'long weekend' sports wrap: local hockey recap; Bobcats move on to final four


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

Natives defeat Terriers; fall to Wolverines, Kings

The Neepawa Natives went over the weekend in Manitoba Junior Hockey League action.
On Friday night, the Natives defeated the Portage Terriers by a score of 2-1 at the Yellowhead Centre.
Derrick Brooks scored the game-winner for Neepawa at the 19:11 mark of the third period.
T.J. Sneath scored the other goal for the Natives, while Lyndon Lipinski replied for Portage.
Bruce Corrigal picked up the win between the pipes for the Natives, making 43 saves.
On Sunday, the Natives hosted the Waywayseecappo Wolverines and ended up falling 4-1.
T.J. Sneath scored the lone goal for Neepawa in the loss.

On Monday night, the junior A hockey club continued its homestand with a visit from the Dauphin Kings.

Francis Alarie ended up netting a hat-trick for the Sher-Wood Division leading Kings in a 10-4 rout over the Natives, who now sit with a 13-35-5 record.

Sam Briscoe scored twice, while Drake Lindsay and Kellen MacBlain netted the other tallies for Neepawa in the loss.

Here are the rest of the scores from around the MJHL over the weekend:
Dauphin 12 OCN 4
Winkler 4 Steinbach 3
Waywayseecappo 6 Swan Valley 3
Winnipeg 4 Selkirk 3
Dauphin 4 OCN 1
Virden 3 Selkirk 2
Winnipeg 4 Steinbach 2
Steinbach 2 Portage 1

Winnipeg 2 Selkirk 1
OCN 3 Virden 2 (SO)


Natives' Lindsay named to rookie all-star team

The MJHL announced its all-star teams on Friday. Drake Lindsay of the Neepawa Natives was named to the rookie all-star team.

Lindsay, from Grosse Isle, has 10 goals and 34 points in 51 games this season.

The MJHL also doled out its yearly award winners. For that and the rest of the all-star selections, click here.


Farmers and Pilots tied at a game apiece

The Neepawa Farmers and Pilot Mound Pilots are tied at a game apiece in their Tiger Hills Hockey League best-of-five East Division semifinal series.

Cam Tibbett scored twice for the Farmers on Saturday, helping the Farmers win Game 1 of the series by a score of 5-4 in Neepawa. The Farmers however would drop a 6-1 decision the next night in Pilot Mound and now will look to rebound on home ice -- hoping to gain the 2-1 game advantage in what has become a best-of-three affair.

Game 3 is set for Friday at 8:30 p.m. in Neepawa. Game 4 will be played in Pilot Mound on Saturday, while Game 5 (if necessary) will be played on Sunday (time yet to be determined).

For more on this series and the rest of what is going on in the Tiger Hills Hockey League playoffs, click here.


Tigers move to within one game of advancing in playoffs

The Neepawa Tigers have moved to within one game of advancing to the next round of the Westman High School Hockey League playoffs.

The Tigers defeated the Minnedosa Chancellors 4-0 in Game 1 of the best-of-three first round series. Game 2 of the series was cancelled on Sunday and will be played on Tuesday.

The Tigers meanwhile, will play Game 2 of their North Division provincial best-of-three playoff series against Major Pratt on Friday night. The Tigers lead that series 1-0. The winner of the series will advance to the A/AA provincials in Carman, March 7-9.

For an up-to-date look at where the WHSHL and the provincial high school playoffs stand, click here.

Wheat Kings busy

The Brandon Wheat Kings have been busy recently, playing three games in four nights, beginning with a home game against the Kootenay Ice on Friday.

Jayce Hawryluk's power play goal with just over four minutes remaining in the second period was the difference as the Wheat Kings defeated the Ice 3-2, snapping a three-game losing streak in the process.

On Saturday, the club once again hosted Kootenay-- however this night ended up with the road team coming out on top.

After wiping out a two-goal deficit to force overtime, the Wheat Kings were beaten by a well placed wrist shot by Jon Martin at the 1:17 mark of extra time as Brandon fell by a score of 4-3.

The Wheat Kings would hit the road after that contest and would take on the Saskatoon Blades on Monday night.

Jason Swyripa opened the scoring for Brandon, however Saskatoon would score five unanswered tallies the rest of the way en route to a 5-1 win.

Brandon now sits with a 21-35-3-2 record and sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference -- 13 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.

Bobcats off to final four

The Brandon Bobcats have advanced to the Canada West Final Four.

The Bobcats men's volleyball team swept the Saskatchewan Huskies in straight sets Saturday
night (25-21, 25-23, 25-23) to win their quarter-final series 2-0.

