Greg Todoruk and his foursome are just one win away from winning the Parkland Super League of Curling.

Greg, Dwight Bottrell, Darcy Todoruk and Barret Procyshyn beat Turko Fertilizer skipped by Kyle Forsyth in the A-Final earlier today, 8-1.

C. Bergen Service skipped by Tyson Beyak beat Russell Murray, 8-3 to advance on the B-side. They will now play Duck Mountain Tire skipped by Brian Preston in the quarterfinals. 

Nutrien AG Solutions skipped by Glenn Toews beat Oil Depot skipped by Jim Todoruk to advance and they will now play the winner of C. Bergen Service and Duck Mountain Tire. 

The Kyle Forsyth rink will await the winner of that game and the Greg Todoruk rink will await the winner of the B-side final. 

The Parkland Midget Rangers played a much better game today against the Pembina Valley Hawks, but they fell 5-3.

After jumping out to a big shot lead, the Hawks took a lead 7:57 into the first and they took a 2-0 lead just under 30 seconds later. 

Jaegar Lapointe had a beautiful end to end rush a few minutes later and finished it off with a goal at the 11:51 mark to trim the deficit in half. Pembina Valley regained their two goal lead a couple minutes later and led 3-1 after 20.

Warren Jubenvill scored the lone goal in the second which brought the Rangers within one after 40.

Garrett Hrechka tied up the game for Parkland 11:40 into the final frame to reset things but they didn’t last that way long. 

The Hawks scored the game winner just 31 seconds later and they iced the game with just 1:38 left to pick up a 5-3 win. 

Zach Grouette was fantastic making 46 saves that kept Parkland in it.

Parkland now welcomes Yellowhead to Credit Union Place on Wednesday. 

Saturday:

Colby Cherneski scored the Rangers lone goal in a 3-1 loss against Interlake.

Bantam Rangers:

After a solid win on Friday, the Bantam Rangers played the best in the league earlier today in Shoal Lake.

It was the Yellowhead Chiefs who came out on fire with four straight goals. The Rangers didn’t quit and they battled back hard. 

It was Parkland’s powerplay that allowed them to get back in it as they scored three straight goals with an extra man to trim the deficit to one. 

The Rangers continued to battle hard but they ended up falling short 6-3. The team hit three posts.

Brayden Dube scored twice while Steven Arp scored once. 

"I think we played a pretty solid game today, said Tom White. “We didn’t get the bounces but we’re happy with our  efforts.”

The Dauphin Clippers hockey team is home after winning a Consolation Championship.

Playing in the Piper Classic in Winnipeg, the team lost their first two games against Shaftesbury (2-0) and Selkirk (3-2). 

That sent them to the consolation bracket where they lost their first game against Dryden, 4-3. Dauphin rebounded by hammering John Taylor, 8-1.

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The Grand Plains Bantam Ice Dogs hit the ice a couple times this weekend. 

On Friday, Allee Hrechka, Jayselyn Nybo and Ashley Shiner all scored one each in a 3-1 win against Hamiota. 

Yesterday against Brandon, the ladies put a great effort forth but fell 6-3 on a couple tough breaks. 

Ashley Shiner scored again for the Ice Dogs. Jayselyn Nybo also scored her second of the weekend. KC McDonald scored the Ice Dogs other goal in the game. 

The Dauphin Kings are heading into a six-day break happy after a huge 5-4 win over the Selkirk Steelers tonight. 

In the back and forth affair, each team traded punches until Dauphin took the last one late in the contest. 

It’s been rare lately, but the Kings scored first in the contest as Leeam Tivers opened the scoring just over 14 minutes into the contest. It took just more then two minutes for the Kings to strike again. That’s when Brendan Arnold hit the post but picked up his own rebound and potted it into the back of the net to take a 2-0 lead. 

Selkirk responded on the power play late in the first off a sick snipe from Nate Halvorsen. Dauphin still led 2-1 after 20.

Blake Burr tied up the contest about 13 minutes into the second, but fired back Dauphin. At the 17:20 mark, Grady Hobbs got some seperation from the Steelers defender and fired a beauty of a shot past the blocker of Austin Deboer to give the Kings a 3-2 lead. 

