The Parkland U18 Rangers defended Credit Union Place perfectly on Friday night.

The team's offence fired it up in a big way as they scored four times in the third period in a 6-2 win. Cash Clarkson led the way with two goals while Ryan Gower and Dru Mushumanski both had two assists.

Jackson Badowski, Tyrell Leaske, Luke Myhre, and Skyler Carriere also scored for Parkland. The team is now off to Winnipeg for a pair of games against the Thrashers on Saturday and Sunday. 

Tyson Zimmer has had this game circled on his calendar from the day he was traded. 

The Russell native was drafted by the Brandon Wheat Kings sixth overall in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. He went on to play 87 games with the team and he scored 12 times while adding 13 assists. Then on September 27, Zimmer was dealt to the Lethbridge Hurricanes as his time as a Wheat King came to an end.

On Friday, Zimmer will be back at Westoba Place as the 'Canes roll into Brandon to open up a two-game set with the Wheat Kings. Zimmer has flourished in his new role with Lethbridge as he has five goals and nine assists in 22 games and he's well on his way to recording a career year.

He also recorded the game-winner earlier this week on Tuesday as Lethbridge downed the Winnipeg ICE. At the time, the ICE was 20-1 and they're the number one ranked team in Canada. Brandon and Lethbridge play Friday at 7 and they hit the ice again for a rematch on Saturday, once again at 7. You can get tickets at Wheat Kings.

Kiera Haney joined the RVC club volleyball team in grade eight as a practice player. She immediately fell in love with the game and four years later, Haney is putting together an all-star season on a team that has dominated their competition all season long.

Playing with the Major Pratt Trojans varsity girls team, the team has won five tournaments and they finished in the top four in Niverville and the Neelin Dig which are two very high-profile tournaments. 

The team is now preparing to play for a provincial title next weekend as they head to Margaret Barbour Collegiate. They're in a pool alongside Souris, Warren, Elton, and the host team. Haney says it's been a special season and the team is locked in for next weekend.

"It's been going great, it's a great way to have our grade 12 year go," said Haney. "We're hoping to bring back a provincial title and I think it's looking pretty good for us, so we're extremely excited to get down to business next weekend."

Kiera is a co-captain this season and playing on the right side, Haney has dominated on the court and she's also a great leader off the court. Jay Thiesen is the Athletic Director at Major Pratt and he said this on Kiera.

"As co-captain, the team benefits from Kiera’s positive attitude and her willingness to help out her teammates," offered Thiesen.

While her high school volleyball days are coming to an end, Haney has added another award to her resume as she was named the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba High School Athlete of the Week. Then shortly after, it was announced that Kiera will play in the MHSAA graduating all-star game.

"It feels great, I was really happy to hear I was named athlete of the week," ended Haney. "Then to be named to the graduating all-star game, that's a really special feeling to end my career as a high school volleyball player."

Kiera also excels in the classroom with an academic average of 88%.

Aidan Brook joined the Dauphin Kings at the trade deadline last year and he helped the team win the Turnbull Cup and then advance to the national semifinal in Estevan.

The Roblin native remains with the team as he has two goals and 10 assists this season. He was the lone Brook on the team until now as Jakob Brook is back in his home region.

The Kings are pleased to announce that Jakob has joined the team to finish his junior career. With 187 games of Western Hockey League experience under his belt, Jakob is thrilled to be back in Dauphin playing for the Kings and with his brother.

“I’m excited to be here, it’s great that I get to be back home playing with this team,” said Brook. “It’s awesome that I also get to play with Aidan, we haven’t played together in a long time. I’m looking forward to being back and getting things going with the club.”

Jakob brings a championship mentality to Dauphin. He was with the Prince Albert Raiders in the 2018-19 season when they won the Western Hockey League title and represented the league at the Memorial Cup. He played 23 games in the playoffs that year, posting two assists.

Following a 38-game stint the following year with Prince Albert where he recorded nine points, Brook was traded to the Regina Pats.  His last 65 games have come with Regina, but now he’s with Dauphin. Jakob was in the stands on Tuesday when Dauphin downed the Centennial Cup-hosting, Portage Terriers.

“They played a great game against Portage and you see the building points,” said Brook. “It’s exciting to join a team that has a winning culture.”

Jakob says his goal is to come in and immediately make an impact with his speed and scoring ability.

