The day is called Tractor Lotto Sunday. That’s because $100,000 will be given out among other prizes tonight.

Before that, there is an important game going down on the ice at Credit Union Place. It pits the red-hot Dauphin Kings against the Swan Valley Stampeders who are very good, but they have cooled off of late. They’ve lost four of their last five. 

The Kings, meanwhile, are 5-0-2 in their last seven games and are coming off a 4-3 win against Wayway on Friday.

Swan Valley is coming off a win against OCN. In that game, Bradly Goethals went into pure beast mode. He scored four times.

One key deletion from today’s game comes on the Stamps side. Matt Osadick will not play. He’s with Team Canada West at the World JR. A Challenge.

After today, both teams will take part in the MJHL Showcase in Winnipeg.

It’s an early puck drop this afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings/Pederson Photographic.

The Parkland Rangers put a pretty good effort forth tonight, but it wasn't enough in a 4-1 loss against the Wild. 

Winnipeg opened the scoring. Garrett Hrechka then tied up the contest at one. From there, Winnipeg scored three straight to pick up two points. 

Parkland heads to Portage tomorrow to challenge Central Plains.

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Caitlin Fillion picked up another shutout and the Grand Plains Peewee Ice Dogs scored twice in a 2-0 win against Neepawa. 

Cadence Christensen and Tristyn Hanneson scored for the Ice Dogs in the win. 

The team plays in Grandview tomorrow at 3:30.

The Dauphin Clippers hockey team just continue to get better as they go on. 

After winning both of their games in Brandon yesterday to advance to the Championship bracket, Dauphin kept it rolling today. 

Seth Masson scored twice to lead the Clippers to a huge 7-1 win over Crocus Plains. 

Logan Storey, Keanu Woodhouse, Carson Sokolan, Alex Iwanchysko, and Logan Conrad all added one in the huge win. 

Dauphin now plays in the semifinals later today, against Sturgeon Heights.

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The Grand Plains Atom Hawks are also rolling. 

They're in the Yorkton A tournament and the team is playing in the A-side semifinals.

In their first game, the Hawks beat the Melville Silver Knights, 9-0.

Kingston Stirling lit it up with four goals while Owen Sigvaldason had two. 

Zak Fillion, Kenai Mouck, and Tevin Code also scored for the Hawks.

In their second game, they dominated the Yorkton Deneschuk Homes. 

They play at 7:30 with a berth in the finals on the line. 

The Parkland Midgeat Rangers will be looking to halt the slide they’ve been on. 

But, it sure won’t be easy. They welcome the league best Winnipeg Thrashers to town this evening.

Parkland has lost seven games in a row to slip more than 10 points back of a playoff spot. 

Tonight’s game is the first of a weekend two-game set for Parkland.

They’ll head to Portage tomorrow to battle Central Plains.

The puck drops at 7:30 at Credit Union Place tonight. 

The Dauphin Kings are on fire! They beat the Waywayseecappo Wolverines tonight, 4-3 on Barry Trotz and Teddy Bear Toss night down at Credit Union Place.

10:37 into the game, the newest King, Kolby Johnson scored his first ever goal with the team. It was the reason Teddy Bears were flying all over the ice.

After some highlight reel saves from the Wolverines goalie, Wayway tied it up in the second as the clubs were tied after 40.

It was a goal fest in the final 20.

Wayway took a lead just 2:11 into the period. Leeam Tivers then scored for Dauphin on a sick spin around shot at the 8:12 mark. Wayway regained their lead at the 11:11 mark. But, 20 seconds later, Riley Shamray came up clutch for Dauphin as he tied it up.

Just over four minutes later, Johnson finished off a statement game for himself. He picked up his own rebound and potted it past the Wolverines goalie for the game-winner.

With the win, the Kings are now 17-12-1-2. They're 5-0-2 in their last seven games.

Dauphin welcomes Swan Valley to town on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings/Pederson Photographic.

The Grandview Comets are on the board! They won their first game of the season last night.

The final score was 4-1 against Foxwarren. The win snapped Grandview’s seven game losing skid. 

The Atom A1/AA tournament kicked off yesterday with a busy first day in town. 

Here are the scores:

McCreary over Roblin A1, 10-2.

Dauphin A1 over Swan Valley A1, 9-3.

Dauphin AA over Souris, 8-1.

