It wasn't all smiles after the game; however, Dauphin's Andrew Liwiski did have something to smile about on Wednesday evening when the Kings played the Neepawa Natives. 15:52 into the first period, Liwiski ripped a shot from the left point that beat Michael Davis. The goal was Andrew's first of the campaign in his 34th game.

"I want to contribute to the success of this team whether it be offensively or defensively," said Liwiski. "I was happy to see one find the back of the net, I haven't gotten the best bounces this year. It's all about moving forward now."

"I know I have some decent offensive capabilities, it's just about finding the right time to jump in and hopefully, I can add some more here down the stretch," continued Liwiski.

Whenever this season comes to an end for Dauphin, Liwiski's junior career chapter will come to an end. Being 20-years-old, this is Andrew's final year of eligibility. The Dauphin native has played in 143 junior games. All but 52 of them have come with Dauphin. He played the 2017-18 season with the Lloydminster Bobcats, a season in which he scored two goals.

With it being his last year that means Andrew will finish his junior career with the same team that he grew up watching as a little kid.

"I honestly couldn't have wished for anything quite like this, my junior career has been a blast and I'm really glad I've played a lot of hockey here in Dauphin," continued Liwiski. "With that said, I'm not looking at the end. As a team, we're focused on winning the rest of the year and making some noise."

Andrew began his competitive hockey days with the Parkland Bantam Rangers in the 2013-14 season where he would add 17 points in 36 games. His most successful season point wise was a few years later with the Parkland U18 Rangers when he put up 43 points (16G) in 42 games during the 2016-17 campaign.

The next time you can catch Andrew in action at Credit Union Place is set for Tuesday. That's when the OCN Blizzard pays a visit to Dauphin for the third and final time. As the regular season continues to wind down, Andrew would love to see you fill the stands.

"We're a pretty good hockey team, we're fast and we're exciting," added Liwiski. "I really believe that we can get on a run here leading up to the playoffs."

In his own words, getting the chance to play junior hockey is a "dream".

"Absolutely, this is the dream. I grew up as a young kid wanting this, it was my goal and it means a lot that I achieved it," concluded Liwiski. "I'm pretty grateful that I get to do this every day."

Liwiski and the rest of the Kings are back on the ice tomorrow evening when they play the Steinbach Pistons. You can hear Darnell Duff's full chat with Andrew during the Dauphin Kings Power Play Show tomorrow afternoon during the Power Play Show. You can also catch the broadcast with Darnell Duff, the pregame show starts at 7:15.

If you're looking to play some hockey and have a fun time while doing so this Louis Riel Long Weekend, you'll have that chance in Ste. Rose.

The Ste. Rose Minor Hockey Association is hosting a road hockey tournament on Sunday, February 16. It begins at 1:00 p.m. outside of the Ste. Rose Recreation Complex. 

"If you're looking to enjoy the time, this is a great opportunity to play some old-time road hockey and enjoy time with friends," said Don Sheldon. 

You can have as many players on your team as you'd like, but there will be four players on the surface at all times which includes goalies. You're only required to bring your sticks as balls will be provided and they'll also be giving away hot chocolate.

There's no entry fee and the format of the tournament will depend on how many teams sign up. You can do so by calling Don at 447-7721. You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you can't sign up, drop-ins are welcome, but it's preferred if you do sign up ahead of time.

After 20 minutes, it looked as if the Dauphin Kings were well on their way to grabbing two points. However, Neepawa clearly had other plans.

Down 4-0 after 20 minutes, Ste. Rose’s Brad Marshall lit the lamp three times as Neepawa came all the way back and more to beat Dauphin, 6-4.

In the first, Andrew Liwiski and Landon Russell both scored their first goals of the season for Dauphin. Carter Sawchuk and Nakodan Greyeyes would also find the net for Dauphin. 

The rest of the way, it was all Neepawa. Marshall scored three and the team added three more as they won their 11th game of the season. 

Dauphin will look to get back on track when they play in Steinbach on Friday. Darnell Duff will have the pregame show starting at 7:15.

Back in early January, the Dauphin Curling Club was host to the Hit, Draw, and Tap regional championships. It's an event where young curlers throw a hit, a tap, and a draw against other competitors in their age group.

In the 6-8-year-old age group, Mickayla Zurba took home the crown. By winning her age group, she advanced to the provincial event which took place at the Viterra Championships in Winnipeg. It was set to be Zurba's first event on the provincial curling stage and what a debut it turned out to be for the Fork River native.

She put forward another strong performance and she's now a Provincial Champion. She won the 6-8-year-old age group.

