It was another busy weekend on the ice for the Parkland U15 Women's Rangers as they played three games as a part of Hockey Manitoba's Female Showcase.

In the team's first game, Olivia Brown was stellar in net as she made 52 saves in a 5-2 loss against Yellowhead. Aubrey Carr and Hannah Robson did the scoring for Parkland in the game. Maliya Malowski earned an assist while Ava Cole picked up two.

In their next game, Morgan Gouldie made 28 saves in a defeat against the Fort Garry Twins. Then in a hard fought 4-1 loss against the Assiniboine Park Rangers, Layne Minshull scored Parkland's lone goal. Peyton Lehmann-Mullin and Sophie Oversby earned the assists. Olivia Brown made 33 saves. 

The Layne's Stars fast-pitch team is a powerhouse on the diamond, not only in Manitoba but across the country. No matter what tournament it is, Layne's Stars always seem to be right in the thick of things and competing for a title.

For Norman Lacquette, it's a special feeling to get the chance to be with the group. From Dauphin, Norman is proud to be a Star and now, he's heading to Halifax. He's one of 14 players that have made the U16 Manitoba men's softball roster. The team will compete in the 2023 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG).

Lacquette says it's an honour to get this opportunity.

"It feels amazing, I believe this shows what is to come," said Lacquette. "I started at the bottom and I'm trying to work my way up to the top."

Earlier this year, Norman was named the MASRC Athlete of the Month in May. Lacquette is giving a lot of the credit to Layne's Stars. After moving to Dauphin at a young age because there was a greater chance to play competitive sports, Lacquette has learnt everything he knows from members of Layne's Stars. He will have to wait several more months until he gets the chance to hit the diamond with them again, but he's certainly looking forward to it.

"Playing with the family team, we have always been so close and I've really enjoyed looking up to all of them," said Lacquette. "They show you what is right, I can't wait to get back on the diamond with them."

The NAIG will take place July 15-23, 2023. The wait of more than 215 days gives Norman the chance to continue to hone his skills inside and prepare to play on the national stage.

"Playing against the best 16U teams in the country is a great opportunity," said Lacquette. "I think we just have to play simple ball and not take anything for granted."

Norman is now playing with the Dauphin Clippers hockey team and he's enjoying a very solid campaign with four goals and three assists for a team that leads the league at 10-2. 

The Battlefords North Stars have played 25 games this season and they still haven't tasted defeat in regulation. The team has lost just three times this season, twice in overtime and once in a shootout. Other than that, it's been a perfect campaign for the club as they sit on top of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League with a record of 22-0-2-1. 

Of the 118 teams in the Canadian Junior Hockey League, Battlefords is the only team that has not lost a game in regulation. The Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League has gone a perfect 24-for-24 to start the season; however, they are not a part of the CJHL. The CJHL has now released its weekly Top 20 rankings and once again, the North Stars are on top of the list. They have an eight-point lead over La Ronge for first place in the league overall. Battlefords has the top three scorers in the league, combining for 121 points and Josh Kotai in net has a stingy 2.05 goals-against average to go along with a league-best, .941 save percentage.

The Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League are once again ranked second in the country. They have just one regulation loss and have looked just as if not more impressive than Battlefords this season. The North Stars have scored 126 times while giving up just 56 goals. Brooks; meanwhile, has scored 190 times while giving up just five more goals than Battlefords. The Bandits are 30-1-1-1 and they are the two-time defending national champions. They will look to make it three straight at Stride Place if they qualify for the event out of the AJHL. Aiden Fink leads all CJHL forwards with 67 points and he has played just 33 games. 

Here in Manitoba, the Steinbach Pistons, Portage Terriers, and Winkler Flyers have made the list.

Steinbach Pistons - #5 - up from #5 last week:

They have seven wins in a row and they're 22-4 to lead the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. They scored 14 times in just two games over the weekend against the Oil Capitals and there are no signs that would show Steinbach will slow down anytime soon.

