Dauphin's Lane Prokopowich and the rest of her foursome are heading to the U-18 Manitoba women's Provincial Curling Championships in March.

Lane, Brianna Cullen, Lauren Beaudry, and Serena Gray-Withers earned their spot by going a perfect 3-0 at a qualifier this past weekend in La Salle.

"It definitely felt really good, especially considering we have a new teammate that is playing with us," said Prokopowich. "One of our players aged out so we picked up Lauren and it went great. It was nice that we were able to play so well right off the bat."

From start to finish, the foursome did really dominate their competition. First up they won 8-4 and followed that up with a big 9-3 victory. To officially clinch their spot, the team won 7-3.

"We just picked up on the ice really quick which was a massive advantage to us and it really showed out there," added Prokopowich. 

Just two weeks before this event, Lane, Brianna, and Serena played in the Canola Growers U-21 Provincial Championships. After starting 2-0 in that event, the team finished with a 3-4 record. Having that experience under their belt, the foursome which added one new player knew what had to be done.

"We kind of got overwhelmed in the U-21's and I think we were a little bit too excited going in, we were the #2 seed and that brings some pressure," said Prokopowich. "We were focused on the outcome a little bit too much. We needed to just enjoy the moment and have fun out there."

"This past weekend we didn't really have the mindset that it was a qualifier, we just thought of it as another bonspiel and it worked well," added Prokopowich. 

The Asham U-18 Provincial Championships are set for March 7-10 in Swan River. Just like the U-21's, this event will feature the best teams in the province at the U-18 level.

"We're going in thinking it's just another bonspiel and we don't want to worry about the pressure from our coaches or anything like that," said Prokopowich. "We just want to curl for each other and have fun and we'll see how it goes. We're really looking forward to the opportunity."

Former Parkland Ranger and current Swan Valley Stampeder, Josh Tripp is a runner-up for Player of the Week in the MJHL.

In three games last week, the 20-year-old Swan River native had five points (1G). The goal came in a 6-1 thumping of Winkler this past Saturday while he also chipped in two assists. 

Josh continues to have a career year with his hometown team. In 42 games, he's racked up 64 points (28G) which is 10 more than his teammate, Bradly Goethals. 

Tripp is currently in Regina playing for Team Zajac at the MJHL/SJHL Showcase.

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Portage Terriers goaltender Ethan Peterson was named the Recycle Everywhere MJHL Player of the Week. The 19-year-old had a .978 save percentage last week en route to two wins. In 14 games this season, Peterson has three shutouts for a Portage team that is 33-6-1-1.

Blake Sidoni of the Virden Oil Capitals is the other runner-up for the award.

This Saturday will go down as one of the funniest nights of the year. That's right, Kings Comedy Night is coming up at the 11th Avenue Hall. The 5th Annual event will once again be presented by Twin Motors in Dauphin and it's an event that gets more popular every single year. 

This year will feature two comedians and the deadline for tickets is this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. That means you only have a few hours to get in on a hilarious night with some great people.

"It's a huge event for the Kings, and another big fundraiser for the team, it's like the Kings Par-3 but obviously it's in the winter," said Christian Laughland, Marketing Director & Media Relations for the Kings. "We're really looking forward to the event and the two comedians are going to be awesome."

"There is also a ton of prizes to be won and you can't forget about the roast beef dinner. It's going to be a great night and you don't want to miss out on it," he added.

Tickets for the night are $70 for one or you can buy a table of eight for $525 which works out to about $65 per ticket.

By getting your tickets today, you will also get the chance to meet all of your favourite Kings in person as every member of the team will be there on Saturday.

"The players will be selling tickets and they'll be doing a number of things throughout the event," said Laughland. "It's just an overall fantastic night"

Everything kicks off with cocktails at 5:30 with dinner to follow at 6:30 and the comedians will take the stage at 9:00 p.m. To buy your tickets now you can call Christian at 622-5461.

Be sure to look for CKDM's Darnell Duff at the event!

When Grandview's Logan Storey hits the ice, his sole goal is to win hockey games and usually, that ends up happening and he puts up a ton of points in the process. For Logan and the rest of the Clippers, that didn't happen as much as they would have liked this past weekend in Winnipeg at the Piper Classic.

The team lost their first three games before they rebounded by crushing Dryden in their final game.

"Yeah, we definitely didn't play our best, so we're just trying to get our minds back on league play," said Storey. "We know we have to be better if we want to have success going forward."

"We lost three games but we could have won all of them as well, it was really close," he added. "We just didn't play the full 60 minutes it takes to win."

Last week, the 17-year-old was named the Westman High School Hockey League's Player of the Week. He had eight points in just two games.

"It felt pretty good, I've never been named a POW and I've played on this team for three years, it was exciting news,"

Storey's eight points last week has him right up near the top as far as league leaders go. With his 37 points, he's only five points behind Swan Valley's Trey Sauder. He's also two points behind his teammate, Riley Hammond.

"It's been a pretty solid season for sure, I've had a pretty strong start," said Storey. "I just want to keep it going. We've also been doing great as a team after the two losses to open the season, so that's the most exciting part."

"Winning, in the end, is what matters the most, it's nice to score, but I want to win," he added.

Logan and the Clippers now return to league action tomorrow night when they play the Minnedosa Chancellors at Credit Union Place. It's a 7:30 puck drop and Dauphin will be looking to win their 14th straight league game after the earlier mentioned two straight losses to begin the season. Tomorrow's game will be the one and only regular season meeting between the Clippers and Chancellors.

It was a busy weekend of sports action in the Parkland. 

The AtoMc Jr. Kings beat Swan River today, 5-3.

Brayden Budolowski recorded a hat-trick in the win. Tylor Catcheway and Cash McCallum scored for the Kings in the win. 

Dauphin Atom 3 Kings beat the Swan Valley Stampeders Atom 2, 3-1.

Quinten Fisk scored twice for the Kings while Connor Morrisseau lit the twine once. 

Midget Grand Plains Ice Dogs:

The team played a double header against the Manitou Tigers today and they won both games. 

First up, Allee Hrechka, Jayselyn Nybo, Rylee Zalischuk, and Brady Grasby scored as the Ice Dogs came out on top 4-3.

Another great effort earned the Ice Dogs a win in their second game of the day. Emma Gamache was on fire in the game with three goals. Brook Schwartz and Rylee Zalischuk scored the other Ice Dogs goals in the game. 

Mallory Mathison-Eddie also had three assists in the big win. 

Dauphin Clippers junior varsity boys basketball:

Played three exhibition games in Brandon and went 2-1.

In their first game the team beat Vincent Massey. The player of the game was Davin Shewchuk. JJ Love was the player. of the game in a loss against Neelin in their second game. 

The Clippers finished their weekend by beating Crocus Plains. Levi Seale was the player of the game. 

Dauphin Clippers varsity girls basketball:

Played in the Neepawa tournament and got off to a slow start. Dauphin started with a loss against Neelin and Portage. 

They did end their weekend by thumping Russell, 51-25 to finish in seventh place.

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.