The Parkland Super League of Curling season is underway at the Dauphin Curling Club.

Week 1 action:

Turko Fertilizer skipped by Kyle Forsyth beat Co-op Agro skipped by Chad Sahulka, 9-4;

Oil Depot skipped by Jim Todoruk beat Nutrien Ag Solutions skipped by Glenn Toews, 7-6; and

Cross Town Motors skipped by Greg Clark beat Richardson Pioneer skipped by Greg Todoruk, 5-4.

Four key members of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have been nominated for some year-end hardware as the CFL regular season has come to an end.

Most Outstanding Player - Zach Collaros

Collaros led the Bombers to a franchise-record 15 wins in the regular season. He set career highs in passing yards this season, throwing for 4,183 yards and his 37 touchdowns were a league-best.

Only Khari Jones' 46 touchdowns thrown in a single season were more than Zach's this season. Winnipeg is an incredible 32-4 in games that Collaros has started since his arrival at the trade deadline back in October and they have won back-to-back Grey Cup titles. Winnipeg will host the Western Semifinal against either British Columbia or Calgary

Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman - Stanley Bryant 

He won the award in 2017, 2018 and 2021 which makes him the only player to win the award three times in its history. 

Bryant is a critical part of the team's offensive unit that ranks second in points, sacks surrendered and rushing yards to go along with first in touchdowns.

Most Outstanding Rookie - Dalton Schoen

A man on a mission, that was Schoen as no one was able to stop him this season. He led the league in receiving with 1,441 yards on 70 receptions and he caught 16 touchdown passes, a Blue Bomber franchise record for a first-year player. 

Dalton's 1,441 yards have only been outmatched by Milt Stegall as he added up 1,896 yards in 2002. That is a franchise statistic. Schoen also led the CFL in second-down conversion catches, with a remarkable 41 of his 70 catches keeping the offence on the field,  and recorded five 100-yard receiving games this season.

Coach of the Year Finalist - Mike O'Shea

This comes as little to no surprise as Mike led the Bombers to a 15-3 record. He is now 82-58 as the Bombers' head coach since joining the club in 2014. Only Bud Grant (102) and Cal Murphy (86) have more wins as the team's head coach. 

O'Shea has led the Bombers to a 28-2 record in their last 30 games at IG Field, the venue where they will host the division semifinal

It was an exciting weekend of curling for Team Shayna Benson. Led by the Winnipegosis skip, the full Parkland team competed in the Canada Games Trials in Winnipeg where they showed signs of excellence.

Joining Benson was Grace Van Buekenhout of Dauphin, Cloe Haluschak of Swan River and Laina Leadbeater, also of Swan River. Lisa Hale served as the team's coach. They won two of their seven games and who they beat was most impressive. 

They beat Team Van Ryssel and that team ended up playing in the bronze medal game. They also stole three points in the eighth end to beat Team Wahl and that foursome ended up stealing two in the eighth end to win the championship game. 

It's been more than two years since fans flocked into the GACC to watch the Grandview Comets hit the ice but that wait is soon coming to an end.

The Comets are back as they will play in the Saskatchewan East Hockey League this year as the North Central Hockey League is taking a pause. Grandview is one of two Parkland teams in the league this year as the Swan Valley Axemen will also play in the league.

Other teams include the Canora Cobras, Cote Selects, Ituna Avalanche, Langenburg Warriors, Rocanville Tigers, Theodore Buffalos, Wapella Blackhawks, and the Whitewood Orioles. Each team will play a home and home with the season set to begin this weekend.

Grandview welcomes Theodore to Grandview on Saturday night as both teams open their season and it's a very tough start for the Comets as the Buffalos were undefeated at 12-0 last year and they advanced to the league final before coming up short against Rocanville. Following Saturday's game, Grandview heads on the road for two games before returning to the GACC on Saturday, November 19 when the Orioles are in town.

Branden Storey is set to play with his hometown team and he says everyone is ready to go.

"Everyone is pretty excited to get back on the ice after the two-year break," said Storey. "We have had some pretty great turnouts at practices. As we get closer to Saturday, it's starting to feel more real and everyone is ready to go."

