For Brendan Arnold, the goal tomorrow is simple and that goal is to keep the Dauphin Kings' season alive. The third-year King is this year's co-captain alongside Riley Shamray.

Tomorrow is when the Kings resume their quarterfinal series with the Swan Valley Stampeders at Credit Union Place. Dauphin must win to extend their campaign.

"It's obviously not going the way we hoped but we still have the chance to get some wins," said Arnold. "I still want to get some wins so I wouldn't count us out yet."

Arnold and the Kings dropped the first three games by a combined score of 16-7. The only lead in the series that Dauphin owned was when they were up 2-0 in game one.

"We really need to tighten up defensively, we need to block shots and just not give them anything offensively," added Arnold. "If we can somehow keep them to fewer than three goals that will definitely give us a better chance at winning."

"They're really good at capitalizing on our mistakes, so we really have to limit making them," he added. "We just really have to take it one game at a time and work our hardest tomorrow."

Tomorrow's game is set for 7:30 as is every remaining game in the series. If you don't have your tickets yet, the box office at Credit Union Place is open right now and will be open beginning at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow until game time. 

Prior to this year, Dauphin had not been in the playoffs for four years. This was also Brendan's first ever MJHL playoff series. Regardless of how it goes down, it's been a year to remember for Brendan and the rest of the Kings' organization.

"It's awesome honestly, it's just so different than the regular season," added Arnold. "It's great hockey and I missed playoff hockey."

It also didn't take Brendan long to score his first ever playoff goal. He did so just over four minutes into game one.

"Yeah, that was definitely a really good feeling," said Arnold. "It kind of ruined it because we lost, but it still felt really good."

It doesn't take much to sum up the feeling heading into tomorrow night. "I think this is going to be our best game. It's do or die and no one wants this to end," added Arnold.

The Grand Plains Novice Hawks #2 are the Parkland Minor Hockey League Champions. The Hawks swept Swan River in the league finals, which wrapped up last night with a 10-5 win.

Kenai Mouck, Kaleb Crowe, Rossi Puchailo, and Drew Luhowy scored for Grand Plains in the game.

The Hawks didn't lose a single game in the playoffs.

To have success on the volleyball court as a team, a solid setter is a must. Dauphin's Renee Desroches did that during her time with the Dauphin Clippers and now she's doing the same thing in Winnipeg.

Playing in her second season with the CMU Blazers, it was another very successful season for the Dauphinite and the rest of the team.

Although they didn't win the league, they advanced to the final once again before losing in five sets in what turned out be the match of the year.

"We had a lot of returning players this year so we were able to build off the chemistry from last year and take it into this year," said Desroches. "Although we didn't win the league, we played with confidence and we were super competitive all season."

Last year in her first season with the team, Renee was named to the Conference All-Star team. This year, the 19-year-old just kept it coming with the individual accolades. She was once again named to the MCAC All-Conference team. 

"We had an assistant coach this year that was a past setter which was really nice for me because she was able to provide me with some better technique and footwork which made my game improve," she added. "We have some really strong hitters who know how to get it done, so that makes my job easy and I can run a quicker offence."

"I've had a great experience playing in the MCAC, and it's really nice to see my contribution to the team being recognized by the league," she added. "I really enjoy playing volleyball and it means a lot to me."

Renee's next individual accolade was a big one. Including women's volleyball, the Blazers have eight different sports programs. Every month, the school picks two athletes of the month. In January, Renee was chosen as one of them. The award is called the LionHeart Athlete of the Month and it was a first-time honour for Desroches.

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"It was a really special honour and it was quite unexpected for sure," added Desroches. "Being recognized for my contribution to the success we had in that month felt really good."

Another great part of the season for Renee and the rest of the team came just before they began their second half of the season. Playing in the Adidas Cup in Oshawa, the team placed third which was their highest ever finish at the event that featured some of the best college teams from around Canada. 

A highlight from the event came against Seneca when they were down 2-0 in the best of five. The ladies bounced back to win three straight sets to win the match in five. The team advanced to the semifinals after beating the Algonquin Thunder, also in five sets. After dropping their semifinal, the Blazers rolled on in the bronze medal. They beat Loyalist in four sets.

