Dauphin, Canada

The Parkland Midget Rangers started off pretty well, but it was a tough ending for the club in a 9-1 loss against the Winnipeg WIld this afternoon.

The Wild opened up the scoring 17:26 into the first to take a 1-0 lead after 20.

They extended their lead to 2-0 just 0:34 into the second. At the 8:29 mark, Jaegar Lapointe brought the Rangers within one, but that's as close as they would get.

The Wild scored seven more goals to pick up the win. The win pushed the Wild's record to 9-0 on the season. The Rangers are 3-8.

The time is here for the Dauphin Clippers. 

They begin their quest to a Westman High School Hockey League Championship today. 

Swan Valley will be in town for a 5:00 p.m. puck drop.

Dauphin won both of their contests with the Tigers in the pre-season. 

Of course, the games at Credit Union Place.

The Parkland Midget Rangers came up short yesterday in Killarney. 

They lost 8-1 against the Southwest Cougars.

Hunter Glover continued his great season by scoring the team's only goal in the game. 

Keaton Ziprick also made 51 saves.

The Rangers are back at Credit Union Place on Sunday afternoon. 

They welcome the Winnipeg Wild to town. The puck drops at 1:30.

The Gilbert Plains Trojans varsity girls volleyball team have continued what’s been a tremendous season.

They were in Swan River this weekend for a tournament and they're coming home as Champions. 

They beat Swan Valley in straight sets earlier today, 25-12, 25-20 to finish on top. 

Before that, the Trojans dominated the round robin going 9-1.

The route to the finals also included a dominant semifinal win against Easterville.

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 Dauphin Kings had some bad bounces end up in their net, and it resulted in a 5-1 loss against the Winkler Flyers.

Winkler scored first and took a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. 

They extended their lead to 3-0 after 40 minutes. 

Bryon Fobair added a marker in the third for Dauphin, but Winkler added two of their own to pick up a 5-1 win. 

With the loss, the Kings are now 9-6. They’ll return to the ice on Tuesday in Swan Valley. You can hear that game right here on 730CKDM. The Parkland Source for Sports pregame show goes at 7:15.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are heading to the playoffs!

A great third quarter led the Bombers to a 29-21 win over the Calgary Stampeders tonight. 

Matt Nichols was fantastic for the Bombers. He completed 24 of his 33 passes for 358 yards and a couple touchdowns.

The Bombers defence was also solid. Jovan Santos-Knox had eight tackles while he and Adam Bighill forced fumbles in the game. 

Winnipeg (10-7) will wrap up their regular season next weekend against the Eskimos.

Bryon Fobair is in his first season with the Dauphin Kings and it's been a pretty good one so far.

Not only are the Kings (9-5) having success, but so is Bryon. In his 10 games with the club, he's chipped in eight points (3 goals).

"Things have been going great so far for sure," said Fobair. "I'm loving the town and just everything about it. I'm excited for the rest of the year."

Fobair is one of a few Americans on this year's team. Playing in Dauphin is the second team he's played in Canada with. Last year, he suited up for the OCN Blizzard.

Two seasons ago he played with the West Coast Renegades U18 team. Last year he joined the Colorado Rampage.

So, how did Bryon get to playing junior hockey in Canada?

"I met the scout for OCN and that's where it kind of took off," said Fobair. "Then I talked to Doug, and I guess you could say the rest was history."

Fobair and the Kings return to the ice this evening when they welcome the Winkler Flyers to town. The club heads into the game just three points back of the Steinbach Pistons who are idle tonight. Going forward, Bryon's confident this team has what it takes to make a splash in the MJHL this year.

"Oh yeah, I definitely think we have the tools to make something special happen here this year," added Fobair. "We have a great group of guys here and everyone enjoys each other and that's important. I also think we have some future stars on this team that have the abilities to break out this year. It's all going to add up soon here."

Get To Know Bryon: 

Hometown? Salt Lake City, Utah.