Roy Ching had 13 kills for Brandon, who beat the Huskies in five sets on Friday.

The Canada West Final Four takes place this upcoming weekend in Edmonton.

Meanwhile, the BU basketball teams wrapped up their seasons over the weekend. Ilarion Bonhomme had 14 points, helping the BU men's squad defeat the Regina Cougars 68-54 on Friday. The Bobcats would follow that up with a 70-61 loss to Regina on Saturday. The Bobcats finished in eighth in the Prairie Division with a 6-16 record.

The Lady 'Cats lost both of their contests to Regina over the weekend and finished winless in conference play.


Cheung makes half court shot helping BU student win free tuition

Brandon University student Mason Kaluzniak won free tuition for 2012-2013 all thanks to an amazing half-court shot made by Bobcats men's basketball head coach Gil Cheung during halftime of Friday's contest against Regina.

Throughtout the 2012-2013 season, as part of a BU promotion, students have been drawn at random for what is called "Smitty’s Shoot-out for Tuition". Students that were picked had to take a shot at half-court for a chance to win free tuition. Because this was the last said promotion of the year, Kaluzniak -- the student who was chosen -- had the option of either taking the shot or choosing anyone in the building to take the shot on his behalf.
Kaluzniak chose Cheung and the former Bobcat nailed the miraculous 47-foot shot. The shot and celebration afterwards was shot on camera and was posted on YouTube a short while later.

More than 100,000 people have viewed the video and it's even been picked up by USA Today and the news channel CNN.

To see the video, click here.


Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League weekly review: Cougars off to second round

The Southwest Cougars have advanced to the next round of the Manitoba AAA
Midget Hockey League playoffs.

Sheldon Kowalchuk's power-play goal less than five minutes remaining in the third period helped the Cougars defeat Central Plains 3-2 on Friday night, and in the process, sweep the Capitals in the best-of-three first round series.

The Brandon Wheat Kings and Yellowhead Chiefs both had first round byes.

The second round is a best-of-five and will consist of the Yellowhead Chiefs battling the Pembina Valley Hawks; Brandon will take on Kenora; the Winnipeg Thrashers will be up against the Southwest Cougars and the Winnipeg Wild will be against the Norman Northstars.

For more on the league playoffs, click here.


Jets fall to Penguins, Bruins

The Winnipeg Jets lost a couple of close games over the weekend in NHL action.

Craig Adams scored twice, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Jets 3-1 on Friday night.

Andrew Ladd scored for the lone goal for the Jets in the loss.

On Sunday, the Jets dropped a 3-2 decision to the Boston Bruins.

Bruins forward Brad Marchand power play goal early in the third period was the difference maker, snapping a 2-2 tie.

Alex Burmistrov and Evander Kane scored the goals for Winnipeg, who have now lost three in a row and now sit with a 5-8-1 record.

Lowry, Bisons move on to semifinals

Neepawa's Matt Lowry and the Manitoba Bisons have advanced in the Canada West playoffs.

The Bisons wound up defeating the Regina Cougars on Friday and Saturday night (6-2, 5-0), sweeping the best-of-three Canada West quarter-final series in two straight games.

Lowry, a former Neepawa Native and Brandon Wheat King, had an assist in Game 1 of the contest. The forward had five shots on net over the two games and ended up with a plus +1 rating.

Other notables on the Bisons roster include former Wheat Kings' Tyler Dittmer, Del Cowan, Darren Bestland, Brandon Lockerby, Paul Ciarelli, Brodie Melnychuk, Brock Sutherland and goaltender Joe Caligiuri.

Scotties underway

The Scotties women's national curling championship is underway in Kingston, Ont. Manitoba's Jennifer Jones currently sits with a 5-0 record at the event.

To stay up-to-date at the event, click here.


Lauber, Boettcher win

Kelly Lauber and Kelsey Boettcher won the Manitoba Mixed Doubles Trials over the weekend in Winnipeg against Connor Njegovan and Robyn Njegovan 7-6 at the Wildewood Curling Club in Winnipeg.

They will represent Manitoba at the inaugural Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials, March 14-17 in Leduc, Alberta.


Calvert moves on to provincials

Carberry's Braden Calvert and his curling team clinched a provincial under-18 curling championship berth over the weekend.

Calvert and his team won the a Westman berth at an under-18 regional qualifying curling event in Souris. Meanwhile, Katlyn Payette of Hamiota and Lisa Rystephanuk of Strathclair claimed women's berths. 

All three of the teams will now compete at the provincial under-18 championship in Ste. Anne, March 8-10.