"It was really fun taking part in the event, I even got the chance to meet a friend who lives in Thompson," said Zurba. "I was really happy to receive my first trophy, it meant a lot and it's really special to me."

Just being at the event, Mickayla also had the opportunity to watch the best men's teams battle for a provincial title, which was ultimately won by Team Gunnlaugson.

"It was awesome watching the best curlers," continued Zurba. 

What is it about curling that draws Mickayla to play it? That's simple, it runs in the family.

"I like curling because my dad does it and I really like to learn from him," concluded Zurba.

The Fork River native will now skip her own team at the Dauphin Curling Academy's bonspiel this weekend inside the Dauphin Curling Club.

Earlier this season, the Swan Valley Peewee A Stampeders won the Tournament of Champions event in Minnedosa which earned them a berth in another Tournament of Champions event in Brandon.

After this one was said and done, the Stampeders have added another trophy and banner to their resume in what's turning out to be an extremely good season.

In their first game against the Assiniboine Park Winterhawks, 2-1. Swan Valley would then dominate Moose Jaw, 8-2. In their third game, they would fall to the Flin Flon Bombers, 4-3, which had them in second place in their pool after the round-robin.

That defeat would be the last one for the team. In the semi-final, they beat the Minot Wolves, 5-1. They took on the Virden Oil Capitals in the final and the Stamps' proved to be too strong as they held off the Oil Caps', 4-3.

The team will now prepare for the provincials which take place next month.

The Dauphin Kings have been playing solid hockey as of late and they'll look to keep that going this evening when they hit the road. The team plays at the Yellowhead Centre for just the second time this season as they go up against the 11th place Neepawa Natives.

Heading into the contest, Dauphin has won four of their past five games, one of which was against the first place Steinbach Pistons over the weekend. Dauphin enters the game three points back of both the Virden Oil Capitals and Waywayseecappo Wolverines who are both tied for fifth in the league.

This season against Neepawa, Dauphin has had some success, however, not as much as they would have hoped for as they're 1-1-0-1 against them this campaign.

Neepawa has been eliminated from the playoffs while Dauphin's magic number to clinch a berth in the postseason is 2.5. Neepawa's played last evening when they lost to Waywayseecappo.

Darnell Duff has the pregame show this evening beginning the Parkland Source for Sports pregame show at 7:15.

Grady Hobbs is set to make his way to Rochester, New York full time in the fall. Hobbs has committed to play for the Rochester Institue of Technology (RIT) Hockey Program (NCAA Division 1) for the 2020-21 season.

Back in 2015, Hobbs was drafted third overall at the MJHL Draft in Neepawa and he would end up making the team as a 16-year-old in the 2016-17 campaign.

In his first year with the team, Grady had seven goals and 12 assists in 60 games and he added another seven goals and nine assists the next season. Last season, Hobbs improved his production when he scored 14 goals and chipped in 18 assists in 51 games. In the playoffs, he had four points (1G). 

"This is great for our program, it's great for Hobbs and it's great for his entire family," said Doug Hedley, Head Coach, and General Manager. "This is why guys play Jr. A hockey, they want to get to the next level and Grady certainly deserves his. He's been a big part of our success."

"I'm really excited about it. When I first came into the league, getting a Division 1 scholarship was a big goal of mine," said Hobbs. "It was nice to get done and I'm really happy with the school I chose."

Grady has been on a tear this season and is no doubt enjoying his best season as a King to date. He has 30 goals and 33 assists for a 63 point total and he still has nine games left. He's currently second in the league scoring race.

Earlier this season, Grady also surpassed the 200 games played mark with the team and he's third on the all-time list with the team behind only Brendan Arnold and Shane Luke. 

"He's a great kid on and off the ice, he's a leader for us," commented Hedley on what Hobbs means to the team. "We wish him nothing but the best beginning next season."

This year, RIT is 15-11-4. Their most impressive win of the season came back on January 11 when they beat UMass-Lowell who is the 13th ranked team in the nation.

Hobbs and the rest of the Kings are back on the ice tomorrow evening when they play the Neepawa Natives. Darnell Duff has the pregame show beginning at 7:15.

The 15U Predators Volleyball Club hit the road to take part in a tournament in Moose Jaw. It was the team's first event of season and they started things off with a bang.

The team includes nine different players from Grandview and Gilbert Plains. The list of players features, Taylor Sigvaldason, Jorja Cords, Jaidyn Cords, Ezra Zamonsky, Emma Froese, Raelee Brasch, Amanda Evans, Kourtney Mancheese, and Hailey Tabak.

