Brayden Pawluk and the Dauphin Kings have been on fire over the past three weeks. They're 8-1 in their last nine games. Those eight wins came in a row, but that streak ended on Tuesday when the team lost to Waywayseecappo, 5-2.

Prior to yesterday, the team's last loss was on November 17. With a 16-11-3-2 record, Dauphin is just four points back of the third-place Swan Valley Stampeders.

"We had a little bit of a set-back, but that happens," said Pawluk. "We won eight straight so we're definitely feeling pretty good about ourselves right now. It's just about resetting and going on the road this weekend to get a couple of wins."

"We just kind of got away from our structure defensively and we weren't moving the puck up quick enough," he continued. "We have a great group of guys and we're ready to push to get some wins before the Christmas break."

After a slow start to the campaign offensively, Pawluk has started to heat up. He had six points last week and he was named an MJHL Star of the Week thanks to his success.

The hot-week has Brayden sitting in seventh in team scoring with 18 points (3G). 

"I've just been keeping it simple. I'm just trying to get the puck out of our zone quickly and join the rush whenever I could," said Pawluk. 

Last year, Kolby Johnson was the "Teddy Bear Man" when he scored to send hundreds of teddy bears onto the ice. This year, Brayden can now be called the "Teddy Bear Man". He scored just over 12 minutes into last Friday's game against the Winnipeg Blues with a nice shot from the point.

"It felt really good scoring that goal. I got a pass from Kurbatoff from the corner and he played a really good game," continued Pawluk. "I was lucky enough to get a lane and I took a shot and it found the back of the net."

This is Brayden's second season with the Kings. He played 19 games with the team last year in the regular season. He was acquired from the Virden Oil Capitals and now the 20-year-old has suited up in 26 games this season. 

Since becoming a King, Pawluk has nothing but great things to say.

"It's a world-class organization. Everything from the coaching staff to the facility, it's really top-notch," added Pawluk. "It's a privilege to be able to play here. Virden was good as well, but Dauphin is a next-level organization all around."

Question & Answer:

What do you like doing in the summer? We're grain farmers where I live so a lot of time is spent helping my dad and brother on the farm. I also do a lot of hockey training.

What're your plans moving forward to next year? I'm hoping to get an education next year somewhere and I'd love to play hockey as well. I'm looking for the right school and the right fit.

Are you closest to anyone in particular on the team? Definitely Grady Hobbs or Brendan Arnold. It's been great living with them and they've been around here for a while so they know a lot of people around the community.

Keep it locked here to 730CKDM to hear my full chat with Brayden during the Dauphin Kings Power Play Show after the 4:00 p.m. news, weather, and sports on Friday.

Beating the Winnipeg Wild has been a tall feat for any team in the Manitoba AAA U18 Hockey League this season. The Wild are the best team in the league with a record of 23-2.

The Parkland Rangers welcomed Winnipeg to town this past Saturday and they were in search of their biggest win of the season.

60 minutes after puck drop, two goals later, and 54 saves later, the Parkland Rangers did just that. Backed by an incredible 54-save performance from Keaton Ziprick, the Rangers beat the Wild, 2-1, inside of Credit Union Place. 

Garrett Hrechka scored Parkland's first goal while Taggert Plouffe scored the game-winner.

"That was a really great feeling. We all came together and we played as a team. To beat a rural team and beat the best team in the league, it's pretty amazing," said Ziprick.

Ziprick made 16 saves in the first, 20 in the second, and he shut the door in the third making 18 saves on 18 shots.

"That was probably the best game I've ever played in my life," continued Ziprick. "I had the team behind me so I wasn't afraid of anything. I was playing with a lot of confidence and I was just happy to help the team win."

Thanks to his great performance, the Russell native is an Honourable Mention for the Player of the Week.

Keaton and the Rangers are back on the ice this weekend in what will be a very busy three days. They're in Kenora on Saturday, they play the Thrashers on Saturday in Winnipeg and they wrap up their weekend on Sunday against the Bruins in Winnipeg.

