Jory Kulbacki posted 16 points, four of which were goals in 36 games with the Yellowhead U15 Chiefs back in the 2019-20 season.

He then joined his hometown high school hockey team as he became a Neepawa Tiger when he was in grade 10; however, that season ended up being cancelled because of the pandemic. So a full year passed before Jory was able to represent his high school team and now that he's in grade 12, Kulbacki is looking to go out as a champion.

While there is still plenty of season left, Kulbacki has been giving hockey fans a lot to talk about this season. In just 23 games played, he has found the back of the net 35 times and his 77 points are the second-most in the league, only behind Connor Martin of the Killarney Raiders. Kulbacki has been masterful on the man advantage with seven power-play goals and he has also added 11 power-play assists to go along with four shorthanded goals and four hat-tricks. 

Jory isn't focusing on trying to win the league's scoring title, but he is pleased that he's been able to produce so efficiently this year. He's playing on a like with Tarek Lapointe who has 63 points and Brody Pollock who has 38.

"My linemates are really good, they make it so easy for me," said Kulbacki. "Overall, we just have a great group. I love playing with this team, it's great to represent the high school."

With nine more games left in the regular season, next up for Neepawa is a date with Sandy Bay on Wednesday night at the Yellowhead Centre. The Tigers then play three of four games on the road before ending the season with a three-game homestand. Sitting at 15-8, the Tigers are in fifth place in the league and only one point back of Birtle for fourth and Neepawa has two games in hand. 

The team has won three of their last four games and the team's offence has caught fire with 23 goals over that span. 

"I believe we're capable of winning the entire league, we have a really good team," ended Kulbacki. "We know that we can compete with anyone in this league, even our losses against the top teams have been very close."

Neepawa did lose to Dauphin in the Christmas Classic, 5-4. As noted above, Kulbacki is five points back of Martin with a scoring title up for grabs and Kulbacki's Tigers also do have two games in hand on Killarney. 

Austin Seibel's parents met in Dauphin in 1991. Now some 30+ years later, Seibel is less than a year away from calling Dauphin his new home.

The Dauphin Kings announced the commitment of Austin ahead of the 2023-24 season. From Coldstream, B.C., the 17-year-old is currently playing with the North Okanagan Knights of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League and he has been impressive.

"It's very exciting for me, I'm thrilled to join such a great organization like the Kings," offered Seibel. "Dauphin showed a lot of interest and when I took part in a previous camp with the team, I loved the atmosphere and the coaches. It's the best decision for me to join the team.

In 25 games this year with the Knights, Seibel has won 14 games with a 3.06 goals-against average to go along with a solid .923 save percentage. Of goalies that have played at least 20 games in the KIJHL, only four of them have a superior save percentage compared to Austin’s. In a pair of wins over the weekend, Seibel turned away 63 shots and he gave up just three goals.

"Things have been going very well, I'm pushing myself to get ready for next season," said Seibel. "I'm doing the best I can to give my team a chance to win games." 

Seibel became a goalie because his dad was one as well. He also was also a part-time player, but when the decision had to be made where he wanted to play, Seibel decided being between the pipes was the best decision that he could make. 

"I have been giving it my everything for a long time now," ended Seibel. "I am very motivated and I'm very excited to see what the future holds for me."

North Okanagan has clinched a playoff spot as they're 19-16-3-2 on the campaign. 

The Ste. Rose Celtics junior varsity boys' basketball team has brought a banner back home.

The team went a perfect 4-0 at the Hamiota tournament over the weekend to win the championship. In their first game, the Celtics hammered the host team as they won 54-14. They then hit the court against Arborg and came out with a 47-36 win.

The Celtics remained red-hot in their next game in a 67-29 dominating win against MacGregor and they capped off the event with a 14-point win against Arborg as they put up another 60 points. In their four games, Ste. Rose scored 228 points, 103 more than they allowed. 11 players make up this year's roster, seven of which are in grade nine.

