It was Parker Malchuk on Friday and on Saturday night, Kaden Bryant played the role of hero as the Kings kept rolling.

On a powerplay 7:11 into the third period, Bryant took a pass from Colby Jaquet and fired it five-hole past Eric Reid as Dauphin took a 3-2 lead and they never looked back in a 4-2 win against the Oil Capitals. 

Jaquet opened the scoring in the first period with his fourth of the season 4:00 into the game. Virden; however, responded very nicely, scoring two goals to end the period. Tyler Thoendel scored at 11:53 and with 2:19 left in the first, Dylan Halliday gave Virden a 2-1 lead and they held that heading into the second period.

In the second, Ben Hackl scored his third of the season as Dauphin tied the game up and the two team's went into the third period tied at two. 

Bryant's goal in the third would hold up as the game-winner for Dauphin, who has now won five straight games. Brayden Dube scored his fifth goal into an empty-net with 12 seconds left to lock the game up. 

With the win, Dauphin moves to 8-2 and they are in sole possession of first place in the West Division, two points ahead of Waywayseecappo, who play on Sunday against OCN.

Dauphin also now has opened up a seven point gap on Virden in the standings. 

King Tips:

  • Dauphin has now completed weekend sweeps on back-to-back weekends. They beat OCN twice last weekend
  • Colby Jaquet continued with the tear he's on to start the season. He now has 18 points and is comfortably in the top 10 in league scoring
  • Carson Cherepak made 24 more saves for Dauphin in the victory
  • Parker Malchuk had two assists in his second game back from an injury  after scoring the game-winner last night
  • Dauphin now leads the season series, 2-0.

The Parkland U15 Rangers racked up 47 shots this afternoon in a 3-3 tie against the Winnipeg Thrashers Blue.

In the first game of a two-game weekend, the Rangers applied pressure all game in earning one point.

Trace Langan scored twice in the game and Hayden Shtykalo scored the team's other goal. 

 
Zach Collaros threw two touchdowns as the Blue Bombers beat the Elks, 26-16 on Friday. 
 
The win also clinches Winnipeg a playoff spot as they're now 9-1.
 
Edmonton; meanwhile, is 0-5 at Commonwealth Stadium. 
 

In his first game back after missing multiple contests with an upper-body injury, Parker Malchuk played the role of hero on Friday night.

With less than five minutes left in the game, Malchuk fired a shot from the point to the back of the net as Dauphin skated away with a 4-3 win over the Virden Oil Capitals.

Parker Johnson went to work in the first period. Just 4:10 into the game, he scored his third of the season as the Oil Capitals took a 1-0 lead in front of a great crowd at Tundra Oil & Gas Place.

Dauphin; however, like they have so many times this season, responded. While on a powerplay, Mathew Rathbone scored his third as a King in his second contest as Dauphin tied the game at one.

But it didn't stay that way long as Johnson scored his second of the game with just more than five minutes left as Virden took a 2-1 lead and they held that into the second period.

Virden had 21 shots in the period, Cherepak made 19 saves and Dauphin had just eight shots. 

To open the second, Brayden Dube tied the game just 99 seconds into the frame as he notched his fourth of the young season and Mathew Rathbone gave Dauphin a 3-2 lead just more than four minutes later.

While on a man advantage of their own with just more than 10 minutes left in the period, Dylan Halliday scored his sixth of the season to tie the game at three, the score it was after 40 minutes.

Carson Cherepak had another solid period as he turned away 35-of-38 shots. He was a perfect 12-for-12 in the third period and he finished with 47 saves, his most as a King. 

Dauphin now moves to 7-2 and they remain tied atop the West Division with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines.

King Tips:

  • It was Rathbone's second straight game with two goals. He also scored twice in last Sunday's win against OCN. 
  • Dauphin scored one more goal on the powerplay as did the Oil Capitals. Both teams remain near the top of the league on the man advantage
  • Colby Jaquet had two more assists. He now has 13 and continues to lead the team in scoring
  • Dauphin has now won four straight games for the first time this season. During that time, the team has scored 22 times
  • Dauphin now leads the season series, 1-0

The two teams will rematch on Saturday night at Credit Union Place.

Grady Hobbs joined the Dauphin Kings in the 2016-17 season as a rookie and in that first season, the Deloraine native posted seven goals and 19 points. In all, Hobbs played four full seasons with Dauphin and it would have been five if it weren't for the pandemic ending last year's season after just six games.