The Rangers have beaten both Kenora and the Bruins this season. 

"That win against the Wild definitely gives us confidence moving forward," said Ziprick. "We just can't be too full of ourselves. We just have to play every game as we did that game and I think we'll be successful."

The win also helped Parkland trim the deficit as they try and chase down the eighth and final playoff spot. Their ninth win of the season gives them 18 points which are just three behind Interlake for the final playoff spot. 

Ziprick was on the team last year when they finished near the bottom of the standings, so he's a happy man to be winning games with a great group of guys.

"Yeah, it's awesome. That would be huge if we could make it to the playoffs," concluded Ziprick. "We just need to keep playing as hard as we can and I think we can achieve that."

Barry Wolff is back with the Swan Valley Stampeders. After Geoff Grimwood stepped down late last week, Wolff is now the team's head coach and general manager. With the team last year, Barry helped the team advance to the league final in the organization's most successful season.

"It's great to be back. It's a nice feeling and the community and people here are all first-class," said Wolff. "I have nothing but great things to say about being here and I'm looking forward to getting things going."

"Everyone is really excited to see Barry back. We would have loved to kept him here after the end of last year, but he decided to pursue a different opportunity," said Pat Morden, team President. "Fortunately for us, he's back and we're excited about it. We have high expectations and I know he's ready to lead this team moving forward."

Barry's already off to a great start with the team this season. He coached his first game this past Sunday against the Winnipeg Blues. In the game, Swan Valley scored seven straight goals to beat the Blues, 7-3.

"We didn't change a whole lot on Sunday when I came in, Suneil has done a wonderful job with this team," added Wolff. "The team has been playing well and we just want to continue that moving forward."

Barry is now leading the team through practice this week before a busy weekend. The team will play three games in three days beginning on Friday in Selkirk. They will also play on Saturday in Selkirk before they wrap up their weekend with a game against Winnipeg. 

The Stamps' are in third place in the league with a 19-10-3 record, good for 41 points. That has them just five points behind the first place Steinbach Pistons and four behind the second-place Portage Terriers.

Heading into his first full weekend with the team this season, Barry shares his thoughts.

"We just want to make sure we compete and work hard," said Wolff. "We had a three-in-three last week, so we're having hard, but short practices this week. We have to make sure we look after the players and make sure they get their rest."

Swan Valley also plays next Wednesday against OCN and then they wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule on December 21 against Portage. That means Barry will have six games under his belt this season heading into 2020.

Grady Hobbs and Austin Lamotte both had a goal and an assist, but it wasn't near enough as Dauphin dropped their first game in three weeks.

Playing against the Waywayseecappo Wolverines, the Kings looked flat at times in a 5-2 loss at Credit Union Place.

It took Wayway just 2:07 to open the scoring. However, the Kings would immediately get back in it as Lamotte tied it just 50 seconds later.

Wayway would then score three straight to take a 4-1 lead before Grady Hobbs would trim the deficit in half at 4-2 after 40.

That was as close as Dauphin would get, however, as Wayway scored another goal early in the third to pick up two points.

The loss drops Dauphin to 16-11-3-2 and they remain in sixth place. Wayway is now 18-12-2-2 and they're in fourth place in the league.

Darnell Duff has the broadcasts this weekend when Dauphin is in Winkler. The pregame show on Friday and Saturday is pegged for 7:15.

Another Dauphin Kings Tractor Lotto has come and gone. This year's $100,000 winner was Karin Young, who is the mom of current Kings forward, Braeden Young.

Sales wrapped up this past Saturday at 9:00 p.m. and when they did, there were just about 300 single tickets left.

"We're pretty happy with how things went. We think we did as well as we could considering some of the circumstances we dealt with," said David Bosiak, President. "We feel that the net profits will certainly help the team this year. It's basically what we were expecting, but of course, we would have loved to have a complete sell-out."

