The Manitoba Junior Hockey League was excited to host the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for a Showcase in Winnipeg; however, that won't take place this season.

Because of concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, the event has been postponed.

It'll take place next season in Winnipeg.

The Dauphin Kings hit the ice on Saturday night and when they do, they’ll be looking to snap their three-game losing streak.

For the first time in 2022, the club plays the Virden Oil Capitals. Dauphin has won three of four meetings against them this season, all in the first half of the season.

In their game back on Wednesday, Dauphin made some critical errors that led to Swan Valley scoring goals and ultimately, earning their fourth straight win. The Stampeders dropped a game against Neepawa last night. Dauphin will also go up against the league’s top goal scorer for the first time this season as Nathan Driver was acquired by Virden at the trade deadline. He has 24 goals this year, two of which have come in his first two games with his new team.

Dauphin remains atop the West Division by one point over Waywayseecappo while the Oil Capitals are in a tight race for a playoff spot as they enter Saturday's contest just two points back of a playoff spot with Neepawa holding the fourth and final spot in the division 

To note, Virden is the only team in the league with a losing record yet they still have a goals differential of +3, the only team that is below .500 and positive in that category. The two teams will play four times against each other in the next two weeks and then they won’t meet again in the regular season. Aidan Brook, Nakodan Greyeyes and Logan Calder will play their second game with the team this season after all three made their debuts on Wednesday night.

By the numbers:

Dauphin

GF – 127

GA – 81

PP% – 26.7

PK% – 85.2

Leaders – Kaden Bryant 21g, 19a

Colby Jaquet 8g, 28a

Logan Calder 19g, 14a

Virden

GF – 122

GA – 119

PP% – 19.7

PK% – 74.6

Leaders – Braden Fischer 21g, 26a

Nathan Driver 24g, 17a

Dylan Halliday 20g, 10a

Tonight’s game between the Kings and Oil Capitals has been postponed due to poor weather and road conditions.

Stay tuned for a rescheduled date.

The Dauphin Kings hit the ice on Friday night and when they do, they'll be looking to snap their three-game losing streak.

For the first time in 2022, the club plays at Tundra Oil and Gas Place against the Virden Oil Capitals. Dauphin has won three of four meetings against them this season, all in the first half of the season.

In their game this week, Dauphin made some critical errors that led to Swan Valley scoring goals and ultimately, earning their fourth straight win. Dauphin will also go up against the league's top goal scorer for the first time this season as Nathan Driver was acquired by Virden at the trade deadline. He has 24 goals this year, two of which have come in his first two games with his new team. 

Dauphin remains atop the West Division by one point over Waywayseecappo while the Oil Capitals are in a tight race for a playoff spot as they enter Friday's contest in a tie for the fourth and final spot in the division alongside the Neepawa Titans. Neepawa is in Swan Valley for a pair of games this season. 

To note, Virden is the only team in the league with a losing record yet they still have a goals differential of +3, the only team that is below .500 and positive in that category. The two teams will play four times against each other in the next two weeks and then they won't meet again in the regular season. Aidan Brook, Nakodan Greyeyes and Logan Calder will play their second game with the team this season after all three made their debuts on Wednesday night.

By the numbers:

Dauphin

GF - 127

GA - 81

PP% - 26.7

PK% - 85.2

Leaders - Kaden Bryant 21g, 19a

Colby Jaquet 8g, 28a

Logan Calder 19g, 14a

Virden

GF - 122 

GA - 119

PP% - 19.7

PK% - 74.6

Leaders - Braden Fischer 21g, 26a

Nathan Driver 24g, 17a

Dylan Halliday 20g, 10a

In their final two games before Christmas, the Parkland U15 Rangers went 2-2. Since returning to the ice in 2022, Parkland is playing some of their best hockey of the season.

The team has won three of their four games since 2022 began and they're coming off an impressive sweep this past weekend in which they scored 10 goals in two games while giving up just three. 

"We've put together a few really solid performances in a row," said Tom White. "Everyone on the team is playing a full 60 minutes, the players are engaged and ready to go, it's nice to see."

The team will make another trip to Winnipeg this weekend for a rare solo game in the city as they take on the Bruins Gold who are 12-8-1. Following this weekend, three of the team's next four games will come against clubs with below .500 records and they will also tangle with the 12-12 Yellowhead Chiefs. 

From February 6 to 12, the Rangers will wrap up the season with three games against three teams that have championship aspirations. The Bruins Gold, Wild Red and the 24-0 Brandon Wheat Kings who at this point, are heavy title favourites. Entering this weekend, Parkland is tied for fourth in the league and they're just six points behind third. Eight players have at least 17 points for Parkland this season led by Hayden Shtykalo. 

Tom White was named the team's head coach in the 2018-19 season and he's proud of this group.

