The Parkland Bantam Rangers have finished their first half of the season with a weekend split. 

Yesterday, the club battled hard but fell 6-3 to the Interlake Lightning.

Carter Zalischuk, Rylan Gibbs and Will Munro scored for the Rangers in the game. 

Game #2:

Today, the team was determined to win their last game before Christmas and that’s exactly what they did. 

Jayce Legaarden led the way with two goals as the club beat the Winnipeg Hawks, 6-5.

Brayden Dube, Will Munro, Kyan Grouette, and Carter Zalischuk all scored singles in the game. 

The Dauphin Kings will officially wrap up 2018 tonight.

They end their pre-Christmas schedule when they welcome the Virden Oil Capitals to town.

Dauphin has lost five straight games while Virden is the hottest team in the league coming into the game. After a 2-8-4 start to the season, Virden is now 19-11-2-4 and they're in fifth place in the league. Just one point behind the Selkirk Steelers for fourth.

The Kings meanwhile are now in seventh place in the league, two points behind the Winnipeg Blues.

Offence has been hard to come by for the most part lately for Dauphin. In their last four games, Dauphin has scored three goals or more just once. 

Overall, Dauphin and Virden have had a fantastic season series. Besides a 3-0 win for Virden earlier this campaign, each game has been a nail-biter.

Dauphin's power play is at 15.3% while their penalty kill is at 78.9%. Virden's power play is very elite at 24.4%. In fact, Virden tied the game last time the team's played at Credit Union Place on the power play before eventually winning in the shootout. Virden's penalty kill is at 84.6%.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings.

The Dauphin Kings continue to play very well at times, but a couple breakdowns cost them a game tonight. 

They lost 3-2 to the Wolverines in their final road game of 2018. 

Brendan Arnold opened up the scoring just over two minutes into the game as the Kings led 1-0 after 20.

Wayway responded late in the second period to tie it up after 40.

Carter Sawchuk then scored for the couple just more then a couple minutes into the third to take a 2-1 lead. 

On one of the breakdowns, Wayway went on a 2 on 1 and tapped the puck in past Landsberger. 

Greg Lee would then score the game winner 11:05 into the third. 

Tonight’s affair was a rough one. Dauphin has 78 penalty minutes and Wayway had 86

Dauphin has now lost five straight games. They’re 0-4-1 in that span. With the loss and a Winnipeg Blues win tonight, Dauphin and the Blues are now tied in sixth place. 

The Kings will look to end off 2018 on a high note tomorrow. They welcome the Virden Oil Capitals to town. 

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings.

You can now make it 11 straight wins for the Dauphin Clippers hockey team. 

They won the “Christmas Classic” against Neepawa earlier today, 2-1.

Kayden Bodnar had the Clippers up 1-0 after 20. Neepawa scored to tie it after 40.

Captain clutch, Riley Hammond scored the game winner for Dauphin. 

 It was Dauphin’s sixth straight win in this classic. They end their pre-Christmas schedule with an 11-2 record. 

The Dauphin Kings organization pride themselves on getting out into the community and that's exactly what they did last Friday. The team had the day off so they spent it at the Dauphin Hospital and the Dauphin Personal Care Home.

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Another stop the Kings took was to PRVSI. They spent an hour there meeting with the folks, playing games and just enjoying themselves.

"The day the team came was definitely a memorable one," said Todd Gardipie, Program Manager at PRVSI. "It was very much enjoyed by all. The folks here are huge fans of the Kings so it was great for everyone involved."

"There was a lot of introduction and all of the players had their hockey cards to sign which was a huge hit," he added. "There were puzzles, the WII and a lot more. The social interaction was great. It was a fantastic hour."

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Here are some photos from the Dauphin Personal Care Home:

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Dauphin is back at it tonight in Waywayseecappo. You can hear the game beginning with the Parkland Source for Sports pregame show at 7:15.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings.

Brendan Arnold is back in town and since arriving at the start of his junior hockey career, he's been a fan favourite.

Now, the Winnipegger is in his third season with the Kings. It's also his most successful to date. Last season the Kings finished up 14-44-1-1. In his first year with the club during the 2016-17 season, the team finished up with a 17-35-5-2 record.

