Long weekend sports wrap: Natives battle Wolverines in home-and-home set; Neepawa Tigers win again in RMFL



The following is a complete look-back on what transpired in local sports over the weekend . . .

Natives battle Wolverines in home-and-home set

The Neepawa Natives took on the Waywayseecappo Wolverines in a home-and-home set on Friday and Sunday night in Manitoba Junior Hockey League action.

On Friday, the Wolverines took a 4-1 lead into the third period and wound up holding on for a 4-3 victory over the Natives at the Yellowhead Centre in Neepawa.

Riley Hillis scored twice, while Drake Lindsay netted the other tally for the Natives, who outshot the Wolverines 14-4 in the third period.

"I think we're taking small steps," said Natives head coach Dwayne Kirkup after the game. "I know we didn't get the result we were looking for, but the room is still positive. To be able to get three [goals], it's a positive sign. I did like the energy."

The game saw the return of Natives netminder Davy Fisher, who was between the pipes for the first time this season after suffering a concussion in a pre-season contest last month. Fisher did not look out of place, making several highlight reel saves -- 24 in total -- helping keep the Natives close till the final buzzer.

"It's been a long time," said Fisher. "It felt like I struggled early on but I was able to gain my confidence as the game went on.

"I thought Davy [Fisher] was very good tonight," said Kirkup. "He's a guy that's well-respected in the room. He brings some leadership but is also a good goalie."

Jared Sprink scored twice, while Robert Briem and Dylan Nelson netted the other goals for Waywayseecappo in the win.

Matthieu Verreault picked up the win in net for the Wolverines, stopping 28 of 31 Neepawa shots.

On Sunday in Wayway, the Natives once again found themselves down after two periods of play. This time however, Neepawa scored four unanswered goals in the third en route to a 5-3 victory.

Brayden Cuthbert led the way offensively with two tallies and an assist for Neepawa, while Ty Webber, Matti Jmaeff and Riley Hillis rounded out the scoring for the Natives, who picked up their second win of the season (2-7-2).

The winning goaltender was Tyson Verhelst, who stopped 21 of 24 shots in net for Neepawa, while Verreault wound up getting the nod in net once again for Wayway, setting aside 26 of 30 Neepawa shots.

Natives news and notes . . .

- The Natives will not be keeping three goaltenders and will be making a roster move in the coming days now that Davy Fisher has returned to game action. Fisher, 19, Verhelst, 16, and Michael Gudmandson, 20, are the three goaltenders currently on the roster.

- The Natives made a couple of trades over the weekend. The first deal saw the club add 19-year-old forward Steven Phillips from the Yorkton Terriers for future considerations. Phillips, listed at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, played in two games for the Terriers, going pointless.

"We're looking to get a little bigger," said Kirkup regarding the addition of Phillips. "We think that we need to get a little tougher around the net area and we think that's an area where he [Phillips] can help us."

The club also acquired 17-year-old forward Devin Warfield from the Humboldt Broncos for future considerations.

Warfield, listed at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, had one assist in five games this season for the Broncos.
Both forwards are American imports.

Here are the rest of the scores from MJHL over the weekend:

Steinbach 2 Dauphin 0
Portage 4 Virden 2
Selkirk 3 Winkler 1

Steinbach 6 OCN 2
Winnipeg 4 Dauphin 1
Selkirk 4 Portage 1
Swan Valley 3 Winkler 2 (OT)
Waywayseecappo 2 Virden 0

Steinbach 6 Swan Valley 4
Winnipeg 4 Portage 3 (SO)
Virden 3 Dauphin 0
OCN 8 Winkler 7 (OT)

Wheat Kings defeat Warriors; fall to Blades, Pats

The Brandon Wheat Kings were a busy team in the Western Hockey League over the long weekend. The club played three games, winning one contest and losing the other two games.

On Friday night, the Wheat Kings defeated the Moose Jaw Warriors 3-2 in a shootout. John Quenneville and Jayce Hawryluk scored for the Wheat Kings in regulation time, while Richard Nejezchleb scored the shootout winner.

On Saturday, the Wheat Kings closed out a five-game home stand with a 5-3 loss to the Saskatoon Blades. Richard Nejezchleb, Rene Hunter and Brett Kitt scored the goals for Brandon in the loss.

On Monday, the Wheat Kings travelled to Regina and wound up falling 5-1 to the Pats. Jens Meilleur scored the lone goal for Brandon, who now sit with a 5-5-0-0 record.

Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League: Chiefs edge Rangers in shootout

The Yellowhead Chiefs squeaked out a 2-1 win over the Parkland Rangers on Sunday afternoon in Dauphin.

Jordan Robertson scored the regulation goal for the Chiefs, while Morgan Geekie netted the shootout winner.

