Weekend sports wrap: Natives fall to Oil Capitals, Pistons; Tigers JV volleyball team fall to Killarney in provincial final



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

Natives fall to Oil Caps, Pistons

The Neepawa Natives dropped both of their contests over the weekend.

On Friday night, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League club lost 6-1 to the Virden Oil Capitals at the Yellowhead Centre.

Virden jumped out to a 3-0 lead on tallies from Kurt Johnas, Jordan Greig and Jake Dudar before Matti Jmaeff replied for Neepawa prior to the end of the first period.

After a scoreless second, the Oil Capitals would put the game away in the third as Lucas Oliver would score early in the period before Dudar netted his second of the night a few minutes later. Artsiom Kalashnikov, Virden's leading scorer, would score later in the period to ice the game for the Oil Capitals.

Kyler Beckett stopped 39 of 40 shots to pick up the win in net for Virden, while Tyson Verhelst turned aside 38 of 44 shots between the pipes for Neepawa.

On Saturday, the Natives travelled to Steinbach to battle the defending league champions and wound up falling by a score of 5-1.

After an early tally by Connor Lockhart gave the Pistons a 1-0 advantage, Drake Lindsay replied for Neepawa on the power play to tie the game at one apiece.

Nicholas Kobelka would then score back-to-back tallies later in the period to make the score 3-1.

After a scoreless second, the Pistons would score two more times in the third off the sticks of Daniel Taillefer and Hayden Goderis.

Pistons netminder Nicholas Deery stopped 31 of 32 shots to pick up the win, while Tyson Verhelst ended up taking the loss between the pipes for Neepawa, turning aside 33 of 38 shots.

The Natives now sit with a 7-14-4 record and currently sit in fifth place in the Sher-Wood Division.

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

Dauphin 4 Winnipeg 2
Selkirk 4 Winkler 1
Steinbach 4 Portage 3 (SO)
Wayway 6 OCN 4

Winnipeg 6 Portage 4
Virden 7 OCN 0
Winkler 5 Selkirk 3


Oil Caps acquire Bast

There were a few trades in the MJHL over the weekend.

The Virden Oil Capitals acquired 19-year-old defenceman Des Bast from the Nipawin Hawks for future considerations.

Meanwhile, the Dauphin Kings have traded 20-year-old goaltender Jeremy Pominville to the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners for future considerations.

Lastly, the Swan Valley Stampeders traded 19-year-old forward Seth Chumley to the Minnesota Iron Rangers for future considerations.

Tigers lose to Raiders in provincial final

The Neepawa Tigers girls team lost to the Killarney Raiders in the provincial A/AA junior varsity volleyball championship final over the weekend in Niverville.

"The final was very tough," said Tigers coach Krista Moffatt. "Killarney has a great team. We came out and played well throughout the game. We battled with them on every point but they just came out on top on a lot of the rallies.

"The girls had their best game of the year in the second set," she continued. "We had them rattled for a while. Our blocking, serving and defence was very good. It is tough to lose but we were very pleased with how the girls played."

The Tigers defeated Grandview in a quarter-final and Major Pratt in a semifinal in order to advance to the championship final against Killarney.

The Tigers squad consists of Taylor Allen, Robyn Birch, Marissa Crook, Emily Dobson, Jennifer Drader, Dana Friesen, Lina Gordon, Danielle Hanke, Jenna Heschuk, Jayme Kulbacki and Sydney McLaughlin.

Drader and Gordon were named tournament all-stars at the event.

The Tigers won the Zone 7 championship earlier in the year.

Meanwhile, the Glenboro Panthers won the boys JV title, defeating the host Niverville Panthers in the championship final.

The Neepawa Tigers boys team, also Zone 7 winners, did not advance to the playoffs.

The Neepawa boys team consisted of Viel Alquino, Morgan Crabbe, Bain de Koning, Drew de Koning, Jessy Doerksen, Jesse Elder, Greg Farquhar, Chase Gluska, Reese Jones, Cole Krutkewich, Will Rainka, Jeremy Roe and Landon Young.

In other provincial volleyball action, the Brandon-based Neelin Spartans defeated the St. Mary's Flames in a quarter-final at the 4A provincial high school volleyball championship. The Spartans will take on the Winnipeg-based Miles Mac Buckeyes in a semifinal on Wednesday.

