Team Tiffany Armstrong is in a good spot heading into their fourth game at Curl Manitoba's Curling Club provincial championships.

The foursome that includes Armstrong, Morgan Kropelnicki, Stacy Sime, and Tamara Kolida are 2-1 after three games. They won their first two games and scored 18 points in the process but they came up just short on Friday morning. The team has two round-robin games left with their next one being at 3 on Friday.

On the men's side, Team Forsyth is back on the provincial stage. Kyle Forsyth, Jarvis Whyte, Cody Hill, and Darius Vendramin are still in search of their first win at the tournament.

They're heading into their next game at 5:30 sitting at 0-2 which makes that game against Paul Scinocca critical if they want to advance to the playoffs.

The Dauphin Kings have allowed just two goals in their last two games, and they will look to keep it going on Friday night.

The team opens up a very busy four-day span as they will play three games beginning with a battle against the Neepawa Titans. It will be the fourth meeting of the season between the two clubs. Neepawa has one overtime and one regulation win against the Titans this year while the Kings beat Neepawa in overtime on opening night.

Dauphin’s penalty kill has been excellent as of late as they’re eight for their last eight. The Kings find themselves five points behind OCN for first place in the West Division while the Titans are five points behind the Kings entering Friday’s contest.

Marko Belak has been fantastic in his first two starts with Dauphin as he has made 56 saves while giving up just two goals. Dauphin has won four of their last five games entering the contest.

The puck drops at 7:30 at Credit Union Place. The team will then play Waywayseecappo on Saturday and Monday.

By the Numbers:

Dauphin
GF – 48
GA – 56
PP – 12.5%
PK – 78.3%
Leaders – Jayden Harris 6g, 5a / Alex Senf 5g, 5a / Matthew Gough 6g, 4a / Mason Smith 3g, 8a

Neepawa
GF – 37
GA – 66
PP – 9.7%
PK – 76.7%
Leaders – Parker Korman 4g, 6a / Hayden Stocks 4g, 4a / Cade Bendsten 4g, 3a / Cooper Kasprick 4g, 3a

Easton Odut is only a little more than a month into his first year of U18 hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings and he's already getting the call up to the Western Hockey League.

Odut will be recalled by the Brandon Wheat Kings next week as three Wheat Kings head to Langley for the World U17 Challenge. Easton was drafted 34th overall by Brandon in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft.

In just six games with the U18 Wheat Kings this season, the sniper has five goals and four assists. He is expected to be in the lineup next Saturday when the Wheat Kings are on home ice against the Saskatoon Blades. 

Carter Zalischuk scored 16 goals and added 25 assists in 44 regular season games last year with the Parkland U18 Rangers. Then as the team made the second round of the playoffs for the first time in more than 20 years, the Dauphinite scored two more goals and added four assists in seven games.

With one year of eligibility left to play U18 hockey, Zalischuk decided to make the jump up to the junior ranks and he's sure making the most of his opportunities.

"I'm so happy to be here and I feel great," said Zalischuk. "I'm very excited to be on the ice every game and playing in front of the hometown fans is always special."

As Dauphin sits in a tie for second place in the West Division with the Virden Oil Capitals, Carter has played in 10 of the team's 15 games so far and he's coming off his best week as a King.

Opening up last weekend on the road in Virden, Zalischuk took a beautiful pass from Aidan Brook and beat Eric Reid for his first as a King. At the time, it gave Dauphin a 5-4 lead but they ended up falling 6-5 in overtime.

"That was an electric feeling. I was so excited, especially being a young guy," said Zalischuk. "With that said, it would have been nice to get the job done and get two points."

Dauphin would lock down defensively the very next night as they ended their weekend on home ice against the Oil Capitals and Zalischuk played a big part in the team's win. Rushing down the left wing, Carter put a beautiful pass on the tape of Rylan Gibbs on the doorstep and Rylan beat the Oil Capital netminder to give the Kings a 2-1 lead and that goal stood up as the winner. It was a Dauphin-to-Dauphin connection and two points at the end of the night for the home team.