Hobbs was Mr. Durable during his time in Dauphin has he played at least 51 games in all four seasons and 60 in his first and fourth season with the team. Grady grew to love Dauphin and his living situation so much over the years that he would spend plenty of time in the offseason in town. And as he's now moved on to the next level, Dauphin will forever have a special place in his heart.

"I met a lot of good friends and a ton of great teammates," said Hobbs. "It was a pretty special situation for me and it's one that I'll never forget, Dauphin was such a great place. A great organization and tremendous people."

And while Hobbs continued to find a way to score over the first three years of his time in Dauphin, he became a superstar in his fourth season as he scored 43 times, had 81 points and was named the league's most valuable player. The 43 goals were the most in the league and he was named to the first all-star team. Then in the playoffs, Hobbs scored a goal that will go down as one of his best memories while with the team. Trailing 2-0 in their series against Portage, Grady beat Noah Giesbrecht in double overtime as Dauphin got back in the series. Unfortunately, that was the last game the team would play because of the pandemic.

"That has to be right up there at number one," said Hobbs. "It's pretty tough to beat that, was such a great feeling and I'll remember that for a long time."

As we continued to battle the pandemic, Grady was back in Dauphin news as he announced that he would return for his fifth and final season. When he did so, he scored seven times in six games and had 11 assists in the shortened season.

Now, Grady is 25 hours away from Dauphin playing Division 1 hockey with the Rochester Institute of Technology. Hobbs has played three games in his Freshman season.

"It's a big change, that's for sure," offered Hobbs. "The school part is the biggest change because I've been out of school for a few years now. It will get easier as time goes on."

Grady was a goal-scoring machine in Dauphin and it didn't take him long to score his first goal with his new team. In front of nearly 1300 fans in a game against Army West Point earlier this month, Grady took a pass from Carter Wilkie and scored his first-ever NCAA goal. Hobbs is a plus-3 in his first three games.

"It felt really good to put one in the net pretty early in my career here," said Hobbs. "I'm just looking to continue with that success and having the ability to do that at this level would be huge."

Next up for the team is a game on Saturday against St. Lawrence before they head on the road for a pair of games against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish next Thursday and Friday. 

For the first time this season, the Dauphin Kings and Virden Oil Capitals will square off and entering the game, both teams are playing very well.

Dauphin has won three straight games, scoring 18 goals in the process. During that time, Dauphin has also only surrendered six goals.

The Oil Capitals; meanwhile, have points in their last five games. They have secured nine of a possible last 10 points with eight of them coming from wins while they lost in overtime to Neepawa in the other contest.

Dauphin enters the game at 6-2 and they are tied with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines for the top spot in the West Division while Virden is 4-3-1 and are three points behind both Dauphin and Wayway.

Over the past five years, Virden is 11-5-1-1 against Dauphin and they're 6-2-0-1 over the same span at Tundra Oil & Gas Place, the venue for Friday's contest.

By the numbers:

Dauphin

GF - 31 (tied for second in the West Division)

GA - 17 - (best in the West Division, Wayway is next with 28 allowed)

PP - 10-for-34 - 29.4% (second-best in the West Division)

PK - 30-for-35 - 85.7% (best in the West Division)

Leaders - Colby Jaquet - 3G, 11A

Kaden Bryant - 5G, 3A

Jayden Jubenvill - 1G, 6A

Road record - 2-2

Virden

GF - 31 (tied for second in the West Division)

GA - 34 - (worst in the West Division)

PP - 9-for-34 - 26.5% (third-best in the West Division)

PK - 23-for-32 - 71.9% (fifth in the West Division)

Leaders - Braden Fischer - 9G, 8A

Carson Buydens - 4G, 5A

Dylan Halliday - 5G, 3A

You can catch Friday's game on HockeyTV. Dauphin returns to Credit Union Place for a game against the Oil Capitals on Saturday.

Sunny days and some warm weather are on the way and that's music to golfer's ears. And this weekend, golfers will get one final chance to tee it up for the season at the Gilbert Plains Country Club.

Scott McCallum has confirmed the course will be open on Saturday and Sunday. Tee times begin at 10:30 a.m. on both days.

"This is really exciting. You can tell that people haven't had enough golf because Thanksgiving weekend was extremely busy here," said McCallum. "We know it's a long and cold winter here in Manitoba and we just want to give golfers once more chance to get a game in."

Fall rates are in effect which means you can play 18 holes with a power cart for just $45. McCallum says the greens are in tremendous shape despite the club aerating the greens a little back. 