"Yeah, that was a lot of fun and the Adidas Cup is always a really great tournament for our team," said Desroches. "We were all really excited about the third place finish. We had to play against some really strong teams and we were extremely happy with the outcome."

Renee will be back front and centre as the team's floor captain next season as the Blazers look to win the MCAC.

Winning the Westman High School Hockey League just got a bit harder for the Dauphin Clippers. 

They dropped game one of the final earlier tonight, 4-2 in Hamiota.

Kayden Bodnar and Brady Dyck scored Dauphin’s goals in the game.

Dauphin will now look to force a game three on Monday when the series shifts back to Credit Union Place.

The Dauphin Kings are now in must-win mode after they lost to Swan Valley tonight, 5-3.

The win gave the Stamps a 3-0 lead in the best of seven. 

Once again the Kings were late to show up to the game as Swan scored two very quick goals. 

Just 1:07 in, Brian Harris made it 1-0. Under two minutes later at the 1:52 mark, Bradly Goethals made it 2-0 for the Stamps.

The Kings did fire back on the power play as Riley Shamray fired home a shot from the point to cut the deficit in half, 7:50 in. 

Swan Valley responded next. This time it was them who struck on the power play as Campbell Balk made it 3-1. Before the period expired, the Kings got back in it. 

Cole DeKoninck brought the club within one with just more than five minutes left in the first as Swan led 3-2 after 20.

The hot starts to periods continued for Swan in the second. Josh Tripp made it 4-2 at the 3:40 mark.

The back and forth battle continued as Dauphin got within one as “AP” player, Mattie Boonstra drove the net and ended up scoring his first ever MJHL goal.

A nifty move from Matthew Osadick gave Swan their two-goal lead back after 40 at 5-3.

No goals were scored in the third as the Stamps skated off with a 5-3 win.

Game four returns to Credit Union Place on Friday. Darnell Duff has the Parkland Source for Sports pregame show at 7:00 p.m.

Every curling foursome dreams of having a perfect season and for a Dauphin foursome, that dream became a reality this winter.

Tiffany McLean, Tamara Kolida, Stacey Sime, and Morgan Kropelnicki went a perfect 18-0 to win the Kilty Ladies Curling Club that wrapped up earlier this week at the Dauphin Curling Club.

The run included winning all 15 of their games before the playoffs. In the playoffs, the Dauphin ladies ran the table with three more wins to take home this year's title.

"Yeah, it's definitely a pretty good feeling especially because it's our first year all curling together," said Kolida. "Tiffany is an awesome curler and she really doesn't miss much. We all curled well and she's a great leader."

"It was just really nice to get out of the house and have some fun," she added.

When it comes to defending their title next winter, there is absolutely no doubt about it.

"Oh yeah, we're sticking together. We discussed that at the last game," said Kolida. "You'll be seeing us next year for sure."

The scenario for the Dauphin Kings entering tonight is very simple. Get back in their first-round series with the Swan Valley Stampeders with a win. Or, they'll find themselves in a big hole with a defeat.

After winning games one and two, the first-round, best of seven series continues at the Centennial Arena in Swan River.

The first two games have offered up a bunch for fans. Hits, lots of shots, and nice saves. But, at the end of the day, the Kings have allowed far too many goals against a highly skilled Stamps team.

In the first 120 minutes of the series, Swan Valley has scored 11 times. That also includes three goals in just 17 seconds in game one of the series.

On Sunday when Dauphin played their first home playoff game in four years, Swan got off to a perfect start when they scored just 38 seconds into the game. That game ended up being a 5-1 defeat.

After playing so well at Credit Union Place all season long, Sunday's game looked like the Kings were playing tentative hockey and they played back on their heels for the majority of the night.

When Dauphin is skating, this is a team that can keep up with anyone in the league and they have shown that on numerous occasions, now it's just about doing it tonight. 

"It's a matter of all of our guys buying in and working hard," said Doug Hedley, Head Coach & General Manager. "Anything that's happened positive for us in this series is because of hard work."

