The Grandview Comets are on a little bit of a roll. 

After a tough start to the season, the club has won two straight games. They beat Rivers tonight, 5-2.

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It was a pretty solid day for the Parkland at the event. 

The Kyle Forsyth rink picked up three in the 10th to win 10-6.

Also, Butch Mouck cruised in his game, winning 8-2 over Lorne Orpin.

The Parkland Bantam Rangers won the battle on the shot clock, but lost the main battle tonight. 

They fell 3-1 to the Pembina Valley Hawks.

Despite the loss, the Rangers played very good at times and had some great opportunities. 

Seth Falkevitch scored the lone Rangers goal in the game. 

The team is back at it tomorrow in Grandview.

The Bantam Parkland Rangers are ready to battle the Pembina Valley Hawks tonight at Credit Union Place. A player that will look to make a difference is Ste. Rose's, Drake Pahl.

The Rangers will enter the contest with a 5-9-2 record.

"We've been working on our power play and penalty kill a lot, and it's been really beneficial for us," added Pahl. 

Pahl's words are backed up with some very good stats. In their last seven games (3-2-2), the Rangers special teams have been very good. On the power play, the team is 6-31 (19.35%). The team's penalty kill has been nearly unbreakable. The team has killed off 24 of their last 25 penalties (96%).

Playing on the Rangers is a transition for Drake that so many other players on the team have had to make. The 14-year-old played for the McCreary Bantam Mustangs last year. This is his first year of AAA hockey.

"It was definitely a pretty big change at the start," added Pahl. "It's a lot faster then I was used to before. The guys are also a lot bigger and more skilled."

Drake hasn't had any trouble making noise, however. He has 11 points (3G) in 15 games. 

"We've been doing a really good job of working as a team," added Pahl. "I've been able to put up some solid numbers, but I couldn't do it without my teammates."

"I just want this team to win games, points don't really matter to me," he added.

Tonight's game is the first of five straight on home ice for the Rangers. Drake's really excited to just play in front of his family and friends here in the Parkland.

"It's going to be awesome having the crowd out there, it really pumps us up," added Pahl. "It's a really fun game to watch, so everyone should come out and cheer us on."

What's Drake's favourite memory in his first season as a AAA hockey player? That's a no-brainer.

"When we went to Regina and beat a couple teams that were really good," said Pahl. "We played really well and took it to them. That was a pretty great moment."

Berths to the 2019 Viterra men's Curling Championship and the 2019 Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts will be on the line this weekend in Dauphin.

All games tonight are at 7:00 p.m. at the Dauphin Curling Club.

Here are tonight's men's games:

Team Jerry Chudley vs Team Glen Toews.

Team Jeff Stewart vs Team Rob Fisher.

Team Kyle Forsyth vs Team Travis Gregory.

Team Butch Mouck vs Team Lorne Orpin.

Here are tonight's women's games:

Team Terry Ursel vs Team Presley Sagert.

The action continues all weekend so stay tuned for updates.

Jaxon Heeney's nickname could be Mr. Reliable. Last year for the Dauphin Kings, the 19-year-old played in 59 games. Very impressive considering the team has a 60-game schedule.

This season, Jaxon has played in 31 games. Yes, the Kings have played 35, but Jaxon's missed games this season were because of a suspension. So all in all, it's safe to say he's made his mark on the organization over the past couple of seasons. 

"Yeah, things are going pretty good right now here," said Heeney. "We lost the last couple, but we're looking to get the last few before Christmas."

Last year, Heeney and the Kings finished with a 14-44-1-1 record. Some eligible players didn't return after it. For Jaxon, it was a no-brainer that he was coming back to Dauphin to play for the Kings.

"I love it here. The city is great and I love everything about Dauphin," added Heeney. "It's a great place to be."

"We as a group, we're just a lot closer this season," he added. "Everyone’s getting along and we all love coming down to the rink."

In the 31 games this season for Jaxon, he's put up 10 points (2G). Last season, he had 13 points. The 10 points are a little quieter than Heeney would have hoped, but he is on pace for a career year in his second full year of junior hockey.

"I mean, I would like to do more offensively for sure," added Heeney. "I'm just trying to do what I can. I have to stick with it and good things will happen."

"I just have to keep grinding in practice and play my game," he added.

Get to know Jaxon:

Where are you born? Forrest, Manitoba. But, I live in Brandon now when I'm not in Dauphin.

Hobbies? I love hunting and fishing. Just basically anything outdoors and of course, I love pretty much any sport. 

What's up for the holidays? I'll go home and spend some time with my family and friends. 

Favourite Christmas meal? Definitely the turkey. I don't get it often, so I have to take advantage of it.

Favourite memory with Kings so far? I would have to say Ukrainian Night. It's a great night and everybody on the team is pretty pumped up for it.

Don't forget, this year's Kings Ukrainian Night goes down at Credit Union Place on January 26.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings/Pederson Photographic.

Statistically, the MJHL has been owned this season by the Swan Valley Stampeders and Portage Terriers. Those are the two teams that are atop the league heading into this weekend. As far as individual points go, the MJHL has been dominated by Swan River's and former Parkland Ranger Josh Tripp.