“It’s a great opportunity to play here,” said Brook. “I get the chance to be free and do the best I can to help this team win and enjoy myself for my last year.”

Brook is eligible to join his brother in the lineup on Friday when Dauphin heads to Neepawa to play the Titans.

The Dauphin Clippers hockey team continued to roll on Thursday. 

William Miner scored twice in a commanding 6-2 win against the Chancellors.

Logan Chapman, Jaymen Fee, Jake Kuzmiak, and Liam Chartrand also scored for Dauphin in the game.

The team has now won nine of their first 11 games.

Matthew Zurba has been playing football since he was just a young kid. His older brothers Zach and Steven both played the game so Matthew was always around the field and he fell in love with the game.

Now that he's just turned 17, Zurba's high school football chapter has come to an end. He wrapped up his high school days on the field when the team came up short in their semifinal against the Interlake Thunder. While it was a tough loss, Zurba isn't focusing on the loss, he is only remembering the amazing times he had with his teammates, which he refers to as family. Matthew has always had a team-first mentality and that will never change.

"All these guys that I have been playing with, it is sad that it's come to an end, but I enjoyed it so much while it lasted," said Zurba. "Every game, we just went out and played our hardest and had fun together. All my teammates will always be family to me."

In his final game football game as a Clipper against Interlake, Zurba rushed for 21 yards and he also finished the game with three tackles. Zurba also served as the junior varsity team's offensive coordinator. 

When Matthew puts his mind to something, he always finds a way to make special things happen and he certainly did on the field and in the classroom as well. His academic average is nearly 100% and he takes great pride in his studies and that's one of the reasons why Zurba has won a prestigious award.

The Norris Aitken Memorial Award recognized a player who combines football ability, academic ability and other criteria schools deem to be an asset to all-round individuals. Norris himself was a longtime coach of the Clippers and a commissioner of the Rural Manitoba Football League for several years. Five players were nominated this season, and Matthew Zurba was the winner. It's the first time that he has won the award, and he is truly grateful.

"It means a lot to me, I put in a lot of work for everything I do," said Zurba. "To be recognized for that means a lot. I also couldn't do this without my amazing teammates and great teachers, they're a big reason why I was able to win this award."

Zurba has now traded his football gloves for a hockey stick as the grade 12 student is suiting up with the Dauphin Clippers high school hockey team. They're off to an 8-2 start as they lead the Westman High School Hockey League. Zurba is third in team scoring this year with his three goals and nine assists. Dauphin is back on home ice Thursday against the Chancellors and then they head to Brandon to play Crocus Plains on Sunday. 

Just like his football teammates were family, Zurba also calls his teammates on the ice family.

"Right off the start of the year, we had a great group of guys," said Zurba. "We always work hard and that's what Clippers do. It's been really enjoyable to play and just go out and win games. We play as a team, we play the right way and our goal is to win a championship."

Although Matthew doesn't know what the future holds, with his work ethic and dedication to being great, amazing things will come for the grade 12 Dauphin Clipper. 

Team Norma Johnson has added a silver medal to their trophy case after a great performance at the Golden Gals Provincial Championships.

At the event last weekend in Flin Flon, the foursome went 4-1 prior to the finals. The team included Norma, Terri Todoruk, Carlou Wareham, and Pearl Maksymetz.

The team would come up short in the final, but it was still a weekend to remember for the team.

"It felt great even though we came up short, I am very proud of the team," said Johnson. "The hospitality in Flin Flon was first-class, we had a great time."

The Dauphin Clippers hockey team is rolling along nicely as they prepare for two games over the next five days against teams below them in the standings. Then again; however, there is no team that is higher than Dauphin in the standings.

Sitting at 8-2 after 10 games, Dauphin has a four-point lead over five teams for first place in the Westman High School Hockey League. The team picked up their biggest win of the season last week in a 9-0 win against Major Pratt. A tough effort against Birtle led to a loss but Owen Chubka recorded a 19-save shutout back on Sunday in a 2-0 win over Boissevain as Dauphin got back in the win column. 

Dauphin has scored 48 goals this season and they have been very stingy defensively, giving up just 27 goals. Jason Alf is a part of the team's coaching staff and he has been impressed with how the team has been playing.

"We're still showing a few ups and downs, our most complete game was definitely against Major Pratt," said Alf. "All in all, we're happy with our record and we continue to work on some things moving ahead here."