Was the MJHL below or better than his expectations coming in? I mean I knew a couple guys from where I lived that played in Saskatchewan, so from what they told me, I expected it to be pretty rough and tough. When I got here it was definitely a bit different than American hockey because we use more systems here. I eventually got used to it.

Was it hard to adapt? I think I fit in great here. I get along with Doug well and I think that's huge. If you get along with your coach, you can do well anywhere.

Best friend on Kings? For sure Riley Buller is my best friend. We knew each other before we even played here, so that's a big reason why and we're both from the US.

Favourite memory with Kings? Probably the first goal I scored with the team in Neepawa. I'm sure there will be a ton more going forward.

Pregame meal? Last year Wyatt Riendeau and I would eat french toast and have a smoothie before every game. It's definitely one of my favourites.

Favourite sport and team outside of hockey? I really like football and lacrosse. Favourite team would be the Green Bay Packers because my dad is from Wisconsin and I grew up watching them.

How does it feel to be a junior hockey player? It's pretty great spending time with the guys on the bus and at the hotel. Our travel schedule isn't bad either playing in Dauphin. All in all, it's great.

Bryon's also on pace for a career year. Last year in OCN, he had 18 points in 56 games. With his eight points already this season, Fobair is on pace for 48 points.

Make sure you tune into the Dauphin Kings Powerplay Show this afternoon after the 4:00 p.m. news, weather, and sports to learn more about Bryon.

Then later tonight, you can see Bryon and the Kings at Credit Union Place. The puck drops at 7:30.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings - Pederson Photographic.

Ryder Thompson had a ton of success with the Parkland Bantam Rangers last season as he joined the team en route to winning a bronze medal at the Provincial Championships.

This year, the 14-year-old from Russell decided to switch things up. He's now playing with the Rink Hockey Academy Nationals Bantam Prep team. 

"Things have been going really well," said Thompson. "I'm really lucky that I get to be on the ice every day. I've been learning a lot and having a ton of fun."

The season is just over a month old, and Ryder is already seeing progression in his own personal play.

"I think I've definitely gotten better," he added. "My coaches have helped me on every skill I need to improve on."

Ryder also has some proof to back up the fact that he thinks he's gotten better. The team named their leadership group for the season, and the 14-year-old was named one of the team's Assistant Captains.

"That means a lot to me and makes me feel proud of myself," added Thompson. "I think it backs up the fact that I've improved and I can be a leader. Now, I have to help guide the guys throughout the season."

"It definitely puts more pressure on me, but I honestly like that," he added. "It's going to make me work harder which will allow me to improve my game, even more, going forward."

So it's easy to say things have been going well. But, it's also been a challenging jump up for Ryder. That comes with playing against some of the best players from all across the country.

"I mean it hasn't been easy. I'd say the toughest thing about it has been the speed," said Thompson. "It's so quick out here and it's hard to adjust to it. I think I have a fairly good grip on it now, but it was definitely tough to start for sure."

Playing in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) means Ryder and the rest of the team get to travel across the country several times and even into the US. That's something that Ryder is enjoying very much.

"Definitely getting to bond with the new team on the road is super exciting," said Thompson. "We have a great group of guys. And of course, starting the season and just playing. I can't get enough of everything that goes on here."

Ryder now gets the chance to play in somewhat of a homecoming this weekend. Not in Manitoba, but near. The team is playing Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. That means the family is packing up their bags and heading down to watch Ryder play.

"It's pretty exciting that I'll get the chance to play in front of my family again," added Thompson. "I know I'll have to give it my all or else I'll get a talking to from the parents." he said with a chuckle.

Through four games of the season, Ryder has two points.

Ryder is the far left in the photo.

The Dauphin Kings are playing some of their best hockey of the season and they will look to keep it rolling tonight.

They welcome the Winkler Flyers to Credit Union Place tonight. 