"It's a big step for some of these guys that move up from their hometown minor hockey systems, but they give everything they have to make sure they can get the job done," said White. "It's not easy but guys continue to push it as hard as they can and it's great to see the effort they put in."

Here's the team's remaining schedule.

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The Dauphin Kings have suffered their third straight loss.

Playing for the first time since January 9, some uncharacteristic errors held the team back in a 5-2 loss against the Swan Valley Stampeders. Following a goal from Carter Cockburn, Dauphin owned the final 90 seconds of the first as Kaden Bryant and Jeriah Shantz scored to give the club a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.

That was it; however, as the Stampeders scored the next four goals in the game, one into an empty net as they secured the three-goal win.

Keaton Woolsey got the start for Dauphin and turned away 35 of the 39 shots he faced.

“We made some errors  and I think perhaps we were a bit rusty, not playing in several days,” said Jeriah Shantz. “We’re looking forward to this weekend, we’re motivated.”

Dauphin opens a home-and-home on Friday at Tundra Oil & Gas Place.

For the first time since January 9, the Dauphin Kings will hit the ice in a game. Following a pair of postponements last weekend, Dauphin will play a rare mid-week game against the Swan Valley Stampeders at the Centennial Arena.

It's the fifth meeting of the season between the two clubs and it has been all Dauphin so far as they've won four straight. That includes a 2-1 shootout win in Swan River before Christmas. Dauphin enters the game on a mini slide, having lost their past two games while the Stampeders are trending upwards having won three of their last four games including an impressive sweep this past weekend against Steinbach. In Friday's game, they were down 4-0 before earning a 5-4 win.

Dauphin leads the West Division by a single point heading into the contest and they also have one game in hand on Waywayseecappo which will be made up in Swan River. Dauphin is three points behind Steinbach for first place in the league. 

Swan Valley; meanwhile, is currently third place in the West Division and could open up a little bit of space with two points, they're just one point ahead of Virden and Neepawa for third place. You can hear the game with Darnell Duff on 730CKDM beginning with the pregame show at 6:45. 

The game will also mark Logan Calder's first game with the organization. Aidan Brook and Nakodan Greyeyes have played with the team in the past but will be playing their first games with the team this season. All are figured to make a big difference for the club, offensively and defensively.

By the numbers:

Dauphin

GF - 125

GA - 76

PP% - 26.7

PK% - 85.2

Leaders - Kaden Bryant 20g, 19a

Colby Jaquet 8g, 28a

Logan Calder (all with Portage) 19g, 14a

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Swan Valley 

GF - 108

GA - 120

PP% - 18.9

PK% - 78.8

Leaders - Carter Cockburn 10g, 21a

Quinn Mulder 10g, 19a

Cody Barnes 15g, 10a

Another week of MJHL regular-season action begins on Wednesday with a pair of games. The Winkler Flyers will look to snap a two-game losing streak when they take on the lowly Winnipeg Freeze while the Kings make their way up north to play the Swan Valley Stampeders.

It's been eight days since the trade deadline has passed and the top teams in the league certainly beefed up their roster with just more than 20 games left for most teams. 

West Division:

1st - Dauphin Kings

Entering Wednesday, Dauphin will lead the division by just one point over the Waywayseecappo Wolverines who are coming off an impressive sweep over Winkler. At 23-8-1, Dauphin is looking to snap their two-game losing streak and it'll be the team's first game since January 9, a 3-2 overtime loss in Winkler. At the deadline, the Kings added all-star Nakodan Greyeyes who has played more than 100 games with the team, Logan Calder who came over from the Portage Terriers and Aidan Brook who started his season in the Western Hockey League.

Dauphin was a strong team before the deadline and they have certainly improved. Wednesday will be their first game with Greyeyes, Calder and Brook in the lineup. They will be in tough, Swan Valley is coming off a weekend sweep against the Steinbach Pistons who are first-place overall in the league.

This week - @ Swan River, @ Virden, vs Virden

2nd - Waywayseecappo Wolverines

Very active over the last little bit, the Wolverines added Kolton Shindle, Eric Krywy and Joey Moffat. All are in their 20-year-old seasons and all are top-end talent. Just like Dauphin, Waywayseecappo was a solid team before the trade deadline and they really showed who they were this past weekend when they swept Winkler. 

The team also added Brett Mirwald and he was excellent in his first weekend as a Wolverine. On Sunday afternoon in Winkler, he turned away 33 of the 35 shots he faced and two days earlier, Mirwald made 31 saves in a 4-1 win for the home team. The turnaround over the past few years in Waywayseecappo has been incredible, they were the last-place team just a few years ago when they won eight games. 

