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The Thompson Sports News

Norman Midget "AA" Finals Delayed Until March


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.

 

 

 

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Wayne Zahayko Memorial Tournament To Take Place Tomorrow


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.

 

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Bombers In Tough With Pair Of Games Against Nipawin


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.

 

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Blizzard Look To Lock Up Home Ice For Playoffs


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.

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Busy Weekend For RDPC Basketball


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.

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Norman Northstars Look To Finish The Season Strong Against The Bruins


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.

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RDPC Girls Curling Team At Provincials


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.

 

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Blizzard Drop Key Point To Terriers


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

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OCN Blizzard Pick Up Key Points


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.

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Northstars Split Weekend With Thrashers


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.

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Bombers Face Mustangs


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.

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OCN Blizzard Host Wayway


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.

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Northstars Host Thrashers


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.

 

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Annual Munn Cup Underway


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.

 

 

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King Miners Sweep Northstars


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.

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Northstars End Road Portion Of Season On Rough Note


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.

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Northstars In Tough Against The Wild


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.

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King Miners Win In The Pas


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.

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Midget "AA" King Miners Get The Job Done


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.

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Northstars Fall To Selects


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.

 

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Wolves End Regular Season On Rough Note


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. 

 

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Manitoba Midget "AAA" League Names January Players Of The Month


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%. 

 

 

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Bombers Rock Ice Wolves


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.  

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OCN Falls To Neepawa


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. 

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Selects Edge Northstars 5-3


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. 

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Bombers Continue Playoff Push


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.

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OCN Blizzard Home For Two This Weekend


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.

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Busy Weekend For RD Parker Basketball


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.

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King Miners Hoping For Home Ice In Playoffs


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.

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Wolves Look To End Home Schedule With Wins Against Parkland


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.

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Northstars In Tough Against Eastman Selects


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.

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Manitoba Midget "AAA" League Names All-Star Teams


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.

 

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Blizzard Singing The Blues


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.

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Northstars Drop Second Home Series Of 2018


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.

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Northstars Drop First Game Of Weekend Series


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.

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Norman Northstars Take On Wild


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.

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OCN Looks To Extend Win Streak In Waywayseecappo


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.

 

 

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Blizzard Host Kings


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.

 

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Winnipeg Jets Look To Continue Strong Play Against Sharks


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.

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RD Trojan SV Girls Basketball Team Victorious Again


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.

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2018 Prince-Berscheid Peewee Tournament In The Books


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

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Norman Northstars Have Weekend To Forget


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.

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Busy Weekend For Hockey


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.

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RDPC Basketball Teams Compete In Three Tournaments


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.

 

 

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Northstars Pick Up Two Of Six Points On Road Trip


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. 

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Northstars Fall To Hawks In Return From Christmas Break


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.

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RD Parker SV Girls Basketball Team Champions In The Pas


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.

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Norman Northstars Head Into Break On A High Note


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

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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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