The Thompson Sports News

Northstars kick off Season with a Road Trip

The Norman Northstars launched their 2019-2020 hockey season on Friday.


The Winnipeg Wild handed them a 10-1 loss in Winnipeg.     On Saturday, they played in Morden, losing to the Pembina Valley Hawks 6-2.   It was followed up with a 9-1 loss on Sunday to the Hawks.


The Northstars' home-opener is this Saturday.


Game time is 7:30.

Results from Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League games in Thompson

The Manitoba Blizzard and Saskatoon Swat of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League went head-to-head in two regular season games this weekend at the TRCC.


The Swat won both games.  Saturday's score was 6-3.  Sunday's was 7-2.


There are four local players on the Blizzard.  They include William Lutz, Evan Ritchie, Isaac Babulic and Dave Saunders.


Lutz had a goal and two assists over both games.

Knights of Columbus Track Meet Results

This past Friday, the Riverside Rams came away with the top spot at the Knights of Columbus indoor track meet.


They unseated the Westwood Vikings who have claimed the title for the previous 16 years.


The Rams earned 156 points, followed by the Westwood Vikings with 112 points.


Next up were the Deerwood Dragons with 99 points, the Burtnwood Bobcats with 65, La Voie du Nord with 58, the Juniper Jaguars with 37 and the Wapanohk Wolves with 15 points.


Congratulations to all the participants and their coaches.

RBC Training Ground Event comes to Thompson

The RBC Training Ground event takes place tomorrow starting at 9 am at the TRCC. This is an Olympic athlete identification program. It's open to athletes ages 14 to 25. It's free to attend but you must register ahead of time. Go to

Lacrosse Action this weekend at the TRCC

The Manitoba Blizzard and Saskatoon Swat lacrosse teams play Saturday at 7:30 pm in the C.A. Nesbitt arena in the first of two regular season games.


The second game goes Sunday at noon at the arena.


Four local athletes are playing for the Manitoba Blizzard.  They are Evan Ritchie, Isaac Babulic, David Saunders and William Lutz.


Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for those 14 and under.

Knights of Columbus Track Meet

The Knights of Columbus track meet is today at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena.


Competition runs from 8:30 am until around 4 pm and finals begin around 6:30 after the Opening Ceremonies.


The winning school will be announced at approximately 9:30.


Athletes are students from Grades 4 - 8, participating in track and field events.

Three Thompsonites Up For Sport Manitoba Award

Three Thompson residents are nominees for a provincial volunteer award.


Murray Kissick, Sandra Ross Hitch and Alex Sutherland are  nominated for the Great-West Life Outstanding Volunteer Award.


The award is part of Sport Manitoba’s Night of Champions, where everyone from individual athletes, teams, volunteers, officials and coaches are recognized for excellence in sports.


Kissick and Ross Hitch were nominated for their work in co-chairing the Manitoba Winter Games held in Thompson last March.  Sutherland is nominated for his volunteer efforts with the curling program here in the city.


The awards event will take place this Saturday in Winnipeg.

Brandon Wins Manitoba Midget "AAA" League Title










Former RDPC Teacher Gets Call To the MHSAA Hall Of Fame

A former RD Parker teacher is headed to the Manitoba High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.


Mark Diboll will be inducted on May 11th as a builder.


Diboll played a key roll in developing the RDPC track and field program, and has three provincial titles and 14 zone championships to his name.


He also coached volleyball during his time here in Thompson, and has won several volunteer and coaching awards over the years.


Diboll will go in alongside fellow builders Michael Babb and Phil Hudson, and athletes Missy Penner and Megan Cyr.



Northstars Sweep Weekend With Interlake

The Norman Northstars finished off the 2018/2019 season on a high note with a two-game weekend sweep of the Interlake Lightning.


The two teams had played twice earlier in the season, with the Lighting coming away with all four points.


This weekend was different, however, and started with a 5-4 shootout win for the Northstars.


The Nor-Man side did not have the lead at all throughout the game, as it was a continual cycle of the Lightning scoring and the Northstars tying it up. The shootout is where that changed, however, as Henry Muchikekwanape was the only player to put the puck past either goalie.


Muchikekwanape was key in the Northstars comeback with two goals and two assists in regulation.


