The Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy U15 Kings held on and they are now Provincial Champions.

In a thrilling gold medal game against Brandon, Landyn Garton scored the golden goal in a 3-2 win as the Kings will bring a provincial banner back home.

Garton also scored one other goal in the game while Ethan Zalischuk also scored in the win. Joe Tabin was outstanding between the pipes.

Earlier in the day, Garton scored twice in a win to advance the team to the finals. Cody Zurba, Nik Hoffner, and Zalischuk also scored. Lyric Smith was named Player of the Game.

History has been made in Niverville on Sunday afternoon.

Doug Hedley has become the winningest coach in Dauphin Kings history as the team jumped into the fourth and final playoff spot.

Pulling out a huge 7-4 win on Sunday against the Nighthawks, Hedley is now in a class of his own.

Entering the afternoon just a point behind Waywayseecappo for fourth in the West, Dauphin responded in a big way after giving up the games opening goal on Sunday. Falling down 1-0, Dauphin scored four straight to take a 4-1 lead after 20 minutes.

Jamie Valentino, Anthony Bax, Nolan Wickham, and Alex Senf -- shorthanded -- did the scoring for Dauphin in the first.

Ethan Williment scored for Dauphin in the second, but it was the Nighthawks that caught fire offensively as they scored three times as it was 5-4 Dauphin after 40.

In the end, the Kings came up clutch in the third as Blake Boudreau and Mathew Gough scored to seal the game. With the win, Dauphin is now 28-21-2-2 and they now hold sole possession of fourth in the MGEU West Division.

The team now travels to Waywayseecappo on Tuesday to play the Wolverines.

The Ste. Rose Celtics varsity girls basketball team is off to the Big Dance.

In a winner advance game on Saturday, the Celtics came up clutch with a 50-37 win against the Rivers Rams in a provincial qualifier.

As a result, the team now advances to the provincial championships.

The Grand Plains U18 Ice Dogs will play in a provincial semi-final on Sunday. 

In their first game at the provincials, the Ice Dogs played to a 2-2 tie against Souris. Montana Jubenvill and Raylyn Koshowski scored one goal apiece. 

Grand Plains would come up short in their next game in a tight 2-0 loss against a very good Birtle team.

They now play Manitou on Sunday morning with a berth to the provincial final on the line. 

The Dauphin U15 Silver Kings have advanced to the Final 4 in Melita.

Competing in the Provincial Championships, the Kings continue to roll. They earned first place in their pool with a 5-1 win against Deloraine on Saturday night. Aiden Brunel led the way with three goals while Slade Nepinak and Kingston Stirling also scored for Dauphin in the win. 

Earlier in the day, Zak Fillion and Xander Perih finished in second at the tournament's skills competition. Before that, Noah Shiner was named Player of the Game after scoring three goals in a 8-2 win against Portage. Ayden Bradley found the back of the net four times. Tevin Code also scored while Xander Perih made 31 saves on 33 shots.

The team will now play either Melita or Reston in the semifinals.


The Dauphin U11 Kings lit up the scoreboard on Saturday and locked down defensively. In their two wins, the team scored a combined 17 goals and they gave up just two.

Jake Jewitt led the team with a pair of goals in their first game in a 7-1 win against St. Adolphe. Landon Pernarowski, Freya Todoruk, Zayne Guiboche, and Brier Odut also scored for Dauphin. Burke Keeping earned the win in net.

In their second game of the day, Dauphin beat the Red River Wild, 10-1. Brier Odut scored three times while Guiboche, Declan Cole, Landon Pernarowski, and Jake Jewitt also scored. Jaxon Casavant scored a pair of goals.

The team will now play in the semi-finals on Sunday morning against Carman.

Swan Valley U11 put up 17 goals in their win on Saturday. Bennett Harness, Konnor Dixon, Dane Anderson, and Tripp Warburton all scored a hat-trick in the game. Josh Buchanan scored twice as did Rylan Hagglund. Their semi-final is against Rivers on Sunday at 9 a.m.

Frankie Fjeldsted is in her first year of swimming with the Parkland Gators Swim Club and she is already making great waves.

Coming a long way in terms of development from the start of the swimming season, Frankie is loving being a part of the Gators. 

"I really love going to competitions with my team, it's always a lot of fun," said Fjeldsted. "I also love diving, it's a lot of fun."

Frankie's favourite event is the backstroke and her favourite food is ribs, whether it's before she hits the pool or as a celebration after. 

When she joined the team in Brandon for the swim meet in November, Frankie won a heat which she was very proud of, and rightfully so as she swims twice a week with the team. Moving ahead for the rest of the season, Fjeldsted is hoping to achieve a couple of things.

"I want to improve my overall speed in the pool and I also want to improve my breaststroke as one of my main ones," she ended.

The Dauphin Kings came out with a lot of intensity on Friday and they held a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes, but they once again couldn't hold on.

In a shootout thriller, it was the Niverville Nighthawks that got the best of Dauphin in a 3-2 final.

Just 1:58 into the game, Mason Smith scored in his third straight contest as Dauphin took a 1-0 lead, a lead they held for nearly 16 minutes before Brendan Bottem scored his 20th of the season to tie it for the Nighthawks.

Just 62 seconds into the second while on the power play, Owen Wareham picked up his own rebound and beat Dane Couture as the Kings took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.

Turning the puck over at Niverville's blue line early in the third period, the Nighthawks went the other way as Josh Paulhus scored his 27th of the season to tie the game up. No goals were scored the rest of the way.

In the shootout, Paulhus was the lone player to score as the Nighthawks earned the extra point.

Dauphin's single point paired with Waywayseecappo's regulation loss means Dauphin is now just a single point behind the Wolverines for the fourth and final playoff spot in the MGEU West Division.  Cole Sheffield was tremendous for Dauphin has he made 39 saves in the tough defeat.

Dauphin and Niverville now meet on Sunday afternoon in Niverville.

It was game one of the U15 'A' Provincial Championships and Cody Zurba got off to an excellent start.

He was named the Player of the Game as he recorded six assists as the U15 Kings earned a decisive 7-0 win in their first game. Lyric Smith and Landyn Garton both scored a pair of goals for Dauphin in the win. Ethan Zalischuk, Alex Lopez, and Niklas Hoffner also scored for Dauphin in the game. Ben Miner was stellar in net to earn the shutout.

Then in their second game, Dauphin came to play again as they downed MacDonald, 7-1. Landyn Garton led the way for Dauphin with a pair of goals while Joseph Tabin was huge in net to earn the win.

Jake Myhre, Hopfner, Noah Hanneson, Riley Durston, and Julien Lopez scored goals for Dauphin. Riley Durston was named the Player of the Game. 

With their great day, Dauphin has now advanced to the semifinals on Sunday. 


The Dauphin U15 Co-op Silver Kings continue to roll as they began their provincial championships in Melita.

In their first game, the Kings took easy care of business in a 9-1 win against the Swan Lake Cougars. Eight different Kings scored in the game while Xander Perih was once again solid in the game. Cohen Lambie earned the game score with a sweet toe drag that led to a beautiful goal past the Swan Lake goalie. 


Meanwhile in the Parkland, the Grand Plains Ice Dogs are hosting the U13 female provincials and they got off to a great start on Friday. After a 1-1 tie in their first game, Scotia Smith scored a hat-trick in their second game in a huge 8-1 win against Springfield Black.


In Swan River, the U11 Dauphin team earned a 7-4 win against Rivers in their first game. Brier Odut, Landon Pernarowski, and Jake Jewitt all scored a pair of goals in the win while Emmett Murray scored once.


Dane Anderson scored four times while two other Stampeders scored hat-tricks for the Swan River u11 team at the same event in a 15-0 win against The Pas. Tripp Warburton and Konnor Dixon recorded three goals each. Josh Buchanan had two goals while Landen Rooks and Bennett Harness both had a goal.


The Manitoba Junior Hockey League has announced their finalists for end of the regular season awards and Aidan Brook has made the list.

The Roblin native has been named a finalist for Defenseman of the Year. Brook has been an intregal part to Dauphin's success this season as he enjoys his first full-year with his home region team.

In 49 games, Brook has also scored three times while adding 16 assists. 

The Parkland Gators Swim Club season continues to roll on and members of the team continue to make noise.

At a recent tournament in Brandon, Chayne Paziuk continued to dominate as he won four gold medals. They came in the 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 100m backstroke, and 100m individual medley.

Here are the complete results:

Lily Montagnion - gold medals in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle, a bronze medal in the 100m individual medley, and a bronze medal in the 100m freestyle.

Holly Marcynuk - silver medal in the 25m backstroke, 4th place in the 50m backstroke, 6th place in the 25m freestyle, 7th place in the 25m kick stroke, and 11th place in the 50m freestyle. 

Lauren Lesiuk - 5th place in the 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke, 7th place in the 100m individual medley, and 9th place in the 50m freestyle.

Renee Fee - bronze medal in the 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, and 100m backstroke, to go along with a 4th place finish in the 100m individual medley.

Evan Favel - bronze medal in the 50m backstroke, 7th place in the 25m backstroke, 9th place in the 50m freestyle, 11th place in both the 25m freestyle, and 25m kick stroke.

Meredith Cottrell - gold medal in both the 50m freestyle and 25m freestyle, to go along with a 2nd place finish in the 50m backstroke, 25m backstroke, and a 5th place finish in the 25m kick stroke.

Maria-Jean Slobodzian-Plustwa - bronze medal in the 25m breaststroke, 6th place in the 25m backstroke, 7th place in both the 25m freestyle, and 50m freestyle, and 8th place in the 25m kick stroke.

When it comes to hockey at the University of North Dakota, success is measured based on winning regular season titles, conference championships, and advancing to the national tournament.

As one of the most storied programs in the NCAA ranks, UND has eight NCAA titles to its name and 20 conference titles. The team captured their third straight regular season title last season when they went 17-6-1 in conference play. They went on to win a pair of games against Colorado College in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) quarterfinals before they came up short against Western Michigan in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff. The team then made their 34th appearance in the national tournament where they lost an overtime thriller against Notre Dame, 2-1. 

While it was a disappointing end to the season, North Dakota was one of only 16 teams in the entire country to advance to the national tournament. Back to the grind this season, Riese Gaber of Gilbert Plains and the rest of the Fighting Hawks played their first game and it resulted in a 5-1 exhibition win against the University of Manitoba on October 1. They then swept Holy Cross in a pair of games the next weekend. The team then opened conference play on November 4 when they downed Omaha, 4-1. Now five months later, the Fighting Hawks are now preparing to finish their conference schedule against the same team they began it against as they welcome Omaha to the historic Ralph Engelstad Arena this weekend for a pair of games.

Entering the weekend at 8-10-4, the Fighting Hawk's quest for a fourth straight regular season title will come short, but they are playing solid as of late as the team's unbeaten streak has reached four games. That includes a win against St. Cloud State, the number six ranked team in the country two weeks ago. 

"It's been an up and down season. It's not the way anyone would have drawn it up," said Gaber. "Looking ahead, we still have an opportunity to make the NCAA tournament and that is the goal every year. Things haven't gone the way we wanted, but we still have a chance here and that's really exciting for us."

Following this weekend, the team will embark on the NCHC quarterfinals next season and the Frozen Four is slated for the following weekend in St. Paul, Minnesota. The NCAA regionals are set for March 23 to 26 which leads to the NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa, Florida, from April 6 to 8. 

Returning for his third season and first, as a part of the leadership group, Gaber continues to produce at an elite level as he's second in team scoring with 19 goals and 14 assists. Gaber has already surpassed last year's goal total when he scored 15 times and he needs five points this weekend to surpass last year's point total when he totalled 37. 

"I'm still happy with the way things have gone, but I do believe that there is another level that I can reach," said Gaber. "Whatever has happened in the past doesn't matter, I just need to be ready to perform in these final games down the stretch to make a run at a championship."

While Gaber continues to torch his opponents, he believes he needs to become a more consistent player night in and night out. 

"Believing in yourself and having that self-confidence within when things aren't going well is really important," said Gaber. 

However the rest of the season does shape up, Gaber is living his dream. Getting the chance to play and excel with one of the best programs in the nation is something that Gaber doesn't take lightly. 

"It really means everything to me, I have been living in a dream for the last three years and I never take a day for granted," offered Gaber. "To say I play here is pretty dang cool and it is something that I would never take for granted. I'm trying to make the most of it every day and enjoy my time here."

Riese has also added to his resume with a prestigious honour. Excelling not only on the ice but in the classroom as well, the Gilbert Plains native was named to the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team. To be eligible for the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team, a student-athlete must compile a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average or better, while having completed at least one full academic year at his current institution.

"There are two sides to being a student-athlete here and we hold ourselves to a very high standard on the ice and in the classroom," offered Gaber. "Just being disciplined is important and I am proud to have been named to the team."