It's game #6 of the MJHL season for the Dauphin Kings this evening.

They'll head to Swan River to challenge the Stampeders for the first time at the Centennial Arena.

The Kings (3-2) come into the contest with losses in two of their last three games.

But, they did pick up a very impressive 4-2 win against Winnipeg on Sunday. In that game, the Kings outshot the Blues 44-26. 

"That win was definitely a big confidence booster for us," said Mitch Topinka, Kings Assistant Coach. "We had a few guys score there first ever MJHL goals. It was a tough weekend, but getting those two points to end it definitely was a good thing for us going into tonight."

"We're expecting our boys to work hard tonight obviously," added Topinka. "Swan got some key guys back and we know they're going to be tough. But, with our speed and strength, I think we'll be fine. We just need to control their top six guys."

The Kings were somewhat banged up over the weekend. Landon Russell and Jacob Evans both left Saturday's game with upper body injuries. Overall though, the Kings are feeling good.

"I think for the most part guys are feeling good," said Topinka. "We gave them Monday off after the weekend. We had a good practice yesterday with a lot of speed. These guys are young guys with a lot in them. If you give them a day off, fatigue doesn't really set in at this point."

Tonight's game will wrap up the Kings five-game road trip. They'll return back to Credit Union Place this weekend as they welcome Selkirk to town.

Last night Swan Valley beat Virden 6-3.

The Parkland Midget Rangers tied it, but couldn’t get ahead as they dropped their game against Yellowhead 5-1 tonight. 

The Chiefs opened up the scoring midway through the first frame and led 1-0 after 20. 

Jaegar Lapointe tied it up for the Rangers at the 5:44 mark. 

The game stayed tied for nearly four minutes and that’s when the Chiefs scored their first of four in a row to pick up two points. 

They’re now 3-0 on the season. Parkland falls to 1-2.

He's from Dauphin and he's officially the newest member of the Dauphin Kings.

The Kings completed a trade earlier today that saw the club acquire Andrew Liwiski from the Whitecourt Wolverines in exchange for Future Considerations.

After playing three games with the Kings in the 2016-17 season, Andrew went to Lloydminster to play for the AJHL's Bobcats the following season.

That's where he compiled six points in 50 games.

His goal coming into Dauphin Kings Training Camp was to find a spot on the roster.

Grandview's Taron Topham achieved that. His next goal was to get into the lineup and play his first game of the season.

Topham has now done that as well. The 16-year-old made his Dauphin Kings 2018-19 debut this past Sunday against the Winnipeg Blues.

"You know it just felt really great to get into the lineup for the first time," said Topham. "It was nice to get some reps and just play a game."

Topham was paired with 20-year-old Wayde Johannesson.

"He sure helped me and guided me through," added Topham. "He made it easier on me. All in all, I felt I played pretty well and hopefully, that'll continue going forward."

Being just 16-years-old, Topham knows he still has a ton of work to do. But, he's enjoying the process of learning new things and getting better each day.

"I'm still definitely adjusting to the speed and I think getting in the lineup was a great chance for me to do that," added Topham. "I really enjoyed getting the shots on net and getting in some battles on the boards. The players are obviously a lot stronger than they are in Midget AAA, so it was nice to experience something new."

"I don't think I'm at a position to just say I'm happy with where I am," he added. "Things can change and you always want to work to get better every time."

The past few seasons Taron has played with the Rangers. They practice twice a week and would play games on the weekend. With the Kings, Taron practices every day and of course travels with the team on the weekend.

That's given him plenty of time to get to know a bunch of new people, some of which are four years older.

"The dressing room is blending really well," said Topham. "The older guys are definitely always willing to help out. They've helped me a lot, and I'm looking forward to that continuing."

In his first game with the Kings, Taron didn't record a point but he did make a difference with some very nice defensive plays and created some offence on multiple occasions. He knows scoring his first goal is something he wants to make happen, but that's not the only goal of his.

"I mean you always want to get that first one in and get the monkey off your back," said Topham. "But I'd say my main goal is just getting in the lineup on a consistent basis and working my way up. I just have to keep battling and doing what I've been doing."