The three-pack was once again a big hit. You saved $50 if you bought a three-pack, but they didn't last long, as per usual. They have sold out early for the past few years and that was the case this year. 

With planning already underway for next year's Kings Tractor Lotto, an increased number of three-packs could be possible.

"It's one thing that we talked about as a group this year. We weren't sure if we should," said Bosiak. "Now that we've sold out the three-packs every year for the past few, it's something that we're certainly looking at."

"The three-pack gives people a good deal and I think that's why so many buy them," he added.

The more than $66,000 50/50 prize went to a Dauphin trio consisting of Lyle Stokotelny, Mike Pernarowski, and Steve Pernarowski. They won $33,060.00.

"Our target was to get to at least $60,000," said Bosiak. "We've been a bit higher than that in the past few years, but we also believe that is because of people's buying habits. We're very happy overall."

In the past, the Tractor Lotto has raised roughly 20% of the Kings' operating budget. With this year's draw now in the past, that will happen again.

"I can't give an exact number, but it looks like we'll be in that area," concluded Bosiak. "We're going to give them a big chunk of cake that will certainly help them operate for the rest of the season."

The Parkland Gators were back in the water recently taking part in another meet.

Here are the results:

12 and Under League:

Mylo Zamrykut, Mila Heschuk, and Paityn Bourgouin raced in the 25m kick, 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, and 100m individual medley.

Mya Jensen competed in the 25m kick, 50m backstroke, 50m fly, 50m freestyle, and 100m individual medley.

13 & Older - Ribbons and/Top Race:

Kelton Amendt: 8th in the 50m backstroke.

Kenzie Amendt: 13th in the 100m backstroke.

Sophia Heschuk: 15th in the 200m breaststroke.

Sammi Rea: 11th in the 100m backstroke.

Kiara Wilson:  3rd in the 100m backstroke, 5th in the 50m freestyle, and 8th in the 200m breaststroke.

Mia Zamrykut: 2nd in the 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke,  3rd in the 200m freestyle, 50m fly, 5th in the 100m freestyle, and 8th in the 400m freestyle.

The Dauphin Kings will welcome back a big piece to their roster tonight when the Waywayseecappo Wolverines are in town.

Baron Thompson has re-joined the team after a stint in the WHL with the Spokane Chiefs.

Dauphin has won eight straight games entering tonight while Wayway lost to Neepawa over the weekend.

Thanks to their surge, two points from Dauphin tonight would move them into fourth place. They would also then be just two points behind Swan Valley for third.

The last time the two teams met in Dauphin, Wayway won in overtime.

After tonight, the Kings won’t play until Friday and then again on Saturday. Dauphin Kings hockey returns on those nights here to 730CKDM with Darnell Duff.

Game time tonight is set for 7:30.

Brayden Pawluk had a break out few games last week and he's being rewarded because of it.

In three games with Dauphin, Pawluk scored three times and he had three assists as he helped the Kings extend their winning streak to eight games. He joins Riley Bruce and Mattias Dal Monte as the MJHL Stars of the Week.

Pawluk and the rest of the Kings return to the ice tomorrow when they play Waywayseecappo

In just more than three weeks' time, the best junior curlers in the province will compete for a provincial title on the men's and women's side. Dauphin is playing host to the 2020 Telus Junior Men's and Women's Provincial Championships.

Round-robin games will be played inside of the Dauphin Curling Club and Credit Union Place. All playoff games will be at Credit Union Place.

Over the weekend, several Parkland teams qualified for the event. Check out the full list right here. More than a dozen teams at the event of the 32 will feature either a full Parkland foursome or Parkland players playing on teams that are based outside of the region.

"It's very exciting. With many local teams and local players taking part, we couldn't ask for better results," said Mark Hadway.

All of the action gets underway on January 1. After winning the title last year on the women's side, Lauryn Kuzyk will be back in town with her foursome. There is also a good chance that Lane Prokopowich and her team could be ranked as the top team on the women's side. 