With just 53 seconds left in the second, Connor Barley tied up the contest. 

Landon Russell then decided he wanted to give Dauphin a lead so that’s what he did with just 12 seconds left after a scramble in front. 

Selkirk went on to tie the game in the third which set up a sick finish. 

After a turnover from Selkirk and a gorgeous move from Kolby Johnson at the Steelers blue line, the 20-year-old snapped the puck home and it turned out to be the game winner.

Dauphin is now 20-19-2-2 and they’re just five points behind fourth place. They play Neepawa on Friday at Credit Union Place.

A good start is near mandatory for the Dauphin Kings tonight as they welcome the Selkirk Steelers to town. 

Dauphin hasn’t scored first in a game since December 21 and getting behind the eight ball has really hurt the Kings as they’re 2-4 over the span.

Dating back to December 9, Dauphin is 2-7-1 which has really created a logjam in the bottom half of the standings to this date. Dauphin enters tonight tied with Winnipeg for sixth.

Winnipeg also just picked up a fantastic scorer in Tony Apetagon from OCN and they also received Darren Gisti who has a hammer from the back end. 

The Kings are three points ahead of Winkler who sit in eighth. 

All in all, you get the sense that tonight’s game against Selkirk is nearly a must win.

This will be game two of Dauphin’s four game home stand and the team will get a break until next Friday after this game. 

The action gets underway at 7:30.

Parkland Midget Rangers:

The team is back at Credit Union Place for a weekend set. Today, the challenge is the Interlake Lightning.

The two clubs have had a dandy of a season series so far as they’ve both won a game each. Both games also were decided by one tally. 

Coming into the game, Parkland has 14 points while Interlake is two ahead at 16.

The puck drops at 2:00 p.m.

The Parkland Bantam Rangers started off their weekend right by beating the Norman Wolves earlier today, 4-1.

Jayce Legaarden, Carter Zalischuk, Brayden Dube and Steven Arp scored for Parkland. 

Matthew Munro and Rylan Gibbs are now Winnipeg bound. They’ll play for team West at the Bantam 1 All-Star Game tomorrow!

Parkland as a team is back at it on Sunday when they head to Shoal Lake to play Yellowhead.

Grandview Comets:

Lost 7-0 to Swan Valley.

The Dauphin Kings got better as the game went on tonight, but a slow result hurt them in a 4-0 loss.

Just 2:52 in, Chase Brakel opened the scoring for Portage. He was playing his first game for Portage this season after returning from Cornell University (NCAA Div One).

Ty Barnstable increased the lead for Portage as he snuck a shot past Ethan Slobodzian to give the Dogs a 2-0 lead. 

13:34 in, Logan Calder made it 3-0 for Dauphin and Reece Henry finished the scoring for the game just a couple minutes into the second as he beat Bryan Landsberger.

After going down 4-0, Dauphin did respond and started to battle hard but they just couldn’t put the biscuit in the back of the net. 

Dauphin is 19-19-2-2 on the season as they return to Credit Union Place tomorrow at 7:30.

Gilbert Plains Butch Mouck and his foursome capped off the Gilbert Plains Competitive Curling League last night with a Championship.

Mouck, third Therese Deah, second Steegan Stoski, and lead Trevor Basaraba beat team Bruce Hannibal, 6-5.

"It feels good to win the league this year, it's a really good league to play in," said Mouck. "We have a lot of fun out there. It's a competitive but real friendly league. It's good all around."

Team Bayer Crop Science skipped by Peter Prokopowich beat team Whyte's Custom Corn Seeding skipped by Jarvis Whyte, 6-2 in the bronze medal game.

Team 360 AG Consulting/ Cross-Town Motors skipped by Greg Clark beat team Rubes Auto skipped by Dean Bates, 8-5 for fifth place.

Team Brent Ash beat team Jonah Genik, 9-3 for seventh place.

The Dauphin Kings didn't make a splash during the CJHL trade deadline yesterday, but they did make a couple deals that should improve the team this season and going forward into future seasons as well.

