Sports news and notes: Natives fall to Blizzard; Wheat Kings edge Pats


Wednesday night was a busy one in the local sporting scene. The following is a brief recap of what transpired. . .

Natives fall to Blizzard

The struggles continue for the Neepawa Natives. The Manitoba Junior Hockey League club dropped a 3-2 decision to the OCN Blizzard at the Yellowhead Centre in Neepawa on Wednesday night.

With the score deadlocked at two apiece, Damien Kulynych would end up scoring the game winner for the Blizzard in the third period.

Riley Hillis and newly acquired blueliner Colton Magwood scored for the Natives in a losing cause.
in a row.

With the loss, the Natives have now dropped seven games in a row (six in regulation time).

Scores from the rest of the league:

Dauphin 3 Steinbach 2 (OT)
Virden 5 Portage 2

Hillis named MJHL peak performer of the month

Riley Hillis of the Neepawa Natives has been named the Manitoba Pork peak performer of the month for November.

Hillis, 18, volunteers his time at an early morning hockey clinic helping young players work on their skills before school. The Winnipeg product is also enjoying a strong season, reflected in his 11 goals and 14 points thus far.

“Riley also volunteered at local schools and with the Salvation Army in support of their annual food donation drive for the food bank,” MJHL Commissioner Kim Davis said of the selection in a release.

“Riley is a good example of community volunteerism at its best. He’s combining a very busy hockey schedule with helping others in Neepawa.”

Wheat Kings edge Pats

Jayce Hawryluk scored with less than 30 seconds to go in the third period to give the Brandon Wheat Kings a 5-4 win over the Regina Pats in WHL action.

Hawryluk's marker comes after the Wheat Kings let a 4-2 lead slip away in the third.

Peter Quenneville, Richard Nejezchleb, Rihards Bukarts and Jesse Gabrielle also scored for Brandon in the win, helping Brandon improve to 15-13-2 this season.

Nejezchleb to attend selection camp

Richard Nejezchleb of the Wheat Kings has been invited to attend the Czech Republic selection camp for the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championship.

He'll be attending the camp next week.


Chudley defeats Taylor

Neepawa's Jerry Chudley defeated Brandon's Shawn Taylor 7-2 in Westman Super League of Curling action on Wednesday night.

Chudley scored a deuce in the second end followed by three in the fifth and singles in the sixth and seventh en route to the win.

Chudley's team improved to 6-3 and are now in a tie with Brandon's Cale Dunbar for third place in the standings.

Defending league champion Terry McNamee continues to impress, as he edged Dunbar's squad to improve to 8-1 this season, currently sitting alone in first place.

Jones earns spot in ROTR final

Jennifer Jones' rink earned a berth a spot in Saturday's women's final at the Roar of the Rings Olympic qualification event by edging Rachel Homan's curling team 7-6 on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, on the men's side, both Kevin Martin and Brad Jacobs are sitting with perfect 5-0 records. John Morris sits at 3-2, followed by three teams: Mike McEwen, Glenn Howard and Jeff Stoughton, all of whom are sitting at 2-3.