traveled to Winnipeg for Friday and Sunday night games against the Blues, but came up short.
The Friday night affair saw the Blues opening up the scoring at the end of the second period, with Michael Ladyman potting home his second of the season from Nick Cicek and Matt Leblanc. OCN would tie things up 30 seconds into the third thanks to Eamonn Miller. Dexter Kuczek scored his 28th of the season with less than five mintues to play to give the lead, and the 3-1 win, to Wininpeg.
Sunday night saw a bit more of a spirited affair between the two teams. The Blizzard opened the scoring near the end of the first, but it was answered by Winnipeg before the horn sounded. The Blues would get goals from Devon Skoleski and Dexter Kuczek in the ssecond, while Trygve Many Guns added one for the Blizzard. OCN added one more in the third to force overtime, followed by a shootout. Dexter Kuczek was the only skater to score for either team in the shootout.
The Blizzard are on the road again tomorrow as they face the Swan Valley Stampeders.
The Northstars are still in search of their first home win of 2018 after dropping the second game of the weekend to the Winnipeg Wild.
The NorMan squad started off the Saturday night affair on the right foot, with alternate captain Keistin Saunders putting the puck past Wild goalie Miles Minor just two minutes into the game. Unfortunately, Winnipeg would score eight unanswered goals in response. Five of those goals came in the first period.
The Wild would add three to start the second frame, which saw Northstars goaltender Keian Weseen’s night end between the pipes. “AP” call-up Skylar Szocs would come in for his third taste of Midget “AAA” action.
Read: Northstars Drop First Game Of Weekend Series
The NorMan squad responded to the goalie change, as Hunter Rambow scored 21 seconds later to make it 8-2. Mikey Baron and Branden Hill picked up the assists.
Winnipeg once again responded to the Northstars goal with a slew of unanswered tallies, this time with six. Mitchell Joss, coming off a six-point night on Friday, scored five minutes after Rambow, and was followed by Mikol Sartor’s second of the game two minutes later.
Steinbach Pistons prospect and Bemidji State University commit, Kyle Bettens, would score his second of the game 43 seconds into the third period to give the Wild an 11-2 lead. Bettens would finish the night with six points (2G, 4A) which brought his weekend total to 10 points (3G, 7A). He currently leads the league in scoring with 69 points.
Mitchell Reid would add the final goal of the game, which made the score 14-3. The goal was Reid’s 16th of the season, which leads the Northstars. He now sits second on the team scoring chart with 26 points, tied with Sheldin Howard and captain Jerome Linklater. Rambow continues to lead the team with 31 points in 38 games played.
The Northstars are in action once again this upcoming weekend, as they host the Eastman Selects. The two teams have played twice this season in Beausejour. The Selects took the first game back on November 24th by a score of 9-3. The NorMan side took their second meeting on January 12th 5-4 in overtime.
The Norman Northstars are no closer to emerging from the Manitoba Midget "AAA" League basement after their Friday night affair with the Winnipeg Wild.
The Northstars started strong in the first period and had a few chances, but it didn't take long for the Wild to take over the game.
Eric Fawkes scored his 29th goal of the season at the halfway mark of the opening frame, and it was all Winnipeg after that. Kaden Byrant and Luke Seremet would also add goals for the Wild in the first, who lead 3-0 at the intermission.
The second-place Wild continued to dominate in the second, scoring four times in the first ten minutes. Mitchell Joss had three, while Kyle Bettens and Bryant added the other two. The third period was more of the same, with Winnipeg putting up seven. The final score was 15-0.
Joe Kraus, Mathew Shatsky and Mason Waite were the only Wild skaters without points in the game. Joss led the way with 6 points (4G, 2A), while Bryant, Fawkes and Bettens each had four-point performances. Nine other Winnipeg players had multi-point games.
The only mark the Northstars made on the score sheet was in the penalty department, picking up 14 minutes on seven penalties.
Keian Weseen played the entire game for the NorMan squad, stopping 44 of 59 shots for a .746 save percentage and his 18th loss of the season. "AP" call-up Skylar Szocs watched the game from the bench as the back-up goaltender with Braedin Melsted still injured.
