Dauphin, Canada

For the most part, it's been a tough start to the season for the Parkland Midget Rangers.

They can change that in a hurry tonight when they welcome the Eastman Selects to town.

Last week the Rangers (1-4) played the Selects and Eastman easily beat Parkland 11-1.

Since that, the Rangers have had some time to practice and prepare for what should be another tough battle tonight.

The highlight of last weeks game was a 70-save performance from Zach Grouette.

Tonight's game is the first of two straight for Parkland. They'll welcome Central Plains to town tomorrow afternoon.

Game time tonight is set for 7:30.

Are you done high school hockey, or junior hockey and you want to keep playing?

Or do you want to bring your skills back into the game if you didn't play last season? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to defend a League Title?

If you answered yes to these questions, the Grandview Comets want you!

The club is getting prepared for what should be another exciting season at the GACC and they're currently looking for young talented players to join the team.

They're going to have a couple tryouts. Here are the dates and times:

Sunday, October 14 (Tomorrow) - 3:00 p.m. - GACC.

Tuesday, October 16 - 9:00 p.m. - GACC. This also may be moved to Thursday, October 18 - 8:45 p.m. - GACC.

It's time to bounce back for the Dauphin Kings.

Coming off two straight losses, the club rolls into Bell MTS Iceplex this evening to challenge the Winnipeg Blues.

In the first meeting between the clubs, the Kings came back from a 2-0 deficit to pick up two points in a 4-2 win.

Last night, Dauphin also led by two goals but ended up falling to Selkirk.

A win tonight could perhaps be a small leap in what the Kings hope to be their first extended winning streak of the season. After this evening's contest, the Kings will stay on the road for two more games. They'll take on OCN on Tuesday and Waywayseecappo on Friday before returning home on Saturday.

If Dauphin wants to have success tonight, they'll need to crash the net more often. On Riley Buller's goal last night he crashed the net, but other than that, the Kings failed to really crash the paint.

The Kings will also look to sharpen things up on the powerplay. After going 6-13 in their three previous games heading into last night, the club failed to record a PP goal which included a 6 on 4 late in the game. Dauphin finished 0-4 on the night.

Whatever happens, you can hear it all right here on 730CKDM. The Parkland Source for Sports pregame show hits the airwaves at 6:45. Puck drop is 7:00 p.m.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings.

The Dauphin Kings led by two goals tonight, but it wasn’t enough as they ended up dropping a 5-3 decision to Selkirk.

After some solid chances early, George King opened up the scoring with just over five minutes left in the first.

Jaymes Knee made it 2-0 for the Kings with under eight minutes left in the second. 

That‘s when the Steelers turned it on. 

They scored a goal late in the second to trim the deficit to 2-1.

Selkirk tacked on two more in the first 5:30 of the third to take a 3-2 lead. 

Bryon Fobair tied up the game for Dauphin off a mad scramble in front with just over 10 minutes left.

Once again though, the Steelers had a response. 

They scored what turned out to be the game winner with 4:40 left. An empty netter in the final minute sealed two points for Selkirk.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings.

When the Parkland Bantam Rangers play their first home game of the season tomorrow, the best young hockey players in the region will be looking to show off their stuff.

And one of those players is Dauphin's Cohen Smigelsky. The 14-year-old has been gearing up for the moment to play on home ice in the regular season for a long time.

"I'm so excited like I'm ready to go already," said Smigelsky. "It's really an honour to be able to play in front of family, friends and the whole community. It's going to be amazing."

Playing on home ice will no doubt be exciting for Cohen and the rest of the Rangers. But, it may also bring some nerves out as the club looks to send the home crowd home happy.

"There will definitely be some moments where the nerves will come out," added Smigelsky. "I'm just not trying to worry about it, though. It's going to be a cool experience."

With the regular season already well underway, and the Rangers being 1-2, Cohen has noticed some things that need to be worked on.

"I would say definitely we have to work on our communication," he added. "And of course we need to be more confident. We have a lot of first-year players, and it takes some getting used too. We're going to get a lot better, and it starts this weekend."

