The Canola Growers Junior Provincial Championships kicked off earlier today. 

In brackets are results from day one.

Women's:

Team Makenna Hadway - Thursday (Lost 10-3 and 12-5) Friday (8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) (Saturday 12:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.) Sunday (12:15 p.m.).

Team Emma Jensen - Thursday (Lost 7-4 and 11-4) Friday (8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) (Saturday 12:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.) Sunday (12:15 p.m.).

Team Alex Friesen (Hanne Jensen) - Thursday (Won 9-5 and 12-5) Friday (8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) (Saturday 12:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.) Sunday (12:15 p.m.).

Team Stacy Sime (Rebecca Sahulka) - Thursday (Lost 9-7 and 7-3) Friday (12:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.) (Saturday 8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) Sunday (8:30 a.m.).

Team Presley Sagert - Thursday (Lost 9-2 and 13-0) Friday (12:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.) (Saturday 8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) Sunday (8:30 a.m.).

Team Gray-Withers (Lane Prokopowich)- Thursday (Won 11-3 and 7-3) Friday (12:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.) (Saturday 8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) Sunday (8:30 a.m.).

Men's:

Team Carter Williamson - Thursday (Lost 9-6 and 11-3) Friday (8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) (Saturday 12:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.) Sunday (12:15 p.m.).

Team Brett Walter (Lawson Yates & Terron Stykalo) - Thursday (Lost 8-4 and Won 8-4) Friday (12:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.) (Saturday 8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) Sunday (8:30 a.m.).

Team Tyson Beyak - Thursday (Lost 8-4 and 8-7) Friday (12:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.) (Saturday 8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) Sunday (8:30 a.m.).

Ian Tookenay spent the last two seasons playing with the Fort Frances Lakers in the SIJHL. Before that, he played with the Kenora Thistles Midget AAA team. Now, the 18-year-old is in the City of Sunshine playing for the Dauphin Kings.

For the most part, Ian has been a regular as he's suited up in 31 of the team's 38 regular season games. Just like basically every single member of the team, Tookenay spent the last almost two weeks back at home with his family and friends.

"Yeah, it was a really nice break and I got to spend it with family and friends so that was great," said Tookenay. "I also went to the outdoor rink and I went ice fishing. It was nice to reset for sure."

"It's always nice to get a break and come back ready for the second half of the season," he added. "We're ready to make a push here and we want to jump up in the standings."

Tookenay made his debut for the Kings way back on September 10. Dauphin played a pre-season affair against the Waywayseecappo Wolverines and Ian made an immediate impact as he scored once in a 3-2 win.

Since then, it's been nothing but good times for the 18-year-old here in Dauphin.

"It's a great town, we have a great group of guys and a great coaching staff," added Tookenay. "Our trainer is great, our volunteers are and it really does just feel like a second home. I'm pumped up for the second half here."

Last season, Ian produced 35 points for the Lakers. This year, Tookenay's hit the scoresheet four times (1 G). He definitely wants to add some more points in the second half, but the most important thing to him is winning games.

"I mean, we have a lot of guys on this team that can put the puck in the back of the net," said Tookenay. "It's frustrating at times but I'm getting the chances so I'm not really worried. I think the points will start coming."

"The MJHL is a tough league to play in so we just need to keep working hard and good things will happen," he added.

Ian will look to hit the scoresheet tomorrow when the Kings begin a road trip in Winkler against the Flyers. You can also hear the full interview with Ian during the Dauphin Kings power play show after the 4:00 p.m. news, weather, and sports.

So many players are having great seasons in the Westman High School Hockey League, but on top of it all is Swan River's, Trey Sauder. The 15-year-old leads the league with 34 points (19 G) in just 14 games.

Three of his goals are on the power play while he also has two power play assists for the Tigers. 

"It's definitely a pretty good feeling to lead the league, there are so many great players," said Sauder. "I've really been enjoying my season with the team."

"I'm just playing with a lot of confidence and I couldn't do it without my linemates," he added. 

The Tigers begin their post-Christmas schedule next weekend. They play three games in three days beginning on Friday against Rivers, on Saturday they'll play Glenboro and it wraps up on Sunday against Boissevain.

This season marks Trey's first as a high school player. The past three, he's played with the Parkland Rangers. He began this season with the Midget team before deciding to return to his hometown team. Obviously, it was a good decision and he's hoping he can finish it off with a scoring title.

"I'm not trying to put any pressure on myself, but it would be really nice to win it," said Sauder. "At the end of the day though, the only thing that matters is our team winning games."

For the most part, Sauder and the rest of the Tigers have done a good job of just that, winning games. The club is in second place in the North division with a 9-4-0-1 record. That has them just three points behind the top Dauphin Clippers. The Tigers have been able to find something every team wants, success on the road. They're 6-3 away from the Centennial Arena. Their last game on the road resulted in a thrilling 8-7 win against Vincent Massey back on December 16.