The 20-year-old is having a dominating season for the Stampeders. A by far career year. He's got 54 points already through 34 games. That's 12 points more than Matt Osadick, who also plays on Josh's line.

"It's honestly a pretty awesome feeling, it's already my best ever junior season, and it's just half over," said Tripp. "It's even better that I get to do it at home. It's just a great feeling."

For as long as Josh can remember, playing for the Stampeders was a dream of his. The Tripp family has been season ticket holders since the Stampeders' inaugural campaign in the 1999-2000 season. 19 years later, Tripp is living his dream. It just so happens that it comes during one of the best Stampeders' seasons in franchise history.

"Playing at home is the biggest reason I decided to stay here, and wanted to come back when I wasn't here," said Tripp. "It's a great feeling to play in front of my family and friends. It's been extra fun this year with all the success we're having as a team."

"I've always put up a decent amount of numbers and I knew I wanted to bump that up this year," said Tripp, who had a previous career-high of 47 points with Swan Valley in the 2015-16 season. "I'm off to a good start here. I didn't think I would be this hot early, but I'm super happy about it."

Not only is Josh turning out to be a superstar on the ice, but he's a celebrity off the ice in the valley, and that's something he's enjoying. "Anytime someone sees me outside, they'll come and say hey and sort of talk about the season,"

Of course, this isn't the first season that Josh has played with his hometown team. Besides that 47 point season back a few years ago, Josh also played for the team last season. Sandwiched in between that was a 70-game stint with the Corpus Christi Ice Rays of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). The 20-year-old left-winger returned to the NAHL to start this season with Jamestown. He played one game for them before coming back home, and the rest has turned out to be history.

Josh has a firm grip on the MJHL scoring race. That's something he hopes he can finish out in his final junior hockey season, but most of all, he just wants the Stampeders' to win games.

"My expectation is just to keep up the pace I have going on right now," said Tripp. "I just want to help this team win games every time out. Obviously putting up 100 points and winning the scoring title is in my sight, but I just want this team to win. That's the most important thing.

Josh and the Stampeders' play 27 more regular season games. Right now, Josh is averaging 1.59 points per game. If he keeps up with the pace he's on right now, Tripp would record just under 43 more points through the end of the regular season. That total would have him at 96, based on where he's at now. The last person to record more than that in an MJHL season with Jeremey Leipsic. He had 100 in the 2016-17 season and he won the scoring title. Dexter Kuczek led the league last year with 92 points. 

Those 54 points have come in a bunch of wins for the team. Swan Valley is 22-6-3-2 and that's good enough for second in the MJHL. They're one point behind the Portage Terriers, a team they beat at the MJHL Showcase earlier this week.

"We're playing really well and It's really exciting to be a part of this group," added Tripp. "We just came off a big win against Portage and that was huge for us. We're looking to make a big push here and make even more noise."

"I want to bring a Championship to Swan River, this community deserves it," he added. "Hopefully we can keep it up and make something special happen."

Josh and the team welcome the Steinbach Pistons to town on Saturday. The two play a heavyweight two-game series.

Going into the season, the Parkland Bantam Rangers weren't sure how it would turn out. Not because they didn't have the skill, but the club didn't have much experience. Only two players returned from last year's bronze medal at the Rural AAA Provincials. 

The team still shows signs of not having a ton of experience at times, but, they have a ton of heart and the whole team is showing they have the abilities to play at this level. That's why the season has been a pretty good one for the club. The team is 5-9, but they've turned the season around with a recent streak of good games. They won three games in a row in mid-November.

Parkland than alternated wins and ties for the next four games. The team's recent strong play has them just five points behind the Southwest Cougars for second.

"Things have been going pretty well, we played that three in three a couple weeks ago and played three of the top city teams, and we competed very well," said Tom White, Head Coach. "We then played the top Monarchs again last week and we blew two-2 goal leads and lost 5-3. That game really showed the importance of playing a full-60 minutes."

"We're progressing and the guys are adapting to the size, speed, and skill of the league," he added. "It was hard for some guys because they were stars in house league and then they came here and there is a bunch of guys who are just as good. We're learning how to play a full structured game. The guys are buying in and the results are starting to show."

The Rangers have a great opportunity to jump up in the standings this week. They play another three games in three days, and all of the games come on home ice. Tomorrow, the Rangers welcome the fourth place Pembina Valley Hawks to town. The game will be at Credit Union Place, and the puck drops at 7:30.

On Saturday, the Rangers head to Grandview at 5:00 p.m. to play the second place Southwest Cougars. On Sunday, the Rangers play the Central Plains Capitals in Roblin at 3:30. The Capitals are in third place. All in all, the Rangers could end up in second place after the weekend if all goes perfectly.

"I think we're going into this weekend pretty confident," said White. "We've been making some adjustments at practices and we're always working on things that need to be worked on. It's a huge weekend for us."

The regular season is important for any team to work out any kinks and improve each day. But, the big prize comes not long from now when the Rangers will play in the AAA Rural Provincial Championships once again. Last year, the team won bronze. This year, they're hoping to do better.

