Dauphin, Canada

The Parkland 06 Rangers finished in third place at the AAA Challenge in Brandon this weekend.

They just fell short in the semifinals by a score of 5-3 to the Prairie Force, who ended up winning the tournament.

Dru Mushumanski capped off a strong tournament with two more goals, while Matt O'Toole had one.

Dauphin's Vincent Hughes is a silver medalist.

Hughes, who joined the Peguis Juniors at the beginning of the KJHL playoffs claimed the silver when the team fell in the Championship final at the Western Canadian Keystone Cup in Thunder Bay earlier today.

At the Keystone Cup, he had one assist, and overall since joining the Juniors, the Dauphin product had two goals and four helpers.

The start of the MJHL Final started terribly for Riese Gaber and the Steinbach Pistons, but it couldn't have ended any better after last night's series-clinching win against Virden.

"It's an absolutely unreal feeling," said Gaber, one day after winning the Championship. "Winning the league was our goal since Day 1, and we did that so it feel's great."

The tough start saw the Pistons down 2-0, but a flip of the switch then saw the Pistons win four straight games to claim the Turnbull Cup.

"We didn't play like we could in the first two games," said Gaber. "We kind of found our groove and started rolling in game three, and we kinda never looked back."

Special teams came up clutch for the Pistons, especially a man down. They killed 23 of 24 penalties they picked up in the series, with the only goal against being in last night's win.

"Virden has a really good PP, and they take pride in that, but we found a way to shut them down," said Gaber. "We were able to build momentum from it. But, like I said before, you have to give a lot of credit to our PK unit, and our goaltender Thiessen was fantastic."

Gaber and the Pistons now await the winner of the SJHL which has the Nipawin Hawks leading Estevan, 3-2 in the first to four games. Game six goes tonight in Estevan.

"We're going to look forward to a very desperate, hard-working team," said Gaber. "Our main goal is to play our game, work hard and hopefully things go our way."

Gaber noted winning is one of the best feelings ever. 

"We're a step closer to the National Championship which is super exciting," said Gaber. "We know every time we go on the ice we can win, so we're pumped up for the Anavet Cup."

Stay tuned for the Anavet Cup schedule when it becomes available.

Gilbert Plains Riese Gaber is a Champion!

He scored one goal as the Pistons held off the Virden Oil Capitals tonight, 2-1 to win the best of seven in six games.

It was the fourth straight win for the team, who started off the series down 2-0.

Gaber and the Pistons will now play either the Nipawin Hawks or Estevan Bruins in the Anavet Cup. The winner of the SJHL could be decided as early as tomorrow night, as the Hawks head to Estevan trying to close the series in six games.

The winner of the Anavet Cup heads to the RBC Cup.

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The Parkland Rangers never give up attitude was front and centre this afternoon, as they beat Prairie Force, 4-3 to advance to the A-Side Semifinal tomorrow.

The Rangers trailed 3-0, but Matt O’Toole played a big part in the team’s comeback. 

He scored two goals, while Hayden Seib, and Liam Chartrand scored one to cap off the team’s four sttaught goals.

The Parkland 06 Rangers are still undefeated at the AAA Challenge in Brandon.

After going down 2-0 after 20, the Rangers scored five times in the second period highlighted by Tyler Huston's & Dru Mushumanski's two goals apiece.

Brady Burghart scored the team's other goal in the second frame. The Boys of the North scored two of their own in the second.

The Boys of the North scored one goal in the final frame as the game ended in a 5-5 tie.

The Rangers are now back on the ice this afternoon at 3:15, and a win will move the team into the semifinals tomorrow.

The Dauphin Kings will be making a big announcement on Monday at Mr.Mikes.

They'll be naming their new Head Coach and General Manager.

The Press Conference is set for 12:30 p.m.

Everyone is welcome.

***Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings***

The Dauphin Clippers rugby season has been delayed, but when it started, it was complete domination.

The Clippers 15's women's team played the first game of the day today against the Tigers and won, 51-0.

In the late game, the Clipper men also destroyed the Tigers, 31-0.

Before the game, there was a moment of silence for Bob Miller.

It was a special weekend for Patrick Reed who won the "Green Jacket" at the Masters a couple weeks ago, but it was also a special weekend for Dauphin's Dave Campbell and Danny Scott.

The two got the chance to watch the Masters live in person for Sunday's final round.

"Danny entered the draw that's on Masters.com, and he found out he was selected to buy tickets," said Dave Campbell. "So, he bought them and then was nice enough to invite me. It's just crazy because the people down there said it's like winning the "State Lottery". People have entered for 30-35 years, and this was Danny's first time."

Watching on Sunday gave the two the chance to see everything down the stretch, including the drama on #16 which included Charley Hoffman's Hole-In-One.

"It's really neat to say I was at the Masters," said Campbell. "I certainly don't know a lot of people that can say they watched the Masters in person on Sunday. They always talk about the roars on TV, and it's so real and so loud when you get to witness it in person. It was a super neat experience."

Dave & Danny plan on entering the draw when it opens up this May for next year's Masters, but his first time at Augusta is one he'll never forget.

"The place is absolutely beautiful," said Campbell. "Like the grass, and the trees and scenery, it's just amazing. I really wanted to sit in the stands at #16 going in, and we did that. That's really where all the action starts on the Back 9. That was really cool."

To get in on the draw, head to Masters at the beginning of May.

The Dauphin Clippers Rugby 15's women's and men's teams are set to kick off their season tonight.

They'll welcome the Swan River Tigers to the DRCSS field for the first game of the Westman League season.

"Everyone is super pumped up," said Rod Carberry, Coach."Our field is in good shape, and everyone is ready to get things going."

It was a very successful season last year for the Clipper ladies who won the Westman league, but Rod's not exactly sure how this year will go, but he does expect the boys to be a lot better.

"Overall, we have high expectations," said Carberry. "The boy's team definitely has the strength to have success. On the women's side, we definitely have the skill to compete, but we lost some key pieces from last year. We have a decent team, but it's not quite at the same level as last year."

All the action gets underway at 5:30 with the women's game, followed by the men's.

Several silver medals made their way back to the Parkland this weekend.

Dauphin's Jeremy Sulatyski and many other Parkland athletes won silver at the 2018 Men's National Broomball Championships.

Jeremy was joined by Kenny Scott, Joey Poncsak, Duane Caumartin, Wayne Dunning, Jayce Muir, & Kolby McDonald who are all from the Glenella area. Riding Mountain's Wayne Boxall was also on the team.

They advanced to the finals with wins over the Patriotes, Quebec's Gladiateurs, St. Coeur de Marie, and ended up beating the Balgonie Barons twice, including once in the semifinal

In the final, the team fell short against the Ottawa Nationals.

"It wasn't exactly the finish we wanted, but it was still fantastic," said Sulatyski. "We were pretty big underdogs this go around because we finished last in the past two nationals. So, this is definitely a huge accomplishment for the team."

The team will be playing more games going forward and will be confident in doing so.

"We're super confident going forward," said Sulatyski. "We played some top level teams, and we beat most of them."

The team will now prepare for the 2018 World Broomball Championships in Blaine, Minnesota.

"It's going to be a really fun tournament," said Sulatyski. "Not everyone gets the chance to play against teams from all over the world."

Although it wasn't the finish they were hoping for, Sulatyski is proud of how the team competed, and never gave up.

"We all just came together," said Sulatyski. "We only played a couple tournaments as a team before the nationals, and we never got down on each other when we were down, so it was great to see. We all just pulled it together, and gave it our best."

The World Championships are set for October 29th-November 3rd.