Nathan Zadorozny is the team's head coach.

"My goal is to continue developing this young core for future years," he said. "We have a great group of players, they work extremely hard, and it showed this past weekend."

The Celtics will now host their home tournament this weekend with some of the top A/AA teams set to compete as well. 

In just three weeks, Ryan Gower will board a flight as he's off to Prince Edward Island for the 2023 Canada Winter Games, an event that features the best age-eligible athletes in the country competing in 20 different sports.

Gower, who hails from McCreary, will play with the Manitoba men's hockey team after making the roster. The team leaves on February 18 and they open their round-robin the next day against Team Quebec. Excited about the opportunity to represent the province, Gower said making Team Manitoba is an honour.

"It's a very special feeling, it's been a long process and a great experience," said Gower. "I'm looking forward to playing with some new and very competitive players. The Canada Winter Games only happen once every four years, so it means a lot that I will be playing in it."

Gower and the rest of Team Manitoba did get a taste of what they can expect as they played Team Saskatchewan in a pair of games last month in Saskatoon. Team Manitoba edged Saskatchewan in the first game, 3-2, before they came up short in a 4-3 game to wrap up the two-game set.  

"Even though it was just an exhibition, the pace was really high and it was competitive," said Gower. "We're going to play them at the Winter Games, so we will know what they are like."

Following the opening game against Quebec, the team plays Saskatchewan the following day before wrapping up their round-robin on February 21 against Team New Brunswick. Before making his way to PEI, Gower will play in six more games with the U18 Rangers. One year removed from playing with the U15 club, Gower is quietly becoming one of the top defenders in the league with an offensive upside. In 36 games, Gower has one goal and 19 assists. 

"It was a big change, players are a lot bigger and stronger in U18 compared to U15," said Gower. "With that said, I don't shy away from bigger guys, I try my hardest and I will do whatever it takes to help the team win."

Parkland dropped a pair of games over the weekend against Pembina Valley. Five of the Rangers' last six defeats have come by just a single goal as they continue to hold their own against the best teams in the league. With just seven games left on their schedule, Parkland has officially been eliminated from playoff contention, but that isn't taking away from the enjoyment that Ryan is having while representing the region.

"It's nice to play against the best of the best," said Gower. "It's good for my growth and we have a great group, we continue to work hard. We have a lot of character, we fight night in and night out, even though we aren't a playoff team."

Ryan is also hoping he gets the opportunity to make the jump up to the Western Hockey League in the next couple of seasons. The McCreary native has already signed his Standard Player Agreement with the Prince Albert Raiders and the Raiders organization has said in the past they believe Gower has an extremely bright future ahead.

Gower knows making the WHL is not easy, but he is ready to continue putting in countless hours of hard work so he can achieve one of his major goals.

"I'm very happy to be a part of the Raiders organization," ended Gower. "We will see what the future brings, I just need to keep working hard, getting better, and chasing my goals."

The Dauphin Kings now have the most wins in the MGEU West Division.

Wrapping up the weekend against the OCN Blizzard, Cole Sheffield was great in net as Dauphin held on to edge the Blizzard, 2-1.

It was Dauphin's 24th win of the season and with it, they now join Swan Valley and Waywayseecappo in first as all three teams have 51 points.

It took more than 46 minutes to see the game's first goal as Blake Boudreau found a puck in the slot and he beat Chase Hamm to give Dauphin a 1-0 lead. Deepkaran Hans would then score into an empty net to give the Kings a 2-0 lead.

Up 2-0 with less than a minute left, Riley Zimmerman scored his 21st of the season to bring the deficit to just a goal with 39 seconds left. OCN pushed the rest of the way; however, they couldn't find the equalizer.

Since losing to OCN last Tuesday, Dauphin has now won four straight games, all against West Division opponents. Next up for Dauphin is a home game on February 3 as Niverville comes to town.

It was a perfect weekend for the Dauphin Clippers as they wrapped up a busy three days with a convincing win against Roblin on Sunday.