In other league action over the weekend, the Brandon Wheat Kings defeated the Kenora Thistles 5-2 on Friday and followed that up with a 3-2 loss to the Thistles on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Southwest Cougars dropped a 1-0 decision to the Winnipeg Thrashers on Saturday and then on Sunday, edged the Interlake Lightning 5-4 in overtime.

Tigers improve to 4-2

The Neepawa Tigers improved to 4-2 on the season in Rural Manitoba Football League action.

The host Tigers defeated Swan Valley by a score of 14-6 on Friday afternoon in what was a rain-filled affair.

Neepawa's defence was the story of the game. Wyatt Salmon led the way with five tackles, a sack and had one of the club's five fumble recoveries on the day.

Neepawa quarterback Brenden Cowan ran the ball 12 times for 190 yards and two touchdowns.
The Tigers take on the Dauphin Clippers on Friday.

Meanwhile, in other league action, Dauphin defeated East Parkland 36-0, while Moosomin beat Parkwest 35-0.

Turning to the Winnipeg High School Football League, the Brandon-based Crocus Plainsmen were routed 36-0 by the Garden City (Winnipeg) Fighting Gophers on Friday. Crocus now sits with a 4-2 record.

Wolverines fall to Lions

The Manitoba Major Football League's Fort Garry Lions scored all their points in the first quarter and wound up holding on for a 16-2 win over the Westman Wolverines on Saturday afternoon.

The Wolverines finished the regular season with a 4-3 record and will advance to the playoffs via a tie-breaker procedure and will battle the East Side Eagles in a semifinal on Saturday.

"The Eagles are going to be a tough opponent," said Wolverines head coach Dave Stantial. "They are a strong team that play all three facets of the game very well. To be successful, we can't make the mistakes that we made last week. We have to play the best game that we have ever played as an organization."

The Wolverines roster includes Bradley Kyle, Bryce Unger and Tony Taylor of Neepawa.


BU review: Bobcats men's volleyball team wins exhibition tourney

The Brandon University Bobcats men's volleyball team won the Regina Cougar Invitational tournament on Sunday afternoon after defeating the Saskatchewan Huskies in five sets (25-20, 23-25, 26-24, 21-25 and 15-9).

Sam Tuivai had his highest kill total so far this season, as the 6-foot-4 left-side put up 19 kills to go along with six blocks, while Sebastian Steigmeier added 17 kills and three aces in the win.

Meanwhile, the Bobcats women's volleyball team wrapped up their pre-season Thanksgiving tournament at the Healthy Living Centre with a nearly perfect performance.

In four matches, the 'Cats dropped only one set, which happened in the final match Sunday afternoon. The one set they lost came on extra points. The 'Cats dropped the opening set against the Lakeland College Rustlers 25-27 before storming back to take the last three 25-14, 25-14 and 25-22.

The Bobcats finished the tournament with a 4-0 record, improving their pre-season winning streak to six matches.

Turning to basketball, the BU men's team earned a weekend series split against Ontario opponents in pre-season exhibition action following an 87-72 loss to the WIndsor Lancers Sunday afternoon at BU's Healthy Living Centre.

Fourth-year guard Kenonte Ramsey led the Bobcats in scoring for the second consecutive contest, finishing with 18 points. Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak added 16 points while Jordan Reaves finished one point shy of a double-double (nine points, 10 rebounds).

Lastly, the Bobcats women's basketball team lost 66-52 in the final of the BOB FM Shootout Tournament to the host Winnipeg Wesmen on Sunday afternoon.

The Bobcats picked up two victories over CIS opponents Friday and Saturday to guarantee a spot in the final. The 'Cats hadn't beat a CIS opponent since February of 2010.

Calvert injured

Former Brandon Wheat Kings' co-captain Matt Calvert will be undergoing abdominal surgery on Tuesday. He is expected to be out of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets lineup for an indefinite period of time.

McEwen finishes second

Brandon product Mike McEwen and his curling team from Winnipeg wound up finishing in second place at the World Curling Tour's Toronto Tankard.

McEwen's team lost 6-3 to Glenn Howard in the championship final.


Jets snap losing streak

The NHL's Winnipeg Jets snapped a three game losing streak on Sunday night after their 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Evander Kane scored twice for the Jets, who improved to 3-3 on the season.

The Jets lost 4-1 to the Dallas Stars on Friday night.


Photos: Neepawa Natives forward Robby Moar battles in front of the net, hoping to score during the Manitoba Junior Hockey League game against the Waywayseecappo Wolverines on Friday night at the Yellowhead Centre. (Bottom) The Neepawa Tigers line up at scrimmage on Friday night in Rural Manitoba Football League action against Swan Valley. The Tigers won the game 14-6.

Photos by Lanny Stewart


With files from BU Bobcats release