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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.

He showed up to the rink bigger, stronger, and faster in September.

Following his first year with the Pilot Mound Academy U15 Prep team during the 2022-23 season, Forrest Karlson knew what he had to do to take his game to the next level. He spent hours in the gym and skated for hours whenever he could find ice. He believed he had more in him and did he ever.

From Dauphin, the 15-year-old star took his game to the next level this year as he played his second year with the U15 Prep team from Pilot Mound. Forrest posted 15 points last year in 24 games. This year, Forrest found the back of the net 18 times in 27 games and had 24 assists. His point total was increased by 27 points from the following season.

What was even more impressive from Forrest's totals is that Pilot Mound struggled this year with just five wins in the regular season. It wasn't always easy for Karlson who calls himself the ultimate competitor. He loves to win and he loves to compete. It takes a special player to fight through when things aren't going as planned and that's exactly what Forrest did.

"I gained quite a bit of confidence this year," said Karlson. "I know we had a tough season, but I had some great teammates that helped me a ton. I was pretty pleased with how I played, things went pretty well. I just continued to stick to the process and keep my head up."

After going 5-20-2, the team was relegated to the consolation championships that were played in Penticton from March 10 to 13. Forrest opened up that event with a four-point game as he scored three times in a 5-3 win against Delta Hockey Academy Black. He then scored one goal and had one assist in a 7-3 win against Prairie Hockey Academy and while he was held off the scoresheet in his team's final game of the season, Karlson was buzzing all over in a 5-3 win against Pacific Coast Academy.

Across just three playoff games, the Dauphin star posted four goals and two assists.

"Yeah, I was pretty proud about those six points," said Karlson. "We had some tough competition and we pushed through. I was happy that we were able to get some wins and I'm glad that I could add up six points."

Most recently, Forrest was in Brandon competing in Hockey Manitoba's Top 40 camp, one that features the top 40 age-eligible players and goalies. Karlson is without a doubt one of the most talented U15 players in the province and he enjoyed the opportunity to go up against the best.

"There was some really good competition, like 30 of the 40 guys got drafted," offered Karlson. "It was really high paced and some top end coaching, I really enjoyed it."

While Forrest was in Brandon, the Western Hockey League (WHL) was hosting its Prospects Draft. Landon Dupont, who recently was granted exceptional status, was drafted by the Everett Silvertips. Then with the 98th overall pick, Forrest was drafted by the Red Deer Rebels. He was one of two Parkland athletes drafted after the Brandon Wheat Kings took Easten Turko of McCreary.

For as long as he can remember, Forrest has wanted to play in the WHL. His major goal heading into this year was to get drafted so it was a dream come true.

"It feels awesome, I look up to so many players in that league, it's such a great league," said Karlson. "It's an honour to be drafted, I can't wait to get things started."

Forrest also believes the work is just beginning. He knows that while he was drafted, he won't just be able to show up in Red Deer and make the team. He knows a big summer is ahead and while it will include long gym sessions and plenty of other off-ice training paired with his on-ice training, Karlson has been waiting for this moment and he is not about to let it go to waste.

"I need to grow into a bigger, faster, and better player," said Karlson. "The WHL is elite, those are future NHL stars. I'm ready to get to work."

Every step of the way and stride in Forrest's journey, he has had his family and friends right by his side. A big family man himself, Karlson is grateful for all of the support he has received and no doubt will continue to receive.

"My friends and family are always here to support me, it truly means the world to me," ended Karlson. "I also want to thank my mom and dad, they helped me go to that academy in Pilot Mound and it helped me out a lot."

It's not always how you start, it's how you finish. And the Melfort Mustangs caught fire after a slow start to remain perfect at the Centennial Cup.

With Swan River's Bo Eisner on their roster, the Mustangs downed the Sioux Lookout Bombers, 5-3, on Tuesday afternoon. Owen Riffel of Onanole had one goal and one assist in the first period as the Bombers led the Mustangs 2-0 after 20 minutes.

It wasn't to be for the Bombers, who lost their fourth straight game and will now head back home after winning their league title.

Melfort; meanwhile, improves to two regulation wins and one shootout win. That gives them eight points and if they beat Oakville on Wednesday night, they will advance directly to Saturday's semi-final.

Drew Luhowy was four years old when he first laced up his skates and hit the ice.

Growing up in Grandview, Drew jumped on any opportunity to spend some time at the GACC skating alongside his friends. As the years have gone by, Luhowy has fallen in love with hockey and he's already a champion at the age of 12.

Playing with the Grand Plains Hawks, Luhowy helped them beat St. Eustache, 9-3, as they won a provincial championship. Luhowy and the Hawks nearly advanced to their league final before ending up in third place.

To say it was a great season for Drew and his friends would be an understatement.

"It was pretty good, winning provincials was such an incredible feeling," said Luhowy. "It was also nice to finish third in our league. It was a fun year."

Now that this year is over when it comes to hockey, Luhowy will continue to train and have fun with friends. He also plans on playing plenty of golf this summer at the Gilbert Plains Country Club and come the fall, he plans to try out for the Parkland U15 Rangers. As the region's lone AAA team, Luhowy is excited for a good challenge.

"I'm hoping I make it, I guess we will see how things go," added Luhowy.

With a big smile on his face, Drew also finished this season being named a co-recipient of the Brock Pulock Memorial Award. The annual award is given out to members of Grand Plains Minor Hockey during their second of U13 hockey who make a difference on and off the ice. This year, he was named a co-recipient alongside Brynlee Brasch.

"It feels great, I am very honoured to have won the award this year," ended Luhowy. "There are many players on our team that could have won it. I couldn't have done it without my incredible teammates and great coaches."

It's safe to say that Drew is already making a positive difference and he's only 12. It's also safe to say that the Grandview star has a very bright future and this summer, it rolls on at the Gilbert Plains Country Club. 

Jayce Legaarden and the rest of the Winkler Flyers are heading to the playoff round at the Centennial Cup in Oakville.

The Flyers played the host Oakville Blades on Monday night and cruised from start to finish in a 4-0 win over the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) club. 

Following a scoreless opening period, recent Division 1 commit Dalton Andrew scored his sixth of the tournament to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead and they never looked back. James Richards gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes and then Avery Anderson and Nicolas Mckee scored into an empty net late in the third.

Malachi Klassen was phenomenal in the net as he made 24 saves to record his first shutout on the national stage. With the full three points thanks to a regulation win, the Flyers move to two wins and one shootout loss, and they have seven points. That has them one point ahead of the Miramichi Timberwolves of the Maritimes Hockey League (MHL). 

Bo Eisner and the Melfort Mustangs are back on the ice Tuesday to play Sioux Lookout.