Thompson Sports News Archives for 2018-04

Annual Knights Of Columbus Track Meet Starts Tomorrow

The annual Knights of Columbus track meet starts tomorrow morning in the T.R.C.C. at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena.

 

Things will get underway around 8:00am with events like shot-put and high jump, with track events following later in the day.

 

The opening ceremonies will take place in the evening, followed by the medal events. The event is free of charge and everyone is invited to attend.

 

Westwood School won the title at the meet last year, their 15th in a row. They finished the day with 175 points, 33 clear of Riverside School who came in second.

 

Photo courtesy of Ian Graham, Thompson Citizen.

Northern Manitoba-Born WHLer Sets Sights On NHL Draft

A hockey player from Northern Manitoba is hoping to hear his name called this June at the NHL entry draft.

 

Connor Dewar, from The Pas, was passed over by all 31 teams at last years’ draft when he was first eligible. After being passed over, Dewar participated in the 2017 summer development camp for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

The 18-year-old is currently in his third season with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips, and is one of three players from the team expected to be drafted with the top 100 picks.

 

The former Parkland Ranger Midget AAA forward scored 38 goals during the regular season this year, the youngest player in Silvertips history to do so.

 

The draft is taking place from June 22nd through the 23rd in Dallas.

MJHL Announces Rescheduled Final

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League has announced that they have rescheduled the remainder of the championship series between the Virden Oil Capitals and Steinbach Pistons.

 

Game two, which was originally scheduled for this past Sunday, will be played this Thursday (April 12th) in Virden. There will be a pregame ceremony before the game to pay tribute to the Humboldt Broncos hockey club. 


Game three will go Saturday, followed by game four on Monday. Should games five, six and seven be required, they will be played on April 19th, 21st and 23rd. 

 

All games are scheduled to start at 7:30pm, with games two, four and six set to be played at Tundra Oil & Gas Place in Virden, while games three, five and seven will be in Steinbach at the T.G. Smith Centre. 

 

The Oil Capitals currently lead the series 1-0, having defeated the Pistons 2-1 in game one last Friday. Hunter Cloutier scored his first goal of the post-season at the 5:10 mark of the third period, which turned out to be the game winner. Former Flin Flon Bomber Rylee Zimmer opened the scoring for Virden at the 11:08 mark of the second period. Mark Taraschuk, who spent two seasons in the WHL with Brandon and Swift Current, had the lone tally for Steinbach.

 

 

MJHL Final Postponed

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League has temporarily delayed the league championship series between the Steinbach Pistons and Virden Oil Kings following the tragedy involving the SJHL's Humboldt Broncos.

 

Virden took game one by a score of 2-1 on Friday evening, though the teams haven't played since. Game two was supposed to be played yesterday, though it was postponed once the scale of what had happened in Saskatchewan was made known.

 

Kim Davis, the commissioner of the MJHL, issued a statement Saturday saying that the league does not believe that the game that was supposed to have been played yesterday should be played as scheduled out of the "deepest respect to the Humboldt Broncos organization, its players and parents, the SJHL and its member clubs"

 

Davis added that the playoffs will resume, but that the next few days will be "focused on mourning, supporting the SJHL and reflecting on the loss of life that we can’t comprehend at this time."

 

Game three of the series was originally scheduled to be played tomorrow.

 

MJHL Final Starts Tonight

Tonight marks the start of the MJHL championship series.

 

The best-of-seven is a true contest of the best Manitoba has to offer, with the #1 Steinbach Pistons taking on the #2 Virden Oil Capitals.

 

Game one will go tonight at the T.G. Smith Centre in Steinbach, with puck drop coming around 7:30pm. Games 1, 3, 5 and 7 will be played in Steinbach, while games 2, 4 and 6 will be at Tundra Oil and Gas Place in Virden.

 

The Pistons finished the regular season as the #3 Jr “A” side in the country and an impressive record of 48-8-2-2. They come into the series with a playoff record of 8-2. The Oil Capitals enter the championship series with a 8-1 playoff record, after finishing as the regular season runners-up with a 40-17-2-1 record.

 

The winner of the series will not only claim the Turnbull Cup, but will represent Manitoba at the ANAVET Cup against the SJHL champion.

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