Dauphin, Canada

It's safe to say this year has been a memorable one for Dauphin's Monique Coffey.

The 20-year-old Dauphinite was first named to the U20 Team Canada reserve roster. Fast forward to earlier this week. 

Playing in her third season at Acadia University, Coffey was named an Atlantic University Sport All-Star for her contributions to the Axewomen rugby program.

"I'm very proud of it and it shows the hard work that I've been putting into the game has paid off," said Coffey. "This is what I've been working towards, and it's just a really special honour."

"It makes me feel really good about my abilities," she added. "I'm confident I can use them going forward to help this team win games."

There's no doubt that Monique works nearly around the clock during the season. That's not the only time she's grinding away though.

"I played on a couple different teams out here in the off-season to stay sharp," added Coffey. "I was always working on my cardio, sprinting and working hard. If you don't work hard in the off-season, you'll come into the regular season all out of sorts, so it was important that I worked hard all year."

Coffey and the rest of the Axewomen wrapped up their AUS Conference this past weekend with a loss in the Championship. 

"It was definitely disappointing losing that game," said Coffey. "We know we have the abilities to beat St. FX, but we just couldn't get it done."

Just because they lost the final, it doesn't mean that's it for Coffey and the group. They will host the National Championships that start up this weekend.

"I'm so excited to get the chance to play in the nationals and just see what the entire country has to offer," said Coffey. "We're pretty confident as a group that we can make something special happen."

"I think I'll be able to help the team this weekend with the little things we need to do in order to have success," she added. "I have the drive that's needed, and I just can't wait to get things going."

So Monique was named to the U20 Team Canada reserve roster and she's been named a Conference All-Star all within a year. Is being named a National Champion next? Time will tell.

The team's quarterfinal matchup comes against the Ottawa Gee-Gees. You can catch all the action at Acadia vs Ottawa.

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Avery Smith was born in Texas, he played on a few different teams in the US, and now he's found his way to Dauphin and is suiting up for the 51st Dauphin Kings.

One of a few Americans on this year's roster, Avery is perhaps one of the most intriguing if you bundle up his skill with his physical play.

"I'm loving the city a lot and it's a great community," said Smith. "There's not a whole lot going on, but I think that allows me to focus on hockey more."

In 12 games with the team, Avery has managed seven points (4 G). With his seven points, Avery is seventh in team scoring.

"I think I've been able to play in any role and I think I've shown that pretty well," said Smith. "I can bring a skilled game and I can bring a hard-hitting game. Any game coach wants me to play, I'm confident that I can give it to him. I've also been able to tap into my skill set a little more than I have in the past, so I'm liking that."

Avery didn't take long to show the coaches what he can do. On top of some nice goals in training camp, he also dropped the gloves with Leeam Tivers.

That was the moment when we found out exactly how much Avery is capable of.

"I'm always open to go especially when it's a big guy because I can show what I can do," said Smith. "I'm obviously not out there looking for that sort of thing, but if it needs to happen, I'm definitely open to it. It's the type of player I am."

Avery and the Kings travel to Swan River tonight to take on the Stampeders. Avery will not play as he recovers from a lower-body injury.

"It's not too bad, I just blocked a shot with my lower leg," added Smith. "It'll only be a couple of days and I should be good to go this weekend."

Now, it's time to get to know Avery a little more.

Favourite memory this season? Scoring my first MJHL goal in Selkirk when my parents were there. It was electric. It was a pretty big moment for myself.

Was it hard moving away from home? No, not really. A lot of my friends are older so a lot of them have moved on as well. I'm always talking to them and my family, but I'm chasing my career here so I'm committed to doing this.

Any hobbies outside of hockey? I love going to the gym whenever I can especially in the off-season. In the summer, my brother and I have a landscaping company and we're really busy with that. Those are two things I definitely enjoy doing outside of hockey.

Favourite memory of your hockey career? It's hard to say. I've played with so many great guys so I don't think I can narrow it down to one thing. It's honestly probably just being at the rink with the guys and playing the game I love. I cherish everything that happens.

So we know Avery is not in the lineup tonight. But as he said, he hopes to be this weekend and it's always very exciting watching Smith play with his abilities to do just about anything out on the ice.

Learn even more about Avery tonight during the first intermission of the Dauphin Kings game right here on 730CKDM. Don't forget, the Parkland Source for Sports pregame show goes at 7:15.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings / Pederson Photographic.

Her brother is tearing it up on the ice, and she's killing it on the volleyball court.

Gilbert Plains Paige Gaber has been a huge reason why the Trojans varsity girls team is having so much success this season.

The 16-year-old and the rest of the Trojans have been dominant all season long which included a tournament win this past weekend.

"This season has been an absolute blast," said Gaber. "We've been so successful so far. It's going by super fast, but I'm loving every minute of it."

Being from a small town, Gaber has been able to play the game she loves for years mostly with the same girls since she was much younger. She figures that's a big reason for the team's success.