"We're in really good shape which not many courses can say in October," ended McCallum. "Get your family, friends and come on out for one more round."

You are encouraged to book a tee time by calling the pro shop at 548-3030. 

Brayden Dube was drafted by the Seattle Thunderbird's 29th overall in the 2020 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. This is after completing a season that will go down as one of the best in U15 AAA history in Manitoba.

Playing with the Parkland Rangers, Dube scored 74 times in 36 games and his 56 assists gave him 130 points. Only Jonathan Toews has recorded more points in a single season, he scored 98 times in the 2002-03 season while playing with the Winnipeg Warriors. Toews ended that season with 193 points. The Roblin native sits second in all-time scoring in a single season in the U15 AAA league and there's a good chance that no one will be touching Dube's 130 point total anytime soon and it is highly unlikely that anyone ever touches Toews' 193 points.

Dube then followed that up by scoring four times in just seven games with the Parkland U18 Rangers last season playing as a 15-year-old. He ended up with six points and seven games is all that was played as the coronavirus pandemic cancelled the remainder of the season in November. 

This year, Dube made his way to Seattle to compete in his first WHL camp and he stayed in the Emerald City for just about a month. And now, the young superstar is back home in the Parkland playing for the team he grew up watching. Dube made his MJHL debut on Sunday, October 3 as Dauphin beat OCN, 4-1. 

"I'm really happy to be a King," said Dube. "I always watched this team growing up and to be able to wear the crest, it's a dream come true."

Fast forward a few days and Brayden opened up many eyes and showed just how effective he can be by using his speed and having a knack at being in the right spot at the right time. He scored his first MJHL goal 6:17 into a game against OCN and less than 40 seconds later, the Roblin native scored another. Then 13:18 into the second period, while on the powerplay, Dube took a beautiful backdoor pass from Colby Jaquet as he completed his first-ever junior hat-trick. Dube also had the primary assist on Tyson Pauze's goal in the second period as the young star finished with four points in only his second game as a member of the Kings. Dauphin went on to win the game 7-2 and they followed that up with a 7-3 win 48 hours later.

Now, Dauphin will open a four-game series with the Virden Oil Capitals, starting with a game on Friday night at Tundra Oil & Gas Place. Then on Saturday, Dube and the Kings are back at Credit Union Place for a rematch with Virden. 

Despite being the youngest player in the dressing room, Dube says he's really enjoying being a part of the organization and everything is going well.

"We're really solid and we have a great dressing room," offered Dube. "I think there's something special that can happen with the team we have."

Get to know Dube:

What are your hobbies? I love to be outside, it's one of my favourite things. I also love golf, I'm not the best but I really enjoy it. 

Any aces on the course? I don't have any aces but I have one eagle which was pretty cool to get

Favourite NHL team? The Edmonton Oilers but I follow pretty much every team. With that said, I love watching Connor McDavid play, he's super special 

Pregame meal? I'm really not picky, I'll eat pretty much anything

Your next chance to see Dube in person is on Saturday but first, you can hear his full interview with Darnell Duff during the Kings Power Play Show after NewsNow at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. 

Ryan Pulock is staying on the island for at least the next near decade. 

The Grandview native signed an eight-year extension that is reported to be just less than 50-million dollars. 

The team's most offensive defencemen had 17 points in 56 games last season. 

In their first two games of the season, the Kings scored two goals as they opened the season with a weekend split against the Neepawa Titans.

Since that weekend, Dauphin has been shut out once and other than that, the club has caught fire offensively. Coming off a 14-goal weekend against the OCN Blizzard, Dauphin now has 31 goals on the season. That’s tied with the Virden Oil Capitals for second in the West Division, behind only the Waywayseecappo Wolverines.

There were questions heading into the season of where would the team’s scoring come from. The answer to that question is everyone.  15 players have scored at least one goal this season with Kaden Bryant’s five being the most on the team.

Rookie takeover:

Seven rookies have scored this season with Brayden Dube, Slade Stanick, and Luke Morris all sharing the rookie lead with three goals apiece. Dube recorded his first hat-trick on Friday night.

Rookies have combined for 36 points this year — 13 of which are goals — and Jayden Jubenvill’s seven assists are the most among rookies.

Jeriah Shantz, who had two goals in the team’s JoFo Cup game has yet to score a goal; however, he has looked very good with plenty of chances and he has four assists. You get the feeling that his first MJHL goal is coming sooner rather than later.

The Kings are 6-2 and the team’s rookies are a massive reason why, without a doubt.

