weekend sports wrap: Natives fall to Flyers; Virden figure skaters win bronze


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

Natives fall to Flyers

The Neepawa Natives dropped their fourth game in a row on Friday night in Manitoba Junior Hockey League action.

Justin Faux netted a hat-trick, helping the host Winkler Flyers defeat the Natives by a score of 8-2 in front of approximately 530 people at Winkler's Recreational Complex.

Rhett Law and Derrick Brooks scored for Neepawa, who dropped to 10-27-5 on the year.

The Natives next game is on Tuesday night when they travel to Winnipeg to take on the Blues. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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

Waywayseecappo 4 Selkirk 1
Winnipeg 5 Steinbach 4 (SO)
Selkirk 4 OCN 3 (SO)
Portage 4 Winkler 3
Swan Valley 5 Virden 3
Swan Valley 6 Selkirk 5 (SO)
Winnipeg 3 Virden 2

Wheat Kings fall to Raiders; rebound against Blades

The WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings suffered a tough defeat on Friday but rebounded the very next night.

The club dropped a 3-2 decision to the Eastern Division leading Prince Albert Raiders at Westman Communications Group Place.

Jonas Knutsen's goal at the 5:39 mark of the third period snapped a 2-2 tie as the Raiders beat the Wheat Kings for the fourth time this season.

Marek Kalus scored the two goals for the Wheat Kings in the loss.

On Saturday, the Wheat Kings squeaked out a 3-2 shootout win over the Blades in Saskatoon.

Newly-acquired defenceman Nick Walters was the 12th and final shooter and his goal on Blades' netminder Andrey Makarov was the winner in what turned out to be the longest shootout in Wheat Kings' history.

Wheat Kings' veteran netminder Corbin Boes made 43 saves in regulation and overtime and wound up stopping 11 of 12 Blades shooters in overtime. It was the 19-year-old's first victory since early December.

Defenceman Colton Waltz and rookie Tim McGauley, with his team leading 14th goal of the season, scored Brandon's goals in regulation time.

After the weekend's action, the Wheat Kings sit with a 17-26-2 record and are in 11th place in the Eastern Conference.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League weekly update: Chiefs fall to Thistles; suffer OT defeat to Wild

The Yellowhead Chiefs had a rough weekend, losing both of their games.

The club lost 2-1 to the Kenora Thistles in Shoal Lake on Saturday night.

Brock Paddock scored the lone goal for the Chiefs in the loss.

On Sunday, the host Chiefs found themselves in a tightly-contested battle with the Winnipeg Wild but wound up falling in overtime by a score of 4-3.

Taylor Sanheim scored two goals for the Chiefs, while his brother Travis scored the other goal for Yellowhead, who now sit with a 25-10-0-3 record and are now one point behind Brandon for top spot in the West Division.

The Wheat Kings (26-7-0-2) defeated the Eastman Selects 5-1 on Saturday and followed that up with a 5-3 victory over the Pembina Valley Hawks on Sunday.

The Southwest Cougars meanwhile, lost 4-3 to the Winnipeg Wild on Saturday and on Sunday, defeated the Kenora Thistles 5-3.

The Cougars sit in fourth place in the West Division with a 19-16-0-2 record.

THHL: Farmers grab big win over Carberry

The Neepawa Farmers picked up a big win over the Carberry Plainsmen on Saturday in Tiger Hills Hockey League action.

The Farmers -- who defeated the Souris Elks 5-4 in overtime on Friday -- are now only three point back of the Plainsmen for first place in the East Division with three games remaining on the regular season schedule.

The Farmers take on Killarney this Friday night, host Reston on Saturday and travel to Pilot Mound on Feb. 2.

For more on the league and up-to-date results, click here to get to the league's website.

Tigers remain undefeated

The Neepawa Tigers remain undefeated in the Westman High School Hockey League.

The Tigers defeated the Colts 6-2 on Friday night in Deloraine.

The Tigers would follow that up with a 7-1 win over Vincent Massey (Brandon) on Saturday.

The Tigers improved to 13-0-0 on the year.

For more on the league, click here.

BU review: women's volleyball team picks up big win

The Brandon University women's volleyball team picked up a weekend split over the weekend against the third-ranked Alberta Pandas.

On Friday night, the squad defeated the Pandas in four sets at the Healthy Living Centre.

Shanlee McLennan had a match-high 18 kills for the 'Cats in the win.  
The BU women's team would however fall to the Pandas the very next night in four sets. Victoria Dakin again led the way with 13 kills for Brandon.

The lady 'Cats now sit with a 6-10 Canada West conference record.

The BU men's volleyball team meanwhile was swept away by the hands of the top-ranked Pandas over the weekend.

BU lost in four sets on Friday to Alberta and followed that up with another four set loss on Saturday.

Sam Tuivai was a force to be reckoned with for the 'Cats with 20 kills on Friday and on Saturday.

In basketball action, the BU men's team dropped both of their games, losing 90-75 to the second-ranked UBC Thunderbirds on Friday and following that up with a 78-52 loss to the Victoria Vikes.

The men's team now sits with a 3-11 Canada West conference record.

The BU women's team lost both of their games as well, falling 78-39 to the Thunderbirds on Friday and 74-49 to the Vikes on Saturday.

The women's team remains winless through 14 conference games this season.

Virden figure skaters win bronze

Virden's own Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers won a bronze medal at the Canadian Figure Skating Championship over the weekend in Mississauga, Ont.

The duo ended up with a score of 116.71 in Saturday's free skate for a total score of 171.13.

Montgomery, Hawrysh wrap up World Cup skeleton circuit

Russell's Jon Montgomery and Brandon Cassie Hawrysh wrapped their seasons in the World Cup skeleton circuit.

Montgomery, the 2010 Olympic gold medallist, ended up in eighth-place at the final race in Austria on Saturday.

Montgomery finished ninth overall in the season standings and will compete in the World championships next month in Russia.

Meanwhile, Hawrysh finished in 17th place in her final race on Friday. She finished eighth overall in the standings and will also take part in the World championship.

NHL is back

The NHL regular season started on Saturday. One of the games had the Winnipeg Jets hosting the Ottawa Senators at the MTS Centre.

Erik Karlsson, last season's Norris Trophy winner, ended up with a goal and two assists, helping the Senators defeat the Jets 4-1.

Dustin Byfuglien scored the lone goal for Winnipeg in the contest.