The Bantam Parkland Rangers will head into their final regular season game this Sunday, as one of the hottest teams in the province.
The Rangers are 21-12-2 this season, but have been red-hot as of late, winning five straight games. On top of their current five-game winning streak, the Rangers are 12-2 in 2018, and went into the Christmas break with seven-straight wins.
This Sunday's game is set for 1:30, in McCreary, against the Winnipeg Hawks.
After this weekend's regular season finale, the Rangers will be in Provincial Championship preparation mode. This year, the Championships are held in Killarney, from February 23-25.
Rangers schedule in Killarney
vs Central Plains on Friday, February 23, at 11:15 a.m.
vs Yellowhead Chiefs on Saturday, February 24, at 9:30 a.m.
The playoffs will take place on Saturday, and into Sunday, and the winner will play the winner of the city playoffs, in a best-of-three, and the winner of that will represent Manitoba at the Western Canadian Championships.
One of the reasons for the Rangers success this year is their offensive skill, and Tyson Zimmer most notably. Zimmer has 66 points in 33 games, 36 of which are goals. DJ Taylor-Luke, Jayden Jubenvill, Trey Sauder, Josh Thompson, and Wyatt Tweet, all have at least 30 points this season, and all of them will be heading to the Manitoba Winter Games in Thompson.
Between the pipes, it's the Keaton Ziprick show. In 29 games, Ziprick is 18-3, and has two shutouts to his name. Ziprick will also be heading to Thompson for the Manitoba Winter Games.
Stay tuned here, to 730CKDM, to see how the Bantam Rangers do the rest of the season.
You can throw the regular season stats out the window, as playoff hockey has arrived for the Grandview Comets, as they are set to open up their postseason on home ice, tonight, against the Foxwarren Falcons.
The Comets beat the Falcons twice in the regular season, by a combined seven goals, and come into the game with two-straight wins.
Brad Potoroka and Kaine Morran come into the game with hot sticks, as they both had 22 points in the regular season, while Regan Hedley had 21.
After tonight, the series will shift to Foxwarren on Sunday, and be back in Grandview next Wednesday.
All the action tonight kicks off at 8:45, at the GACC.
It didn't come easy, but it came as Swan River's Shaelynn Lukey and her curling team qualified for the Manitoba Winter Games in March.
"We're super excited to go," said Lukey. "It's a great opportunity, and it's one of the first times most of us have gone to the games, so it's going to be fun."
The foursome consisting of Lukey, third- Delaney Betcher, second- Coral Zamzow, and lead- Haley Ferriss kicked off their qualifier this past weekend at the Dauphin Curling Club with a big 8-2 win over Team Hadway. The team slipped up in their second game in a 12-4 loss against Team Jensen but rebounded to beat Hadway in the B-Side Final to earn the berth.
"We were pretty confident going in," said Lukey. "But, that might have hurt us in the second game there. We don't usually have much success against Team Jensen, so we're just hoping we can play better at the games."
Lukey and her team will compete in the U18 women's competition, which features eight of the best U18 women's teams in the province.
"We've seen a lot of these teams before," said Lukey. "Realistically, we may not place but we're definitely wanting to win a few games."
The curling competition kicks off on March 4.
With the Dauphin Kings 2017-2018 season coming to an end, it's time to start looking forward to next season, as season ticket sales will begin on Saturday, when the Kings welcome the Steinbach Pistons to town.
Beginning on Saturday, the "Super Early Bird" season ticket will be available, until February 28, and it costs just $199, which works out to be $6.86 per game.
The Kings have also unveiled a new "Refer a Friend" initiative.
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If you're a season ticket holder, and have a friend who isn't but wants to be, then you can save $50.00 on your tickets. All you have to do is contact the Kings Office, or head to the table at Kings games, on February 17th, 20th or 27th. The current season ticket holder will pay $149, while the new one pays $199, plus taxes and fees! That's Kings Season Tickets at $5.14 and $6.86 per game, based on a 29 regular season home schedule. If you factor in three home exhibition games, it's even less at $4.66 and $6.22 per game.
Flex packs return, but this time fans have two options. The first is a 30-game pack, for $239 ($8.24/game). The second option is a 10-game pack, for just $90 ($9.00/game). Flex tickets can be used at any time, throughout the pre and regular season.
Student tickets also return for $109, which works out to $3.76 per game, for ages 13-18.
The Kings are also pleased to introduce a Youth Season Ticket (Ages 5-12), which costs just $25 ($0.86/game), and will also be known as the "Dauphin Kings Kids Club." Each Youth to sign up will receive a special gift with their Kings Kids Club Card.
Walk up prices will also change for next season, and are as follows:
Adults – $12.00
Students (Ages 13-18) – $6.00
Ages 6-12 – $2.00
Ages five & under – FREE when accompanied by an adult
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The biggest part of the season for the Dauphin Clippers hockey team has arrived, as the team will compete this weekend for a berth in the Provincial Championships.