"I think we're all just so close and we're close to the same age," added Gaber. "Some of us have been playing together since grade 5. We just click so well and that's a big reason we're winning games."

The team's main goal this season is winning the Provincial Championships. But, along the way, the team set a goal of winning the Swan River tournament, and they did just that.

"Yeah, that was a really good feeling to win that tournament for the third year in a row," said Gaber. "It was a big goal of ours for sure. Hopefully next year we'll go 4 for 4."

For Gaber, it's all about getting better every time she hits the court, and that's the progression that she's seeing.

"I feel like I've improved over the last couple years for sure," said Gaber. "I just want to be the best player I can be."

The team's success this year really doesn't come as a surprise. Gaber was a part of the Trojans JV team last year and they won the Provincial Championships. This year the Trojans are ranked #1 in the province in the "A" category. 

That means a couple things. This team is red-hot. And, the rest of the province is gunning for them.

"I feel because of last year, we have a target on our back," said Gaber. "Everyone wants to beat us. Obviously, our biggest goal this year is winning it all once again."

Next up for Paige and the rest of the Trojans is a tournament this weekend in Brandon. It's one of the bigger high school tournaments of the year that welcomes teams from across the province at every level. 

"We know it's going to be tough but we're confident in ourselves and we're excited about the challenge," added Gaber. "We're hoping we can keep it going and make something special happen again."

The Dauphin Kings will look to do something no one has been able to do in a while and that's stop the Swan Valley Stampeders.

The club's meet for the second time this season at the Centennial Arena.

It's an arena where the Stamps haven't lost this season in eight games, while the Kings are 5-5 on the road. 

The last time the Kings and Stamps met was earlier this month. The Kings led 2-0 and 3-2 before falling 5-3. 

Tonight's meeting will be the first of three against the Stamps in the next 10 days. 

The two teams will hook up this weekend in Dauphin before a rematch in Swan River on November 7.

The puck drops tonight at 7:30. You can hear all the action right here on 730CKDM, beginning with the Parkland Source for Sports pregame show at 7:15.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings - Pederson Photogtaphic.

Andrew Liwiski became a Dauphin King earlier this month and played his first game for the team in a thrilling 6-5 shootout win against Selkirk on October 5.

Fast forward and the Dauphinite has now played nine games with his hometown team. In that time, Liwiski has five points and the Kings have gone 6-3.

"I think as a team we're just trying to get better every day," said Liwiski. "We had a bit of a winning streak that got snapped on Friday. We're trying to rebound from that and hopefully, we can pull out two points tomorrow against Swan."

"Personally, I feel I'm just getting back into the groove of things here," he added. "I'd like to chip in some more points but I feel that'll come when we start winning more. It's not really something I can be too concerned about."

Liwiski and the Kings last game was against Winkler this past Friday and it wasn't a great one. The team lost 5-1.

"It felt like anytime we generated a little bit of energy or a chance, we would take a penalty," added Liwiski. "We have to work on being more disciplined for sure. When you're always in the box, it disrupts the flow of the game."

That loss was the Kings first one at Credit Union Place this season. 

"It's always disappointing to provide a result like that on home ice," said Liwiski. "There was a good crowd out there and we felt like we let them down that night."

As any follower of the MJHL knows, this year is an extremely competitive one. Six teams are within six points of the first place Portage Terriers. For Andrew, he's learned first hand what it takes to have success in this league.

"To be a good player in this league, you need to be able to skate well," said Liwiski. "I'm just looking to get better every day. I need to stay more disciplined as well. I've picked up a few penalties that I'm definitely not happy about."

Next up for Andrew and the Kings is a date with the Swan Valley Stampeders tomorrow. Coming into the tilt, the Stamps have won six straight games and are second in the league.

"We just have to go in there working hard, and hopefully we can pull out a greasy road win," added Liwiski. "We know Swan is always a tough barn to play in especially on a Tuesday night. It should be a pretty solid game."

Of course, playing for the Kings provides Andrew with the unique opportunity of playing in his hometown. That's something he's loving.

"It's been pretty awesome," said Liwiski. "It's nice getting up every day and going to the rink I grew up playing in. I get to live back with my parents as well. It's been a pretty good experience for sure."

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings - Pederson Photographic.

Hops, sick dunks, great passes, lots of laughs and oh yeah, great basketball is coming to Brandon this weekend.

That's right, the Harlem Globetrotters is set to invade Westoba Place on Saturday, November 3.

This one night only event is sure to keep you on the edge of your seats for the entire show.

"We got an exciting show coming for you guys," said Orlando Elgato Melendez, Globetrotters player. "We're coming with all the fun, tricks, comedy and of course all the skill. We have a four-point line which is obviously pretty unique. We also have a trampoline and some dunkers that get extra high off that. It's going to be a lot of fun."

When it comes down to it, there may not be one thing that's better than the other, it's just overall a great night.