After five games, Taron and the rest of the Kings are 3-2. They snapped their mini two-game losing streak on Sunday when Topham was inserted into the lineup.

"I think we've been playing pretty well," said Topham. "Obviously we didn't come out on top in two of those games over the weekend. We've come a long way in the last couple of weeks compared to where we were at the start of the season. I'd say we still have our best hockey ahead of us."

Topham and the Kings are back on the ice tomorrow evening. They head to the valley to take on the Swan Valley Stampeders.

Puck drop goes at 7:30 at the Centennial Arena. You can hear all of the action right here on 730CKDM, beginning with the Parkland Source for Sports pregame show at 7:15 p.m.

After a dominant performance, Winnipeg Blue Bombers Kevin Fogg has been named a Shaw CFL Top Performer for Week 16.

He returned an interception 73 yards for a touchdown and took a lateral 24 yards from Taylor Loffler after his pick.

He also secured three tackles, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and returned five punts for 25 yards.

Fogg leads the club with four interceptions this season.

Dauphin's Marley Quesnel is having quite the first season of college soccer at ACC in Brandon.

First, the team beat the defending league Champion Brandon Bobcats earlier this season. Then after the team's 2-2 draw against the University of Saint-Boniface on September 23, Marley was named Cougar of the Week.

In that game, she made seven defensive tackles and was tasked with staying on top of the other team's top attackers.

"It's pretty cool to be named the Cougar of the Week," said Quesnel. "I definitely didn't expect it. It's a great accomplishment. We have such a great group of players and coaches. It's just an honour to receive the award and get the chance to play on this team."

Overall Marley and the rest of the Cougars are 2-1-3 in their first six games of the season. That's good enough for nine points that has them in second place.

"I think it's been a really good season for us so far," added Quesnel. "I think we're competing very well and I think we have a good as a chance as anyone to win the league. We just need to keep working really hard and I think this could end up being a very special year."

The only team higher than Marley and Cougars in the standings is the Brandon Bobcats. The two teams won't meet again until October 13 which happens to be ACC's next game. That means with an outright win, Marley and the Cougars would be on top of the standings.

The following day they head to Winnipeg to take on Red River.

"We definitely have to just stick to our game plan and systems," added Quesnel. "We know BU's coming out wanting it just as bad as we do. We just have to work really hard as a group. We know we can beat them, so it's just about going out and getting it done."

According to the Cougars, Marley has become a breakout star for the team this season. Marley knows it's been a successful season, but she also knows there's always room for improvement.

"I have to keep giving a lot of effort on and off the field," said Quesnel. "I'm having a lot of fun out here so I want to keep giving it all I have so it continues being fun."

It's his last year of midget hockey, and he sure made a very good impression to start the season.

Dauphin's Zach Grouette came into the season determined to make this season a great one.

And, 86 saves later I think it's safe to say he had a solid weekend.

He made 45 saves in a 6-0 loss against Brandon on Saturday. He then made 41 saves yesterday as the team won their first game of the season.

"I thought I played pretty decent out there," said Grouette. "I just wanted to make saves so we as a team could win. We struggled on Saturday with some inexperienced players and what not, but we got it done on Sunday. Overall, we're happy with the split and I'm happy with how I played."

Before starting his season with the Rangers, Grouette took part in Dauphin Kings Training Camp. That allowed him the chance to play against skilled junior level players in a faster-paced game. 

Being 17-years-old, Zach knows this is his last chance to develop before he hopefully makes the jump up to junior hockey.

"It for sure adds some pressure," said Grouette. "I know this is my last season here which makes it an extra important season. I guess we'll just see how it goes."

The Rangers will take their 1-1 record out on the road tomorrow. They'll head to Shoal Lake to take on the Yellowhead Chiefs. The Chiefs are widely regarded as one of the top teams in the league.

"We know they're going to be really good, and they've shown that already," added Grouette.

Tomorrow's game is a 7:30 start.

The Dauphin Kings have announced their leadership group going forward.

Riley Shamray and Brendan Arnold will share the "C" for the Kings this season.

