In some local hockey action, the Dauphin McDonalds Atom 4 team beat the Dauphin McDonalds Atom 1 team, 7-5.

Cody Love was the Gold Jersey winner.

In other action, the Atom 4 team lost to the Dauphin McDonalds Atom 2 team, 5-3. Aubrey Carr was the Gold Jersey winner.

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Dauphin's Lawson Yates and Zachary Wasylik swept Team Brett Walter into the 1vs2 page playoff game in the final draw of the round-robin at the Telus Junior Men's and Women's Provincial Championships.

A great crowd witnessed a wonderful game between Walter and Team Ryan Wiebe, which includes Swan River's Carter Watkins. In the end, Lawson and the rest of the foursome came out on top with a 7-5 win.

The win moved their record to 6-1 and they'll now play Team Jacques Gauthier in the 1vs2 game this evening at 7:00 p.m. inside of Credit Union Place.

The winner of the game will earn their berth to the New Holland Canadian Junior Championships that take place later this month in Langley, B.C.

In other men's action, Team Hunter Dundas finished their tournament with a good effort in a 10-7 loss against Team Titchkosky. 

Playoff round:

Saturday - 1vs2 game - 7:00 p.m. - Team Walter vs Team Gauthier. Gauthier will have hammer to begin the game as he finished 7-0. Winner advances to the final while the loser will play in the semifinal.

Saturday - 3vs4 game - 7:00 p.m. - Team Hykaway vs Team Wiebe. Loser is eliminated and winner advances to semifinal.

Sunday - Semifinal - 9:00 a.m. - Loser of Walter vs Gauthier will take on the winner of Hykaway vs Wiebe.

Sunday - Championship - 1:00 p.m. - Winner of Walter vs Gauthier will take on the winner of the semifinal.

Women's Side:

Hanne Jensen, Emma Jensen, and the rest of Team Friesen did their job by taking care of Team McCannell which included Stacy Sime and Rebecca Sahulka. However, they didn't get the help they needed and they won't advance to the playoff round.

In other women's action, Team Jackson from Dauphin came up short in their final game to finish 1-6.

Playoff round:

Saturday - 1vs2 game - 7:00 p.m. - Team Zacharias vs Team Serena Gray-Withers. Zacharias will have hammer to begin the game as she finished 7-0. Winner advances to the final while the loser will play in the semifinal.

Saturday - 3vs4 game - 7:00 p.m. - Team Hayley Bergman vs Team Lukowich. Loser is eliminated and winner advances to the semifinal.

Sunday - Semifinal - 9:00 a.m. - Loser of Zacharias and Serena Gray-Withers will take on the winner of Bergman and Lukowich.

Sunday - Championship - 1:00 p.m. - Winner of Zacharias vs Gray-Withers will take on the winner of the semifinal.

All playoff draws will be inside Credit Union Place.

What a morning it turned out to be for Dauphin's Lane Prokopowich inside of Credit Union Place.

First up, Lane helped Team Serena Gray-Withers advance to the page playoff with a 10-8 win in their final round-robin game. They finished with a record of 6-1 heading into the four-team playoff.

Everyone that knows Lane and gets to curl against her knows how great of a person she is and she's been recognized for it.

Shortly after making the playoffs, Prokopowich was presented with the Susan Galbraith Sportsmanship Award.

"It feels absoultely amazing to win the award. It makes me so, so happy," said Prokopowich. "It feels really good that other players in the tournament think highly of me."

"There are so many great people out here, it's truly an honour to win this," she added.

Playoff seedings have yet to be determined, but Lane will compete in them right in her hometown.

"It's like a dream come true for me, I've never done this well at the provincials," she concluded.

Lane's coach, Clint Cullen was presented with the junior women's coaches award. Clint lived in Swan River for 14 years and it's where his daughters began curling

McCreary's Jaycee Terrick and the rest of Team Lukowich are playoff bound at the Telus Junior Men's and Women's Provincial Championships.