"Our local teams have a good shot at winning a title on both the men's and women's side," continued Hadway.

You can get into every single draw from January 1-5 for just $50. That includes every round-robin draw and playoffs leading up to the finals on January 5. There will be a night pass for $10 while day passes can be picked up for $15. 

"You have to come out and watch this. Our local flavour of curlers is going to perform well and they're ready for this," concluded Hadway. "It's the pinnacle of their curling careers and they would all love the support from everyone."

You can pick up your tickets at the Dauphin Rec Complex front desk.

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League has been extremely tight this season and now we'll take a quick look at the standings from the top to the bottom.

At the top is the Portage Terriers who will host this year's Centennial Cup from May 9-17 at Stride Place.

1st Place: Portage Terriers: 22-7-1 = 45 points.

They've won seven straight games. They haven't lost since November 19 against Winnipeg. During the streak, the team has scored 32 goals. They are led by Riley Bruce who has 30 points.

Portage plays Waywayseecappo and Winnipeg this weekend. The team's last loss was against Winnipeg last month.

2nd Place: Steinbach Pistons: 21-5-1-1 = 44 points.

They have been arguably the most consistent team all season. They are 21-5-1-1 and that has them just one point behind Portage for first place and they have two games in hand.

Since November 22, Steinbach is 5-1. They are the only team in the league this season that hasn't lost consecutive games in a row.

Kyle Bettens leads the team with 28 points. Carter Loney who has 25 is currently away from the team. He's playing with Team Canada West at the World Jr. A Challenge in Dawson Creek.

3rd Place: Swan Valley Stampeders: 19-10-3 = 41 points.

They now have a new head coach and general manager, but he's not really new. Geoff Grimwood stepped down back on Friday. Barry Wolff is now back and he led the team to the league final last year.

The Stamps are coming off a shocking win their last time out. Trailing 3-1 against Winnipeg yesterday, Swan Valley scored six unanswered goals in the third period to win 7-3. They also scored the last goal in the second period so it was really seven straight goals.

They're 3-0-1 in their last four games and are led by Mattias Dal Monte who has 36 points.

They play three road games this weekend. They're in Selkirk on Friday and Saturday and they play Winnipeg again on Sunday. Barry Wolff is expected to be on the bench for the trio of games.

4th Place: Winkler Flyers: 17-8-2-2 = 38 points.

This is where the logjam begins. Winkler has the same amount of points as Waywayseecappo, but they have four games in hand so they're currently in fourth. The Flyers are 17-8-2-2, but they're certainly going in the wrong direction.

Winkler has just two points in their last four games. They lost in overtime against Dauphin twice. Winkler will host Dauphin this weekend for a pair of games.

The Flyers have received some help offensively. They welcomed back Eric Fawkes from the NAHL. He led the team last year with 38 points. 

Winkler plays Waywayseecappo on Sunday after the two dates with Dauphin.

5th Place: Waywayseecappo Wolverines: 17-12-2-2 = 38 points.

They have played more games than any other team in the MJHL and they have a 17-12-2-2 record to show for it. 

They're coming off a disappointing loss against Neepawa over the weekend and their record in their last six games dropped to 2-3-0-1 in the process.

Waywayseecappo plays four more games this week including a tilt with Dauphin on Tuesday at Credit Union Place. They will also play Dauphin on December 21 before the Christmas break. Waywayseecappo then welcomes Dauphin on January 5 in their first game after the break.

Jaymes Knee leads the team with 30 points while Conrad Phillips is three behind in second.

6th Place: Dauphin Kings: 16-10-3-2 = 37 points.

Without a doubt, Dauphin is the hottest team in the MJHL as they've won eight straight games. They haven't suffered defeat since November 17. After a 1-5-0-1 start, the Kings are now 16-10-3-2. 

Dauphin is now just four points behind Swan Valley for third place and they'll have a chance to gain some ground this week. With a game against Waywayseecappo tomorrow and a pair of games against Winkler on the weekend, the team can earn a maximum of six points. 