One will wear the "C" on home ice and one on the road. When not captain, Shamray or Arnold will be an assistant captain to fill the club's three "A's" each night.

"The combination of Shamray and Arnold is outstanding," said Doug Hedley, Head Coach & GM for the Kings. "The room is well represented now with a defender and forward. They've been here before and they know being a great teammate and creating a great dressing room is important. With their characteristics, it really is outstanding."

George King and Wayde Johannesson will be the team's assistant captains.

King is from Calgary and comes over from the OCN Blizzard. He's been one of the hardest working guys not only on the ice but off the ice as well. 

Johannesson is a former Canalta Cup Champion as he helped the Nipawin Hawks with the SJHL Championship last season.

"We had a group vote that wasn't anonymous, and it was a pretty much a unanimous vote that George and Wayde would be the assistants," said Hedley. 

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The leadership group includes Grady Hobbs, Landon Russell, Jaxon Heeney, and Bryon Fobair.

Dauphin is back on the ice on Wednesday when they take on the Swan Valley Stampeders at the Centennial Arena.

You can hear that game right here on 730CKDM. The Parkland Source for Sports pregame show begins at 7:15.

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He's not a Montreal Canadien yet, but he sure will be going forward.

He signed his first entry-level contract with the team last month.

"It felt awesome to get that contract for sure," said Brook. "It's a step in the right direction to my ultimate goal of playing in the NHL. It's extra special."

Brook was limited to just 45 games last season due to injury. Since signing his first NHL contract, Brook has been sent back down to the Moose Jaw Warriors. That's where he's been tearing it up. In three games he has four points (2 G).

"I mean it's nice that I've had some success already, but it's about doing it all season," added Brook. "It's a matter of bringing it to every single game and every single practice. I want to get better myself and also help the younger guys and make this team better."

As Brook continues his development to the NHL, he knows what he has to work on.

"I just have to get a more complete game," added Brook. "I'm working super hard on my d-zone play and getting stronger. It's just really about improving everything."

So far in four games, Brook and the Warriors are off to a 1-2-1 start. Last season the club was eliminated from the WHL playoffs in the second round in seven games. That defeat has given Josh and the rest of the Warriors returning players the fuel to change that result.

"Everyone in this dressing room that's returned still remembers that game seven," added Brook. "It was a tough pill to swallow. We're off to a slow start, but we're confident in our abilities. It's still early and we'll get better with time for sure."

"We learned that you can't take a shift off," he added. "I am and the rest of the team is excited for the rest of the campaign."

Brook and the Warriors are back on the ice on Friday night.

The Bantam Parkland Rangers work like a team and they're heading into the regular season with some mojo.

They wrapped up their pre-season with a 5-1 win earlier today against Yorkton.

Will Munro, Drake Pahl and Kyan Grouette all scored one each in the second period. 

Steven Arp and Rylan Gibbs each added one in the third. 

The win gave the Rangers two victories over Yorkton in the past two weeks. 

It wasn't a perfect weekend, but it was a perfect ending to the weekend for the Dauphin Kings.

They salvaged a couple points with a stellar 4-2 win against the Winnipeg Blues tonight. 

After the Blues scored one in the first and one very early in the second, it was absolutely all Dauphin. 

Trailing 15-12 on the shot clock after 20, the Kings peppered the Blues goalie with 18 shots in the second and it paid off. 

Alex Schneider cut the deficit in half just 1:33 into the second, and 49 seconds after the Blues took a 2-0 lead.

40 seconds later into a wide open net, Sammy Mouland tied the game up. 

The Kings continued to get chance after chance in the remaining parts of the second, but we ended up going 2-2 into the final frame. 

Ian Tookenay played hero in the third for the Kings. He scored the go ahead goal which proved to be the winner at the 8:29 mark. 

Brendan Arnold iced the game with an empty net goal with just over a second left. 

Dauphin ended up with 44 shots in the game, and allowed just 11 in the second and third periods combined. 

With the win, the Kings are now 3-2. They'll return to game action on Tuesday in Swan Valley. You can hear that game here on 730CKDM. The pregame show goes at 7:15.

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