In their first deal of the day, Dauphin traded George King to Melfort for future considerations and they followed that up by acquiring 20-year-old Stephon Perreault from the La Ronge Ice Wolves in exchange for Brendan Benoit.

The Kings then received 15-year-old Slade Stanick and 19-year-old Brayden Pawluk from the Virden Oil Capitals in exchange for 19-year-old Jacob Evans. The final trade saw 20-year-old Wayde Johannesson shipped to Selkirk along with future considerations and the Kings received future considerations in return.

"Both Perreault and Pawluk are right-handed shots and we needed that on the back end and they both have experience in our league," said Doug Hedley, Head Coach, and GM. "It's kind of a sideways move to a certain extent but it secures our future a little bit going forward into next year."

"Whether the future considerations on all of the deals are cash or personnel, they will definitely help us next year," he added. 

Dauphin is now back at it tonight as they welcome the Portage Terriers to town. The Kings are 19-18-2-2 and are in a tie for sixth place in the MJHL entering tonight with the Winnipeg Blues, but they're only five points behind Virden for fifth and seven back of the fourth place Selkirk Steelers. 

The Kings have a pretty favourable schedule going forward as far as playing games on home ice. 13 of the Kings remaining 19 games are at Credit Union Place including six of the next seven.

"Our goal is to win as many games as we can and we want to be as high as we can in the standings," said Hedley. "We feel that we have a good young group of players that work hard and want to do good things. Our schedule definitely favours us, we just need to make our arena a tough place to play in and get as many wins as we can."

10 of Dauphin's 19 remaining games come against either Portage, Swan Valley, Selkirk, or Steinbach (all are top four). One is against Virden (fifth) and one is against Winnipeg (tied with Dauphin). Dauphin also plays the 10th place OCN Blizzard and 11th place Neepawa Natives once more each. If the Kings are able to get on any sort of a streak like they had earlier this campaign when they had at least a point in eight straight games, they have a very good chance of jumping up in the standings.

Test #1 is only hours away against the 31-6-1-1 Terriers. It's the third of six meetings between the clubs this campaign. Dauphin has lost 8-2 and 4-3 in the previous two. Portage has scored 14 goals in January so far and they have only given up four.

"We have to make sure we're ready to jump on loose pucks, we have to win battles and we have to win races," said Hedley. "Our defenders have to do a good job of getting the puck up to forwards quickly and we have to move quickly through the neutral zone." 

"Portage is really good on the rush and they have a lot of young guys who are scoring this year," he added. The puck drops at 7:30 tonight.

After this weekend, the Kings will get a nice little break as they won't play again until January 18. Four players will play on Monday and Tuesday though as they head to Regina for the MJHL/SJHL Showcase. Doug Hedley will serve as an assistant coach for team Belfour and Devin Atkin will serve as the support staff for the same team.

The Brandon University men's volleyball team is good, they're really good. Entering the Christmas break, the Bobcats were at 10-2 and won six straight games. The team has now won eight straight games heading into their second week of post-Christmas conference play after winning both games last weekend.

"We've had a really good start to the season for sure, we had a pretty favourable schedule for the most part, but you still have to win the games," said Grant Wilson, Head Coach. "Over the break, we went to Laval and came away with a split against one of the best teams in the country every single year. We are happy with where we are, but we definitely have a ways to go."

The Bobcats two most recent wins came against the Trinity Western Spartans. The Spartans are another team that is one of the best in the country every single year and are led by Canadian national team member, Eric Loeppky. Brandon steamrolled over TWU as they recorded a 3-0 sweep on each night. The two wins moved the Bobcats atop the Canada West standings with a 12-2 record, one game ahead of the Alberta Golden Bears (11-1).

"Those wins definitely added to our confidence moving forward," said Wilson. "They're pretty much the benchmark of a Championship calibre team year in and year out. I think beating them twice meant we're going in the right direction for sure. A lot can change though with injuries, illness, and that sort of thing. We're fortunate to be where we are and we're looking forward to improving on that and we want to just keep getting better."

Thanks to their success, the Bobcats are the top-ranked team in Canada as ranked by U Sport. Trinity Western is ranked third while Alberta is in fourth and Mount Royal is in fifth as the CW conference dominates the top five with four teams in it. 

