Weekend sports wrap: Natives losing streak continues; Farmers pick up win



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

Natives struggles continue

The struggles on the ice continued for the Neepawa Natives over the weekend as the Manitoba Junior Hockey League club lost all three of its games.

On Friday night, the Natives travelled to The Pas and ended up falling 4-2 to the OCN Blizzard.

Drake Lindsay opened the scoring at the 13:02 mark of the first period before the Blizzard scored four consecutive tallies -- one goal in the second, three in the third -- to take control of the contest.

Luke Karakas scored the other goal for Neepawa on the power play late in the game.

Evan Zdunich, Anthony Agner-Bouchard, Tyler Grove and Edward Bayer scored for the Blizzard, who outshot the Natives 40-37 in the contest.

Alex Henry made 35 saves in net for OCN to pick up the win, while Matthieu Vereault turned aside 36 shots between the pipes for Neepawa.

On Saturday, the Natives held a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes but couldn't hold on as they dropped a 5-2 decision to the host Swan Valley Stampeders.

Drake Lindsay once again got Neepawa on the board and this time it was only nine seconds into the second period.

The two teams then traded tallies in the second before the Stampeders scored four unanswered goals in the third period en route to the victory.

Brady Bouchard scored the other tally for Neepawa, while B.J. Avery, Andrew Flynn, Nic Erb, Jagger Thomas and Dylan Favell scored for the Stampeders.

Graham Hunt made 43 saves in net for Swan Valley, while Natives netminder Tyson Verhelst turned aside 46 of 51 Swan Valley shots.

On Sunday, the Natives hosted the Virden Oil Capitals and despite a valiant effort, came up short, losing by a score of 2-1 at the Yellowhead Centre.

Jake Dudar scored in the first period, while Artsiom Kalashnikov netted a tally in the second to give the Oil Capitals a 2-0 lead heading into the third period.

It was all Neepawa in the final 20 minutes of play as the club outshot Virden 20-5 and would eventually find the back of the net as Colton Magwood would net a power play marker at 16:27 mark. However, Neepawa was unable to beat Oil Caps netminder Adam Iwan for a second time as the former Native ended up making 43 saves en route to the win.

Matthieu Verreault ended up making 29 saves between the pipes for the Natives, who have now lost eight straight contests, dropping to 10-32-4 this season.

Around the league . . .

Due to poor road conditions, two games were postponed on Sunday. The game in Wayway between the Wolverines and Stampeders and OCN at Dauphin will be rescheduled to another date. 

For the rest of the scores from around the MJHL over the weekend, click here.

Wheat Kings pick up wins over Broncos, Blades

The Brandon Wheat Kings picked up a couple of wins over the weekend in Western Hockey League action.

On Friday, the Wheat Kings were able to overcome a 4-3 deficit after two period of play and defeat the Swift Current Broncos 6-5 at Westman Place.

Peter Quenneville, Richard Nejezchleb, Jesse Gabrielle, captain Ryan Pulock, Ryan Pilon and Tim McGauley scored for Brandon in the victory.

Jordan Papirny made 28 saves to pick up the win in net for Brandon.

On Saturday, the Wheat Kings travelled to Saskatoon and wound up coming away with a 4-3 win over the Blades.

Rihard Bukarts scored twice for Brandon in the win. Nejezchleb and Pilon scored the other tallies for the Wheat Kings, who improved to 25-17-4-0 this season.

Lisoway watch: Neepawa's Quintin Lisoway ended up going pointless during the two contests. He currently has three goals, 11 assists for 14 points in 43 games this season.

BU review: Bobcats women's basketball team wins third in a row

The Brandon University women's basketball team is officially in unchartered territory.

The Lady 'Cats won their third straight game on Saturday night as the club defeated the Manitoba Bisons 57-49 at the Healthy Living Centre. It's the first three game winning streak for the Lady 'Cats since they joined the Canada West in 1999.

Cassie Cooke led the way offensively for BU with 19 points in the contest.