"For me personally, I have to work on getting back to my own game," said Smigelsky. "I have to make solid passes out there and give it all I have every time I'm out there. I have to give this team everything I have."

The Rangers sort of have big shoes to fill. Last year's team won a bronze medal at the Provincial Championships. Even with somewhat of a young squad this year, Cohen is confident in the team's abilities.

"I think we're going to have a good season," he added. "We only have a couple players returning from last year, but we have a ton of skill and commitment. I think we have a great opportunity to make this season a special one for sure."

Cohen knows it's great to get on the scoresheet as much as possible. But, that's not something he's really worried about.

"I don't really have any personal goals as far as assists or goals come," said Smigelsky. "I just want to play my game and help the team out in any way I can. I just want to win, and I'll provide anything I can to make that happen."

Tomorrow's game is set for 1:00 at Credit Union Place against Pembina Valley.

"Come out and support us," he added. "It's going to be a great game against a rival of ours. It's going to be a lot of fun for all you fans.

Swan River's Will Munro has been waiting for this moment.

It's the moment that the Parkland Bantam Rangers play their home opener.

And, it's just about here. The Rangers open up their home schedule tomorrow afternoon at Credit Union Place.

Leading up to tomorrow's game, it's been a busy start to the season for the squad. They played six pre-season games and went 4-2. That was followed by their regular season opener last weekend against the Winnipeg Sharks when they lost a close 5-4 battle.

The team then rebounded in their next game to beat Interlake, 5-4. The weekend wrapped up with a 7-1 loss against Brandon.

"I think it's been a great few games for sure," said Munro. "Our team is playing pretty good. We've had a tough couple of games, but we feel good with how we're playing."

This season is a first for Munro. The first year he'll play AAA hockey as he joins the regions only team.

"It's been an amazing experience so far," said Munro. "It's an honour to get the chance to play for this team. I've played a lot of hockey in my life, but this level is way above any of it. It's awesome."

Although it's his first season playing AAA hockey, Munro has found a way to make it work. He's already mixed in a couple goals and assists through the pre-season and regular season.

"I mean I've played with a lot of my teammates in the past," said Munro. "Some are from Swan River, so our chemistry is great. And the guys from out of Swan River are so easy and fun to play with. We also have a great coaching staff that really pushes us to succeed."

Tomorrow's game is a 1:00 start at Credit Union Place. Will wants you to come out.

"It's going to be such a fun game," he added. "I can't wait for puck drop. I'm hoping a bunch of people come out and support us. It should be a great one."

Tomorrow's opponent is the Pembina Valley Hawks.

The Dauphin Kings head to Selkirk this evening to take on the Steelers.

It's already the fourth meeting of the season between the clubs.

So far, Dauphin is 2-1 which included a weekend sweep of Selkirk last weekend. 

Dauphin will also look to bounce back. They suffered a tough 4-3 loss on Wednesday in which the team was very slow out of the gate. 

How slow you ask? The Kings trailed 4-1 before making a game out of it. 

Carter Sawchuk continues to lead the Kings with nine points in his rookie season. 

A bright spot heading into this evening's tilt is she clubs powerplay as of late. After starting the season scoring at just a 5.3% clip, the Kings have improved immensely on the PP and are now scoring at a 17.5% clip.

Can't make it down to the game? No worries, we'll have the call. The Parkland Source for Sports pregame show begins at 7:15 p.m.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings.

The golf season is officially over at the Gilbert Plains Country Club.

They closed the gates today, and they'll now anxiously wait until spring to open back up.

"The Gilbert Plains Country Club Board of Directors and myself Scott McCallum would like to thank everyone who came out this season," said General Manager McCallum. "It was a really good golf season. We look forward to seeing everyone in the spring."

That obviously means the Iron Man tournament that was scheduled for this Sunday is cancelled.

After three full years with the Parkland Midget Rangers and two with the Bantam Rangers, Reece Hopfner is off playing hockey at the next level.