Playing in front of a packed crowd inside of the Dauphin Curling Club this morning, Terrick and the foursome got past Team Walter.

They scored two points in the eighth and after giving up just one in nine, Lukowich's foursome had a 5-4 lead heading into the 10th with hammer. Terrick continued her solid play in the 10th end and the foursome scored one to secure a 6-4 win.

The loss elimimated Lauryn Kuzyk and the rest of Team Walter from playoff contention as they're now 4-3.

Another Parklander is heading to the playoffs on the women's side. Lane Prokopowich and Team Serena Gray-Withers scored eight points in the first six ends and they held on to beat Team Davies, 10-8. The win moved them to 6-1 while Davies has been eliminated.

Swan River Curling Club's, Presley Sagert and her team beat Makenna Hadway, 6-5.

Men's Side:

Tyson Beyak and his Parkland foursome finished their tournament with a win over Luke Davidson's team. Nolan Hadway and the rest of Team Freeman dropped their final game.

Jacques Gauthier finished play in the Extreme Force Red Group with a 7-0 record.

The final round-robin draw is set for 12:15 p.m. and it's another big one with playoff implications.

Swan River's Carter Watkins has brought his best stuff this week to Dauphin and he's a big reason that Team Ryan Wiebe is having such a good provincials.

Watkins and the foursome capped off a perfect first three days with another dominating performance in a 9-3 win. The team is now 6-0 heading into their final round-robin game.

Also on the men's side, Lawson Yates and Team Brett Walter are one win away from heading to the page playoff. Playing Josh Friesen, Walter with the assistance of his sweepers, one of which was Lawson and his third calling line in the hack delivered a wonderful last shot in the 10th end, one that secured a 6-5 win.

With a record of 5-1, Yates and the foursome could join Ryan Wiebe, Jacques Gauthier, and Team Hykaway in the four-team page playoff round if they win on Saturday afternoon.

Women's Side:

Emma Jensen, Hanne Jensen, and the remainder of Team Friesen kept their playoff hopes alive. They beat Team Anya Jackson and they're now 4-2. If they win their final round-robin game tomorrow, they could qualify for a tie-breaker.

In other action, Stacy Sime, Rebecca Sahulka, and Team McCannell won their second game of the week over Team Onagi.

Here are the standings after Friday:

Men's:

Asham Black Group: Bold denotes qualified for page playoff:

1) Team Ryan Wiebe - 6-0. (Carter Watkins plays third).

2) Team Brett Walter - 5-1. (Lawson Yates plays lead).

3) Team Thomas Titchkosky - 4-2.

T4) Team Jordon McDonald - 3-3.

T4) Team Josh Friesen - 3-3.

6) Team Matt Bijl - 2-4.

7) Team Luke Steski - 1-5.

8) Team Hunter Dundas - 0-6 (Parkland foursome).

Extreme Force Red Group: Bold denotes qualified for page playoff.

T1) Team Jacques Gauthier - 6-0.

T1) Team Jack Hykaway - 6-0.

3) Team Emerson Klimpke - 4-2

T4) Team Brooks Freeman - 3-3 (Nolan Hadway plays third).

T4) Team Jordan Johnson - 3-3.

6) Team Josh Maisey - 2-4.

7) Team Tyson Beyak - 0-6 (Parkland foursome).

8) Team Luke Davidson - 0-6 (Parkland foursome).

 

Women's:

Asham Black Group: Bold denotes qualified for page playoff.

1) Team Mackenzie Zacharias - 6-0.

2) Team Hayley Bergman - 5-1.

3) Team Alex Friesen - 4-2 (Emma Jensen plays lead while Hanne Jensen plays third).

4) Team Grace Beaudry - 3-3.

T5) Team Victoria Beaudry - 2-4.

T5) Team Hallie McCannell - 2-4.

7) Brooklyn Onagi - 1-5.