Swan Valley AA over Lorette, 4-2.

The Pas A1 over Swan Valley A1, 5-4.

Souris and Thompson, 5-5.

Game #2 - The Dauphin Clippers are Championship bracket bound. 

They beat Prairie Mountain earlier today, 6-2 to win their pool. 

Noah Wiens led the team with two goals. Keanu Woodhouse, Austin Storey, Logan Conrad, and Riley Hammond scored one each for Dauphin. 

Ben Talbot earned the win in the crease. 

Dauphin plays Crocus Plains in their next game. 

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The Dauphin Clippers hockey team is in Brandon for the Vic Inn tournament and they're off to a solid start.

Riley Hammond scored twice, Blake Zamrykut shut the door and the Clippers beat Westwood, 5-0 earlier today.

Noah Wiens, Kayden Bodnar, and Wade Kopytko also scored one each for Dauphin.

The team is back on the ice tonight at 8:15 against Prairie Mountain.

The Dauphin Kings are in their 51st season and it's been a successful one. But, the season wouldn't have gone on without the support of the community and the team's many billets.

Today, we take a look inside the Perih's house. They've been a Dauphin Kings billet for several years in the past decade. That means every season, they open their home to young aspiring junior hockey players who hope to call themselves National Champions.

"After the RBC Cup year, my wife and I were moving into a new home, and we wanted to give back," said Blaine Perih. "So, we brought in one player that year and it's sort of been history since."

Since that year, the Perih's have taken a couple years off as billets. But, for the most part, they've been all in with giving several players a home to call their own during the hockey season.

"It's just great watching the kids and seeing how they get better and we get to be a part of their journey to the next level," said Perih. "It's a very rewarding experience for us to share the memories they make with them. One day, maybe our kids will need a spot to stay and they'll be in a great home as well."

This season, Blaine, his wife, and two kids are the billet home of Bryan Landsberger and Landon Russell. 

"We were only supposed to bring in Bryan, but we brought in Landon to just sort help the team out and then he fit in really well with the family," said Perih. "We decided as a family that we wanted him to stay. The guys play video games with my kids and they'll come out and help with hockey practice when they can."

"This whole thing really hits home after what happened in Humboldt," he added. "These kids are away from home and we want to provide a great place to stay. We want them to enjoy their experience in Dauphin."

From family dinners to video games with the kids and everything else, the Perih's open up their home to give the Kings a chance at bringing high-quality players to town in the hope of winning it all.

Of course, there are so many other great Dauphin Kings billets as well. Stay tuned all season long to get to know some of the other ones.

Around the locker room, Mark Liwiski is now referred to as the "Teddy Bear Man". Why? We'll get to that a little bit later. First things first, the 17-year-old is in his first full season of WHL hockey with the Kelowna Rockets.

The Rockets have been a perennial powerhouse in the B.C. Division of the league for years and years. This year, things are a little bit different, but that doesn't mean it's been a bad campaign.

Kelowna is second place in the B.C.division with a 13-15-2 record. Liwiski and the team have been pretty hot as of late. They're 5-3-2 in their last 10 and are 2-0-1 in their past three.

"We kind of started slow, and we had a coaching change which kind of shook things up, but I think we're getting better every day," said Liwiski. "We're looking forward to a few more games before the Christmas break and we're hoping to keep our good play going."

For Mark himself, he's made his way to the scoresheet in just about a quarter of the team's games. He has six points in 28 games.

"There's always room for improvement, but I just need to keep playing my role and more points will come if I do that," said Liwiski. "I'm working really hard and that's the way I've put up the points so far. So, I just need to keep that going here."

Until now, you've probably been asking yourself why Mark is the "Teddy Bear Man". It's because he scored Kelowna's first goal in their Teddy Bear Toss game. That means Mark was the reason that the ice was flooded with teddy bears, just in time for Christmas.

"It was a pretty special feeling, it's never happened to me before," he added. "You always see it on TV and stuff, and I've always wanted to be the guy. It was cool that I was the reason why the bears were all over the ice."

"A few of the guys were giving me the gears, so that was pretty funny," said Liwiski. "It was nice to see all the fans get involved and everything. It was just a great moment."

Although perhaps the Rockets aren't quite as strong as past years, Mark still has a feeling this team has what it takes to make some noise.

"I think we're for sure a playoff contending team this year," he added. "There's no easy game in this league because every team can win on any given night. It's going to be tough, but I think we can battle it out for a playoff spot."