"It's a mixed blessing. We feel like we're being rewarded for the hard work we've put in and it's nice to be recognized like that," said Wilson. "On the same note, a lot of pressure comes with it and definitely some responsibility and that could be good for our group. There is a bullseye on our jersey; there is no sneaking in the back door anywhere. We have to continue to prepare well or else we won't stay on top long."

For the most part, it's been smooth sailing for the Bobcats. I say for the most part because it hasn't been all smooth. The team suffered back to back losses against Mount Royal back on November 9-10. In big part, that's why MR is ranked as the fifth best team in Canada.

"The big focus for our team since the start of the year is consistency. We feel like we are physical enough and athletic enough to compete with the best teams every night," said Wilson. "The best of the best do it every night and that's what we strive to do. There have been a couple nights where we haven't been at our best (Mount Royal twice). We have to understand things won't go our way every night, there will be adversity along the way and that's okay."

Brandon is back at it this weekend against one of the best. They're in Alberta taking on the Golden Bears who have won seven straight games heading into the contest. This weekend could very well determine who will finish atop the CW standings heading into the playoffs. 

Alberta has yet to lose a game on their home court (6-0). Brandon meanwhile on the road is 4-2. 

"They're one of the perennial favourites to come out of Canada West every year and then win the National Championships," said Wilson. "They're a big team, they're physical and athletic. We know it's going to be a big challenge going in there but we like our group and if we play how we know we can, we're confident we can get it done."

After this weekend, Brandon's remaining schedule looks like this:

@ Thompson Rivers - 7-3, vs MacEwan - 3-9, (home & home) Winnipeg 5-7.

After this weekend, Alberta's remaining schedule looks like this:

@ Calgary - 5-7, vs Saskatchewan - 7-7, vs UBC Okanagan - 0-14, @ Winnipeg 5-7.

Trade deadline day has come and gone across the MJHL and the CJHL, and for the most part, the Swan Valley Stampeders were fairly quiet. In their first move of the day, they sent 20-year-old Tanner McKechnie to the Virden Oil Capitals for future considerations. Later in the day, they sent 17-year-old Jesse Mistelbacher to the Oil Capitals for futures. To note, Mistelbacher has been with the Moose Jaw Warriors this season.

"There was a lot of calls and talks, but for us, we made a lot of moves early and we like where we are," said Barry Wolff, Head Coach, and GM. "For us to make another move, it would have had to include an impact player coming our way. Our chemistry in the room is important and we want to keep that together."

The Stampeders did make a rather big move one week ago when they acquired 20-year-old Tucker Scantlebury from the Lloydminster Bobcats of the AJHL for future considerations. Since joining the team, Scantlebury has one goal in three contests.

"He was a guy that we wanted to add. He's an offensive gritty tough kid that skates well," said Wolff. "We were lucky to get that deal done early so it took some pressure off us during the final buzzer yesterday."

Swan Valley sits in a very good position in the league heading into their tilt tonight. The club is 26-8-3-2 which has them in second place. The team has scored the second most in the league as well (171). Portage has 192. The club has also been quite stingy defensively as they have only allowed 119 goals, good enough for third best in the league.

"I think we're happy with where we are right now," said Wolff. "We have a good mix of offensive guys, gritty guys, and guys that compete really hard. Our defence also creates some offence for us which is great. We have a little bit of everything, we're happy going forward."

Speaking of back end players producing offensively, Quintin Sudom is one of those guys. The 20-year-old has been unstoppable from the point with 48 points which is fourth in the league.

The Stampeders are now back on the ice as they welcome the Winkler Flyers to the Centennial tonight. It's the first of two straight against Winkler (tomorrow night). The Flyers are also a team that has been playing well as of late. They have won four of their last five games.

"We think they're a pretty good team and they are definitely better than their record," said Wolff. "We have to bring our A game. It's on our home ice and it's always important to win in your own rink."

In his first season with the Stampeders, Barry is loving every minute of it. "100 percent, anytime you're in an ice rink and you get to coach at this level, it's a fun time and this is a great place,"