Yesterday’s game was very different, as the Northstars were red hot on the power play and didn’t let up.


Interlake led 2-0 late in the first period before Kadin Ross and Keistin Saunders scored to send the teams into the break all tied up.


Goals from Jamie Valentino and Jordan Pfoh put the Northstars ahead in the second with power play, setting the stage for the third period.


Muchikekwanape scored with the man advantage less than a minute into the third.


Pfoh finished the afternoon with seven points (1g, 6a), while Saunders had five points (1g, 4a). Both Valentino and Hunter Rambow finished with two goals and two assists each.


With the wins, the Norman Northstars climbed out of the league basement with a record of 8-38-2-.


Muchikekwanape finished the season, and his midget hockey career, with 61 points (34g, 27a). That total was good enough to finish 13th in league scoring. In 104 career games with the Northstars, Muchikekwanape had 52 goals and 42 assists for 94 points.


Captain Hunter Rambow also finished off his midget hockey career yesterday, posting career best numbers in goals (21), assists (28) and points (49). Rambow finishes his Northstars career with 102 points in 137 games.

Midget "AA" Thompson King Miners Win Nor-Man League Championship

The Thompson King Miners are the champions of the Nor-Man Midget “AA” Hockey League.


The King Miners finished the regular season at the top of the table with a record of 20-2, and faced off against the Cross Lake Islanders.


The Islanders, who finished third in the regular season, made the final after defeating the Flin Flon Bombers two games to one.


Game one of the championship took place in the C.A. Nesbitt Arena Friday night, and was a lopsided affair. The Cross Lake Islanders, playing with a short bench, struggled offensively as the King Miners came away with a 13-2 win. Casper Stoker led Thompson with six points (3g, 3a), while Jonathan Saunders, Kale Mayor and Murphy Krentz each had four points.


Cross Lake captain Chris Ross, who led his team with 11 points in three games against Flin Flon, only managed to get onto the score sheet with four penalty minutes.


Saturday’s game took place in the Gordon Beard Arena, and was a totally different affair from the night before. The first period was very competitive, with the Islanders showing why they were able to make the finals for a second year in a row. That competitiveness evaporated in the second period, however, as Thompson began to distance themselves on the scoreboard. Later in the period, a brawl erupted on the ice that saw multiple players ejected from the game.


Thompson won game two 11-1 to take a 2-0 series lead.


Sunday’s game wasn’t what anyone wanted to see; a forfeit from Cross Lake. The King Miners took to the ice to warm up, but were not joined by the Islanders. Officials delayed the start of the game, but decided to start running the clock as Cross Lake was still not on the ice despite the fact that the team was sitting in their dressing room. After the clock had run for the entirety of the first period (20 minutes), the game was called.


The forfeit resulted in a 1-0 victory for Thompson, giving them the 3-0 series sweep.


The matchup between Thompson and Cross Lake was a rematch of the 2017/2018 final, which saw the Islanders come out on top.


Weekend Preview: Northstars vs Chiefs

The Norman Northstars will be in tough this weekend as they host the Yellowhead Chiefs at the T.R.C.C. Here’s what you need to know heading in to the two-game set.


-    Saturday, January 26th @ 7:30pm (broadcast live on 102.9 CHTM)
-    Sunday, January 27th @ 1:30pm


The Norman Northstars come into the weekend looking rebound from a road trip that saw them drop three straight games. The team couldn’t manage to hold on to a lead Friday against the Interlake Lightning or Winnipeg Bruins, and were outgunned by a powerful Eastman side on Sunday.


Outside of Henry Muchikekwanape and Hunter Rambow extending their point streaks, the road trip saw stellar production from Jonathan Saunders and Sam MacDonald. Both players had three points over the weekend; an assists in each game.


The second-place Yellowhead Chiefs come to Thompson on a roll, having picked up six points in their last three games. 


The most impressive of the three wins came on January 19th, when the Chiefs beat the first-place Winnipeg Wild 5-4 in a shootout. Yellowhead found themselves down 4-2 to start the third period against Winnipeg, but managed to tied the game and force overtime and later a shootout.  


One of the strongest parts of the Chiefs’ game is their powerplay, which is currently clicking alon gat 21.5% and has accounted for almost 1/3 of their goals scored this season. 