Here is the Comets' full roster:

#1 Brett Evans
#4 Kaine Morran
#5 Ryan Tokar
#6 Branden Storey
#7 Brett Ewanyshyn
#8 Teagan Klemetski
#10 Dylan Storey
#11 Lane Luhowy
#12 Evan Gullet
#14 Derrick Pulock
#15 Steegan Stoski
#16 Tanner White
#18 Mitch Drysdale
#19 Dylan Ushkowski
#20 Chris Porter
#21 Blair Barker
#22 Braden Paterson
#23 Warren Jubenvill
#24 Dave Elder
#33 Keenan Pasternak

While Branden is expecting some very tough competition, he does believe Grandview will remain right in games.

"I think we're looking very competitive," said Storey. "We're going to play simple hockey. Five feet passes and chipping the boards. We aren't going to be fancy by any means but we're going to work extremely hard and we will be tough to play against."

Comet fun facts:

  • Kaine Morran is the all-time team leader in points with 291, Steegan Stoski is just behind with 284
  • Stoski's 139 goals are the most in team history, Derrick Pulock is just behind with 108
  • Kaine's 605 penalty minutes are also the most in team history
  • Derrick Pulock's 262 games played are the most in team history
  • In the 2012-13 season, Steegan had 69 points (34g, 35a) and that's the most points in a single season in team history.

You can find Grandview's full schedule at Saskatchewan East Hockey League

The Dauphin Kings led from start to finish on Monday night as they earned their 10th win of the season.

Backed by a stellar offensive performance from Mason Smith and a great goaltending effort from Cole Sheffield, Dauphin downed Waywayseecappo, 5-0, as the two teams wrapped up a home-and-home.

Smith recorded his first hat-trick with the Kings as he opened the scoring and then added two more in the third. Thomas Stewart and Matthew Gough also scored for Dauphin in the win.

The Kings ended up going 1-for-6 on the power play and the team’s penalty kill remained red-hot, going 2-for-2.

Dauphin did a great job defensively as they didn’t allow 10 shots in any single period, and they only gave up four in the third period.

With the win, the Kings are now 10-6-2 and now have 22 points and they’re now five points ahead against Waywayseecappo for second in the West Division. Dauphin will now focus on a home-and-home with Selkirk this weekend, Friday’s game is in Dauphin.

Swan River's Trey Sauder is helping his hometown team rack up wins.

On Friday night against the Selkirk Steelers, Trey scored once while adding three assists as the Stamps' completed a comeback in which they were down 4-2 late in the third period. Then on Saturday, he scored a goal in a win against the Winnipeg Freeze. Thanks to his success, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League named Trey as a Star of the Week. 

Swan Valley is tied for third in the West Division and they're only two points back of second. Sauder has four goals and five assists in 17 games. Last year he posted five goals and 12 assists in the regular season before scoring four times against Dauphin in the first round of the playoffs. 

Mathew Vandepoele was named to the all-star team as the Ste. Rose Celtics hosted their tournament over the weekend.

Vandepoele had a great weekend as he helped the team finish in fifth place. Ste. Rose won three of their six sets in the round-robin and they ended up winning the consolation bracket as they beat the Frontier Raiders in their final game.

In an all-Parkland battle in the championship final, the co-op team of Alonsa/McCreary downed the Dauphin Clippers in straight sets to win the championship. 

For the second week in a row, three teams in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League have cracked the Top 20 rankings released by the Canadian Junior Hockey League on Monday.

Topping the list overall is the Battlefords North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. At 15-0-1-1, Battlefords is first overall in the SJHL standings but they only have a narrow six-point lead over Humboldt for that positioning. The Flin Flon Bombers are only eight points back.

In the MJHL this week, the Portage Terriers continue to climb the rankings. They were ranked 10th last week and they are now sixth in the weekly rankings. As Centennial Cup hosts, the Terriers continue to roll as they're 13-2 and are tied with Steinbach for first place overall. They've won three of their last four games and have 15 points in their last three wins. Led by Daniel Siso's 19 points (7g, 12a), Portage boasts a lethal lineup and they have great depth as nine players have at least 10 points which includes Hayden Lacquette who has three goals and 12 assists. 

They also acquired Bryden Kiesman from the SJHL and he is off to a red-hot start with Portage, scoring six times and adding four assists in just six games. If there is one downfall to Portage's game, they have struggled heavily to be disciplined as they lead the league with 407 penalty minutes. They have been very efficient on the penalty kill; however, at 86.6% on the penalty kill and 23.8% on the power play. Portage plays three games this week starting on Tuesday in Winnipeg against the Blues before they host the Blues on Friday and the Pistons on Sunday.