"We definitely had a pretty solid first half of the season, now we just have to keep working hard so we can finish strong," added Sauder. "We need to keep playing a full 60 because it seems that we're almost asleep to start the game sometimes."

Sauder and the Tigers do have a pretty friendly second-half schedule. After next weekend, they play their final seven games on home ice at the Centennial. The regular season wraps up for the Tigers on February 10 against the currently 12-1 Killarney Raiders.

It's the most important bonspiel of the season for several curling teams in the Parkland. The 2019 Canola Growers Junior Provincial Championships start up tomorrow in Winnipeg at the Heather Curling Club.

Here are the Parkland teams that will compete and their respective schedules.

Women's:

Team Makenna Hadway - Thursday (8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) Friday (8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) (Saturday 12:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.) Sunday (12:15 p.m.).

Team Emma Jensen - Thursday (8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) Friday (8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) (Saturday 12:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.) Sunday (12:15 p.m.).

Team Alex Friesen (Hanne Jensen) - Thursday (8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) Friday (8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) (Saturday 12:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.) Sunday (12:15 p.m.).

Team Stacy Sime (Rebecca Sahulka) - Thursday (12:15 p.m. & 8:15 p.m.) Friday (12:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.) (Saturday 8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) Sunday (8:30 a.m.).

Team Presley Sagert - Thursday (12:15 p.m. & 8:15 p.m.) Friday (12:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.) (Saturday 8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) Sunday (8:30 a.m.).

Men's:

Team Carter Williamson - Thursday (8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) Friday (8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) (Saturday 12:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.) Sunday (12:15 p.m.).

Team Brett Walter (Lawson Yates & Terron Stykalo) - Thursday (12:15 p.m. & 8:15 p.m.) Friday (12:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.) (Saturday 8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) Sunday (8:30 a.m.).

Team Tyson Beyak - Thursday (12:15 p.m. & 8:15 p.m.) Friday (12:15 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.) (Saturday 8:30 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.) Sunday (8:30 a.m.).

Playoffs:

The page format begins on January 7 at 8:30 a.m. and the Championship final is set for 4:00 p.m.

Stay tuned all week for updates from these teams.

The Brandon Wheat Kings are hoping that the flip of the calendar will bring the team some more luck.

Brandon is 15-14-3-3 right now which still has them in a playoff spot, but it’s by literally the smallest of margins. They’re tied with Red Deer for the final spot but they have played one less game. Brandon has also lost four games in a row and they’re 3-7 in their last 10 games.

“Going into the Christmas break, we had some significant jerseys that resulted in some big players not being available to us,” said David Anning, Head Coach. “That means some players got more opportunities and we would have liked to see some of the guys step up more than they did.”

“We’re a younger team and guys are still finding their way,” he added. “In the second half, we’re looking to be more consistent and we have to make sure we’re ready to play every night.”

The Wheaties have just one 20-year-old on the team and that’s Peguis’ Linden McCorrister. If you remember, he played hero last year as the team eliminated Lethbridge from the WHL playoffs.

Other than that, as David said, this is a young team that will continue to learn as time goes on.

“Our guys are trying to get comfortable in this league and it’s definitely not an easy adjustment,” said Anning. “They just have to understand how to prepare for practices and be ready for every game. It’s something we stress. We don’t have many older guys but we rely on them to show the young guys the way.”

If you go back to last season, Brandon was one of the best teams in the league. Then deadline day came around and they traded away Kale Clague and Tanner Kaspick, two of their best players. Now, it’s time to start thinking about the deadline day again as it’s just eight days away.

“We’ll see how everything shakes out, our roster is what it is, and we believe we have some good pieces,” said Anning. “We believe the division is available if we get on a run here. We like our personnel and we have a good group of guys.  Adding a piece or two would be a nice complement to our group.”

The Wheaties begin 2019 on home ice on Friday against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Overall, Brandon plays eight of 12 games this month away from Westoba Place.

On home ice, Brandon is 9-7-1-2 this season while they’re 6-7-2 on the road.

Coming into this season, Swan Valley Stampeders Dane Hirst was a guy who did his job very well on the back end and he tossed in the odd point here and there. Now, the third year Stamp from Lac Du Bonnet isn’t only doing his best job on the back end, but he’s lighting it up offensively as well.

The 19-year-old already has 29 points in 33 games. That's the third most points from a defencemen in the league. The Stampeders are also having their best year ever in Dane’s most productive year ever. With a 24-7-3-2 record, the club is just five points back of the first place Portage Terriers.

“Yeah, we brought in a really good team this year, and we faced quite a bit of adversity right before the season losing Taurean,” said Hirst. “The staff here did a really good job recruiting a great coach and he’s come in and we’re playing some really good hockey. It’s been a solid year.”

Last year in 60 games, Hirst had 17 points. With already 12 more points in 27 fewer games, it just shows how hard Dane worked in the off-season to improve his game offensively.

