Sofillas Earns Huskies Scholarship
Written by Winkler Flyers Press Release   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:10

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Graduating Flyers forward Michael Sofillas will suit up for the Huskies this season after earning a scholarship with the University of Saskatchewan (CIS). The Morden native had 35 points (14 goals – 21 assists) in 54 games last season split between the Flyers and the Dauphin Kings.

Sofillas returned to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for the 2013-2014 season after playing three seasons with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League. He was a leader both on and off the ice for the Orange and Black after being acquired in a trade midway through last season.

The Huskies play in the CIS (Canadian Inter-University Sport) which is the top collegiate hockey league in Canada. Sofillas will be a Geology Major at U of S.

The Flyers would like to congratulate Mike for his decision to continue his hockey career and education at the University of Saskatchewan and wish him all the best in the future.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:11
 
CKMW Big League
Written by Tyler Hildebrand   
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:38

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The baseball season is here, and 1570 CKMW is ready to play ball!! We're excited to give you kids the 'Big League' Feel at their next game!

Each week – a crew from CKMW will attend a minor ball game. We'll bring along our PA system, seeds from Sunny Day Products, and more.

Your game could be next! Call 204-331-2272, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or leave us a message on facebook, telling us when and where your son or daughter's next ball game is. We will select 1 team each week and attend their game. Each member of the team receives a $5 A&W Gift Card!

It may not be the Major Leagues....but it is the CKMW Big Leagues, and its a lot more fun!

 

One of our winning teams:  Winkler 2 Squirt Girls!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 07:03
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Two Disallowed Goals For Storm Result In Tie
Written by Dantin Reimer   
Sunday, 24 August 2014 18:38

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The Winkler Storm had two goals disallowed, and played to a 0-0 draw with Lucania FC Sunday afternoon in Winkler.

"To prove a point that we can score, but we were unable to score again," shared striker Favio Klassen when asked about how the team continued to push after the two goals were taken away. "That was a little frustrating.''

With this latest draw the Storm is 2-9-3 in its first year in the Manitoba Major Soccer's Admiral Premier League.

"We started off very strong in the first half," noted keeper Waldemar Friebus. "I thought that we really dominated and should have put a couple in, but we couldn't manage it. For the second half, the game was kind of evened out. We did score, but it didn't count for a second time. We also got lucky a couple times. We should've won, but to bad it ended up 0-0."

The Storm, who have four games remaining in the regular season, will square off with the NKMB Saints Monday, September 1st. Winkler and NKMB have played once this year, which resulted in a 0-0 tie.

"In terms of physical conditioning, we've done the things we have needed to do," explained coach Werner Dyck. "I would say we are in better shape than the majority of teams in the league. The frustrating part we have had a lot of players missing for longer stints here and there, and to get the chemistry right has been difficult. I just hope we can build momentum with this point, and give it our all."

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Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 06:29
 
Mohawks Successful In Defending Border West Title
Written by Dantin Reimer   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 21:15

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The Morden Mohawks are back-to-back Border West Baseball League champions after a thrilling 5-1 victory over the Baldur Regals Tuesday night in Baldur. The Mohawks won the best-of-five final series 3 games to 2.

"It feels good," shared Mohawks second basemen Bryson Reimer. "It happened last year too, and it's just a great feeling to have. We would've rather have done it at home, but we got a good win on the road."

The Mohawks put Monday's 7-1 loss behind them and forged on on the road to get the win.

"Pretty much a carbon copy of the first four games of the series," shared Mullin. "It was really tight going into the final innings. It was 1-0 in the fifth for them, and it was a matter of which team could break out first. We managed to find that five run fifth, and that was enough for us to take it home."

The Mohawks scored all of their runs in the fifth inning, and sent ten batters to the plate.

"It just seemed like we stayed positive throughout the whole inning," stated right fielder Kevin Rach. "We never got down on ourselves. When ever an inning ended we were picking each other up, letting each other know we were having good at bats. Once the pitcher got a little wild we just knew that we needed to take our walks, and get our hits when we could get them."

Derek Holenski, who recorded all three wins in the series on the mound, pitched a complete game three hitter, while striking out seven batters.

"It was unreal. He won five or six games in the playoffs, which is absolutely phenomenal for a pitcher to do. All three games in the series, all on the road, and to three hit them in the game is awesome. He was dominant out there again. He's been our ace, and our go to guy. He did exactly what we wanted and hoped he do for us. It was just a classic performance, in probably the most pressure packed situation."

