Weekend sports wrap: Kings secure RBC Cup berth



The following is a recap of what transpired in local sports over the weekend . . .

Kings edge Saints; advance to RBC Cup

The Dauphin Kings didn't win the Western Canada Cup, but the club can take solace in the fact they're still headed to the national junior 'A' hockey championship.

After dropping a 5-4 decision to the SJHL champion Yorkton Terriers in the one-versus-two Western Canada Cup championship final on Saturday, the host Kings were able to rebound on Sunday afternoon, defeating the AJHL champion Spruce Grove Saints 4-3 at Credit Union Place.

Chandler Irvin scored for the game winner for Dauphin, while Dylan Butler, Killarney's Aubrey Chapman and Hudson Morrison of Souris netted the other tallies for the Kings, who secured the second RBC Cup berth at the event with the victory.

Kings starting netminder Jordan Piccolino, who wound up being named the tournament's top goaltender, ended up leaving the game due to an injury. Troy Martyniuk took over and the 16-year-old turned aside 24 of 27 shots he faced, helping the Kings pick up the win.

Tristan Sieben, Corey Chorneyko and Nathan Smith scored for the Saints, who had a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes of play, but wound up surrendering three unanswered goals to Dauphin in the third period.

Both the Terriers and Kings will now travel to Vernon, B.C. to take part in the RBC Cup, May 10-18.

The Kings roster includes former Neepawa Native Brayden Cuthbert, who ended up finishing in a tie for sixth overall in scoring at the event (one goal, six points).

The Terriers roster meanwhile, includes Russell product Derek Falloon, who ended up getting injured during the event. Yorkton is led behind the bench by Trent Cassan, who is from Medora.

Wold named MVP

Brent Wold of the Kings was named the tournament MVP, finishing the Western Canada Cup with six goals and 11 points in six games.

Meanwhile, Ryan Rosenthal of the Coquitlam Express was named the top forward; Channing Bresciani of the MJHL champion Winnipeg Blues was the tourney's top blueliner, while Jordan Piccolino of the Kings was the top goaltender.

Tigers fall in season opener

The Neepawa Tigers dropped their season opener 10-6 to Vincent Massey in the Prairie West High School Baseball League on Sunday.

Other games on Sunday saw Deloraine/Harteny defeat Crocus Plains 13-7; Boissevain edged Dauphin 2-1, while Virden defeated Reston 13-1.

The Tigers were supposed to begin their season last Wednesday, however their game was postponed due to bad weather.

Winterhawks grab 2-0 series lead

The Portland Winterhawks have a 2-0 series lead over the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Western Hockey League championship final.

The Winterhawks defeated the Oil Kings 3-1 on Sunday night in Game 2 of the best-of-seven series.

Former Brandon Wheat King Corbin Boes made 28 saves between the pipes for Portland.

BU Bobcats women's basketball team adds recruit

The Brandon University Bobcats women’s basketball team announced late Friday afternoon the addition of college transfer Kylee Howard to the roster for next season.

Howard, a 5-foot-8 guard from Regina, Sask., is transferring to BU from Medicine Hat College.

“Kylee is a student of the game and I believe that she can effectively run the offence and keep us organized at the offensive end,” said Bobcats coach Novell Thomas in a release.

“With Kylee’s experience at the post-secondary level, she proved to be a threat from the three point line. I’m looking forward to working with her as she is extremely keen and eager to be a contributor," he continued.

Howard is a graduate of Regina’s Balfour Collegiate where she played with former Bobcat Maegan MacKay. Howard brings experience after starting all 21 of the Medicine Hat Rattlers games last year, leading the team in three-pointers.

“I honestly didn’t know too much about Brandon University before, but after visiting the school and talking with Novell, I’ve definitely made the right decision,” said Howard. “I’m really looking forward to meeting new people and having the opportunity to play university basketball. Playing university basketball has been a goal of mine, so I hope to make the most of it.”

Manitoba team wins Canadian wheelchair curling title

Crystal City product Dennis Thiessen and his Manitoba curling team won the Canadian wheelchair curling title on Sunday.

The team, which curls out of the Assiniboine Curling Club in Winnipeg, defeated Quebec 8-5 in the championship final.

Brandon badminton duo wins gold

A Brandon badminton duo of Katherine Lee and Olivia Pieroni wound up winning the girls doubles title on Saturday at the provincial high school badminton championship in Winnipeg.

The Brandon pair from Vincent Massey high school, defeated a team from Westwood in the championship final.

NHL playoffs: Penguins tie series with Rangers

The Pittsburgh Penguins have tied their second round NHL playoff series at one apiece with the New York Rangers.

Kris Letang, Jussi Jokinen and Evgeni Malkin scored for the Pens as they defeated the Rangers 3-0 on Sunday night in Game 2 of the series.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Blackhawks are up 2-0 in their series against the Minnesota Wild after a 4-1 win on Sunday.  Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens are tied 1-1 in their series, while the Los Angeles Kings have a 1-0 lead over the Anaheim Ducks.

In photo: Former Neepawa Native Brayden Cuthbert at the Western Canada Cup with the Dauphin Kings.

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With files from BU Bobcats release