The 18-year-old Ste. Rose native is in his first season of junior hockey with the Fort Frances Lakers. They play in the Superior International Junior Hockey League.

"Things are going pretty well so far," said Hopfner. "It's a bit of an adjustment moving up from Midget hockey, but it hasn't been too bad. I'd say I'm getting the hang of things."

Reece is very humble, but there's no doubt that the transition has been very smooth for him. In four games, he has four points (1G). 

"I'm just trying to do the little things right," added Hopfner. "I've had some success so far, but it's super early in the season. I'm playing wing now instead of centre. It's all about working hard and then good things will come."

"I definitely need to start shooting the puck more though," he added. "Sometimes I try to make an extra move when I could just take a shot and have a chance at scoring. I have good speed, so I need to continue using that and of course my size. I'm not a small guy."

Playing junior hockey allows Reece to play the game he loves every single day, and sometimes even twice a day. 

"It's just really nice being on the ice every morning for practice and being in the gym with the guys," said Hopfner. "We have a really great group of guys. They welcomed me the second I got here. It's just been an awesome experience so far."

On top of Reece's success, the rest of the Lakers have been enjoying some success.

In six games, the team is 4-2 and are in second place behind the Thunder Bay North Stars.

"We have high expectations especially after the strong start," he added. "Our goal is obviously to win the entire league and we're pushing to make that a reality."

Reece and the rest of the Lakers play a road set this weekend in Red Lake against the Miners.

The Dauphin Clippers hockey team came oh so close to advancing to the league championship last season.

Fast forward several months, and the Clippers now have their sights set on this year's league championship.

They'll officially begin their pre-season tomorrow as they take part in the Glenboro tournament.

"We've been practicing for a couple weeks now and we still have some cuts to make here," added Trevor Robak, Head Coach. "We're going to give the kids a chance to ramp up the intensity for the weekend and let them prove why they should be on the team."

Last season the Clippers went 22-1-0-1 and won the North division by 13 points over Major Pratt. Eventually, the Clippers fell in the semifinals to Killarney. 

"We have all of our d-core returning and a good portion of our offence is back as well," added Robak. "We only lost four players so we still have a good majority of our team together. I think we're going to have another good hockey team this season."

Dauphin scored 151 goals last season which was third in the league. The team's play on the other side of the puck definitely wasn't too shabby either. They allowed the third fewest goals in the league at 66. 

With the solid core returning back this season, much more of the same could be expected from the Clippers.

"I think our strength this year will for sure be our offence again because we have a solid group coming back," said Robak. "We have good speed and I think the depth we have on the back end could be the strongest in the league."

Getting so deep in the playoffs last year but coming up short was tough for the team at the time. But, as the new season now begins, the veterans can look back at those experiences and hopefully use them this season.

"It's all about learning from the mistakes we made last season," said Robak. "You can't take any lead you have for granted. I think all the guys learned from what happened last year, and that'll benefit us for sure."

It'll be a busy weekend for the club. They'll play three games. Stay tuned right here to 730CKDM all season long for everything Clippers!

The Dauphin Kings racked up 52 shots tonight but came up just short in a 4-3 loss to Neepawa. 

After Neepawa scored just :27 into the game, Riley Buller tied up the affair 10:50 in. Neepawa would go on to score one more to take a 2-1 lead after 20.

Ste. Rose’s Kurtis Luke added a goal in the second and Neepawa scored one more to take a 4-1 lead. 

Neepawa’s four goals came on their first eight shots.

George King cut into the deficit with a power play goal at the 12:37 mark to trail 4-2 after 40.

Dauphin would score their third goal on the PP of the night just 1:25 into the final frame, but that was it. 

They continued to pepper the Natives goalie with shots, but couldn’t get anymore past as they dropped the contest. 

On top of scoring three PP goals, Dauphin went 4-4 on the PK.

Next up for the club is a date with Selkirk on Friday evening. 

We’ll have that broadcast here on 730CKDM.

The pregame show hits the airwaves at 7:15.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings.