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The Dauphin Hawks basketball program began playing about six years ago.

Three years ago, a U14 female team was formed and early on, many struggles came with it. The team did not win a game in their first year; over the next couple of years, wins were few and far between.

Now at the U16 age group, the same female Hawks team is hitting their stride and showing that if you pair hard work and dedication, amazing things can happen. The Hawks played in a tournament over the weekend and going up against teams from larger centres, it was a weekend to remember.

They beat Ice South in the championship final, 40-37. The game was a thriller for fans in attendance and came right down to the wire as the U16 female Hawks won their first championship since the program began.

"The effort the girls showed this weekend is representative of the perseverance and effort of the young athletes," said Scott Carr. "To go from not winning a game in their first year to winning a tournament this year is incredible."

Carr also shares the moment after the final buzzer went.

"They were ecstatic, it was a close game that went right down to the wire," offered Carr. "To compete at this level shows how hard these girls are trying and how much skill they have."

The team will look to make it back-to-back championships when they head to Yorkton for a tournament from June 7 to 9. This same team will also represent the Parkland region at the Manitoba Summer Games which take place from August 11 to 17 in Dauphin and the area. 

At the same event over the weekend, the U16 male Hawks went 1-2. The U14 male Hawks dropped all of their games while the U14 female Hawks finished 0-4. We will have more on the Hawks program early next week. 

Hayden Delaloye put together a great effort going up against some of the best age-eligible junior golfers in the country.

The Neepawa Star played in the Maple Leaf Junior Tour's Humber College Classic at the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course. Delaloye finished with rounds of 76 and 73 to finish in a tie for ninth place. Delaloye finished just five strokes back of a second-place finish in a field of 46 golfers.

Delaloye was the only Manitoban in the Junior Boys' event. Earlier this year at the Kildonan Park Golf Course, Hayden shot rounds of 71 and 72 to finish in second at another event on the Tour. 

Jean Berthaudin has been a very well-travelled man over the last several years while living out his dream of playing between the pipes at the highest level possible.

After a 14-game tenure with the Parkland U15 Rangers in the 2017-18 season, the star from Ste. Rose then moved to Banff to join their varsity academy team. From 2018 to 2020, Jean played 23 games with Banff Hockey Academy before moving to Kelowna to join the Rink Hockey Academy U17 Prep team.

Playing in five games with that team, Jean made the biggest move of his life in time for the 2021-22 season as he moved to Lakewood, California.

More than 3100 kilometres away from home and a 30-hour drive, Berthaudin joined the Long Beach Shredders of the United States Premier Hockey League (USHPL) and he played in the Premier Division in the 2021-22 season, amassing 18 starts.

After just one season with Long Beach, Jean packed up his bags and made the 40-hour move to Chesapeake, Virginia, as he joined Hampton Roads Whalers of the USPHL Elite division.

Jean played just eight games with the Whalers last year, winning two of them while recording a .911 save percentage.

The Ste. Rose goalie knew that he had more in him and as he returned to Hampton this season, Berthaudin was in a class of his own. His belief in himself turned this season into one to remember.

Starting 24 games for the Whalers this year, Jean had an incredible 1.74 goals-against average with a .948 save percentage. Jean also led the Elite Division with an eye-opening eight shutouts which were three more than any other goalie. 

"A lot of my success came from coaching and my teammates," said Berthaudin. "We had a great group of guys that were all playing for one common cause."

As the season has now come to an end and Jean is back home in the Parkland, there was one more piece of hardware that he was awarded to end his junior career. It went to a fan's vote and after it all, Berthaudin was named the fan's choice goaltender of the year. 

On top of this, Jean was also named to the Southeast Division's All-Star team.

"It's completely crazy to know that I went from playing just eight games last year to this, it feels incredible," offered Berthaudin. "Being a part of the Whalers for the past two seasons was awesome, I made so many lifelong friends and so many amazing memories that I will have for the rest of my life."

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Jean plans on heading to Winnipeg throughout the summer months to train at Rink Hockey Academy and he will also be spending plenty of time in the gym. This all will prepare him for his next move which will see Jean move to Grand Rapids, Michigan.

After a campus visit, Berthaudin announced his commitment to join the Aquinas College men's hockey team. Playing in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division 1 ranks, Berthaudin was in awe when he visited campus and he felt there was no better place to call home for the next few years of his life.

"It was probably one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen," said Berthaudin. "The people were also amazing, it's going to be a great place to be."

Jean is also very proud to say that he will soon be a college hockey player.

"It's amazing, this is something that I have been working towards for a while now," ended Berthaudin. "I am so excited about this newest opportunity."

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers couldn't get much going on Monday in their pre-season opener as they lost to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, 25-12.

In the first of two tuneup games ahead of the regular season, Terry Wilson led the way offensively with 115 yards passing. In his return, Chris Streveler showed signs of brilliance in completing seven of his eight passes for 65 yards. Chris also ran for 25 yards across three carries.

Tyler Adams had four receptions for 61 yards while Johnny Augustine had 27 yards through the air. Sergio Castillo was 2-for-2 on field goals. Trevor Harris was nearly perfect for Saskatchewan, completing seven of nine passes for 123 yards. 

Winnipeg led the game 3-0 after 15 minutes before the Green & White outscored them 21-3 in the two middle quarters. In their final pre-season game, Winnipeg will be on home field at Princess Auto Stadium on May 31 as they welcome Calgary to town at 7:30. The team's regular season begins the following week on June 6 when the Montreal Alouettes will be in Winnipeg at 7:30. 

Bo Eisner is coming back home with a silver medal.

Helping the Mustangs advance to the national final in Oakville, the club was downed by the Collingwood Blues, 1-0. 

Eisner was an integral piece of the team's defensive core and we will be joined by the SJHL champion next week.

 

Jayce Legaarden's season has come to an end at the Centennial Cup.

In a must-win quarterfinal against the Calgary Canucks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, it was the Canucks that pulled away in the third in a 4-2 win. The game was tied at two entering the third frame.

Mike Svenson and Zach Nicolas scored for the Flyers, but the Canucks scored the game-winner just 26 seconds into the third and they added an insurance marker not much later at the 4:34 mark.

The last remaining Parkland star at the event is Bo Eisner of Swan River, who will be on the ice Saturday night when the Mustangs play in a semi-final. 

Despite the loss, it was an incredible season for Jayce. He was a contributor offensively on the Flyers this season and we will be joined by Jayce early next week. 

When Brayden Schuurman scored just 2:20 into overtime in game three, the Moose Jaw Warriors moved to within one game of the franchise's first-ever Western Hockey League (WHL) title.

Less than 24 hours after Shuurman put the Warriors within a win of a championship, Moose Jaw was back on home ice at the sold-out Moose Jaw Events Centre for game four. Aiden Ziprick and the crew were feeling great. They had previously come off a dramatic seven-game series win against Saskatoon and now, they were up three games to nothing.

The two teams went back and forth in game four as it was tied after 40 minutes. That's when the hero from game three once again played the hero role in game four as Shuurman's seventh of the playoffs with just more than five minutes left gave the Warriors a 3-2 lead. They would never look back from there as Martin Rysavy scored into an empty net late and for the first time in franchise history, the Warriors are champions of the WHL.

Ziprick, who had one shot in the game, was filled with emotions after the game.

"This has to be an all-time high, I don't think I have ever been so happy playing hockey and winning games," said Ziprick. "That feeling when the time is running out and then you get to throw your sticks and gloves on the ice, it's just incredible. What a special feeling."

As they had been the entire time, Ziprick's family was in the stands and the second they had the chance, they joined Aiden on the ice as the celebration was in full force at the Events Centre.

"That was one of the best parts, they have been with me the whole way," said Ziprick. "To have them there was very special, they mean the world to me."

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The team will now get a well-deserved rest for a few days before they begin preparing for the Memorial Cup which opens next Friday in Saginaw. Moose Jaw will play their first game against the hosts next Friday at 6:30 before playing the Ontario Hockey League champion London Nights on May 27 and the Quebec Maritime Hockey League champion Drummondville on May 28.

If need be, a tiebreaker game will be played on May 30, the semi-final will be on May 31 and the Memorial Cup final is slated for June 2. 

This will be Ziprick's first chance to play in a Memorial Cup and riding high off a WHL title, the young star from Russell is ready for the challenge.

"This is what you play for all year long, it's pretty exciting to be one of the four teams there," commented Ziprick. "We haven't really thought about it yet, we're enjoying winning the championship. We will enjoy this and then get ready to play in Saginaw."

Aiden also had some great words about Ryder Thompson, who came up short as a member of the Winterhawks.

"Nothing but the best for Ryder, we're great friends, and I wish all the best for him." ended Ziprick. 

All games at the Memorial Cup will be broadcast on Sportsnet

Ziprick's Schedule:

May 24 - Moose Jaw vs Saginaw - 6:30 p.m.

May 27 - Moose Jaw vs London - 6:30 p.m.

May 28 - Moose Jaw vs Drummondville - 6:30 p.m. 

A very well-deserved two-day break is what the Melfort Mustangs will enjoy.

Fuelled by Bo Eisner of Swan River, the Mustangs finished atop Group B at the Centennial Cup, making them advance directly to the semi-finals, which won't be played until Saturday. The Mustangs won three games in regulation and one in overtime to finish with 11 points, just one less than Collingwood who finished first overall.

Thursday is a complete off-day at the tournament before quarter-final action takes place on Friday. In the quarter-finals, Jayce Legaarden of Grandview and the rest of the Winkler Flyers will be going up against the Calgary Canucks who beat the Whitecourt Wolverines in four games to win the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) crown. Calgary had two regulation wins, one overtime win, and one loss in pool play.

The other quarter-final has the Miramichi Timberwolves of the Maritimes Hockey League (MHL) going up against the Navan Grads of the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL). The Timberwolves finished second in Group B with eight points while the Grads finished third in Group A with seven points. 

A Western Hockey League (WHL) championship is heading back to Russell.

Aiden Ziprick and the Moose Jaw Warriors completed a four-game sweep of the Portland Winterhawks on Wednesday as they were crowned champions of the WHL in front of a sold out crowd at the Moose Jaw Events Centre.

Martin Rysavy scored the first goal of the game for Moose Jaw and the last. Ziprick had one shot in the victory as the Warriors will now advance to the Memorial Cup that begins May 24 in Saginaw. 

Despite the loss, it was still an outstanding season for Ryder Thompson, who became one of the Winterhawks top players on the back end. 

Stay tuned to hear from Aiden in the coming days. 

The 2011 Parkland Junior Rangers were on top of the Spring Shootout.

Competing in an extended season event in Winnipeg, the Rangers steamrolled their way to a gold which included a thrilling 5-4 overtime victory over the PHG Predators in the final. Kingston Catcheway was the hero in the game as his eighth goal of the tournament came 2:51 into overtime. 

Anson Salamandyk had two goals in the game for the Rangers while Carter Smigelsky and Wade Kulbacki also scored in the win. 

Other Action:

Rangers BEAT 204 Thunder, 11-4

  • Kingston Catcheway led the way with four goals and one assist;
  • Anson Salamandyk had two goals and two assists while Chayce Stoski also had two goals;
  • Rhett Legaarden and Kellan Shtykalo had one goal and one assist apiece;
  • Wade Kulbacki also scored for the Rangers

Rangers TIE Predators, 4-4

  • Kellan Shtykalo had two goals;
  • Anson Salamandyk scored one goal and added one assist while Drew Luhowy also had an assist;
  • Rhett Legaarden scored one goal

Rangers BEAT Manitoba Blues, 5-1

  • Kingston Catcheway had two goals;
  • Brayden Abrams, Drew Luhowy, and Kellan Shtykalo scored a goal each for the Rangers;
  • Jace Paterson-Brading had one assist

Rangers beat All Nations, 3-2

  • Drew Luhowy and Kellan Shtykalo both had one goal and one assist in the win;
  • Chayce Stoski and Matthew Ducheck had one assist each;
  • Brayden Abrams and Kingston Catcheway also had an assist apiece

The Dauphin Clippers girls rugby team continues to completely dismantle their opponents.

Dauphin added to their tally this week by pounding Souris, 71-0, in their final regular season match. Ashley Korney led the way with three tries while Ryann Richard-Soltis and Scarlet Ruiz both had a pair.

In their first three games of the season, Dauphin scored 241 points while not giving up any. After four matches, the Clippers have now outscored their opponents, 312-0. Playoffs are next.