The Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy Atom AA Kings are set to play for a title in Yorkton.

Taking part in the Core Real Estate AA Classic, the team has had a very nice weekend.

They started things off with a 3-3 tie against Humboldt.

They would then beat the host Terriers, 4-3. In their second game of the day, the Kings beat the Buffalo’s, 5-2.

Tomorrow’s finals are set for 2:15.

When they needed to, the Parkland Bantam Rangers made a statement this afternoon inside of Credit Union Place.

Trailing 3-1 in the third period, the Rangers caught fire by scoring five straight goals as they beat Yellowhead, 6-3.

Brayden Dube continued with his tremendous campaign by scoring two more goals.

Brady Burghart also had two goals while Kyan Grouette and Hayden Seib added Parkland's other goals.

The team plays in Russell tomorrow afternoon against the Wild.

The Dauphin Clippers hockey team got one step closer to claiming the North Division regular season crown last night.

They beat Swan River, 3-1 last night. 

Brayden Broome, Logan Storey, and Brock Allard scored goals in the win.

Dauphin ended the regular season at 19-2-1-1.

The only way Dauphin won’t win the North Division regular season crown is if Major Pratt wins their remaining four games.

The Parkland U18 Rangers played a solid final 40 minutes, however, the opening 20 did them in.

Playing against Central Plains, the Rangers gave up five goals in the first period as they trailed 5-0 after the first.

In the end, the 'Caps beat Parkland, 6-3.

Jayden Jubenvill and Garrett Hrechka both had a goal and an assist for Parkland. Taggert Plouffe had one goal in the defeat.

The Dauphin Kings tasted defeat tonight. However, they aren't far from the best team in the league.

The Steinbach Pistons rolled into town and picked up a 4-1 win as the two teams open up a weekend set.

It was Steinbach's power play that won the game as they scored two goals on the man advantage in the first period.

Baron Thompson scored a goal in the third for Dauphin but it wasn't enough. 

Dauphin only allowed 24 shots in the game, however, they were only able to generate 19.

The loss snapped Dauphin's three-game winning streak. They will rematch with Steinbach on Saturday.

Kayden Bodnar is in his second season with the Dauphin Clippers hockey team and there is no doubt it's his most successful one. The 16-year-old that is playing with his hometown high school team is putting together a special season and one of the best across the Westman High School Hockey League.

Including the playoffs last season, Kayden scored seven goals and he had six assists for a 13 point total. Two of his goals came in the playoffs as the team advanced to the league final.

This year, it's safe to say that Bodnar has gone off. He's in a tie for seventh in league scoring with 45 points, 20 of which are goals. The total puts him down as the Clippers leading scorer.

When playing the Souris Sabres last week, Dauphin won 8-1. In the game, Bodnar had two goals and six assists as he recorded his first-ever eight-point game. 

"My line mates are really helping me out, I couldn't do what I'm doing without them," said Bodnar. "That was a really special game for me, I was really excited. I was just playing my game and I didn't realize I had eight points, I was giving it my all and everything was working out. It was a special moment for me."

Kayden is joined by Ashton Hlady and Brayden Broome on his line. Ashton has 18 goals and 21 assists this season while Brayden has 19 goals and 14 assists. In all, the line alone has combined for 57 goals and 60 assists.

Dauphin leads the North Division as they're 18-2-1-1 this season for 38 points. The team plays one more regular-season game and it comes this evening when they play Swan River at the Centennial Arena. The Tigers are 13-5 this season and they boast the top two scorers in the league. Trey Sauder has 61 points while Cody Eisner has 58. 

"Things are going pretty good, we have a really strong team," continued Bodnar. "We just have to finish out strong and carry the momentum into the playoffs where I think we can make some noise."

"Swan River is very strong offensively so we have to play a strong defensive game," he added.

Kayden is also one of the team's assistant captains this year.

"That's really special to me to take on a leadership role on this team," added Bodnar.  

Next week, Kayden and the rest of the team are heading to California for a tournament. Another highlight of the trip will be watching the Anaheim Ducks game as they play the Calgary Flames.

"That's going to be a great experience and It'll be fun playing against teams we haven't before," concluded Bodnar. "The NHL game will also be awesome."

The Dauphin Derailleurs Cycle Club was a part of a big announcement this morning.

Fusion Credit Union donated $150,000 to the DDCC in a sponsorship and naming rights agreement. The funds will go towards the new Fusion Credit Union Competition Course, a trail that will be used at the 2020 Manitoba Summer Games this August.

"As co-chair of the Manitoba Summer Games, it's always exciting when you have another group or organization step up and help you build capital assets that you need to host an event like this," said Clayton Swanton. "We were ecstatic to find out about this donation. It will help lead to a much bigger legacy not just with the competition course, but the entire Northgate trail network. That money will go a long way."

"We're absolutely thrilled. The 84927657 537907753750541 431734978791866368 nDerailleurs group and members of the community have been working hard on this project for the past couple of years," said Melissa Stefaniw, Communications Chair. "This will make such a huge impact, it's incredible."

The Manitoba Summer Games are set for August 9-15. The trail will be showcased for the first four days of the event with male and female competitions taking place in the U13 and U15 categories. 

"Every time that we have a big announcement like this, everyone gets excited and knows that we're that much closer to reality in hosting a very successful Manitoba Games."

The five-kilometre competition course is a part of the larger Northgate Multi-Use Trail System, that was developed by the Derailleurs Club.

