The Dauphin Kings started very slow tonight but they rebounded and picked up a big two points in a 5-3 win against OCN.

Just 4:55 into the game, OCN scored twice to take a 2-0 lead.

Grady Hobbs responded for the Kings with an absolutely gorgeous snapshot from the left circle to cut the deficit in half. Wayde Johannesson tied up the contest on a shot from the point 5:56 into the second. 

The Kings kept on coming as Kolby Johnson cleaned up a rebound in front and potted his fourth of the season to give Dauphin a 3-2 lead at 11:49 of the midway frame. Brendan Arnold doubled up Dauphin's lead to 4-2 at 18:57.

OCN didn't give up in the third despite the deficit as they brought the contest within one just 1:46 in. 

Nakodan Greyeyes said enough of that as he sealed it for Dauphin with 5:55 remaining. 

With the win, the Kings move into a tie for sixth in the MJHL with a 19-18-2-2 record. They now start a four-game homestand on Friday. 

Ever since he was a little kid and he put on his skates for the first time (likely with some assistance), Dauphin's Rylan Gibbs knew he wanted to be an all-star type of hockey player. Now Rylan is 15-years-old and he hasn't needed that assistance for some time, it's just a part of his routine and it's been a very successful routine.

Rylan has been a leader and always has been one of the best players on every team he's played on and that trend has continued into his first full AAA hockey season with the Parkland Bantam Rangers. In just 24 games, Gibbs has already racked up 28 points and now he's heading to the big city. He's been invited to the Bantam 1 AAA All-Star Game that will be played on Saturday at MTS Iceplex and he'll suit up on Team West.

"It was a really big deal for me that I got invited," said Gibbs. "I wasn't really expecting it, but I've been having a really good season so I thought maybe. It's a big honour and I can't wait to take part."

Of the 28 points, 13 of them have been goals for Rylan. That's second on the Parkland Rangers and is tied for 11th in the league. 

"I'm just working as hard as I can at all times to succeed," said Gibbs. "My teammates really help me out and they're always there for me. It's been a pretty successful season so far and I'm happy with how it's gone."

"I wasn't really expecting to have this kind of production so far," he added. "I thought I would be a bit lower but my work ethic has paid off."

With one more Rangers game before the All-Star Classic, Rylan has one more chance to get prepared to play against the top AAA players from around the province.

"I've played with all of these guys or against them so far this season and I know what I can do," added Gibbs. "It's going to be a very fun experience but I know it's going to be a challenge at the same time and I'm ready for it."

"I just have to play my game and keep moving out there and I need to work hard in the corners," he added. "I need to do whatever it takes to help the team."

This hockey season could also be one of Rylan’s' most exciting yet. He is draft eligible for the WHL and MJHL Bantam Draft that will be later this year. The 15-year-old is excited to play in front of scouts from all over.

"I mean there are scouts everywhere, I just can't worry about who's in the stands," added Gibbs. "What's happening on the ice is the only thing that really matters."

You can see Rylan in action in Roblin on Friday night as the Rangers welcome Norman to town for a 7:45 puck drop.

Dauphin’s Lauryn Kuzyk, Caitlyn Labossiere, Emily Zacharias, and Mackenzie Zacharias are the best junior women’s curling team in Manitoba!

The foursome are the 2019 Canola Growers Junior Provincial Champions. They beat the previously undefeated Walter rink, 8-2 in the finals. 

"It's probably the best feeling in my life honestly," said Kuzyk. "It's such a great accomplishment and I've never felt anything like this before."

The team started by stealing a single point in each of the first three ends. After the Walter rink scored a deuce, Lauryn and the rest of the foursome stole the show. They responded with a deuce of their own in the fifth and stole a single point in the sixth, seventh, and eighth end before the Walter rink conceded.

"We really just got on a roll and we were just ready to win it all," added Kuzyk. 

Lauryn and the rest of the team now advance to the Canadian Junior Championships from January 19-27 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. 

"We're doing the best we can to prepare for this," said Kuzyk. "We're having a send-off and we're getting all of our apparel ordered. It's coming up quick and it's just so exciting."

Kuzyk and the rest of the Zacharias rink are now inviting you to their send-off party to help raise some funds for this event. It's this Saturday evening at the Elmwood Curling Club.

"It's a kick-off party for us and it's super exciting, it's the start of what should be an amazing time in Prince Albert and we can't wait to represent the province," said Kuzyk.

Three curlers from Dauphin are now in a must-win situation at the Canola Growers Junior Provincial Championships.

Dauphin's Lawson Yates and Terron Stykalo and the rest of the Walter rink dropped their 1 vs 2 game this morning to JT Ryan, 8-6. Because they played in the 1 vs 2 game, the team still has another chance. They drop down to the semifinals this afternoon at 12:15. The game is against the Jordon McDonald foursome.

On the women's side, Dauphin's Lauryn Kuzyk is playing on the Zacharias rink. After finishing 6-1 in the round-robin, the foursome played in the 3 vs 4 game earlier today. They won that game 11-6 to set up a semifinal matchup with Shae Bevan and her rink. The Bevan rink beat the Zacharias rink, 7-5 in the RR.

