Season ends for Neepawa Natives

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Fall to Virden Oil Capitals 6-2

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

The numbers suggest that the 2017-2018 MJHL regular season was a step in the right direction for the Neepawa Natives. Over the course of 60 games, the club scored 47 more goals, than they’d accumulated in the previous year (215 vs. 173). They also generated more wins (25 vs. 21) and increased their points total in the league standings by six (54 pts. vs 48 pts.). By all these measures, the 2017-2018 MJHL regular season was more successful than 2016-2017. So why doesn’t it feel that way? 

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It's over

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Natives eliminated from playoff contention

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

The playoff dreams of the Neepawa Natives have been iced, after a 3-2 loss to the Winnipeg Blues on Wednesday, Feb. 28. With the defeat, the Natives were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, unable to catch the eight place Swan Valley Stampeders before the end of the regular season.

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Bantam Chiefs compete at provincials

Yellowhead Chiefs weekend report

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

The Yellowhead Bantam Chiefs put in a strong effort at the Rural Provincial Championship, recently held in Killarney. The Chiefs made it all the way to the bronze medal game, where they were narrowly defeated, by a 3-2 score. Mitchell Collyer of Onanole and Foxwarren’s Colby Wotton scored for the Chiefs in that game.

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NFSC members a constant on the podium

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The Neepawa Figure Skating Club was well represented at various StarSkate Regional Competitions throughout the new year. (Above picture) The Pre-Novice Bronze Medal winners from the 2018 Prairie Regional Competition are Cordelia Smith, Karissa Ellis, Annika Atkey, Claire Beaumont, Kara Ellis, Kyla Wahoski, Brooklyn Chartrand and Caitlyn Stevenson.

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Neepawa/OCN split back to back games

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Benoit Mowbray (#18) scores one of his two goals in Saturday's game against OCN.

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

A three point night from Benoit Mowbray (two goals - one assist) powered the Neepawa Natives to a 4-1 win over the OCN Blizzard on Saturday, Feb. 24. But as impressive as Mowbray's effort was, the lasting impression many fans likely left the Yellowhead Arena with, was that there might need to be some extra security brought in to cover the rematch on Sunday.

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