Thompson Sports News Archives for 2018-01

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



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.


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.



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. 

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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