Despite the lopsided score, there were a few bright spots for the Northstars. The top line of Sheldin Howard, Jamie Valentino and Hunter Rambow continued to look good, getting a handful of scoring chances and pinning the powerhouse Wild in their own zone most times they were on the ice.
Frederick Ledoux was another bright spot for the NorMan squad, giving his team a chance to score on a few occasions and never letting Winnipeg have a chance to organize.
The two teams will play again tonight, once again in the G.B. Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30pm.
The Norman Northstars have a tough weekend ahead of them with the Winnipeg Wild in town.
Game one of the two game set will be played tonight at 7:30pm, with game two going tomorrow at the same time. Both games will be played in the GB Arena, rather than the CA Nesbitt.
The Wild (32-3-0-1-1) currently sit second in the Manitoba Midget "AAA" league, two points behind the Brandon "AAA" Wheat Kings. The Wild have a game in hand. Winnipeg is lead up front by Zachary Falck, who currently sits third in league scoring with 62 points (32G, 28A) in 37 games. Both Wild goalies, Miles Minor and Kadin Kilpatrick, are among the league leaders. Minor is second in GAA and third in both save percentage and wins. Kilpatrick is third in the league for GAA.
The Northstars (3-33-0-0-1) are still in the league's basement, 11 points back of the Interlake Lightning. The Pas, MB native Hunter Rambow leads the Northstars with 29 points in 36 games, while Flin Flon, MB native Mitchell Reid continues to lead the NorMan squad with 15 goals.
The Northstars will be at home for three more series' after this one as the Eastman Selects, Winnipeg Thrashers and Wininpeg Briuns are set to visit Thompson.
The OCN Blizzard are looking make it a three-game win streak tonight as they head to Waywayseecapo to take on the Wolverines in one of three MJHL games scheduled for tonight.
The Blizzard (24-14-5) are coming off a 5-2 win last night ove the Dauphin Kings, which saw Jacob Berry, Anthony Keeper and Mark Liwiski have multi-point performances. Dorian Laganiere was almost perfect between the pipes, stopping 30 of 32 shots.
The Wolverines (6-35-2-1) are coming off a 5-2 loss to the Selkirk Steelers and sit comfortably at the bottom of the MJHL table.
The two teams last met on November 12th, with the Blizzard skating away with a 7-4 victory. Matthew Greening led the way for OCN that night with three assists, while former Norman Northstars captain Ethan Stuckless featured for Wayway, chipping in a helper.
The other two games on the MJHL docket include the Oil Capitals at Neepawa and Winkler making the trip east to play the league-leading Pistons in Steinbach.
All three games are scheduled to start at 7:30pm.
The OCN Blizzard are in action tonight for the first of back-to-back weekday games.
Tonight's game, which will take place at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre, will take place between OCN and the visiting Dauphin Kings.
The Blizzard are coming off a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Blues last weekend, which was their first win of 2018 following a five game skid.
Dauphin is lead up front by Brandon, MB native Jaymes Knee, who has 27 points (9G, 18A) through 42 games in his rookie season.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00pm.
Below is the current MJHL standings table. The OCN Blizzard and Dauphin Kigns are circled in red.
The Winnipeg Jets will be looking to expand their lead in the competative Central Division tonight as they visit the Sharks in San Jose.
The Jets are 3-2 in their last five games. They're coming a pair of one-goal games, both victories, over Calgary (Saturday) and Vancouver (Sunday).
The Sharks on the other hand are 4-1 in their last five, including a 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh (Saturday) and a 6-2 stomping of the Ducks (Sunday).
Winnipeg, who currently sits second in the Western Conference with 63 points, is lead up front by Captain Blake Wheeler and sophomore Patrick Laine. Wheeler currently sits eighth in league scoring with 54 points (14G, 40A) in 48 games.
The two teams last faced off on January 7th in Winnipeg. The Jets won the game 4-1.
The SV Girls Basketball team from RD Parker Collegiate was in Winnipeg over the weekend and are coming back to Thompson as tournament champions.
The girls opened the weekend with a statement in the form of a 120-15 victory over the West Kildonan Wolverines.
The team followed that up with a 65-28 win over the Northlands Parkway Nighthawks to advance to the finals.