Dauphin will also look to improve on their power play number. Dauphin is 2-17 in the first two games of the series. Dauphin scored on their first power play of the series back on Friday.

"We're going to change things up and we'll try and get some more looks out there," said Hedley. "We need to outwork the penalty killers and we need to shoot the puck more."

Leeam Tivers and Kolby Johnson will once again not be in the lineup. Tivers misses the game because of an illness while Johnson is out with a lower-body injury.

"When you take two big guys out of our lineup who can make a difference, it's always tough for sure," added Hedley. "We miss them both and it's unfortunate. At the same time, it gives other guys a chance to step up and contribute."

Don't forget to tune into tonight's game. Darnell Duff has the Parkland Source for Sports pregame show beginning at 7:00 p.m. The puck from the Centennial drops at 7:30.

Heading into the 2018-19 Westman High School Hockey League season, the main goal for the Dauphin Clippers was to advance to the Championship series and give themselves a chance to bring a banner to the DRCSS.

Months after the season began, that's where the Clippers find themselves.

Now nine days after eliminating the Killarney Raiders from the playoffs, Dauphin is just one day away from beginning their best of three final against the Hamiota Huskies.

Riley Hammond was chosen at the start of the season to lead this team as captain. The 17-year-old Dauphinite has lived up to all of the expectations that are placed on a person when being named captain. He was seventh in league scoring this year with 56 points and he helped the Clippers go 21-3 in the regular season.

Tomorrow's start of the series marks Riley's first ever Championship series in his hockey career which has been very successful to date.

"It's a really exciting time right now," said Hammond. "I knew we had a good team at the start of the season, but we didn't know how far we would go. It feels really cool that we're fighting for a title."

So far in the playoffs, Riley and the rest of the Clippers have become the comeback kids. In their first series, they lost game number one against Virden and won two straight to advance. That's exactly what happened against the Raiders in their semifinal as well. 

"It just proves that you can get us down, but we're never going to give up," added Hammond. "It was a great feeling to win both of those series, especially how we did, now we're looking to build off that."

Hamiota finished 22-2 on the season which means they will have home ice when the puck drops in the best of three tomorrow. Dauphin played Hamiota once in the regular season and won that meeting 3-2. Ironically enough, Captain Hammond scored in that game alongside Logan Conrad and Noah Wiens. 

Since January 6 when playing regular season and playoff games, Hamiota has won 16 of their last 17 games. They also were a finalist at the A/AA High School Provincial Championships that went this past weekend. 

Over the same period, Dauphin has gone 13-3.

"We just have to stay calm and play the best game we can," he added. "We have to give it everything we have and if we do that, we like our chances."

"Getting this far with this group of guys has been an absolute blast," said Hammond. "It's definitely been one of the best hockey years of my life."

Here is the full series schedule:

Game #1 - Wednesday, March 13 @ Hamiota - 8:00 p.m.

Game #2 - Monday, March 18 @ Credit Union Place - 7:30 p.m.

Game #3 - Tuesday, March 19 @ Hamiota - 8:00 p.m.

Connor Dewar was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the third round, 92nd overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

It came after his third season playing with the Everett Silvertips’ where he produced 68 points in 68 games while being the team’s assistant captain.

Last Tuesday, Connor's childhood dream came true when he signed his first NHL contract with the Wild. It was a three-year, entry-level deal that will take in effect next season.

“It was definitely really exciting for my whole family and me, and all my teammates and coaching staff,” said Dewar. “I have such a great supporting cast around me and they were all really excited about it.”

“Signing the contract definitely takes some weight off my shoulders, it was really nice to get it over with,” he added. “It’s always been in the back of my mind, but I think I did a pretty good job of not letting it take over and I’ve been able to put a solid season together.”

In his fourth year with the Tips’ this season, Dewar has been on a sick pace which will go down as a career year, regardless of how it finishes. In 57 games, Connor leads the team with 78 points and he has a very solid +28 rating. His previous high in points came last year when he racked up that 68 in the regular season. Don't forget that he also chipped in 26 playoff points as well.