Opponents may get a small break if Ty Paisley makes Team Canada West. Paisley has 37 points in 26 games for Steinbach this year, but he's currently out east at Team Canada West selection camp ahead of the World Jr. A Challenge. If he makes the team, he will miss the rest of Steinbach's action prior to Christmas. Steinbach's offence includes the lethal Davis Fry who has chalked up 44 points so far and Travis Hensrud has 35. Add Ian Amsbaugh's 28 and eight other players that have at least 15, and the Pistons are an offensive juggernaut. 

The team has scored 122 goals which are the most in the league and their 54 goals against are also the fewest. They are 27.8% on the power play and 87.2% on the penalty kill. With three games this week, two of which are on the road against Selkirk and Niverville, the team will look to make it 10 straight wins. The team then wraps up the week on home ice against the Nighthawks before a heavyweight tilt with Portage next week and they play the Terriers twice before the Christmas break. With three teams all having more than 40 points in the MGEU East, only has a three-point gap on top. They have been on cruise control all season and with just four losses to their name, Steinbach is certainly one of the early favourites to advance to the Centennial Cup.

Portage Terriers - #10 - down from #9 last week:

They have points in five straight games and they scored with just 30 seconds left on Sunday in a 4-3 win against OCN to complete a weekend sweep. At 20-5-1, the Terriers are three points back of Steinbach for first place in the league. As Centennial Cup hosts, the Terriers will be playing under the brightest lights, regardless of what happens the rest of the way, but this team wants to win an MJHL title.

They have 117 goals for and just 77 against. While they haven't looked quite as dominant as Steinbach, Portage is for real. Led by Hayden Lacquette who has 31 points, Portage scores by committee as nine players have at least 20 points, including Kian Calder, who is the brother of Logan Calder. 

The Terriers play just twice this week as they welcome Dauphin to Portage on Wednesday before heading to Winkler on Friday evening. That's just the start of what is a daunting remainder of 2022 as they will play Steinbach twice, and Winkler one other time before the calendar switches to 2023. While the December 1 cut-down deadline has come and gone, Blake Spiller will like to shore up his roster before the January 10 deadline and a change in net is likely at this point. Bailey Monteith's 2.73 goals-against average is ninth-best in the league while Jayden Catellier's 2.78 is eleventh-best. The duo has gotten the job done so far, but don't be surprised if Portage is in the market for a 20-year-old goalie or even a younger one that is looking to move to a national hosting team. 

Portage will continue to be near the top of the standings without a doubt for the remainder of the season and when May comes around, the top teams in the country will embark on Stride Place and you can expect the Terriers to be right in the thick of things.

Winkler Flyers - #16 - up from HM last week:

With 18 wins in their first 28 games, Winkler is rolling on all cylinders. Fresh off a clean sweep over the weekend against Dauphin, the Flyers are just three points back of Steinbach. There's no denying the team's offensive ability as they have 101 goals this year, but they really take over a game with their defensive play.

Their 63 goals against are the second-fewest in the league, only Steinbach has allowed less. Winkler has quietly gone about their business as they were honourable mentions in the Top 20 for the first several weeks of the season, but they have officially made the top 20. Justin Svenson has 18 goals for the team and his 27 points are tied with Trent Sambrook. The smooth-skating Sambrook is a workhorse and is already committed to play Division 1 hockey next season with Mercyhurst. 

Since opening November with back-to-back regulation losses, Winkler has not lost in regulation since. They played eight games following a 3-1 loss on November 4, winning five of the contests while their three losses came in overtime. Two games against Portage and a game against Steinbach headline Winkler's five-game schedule prior to Christmas. With a legitimate chance to be the number one ranked team overall in the league heading into 2023, the Flyers are certainly a team to watch out for. Led by Justin Falk who is the head coach for Team Canada West at the World Jr. A Challenge, the Flyers are looking to take things two steps further than last year when they lost to Dauphin in the league semi-final. 

