Parkland Rangers: Welcome


Rangers deserved better


By Doug Zywina

Herald Reporter


They may not have come away from this weekend with any victories, but the Parkland Rangers proved they can compete with the top teams in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League.

The Rangers dropped a 3-2 decision to the Winnipeg Thrashers, Saturday afternoon in Winnipeg, then lost 6-3 to the Eastman Selects, Sunday in Beausejour.

Ryan Sokoloski, Julian Uhryniuk and Connor Barley scored for Winnipeg, with Barley’s game-winning goal coming with 1:09 left in the third period. Dylan Myskiw made 28 saves for the win.

Chandler Musgrave and Joshua Tripp had the Parkland goals. Brett Evans made 22 saves in taking the loss.

On Sunday, the Selects snapped a 3-3 tie with three goals in the third period to skate away with the win.

Will Middleton with two, Brad Goethals, Devon Skoleski, Matt Leblanc and Drew Draward scored for Eastman. Bailey Funk stopped 22 shots to earn the win in goal.

Tyler Derkach, Tyler Jubenvill and Riese Gaber replied for the Rangers. Cole Ritchot and Evans combined to make 35 saves, with Evans taking the loss.

Rangers coach Doug Hedley felt his team deserved a better fate on the weekend, especially on Saturday.

“We actually controlled the play. We had some good efforts from everybody from Brett Evans out through the D unit,” he said.

The winning goal came when the Rangers’ defence let up on what they thought would be an icing call on the Thrashers, but the puck never reached the goal line. The Rangers turned the puck over, giving the Thrashers a scoring chance.

“They threw the puck blind to a guy coming off the bench and it was a backhand shot that got through Brett. It was really disappointing to lose in the last minute,” Hedley said.

The Rangers, he added, played very well in the third period, stating it was probably their strongest part of the game.

After a scoreless first period, the Rangers trailed 2-1 going into the third.

“We didn’t start real well, but we found a way to get back in the game. We felt right through the coaching staff down to the players that we deserved a better fate,” Hedley said.

On Sunday, the Rangers fell behind 3-1 early in the second period, but came back to tie it before the intermission.

But the Rangers ran into penalty trouble in the third, which allowed Eastman to skate away with the win. The Selects scored once on the power play and twice just seconds after a Parkland penalty expired.

“Before they got back into the play, the puck was in the net, so it was a direct result of the power play,” Hedley said.

Eastman ended up with four power plays in the third period to Parkland’s one. Hedley said the officiating crew was young and is developing.

“It’s part of their growth, too. But you want to have officials who have a feel for the game and not necessarily make calls just because it’s in the rule book,” he said.

“It’s more of a feel. In a close game like that, it’s sad to think an official is the main focus of a decision. There were calls that no one really saw.”

Hedley admitted his team could have been better, but the Rangers also did some great things on the weekend.

“We know we’re right there with those clubs. It’s just a matter of tweaking a few things and getting better at certain times,” he said.

“We had all kinds of opportunities against Eastman to score. It was very similar against the Thrashers. We created a lot of good things offensively. We maybe took a couple of shifts off, more than we’re allowed to against teams like that, that really make you pay.”

Parkland’s record falls to 9-6-0-1 and they drop to sixth place in the standings.

The Rangers are on the road, Friday to play the Southwest Cougars before hosting the Selects, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Hedley is looking forward to a good weekend.

“Every game we play is a test for us. Last weekend was a great challenge, but it doesn’t mean our season is over. We didn’t have the results we wanted, but the effort, at times, was definitely there,” he said.

“We know if we compete to our best level, we can win games like that. It’s just a matter of resetting, having a good practice on Tuesday and Thursday and getting ready to go against Southwest.”



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2014 Home opener vs Central Plains

Tuesday, November 18
Pink the Rink Donation

Prior to Saturday’s November 8th game vs the Kenora Thistles the Rangers presented a cheque for $423 to the Canadian Cancer Society. The funds were raised through the team’s Pink and Rink event.

Donation to Cancer Society

Pisew Falls

 Located on the Grass River, Pisew Falls has a vertical drop of 13 metres (42.7 feet). The falls can be viewed from an observation platform, and a short 0.5 km (0.3 mile) hike leads to the Rotary Bridge which crosses the Grass River just below the falls. The bridge provides access to a trail which leads to the top of the falls.



Upcoming Games
Date Event Time Location
Fri 11/28 Hockey-Ice Interlake Lightning vs. Parkland Rangers 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Teulon
Sat 11/29 Hockey-Ice Winnipeg Wild vs. Parkland Rangers 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM MTS Iceplex Free Press
Recent Games
Date Event Time Location
Fri 11/21 Hockey-Ice Southwest Cougars: 1 - Parkland Rangers: 4 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Souris
Sat 11/22 Hockey-Ice Parkland Rangers vs. Eastman Selects 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Credit Union Place
Upcoming Practices
Date Event Time Location
Mon 11/24 Hockey-Ice Practice 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Credit Union Place
Wed 11/26 Hockey-Ice Team Workouts 3:45 PM - 7:30 PM Boze's
Thu 11/27 Hockey-Ice Video Session 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Credit Union Place
Thu 11/27 Hockey-Ice Practice 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Credit Union Place