Head to head
The two teams have played each other twice this season, with the Chiefs coming out with 3-0 and 5-1 victories. 


The 2017/2018 season was any better for the Northstars in this matchup, as Yellowhead dominated all four meetings by a combine score of 32-7 and averaged 8 goals per game.


NNS players to watch
Muchikekwanape is having a career year, posting 25 goals and 20 assists (45 points) in 35 games played. His goal and point totals lead all Northstars, and find him among the league’s top scorers. Muchikekwanape comes into the weekend on a four-game point streak, with eight goals and one assist over that stretch.


Rambow also comes into the weekend on a point streak, with 11 points (five goals, six assists) over four games. The Nor-Man captain in on pace for a midget “AAA” career year in goals, assists and points. 


Jamie Valentino, though not currently on a point streak, comes into the weekend hot. Valentino started the season with 14 points in his first 17 games, but has been on fire since December started. In the 13 games he’s played since, the Swan Valley Stampeders prospect has nine goals and 15 assists for 24 points. That moves his season totals to 16 (goals), 22 (assists) and 38 (points). 


One other player to watch for the Northstars is rookie Sam MacDonald, who picked up three of his four points on the season last weekend on the road.


Yellowhead players to watch
On a team that currently sits second in the league, there is never a shortage of players to watch. 


Jake Poole has proved to be lethal for the Chiefs this season, leading the team with 56 points (29 goals, 27 assists). 


Five players on the team (other than Poole) have 30+ points on the season (Logan Wotton, Reece Richmond, Parker Johnson, Briley Wood, Sloan Stanick), and three others have reached the 20+ assist mark (Richmond, Wotton, Bray Rookes). 


Johnson and Zane MacDonald have been instrumental for the Chiefs against the Northstars this season, with each contributing four points over the two games.


Last year, it was Poole that did the damage to the Nor-Man side, scoring five goals and adding four assists in the four games. Owen Wareham and Colby Joseph each had seven points in the four games, while Wotton had six and MacDonald had five. 


Tanner Dutcawich, who spent a season with the Bantam “AAA” Norman Wolves, has the potential to be a difference maker for Yellowhead this weekend. The 17-year-old on has seven points (two goals, five assists) so far this season, but managed to score six times and add two helpers for eight points against the Northstars last season.

Wolves Fall To Pembina Valley

The Norman Wolves fought hard over the weekend against a Pembina Valley Hawks team that’s up near the top of the table in the division.


Unfortunately for the Wolves it was the Hawks who came out on top in both games.


The schedule has the Norman Wolves in action next February 2nd as they host the Yellowhead Chiefs at the T.R.C.C.

King Miners Take Gold At Prince-Berscheid

It was a good weekend for hockey in Thompson.


At the 27th annual Prince-Berscheid Memorial Peewee Tournament, the King Miners took home gold in both the "AA" and "A" divisions.


The "B" division went to Wabowden, while the Thompson "B" Warriors took fourth place.


The Atom "AA" King Miners didn't play in the tournament, but took home the top prize at their weekend event in Portage.

Blizzard Fall To Pistons

The OCN Blizzard failed to pick up points in their only game this weekend.


They fell 4-2 Friday to the Steinbach Pistons at the GLMC, and now sit six points back of the final playoff spot in the MJHL.


They’re next in action tomorrow as they host the Stampeders.

Northstars Go Pointless On Weekend

The Norman Northstars went oh and three over the weekend despite scoring 12 goals.


The Nor-Man side dropped 7-4 decisions on Friday and Saturday to the Interlake Lightning and Winnipeg Bruins, before being thumped by the Eastman Selects yesterday.


Henry Muchikekwanape had five points over the three games to extend his team leading goal total to 25 and point total to 45, though Jamie Valentino took over the team lead in assists at 25. Valentino has 38 points on the season.


They host the Yellowhead Chiefs in the C.A. Nesbitt Arena this coming weekend.

Bombers Go 3/3 On Weekend Trip

It was a good road weekend for the Flin Flon Bombers.


The Bombers outscored their opponents 15-6 over the weekend as they earned six key points with three wins.


The Bombers are now one point clear of the Melfort Mustangs for second in the Sherwood Division, and have 16 games left in the regular season.

Wheat Kings Pick Up Four Points

The Wheat Kings got the job done over the weekend at home.