"I was really happy that I was able to contribute to that win," said Zalischuk. "Also pretty great that Rylan was the one finishing off the pass as we're both from Dauphin."

Zalischuk was back in the lineup earlier this week on Tuesday as Dauphin earned their eighth win of the season in a 2-1 nail-biting victory against OCN. Now the team has their focus set on a very busy weekend as they will play three games in a matter of four days.

The team is on home ice Friday against Neepawa, Saturday against Waywayseecappo and the team heads to Waywayseecappo to play the Wolverines on Monday night. Six huge points are up for grabs in what is turning out to be an extremely tightly contested West Division.

Get to know Zalischuk:

What's your favourite moment as a King? Probably that big first win we had on the first night of the season when Anthony Bax scored two goals in that win. It was a great experience to get my first win with my hometown team that I always grew up watching

Who are your favourite sports teams? The Winnipeg Jets because they're the closest NHL team but I'm also a big Vegas Golden Knights fan, it's pretty cool to see Phil Kessel become the new iron-man

What's your go-to music? I'm a big country music guy, it plays in the dressing room quite a bit and I'm also a big pop music guy

If you had to sing in front of people, what song would it be? I would probably sign Grenade by Bruno Mars, everyone would love it

Do you enjoy playing golf? Definitely, I play quite a few rounds throughout the summer

You can hear Carter's full chat with Darnell Duff during the power play show on Friday afternoon just after 4

The Dauphin Clippers hockey team lost their first game of the season on Wednesday night.

On the road to play the Killarney Raiders, the home team scored eight times on 33 shots in an 8-3 win. Dauphin also had 33 shots in the game. The contest was tied at three apiece after 20 minutes of play but Killarney scored five times in 21 shots in the remaining 40 minutes.

Liam Chartrand, Logan Chapman and Matthew Zurba scored for Dauphin in the game. It was Liam's second of the season while Chapman scored his first and Zurba netted his third. 

Sitting back on a cart and driving around while watching Jarrett Newton strike the golf ball in itself is enjoyable. Then you drive to the green and watch him drain his fifth birdie of the round. After all, Newton is an 11-time champion of the Roblin men's open. While he loves to play golf among many other sports, it's volleyball that is his true passion. 

He's been involved in the game for more than two decades and during that time has had the opportunity to join Club West U16 as a coach at multiple Western Canadian championships. The team enjoyed some success at that event including when they finished with a silver medal after a loss against Fraser Valley.

Where did Jarrett's passion for volleyball come from you ask? His dad. He coached the high school program and Newton spent hundreds of hours at the gym watching practices and tournaments over the years. 

So while Jarrett has been able to check off many of the boxes on his volleyball journey, coaching his son wasn't one, until this year. As Ryder Newton wraps up his elementary journey ahead of heading to high school, he is playing one more season with the Roblin Elementary School grade 8 boys' volleyball team and his dad is the coach alongside Matt McCorrister.

Jarrett has been waiting for years to coach his son on the volleyball court and his dream has finally become a reality.

"It's awesome. I've coached Ryder in other sports but volleyball is my true passion," said Newton. "It's the sport I love the most so to be able to watch him and his buddies get on the court and do things that they had no idea they were capable of doing, it's really special."

This year's team is also having some great success on the court. They opened the season by winning a tournament hosted in Gilbert Plains and then they had a perfect weekend in Dauphin as they were crowned champions of the tournament hosted at Mackenzie Middle School. They won all 10 sets and Tosh Johnson was named the tournament's most valuable player. 

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The team plays another exhibition game later this week and Newton says they are hoping to gain entry in the provincial championships hosted by Volleyball Manitoba.

"There is a lot that these kids don't know about volleyball yet and I'm looking forward to teaching them as much as I can," said Newton. "I'm excited to see this group grow together, there are some special athletes."

The Parkland U18 Rangers came up short on the scoreboard but it was a special night. 