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There are teams on the Top 20 list that shouldn't be on the list. The Steinbach Pistons should be and they're ranked seventh this week, down two from last week. At 13-2, the Pistons are tied with Portage for first place overall in the league and they have a line that has been masterful this season. Ty Paisley leads the line with 26 points, Travis Hensrud has 25 and Davis Fry has 24. Paisley has also been named to NHL Central Scouting's Preliminary 'Players to Watch' list ahead of the 2023 NHL Draft. Steinbach isn't as well-rounded as Portage as only six players have at least 10 points but that hasn't mattered to this point with how dominant their first line has been.

The question for some people is the success that they're having sustainable? Time will tell but it's safe to expect that the trio will continue to dominate. At 27.0% on the power play, Steinbach tops the league in that category and they're also 86.3%. This is a very hockey club but will they be able to get scoring outside of their first line when it comes down to it, time will tell.

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A young man from Grandview is making his presence felt with the Winkler Flyers. Jayce Legaarden is having a great rookie season with six goals and seven assists. One week after being honourable mentioned, the Flyers are now ranked 13th in the country. At 11-3-1-1, Winkler is just two points back of first place in the East Division. Winkler has points in eight straight games and their only defeat in that time was a 3-4 overtime setback against the OCN Blizzard.

A busy start to November will see the team play four games in the first eight days of the month and three of them come on the road. After starting this month on home ice against Steinbach, Winkler heads to OCN for a game with the Blizzard on Friday before the team is in Swan Valley on Saturday. That's followed up with a game in Virden next week before playing the Winnipeg Freeze next weekend. If Winkler can find a way to improve its special teams, they could take things to the next level. They have just 10 power play goals and are 13.7% and their penalty kill is just 78.8%

All in all, it's been smooth sailing for the most part in Winkler this season and they will look to keep it going this week. They have a chance to join Steinbach in first with two regulation points on Wednesday. 

A team from Brandon has won a prestigious tournament for the first time in 22 years.

The U15 Wheat Kings won all six of their games to win the Graham Tuer U15 Challenge in Regina. The tournament is one of the largest in Western Canada with 32 U15 teams from all over the country taking part.

In the final against the Humboldt Broncos, Nolan Sanderson scored twice while Jonah Lemoine and Ethan Stanley both had a pair in a thrilling 4-3 win. Cole Dupuis had three assists and Urijah Moosetail was tremendous in the net as he made 47 saves.

The Parkland U15 Rangers did not take part in the event this season.

Cassidy Dundas, Tessa Terrick, Lauren Evason and Grace Beaudry had just one weekend of curling together under their belt before going into an event that had a spot in the Canada Winter Games up for grabs.

It turns out, that is all the newly formed foursome needed to finish as bronze medalists. Competing in the Canada Games Trials over the weekend in Winnipeg, the team had a perfect round-robin as they went 7-0. In those seven games, the team scored 57 points and they only gave up 17. That great run earned them the top seed heading into the four-team playoffs where they would come up short against Team Wahl in the semifinals. 

Team Wahl jumped out to a 3-0 lead and even though Dundas, Terrick and the remainder of Team Beaudry stole one in the eighth end, it wasn't enough as they fell 7-6. The loss put the team in the bronze medal game and after back-to-back blanks, they scored six points in three ends combined and coasted to a 6-1 win. Dundas, who is from Onanole was pretty proud of the team after winning the bronze.

"I think we played very well together, especially being a new team," said Dundas. "It was a really long weekend, playing nine games in three days is tough. It would have been nice if we could have won it all but I'm happy that we could win the bronze at the end of the day."

The team will be back on the ice in competition in December for the Asham Curling Supplies U18 Championships, an event they will enter as one of the top seeds. 

"This past event was definitely a great starting point for us," said Dundas. "We will definitely be feeling confident heading into that event and we're looking forward to it."

The Parkland U18 Rangers aren't getting results when it comes to winning games.

They are; however, proving more and more that they can keep up with some of the best teams in the league. They played the Thrashers close on Saturday for about half of the game before Winnipeg opened it up.

On Sunday, the team scored three goals to come within one goal against the Thrashers. Parkland dropped Sunday's game, 4-3.

Skyler Carriere, Madden Murray and Tavyn Boychuk scored for Parkland in the game. They now play Pembina Valley in a pair of home games next weekend.