The Parkland Source for Sports Novice Thunder are Champions. 

They won the Parkland Minor Hockey League Novice Consolation side by beating Roblin, 7-4.

 

A slow start from the Dauphin Kings helped the Swan Valley Stampeders take a 2-0 lead in the best of seven, first round playoff matchup.

The final tonight was 5-1 Swan Valley.

The game couldn’t have started better for the Stamps as Kasyn Kruse scored his first of two on the night just :38 seconds into the contest. 

Just about seven minutes later, Josh Tripp fired a beautiful shot last Ethan Slobodzian as Swan led 2-0 after 20.

The Kings did fire back, however. Just about midway into the second, Riley Buller roofed one past Merek Pipes on the power play. 

From there, it was all Stampeders. They scored the games next three goals to win 5-1.

Game three goes on Wednesday. Darnell Duff will have the Parkland Source for Sports pregame show at 7:00 p.m.

Ochre River's Emma Jensen, Gracey Gulak, Kaitlyn Szewczyk, and Jaycee Terrick are Provincial Champions once again!

For the second year in a row, the foursome teamed up to win the U-18 Provincial Championships that wrapped up in Swan River earlier today.

Trailing 4-2 entering the eighth end against the Walter rink, the Parkland foursome came up clutch and scored a three for the 5-4 win.

The foursome will now head to Sherwood Park, Alberta for the U-18 National Championships from April 2-7.

Stay tuned to hear from Emma early this week.

The Aspen Insurance Bantam Kings wrapped up a perfect weekend this afternoon by winning the "A" Provincial Championships in Stonewall by beating the host Stonewall Blues, 7-1.

After a dominating performance with three goals in their semifinal, Madden Murray's stick remained red-hot in the final. He scored three more in the convincing win.

Matthew Zurba also continued his offensive domination as he scored a pair. Landon Brown and Jaymen Fee scored one each.

The win completed a 4-0 weekend for the Kings.

Madden Murray led the Aspen Insurance Bantam Kings today and now the team is just one win away from calling themselves Provincial Champions.

He scored three times in a nail biting, 4-3 win against Altona in the semifinals earlier this morning. 

Landon Brown scored the other goal.

Dauphin will now play Flin Flon or Stonewall in the gold medal game later today at 5:00.

The Dauphin Kings will play their first home playoff game in four years tonight as the Stampeders roll into town for game two in the best of seven quarterfinal. 

The Stamps struck first on Friday 6-3.

The Kings were fantastic on home ice in the regular season. They lost just six games at Credit Union Place. 

Dauphin also earned four of a possible six points against Swan Valley on home ice this season.

If you can’t head to the game tonight, you still don’t have to miss a minute. 

Darnell Duff kicks off the Parkland Source for Sports pregame show at 7:00.

The Aspen Insurance Bantam A Kings are off to the Provincial Championship semifinal in Stonewall.

Matthew Zurba kept up his great weekend with three goals in a 5-2 win against Winkler. 

Madden Murray and Austyn Roos scored one each in the win. 

The team plays Altona at 9:00 on Sunday morning.

Fusion Credit Union Atom AA Kings:

Are on their own little roll playing in Swift Current.

In their first game they pounded Estevan.

Next game they easily got past the host team. 

Against Swift Current, Cash McCallum scored three times and added two helpers. 

Scoring two goals was Brayden Budolowski, Ryzlie Nepinak, Kaine Chapman, and Quinten Fisk. 

Next up the team kept it going in a 6-4 win against the North West Stars.

Cody Zurba and Quinten Fisk scored twice. 

Ryzlie Nepinak scored on a penalty shot and Forrest Karlson scored the game winner. 

Joe Tabin was named game star.

Also playing solid in net is Xander Perih.

A couple Parkland teams are getting ready to play in the Provincial Championship semifinal tomorrow morning. 

Emma Jensen, Gracey Gulak, Kaitlyn Szewczyk, and Jaycee Terrick lost their final game but they still finished in third. 

They’re awaiting to see who they play. 

Lane Prokopowich and her foursome are perfect. They won 9-8 in their final game to finish 5-0.

They play the Walter rink in the 1-2 game. If they win, they’ll be in the finals. If they fall, they get another crack as the tournament uses a page playoff format. 

The Dauphin Kings led 2-0 after 20 minutes, but a red-hot second period lifted Swan Valley over Dauphin, 6-3 tonight.

The win gave the second place, Stamps a 1-0 lead in the best of seven set.

Just 4:11 into the first Brendan Arnold scored on the power play to give the Kings a 1-0 lead.

Exactly nine minutes later, Grady Hobbs scored to give Dauphin a 2-0 lead.

That’s where things stood after 20.

After a good start to the second, a 17-second span did the Kings in.

