weekend sports wrap: Chudley earns Safeway berth


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

Chudley off to Safeway Championship

Neepawa's Jerry Chudley will be taking part in the Safeway Championship next month.

Chudley and his team of Kevin Cooley, Brent McKee and Paul Robertson secured a berth at the provincial men’s curling championship by reaching the competitive division final at the Brandon Men’s Bonspiel on Sunday.

Chudley's team lost in the final by a score of 7-1 to China's Rui Liu, who was playing some winter curling in Manitoba, preparing for his team's trip to the World Curling Championship in Victoria.

Liu's semi-final victory over Brandon's Jim Renwick gave Chudley the berth to the Safeway Championship, which takes place in his hometown, Feb. 6-10.

Chudley defeated defending provincial champion Rob Fowler in the other semi-final.

Chudley earned his Safeway berth last year through the Brandon Men’s Bonspiel. He joins Neepawa's Kelly Robertson as the two hometown teams at the Safeway event. Robertson earned his Safeway berth through the Westman regional playdowns in December.

Natives game postponed, team falls to Terriers

Three Manitoba Junior Hockey League games were postponed on Friday night due to severe weather conditions, including the game scheduled to take place in Neepawa that would have had the Natives battle the WInkler Flyers. That game has been re-scheduled for Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Yellowhead Centre.

On Saturday, the Natives travelled to Portage to take on the Terriers and wound up falling by a score of 8-2.

Cody Hoy and Sam Briscoe scored the two goals for Neepawa, who dropped to 10-24-5 on the year.

Here are the scores from the rest of the games that took place over the weekend in the MJHL:

Steinbach 6 OCN 4

Winnipeg 7 Selkirk 1
Dauphin 8 OCN 3
Swan Valley 3 Virden 2
Waywayseecappo 2 Steinbach 1

Steinbach 8 Swan Valley 4
Portage 4 Dauphin 2
Virden 3 Waywayseecappo 2

Wheat Kings successful over the weekend

The Brandon Wheat Kings kicked off a pivotal Western Hockey League weekend Friday night with a 6-2 win over the hometown Warriors in Moose Jaw.

Brandon scored six unanswered goals en route to the win and in the process, snapped a five game losing streak.

Nick Buonassisis, Chad Robinson, Jens Meilleur and Rene Hunter all had a goal and an assist for Brandon with Tim McGauley and Taylor Cooper also scoring for the Wheat Kings.

On Saturday, the Wheat Kings jumped out to a 2-0 second period lead and were able to hang on to defeat the visiting Regina Pats 2-1 at Westman Communications Group Place. Veteran centre Chad Robinson and rookie Tim McGauley scored the two goals for Brandon.

With the win, the Wheat Kings improved to 16-25-2-2, good for 36 points and 10th place place in the Eastern Conference.

The Wheat Kings will now have a few days off as the Canadian Hockey League hosts its annual Top Prospects Game in Halifax. Blueliner Eric Roy, 18, a former first-round bantam draft choice of the Wheat Kings, will be the lone Brandon representative as captain Ryan Pulock has been sidelined with a wrist injury.

All-star games cancelled

Two all-star hockey games that were supposed to be played over the weekend ended up not taking place due to bad weather.

The Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League all-star game, which was scheduled to take place in Dauphin, was a no-go. Five members of the Yellowhead Chiefs were to play in the game: brothers Bradley and Shawn Bowles, twin brothers Taylor and Travis Sanheim as well as Nolan Speiss.

Meanwhile, the North Central Hockey League's all-star game was also postponed.

Chiefs remain in first place

The Yellowhead Chiefs continue to roll in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League.

Ashton Anderson and Shawn Bowles netted tallies, helping the Chiefs defeat the Central Plains Capitals 5-3 on Sunday in Neepawa. The Chiefs are now in sole possession of first place in the West Division after finding out the Brandon Wheat Kings fell to the Winnipeg Wild by a score of 7-4 the same day.

BU review: men's volleyball team with big win over Spartans

The Brandon University men's volleyball team showed off their resiliency on Saturday night in Langley, B.C.

Down two sets to nothing and facing match point in the third set, the Bobcats rallied back to defeat the host Trinity Western Spartans in five sets (16-25, 24-26, 29-27, 25-20, 15-13).

The 'Cats were led by Sam Tuivai, who had 21 kills and 10 digs on the night.

The BU men's volleyball team currently sits with a 10-4 record and are in third place in the Canada West standings.

In women's action, BU fell in four sets (25-19, 24-26, 23-25, 20-25) to Trinity Western on Saturday.

Victoria Dakin led the way for the 'Cats with 13 kills, three aces and seven digs.

The BU women's volleyball team now sits with a  5-9 conference record.

In basketball action over the weekend, both BU squads hosted teams at the Healthy Living Centre on Friday and Sunday. Games were supposed to take place on Saturday night but were postponed due to travel complications.

The BU men's squad dropped a 76-74 decision to the Mount Royal Cougars on Friday. Ilarion Bonhomme led the way for Brandon with a game-high 23 points.

The Bobcats would rebound on Sunday, defeating the UNBC Timberwolves 61-54. Bonhomme once again led the 'Cats with 13 points.

The BU men's team now sits with a 3-9 Canada West record.

The women's team meanwhile, remain winless on through 12 conference games, losing 72-51 on Friday and following that up with a 77-47 defeat on Sunday.

Tiger Hills Hockey League: Game cancellations; Farmers edge Royals

The Tiger Hills Hockey League had some game cancellations over the weekend due to bad weather.

Four games were cancelled on Friday night and its expected the games will be made up at a later date.

The Neepawa Farmers played one game over the weekend, squeaking by the Deloraine Royals 3-2 in overtime.

The Carberry Royals meanwhile, the team the Farmers are currently chasing for first place in the East Division, defeated the Pilot Mound Pilots 5-2.

The Plainsmen sit with a 12-1-2 record, while the Farmers (10-3-0) are six points behind them in second place.

The Souris Elks continue to hold down top spot in the West Division with a 14-0-1 record, nine points ahead of the Royals.

To stay up-to-date on the THHL, click here for the league's website.

Tigers game postponed

The Westman High School Hockey League game between the Neepawa Tigers and the Rivers/Elton Rage was postponed on Friday night and will now be played on Wednesday night in Rivers. Game time is 7:45 p.m.

The Tigers remain undefeated in the league with an 11-0-0 record.


In photo: Jerry Chudley, photo submitted

With files from Wheat Kings release