This year, the Kings head into their second last game before the Christmas break with a 17-15-2-2 record.

"Things are going pretty good right now," said Arnold. "It's definitely one of the best teams I've been on. We have a lot of skill this year and a bunch of veterans."

"I just have to keep putting pucks on net, I know I haven't had my best season scoring wise, but I'm hoping to change that," said Arnold on his production this season. He's got 16 points in 36 games. Despite not scoring quite as much as he has wanted, Brendan is definitely on his way to a career year. That career high came last year when he recorded 26 points over 56 games.

The Kings will look to get to win #18 tonight. They head to Waywayseecappo to play the Wolverines. The last time the Kings went to Wayway, it was a thrilling 3-2 win in a game where the Kings went down 2-0. Dauphin has been on a slide, however. They've lost four straight games. Still, the Kings are just six points behind the fifth-place Virden Oil Capitals and seven points behind the fourth-place Selkirk Steelers.

"We've been struggling to get pucks to the net lately, and that's been our biggest issue," said Arnold. "We have to get guys driving and we need to throw pucks towards the net."

"We had a really good practice yesterday and I think everyone is ready to go," he added. "We need these four points this weekend. Everyone wants to head into Christmas with some momentum."

It's also a special year for Brendan. He's a co-Captain this season, alongside Riley Shamray. Arnold reps the "C" on his jersey during road games. That means tonight, he'll be leading the pack out on the ice.

"It really is a complete honour for me, I love representing the Kings crest," said Arnold. "It's a great feeling leading the boys."

You can hear the full interview with Brendan on the Dauphin Kings Power Play show this afternoon. It goes after the 4:00 p.m. news, weather, and sports.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings/Pederson Photographic.

They're not only making noise inside the Westman High School Hockey League, but the Dauphin Clippers are making some noise around the province.

In the most recent AAA/AAAA High School Provincial Rankings, the Clippers are ranked as the sixth-best team in the province.

A big reason why is the team's success at the Vic Inn Tournament earlier this campaign. They won a bronze medal in the Championship bracket. They also nearly beat the second-ranked Sturgeon Heights Huskies in the semifinals.

"That good showing in Brandon definitely helped boost us up the rankings," said Trevor Robak. "Hopefully, this will give us some confidence. We just need to keep working hard and if we do that, we'll keep having success."

That game against Sturgeon Heights saw the Clippers trail 2-1. The eventual final was 3-1. 

"When you're playing teams like that, you have to be prepared from the opening puck drop and we came out sort of slow so they took advantage of us," said Robak. "Once you lose the momentum against a solid team like Sturgeon, it's hard to get it back."

Dauphin has also rallied off 10 straight league wins. But, things can still improve for the best team in the league.

"Like every coach says, being better in our defensive end is something we're stressing," he added. "We need to do all the little things right in our end."

The Clipper ship will hit the road tomorrow. They roll into the Yellowhead Centre to play the Neepawa Tigers for the "Christmas Classic". Neepawa is 5-4-1 this season. Tomorrow's game is an early one at 1:15.

"They're going to have a ton of fans in the crowd and we know it's going to be a really tough game," said Robak. "We need to play a hard 60 minutes because we know they won't stop coming at us. We have to answer by going even harder at them."

Dauphin's next game at home is on January 5 at 7:30 against Deloraine.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2019 schedule has officially been released.
 
Pre-season:
 
Week 2 - Friday, May 13 - vs Edmonton Eskimos - 7:30 p.m.
 
Week 3 - Thursday, June 6 -  @ Saskatchewan Roughriders - 8:00 p.m.
 
Regular Season:
 
Week 1 - Saturday, June 15 -  @ BC Lions - 9:00 p.m.
 
Week 3 - Thursday, June 27 - vs Edmonton Eskimos - 7:30 p.m. (Home Opener).
 
Week 4 - Friday, July 5 - @ Ottawa Redblacks - 6:30 p.m.
 
Week 5 - Friday, July 12 - vs Toronto Argonauts - 7:30 p.m.
 
Week 6 - Friday, July 19 - vs Ottawa Redblacks - 7:30 p.m.
 
Week 7 - Friday, July 26 - @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats - 6:00 p.m.
 