"I think it's a combination of everything like we have some great ball handlers and we love to interact with the crowd," said Melendez. "There is so much happening that it's hard to pinpoint one best thing. The best thing would be for you to come down and check it out because it's going to be amazing. I guarantee it."

Just because most players are tricksters, that doesn't mean they also don't have a ton of skill.

"You have to be a very good basketball player to become a Harlem Globetrotter," said Melendez. "You get scouted by the Globetrotters. In my case, I got recommended because I was playing pro and I also played at the University of North Carolina."

"Once you get in there, you have to show that you're a group person," he added. "We go beyond the game of basketball. We're interactive and we do a lot of fun things for the fans."

Sure, Saturday's show will be just another one of the 450 the group will do throughout the year. But, it's not just another show for the team. They want Westoba Place to be packed so they can show off their best stuff and feel good while doing it.

"We get energy from people coming down to watch these shows," said Melendez. "We play basically every day and sometimes it's tough because we're tired and just want to relax. But, we're fuelled by the fans wanting us to do what we do. Energy pushes us to be our best."

Great tickets are still available and they start as low as just $38. You can head to Harlem Globetrotters right now to purchase them.

The Bayer Crop Science Parkland Super League of Curling continued earlier today at the Dauphin Curling Club. 

Here are the scores:

Richardson Pioneer skipped by Greg Todoruk beat Nutrien AG Solutions skipped by Glenn Toews, 7-5.

Turko Fertilizer skipped by Kyle Forsyth beat C. Bergen Service skipped by Tyson Beyak, 5-3.

South Fork AG Services skipped by Lorne Orpin beat Oil Depot skipped by Jim Todoruk, 6-4.

Duck Mountain Tire skipped by Brian Preston beat Russell Murray, 7-5.

A slow start ended up being the downfall for the Dauphin Clippers hockey team.

They dropped their home opener to their Parkland rival Swan Valley Tigers, 3-2 today at Credit Union Place.

The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second. Riley Hammond got the Clippers back within a couple as he scored with five seconds left in the second.

Logan Storey scored a beauty with 2:33 left in the third to bring the Clippers within one, but that's as close as they would get.

Dauphin returns to Credit Union Place next Sunday at 2:00 p.m. against Sandy Bay.

Before that, they play Major Pratt on Wednesday and McCreary on Friday.

The Grand Plains Peewee Ice Dogs lost their first game of the weekend, but what a win they had in their second.

Vs Brandon Jets.

The Ice Dogs scored twice, but couldn't hold off the Jets offence in a 4-2 loss to open their season.

Addison Damsgaard and Skyla Burns scored the Ice Dogs goals.

Vs Westman Falcons.

The Ice Dogs scored early, they scored often and they beat the Falcons, 15-0.

Reese Boguski led the way with four goals, while Adel Wiebe and Caden Christensen both had two goals each. 
 
Montana Jubenvill, Addison Damsgaard, Skyla Burns, Madison Hojnocki, Lauren Vaters, Raylyn Koshowski, and Kirby Smith all added one apiece for the Ice Dogs.

October 28:

The Grand Plains Atom Ice Dogs just keep winning hockey games.

After a 5-4 win yesterday, the Ice Dogs followed that up with a 6-4 win against Boissevain earlier today.

Elisha Caplan led the team with two goals. Jenna Shewchuk, Maliya Malowski, Dara Robak, and Sadie Swanton all had one goal each.

The team is now 3-0-1 on the season.

October 27:

The Grand Plains Atom Ice Dogs continue to play some solid hockey. 

After going 1-0-1 last week, the ladies picked up a 5-4 win over the Brandon Sharks earlier today. 

It was a complete team effort as five different skaters scored for the Ice Dogs. 

The scorers were Dara Robak, Jenna Shewchuk, Kaylee Maguet, Sadie Swanton, and Kenzie Garton. 

With the win, the Ice Dogs are now 2-0-1. 

They’ll look to keep it going tomorrow. They welcome Boissevain to Grandview.

The Parkland Bantam Women's Rangers continue to get better every time they hit the ice.

The team hosted a tournament in Grandview and played three games.

Vs Pembina Valley.

The Rangers had a pretty good performance but ran into a very good Hawks team.

Trynity Turner had two goals, while Brooklyn Hramalak had one in a 6-3 loss.

Vs Norman.

Parkland dominated from start to finish in a 7-1 win.

Brooklyn Hramalak led the Rangers with two goals in the win. 

Madison Haliuk, Jayselyn Nybo, KC McDonald and Mya Kubrakovich all had one each.

Vs Westman.

The trend of improving every time out continued for the Rangers in this game, despite a 6-3 loss.

It was 4-3 until late in the game before Westman added two empty netters.

Allee Hrechka, KC McDonald, and Trynity Turner scored the Rangers goals in the game.

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Some great memories were also made. The Grand Plains Atom Ice Dogs got the chance to be on the ice with the Rangers and they also spent some time with the ladies in their dressing room.