This week - vs OCN

3rd - Swan Valley Stampeders

Underachievers... so far. That's how you can classify the Stampeders. Stacked up with 20-year-olds, Swan Valley struggled out of the gate but it looks, at least after a solid weekend, the team is ready to take the next step.

They beat the Pistons twice this past weekend and on Friday, they pulled off an incredibly improbable comeback, trailing 4-0 before winning the contest 5-4. At 15-16-0-3, perhaps this past weekend was exactly what the Stamps' needed to turn the ship around. Led by Barry Wolff, there is no doubt the team has a ton of talent and solid goaltending as well. 

The team is ready for some home cooking as well as they look to keep it going. 

This week - vs Dauphin, vs Neepawa, vs Neepawa

4th - Virden Oil Capitals

It wasn't a good weekend for the team and there is no point in cherry-coating things. They lost both games against the Winnipeg Blues and gave up 10 goals in the process. The team has lost four of their last five games dating back to December 17. 

They did make a blockbuster at the trade deadline adding Nathan Driver who leads the league with 24 goals but they didn't address any of their struggles defensively and it only gets tougher to score as the season goes on. There is a ton of talent in Virden including Carson Buydens who has committed to play Division 1 hockey at Princeton University.

These next two weeks will likely show exactly what Virden is made of as they play four straight games against Dauphin, a team they lost three of their first four meetings against. 

This week - vs Dauphin, @ Dauphin

5th - Neepawa Titans

The greatest feel-good story about this team is Jaegar Lapointe, I mean, after all, he's from Ste. Rose. It's nice to see Neepawa battling for a playoff spot after a few very tough years, they're only one point behind Virden and Swan Valley for a playoff berth. 

With three wins in their last five games, Neepawa is proving to be tough on any opponent they play and if they can find some consistency, the battle for a spot will certainly continue. Lapointe has 17 goals this season and eight assists, he's a player that does expect more; however.

"I need to do a lot more here in the second half," said Lapointe. "We have a great group of guys and I want to continue being a leader on this team."

Neepawa ends the month with four straight games against the Stampeders, two on home ice and two on the road. Then to start February, they play three games in the first four days of the month. 

6th - OCN Blizzard

They're at the bottom of the West Division; however, they're only four points back of a playoff spot... really? That's how close this division has come but the Blizzard failed to gain any ground this past weekend and looked very weak. In two road games against the Steelers, were hammered by a combined score of 16-4. Surprising without a doubt, but it shows that OCN has a long way to go to be consistent. 

They have shown that they can play with the best teams in this league but a weekend like they just had makes you wonder, what are they really made of. They have a solid goaltender in Steven Bacovsky and they have Bryden Sinclair who is one of the best defenders in the league. I think we can just chalk it up to an off weekend, they happen for every team. But when you're chasing a playoff spot, it's tough to go on a losing streak. OCN plays just once this weekend against Waywayseecappo so they can turn the ship around right away with a win against one of the top teams in the league.

This week - @ Waywayseecappo

Stay tuned for an East Division review.

Ryder Rodriguez was eight-years-old and enjoying a season-ending windup with his Grand Plains Hawks team a few years back when he found out one of his teammates may not return the following season because money became an issue.

Ryder thought that was unacceptable so he started raising money and ended up paying for his teammate's fees the following season. Rodriguez has now raised thousands of dollars since and has given those who couldn't afford to play the game, a chance to suit up. Ryder is once again sponsoring a player this year and he raised $1000 to do so.

"The more kids playing hockey the better," said Rodriguez. "Everyone that wants to should at least get a chance to play the game."

Ryder is now playing for the U13 Hawks and last week was a special one for him. From Dauphin, Rodriguez was named Hockey Canada's Champion of the Month for January. He was joined by members of Hockey Canada for a ceremony at the Gilbert Plains Arena and he was presented with a Hockey Canada jersey with his name on the back of it.

Although Rodriguez doesn't raise money to get recognition, he was grateful to win the award.

"I was very proud of myself," said Rodriguez. "I don't do it for any of the side stuff or recognition but with that said, I was proud."

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Ryder said he's very happy to be back on the ice after missing last season. His favourite parts are spending time with his teammates and playing against teams from across the province. 

The Dauphin Kings return to Credit Union Place this Saturday and this is how tickets will be given out.

 
Any remaining tickets will be available for purchase starting at noon on Friday. Max capacity is still 250.

The Parkland U15 Rangers earned a weekend sweep

On Saturday, Ryan Gower, Trace Langan, Cade Legaarden, Ethan Cargenie, Luke Myhre and Quinten Fisk scored as the Rangers downed the Bruins Brown, 6-2.

Then on Sunday, Myhre scored twice as the club downed the Winnipeg Thrashers, 4-1. Legaarden and Tyrell Leaske both scored once. 

The Rangers are now 14-7-3 and they're tied for fourth in the league.