The Kings (9-5) are riding a three-game winning streak into the contest. The Flyers (7-5-1) are just as hot as they‘ve won four straight after a slow start to the season. 

It’s been the Kings defence that has been winning them hockey games as of late.

They gave up just 46 shots this past weekend as they went on to sweep the Wayway Wolverines in a home and home. 

Carter Sawchuk continues to lead the Kings with 12 points. 

Wayde Johannesson and Riley Shamray both have 10 apiece. 

The Kings will also look to play a more discipline game tonight. They went 16-16 on the penalty kill last weekend, but that is far too many penalties to pick up in a two-game span. The team enters the night as the most penalized hockey club league wide. 

Don‘t forget that the Dauphin Kings Powerplay Show goes this afternoon just after 4:00 p.m.

Back in the mid-2000's, Ste. Rose's Shane Luke and the Dauphin Kings were a force to be reckoned with.

From the 2007-08 season to the 2010-11 season, the Kings made the playoffs each season. They also made it to the league semifinal in each of the years.

In the 07-08 season, Luke had only 54 points in 58 games. I say only because what he did the rest of his time with the Kings is nothing short of incredible.

Luke had 86 points for the Kings the next year, in which the club advanced to the league semifinal.

The next season was a historic one for Luke and the rest of the Kings. Luke had 101 regular season points and 15 playoff points as the Kings won the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.

Luke then went on to record five more points in five games in the Anavet Cup as the Kings triumphed over the La Ronge Ice Wolves in five games to win that series and advance to the RBC Cup.

Luke and the Kings came up just short in that RBC Cup, as they lost in the final.

"That was a pretty special year for sure," said Luke. "It was a lot of fun, we won a lot and winning is always a ton of fun. I'll always look back at that year and think very fondly of it."

That campaign was also the one that the Kings won 50 games in the regular season and lost just 12. Luke's 101 points were the highest in the league. He beat out fellow teammate Ryan Dreger who recorded 99.

"It was quite a ride that's for sure," added Luke. "Obviously it was pretty disappointing losing that final game. But, I think if we look back at it, we were pretty proud of how we did that year and it was a great feeling beating Saskatchewan."

"Playing the RBC Cup at home was quite an experience," said Luke. "The fans were amazing, and yeah it was just quite a year."

The next year was Shane's final as a junior hockey player. He had 100 points combined between the regular season and playoffs, but the team came up just short in the MJHL final.

Now going to school in The Pas, Luke takes a look back at his favourite memories with the Kings organization.

"It's pretty hard to pinpoint one, but I think I'm going to have to say winning the league and the Anavet Cup," said Luke. "That's something that no one can ever take away from us. Also, all of my teammates that I keep in touch with. I made so many great friendships so those are a couple of my favourite memories."

What's Next?

Just because Shane was done playing junior hockey, that doesn't mean he was done playing at a super high level. The Ste. Rose native went on to play four seasons of NCAA hockey with the Providence College Friars. 

"My goal heading into junior was to play college hockey after it, so I achieved that goal," said Luke. "It was a great experience playing at Providence."

After four solid years with the Friars, Luke took the next step. He signed his first professional contract in France with Amiens. He went on to play one season there and had 15 regular season points in 24 games and two playoff points in five games.

"Signing my first contract was pretty surreal," said Luke. "I had a couple of options on where to go, but I decided to go overseas and I don't regret it one bit. It was a heck of a time, I did a lot of travelling, played good hockey and of course met some great guys."

Shane has now played the last two seasons in the NCHL with the Russell Rams where he's once again dominated. In just 17 games, Luke put up 54 points.

Now that he's going to school, Luke isn't sure what team he'll play on, but he does plan on lacing up the skates this season. When he does, you can expect some more sparks and sick snipes.

Want to hear the full interview with Shane? You can do so by listening to the Dauphin Kings Powerplay Show tomorrow afternoon after the 4:00 p.m. news, weather, and sports.