Schedule (All games played in Hamiota)
Friday, February 16 - #1 - Neepawa vs Crocus Plains
Saturday, February 17 - #2 - Vincent Massey vs Winner of Game #1
Saturday, February 17 - #3 - Dauphin Clippers vs Virden
Sunday, February 18 - #4 - Winner of Game #2 vs Winner of Game #3 (Winner advances to the AAAA Provincial Championships in March in Winnipeg)
The playoff schedule for the Dauphin Clippers first round has also been released.
Game 1 - Friday, February 23 - vs Deloraine - Credit Union Place - 7:45 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, February 24 - vs Deloraine - Hartney - 4:00 p.m.
Game 3 - Sunday, February 25 - vs Deloraine - Credit Union Place - 8:30 p.m. *If necessary*
After dominating the West-North U15 men's qualifiers this past weekend, Swan River's Karter Meyn and his team are heading to the Manitoba Winter Games.
"It means a lot," said Meyn. "I've always really wanted to compete at the Manitoba Games."
"This past weekend showed we're a pretty good team, and we can hold our own," said Meyn. "We should be able to compete with the other teams at the games."
The U15 men's curling tournament gets underway on March 7 at the Burntwood Curling Club.
"I think this year we're going more for the experience because we've never been at an event like this," said Meyn. "My expectations are to finish in the top half, and if we can get to the podium, we would be really happy."
Meyn also notes he's looking forward to meeting new people at the event.
The Manitoba Winter Games kick off with Phase One, on March 4, in Thompson.
The Parkland Rangers once again built a big lead, but they couldn't hold it, as they fell, 4-3, against Yellowhead, last night.
Tanyon Koshowski put the Rangers up 1-0, just 0:19 into the game, and Carter Cockburn extended the team's lead, near the midway point of the period, as they led, 2-0, after 20.
The Rangers extended their lead to 3-0, in the second, but the Chiefs scored three second-period goals, and one in the third, to steal two points from the Rangers.
The Dauphin Kings led twice, but they couldn't hold it, as they fell to the OCN Blizzard, 7-4.
Kyle Oleksiuk put the Kings up 1-0, 16:07 into the first, off a beautiful pass from Wilson Northey. The Blizz came back with a goal, with just 34 seconds left in the first, as the two teams went into the dressing room, tied.
The second period was a goal-fest, with four coming from the OCN Blizzard, and two from Dauphin. Just 11 seconds in, Grady Hobbs received a pass in front, and put it in the back of the net.
The Blizz came back with two straight, but Kyle Oleksiuk came back to tie it, scoring his second of the game. From there, OCN scored two to lead, 5-3, after 40.
Ian Briscoe scored for the Kings in the third, but it wasn't enough, as the Blizz scored two, to beat the Kings, 7-4.
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Russell's Wyatt Tweet is heading to the Manitoba Winter Games when they kick off in early March.
"It means a lot," said Tweet. "I'm honoured to be selected to play with the best of the best."
Wyatt will suit up on Team West (White) at the games, that are being played in Thompson.
"I'm expecting to be really challenged, because I'm playing with, and against, the best players in the province," said Tweet. "If we move the puck well, and don't be selfish, we should be able to come out on top."
The men's hockey tournament is March 4-7, at the C. A. Nesbitt Arena.
"I'm really looking forward to meeting new people, and making new relationships," said Tweet. "And, going out there and showing my stuff on the ice."
Wyatt currently has 27 points in 32 games, this year, with the Bantam Parkland Rangers.
The Parkland Rangers will not be heading to the playoffs this season, but, they do have an opportunity to find a way to finish the season on the right foot, as they welcome the Yellowhead Chiefs to town tonight.
The Rangers were eliminated from playoff contention after the Southwest Cougars beat the Thrashers this past weekend.
In the last 16 outings, the Rangers have gone 3-13, after starting the season 6-3.
With a win tonight, the Rangers would even the season series with Yellowhead, at two wins apiece.
The puck drops tonight at 7:30, at Credit Union Place.
The Dauphin Kings make their final trip to the Pas tonight, to face off against the OCN Blizzard, for the final time this season.
The Kings are coming off their biggest win of the season, on Saturday night, when they beat the league-best Steinbach pistons, 4-3, in overtime.
Recent college commit Wilson Northey will look to build off the success he had on Saturday night, against the Pistons, when he had one goal and two helpers.
Rookie McCullough Park has also been playing great hockey as of late, with one goal and three assists, in his last two games.
Tonight’s game is the first of three road games, for the rest of the month, for the team, but the Kings will return home for their next two, after this evening’s tilt.
The Parkland Source for Sports Pregame Show hits the airwaves just before 6:50 tonight.
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