"It's a pretty amazing feeling that we've gotten this far, I haven't played here in the last couple years so it's been a ton of fun," said Kuzyk. "I think we're all feeling really confident going into this next game. We know the Bevan rink is really good but we're confident in our abilities." 

The Grand Plains Peewee Ice Dogs brought in 2019 with a couple of solid wins.

In their first game they shutout Hamiota, 5-0. Montana Jubenvill led the Ice Dogs with three goals while Brooke Shewchuk and Reese Boguski scored one apiece.

The Ice Dogs then easily got past Elkhorn, 5-1. Carli Durston and Raylyn Koshowski both scored one each in the game. Also scoring one goal each was Skyla Burns, Tristyn Hanneson, and Montana Jubenvill.

You can make it 13 straight wins for the Dauphin Clippers hockey team.

They beat the Rivers/Elton Rage earlier this afternoon at Credit Union Place, 5-2.

Riley Hammond and Logan Storey paced the way for the Clippers each scoring twice. Both players also had two assists.

Logan Conrad scored the Clippers other marker in the game.

Blake Zamrykut was solid between the pipes, especially in the first period when he made a few massive saves to keep Dauphin ahead.

Bantam Parkland Rangers:

It was a busy weekend for the team who played three games coming off the Christmas break.

In their first game against Brandon, Steven Arp scored but the Rangers dropped a 5-1 decision. 

Kristen Moshenko was outstanding between the pipes in the Rangers second game. He made 51 saves against the Eastman Selects, but the Selects came away with a 3-2 victory. Arp and Brayden Dube scored for the Rangers.

Parkland was determined to finish the weekend off on a high note and they did exactly that. Behind a great team effort, the club picked up a 5-2 win against the Central Plains Capitals. Kyan Grouette led the way this time with two goals. Dube, Jayce Legaarden and Parker Boguski each scored one in victory.

The Parkland Midget Rangers long losing streak is over. 

The club beat the Norman Northstars in a shootout earlier today, 6-5.

It was the Rangers who came out on fire as they opened up a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Jaegar Lapointe and Garrett Hrechka each scored one powerplay goal in the frame while Hunter Glover had an even strength goal. 

Kadin Ross scored twice for Norman in the second but Hrechka scored his second of the game and Kevin Chrisp also scored as Parkland led 5-2 after 40.

Thanks to a great third period, the Northstars secured a point with three goals in the final frame. 

After a scoreless overtime, Hrechka and Hayden Lacquette scored in the shootout to give Parkland the full two points. 

Parkland welcomes Brandon to Credit Union Place on Wednesday.

The Grand Plains Atom Hawks added another Championship to their resume today. 

They won the Roblin tournament with a big win in the finals. It was the team’s third straight tournament triumph. 

Before the finals, the Hawks beat Shoal Lake and Tri-Valley. 

Thanks to the perfect weekend, the “Mighty Nine” have won 17 straight games.

Dauphin’s Lawson Yates, Terron Stykalo and the rest of the Brett Walter rink are heading to the playoffs at the Canola Growers Junior Provincial Championships in Winnipeg.

Needing to win in their final round robin game earlier today, the team stole three in the extra end to pick up a 9-6 win. 

With the win, Yates, Stykalo and the rest of the foursome have clinched top spot in the group with a 6-1 record. That means they will play in the 1 vs 1 game with a direct spot to the final on the line. The game is set for tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.

The Dauphin Clippers hockey team are victorious again. They crushed Deloraine/Hartney, 10-1 earlier today. 

Brayden Broome and Riley Hammond led the way with two goals each. With Riley’s two goals, he now leads the league in points. 

Bryce Bonnett, Brady Dyck, Alex Iwanchysko, Wade Kopytko, Kayden Bodnar, and Logan Storey all scored one a piece in the big win. 

Dauphin has now won 12 straight. They return to Credit Union Place tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 against Rivers.

Dauphin Kings:

The Kings are coming home from their first road trip of 2019 without any points as they lost to Steinbach tonight, 3-1.

After a scoreless opening 20, Carter Sawchuk put the Kings up just 1:57 into the second period. That lead didn’t last long though as Steinbach tied the game at the 5:59 mark. 

Tanner Mole scored the game winner just 1:17 into the third. Steinbach also added one other goal in the 3-1 win. 

Parkland Midget Rangers:

Jaegar Lapointe scored once but it wasn't enough in a 4-1 loss to the Norman Northstars.

It was Parkland's 15th straight loss. They'll look to rebound on Sunday afternoon. 

Grandview Comets:

The team led at one point 2-0. They couldn't hold it though, as they lost 5-3 to Moosomin. 

Grandview's next game on home ice is January 19. They play their final home game on January 25.

The Dauphin Kings play a game on January 12 and then they don’t play again until January 18.

Four players will still get in some game action in between those days as four members of the team are heading to the MJHL/SJHL Showcase.

Grady Hobbs and Cole DeKoninck will play on the MJHL’s 18 & under team (Team Garbutt).

Brendan Arnold and Riley Shamray who share captain status for the Kings this season will be a part of the 20 & under group (Team Zajac). 

Doug Hedley will be the Assistant Coach for the Belfour team. Devin Atkin will be the teams trainer. 

The event is in Regina from January 14-15.