The Lady 'Cats now sit with a 5-9 conference record. BU defeated the Bisons 70-51 on Friday night.

Meanwhile, the BU men's basketball team wound up going 1-1 against the Bisons over the weekend and now sit with a 5-9 conference record.

Meanwhile, in volleyball action, the BU women's volleyball team ended up going 1-1 against the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver over the weekend. The Lady 'Cats volleyball team now sits with a 12-4 record and are currently tied for second place in the Canada West standings.

The men's squad meanwhile, dropped both of their contests and now sit with a 7-9 record. BU is now tied with the Saskatchewan Huskies and Winnipeg Wesmen for the seventh and final playoff spot.

Montgomery fails to qualify for Olympics

Defending gold medallist Jon Montgomery will not get a chance to repeat as champion at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The Russell product failed to qualify for the upcoming Games after finishing in seventh place at a World Cup race in Austria on Saturday.

Montgomery was in the running for the third sled spot on Canada's Olympic skeleton team, but due to the results of international competition, Eric Neilson and John Fairbairn will be the only two skeleton racers for Canada.

Farmers pick up win

The Neepawa Farmers defeated the Gladstone Lakers 8-4 in Tiger Hills Hockey League action on Saturday night at the Yellowhead Centre.

Eight different scorers contributed to the win for the Farmers, who improved to 6-11-1-0 and have jumped ahead of the Swan Lake Cougars for sixth place in the Eastern Division.

The Farmers host Glenboro on Friday night. Game time is 8:00 p.m.

Chiefs have rough weekend

The Yellowhead Chiefs dropped all three of their games over the weekend in Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League action.

The Chiefs travelled to Kenora and ended up falling 3-2  to the Thistles on Friday night and followed that up with a 2-1 overtime loss to Kenora on Saturday.

On Sunday afternoon, the Chiefs ended up falling 7-5 to the Eastman Selects.

The Chiefs now sit with a 16-18-0-3 record. Strathclair's Morgan Geekie currently leads the Chiefs in scoring with 22 goals, 21 assists for 43 points in 37 games.

For the rest of the scores from around the league, click here.

Plainsmen finish as runner-ups

The Crocus Plainsmen high school hockey team travelled to Pittsburgh last week to take part in an exhibition tournament called the Three Rivers Cup.

The team wound up losing in a Division final on Sunday by a score of 2-1 to a team from Columbus, Ohio called the Northeast Storm.

Bryce Webber scored the lone goal for the Plainsmen in the final.

The Plainsmen finished the event with a 2-1-1 record.

Jets edge Oilers in OT

The Winnipeg Jets picked up their third straight win and remain undefeated with Paul Maurice behind the bench.

Jacob Trouba scored his second of the night at the 1:10 mark of overtime to give the Jets the win and help them improve to 22-23-5 this season.

Mark Scheifele scored the other goal for the Jets, who travel to Anaheim to battle the Ducks on Tuesday night.

Calvert now 4-0 at junior curling championship

Carberry's Braden Calvert and his curling team are currently 4-0 at the Canadian junior men's curling championship.

Calvert's rink defeated Nunavut and Quebec on Saturday and then took down Saskatchewan and Northern Ontario on Sunday. Calvert's team is currently tied with Ontario for first place in the Pool A standings.

Meanwhile, in women's action, Meaghan Brezden currently sits with a 2-2 record.

Fourteen men's and 14 women's teams are competing for Canadian titles, with the winning teams earning the right to represent Canada at the World Juniors in Flims, Switzerland late February.


NCHL holds all-star game

The North Central Hockey League held its all-star game on Sunday. Dale Warkentin’s second goal of the game with 41 seconds left in the third period gave the NCHL All-Stars a 10-9 win over the Miniota-Elkhorn C-Hawks in Elkhorn.

Kyle Fraser of the Russell Rams had a hat trick for the All-Stars, while Wes Lewis of the Minnedosa Bombers added a pair of tallies. Kyle McLeod had a hat trick for the defending league champion C-Hawks.