"We're better than we were at the start of the season, and we're expecting to get better," said White. "The guys know they have to earn things out here. If we continue to work hard and compete for a full 60-minutes, there is no reason we can't challenge for a gold medal."

Not only is Bantam AAA hockey a new thing for a ton of the Ranger players. But, it's also a new experience for Tom. He's been an assistant coach at the AAA level before, but he's never been a Head Coach at the AAA level.

"I'm enjoying it immensely for sure," said White. "It's been great working with these young guys and watching them develop throughout the season. It really is gratifying."

After this weekend, the Rangers will play two home games next weekend in Russell.

The Dauphin Kings met with the Portage Terriers for the second time this season earlier today, and it was a lot better than the first. 

But the game still ended up in a defeat for the Kings as they lost 4-3.

It was Bryon Fobair who opened up the scoring for Dauphin just 48 seconds into the second. Portage would then tie it.

Cole DeKoninck regained Dauphin’s lead at the 12:28 mark. The Terriers pretty much immediately tied it up just 14 seconds later.

Portage would take their first lead of the game just over six minutes into the third, and then Eamonn Miller tied it up for the Kings not long after. 

Dauphin took a late penalty and Portage capitalized, scoring with just 1:30 left in the game. 

Dauphin is now 17-14-2-2. The loss saw them drop to fifth place. 

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings.

Almost a year ago, Mallard's Brigette Lacquette became the first ever First Nation's woman to make the Canadian women's Olympic hockey team. Brigette went on to win a silver medal at the Pyeongchang Games. 

Now, the 26-year-old is playing in the Canadian Women's Hockey League,  and, it was just announced that Brigette will play in the league's All-Star game. 

"It means a ton to me and I'm super excited to play in this game," said Lacquette. "It's going to be a ton of fun playing against all of the best women in the league in one game. It's going to be a great weekend."

"I didn't really think I would make it, but I just got an email one day and it's a complete honour," she added. "I've seen the list of the girls selected and it feels absolutely amazing to be amongst the best ladies in the country."

The All-Star game goes on January 20 and it will be broadcasted on Sportsnet. The game is played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

"I'm just really looking forward to the entire weekend," said Lacquette. "I've never been to an All-Star Weekend, and it's super exciting."

This season with the Calgary Inferno, the Mallard native has been a regular on the scoresheet. Lacquette has 11 points in 14 games (2G). Since playing her first CWHL game with the Inferno back in the 2015-16 season, the 26-year-old has been very steady. She's played in 43 games and has 35 points.

With this season being her first since playing in the Olympics, it's very easy for Brigette to look back at that experience in a positive way. She's well on her way to having a career year this campaign and it's playing on Team Canada that fuelled her to have this success.

"Yeah, absolutely playing on Team Canada helped me, I learned from so many great ladies," said Lacquette. "Now, it's just about working my butt off and giving it all I have every single day."

"I need to continue getting better every day and I think I'm pretty focused on that," she added. "The goal right now is to win a Championship with the Inferno."

It's been smooth sailing for Lacquette and the Inferno this season, for the most part. They're 12-1-0-1. That has them comfortably in first place by seven points. The team has 14 more regular season games. This weekend, they wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule against Toronto in Calgary. 

"We definitely have a pretty good squad, and we have a few players that won a gold medal with the US at the Olympics," said Lacquette. "We're strong on the back end, up front, and in net. We're confident in our abilities for sure."

After this weekend, Brigette and the team resume their season on January 5-6 in Markham.

The Dauphin Clippers hockey team are winners of nine straight. They kept it rolling earlier today as they returned to the Westman High School Hockey League after a weekend in Brandon. They defeated the Major Pratt Trojans, 7-6 in a shootout.

Riley Hammond scored three times including the game-tying goal with just over one minute left.

Logan Storey, Craig Allard, and Alex Iwanchysko also scored for the Clippers in regulation. Keanu Woodhouse, Wade Kopytko, and Hammond scored in the shootout in the win.

The Clippers are now 9-2 this season. They return to action on December 19. They're in Brandon to play Crocus Plains.

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The Parkland Midget Rangers struggled. They lost 7-0 to the Brandon Wheat Kings.

They're in Souris tomorrow to play the Southwest Cougars.

The Dauphin Kings had a ton of chances this afternoon, but, they just couldn't find the back of the net in a 3-0 loss to the Waywayseecappo Wolverines.

The Kings had the first golden chance in the game when Riley Buller had a wide open net, but he couldn't put the puck in it. Buller would go on to have a few more glorious chances, but Isaac Labelle came up clutch for Wayway.

Despite the loss, the Kings really did play well at times. They outshot the Wolverines 35-25. Dauphin did struggle on the power play, going 0-8. They were very good on the penalty kill, going 6-6.

Wayway scored one goal 5:00 minutes into the game, and the next two in the third period. The final goal was an empty-netter while the second was on a breakaway.

Dauphin wraps up their MJHL Showcase tomorrow afternoon. They take on the Portage Terriers at 4:00 p.m.