In net:

Carson Cherepak’s 5-1 record to go along with his .946 save percentage and 1.67 goals-against average has the Winnipeg netminder near the top of every statistical category.

Keaton Woolsey; meanwhile, played on Sunday for the first time since Dauphin opened their season against Neepawa on September 17.

And as he made his second start on Sunday, Woolsey turned away 47-of-50 shots he faced and was brilliant.

Cherepak is the number one but Woolsey has proven that he can step up when his number gets called.

Veterans:

Colby Jaquet is putting together his best Junior A season and there is no doubt that scouts at the next level are watching. The Winnipeg native now has three goals this season, after he struck twice on Sunday. He now has three goals and 10 assists with his 13 points being tied for the fifth-most in the league. Jaquet’s 10 assists are the third-most.

Parker Malchuk is another player that will be huge in Dauphin’s success this year when he gets back on the ice. He’s been out the past two weekends with an upper-body injury but he was a full participant in practice on Tuesday. Malchuk is one of the best defenders in the league and is also highly effective offensively.

Parkland fire:

It’s always great when a local team can ice local players and that’s exactly what Dauphin has been able to do this season. Jayden Jubenvill has eight points in seven games, while Dube, Garrett Hrechka, and Hayden Lacquette have all hit the ice multiple times.

Dube has four points, Hrechka has scored twice in four games while Lacquette has one goal and two assists in six games.

Next up:

Dauphin has played just two teams this season. Neepawa and OCN. Dauphin won three of the contests in each series. Now, the team will open a four-game series against the Virden Oil Capitals over the next two weekends.

Virden is in third in the West Division after a 4-3-1 start. Just like Dauphin, Virden has scored 31 goals; however, they have given up 34 goals, 17 more than Dauphin.

Friday’s game will be played at Tundra Oil & Gas Place in Virden with the two teams returning to Dauphin for a rematch on Sunday evening.

Heading into the fifth week of the regular season, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's West Division is tight. The Neepawa Titans are at the bottom of the division with five points right now but that only has them seven points behind first place.

In first place is the Dauphin Kings who are 6-2 to start the season and they're tied with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines who are also off to a great start. After opening the season with three wins in their first four games against Virden, the Wolverines went 3-1 in their following four games against Swan Valley.

In their most recent game, the Wolverines scored five times in the third period, scored four powerplay goals, and downed the Stampeders 8-6 in what will go down as the wildest game of the young season so far.

Offence has been easy to come by for Waywayseecappo as they are tied for the league-lead with 40 goals in their first eight games. Only the 7-1 Winnipeg Blues have as many. The team is also the second-most penalized team in the league, with 197 minutes served. Taylor Harnett is the team's head coach and general manager and he says he's pleased with how things are going.

"We learnt a lot over our first eight games and now we need to continue to grow," said Harnett. "We're satisfied with where we are and there is a lot of work to do."

Next up for the team is another four-game series against the OCN Blizzard. The Blizzard enter the series sliding as they've lost five of their last six games, three of those four came against Dauphin. Waywayseecappo will make the trip to The Pas on Friday before returning home to their Arena Complex on Sunday. Troy Hamilton will lead the team into the weekend set after scoring eight times in the team's first eight contests. The 20-year-old was acquired from the Estevan Bruins -- a team that will host the Centennial Cup in May -- on November 10, 2020. 

Six of Troy's eight goals have come on the powerplay and he has one game-winning goal to his name.

"There are a lot of goal scorers that struggle at times and he hasn't experienced that," said Hamilton. "He's always working on being in the right places at the right times and getting pucks towards the net. We expect big things from him and he's certainly making the most of his opportunities."

Lonan Bulger leads the team overall in points with 10, eight of which are assists while Boston Bird has two goals and seven assists. In net, it's the Liam Tereposky show. From Yellowknife, Liam is 5-2 this season with a .881 save percentage to go along with a 3.82 goals-against average. Those numbers perhaps don't sparkle, but Tereposky is a solid goaltender that can steal a game and Harnett and company have a lot of confidence in the young man.

"There's always growing pains and peaks and valleys when you jump into a big spot as a goalie, that's just how it is," offered Harnett. "He's a great kid and he works extremely hard, he's determined to be the best. We're happy with him and he's only going to improve as he continues to put the work in."

Following their series with OCN that begins this weekend, Waywayseecappo will open a series with the Dauphin Kings. That series opens on October 29 at Credit Union Place. The next night, the two teams square off at the Arena Complex.