Week 8 - Thursday, August 1 - @ Toronto Argonauts - 6:00 p.m.
 
Week 9 - Thursday, August 8 - vs Calgary Stampeders - 7:30 p.m.
 
Week 10 - Thursday, August 15 - vs BC Lions - 7:30 p.m.
 
Week 11 - Friday, August 23 - @ Edmonton Eskimos - 8:00 p.m.
 
Week 12 - Sunday, September 1 - @ Saskatchewan Roughriders - 2:00 p.m.
 
Week 13 - Saturday, September 7 - vs Saskatchewan Roughriders - 3:00 p.m. (Banjo Bowl).
 
Week 15 - Saturday, September 21 - @ Montreal Alouettes - 3:00 p.m.
 
Week 16 - Friday, September 27 - vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats - 7:30 p.m.
 
Week 17 - Saturday, October 5 - @ Saskatchewan Roughriders - 6:00 p.m.
 
Week 18 - Saturday, October 12 - vs Montreal Alouettes - 3:00 p.m.
 
Week 19 - Saturday, October 19 - @ Calgary Stampeders - 6:00 p.m. 
 
Week 20 - Friday, October 25 - vs Calgary Stampeders - 7:30 p.m.

Tyson Zimmer was a star in the Parkland last season with the Rangers. He had 69 points in just 34 regular season games (36 G).

Instead of playing for the Rangers this year, Zimmer decided to change things up a little bit. Now he's having the same kind of success for the Okanagan Hockey Academy Bantam Prep team who play in the Canadian School Sport Hockey League. With the Christmas break upon him, Tyson and the squad find themselves in eighth place with an 8-6-1 record.

"It was a little bit of a slow start for me because I was out for the first month, but the team has really been battling," said Zimmer. "Everyone should be healthy after the break so we're hoping we can get on a roll and win some big games here."

"It's a pretty great opportunity for me out here because I'm out on the ice every day and I'm always training," said Zimmer on why he chose to move to the Okanagan Academy. "Getting to train as much as I do will definitely be beneficial."

Despite the slow start out of the gates, it really hasn't held Tyson back. He's played in 12 of the team's 15 games and he already has 24 points (12 G). That’s a number that leads the team and is 20th in league scoring. After what he did with the Rangers last season, this success comes as really no surprise.

"Yeah, I mean it's been a pretty good start, but I want to put up a lot more," said Zimmer. "I definitely want to rack up more points than last season. My goal is 75 points, so I'll be pushing for that."

It's also an extra important year for Zimmer. He's draft eligible and is expected to go quite high up in the WHL Bantam Draft. With that being said, it's not something he's really worried about.

"Honestly, I'm not really too concerned about this draft, I'm more concerned about a few years down the road and getting into that NHL Draft," said Zimmer. "Obviously this draft is a big thing, but I'm focusing on my development and being the best player I can for now and the future."

"I have a long way to go, I'm happy with where I am right now, but there's always room for improvement," he added. "I have to work on my defensive side of the game and always play smart.

Tyson and the rest of the team resume their season on January 12.

The Dauphin Kings dropped their fourth straight game tonight, this time to Neepawa, 3-2.

Neepawa opened the scoring just 2:53 in before they made it 2-0 early in the second. 

Kolby Johnson cut the deficit in half off a rebound which was started with a beautiful rush from Riley Shamray.

Riley Buller tied the contest just 1:23 into the third. Dauphin continued to pepper Neepawa’s goalie, but he stood strong. Neepawa then got the last punch. 

Ste. Rose’s Brad Marshall scored with just over five minutes left in the game and it stood up as the winner. 

Nik Anderson was top notch for Neepawa. He turned away 41 shots including some big ones late right in front.

Dauphin will head to Waywayseecappo on Friday. The Parkland Source for Sports pregame show goes at 7:15.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings.

The Dauphin Clippers hockey team just keep winning. 

They doubled up Crocus Plains earlier today, 4-2. Riley Hammond and Seth Masson had the Clippers up 2-1 after 40.

Alex Iwanchysko and Noah Wiens added goals for Dauphin in the third for the 4-2 win. 

Stay tuned tomorrow for some great Clippers news.