“Obviously something I stress on is my defensive game because that’s what I need to excel at,” said Hirst. “Once I got that down, I’m just trying to move the puck as quick as I can then I try to join rushes. I had a lot more confidence heading into training camp this year and I think I’ve done a pretty good job of using that confidence to my advantage.”

“I’m definitely happy with my game right now,” said Hirst. “But, I can still get better. I just have to keep working really hard every day.”

Dane’s first chance at picking up point #30 comes up in a few days. Swan Valley begins 2019 on home ice against the Selkirk Steelers on January 5.

“I’m honestly not really worried about putting up points, I just want this team to succeed,” added Hirst. “I mean it’s always on the back of my mind, but I don’t stress about that. If I play how I know I can, the points will come.”

All in all, it’s been a highlight year for the 19-year-old and the rest of the team. “Yeah, it’s been a super exciting time to be a part of this team,” said Hirst of all the success so far.

“My first two years here weren’t bad, but this one is definitely the best and it’s really exciting to fight for first place.”

Swan Valley will play 11 games this month which includes Saturday’s tilt against Selkirk. Five of the 11 games will also come at the Centennial Arena, where the Stamps’ are 14-3 this season.

A far better team, a new coaching staff, new players, a new season, the 2018-19 MJHL season is here. 

And, it's the 51st edition of the Dauphin Kings, and that season has been cut in half. After winning just 14 games last season, the team has turned things around immensly and they've won 18 games already.

Perhaps it's not where the Kings want or thought they would be in at this point heading into training camp, but things have been going well this season and that's only going to continue going forward and beyond.

Of the Kings 16 losses in the regular season, 10 of them have been decided by one goal.

Although Dauphin is back in a tie for sixth, not that many points separate them from third. The team is just 10 back of Steinbach.

Now that the 2019 part of things is almost here, the Kings need to tack on some more points. Chance 1&2 sure won't be easy. On Friday, Dauphin is in Winkler and Saturday they're in Steinbach. 

After that, the Kings head to OCN to wrap up their first road swing of 2019.

As per always, everything Kings is right here @ 730CKDM. 

Team Canada will continue round-robin play in the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship tomorrow against Russia tonight at 7.

So far, Canada is a perfect 3-0 at the juniors having beaten Denmark 14-0 in their opening game, Switzerland 3-2, and the Czech Republic 5-1. In 3 other games today; Denmark plays Czech Republic, Sweden plays Kazakhstan, and the United States play Finland.

For scores and a full schedule of games, click here.

It didn't take Roblin's Jayce Hawryluk long to light the twine. 

The 22-year-old make his NHL debut on December 15. 

Eight days later on December 23, Jayce made some more history in this never to forget year. 

He scored twice in the Panthers 6-3 win against the Blackhawks.

"It was a super special feeling," said Hawryluk. "It's something I'll never forget."

The Grand Plains Peewee Ice Dogs played a couple games this weekend.

Yesterday, Adel Wiebe scored but the Ice Dogs lost 4-1 to the Brandon Oilers.

Sunday:

Earlier today, the team dominated the Rivers Jets, 15-3.

Montana Jubenvill had the hot stick with four goals.

Raylyn Koshowski was also on fire, with three goals. 

A couple Ice Dogs had two goals in the game including Lauren Vaters and Addison Damsgaard.

Reese Boguski, Skyla Burns, Ruth Dandeneau, and Brooke Shewchuk scored one each in the game.

Grand Plains Atom Hawks:

Yesterday, the team played a solid game as they beat Dauphin #1.

On Sunday, they battled with Dauphin #3 and came out on top, 4-3.

Quinten Fisk had Dauphin up 2-1 after the first period with two goals and GP’s lone goal came from Kingston Stirling.

The back and forth game continued in the second as Connor Morrisseau scored for Dauphin and Kingston scored his second for the Hawks. GP then went back to back. Stirling recorded his third goal to tie it up and that set the stage for Nolan Ducheck.

He scored the game winner in what turned out to be a fantastic game.

The Dauphin Kings are heading into Christmas happy. 

They came back to beat the Virden Oil Capitals tonight, 2-1 in front of a solid crowd at Credit Union Place.

It was the Oil Capitals who opened the scoring as Ben Dalke snapped a shot past Ethan Slobodzian on the power play just 2:09 into the game. 

Things remained scoreless for a good chunk of the game after that. That was until the third period. 

Kolby Johnson tied the game up 5:16 into the third with his fourth goal of the season. Dauphin’s Andrew Liwiski and Grady Hobbs notched the assists.

That set the stage for an early Christmas present for Riley Buller.

He scored the game winner at the 16:48 mark with Cole DeKoninck and Bryon Fobair recording the assists. 

With the win, the Kings are alone in sixth place heading into Christmas. They’re just four points behind Virden for fourth. 

Dauphin is back at it on January 4.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings/Pederson Photographic.

The Grandview Comets also played last night. They lost to Virden, 12-0.