Chayne Paziuk put together a tremendous performance with the Parkland Gators at a swim meet in Brandon over the weekend.

Pazuik finished first in the 50m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m freestyle, and 50m breaststroke. In all, it was a tremendous weekend for the program. 

Full Results:

Frankie Fjeldsted
1st in 25m back, 4th in 25m free, 9th in 50m free,

Evan Favel 
2nd in 25m breast, 6th in 25m free, 7th in 25m back, 12th in 50m free

Polly Fjeldsted 
1st in 25m breast, 2nd 25m free, 3rd in 25m fly, 5th in 50m free/50m back/25m back

Lily Montagnion
2nd in 50m back, 3rd in 100m back/100m free, 4th in 50m free, 5th in 50m breast

Renee Fee
4th in 100m back/50m back, 5th in 100m free, 6th in 100m breast/50m free, 7th in 50m breast

Paityn Bourgouin 
1st in 100m back/50m back, 2nd in 50m fly, 3rd in 50m free/100m free/50m breast

Mila Heschuk 
1st in 50m fly/100m breast, 2nd in 50m back/100m free/50m breast, 4th in 50m free

Kiara Wilson 
1st in 100m back, 2nd in 50m breast, 4th in 50m free/50m back/100m fly, 5th in 100m free

Sophia Heschuk 
2nd 100m breast, 4th in 100m free/50m breast, 5th in 50m back/50m free/100m fly

Shawn Woods was born in Swift Current and in 1997, he moved to Neepawa to become the Head Professional at the Neepawa Golf & Country Club and remained in that position for 12 years. Then just as the Poplar Ridge Golf Course was opening, Woods was hired as head professional and spent four years at Poplar Ridge, starting in 2009.

Woods has been a PGA of Manitoba Professional for the past 30 years and he's been a Class 'A' Professional for the past 25. Most recently, he was head professional at Golf Kenosee from 2016 to 2017 and he was an associate professional in Estevan in 2018.

Still living in Neepawa with his wife, Shawn will now spend his summers in Dauphin as he's been named the new Head Professional and General Manager at the Dauphin Lake Golf Club. Shawn is hoping to have the pro shop open in the next couple of weeks ahead of Christmas for any last-minute shoppers and he's looking forward to getting down to business ahead of the new season.

"I'm very excited, it's another venture that I'm looking forward to," said Woods. "It's a new golf course, new people, and I enjoy that aspect of the job and getting to know people."

When it comes to his playing ability, Shawn is definitely able to keep his own. He has a little course on his property in Neepawa which allows him to get in extra practice and he's played in a number of PGA of Manitoba events over the years. Just two years ago in 2020, Woods won the Hodson Financial Seniors Championship by firing a round of 69. He beat the likes of Rob Damsgaard, Dave Lavallee, and Dave McMillan, just to name a few. 

"The game of golf has been very good for my life and I'm very thankful for it," offered Woods. "I would like to think that I'm a better player now than I ever have been. I have put more time into it over the past few years and I love competing, I love that drive. There's no one to blame for a mistake, it's all on me and that's something I really enjoy."

A skilled player himself, Shawn is looking forward to sharing his knowledge with the juniors in the Parkland and anyone that shows interest in getting lessons. Membership and tee-time activity has gained steam over the past couple of years at the Dauphin Lake Golf Club and Shawn is looking forward to continuing with that trend and increasing participation.

"Lessons will be available daily, it's just a matter of players letting me know and booking times," offered Woods. "We will also be doing some ladies' clinics and junior clinics. I enjoy teaching and sharing my knowledge with people. The game of golf is one that you never conquer, so I believe having lesions is very important."

Woods takes over for Ray Karlson, who spent six years as general manager and Shawn believes that Ray left the course in a great spot.

"I know he did a great job and I look forward to continuing with what he did while starting fresh as far as my ideas and how I like to run things," ended Woods. 