Firing 63 shots on target, Dauphin scored on 13 of them as they downed the Raiders, 13-6, and they scored eight times in the third period alone.

Boston Karlson led the way in the game with three goals. Jaymen Fee and Braydyn Paskaruk both scored a pair of goals for Dauphin as did Ethan Carnegie. William Miner, Logan Chapman, Matthew Zurba and Landon Brown each scored a goal apiece for Dauphin in the big win as they completed a weekend in which they won three games in as many days. 

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On Saturday, Logan Chapman led the way as he scored four times in a huge 10-0 win against Crocus Plains while Boston Karlson recorded his first hat-trick of the season.

William Miner scored a pair of goals while Braydyn Paskaruk also scored in the game.

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In a solid win against Minnedosa, five Clippers scored in a 5-2 win.

Logan Chapman, Jaymen Fee, Landon Brown, Trayden Guiboche, and Matthew Zurba scored. 

The Grandview Comets put together a strong effort on the road and ended up with two points to show for it.

Warren Jubenvill scored the game-winning goal in a 4-3 win against Wapella while Brett Evans was once again fantastic in net. Also scoring in the game were Brett Ewanyshyn, Dave Elder, and Mitch Drysdale.

Grandview now welcomes Theodore to the GACC on Friday, February 3. Theodore is 13-3 on the season and sit in second in the North Division, only behind the Swan Valley Axemen. 

The Parkland U18 Rangers played two more solid games against top notch opponenets, but they came up short in both.

Playing Pembina Valley in Morden twice, the Rangers lost two one-goal games. The first of which came on Friday when four different Rangers scored in a 5-4 loss. Havyril Simchuk, Cash Clarkson, Luke Myhre, and Hayden Seib did the scoring. 

Then on Saturday, Simchuk scored another goal in a 4-3 loss. Tavyn Boychuk and Dru Mushumanski also scored. Kyler Swanton made 32 saves in the game. 

In front of the biggest crowd of the season on Ukrainian Night, the Dauphin Kings picked up two big points.

More than 2200 fans packed into the arena to watch the game as Dauphin skated off with a solid 5-2 victory as they are now tied for second place in the West Division.

Dmytro Kubrytskyi was excellent in net for Dauphin as he made his debut with the club and ended up making 28 saves in the win. He allowed a goal on OCN’s first shot of the night before making 28 straight saves to earn the victory.

Matthew Gough remained red-hot for Dauphin as he scored a pair of goals and he now has 19 on the season.

Jayden Harris, Nolan Wickham, and Alex Senf also scored for Dauphin in the game as the team won their 23rd game of the season.

Dauphin has now joined OCN and Swan Valley in second place and all three teams are just a pair of points behind Waywayseecappo for first place in the West. The two teams will play again on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

Dauphin has now won three straight games.

The Parkland Super League of Curling is down to just six teams as the playoffs will begin on Sunday.

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It’s one of the most highly anticipated games of the season as the Dauphin Kings will host another Ukrainian Night at Credit Union Place.

The OCN Blizzard are coming to town for the matchup as it’s a battle of two of the top teams in the West Division. While Cole Sheffield and Marko Belak have performed very well this season, it’s Dmytro Kubrytskyi’s time in Dauphin.

Kubrytskyi is set to make his debut with Dauphin on Friday as Dauphin battles OCN. Kubrytskyi just returned to the team after playing with the Ukrainian U25 National Team at the World University Games.

In three games played, Dmytro made 89 saves, 40 of which came in a hard-fought battle against Team Canada. He also turned away 18 shots in a big 12-2 win against Sweden.

Previous to that, Dmytro was excellent with the team during the ‘Hockey Can’t Stop Tour’. He finished it off by making 12 saves in a win against the University of Manitoba Bisons. Dmytro also made 49 saves combined in two games against the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Calgary.

Tickets for the game are still on sale by heading to the Speedy Glass South Ticket Office.