Neepawa Natives looking ahead to 2nd half of MJHL season

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Head coach Dustin Howden (On left, behind players) and the rest of the Neepawa Natives are looking forward to making continued progress in the second half of the MJHL regular season.

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

Saying whether or not the first half of the season has been a success for the Neepawa Natives is all a matter of perspective. From the numbers, Neepawa is in a much better position than they were in at this point last season. Compared to 2016, the Natives have five more wins (14-14-2 record in 2017 vs. 9-21-0 in 2016), and 12 more points (30 pts vs 18 pts in 2016).  But for Neepawa Natives head coach Dustin Howden, the game is about more than just numbers.

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Around the house - Dec. 5, 2017

 

T. Waite

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Rivers Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 75 hosted its annual curling bonspiel at Rivers Curling Club on Saturday, Nov. 25. With only eight teams registered, every rink played two eight-end games.

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Rough weekend for Neepawa Natives

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By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

This past weekend was an opportunity for the Neepawa Natives to make up some ground on two teams they’re chasing in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) standings, the Virden Oil Capitals and Portage Terriers. A pair of victories over those clubs could have leapfrogged Neepawa into fifth place and within striking distance of home ice advantage for the playoffs. But, instead of securing their playoff position, the Natives were beaten in a pair of game at home, dropping them into eight place, with a 14-14-2 record. It has also left them on the edge of the playoff picture, with a recently resurgent Swan Valley Stampeders slowly closing the gap.

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Neepawa Farmers outlast MacGregor

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

A big offensive effort late, made up for a slow start by the Neepawa Farmers on Saturday, Nov. 25, on the way to a 9-5 win over the MacGregor Wild. The Farmers picked up four goals in the third period to secure the victory.

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Howden to coach at SJHL /MJHL Showcase

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

The Neepawa Natives will likely have a few players hitting the ice for the upcoming SJHL/MJHL Player Showcase. But no matter how few or how many of them end up lacing their skates at the event, there will be at least one person repping for the team behind the bench. 

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