In the finals, the Trojans beat the St. John's Tigers 60-47 to claim top prize. Ashley Williams was named MVP, and Casey Singh was named to the tournament all-star team.
The 26th annual Prince-Berscheid Memorial Peewee tournament is in the books.
The Swan Valley Stampeders took home the Doug's Source for Sports Cup, top honours in the "AA" division, with a 7-3 victory over the Flin Flon "AA" Bombers.
The Thompson King Miners took home the "A" title, and the Prince-Berscheid Cup, with a 12-2 win over the Tataskweyak Eagles.
Third place in the "AA" division went to the The Pas Huskies, who won 3-2 over the "AA" King Miners. The Norway House Northstars won the "A" third place game with a 5-4 victory over The Pas.
Friday Schedule and Results
Saturday Schedule and Results
Sunday Schedule and Results
The Norman Northstars had another weekend to forget.
The Northstars dropped all three games of their recent road trip against the Brandon Wheat Kings, Southwest Cougars and Parkland Rangers.
The Northstars were without goalie Braedin Melsted over the weekend, who was dealing with an injury. The weekend saw "AP" goaltender Skylar Szocs get his first taste of Midget "AAA" action.
The Nor-Man squad is next in action this weekend as they host the league-leading Winnipeg Wild at the TRCC on Friday and Saturday. Both games will start at 7:30.
It's a busy weekend for hockey here in Thompson.
The 26th annual Prince-Berscheid Memorial Hockey Tournament gets underway at noon with with the Peewee "AA" King Miners taking on Cross Lake.
The annual Peewee tournament is split into two divisions, "A" and "AA", and features 11 teams. This year, the teams are from Thompson (2 teams), Flin Flon (2 teams), The Pas (2 teams), Cross Lake (2 teams), Norway House, Tataskweyak and Swan River.
Round-robin action will take place this afternoon and all day tomorrow, before the elimination games on Sunday.
The "AA" division will be playing for the Doug's Source for Sports Cup (final is Sunday at 11:45am), while the "A" division will be playing for the Prince-Berscheid Cup on Sunday at 1:45pm.
The full tournament schedule can be found here.
In addition to the tournament, both the Bantam "AAA" Norman Wolves and Midget "AA" King Miners are in town for a pair of weekend games.
The King Miners will be hosting the Norway House Northstars today and tomorrow, while the Wolves will host the Pembina Valley Hawks Saturday night and Sunday morning.
The RD Parker Trojan basketball teams had a busy weekend, as the senior varsity (SV) girls, SV boys, and junior varsity (JV) boys all competed in tournament sin different locations around the province.
The SV girls were in Neepawa, while the boys were in Sanford (SV) and Brandon (JV).
The girls came out with a trophy, as they beat the Neelin Spartans 61-44 in the finals to come away with the tournament championship. The girls began the tournament with an automatic bye to the semifinals due to a forfeit by Goose Lake. The girls beat Portage 61-35 in the semis.
The SV boys beat Westgate 85-60 to finish third in the tournament in Sanford. David King of the Trojans was named to the tournament all-star team. The SV boys beat the Windsor Park Royals 96-36 to advance to the semis, where they met Neelin. In the semis, the Trojans lost 87-51.
The JV boys had a tougher weekend, losing the three games they played in. They opened the tournament with a 59-43 loss to the Garden Valley Zodiacs, before falling to the Swan Valley Tigers in a close one 59-56. They wrapped up their tournament with a 70-61 loss to the Dauphin Clippers.
The Norman Northstars had an up and down road trip down south over the weekend.
The NorMan squad picked up two points in a OT victory over the Eastman Selects on Friday evening before falling to the Winnipeg Bruins 13-3 Saturday and then dropping a 7-3 decision to the Interlake Lightning yesterday.
Rookie forward Jamie Valentino was a bright spot for the Northstars on the weekend, putting up two goals and one assist.
The Northstars are on the road again next weekend, taking on the Brandon Wheatkings, Southwest Cougars and Parkland Rangers.
The Norman Northstars had a weekend to forget, dropping a pair of games to the Pembina Valley Hawks over the weekend.