The Kings have scored the second-most goals in the league at 123. 17 of those have come off the stick of Nakodan Greyeyes and he also leads the league with 50 points. 

Dauphin's first line has combined for 121 points. Cole DeKoninck also leads all defencemen with 35 points.

In net, Mattias Smith hasn't lost since November 15. He's fourth in the league with 11 wins and only Matt Lenz has fewer losses than him.

7th Place: Virden Oil Capitals: 15-13-2-2 = 34 points.

With their one point against Dauphin on Sunday, the Oil Caps' are just three points behind Dauphin in the standings. With the recent acquisition of Ethan Peterson, Virden certainly improved.

They also have Kolten Kanaski who is second in league scoring with 43 points. 

Virden plays just two games this week on Thursday and Friday. They come against Waywayseecappo and Virden, respectively.

The Oil Capitals bring a mixed bag in their last five games as they're 2-2-1. They have the most goals in the league with 127. 

8th Place: Selkirk Steelers: 15-15-2 = 32 points.

They're certainly not doing themselves any favours at all. Selkirk is only four points ahead of Winnipeg for the final playoff spot. Since November 16, Selkirk has gone 1-8. They have also given up 15 goals in their last two games. 

Their schedule is extremely tough heading into the Christmas break. They play Swan Valley twice this weekend and Steinbach as well. They finish 2019 in Dauphin as they play the Kings again. Selkirk has given up 20 goals in Dauphin this season.

The next time Selkirk plays an opponent that is below them in the standings is on January 8 when they're in Neepawa.

9th Place: Winnipeg Blues: 13-16-2 = 28 points.

This past weekend ruined Winnipeg's hot streak. Coming into the weekend, they were winners of four straight. They then lost to Dauphin on Friday in overtime; however, they did get a point in that game.

Yesterday, they gave up seven straight goals in a 7-3 loss against the Swan Valley Stampeders.

A youthful and not experienced group has shown at times, but they're still just four points back of a playoff spot. They play six games before Christmas and each opponent is higher than them in the standings.

If they can rise to the challenge, Selkirk seems to be in a free fall, so the Blues have an opportunity to perhaps even get in a playoff spot leading into 2020.

10th Place: OCN Blizzard: 10-19-2 = 22 points.

Their head coach and general manager was relieved of his duties last week and the team has struggled to get anything going as of late. OCN hasn't won a game since November 17 and they've been giving up a ton of goals lately.

In their seven-game skid, OCN has given up 33 goals. They've also been shut out twice in that span. 

The Blizzard has the second-fewest goals in the league at 81. They have given up 117 and that's the fourth most. That -36 ratio is the second-worst in the MJHL. 

They do, however, have a good chance to build some momentum this weekend. They'll welcome Neepawa to town for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday.

11th Place: Neepawa Natives: 5-24-1-1 = 12 points.

They have shown they can play good hockey. They beat Waywayseecappo over the weekend and they've beaten Dauphin twice this year. The biggest thing is consistency and there hasn't been a ton of it this season.

With just five wins, Neepawa is 20 points back of a playoff spot. They still have 58 possible points throughout the remainder of the season, so you can't count them out yet, but they'll have to go on quite the tear to even have a chance.

Dating back to November 29, Neepawa is 2-1-1. They have also beaten Swan Valley this season. 

Before Christmas, they play a home-and-home with Virden and they also play two games this weekend on the road as mentioned above against OCN. They will also battle the Steinbach Pistons.

Neepawa also had its highest attended game in that win against Waywayseecappo. 560 fans packed the Yellowhead Centre and cheered their team to victory. Eli Lieffers leads the Neepawa attack with 31 points. Ste. Rose's Brad Marshall has 12 points this year.

The Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy Atom AA Kings are back in the Parkland with some bronze medals.

Playing in Morden over the weekend, the Kings only loss was against the host Morden team.

They played very solid in wins against Brandon Green and Winkler.