Wheat Kings swept by Ice

The Kootenay Ice completed a weekend sweep of the Brandon Wheat Kings Saturday night with a 5-2 victory in Cranbrook, B.C.

The Ice, who won the opening game of the weekend set Friday by a score of 7-3, scored four unanswered goals to wipe out a 2-1 second period deficit en route to the win as the Wheat Kings closed out a four-game road trip that saw them go 1-2-1-0.

Ryan Pulock and John Quenneville scored in a losing cause for the Wheat Kings, who were outshot 38-26.

Peter Quenneville, Ryan Pilon and Ryley Lindgren scored for Brandon in Friday's defeat.

After the weekend's action, the Wheat Kings record slipped back to the .500 mark at 13-13-1-0.


Lakers rout Farmers

The struggles continue for the Tiger Hills Hockey League's Neepawa Farmers.

The senior hockey team lost 11-3 to the Gladstone Lakers on Saturday night at the Yellowhead Centre.

Tieler Fenning Cox scored twice, while Neil Ernest netted the other tally for the Farmers, who now sit with a 1-5 record and are in last place in the East Division.

Tigers defeat Sabres

The Neepawa Tigers routed the Souris/Reston Sabres 10-0 in Westman High School Hockey League action on Friday night.

Cody Pasowisty and Brett McKinnon scored twice for the Tigers, who now sit with a 4-1-0 record.

The Tigers take on the Crocus Plains Plainsmen on Tuesday night in Brandon at the Optimist arena.

Chiefs edge Hawks, fall to Thrashers

The Yellowhead Chiefs travelled to Altona on Friday night to take on the Pembina Valley Hawks and wound up winning 5-4 in Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League action.

Tanner Kyle, Logan Robinson, Tanner Koroscil, Josh Martin and Tucker Scantlebury scored for the Chiefs in the win.

On Saturday, the Chiefs were in Winnipeg to battle the Thrashers and wound up falling 6-0.

The Chiefs now sit with a 9-9-0 record this season.

For the rest of the scores from around the league as well as stats and more, click here to go to the league's website.

BU review: women's basketball team sweeps Mount Royal

The Brandon University women's basketball team won their first two conference games over the weekend, defeating UNBC 75-69 on Friday and following that up with a 80-72 win on Sunday over the Mount Royal Cougars.

The Bobcats two-game conference winning streak is the club's first since 2008. The 'Lady Cats now sit with a 2-6 conference record.

Meanwhile, the BU men's basketball team dropped both of their games over the weekend and now sit with a 1-7 conference record.

Turning to volleyball, the BU men's squad swept Mount Royal on Friday and Saturday night in straight sets at the Healthy Living Centre in Brandon. The men's team sits with a 6-4 conference record.

The BU women's team meanwhile also swept Mount Royal and currently sit with an 7-2 conference record.

Roughriders win Grey Cup

The Saskatchewan Roughriders won the Grey Cup in front of their home fans on Sunday night.

Kory Sheets was named the MVP of the CFL championship game as he ran 20 times for a Grey Cup record 197 yards, helping the Roughriders defeat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 45-23.

Curling: Robertson earns berth into provincial senior championship; Fordyce wins Dominion

Neepawa's Kelly Robertson earned a berth into the provincial senior men's curling championship over the weekend.

Robertson earned the spot by winning a berth bonspiel in Manitou, defeating Pembina's Dave Johnson 6-3 in the championship final.

The senior men's provincial championship takes place Feb. 20-24 in Brandon.

Meanwhile, Stacey Fordyce's Brandon team won the Dominion national curling club championship in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Fordyce defeated a Saskatchewan team 6-4 in Saturday's final.

Lastly, Steen Sigurdson and Barb Spencer won the men's and women's titles respectively at the Manitoba Curling Tour's Dekalb Superspiel in Morris.

Jets fall to Wild in shootout

The Winnipeg Jets lost 3-2 to the Minnesota Wild in a shootout on Saturday night at the MTS Centre.

Michael Frolik and Matt Halischuk scored for Winnipeg in regulation.

Charlie Coyle scored the game winner in the shootout for the Wild.

The Jets currently sit with a 10-11-4 record.


Photo: Natives players celebrate after scoring late in the first period on Friday night against the Virden Oil Capitals at the Yellowhead Centre.

Photo by Lanny Stewart


With files from Wheat Kings release