8) Team Anya Jackson - 1-5 (Parkland foursome).

Extreme Force Red Group:

T1) Team Serena Gray-Withers - 5-1 (Lane Prokopowich plays lead).

T1) Team Katy Lukowich - 5-1 (Jaycee Terrick plays third).

T3) Team Arah Davies - 4-2.

T3) Team Meghan Walter - 4-2 (Lauryn Kuzyk plays second).

5) Team Talyia Tober - 3-3.

6) Team Cassandra Stobbe - 2-4.

7) Team Presley Sagert - 1-5.

8) Team Makenna Hadway - 0-6 (Parkland foursome).

Saturday's action begins at 8:30 a.m.

Dauphin's Lauryn Kuzyk's opportunity to win her second provincial title in as many seasons is still alive. Playing on Team Walter, the foursome needed to beat the previously unbeaten Serena Gray-Withers rink earlier today and they did.

After the team scored one in nine, they still trailed 6-5 heading into the 10th and they didn't have the hammer. Kuzyk, Mackenzie Elias, and Morgan Reimer set the 10th end up wonderfully for Walter.

Then, Walter made a great shot on her last and the team stole two to win 7-6. The win moved them to 4-2 with one round-robin game left tomorrow morning at 8:30. 

The loss dropped Lane Prokopowich and the rest of Gray-Withers to 5-1. 

In other women's action, McCreary's Jaycee Terrick and Team Lukowich won their fifth game as they downed Team Davies, 8-4. Presley Sagert also won her first game of the tournament while the Makenna Hadway rink dropped their sixth straight.

Men's Side:

Tyson Beyak and his Parkland foursome played in one of the more wildest games of the tournament. The team trailed 8-4 heading into the 10th. With hammer, Beyak's team found a way to score four to force an extra end. However, Nolan Hadway and the rest of Team Freeman would score in the extra to secure a 9-8 win.

Team Luke Davidson dropped their game.

The action continues at 7:45 with the last draw of the evening.

When Dauphin's Lawson Yates and the rest of Team Brett Walter needed to come up clutch, they sure did.

Playing against Team McDonald, Lawson and the team scored a single in the 10th end to get past the previously 3-1 McDonald rink, 7-6.

With the win, Team Walter is now 4-1 and they are very much still in the playoff picture.

In other action, Swan River's Carter Watkins and the rest of Team Wiebe remained perfect as they beat Team Friesen, 9-3. They're now 5-0.

Hunter Dundas and his foursome dropped to 0-5.

Women's Side:

The Jensen sisters came up clutch as well. They stole one in the 10th to seal a 7-5 win against Team Onagi. With a record of 3-2, the team will play two more games and they'll likely have to win both of them to have a shot at making the playoffs.

Stacy Sime and Rebecca Sahulka picked up their first win of the tournament on Team McCannell as they beat Anya Jackson's foursome, 9-3.

The next draw is set for 4:00 p.m.

A four ender helped Lane Prokopowich and Team Gray-Withers continue their hot streak to begin the provincials. They're now 5-0 after they beat Jaycee Terrick and Team Lukowich, 12-3.

The first four ender was scored in the eighth end and then they stole four in the ninth. Jaycee Terrick's team is still 4-1 and they're tied for second in the Extreme Force Red Group.

Lauryn Kuzyk and Team Walter dropped a tough game against Team Davies and they're now 3-2. 

Other action on the women's side saw Team Sagert and Team Hadway drop their games as they are now both 0-5. 

Men's Side:

Nolan Hadway and Team Brooks Freeman won their second game as they took care of Team Davidson while Team Beyak dropped his fifth straight game.

Team Ryan Wiebe which features Carter Watkins will look to move to 5-0 while Lawson Yates and Team Walter will look to improve to 4-1. Team Dundas will be looking for their first win.

The next draw is set for 12:15 at Credit Union Place and the Dauphin Curling Club.