The Parkland U15 Rangers wrapped up their weekend with a solid effort and two points.

Hayden Shtykalo led the way with four goals and five points total in a 7-3 win against the Central Plains Capitals.

Quinten Fisk scored twice in the win while Cash McCallum also scored for Parkland.

Kyle Pelletier made 31 saves in net to earn the win. 

Breken Brezden is heading to the national championships.

The best junior women's skaters at the junior age level competed this weekend at the Skate Canada Challenge in Winnipeg. The event featured skaters from Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon.

The top 18 skaters would book their berth at the nationals and Breken finished in 10th place. She will now head to Oshawa next month. It was Brezden's goal at the start of the season to qualify for nationals and that is exactly what she has done.

"It means a lot and I'm really excited for the opportunity to compete at the national event," said Brezden. 

It was the Southwest Cougars that got the last goal on Saturday, but it was still a great weekend for the Parkland U18 Rangers.

The team earned three of a possible four points after a tight overtime loss against the Cougars in Killarney. Dru Mushumanski led Parkland with a pair of goals in the game.

Andrew Pidskalny also scored for Parkland in the game. Chase Glover made 32 saves.

A tough second period on Saturday was the downfall for the Dauphin Kings.

The Winkler Flyers scored three times in the second period, and they skated off with a solid 5-2 win. Winkler’s win saw them sweep the weekend series after a 3-1 win on Friday.

Dauphin found themselves down 1-0 after 20 minutes, but Mason Smith gave the Kings some life with a beautiful goal just 23 seconds into the second period. Winkler took over from there as Zach Nicolas, Trent Sambrook, and Jayce Legaarden found the back of the net as Winkler took a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Jamie Valentino scored his first as a King early in the third, but it wasn’t enough. Xyon Kiemeney sealed the game with his fourth of the season into an empty net late in the third period.

Dauphin has now dropped four straight games as they’re now 14-2-2. Winkler is now 18-5-4-1 as they inch closer to Steinbach for first place in the MGEU East Division.

Next up for Dauphin is a trip to Portage for a game against the Terriers on Wednesday night. Dauphin then heads to Winnipeg on Friday before returning to Dauphin for Tractor Lotto Sunday and a date with the Stampeders in eight days.

The Major Pratt Trojans varsity girls' volleyball team have been a powerhouse this season and now, they're provincial champions.

The team completed a near perfect season on Saturday as they captured the buffalo at Margaret Barbour Collegiate. The group lost just one set at the event and they won the gold medal game in straight sets.

Including the provincials, Major Pratt won eight tournaments this season. They placed second in Regina and finished in the top four in Niverville and Brandon, two tournaments that featured some of the best teams in the province.

Head coach, Tanya Thompson celebrated the victory.

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The Dauphin Kings losing streak has been extended to three games.

Opening up a big two-game set against the Winkler Flyers, Dauphin struggled to find the back of the net often enough as they were downed 3-1 against the Flyers, who now have 17 wins on the season.

Winkler scored twice in the first period, both on the power play as they opened a 2-0 after 20 minutes. Dauphin has now given up seven power play goals in the last three games and at least two in each of the contests.

The Kings came out on fire in the second period as they outshot the Flyers, 17-1; however, Malachi Klassen stood tall in net for Winkler as Dauphin couldn’t find the back of the net.

The Kings would score just 70 seconds into the third as Anthony Bax beat Klassen to bring the Kings within a goal. In the end, the Flyers would score into an empty-net with less than a minute left as they earned their 17th win of the season and tied up the season series at a win apiece.

Dauphin’s third loss in a row sees them drop to 14-11-2 for 30 points, which is still only four points back of OCN for first place in the West Division.

Winkler; meanwhile, improved to 17-5-4-1 and they remain three points back of Steinbach for first in the East Division after the Pistons throttled Virden on Friday night.

The two teams will play again on Saturday night.