Falling 6-0 to Brandon, the club held another successful Hockey Fights Cancer Night. A crowd of nearly 800 packed the rink.

Stay tuned to find out how much was raised when everything is tallied.

Mason Smith scored the game-winner, Marko Belak was outstanding and the Dauphin Kings picked up two big points on Tuesday.

Opening up a busy week in OCN, Smith scored the game-winner in the third period as Dauphin held on for a 2-1 win over their West Division rivals.

With a 6-on-5 late in the contest, OCN pushed very hard but Belak stood tall and was on a mission. He made a save off his helmet sliding to his left and another point blank save in the dying moments of the contest. He ended the game with 34 saves to record his second straight win.

Dauphin was also great on the penalty kill as they went 4-for-4 and are now eight for their last eight. OCN remains in first in the West after the loss; however, Dauphin is just five points back now.

The Kings play on home ice on Friday and Saturday.

Kobe Grant, Justin Keck and Adam Rajsigl are heading to Portage next month.

As the Manitoba Junior Hockey League continues to announce players that will take part in the Top Prospects Showcase next month, the trio of Grant, Keck and Rajsigl have made the list.

Kings fans will certainly remember Grant as he was outstanding against Dauphin in the first round of the playoffs last year. He nearly singlehandedly pushed the series to seven games and Kobe is having another solid year. While his record is 4-7, he has a 2.40 goals-against average to go along with a very solid .935 save percentage. Grant gives Swan Valley a chance to win nearly every night.

Justin Keck; meanwhile, came over from the Humboldt Broncos in a trade last year and he has been a solid contributor since. In just 15 games this year, Keck already has nine goals to go along with nine assists. Keck leads his team in scoring by four points and he's tied for fifth in league scoring.

Adam Rajsigl loves to move the puck quickly up the size. As an undersized defenseman, Rajsigl uses his skating ability to make things happen offensively and he's very stingy defensively. He has three goals this year to go along with eight assists and his 11 points are the third most on the team. Only four other defenders in the league have more points than Adam heading into play this week. 

Aiden Ziprick is off to Portage to play alongside and against the best of the best in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.

The league continues to name players that will play in the Top Prospects Showcase on November 14 and 15 and Ziprick was one of three Waywayseecappo Wolverines players to be named. A prospect of the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League, Aiden is in his second year with the Wolverines.

He's scored two times already, surpassing last year's total and he has six points. Ziprick is one of the younger players in the league as he doesn't turn 17 until December 8. While the league announces three players for each team, full rosters will be available in the coming weeks. 

Tuesday night marks the return of Easton Odut to Dauphin.

Playing in his first year with the U18 Wheat Kings, the team comes to town to battle the Parkland Rangers at Credit Union Place. As expected, Easton has put together a tremendous season with Brandon, scoring five times in as many games and he has nine points. When the two teams met earlier this year in Brandon, Odut returned from a suspension to score once in a 6-1 win. Brandon enters Tuesday's game at 8-0 and on top of the league standings.

"It's definitely a game that I have been looking forward to," said Odut. "To get the chance to play in front of my family and friends in my hometown will be exciting."

The Rangers; meanwhile, are looking to get back in the win column. Coming up short in seven of their nine games, Parkland is tied for last in the league with the Norman Northstars heading into the game. While Parkland continues to put forth a great effort each time they hit the ice, they have struggled to put a full 60 minutes together but they will get that chance on Tuesday. Madden Murray paces the Rangers' offence with seven goals and eight points so far while three Rangers have six points, Hayden Seib, Dru Mushumanski and Luke Myhre.

Tuesday's game is the first of six straight on home ice for Parkland as they don't play on the road again until November 12. It's been an extremely road-heavy schedule for Parkland so far as they have played seven of their nine games away from town. 

The game also marks the return of Brady Turko to the region as the McCreary native is also in his first year with the U18 Wheat Kings and he has looked impressive, scoring three times while adding six assists. 

It's also the Rangers' Hockey Fights Cancer night and you're encouraged to wear pink in support. 

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