The tournament in Moose Jaw was a 22 team field and no one was better than the lone team from the Parkland. The 15U Predators went undefeated on their way to winning a title in their first tournament of the season.

"The weekend went really well. We weren't really expecting it because it was our first tournament of the year," said Dave Sigvaldason, Head Coach. "We went in with no expectations and we weren't really worried about the results, however, it was great to win."

In the round-robin, the team beat Outlimits Fusion, 25-7, 25-17, and they followed that up with a two-set win against the Thunder Creek Elite, 25-17, and 25-13. In their final round-robin game, they beat Estevan Extreme, 25-18, 25-16.

In the quarterfinals, they hammered QCVC Royal Black, 25-14, 25-13. In the semi-finals, they beat the Yorkton Blitz, 25-13, 25-18. That set up a finals game against the Jr. Sundogs Black. In that match, the team from the Parkland continued their straight-set dominance with a 25-10, 25-23 win.

Add that up and the team played 12 sets and they won all 12.

"We were able to control a lot of points based on how well we served," added Sigvaldason. "Because we served so well, we were getting a lot of free balls back so we were able to run our offence very efficiently. We wanted to put as much pressure on them and we did that pretty well."

The team's coaching staff also includes Jaelyn Frykas of Gilbert Plains and Sandy Hafenbrak of Ethelbert.

The group will play six more tournaments ahead of the nationals which are set for May 13-16 in Edmonton, Alberta. Next up is a tournament in Winnipeg on February 21-22. They also play an event in Brandon, Dauphin, Brandon, and two other ones in Winnipeg.

The third and final tournament in Winnipeg will be on April 25 and 26 when the team plays in the provincials.

"Confidence is a huge thing in any sport and our girls have a lot of it after winning in Moose Jaw," concluded Sigvaldason. "We have some big tournaments coming up and the competition will be tough in a lot of them."

The Dauphin Kings have announced the commitment of Owen Wareham for the 2020-21 season. He was drafted by the team in the fourth round of the 2017 MJHL Draft and he's been a part of the club since.

Wareham is currently playing with the Yellowhead U18 Chiefs where he has 10 goals and 18 assists in 37 games. He also played for Dauphin back on December 17.

"He's a great kid and he has a great family. We've been talking on and off for a couple of years now," said Doug Hedley, Head Coach, and General Manager. "He's a huge asset for our hockey club. We're very happy to have him in the organization."

"Having Wareham is a perfect fit for us and it's a perfect fit for him, we're looking forward to it," continued Hedley. 

Owen also had a goal in the pre-season against Swan Valley. Wareham and the rest of the Chiefs are expected to make a deep playoff run this year as they're currently third place in the Manitoba AAA U18 Hockey League.

Jordan Height has only been curling for three years; however, he's already a Provincial Champion. The Dauphinite took part in the Hit, Draw, and Tap event this past weekend at the Viterra Championships inside the Eric Coy Arena in Winnipeg.

He earned his spot to the provincial event by winning the regionals last month which were played at the Dauphin Curling Club. Jordan was joined by nine others in the 9-10-year-old age group who all were battling for a title.

"It was a great experience, I'll definitely never forget about the whole thing," said Height. 

That was Jordan's thoughts on just taking part in the event. When it got down to throwing rocks, Jordan stole the show. He had a nearly perfect score on his draw as he scored a four out of a possible five points. In the end, that was the score that gave Jordan his first provincial title.

"I was surprised that I won because I was competing against people from all over Manitoba," continued Height. "It feels so great, I'm still so happy. It's such an awesome feeling being a provincial champion."

Now a few days after the event, Height remembers his favourite moments about the event.

"I'll never forget about winning the title and standing by the trophy," continued Height.

Height doesn't get much time to rest. His team will play in the Dauphin Curling Academy bonspiel this Friday and Saturday inside the Dauphin Curling Club. Jordan's team consists of Brandon Woods, Josh Beyette, Joel, and Tyler Rushinka. 

"We're going out there to win it, but most importantly, we want to have a lot of fun," concluded Height.

Stay tuned for results from the bonspiel right here on 730CKDM.com. 

The Dauphin Bantam East Kings and Tri-Valley are going the distance in their first round playoff series.

The two teams split the first two games in the best of three. 

In game one, Jaymen Fee scored twice in a 5-3 win. Liam Musgrave, Ethan Everett, and Kyle Gilmore all scored singles.

In game two tonight, Tri-Valley bounced back with a tight 3-2 win.

Trayden Guiboche, and Jake Penrose scored for Dauphin in the defeat.