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Hockey Notes: Gray, Rampton help Manitoba to silver

National Aboriginal Hockey, female hockey and the WHL Draft news.

Two area athletes helped the Team Manitoba female squad earn the silver medals at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.

Elkhorn’s Kirby Gray played forward for the Keystone Province team, while Natalie Rampton of Kenton was an alternate goalie for the Winnipeg event. Team Manitoba fell 2-1 to Ontario in the gold medal game.

Gray scored in Manitoba’s semifinal victory against Alberta. Manitoba went 4-0 in the preliminary round. Gray collected a goal and an assist versus Eastern Door and the North. She lit the lamp against Atlantic and had an assist versus Saskatchewan. Gray and Rampton both played this past winter for the U18 AAA Yellowhead Chiefs female team.

Virden Oil Capitals prospect Dawson Andries of Killarney helped Team Manitoba win gold. He played last winter for the U18 AAA Southwest Cougars. Former Yellowhead player Ben Roulette of the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation captained the squad. He played last season for the Waywayseecappo Wolverines.

Female Hockey

Local athletes helped the MB Mavericks capture gold at the Stars & Stripes hockey tournament in Minneapolis. The female squad won the 14U Tier 1 division. The team went 5-0 during the event. They had 34 goals for and only six against.

Area Mavericks players included: Virden’s Kenna Bryant, Oak Lake’s Courtney Cochrane, Lenore’s Presley Hodson, and Reston’s Kylie Hack.

WHL Draft

Three players from the two regional U15 AAA teams were selected in the Western Hockey League Prospects Draft.

The Spokane (Wash.) Chiefs grabbed Kaden Allan of the Yellowhead Chiefs in the second round, 24th overall. The defenceman is from Hamiota. Chiefs teammate Cole Hunter, a forward from Oakburn, went to Spokane in the seventh round, 134th overall. Four picks later the Brandon Wheat Kings took Southwest Cougars defenceman Jack Swaenpoel at 138. He is from Souris.





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