Keenan Pasternak was rock solid in net on Saturday night as he helped the Grandview Comets lock up two more points.

One night after a 6-1 loss on home ice, the Comets rebounded nicely to secure a 5-3 win against the Canora Cobras, a team that is ahead of Grandview in the standings.

Steegan Stoski led the way offensively for Grandview as he scored twice while Dave Elder, Evan Gullet, and Blair Barker scored singles for the Comets in the win.

The Comets will now look forward to the playoffs after qualifying in the North Division. 

Last weekend was a perfect one for Layne Stars.

Competing in the Seniors Division at Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council Treaty Days Celebration, the Stars won four games over a two-day period to claim the championship.

Two of the team's wins came on Saturday and they wrapped up the championship by winning two more games on Sunday and they only allowed two goals against. Shaq Houle was named the tournament's top defenseman. 

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The Dauphin Kings came out of the gate slowly on Friday night and came up on the losing side of the scoreboard as a result.

Welcoming the Niverville Nighthawks to town for the first time ever, Dauphin struggled in the first 40 minutes and ended up losing a 5-2 game.

The loss keeps Dauphin at 51 points. Paired with a loss from Waywayseecappo, the Kings remain in a tie for first in the West Division. Joining them are the Wolverines, Swan Valley Stampeders, and OCN Blizzard.

Ethan Whillans and Luke Schaeffer scored for Niverville in the first as they took a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. Then Desmond Johnson and Brett Tataryn would score for the Nighthawks in the second as they took a 4-1 lead before Jayden Harris cut the deficit to three.

Owen Wareham would score a power play goal with just more than 10 minutes left in the third to cut the deficit in half; however, that was as close as they would get as Niverville scored one more in a 5-2 win.

The two teams will now meet on Sunday back in Niverville at 3:00 p.m. You can hear that game with Darnell Duff on 730CKDM starting with the Parkland Source for Sports pregame show at 2:45. 

He led all CFL returners with five touchdowns in 2022 and he's back in Manitoba's capital.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have announced that they have re-signed American receiver and kick returner, Janarion Grant. The new contract is one-year in length and it was finalized just days before he was set to become a free agent on February 14.

The 2023 season will be Janarion's fourth with Winnipeg. Grant earned a spot on the CFL All-Star team and became the Blue Bombers’ all-time leader in kick return touchdowns during the regular season last year. He also set a Grey Cup record with a 102-yard return touchdown in the championship loss to Toronto.

Winnipeg will play two preseason games ahead of the 2023 regular season, all starting on Saturday, May 27 when the club heads to Edmonton to play the Elks before welcoming the Roughriders the following Friday. Week one of the CFL season kicks off on Friday, June 9 when Winnipeg welcomes Hamilton to IG Field.

 

The top U18 curling teams on the girls' and boys' sides will be in Timmins starting this weekend with the goal of winning a national championship.

The U18 Canadian Championships get underway on Sunday morning and the Parkland is included in the event. Representing Manitoba #2 is Team Grace Beaudry, a foursome that includes Tessa Terrick and Cassidy Dundas.

They earned their berth in the event after losing in the provincial final. Their first game is Sunday at 1 against Northwest Territories. They also play British Columbia #1, Ontario #2, New Brunswick #1, Northern Ontario #2, and Nova Scotia #1. 

This will be Cassidy's second appearance at the event and she's looking forward to the experience.

"I'm very excited alongside my teammates," said Dundas. "I still have some nerves, but they have calmed down a bit. I know what to expect now and we're all looking forward to getting down to business."

The foursome won four straight games in dominating fashion at the provincial event. A loss against Team Wahl in their next game put the team on the brink of elimination; however, they responded in a 7-5 win against Team Hayward, putting them in the finals. That win earned the team its national berth.

"The national level is so competitive, everyone has the same mindset, they want to be national champions," ended Dundas. "It's going to be a great experience and a great atmosphere."

The Co-op U15 Silver Kings are heading to the provincial championships.

In a great game against Roblin earlier this week, the Kings downed the Stars, 3-2. Ayden Bradley, Josh Beyette, and Aiden Brunel scored for Dauphin as they opened up a 3-0 lead.

Roblin, would; however, respond as they scored back to back goals to bring the game within a single goal, but they wouldn't get any closer. Xander Perih earned the win in net as the team won their seventh straight game. The U15 C provincials are in Melita next month. 

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 McCreary U11 Mustangs are off to the big dance.

In dominating fashion, the team won their regional qualifier which earns them a spot into the provincial championships from March 3 to 5 in Hartney.

McCreary outscored their opponents, 36-11.

Just more than 2000 fans were in attendance at the CN Centre as the Everett Silvertips hit the road for a game against the Prince George Cougars on December 28, 2021.

Kyan Grouette was in the lineup and the game was tied at two apiece after Alex Swetlikoff scored his 15th of the season for Everett to tie it. Then 4:46 into the second period, Grouette took a pass from Roan Woodward and he snapped it past Ty Young. Grouette's celebration was electric and rightfully so as the now 18-year-old scored his first goal in the Western Hockey League. Kyan went on to play four games with Everett last season and he also helped the Parkland U18 Rangers to their most successful season in more than 20 years.

Recording 56 points in the regular season and another five in the playoffs, Grouette was a key piece to Parkland making the second round of the playoffs. A series loss against Brandon in the second round would ultimately close the chapter on Kyan's chapter of playing with Parkland. Since that chapter closed, a new chapter has begun and it sees Kyan playing full-time with the Silvertips this season. He's suited up in 34 of the team's games and he has one goal.

"Things are going great here, I'm trying to soak in as much as possible from the veteran guys," said Grouette. "I'm trying to do the little things right and just do anything the coaches want, I'm learning more and more every day, I love it here."

Kyan has missed a dozen games this year and he understands that a time may come this season when he finds himself out of the lineup again, but the Dauphinite is using that as fuel to push himself harder.

"It's a process, I just have to work hard every day because that goes a long way here," offered Grouette. "It's up to me to show why I deserve a spot in the lineup each game and that's a good opportunity for me, I know I have to work hard at all times."

A few of Kyan's favourite moments this season came when the team made their way to Manitoba for games against Winnipeg and Brandon. That allowed Kyan's family and friends to be in attendance at both Wayne Fleming Arena and Westoba Place as well as Brandt Place in Regina when Grouette and the Silvertips played Connor Bedard and the Pats. 

"It was really nice to be back with the family, it had been quite a while," offered Grouette. "It was nice to tell them in person that I'm having a lot of fun and enjoying everything."

Another exciting part is the fact that Everett is in a battle for a playoff spot and they're in a good spot right now. Sitting in fifth place in the Western Conference, Everett is well on their way to advancing to the postseason. The front runners in the West are Portland, Kamloops, and Seattle, but as Kyan says, no one should sleep on the 'Tips.

"We're a good team, we have lost a lot of games by a single goal," said Grouette. "We didn't make any big moves at the deadline to add to our group, but I think everyone in the room believes in themselves."

Ever since he was just a young boy growing up playing within Dauphin Minor, Kyan always dreamt of playing in the Western Hockey League and he is very thankful that he's getting the opportunity to do just that.

"I love it here," he ended. "I love going to the rink every day to be with my teammates and to play the game I love, it's a dream come true."

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. 

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.