Leyson Coleman's junior career has included a few different stops. Starting in the 2016-17 season, he joined the Whitecourt Wolverines where he would play just two games before joining the Lloydminster Bobcats where he played 45 games.

After joining the Flin Flon Bombers last year and playing seven games with them, the Lac La Biche, Alberta native, was set to join the Swan Valley Stampeders after Barry Wolff made a deal to acquire the big gritty forward.

He had 11 points in 50 games last season with the Stamps' on their way to making the league final. The now 20-year-old is back playing with Swan Valley and he's a big part of this year's team and the success that they've enjoyed so far.

Leyson has nine goals and 13 assists for a 22-point total. The 22 points are a new career-high for Leyson who at most in his junior career, scored 10 points. Ironically enough, that total also came with Swan Valley as mentioned above, last season.

Swan Valley is currently one of four teams that have already clinched a berth into the Turnbull Cup playoffs. They're 30-16-5 and they sit in fourth place in the league.

"Things are going pretty good, it's been a really good year for me personally," said Coleman. "As a team, I think we're doing well but not as well as we would like. I think things will start to come together here for the last bit of the season."

"We've struggled to play a full 60 minutes at times this season and playing consistently good shifts back to back," he concluded. "When we do all the little things right, I think we're pretty unstoppable."

When Leyson and the rest of the Stamps' made their league final run last year, the team featured a roster that was extremely hard to stop. They had 251 goals which were the second-most in the league. This year's team is scoring at a lesser pace; however, Leyson doesn't think they're far off what last year's team had.

"We're similar in a lot of ways. We're just as skilled as we were last season, we just play a different style," continued Coleman. 

With his experience, Coleman has stepped up into a bigger role than he's gone through in the past. He's the Stampeders captain. 

"Yeah, that means a lot to me. It's my role to be there for my teammates and I very much enjoy that responsibility," added Coleman.

On a fun note, Leyson began the season playing with his brother, Cordell Coleman. However, they are now playing on teams that are rivals. Cordell was acquired by the Dauphin Kings back on December 1. 

"It was a really cool experience that I played with him a bit," concluded Coleman. "With him now being in Dauphin, I think that just makes our brotherly battle a bit more fun."

This past Monday, Coleman made some personal history as he played in his 100th career game with the Stampeders.

Swan Valley plays nine more games in the regular-season and their schedule is certainly home heavy. Of the nine contests, six will come at the Swan River Centennial Arena. This weekend, they play Virden tomorrow and Selkirk on Sunday.

The Stampeders are 14-8-2 on home ice this season.

The first place team in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League is set to visit town for the next two days.

The Dauphin Kings will continue their homestand as they welcome the Steinbach Pistons to town for the first of two contests. 

Dauphin comes into the game winners of three straight while the Pistons haven’t lost in regulation in their last nine outings.

The Kings enter the weekend just three points back of Virden and Waywayseecappo for fifth while Steinbach has a seven point cushion atop the league’s standings.

During their three-game winning streak, Dauphin had 15 goals for and they’ve only allowed six.

Game time is set for 7:30 at Credit Union Place.

Swan River’s Carter Watkins and the rest of Team Wiebe are still perfect at the Viterra Championships.

They beat JT Ryan in their second game to move 2-0 heading into Friday.

Dauphin’s Ray Baker and his foursome have been eliminated. They lost to Team Walter who has Lawson Yates as their fifth player.

The push to the Manitoba Junior Hockey Playoffs continues for the Dauphin Kings. Ahead of two games this weekend against the Steinbach Pistons, Darnell Duff had a chance to get to know Gavin Wendorf a bit more.

Wendorf is in his first season with Dauphin after he played his entire previous hockey career south of the border. Last year specifically, he was an assistant captain for the Bloomington Jefferson High team. He had 11 points in 22 games.

Now, Wendorf has suited up in 39 games with Dauphin this season and he's become a lockdown defender, one that is tasked with stopping the other team’s top forwards.

Gavin is also staying with his teammate, Baron Thompson at the Keeping's.

"Things have been fantastic, I'm blessed to have great billets and it's been a lot of fun staying with Baron," said Wendorf. "I honestly wouldn't change a thing. When it comes to playing here, there is a lot of differences. It's a lot more gritty and physical and I like that kind of style."

Wendorf had another solid performance when Dauphin took down the second-place Winkler Flyers on Tuesday, 5-1. If the season were to end today, Dauphin would play those same Flyers in the first round of the playoffs.

After the game, Doug Hedley had good things to say about Wendorf. "He's been so solid and steady. I think he's one of the best one-on-one players in the league," said Hedley.

"That means a lot, I've been trying to find my identity here and it means a lot," said Wendorf on the praise. "It's a boost of confidence, that's for sure."

Gavin and the rest of the team return to the ice tomorrow night at Credit Union Place. That's when they begin a two-game weekend set against the Steinbach Pistons. 

Question and Answer:

What's your favourite pre-game meal? My billet mom makes the best pasta ever. 

What arena in the MJHL do you like playing in the most? Saturday nights at Winkler are sweet, it's super packed and the atmosphere is loud. 

What's the best chirp you've heard of the season? You're a softy from Minnesota and stuff like that. They're funny and I just laugh at them.

You can hear Darnell Duff's full chat with Gavin Wendorf during the Dauphin Kings Power Play Show tomorrow afternoon at 4:05 p.m.