Friday night saw a relatively close game, with the Hawks pulling away in the third for a 9-5 win. The Northstars opened up the scoring 8:41 into the first period on the powerplay. Pembina would answer back just over a minute later, and would head into the first intermission up 3-2. Jordan Pfoh added the second NorMan goal.
The second period was a back-and-forth affair, with the Hawks scoring two goals in the first half of the period, from Tristan Day and Brayden Klippenstein, before the Northstars answered back with two of their own from Jon Tagoona and Sheldin Howard.
Click here to watch Jon Tagoona's goal
The third period saw Pembina pull away from the NorMan squad, beating Braedin Melsted four times in the final frame. Captain Jerome Linklater had the lone Northstars goal in the final frame.
Saturday was very much a game to forget for the Northstars, as the Hawks laid down a 16-1 beating. Hunter Rambow scored five minutes in, but it was answered by 16 Pembina goals. Travis Penner and Tyson Allison lead the way for the Hawks with four points each. Eight different Pembina players had three points, and every dressed skater found a way onto the score sheet.
With three points on the weekend, Rambow continues to lead the Northstars with 25 points (8G, 17A) in 30 games. Mitchell Reid leads the team in goals with 12.
The Northstars are on the road this weekend, taking on the Eastman Selects Friday, the Winnipeg Bruins on Saturday, and the Interlake Lightning on Sunday.
The team is next at home on January 26th and 27th when they welcome the Winnipeg Wild.
Below is the current Manitoba Midget “AAA” standings.
The RDPC Senior Varsity (S.V.) Girls Basketball Team are champions after winning the Bill McDonald Memorial tournament in The Pas over the weekend.
The Girls beat the Hapnot Kopper Kweens out of Flin Flon in the finals 53-32. Ashley Williams was named MVP.
The S.V. boys’ team from RD Parker finished in third place with a 104-61 win over Porcupine Plains.
The Norman Northstars have reached the halfway point of the Manitoba “AAA” Midget season on a high note after splitting a pair of games with the Kenora Thistles.
The Thistles took control of the Friday night affair from the opening faceoff, with Ben Hackl opening the scoring two minutes into the game. Kenora would put nine more goals past Northstars goalie Braedin Melsted, who made 54 saves on the night.
Seven different Thistles had multi-point games, including four points from Cooper Witherspoon (2G, 2A), Hackl (1G, 3A) and Sam Brunton (3G, 1A).
Jerome Linklater had the lone goal for the Northstars, his 7th of the season. Keistin Saunders and Sheldin Howard had the assists on the goal.
Linklater was named offensive player of the game for the NorMan squad, while Melsted took home the defensive honours for his stellar performance.
The Friday night game was chippy to say the least, with 85 combined penalty minutes between the two teams. The game reached a boiling point in the third period when a fight broke out Frederick Ledoux and Aidan Shumka.
Saturday night saw a complete turn-around from the NorMan squad in what could possibly be their best game of the season so far. Jonathan Saunders scored two minutes in from Albert Sinclair to put the Northstars up 1-0. Witherspoon tied the game up ten minutes later for Kenora, and the two teams would go into the intermission with the score knotted up at one.
Sam Brunton would add a pair for the Thistles in the second, but it was the Northstars who would take the lead into the final frame thanks to goals from Mikey Baron, Chase Muswagon and Sheldin Howard.
The third period was quiet on the goal front until Witherspoon tied up the game with five minutes left in regulation. Overtime solved nothing, so the two teams went to a shootout.
Keistin Saunders scored after Kadin Ilott was denied by Keian Weseen, who made 44 stops on the night. Weseen stopped Hackl and Dylan Winsor to secure the second win on the season for the Northstars. It was Weseen’s first win with the team.
Hunter Rambow led the way offensively for the NorMan side, picking up offensive player of the game honours for his pair of assists. Weseen was named defensive player of the game.
Rambow, whose Jr. “A” rights are held by the OCN Blizzard, currently leads the Northstars with 22 points (7G, 15A) in 28 games. Mitchell Reid continues to lead the team with 12 goals.
The Norman Northstars are now on a break for the holidays, and will resume practices in the New Year before hosting the Pembina Valley Hawks at the T.R.C.C. on January 5th and 6th.
Current Manitoba "AAA" Midget Standings