The Parkland Midget Rangers kept it close on the shot clock, but the goal count wasn’t friendly to them tonight.

The club lost 7-1 to the Brandon Wheat Kings earlier tonight. 

The lone Rangers goal was scored by Jayden Jubenvill with 40 seconds left. 

The 2020 Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro are officially a go in Dauphin! Sport Manitoba presented the Dauphin Host Society with a $50,000 cheque as a part of the official signing of the Multi-Party Agreement at City Hall.

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Above is City Manager, Sharla Griffiths, Dauphin Mayor, Allen Dowhan, President & CEO of Sport Manitoba, Jeff Hnatiuk and Co-hosts Carla Wolfenden and Clayton Swanton as they signed the official agreement which formalizes the partnership between Sport Manitoba and the host society, the City of Dauphin.

"We are so excited to host the 2020 Manitoba Games," said Dowhan. "The legacy that the 2004 games left in our community, the promotion of amateur sport for our young people, the volunteers that come forward and of course all of the visitors that come to the games, it's going to be such a memorable event for our community."

"It's a very exciting time whenever we get together with the Host Society to sort of kick things off," said Jeff Hnatiuk. "It marks the beginning of a significant amount of work to put on this type of event. It's the largest multi-sport event we have in Manitoba. It was a great afternoon."

Today's $50,000 cheque was the first of three installments of $50,000 that Sport Manitoba will provide to the Host Society to assist with the operating costs of hosting the Games. Each installment may support costs including, but not limited to administration, staffing, food services, and registration fees.

The 2020 Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro are set to take place from August 9-15. 

"We are very confident that Dauphin is going to do an amazing job just like they did in 2004," said Hnatiuk. "The facilities that are here are absolutely incredible and they're a perfect fit for the Manitoba Games. The people here are great and we know there is a fantastic Host Society set up."

About 7,500 athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers will take part in the event.

Dauphin Kings Prospect Reece Richmond has been named the CCM Player of the Week in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League.

Reece had one goal and three assists last week for the Chiefs who won both of their games.

"It's something very special to me and it means a lot," said Richmond. "It wasn't all me though, the team really helped me succeed. One player gets recognized but I couldn't have done it without my teammates."

The Forrest, Manitoba native has been a stud this season for the Chiefs. In 26 games, Richmond has racked up 30 points (7G). Last year with the Midget Chiefs, he put up 16 points.

"I mean like I said, my teammates are the reason I'm having such a good season," said Richmond. "Our team is doing a really good job and I'm finding a way to put up points to help this team win."

The Chiefs are in a tie for third place in the league. They're 22-7-0-2 for 46 points which has them tied with the Brandon Wheat Kings and they're just two points back of the second place Winnipeg Thrashers.

"Yeah, it's been a really successful season so far for us," added Richmond. "We have a lot of good guys in the locker room and we're having a ton of fun. We get better every day."

Reece and the rest of the Chiefs play at home twice this weekend, once against Eastman and once against Interlake.

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Fellow D-man and Kings Prospect Matthew Boonstra was a runner-up for the award.

Dauphin's Andrew Liwiski began this hockey season without a place to play. That all changed when he signed with the Dauphin Kings in early October and now we fast forward more then three months and Andrew has played 32 games with the Kings.

There is also no doubt that Liwiski has been a very welcoming piece to the Kings back end, which had some holes on it before the signing of the Dauphin native. 

Since Andrew became a member of his home region team, the Kings have had their ups and downs which adds up to them being right in the middle of the MJHL pack.

"I would say things have been going pretty well overall," said Liwiski. "Obviously lately we've been on a little bit of a slide, but we're looking forward to turning things around by getting on a winning streak here."

"I just feel like we haven't been getting the bounces that we were earlier this season when we were winning," he added. "Things aren't going our way and then we try and play like individuals and that just doesn't work. We just need to stick together and keep battling. If we do that, I think things will start going our way."

Perhaps last night will be the start of the said winning streak. The Kings beat the OCN Blizzard, 5-3 at the Gordon Lathlin. 

"That was a huge win for us, we had a pretty slow start and we knew they would come out on fire," added Liwiski. "After they scored the first two goals, we figured things out and locked down the game from there. It was a big win for us to get."

Andrew's playing in his second year of junior hockey and offensively, it's been a much more efficient one than his first. Last year with the Lloydminster Bobcats, he had six points in 50 games. In 18 games less this season, Andrew has already racked up 14 points (2G). Ironically enough, yesterday's win was in the same arena that Andrew scored his first ever goal in the MJHL back on October 16, just 11 days after he made his Dauphin Kings debut.

"Yeah, it's for sure nice that I've chipped in a few more points this season so far," said Liwiski. "The only thing I'm really worried about though is winning games and getting as high a seed as we can for the playoffs."

"I just want to help this team out any way I can," he added. "It's important that I make solid passes up to our forwards because good things will happen."

Liwiski didn't hit the scoresheet points wise yesterday, but he definitely made his mark felt, literally. He laid a massive hit on a Blizzard player and also landed some big bombs in a fight with Tanner Barbeau late in the third period. All in all, Andrew's been solid for the Kings this season and there is no doubt that he has a very bright future ahead of him.

When Swan River's Matthew Munro began his first season of AAA hockey with the Parkland Bantam Rangers, he didn't exactly expect to become an All-Star. With the Christmas break over, Matthew received a little bit of a post-Christmas present as he was named to Team West that will play at the Bantam 1 All-Star Game in Winnipeg this Saturday.

"It's definitely a pretty great feeling for me and I can't wait to play in the game," said Munro. "It came as a surprise, I wasn't expecting it. It really is an honour."

Really, being named an All-Star shouldn't come as a surprise as Matthew's enjoying a fantastic season with the Rangers. In 23 games with the club this season, Munro already has 17 points (4G). Going forward into the game this weekend and for the rest of the season, Munro just wants to keep it going.

"I just want to do the best I can and show off what I can do," said Munro. "It's been a pretty successful season so far and now it's time to keep that going. It's not going to be an easy game because it's the best of the best, but I'm ready for the challenge ahead."

Munro won't be going to the game alone. He'll be joined by teammate Rylan Gibbs when the festivities take place this Saturday at MTS Iceplex. "It's pretty exciting that I get the chance to play with Gibbs in this game as well, it will be a cool experience."

In Parkland's most recent win, Munro chipped in with one assist. The 14-year-old has one more chance to prepare for Saturday with the Rangers as they play Norman this Friday in Roblin at 7:45.

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.