Brandon picked up a crucial four points over the weekend against the Kootenay Ice.


The Wheaties sit 12 points back of the Moose Jaw Warriors in the WHL’s east division, and two points back of the Calgary Hitmen in the eastern conference.

Wheaties In the Hunt For WHL East Wild Card

The Brandon Wheat Kings are hoping for a big four points this weekend as they host the Kootenay Ice.


The Wheaties come in to the weekend 12 points back of the Medicine Hat Tigers, who currently lead the wild card race in the east.


Brandon will play the first game against Kootenay tonight, with game two coming tomorrow.


Manitoba Midget "AAA" alumnus Stelio Mattheos currently leads the team with 55 points (29g, 26a) through 28 games.

Bombers Set Out On Three Game Road Trip

The Flin Flon Bombers will look to improve on their 24-13-0-2 record this weekend as they take to the road for three games this weekend.


The Bombers head to Melville today for a game against the Millionaires, before taking on the Yorkton Terriers tomorrow. Flin Flon will then return to the Melville on Sunday.


The Bombers are currently 7th in SJHL standings, with 16 games remaining after the weekend.


Blizzard Host Steinbach

The OCN Blizzard continue their push for a playoff spot today as they host the Steinbach Pistons.


The Blizzard, who are coming off a 4-0 win over the Neepawa Natives, are currently five points back of the Winkler Flyers for the 8th and final playoff spot.


On the other side of the ice, the Pistons currently sit safely in a playoff spot in third place with 56 points, 12 points back of the league-leading Terriers.

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 7:00pm.

Northstars On Road For Games Against Lightning, Bruins, Selects

The Norman Nothstars are on the road for their penultimate road trip of the 2018/2019 season.


The Northstars will start out in Teulon tonight against the Interlake Lightning, before taking on the Bruins in Winnipeg tomorrow, and the Eastman Selects in Beausejour on Sunday.


The Nor-Man side is coming off a strong 6-3 win over the Central Plains Capitals, and have moved out of the Manitoba Midget “AAA” Hockey League basement as the result of the Parkland Rangers dropping a mid-week game to the Yellowhead Chiefs.


Following this trip, the Northstars return home for a four game home stand, hosting Yellowhead and the Southwest Cougars.



Wolves Set To Host Pembina Valley

The Norman Wolves will be looking to build off an 8-7 win over the Winnipeg Hawks when they take on the Pembina Valley Hawks this weekend at the TRCC.


The teams have met twice this season, with Pembina Valley coming out on top both times.


The Hawks won 7-2 on December 9th in Morris and 7-4 on January 5th in Morden. Ian Snooks and Joey Lies led the way in those games, combining for three goals and four assists. Nicholas McKee and Tyler Parr led the Pembina Valley offence with a combined four goals and 10 assists.


Game one goes tomorrow at 7:00pm, with game two taking place Sunday at 10:00am.


27th Annual Prince-Berscheid Memorial Tournament Starts Today

The 27th annual Prince-Berscheid Memorial Peewee hockey tournament gets underway later this morning.


This years’ tournament, which runs until Sunday, features 16 teams from eight different communities.


Thompson has three teams in this years’ edition of the Prince-Berscheid; the Peewee “AA” King Miners, the Peewee “A” King Miners and the Peewee “B” Warriors.


The first game of the tournament will start at 10:00am in the C.A. Nesbitt Arena, with the Thompson Warriors taking on the Norway House Girls “B” squad.


The opening ceremonies will take place tomorrow in the C.A. Nesbitt starting around 12:45pm.


The medal games are set for Sunday, with the Prince-Berscheid Cup closing out the weekend at 4:15pm.


The full tournament schedule can be found here.


Bombers Drop Mustangs

The Flin Flon Bombers picked up four crucial points over the weekend against their division rivals, the Melfort Mustangs.


The two teams started the home-and-home in Melfort on Friday in a game that saw the Bombers come away with a 5-3 win.


Both teams made the trip to the Whitney Forum Saturday for a game that did not disappoint. The tilt ended with Flin Flon winning 5-4 to complete the weekend sweep.


The Bombers, who currently sit third in the SJHL’s Sherwood division, now find themselves eight points back of the division-leading Nipawin Hawks.


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