Connor also has 21 multi-point games this season and just missed tying the Tips’ record for most points in a game when he notched a hat-trick and three assists on February 2 against the Seattle Thunderbirds. The six points put him just one point back of the franchise record of seven points.

Dewar has led Everett to a 46-15-2-2 record which has the Tips' in the top spot in the U.S. Division and that’s where they will finish.

“A lot of my success is definitely because of my teammates, it’s really easy to put up points when you’re playing on a winning team,” said Dewar. “Everyone just comes out and competes every day and I’ve been put in a position to produce points. It’s a position that I’ve worked really hard to get.”

Last year, Dewar and the rest of the team fell just short of winning the WHL. They lost to the Swift Current Broncos in the league final in what turned out to be a gut-wrenching defeat for the entire organization.

“I’ll never forget the image of looking down at Swift Current and seeing them celebrating and crying and all of that, it was a tough pill to swallow,” he added. “We said after that game that we wanted to get back to the finals and that’s our main goal, winning the league.”

When it comes to perhaps making the jump up to the NHL next season, Connor knows what has to be done.

“I have to get bigger and stronger for sure,” added Dewar. “At this level, you can never be satisfied with where you are at so there is a lot of work to do.”

Three more games are ahead for Connor and the Silvertips' before the regular season ends. They come tonight, Friday and it all wraps up on Saturday evening. The team will open up their playoffs next weekend on home ice.

For the second straight year, Ochre River's Emma Jensen, McCreary's Jaycee Terrick, Kaitlyn Szewczyk, and Gilbert Plains Gracey Gulak are Provincial Champions. The team captured the top spot at the Under-18 curling provincials that wrapped up yesterday.

The team scored three in the final end to secure the win.

"I don't even really know what to say, I'm honestly just so shocked with everything," said Jensen. "Being down by two going into the final end, we didn't really expect to win. We played three straight games yesterday and we were exhausted, but we pulled through to get the win."

"We never gave up all weekend long," she added. "We didn't think scoring three in the last end was possible but we just kept going and we never gave up. I'm so proud of the girls."

The foursome alongside coach Al Jensen will now head to Sherwood Park, Alberta for the Under-18 National Championships that go from April 2-7. Last year the team went 0-6, but they did curl well throughout the week against the best around Canada at the U18 level.

"I think the nerves are definitely not as high as they were last year, we sort of know what to expect," said Jensen. "We're just going to go in and play like we did this past weekend and we'll see how things go. We're really excited for the opportunity once again."

Joining Jensen and her foursome on the men's side is the McDonald rink.

There's domination and there's what the Dauphin Clippers junior varsity boys basketball team did over the weekend. They went a perfect 3-0 to win the MHSAA JV Boys Provincial Championships that were played in Brandon.

It was the junior varsity boys programs first provincial title that has included Winnipeg teams.

"It was a pretty amazing feeling," said Dave Matskiw, Head Coach. "The boys had a great weekend and it was very successful for us."

The Clippers first dispatched of Margaret Barbour very easily, 91-50. That set up a semifinal game against the second-ranked, Westgate Wings'. Dauphin entered as the third-seed. The Wings' never got the chance to fly as the Clipper ship ran all over them with a 69-51 win. 

That put Dauphin up against the Louis Riel Voyageurs in the final. Just like the Clippers, Louis Riel was also hot as they upset the top-ranked, University of Winnipeg Collegiate, 85-66 in the semifinals.

"We didn't know much about Louis Riel so there was definitely that surprise element," he added. "We knew that we were probably strong enough that if we had a good game, we could win."

That's exactly what the Clippers did in a big way. 68-53 ended up being the final score in favour of Dauphin as they finished their season on top.

"JJ Love had a very strong weekend overall," said Matskiw. "Guys had certain games where they made a difference. Davin Shewchuk had a very good semifinal; he was a big part of our transition game. Zerek Menard had an all-star selection and played quite well throughout the weekend. Levi Seale was solid all weekend."

"There were a number of guys that stepped up in a variety of different ways," he added.