Of Dauphin's 48 goals, William Miner has scored six of them. He leads the club with 16 points and that amount is just 10 back of the league leader. His 10 assists are tied for the fifth-most in the league ahead of two more games this week for the team.

"William has always been one of the hardest workers on and off the ice," said Miner. "The points he has earned this year are because he works hard. He goes to the tough spots and makes things happen. I couldn't be happier for him."

In the net, the Clippers have a tremendous duo of Chubka and Cody Coombs. Owen has started in six games this season and he has a superb 2.00 goals-against average to go along with a .929 save percentage while Coombs has four starts and he has looked just as impressive between the pipes. They have offence up front, a great defensive core, and the Clippers' goaltending duo makes this club a dangerous threat each night.

"You need a good combination of goaltending, you can't ride one single goalie for an entire season," said Alf. "Chubka continues to get stronger every game and Coombs just continues to play solid and they both give us a chance to win games."

The Dauphin Kings opened up a big lead, Marko Belak put together a masterful performance and the team has their 14th win of the season.

Playing their first game of the season against the Portage Terriers, the Kings led 4-1 in the third period, and they ended up holding on for a 4-3 win.

Belak finished the game with 41 saves. The Kings came out on fire offensively as they scored three goals in the first 9:44 of the game. This included a highlight reel goal from Blake Boudreau in which he undressed a Terrier defender and Bailey Monteith in net as he scored his eighth of the season.

Mathew Gough opened up the scoring and Myles Yearwood scored his fourth to give Dauphin a 3-0 lead. Kian Calder — the brother of Logan Calder who helped Dauphin win the Turnbull Cup last year — would score his fifth to give Portage some life, but they still trailed by a pair of goals after 20 minutes.

Dauphin scored the lone goal in the second as Jayden Harris finished off a 2-on-1 with his seventh of the season, just 93 seconds into the frame as Dauphin led 4-1 after 40 minutes.

Hayden Lacquette scored in his return to Dauphin for Portage in the third and Noah Wagner also scored; however, it wasn’t enough for the Terriers as they fell short.

Dauphin has now beaten all of the top teams in the East Division, the Steinbach Pistons, Winkler Flyers, and now the Portage Terriers.

With the win, the team improves to 14-8-2 and they’re in solo second in the West Division. Dauphin is also just two points back of OCN who is in first in the division.

Next up for the Kings is a home-and-home this weekend with the Neepawa Titans. Friday’s game is in Neepawa before the clubs return to Dauphin on Saturday.

The Parkland U18 Rangers had a very slow start to their season as they lost 10 of their first 12 games. Once the calendar flipped to November; however, the team turned things around.

While they have still lost six of their last eight games, the team is playing much better hockey. Four of those six losses have been by a single goal. Two of the losses have also come after regulation time. 

Playing a very good Yellowhead team this past weekend, the Rangers earned three of a possible four points. They also picked up two points and nearly three against the Pembina Valley Hawks, who are in fourth place in the league right now at 13-4-2. The Rangers are now just five points back of a playoff spot. 

Bo Eisner is the team's captain this year and he says the club is continuing to improve and show that they can compete with anyone.

"We're a young team and we showed that at the start of the year," said Eisner. "We're starting to mesh together and we're putting together some strong performances, it's great to see and be a part of."

This is Bo's third season with the U18 club. Last year he posted six goals and 30 points in the regular season and then he helped the team advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in more than 20 years. Eisner prides himself on his play in his defensive end and he is a workhorse as the 17-year-old has averaged more than 27 minutes a game of ice-time. Over the weekend in their split with Yellowhead, Bo scored twice and added three assists and thanks to his success, he's been named the CCM Player of the Week. 

"It's a great honour, there are a ton of really good players in this league," said Eisner. "I think it's really a testament to how hard our entire team has been working, I couldn't do it without them and we have a great coaching staff."

Bo also says it's an honour to serve as the team's captain this year. Eisner is one of the Swan Valley Stampeders' top prospects and he will be back on the ice this Friday as Parkland welcomes Norman to Credit Union Place. The team then embarks on a two-game road trip as they're in Winnipeg to play the Thrashers on Saturday and Sunday. 

It was a picture-perfect performance for Owen Chubka.

The Dauphin Clippers goalie made 19 saves yesterday in a 2-0 win against Boissevain.

Jaymen Fee and William Miner scored for Dauphin in the game.