It's the WHL and the Kelowna Rockets for now. But, Mark does have some goals going forward. The number #1 goal would be playing in the NHL like so many players aspire to do.

"I think if I keep working hard and keep doing the little things right, I have what it takes to make it there one day," added Liwiski. "My coaches do a great job of doing whatever they can to help me and I need to soak in everything they're saying and use it to my advantage. I'm looking forward to the future, but it all starts right here in Kelowna."

Mark and the Rockets are back on home ice this evening as they welcome Victoria to the Prospera Centre. It's an important game for the club as they're two points ahead of Victoria in their division. 

After tonight, the team next plays on December 11, before playing on December 12, 14, and 15. Next Saturday's game in Medicine Hat is their final before Christmas.

Credit Union Place and the Rotary Arena will be jam-packed with some of the best young hockey players in the province this weekend.

The A1/AA Tournament takes centre ice. Here is the schedule:

GAME TIME RINK HOME ROOM AWAY
1 FRIDAY 1145-115 ROTARY ROBLIN 1 MCCREARY
2 FRIDAY 115-245 CUP DAUPHIN A1 8 SWAN VALLEY A1
3 FRIDAY 130-300 ROTARY DAUPHIN AA 3 SOURIS
4 FRIDAY 315-445 ROTARY LORETTE 1 SWAN VALLEY AA
5 FRIDAY 430-600 CUP SWAN VALLEY A1 6 THE PAS
6 FRIDAY 800-930 ROTARY SOURIS 3 THOMPSON AA
           
7 SATURDAY 800-930 ROTARY BRANDON 1 LORETTE
8 SATURDAY 815-945 CUP THOMPSON A1 7 ROBLIN
9 SATURDAY 945-1115 ROTARY THE PAS  3 DAUPHIN A1
10 SATURDAY 1000-1130 CUP THOMPSON AA 6 DAUPHIN AA
11 SATURDAY 1130-100 ROTARY SWAN VALLEY AA 1 BRANDON
12 SATURDAY 1145-115 CUP MCCREARY 7 THOMPSON A1
13 SATURDAY 115-245 ROTARY AA 2ND A POOL 3 AA 3RD  B POOL
14 SATURDAY 130-300 CUP A1 2ND A POOL 6 A1 3RD B POOL
15 SATURDAY 300-430 ROTARY A1 2ND B POOL 1 A1 3RD A POOL
16 SATURDAY 315-445 CUP AA 2ND B POOL 7 AA 3RD A POOL
17 SATURDAY 445-615 ROTARY A1 1ST B POOL 3 WINNER GAME 14
18 SATURDAY 500-630 CUP AA 1ST B POOL 6 WINNER GAME 13
           
19 SUNDAY 800-930 ROTARY AA 1ST A POOL 1 WINNER GAME 16
20 SUNDAY 815-945 CUP A1 1ST A POOL 6 WINNER GAME 15
    FINAL   AA
21 SUNDAY 945-1115 ROTARY LOSER 13 C AA 3 LOSER 16 C AA
    FINAL   A1
22 SUNDAY 1115-1245 CUP LOSER 15 C A1 7 LOSER 14 C A1
    B FINAL   AA
23 SUNDAY 1130-100 ROTARY LOSER 19 AA 1 LOSER 18 AA
    B FINAL   A1
24 SUNDAY 100-230 CUP LOSER 17 A1 6 LOSER 20 A1
    A FINAL   A1
25 SUNDAY 115-245 ROTARY WINNER 20 A1 3 WINNER 17 A1
    A FINAL   AA
26 SUNDAY 300-430 ROTARY WINNER 19 AA 1 WINNER 18 AA

The next time you go to the Rotary Arena, you'll notice something new and sharp.

A new scoreboard is being installed right now ahead of the tournament that starts later today.

"At the start of the hockey season, we turned on the board and we noticed there was no power," said Wes Carnegie. "With it being so old, there is no replacement parts. So, I turned around and ordered a new quality board for the arena."

"It's just going to bring a new feel to the arena. The old board had lightbulbs in it so we always had to change those," he added. "This one is all digital and it looks really nice. I added a Kings logo in the middle of it, just so everyone knows we're all Kings around here."

The Atom A1/AA tournament kicks off at 11:45 at the Rotary.