At the 7:59 mark Josh Tripp scored a dandy to cut the deficit in half. Just six seconds later off a faceoff win, Alexander Uryga got away on a breakaway and beat Slobodzian to tie the contest up. 11 seconds later, Tucker Scantlebury made it 3-2 for Swan. 

To end the period both Kasyn Kruse and Tanner Glasrud scored one each to give Swan a 5-2 lead after 40.

Tucker Scantlebury scored his second of the game to give the Stamps a 6-2 lead in the third. 

Cole DeKoninck did respond for Dauphin with a very nice shot from the left point to cut the deficit in half, but that was it. 

Dauphin will look to even the series up on Sunday back at Credit Union Place.

Darnell Duff will have the Parkland Source for Sports pregame show at 7:00 p.m.

Bantam Kings:

Logan Chapman led the way with three goals in a big 9-3 win against Stonewall as the team began their provincials. 

Austyn Roos and Matthew Zurba both added two goals while Landon Brown and Kelton Amendt also got on the stat sheet with a goal each.

Elliot Viles has come a long way to play the game he loves and that's volleyball. The native of Adelaide, Australia now lives in the Wheat City where he joined the Brandon University Bobcats' men's volleyball team.

This year has been an exceptional year for Elliot and he's been named the Canada West Player of the Year. It's a first-time honour for the Aussie.

"I definitely wasn't expecting it and it's a big surprise, but I'm really honoured to have received this award," said Viles. "It's been a great season for sure."

The third-year Bobcat led the team in kills and points this year as Brandon went 22-2 in conference play. Elliot had 359 points and the next closest was 322.5. His 290 kills were 12 better than the Bobcats' second highest scorer.

"We lost out in the quarterfinals in my first two years here and that was a tough pill to swallow," said Viles. "I wanted to do whatever I could to help this team win. Reece did a fantastic job of making the perfect set and our passing was exceptional so it made my job easy."

Elliot becomes just the second Bobcat to win the Player of the Year award in the Canada West. Fellow Aussie, Paul Sanderson won the award back in the 2009-10 season.

"Paul Sanderson is a great player and he's probably the best player to ever play at BU," added Viles. "To be recognized in the same group as him is definitely pretty special."

Viles and the rest of the Bobcats' face their toughest opponent in the playoffs so far. The team plays the Canada West Championship tonight against the Trinity Western Spartans. It's only one game so the winner of tonight's match will be the Canada West Champions.

"I'm extremely excited for tonight. The energy and atmosphere in the HLC has been incredible for the past couple weeks and really all season long," said Viles. "It's the last game of the year at home and we're really excited that we get the chance to win this on home court."

If you want to see Elliott smash some more balls down to the floor, the first serve goes at 7:00 p.m. tonight.

The Dauphin Kings' goal this season was to make the MJHL playoffs after a couple of tough seasons. That's exactly what the team achieved as they finished up in seventh place which sets up an all Parkland battle in the first round as the team hooks up with the Swan Valley Stampeders.

Despite losing their season finale last weekend, Dauphin still finished 29-25-3-3 and that gave them 34 more points than last season. Under Head Coach and General Manager, Doug Hedley and Assistant Coach, Mitch Topinka, Dauphin have drastically turned things around. They've allowed far fewer goals and have scored more than last season.

"Every team goes through some peaks and valleys and I think we had those, but I think from the start of the season, everyone has really bought in," said Hedley. "For the most part, we have definitely had a successful season. We played some really great hockey at times and I'm happy with how it went."

Now it comes down to a best of seven series with the Stamps' for a berth in the semifinals. Let's take a look at how each team matched up against each other

Kings:

Road record: 0-3.

Home record: 1-2-2.

Leading Scorers:

Carter Sawchuk - 4G.

Riley Shamray - 2G, 2A.

Brendan Arnold - 4A.

Power Play - 4/30 = 13%

Penalty Kill - 22/27 = 81%

Stampeders:

Home record: 3-0.

Road record: 2-0-0-1.

Leading Scorers:

Bradly Goethals: 4G, 6A.

Josh Tripp: 4G, 4A.

Quintin Sudom: 2G, 5A.

Power Play - 5/27 = 18.5%

Penalty Kill - 26/30 = 86.66%

In the regular season meetings, Dauphin held multiple goal leads in two different games but was only able to come out with a point. That means the Kings' are right there with the Stamps' which is all you ask for heading into the playoffs.

Another note heading into the series is the Kings' are definitely the underdogs and will be playing with "house" money this series. Sometimes the best things happen when you're not expected to win, and the Kings' are certainly hoping that comes true in this series.

The Parkland Source for Sports pregame show gets underway with Darnell Duff at 7:00 p.m.

Here is the full series schedule: (All games begin with the Parkland Source for Sports pregame show at 7:00 p.m).

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