The Mohawks and Regals were road warriors in this series, with the visiting team winning every game in the series.

"I don't know what it is about being on the road," shared Mullin. "We all just seem to pull together. I wish we could duplicate it at home, but something just seems to click for us on the road."

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 05:57
 
Former Snowflake Resident Justin Falk Ready For Another Season
Written by Dantin Reimer   
Saturday, 23 August 2014 04:49

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Snowflake's Justin Falk has been spending the off-season in Manitoba preparing for the 2014-15 NHL season. While visiting relatives in the area, he has been doing on and off ice sessions with Raymond Mutcheson.

"We head out here to Southern Manitoba every weekend from the City. My in-laws live in Winkler, and my parents live here in Morden," said Falk. "There's usually a round of golf once throughout the weekend, and if it's nice we'll go on the lake or something."

Falk spent last season with the New York Rangers, and played in 21 games, picking up a pair of assists along the way.

"It was good, it was fun," explained Falk when asked about the past season with the Rangers. "Obviously, off the ice, it was a little bit of an adjustment for the family, living in a big city like that. For the team to go as far we did there, and have the experience of going through the playoffs and the Stanley Cup Finals, it's something that I'll remember forever and won't take for granted."

Growing up in Canada it's a lot of kid's dreams to not only play in the NHL, but have the opportunity to raise Lord Stanley over their heads, and for this small town Manitoba boy it almost became a reality.

"The rounds actually go by pretty quick," stated Falk when asked about his playoff experience. "You're playing every other day and traveling. Next thing you know every game means so much that you don't get caught up at looking at the calendar and looking at what time of the year it is. Next thing you know your in the first week of June, and you're in the Cup finals. That was a pretty cool experience. We came up a little short, but it was something a lot of the guys learned a lesson from."

During the middle of the team's playoff run one of his teammates experienced the passing of a loved one, which only brought the team closer.

"It was a very emotional playoffs," shared Falk. "Some of those guys have been to the conference finals before and some haven't. (Martin) St. Louis has won a Cup before, but to have something like that happen, you don't want to say that's what did it for us. Being down 3-1 to Pittsburgh, and to have something like that happened, it really sparked things and got things going. We rallied around that and around him and played hard, and got to the next round and got to compete for the Cup." froeseandfalk 2014L:R - Winkler's Byron Froese & Snowflakes Justin Falk

Being a defencemen, and having one of the world's best goaltenders to back you up, is always reassuring. This past season Falk was able to play in front of Henrik Lundqvist, who posted a 2.36 GAA and a .920 save percentage in the regular season, and stepped up his game to another level in the post season and recorded a 2.14 GAA and had a .927 save percentage.

"I still think he's the world's the best," said the twenty-five year old. "Just the athleticism he has, and the skill set he brings. His numbers speak for themselves. He had a below average start to the first half of the year and for him, to put on what he did there the last half and into the playoffs, you can't ask for anything more from a world class goalie like that."

No matter how much success a team has or a player has, whether it be having a good playoff run, winning the Cup, having a break out year, or even winning an award, it's all trumped by having a child.

"My highlight was probably having a daughter," noted Falk. "As crazy as that sounds. That really puts the whole thing in perspective, that it's just hockey, it's just a game, and that there's more to life around it. Me and my wife were blessed with a baby girl down there this year, and things are going great for family and parenthood."

On August 1st he signed a one-year, two-way deal back where his NHL career started with the Minnesota Wild.

"I just felt maybe going back to where things left off," noted the Wild's 2007 4th round pick (110th overall). "I wasn't eager to leave there. I was hoping for opportunity elsewhere, and now that the opportunity presented itself to go back, I'm hoping for a chance there to go out there and compete and work hard. That's all you can ask for is a chance."

"There were a few other teams, but when you break things down now especially with having a wife and a baby girl, you think of the family aspect too," said Falk. "You break things down and look at the different elements each team brings, what each city and location brings, and you make the best decision for your family."

This new deal may be a two-way contract, but Falk knew where ever he was going to go it was to earn a spot on a team. He's going into camp with that in mind, and noted you're not given anything even if you have a one-way contract with the team.

"My goal is to make the team, and eventually make it into a top six role, to be an every day player again," noted Falk. "I want to get games under my belt, I want to get that experience, and I want to build off of that. Even with my style of player you can be looked upon as a utility or seventh or eighth defencemen or fill in when players are injured. I want to be more than that. I'm hoping just for the chance and the opportunity, and to make the most of it."

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*Photo's submitted by Raymond Mutcheson

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 10:09
 


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