It’s back to work this weekend for the Southwest Cougars who play their first game of 2019 Saturday in Souris against the Pembina Valley Hawks.

Southwest ended 2018 with a pair of losses to Brandon.

The Wheat Kings beat the Cougars 5-1 in Souris and 5-3 in Brandon before the start of the Christmas break.

"Definitely disappointed given the fact that we've been on a pretty good roll and we were so tight with Brandon in the standings and we still are,” said Southwest head coach Dennis McNish on their tough weekend against Wheat Kings. “Disappointed with the two losses, not really overly disappointed with how we played. Thought we could have won both games but that's just not the way it worked out and we'll try our best next time we play them."

Just 10 points separates the first place Winnipeg Wild and the sixth place Cougars.

"I think we've probably got to be the first 18-6-3 team that is in sixth place,” said coach McNish who watched his team reel off a seven-game winning streak from November 4th to December 1st. “That's a pretty good record for being in sixth. We're behind in games played so we're not too worried about being where we are in the standings. We're right in the mix with the top teams. We're playing well and we feel like we're contenders at the top of the league as are a handful of other teams. We're just going to worry about trying to get better, keep improving and move forward in the second half."

The Cougars have 21 games left, 10 of which are at home.

"I think our game is pretty well rounded and doesn't have any glaring holes,” McNish said. “We just need to get better in all areas to give ourselves a chance to accomplish what we would like to."

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Sunday, January 20th

Tiger Hills Hockey League
Pilot Mound at MacGregor, 4 p.m.

Boissevain at Souris, 4:30 p.m.
Virden at Roblin, 5 p.m.
Swan Valley vs Sandy Bay
@ Swan River, 5:30 p.m.
Hamiota at Neepawa, 7:15 p.m.
McCreary at Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Southwest vs Wpg Wild
@ Souris, 2 p.m.
Brandon at Wpg Bruins, 12:45 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Interlake
@ Teulon, 2:30 p.m.
Eastman vs Norman
@ Beausejour, 2 p.m.
Kenora vs Parkland
@ Dauphin, 1:30 p.m.

Westman vs Interlake
@ Warren, 3 p.m.

Steinbach at Wayway, 6 p.m.

Manitoba vs San Antonio
@ Wpg, 2 p.m.

Washington at Chicago, 11:30 a.m.
Anaheim at N.Y. Islanders, 2 p.m.
Detroit at Vancouver, 3 p.m.
Arizona at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Carolina at Edmonton, 8:30 p.m.

NFC Championship Game
L.A. Rams at New Orleans, 2:05 p.m.
AFC Championship Game
New England at Kansas City, 5:40 p.m.

Charlotte at Indiana, 5 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at San Antonio, 6 p.m.
Phoenix at Minnesota, 6 p.m.

Saturday, January 19th

Tiger Hills Hockey League
Pilot Mound 6 Minnedosa 3
Killarney 11 Gladstone 3
Cartwright 5 Deloraine 3
Souris 4 Melita 3

Major Pratt 6 REMP 0
Souris 9 Roblin 3
Hamiota 6 Virden 0

Virden 4 Selkirk 1
Neepawa 2 Winkler 1 (OT)
Steinbach 4 Waywayseecappo 1
Swan Valley 2 Portage 0

Eastman 5 Westman 1

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Yellowhead 5 Wpg Wild 4 (SO)
Brandon 7 Central Plains 4
Wpg Thrashers 5 Pembina Valley 2
Kenora 2 Parkland 1 (OT)
Wpg Bruins 7 Norman 4

Brandon 7 Kootenay 5

Manitoba 4 San Antonio 1

Dallas 4 Winnipeg 2
Anaheim 3 New Jersey 2
Colorado 7 Los Angeles 1
St. Louis 3 Ottawa 2
Tampa Bay 6 San Jose 3
N.Y. Rangers 3 Boston 2
Philadelphia 5 Montreal 2
Florida 4 Nashville 2
Minnesota 2 Columbus 1 
Calgary 5 Edmonton 2
Vegas 7 Pittsburgh 3

Toronto 119 Memphis 90
Oklahoma City 117 Philadelphia 115
Charlotte 135 Phoenix 115
Sacramento 103 Detroit 101
Milwaukee 118 Orlando 108
Indiana 111Dallas 99
Boston 113 Atlanta 105
Miami 117 Chicago 103
Houston 138 L.A. Lakers 134 (OT)
Denver 124 Cleveland 102

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