The 2019 portion of the Westman High School Hockey League season was a successful one for the Dauphin Clippers. They went 12-1-1-1 and thanks to their success, they're atop the North Division by 10 points.

Dauphin didn't suffer their first regulation defeat until December 17 in a setback against the Virden Golden Bears. On Friday, December 20, Dauphin won the Christmas Cup as they took care of Neepawa, 5-3.

Dauphin already has 86 goals which are the third-most of any team in the league. Only Virden and Killarney have more. Dating back to December 13, Dauphin won four of their last five games entering the Christmas break.

"So far, so good. The thing that separates the good teams from bad teams is the players take over in the second half and as a coaching staff, it's all about us mediating the bench," said Rick Freese. "That's something that's really important for us if we want to have continued success moving into 2020."

Dauphin has given up 40 goals. Although that isn't a high number, Rick knows the team can trim that down moving into the New Year.

"Yeah, absolutely, we can still work on our defensive game away from the puck," said Freese. "When we come up against teams that are just as strong as us, we have some defensive lapses and we need to be better."

"Our guys need to realize that defending is a really big part of having success in this league because it's overlooked and I want to see more of it."

Dauphin still has some time off of Westman play. They continue their regular season on January 13 in McCreary. Of their final eight regular-season games, five of the games are against teams with five or fewer wins. Three of the games are against teams with a combined record of 4-31.

"We almost got a surprise in Brandon because we weren't ready to play," concluded Freese. "It doesn't matter if you're 15-1 or 1-15, any team in this league can win and that's a fact."

"We expected big things in 2019 and we're expecting even bigger things in 2020," he added. "It's time for guys to buy in and get rolling here."

Dauphin's next home game is on Thursday, January 16 at Credit Union Place against Roblin.

There are only four ladies teams that are undefeated heading into day three of the provincials and one of those teams includes McCreary's Jaycee Terrick.

Terrick has had a fantastic week and she's helped Team Lukowich to a perfect 4-0 start through the first two days of competition. Terrick and the rest of the foursome took care of Team Sagert this evening.

They'll head into Friday's action in a tie atop the Red Group with a fellow Parklander, Lane Prokopowich and the rest of Team Gray-Withers who are also 4-0 after two days.

Playing against Team Tober this evening, Gray-Withers made a wonderful runback double late in the game to seal the win.

Lauryn Kuzyk and her team are 3-1 heading into Friday while both Makenna Hadway and Presley Sagert are 0-4.

Hanne and Emma Jensen and the rest of Team Friesen are 2-2 going into Friday while Team Anya Jackson is 1-3. Stacy Sime and Rebecca Sahulka are 0-4 so far.

Back on the ice Friday morning at 8:30 will be Lauryn Kuzyk, Team Sagert, Team Hadway and it's a battle of the undefeated as Prokopowich and Team Gray-Withers battle Terrick and Team Lukowich.

Men's Side:

No Parkland players secured a victory during the 7:45 draw. Nolan Hadway and Team Freeman dropped a close game against Team Hykaway while Luke Davidson's team fell short to Emerson Klimpke.

Tyson Beyak dropped to 0-4 after two days.

On the ice Friday morning at 8:30 will be Team Beyak, Luke Davidson's team, and Nolan Hadway.

Draw seven wasn't a friendly one for some Parklanders as the Telus Junior Women's and Men's Curling Provincials continue at both the Dauphin Curling Club and Credit Union Place.

Emma and Hanne Jensen dropped both of their games and they're 2-2 going into day three while Anya Jackson and her foursome are 1-3 after day two.

Stacy Sime, Rebecca Sahulka, and Team McCannell dropped to 0-4 after their second straight winless day.

Men's Side:

The perfect week continues for Swan River's Carter Watkins and Team Wiebe as they won their fourth straight game.

Lawson Yates and Team Walter rebounded from an earlier loss to move to 3-1 after day two.

Falling short was Team Dundas as they're 0-4 after day two.