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Clippers pick up where they left off

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There was no rust when the Dauphin Clippers hockey team returned to action following the Christmas break.
The Clippers extended their Westman High School Hockey League winning streak to 13 straight with a 10-1 win over the Deloraine/Hartney Colts, Saturday night, and a 5-2 win over the Rivers/Elkton Rage, Sunday afternoon.
Logan Storey had a goal and three assists to lead the Clippers against Deloraine.
Brayden Broome scored twice and added an assist and Riley Hammond also had two goals. Alex Iwanchysko, Kayden Bodnar, Brady Dyck, Wade Kopytko and Bryce Bonnett had Dauphin’s other goals, while Bode Childs earned the win in goal.
Keanu Woodhouse chipped in with three assists.
Hammond and Storey each had two goals and two assists to lead the Clippers past Rivers.
Logan Conrad had the other goal and Blake Zamrykut picked up the win.
Clippers coach Trevor Robak said it was a nice way to come out of the Christmas break.
“We worked hard and has success,” he said.
Sunday’s effort was better than Saturday’s, Robak added, noting Rivers played harder against the Clippers than Deloraine.
“But we expected that coming from Rivers. They’re a hard working team that won’t quit,” he said, noting the Rage are coached by former Clippers bench boss Bruce Helgeson and former Clipper Josh Yaschyshyn.
“You know Bruce Helgeson is always going to bring a team that is willing to compete every shift,” he said.
The Clippers take a break from the league this weekend to take part in the annual Piper Classic, Jan. 10 to 13 in Winnipeg.
Robak hopes the team keeps competing hard and playing well in its end.
“Moving pucks up the ice with speed. Just keep doing what we’re doing and just keep getting better at what we’re doing. And more consistent at what we’re doing,” he said.
Of Dauphin’s nine remaining games, six are on home ice, giving the Clippers an advantage as they get ready for the playoffs.
Robak said there will be some good stiff tests for the Clippers at home as they eye a first-place overall finish.
“Having that home-loaded schedule after Christmas could be to our advantage. It seems like Killarney and Hamiota are playing some good hockey,” he said.
“Every point is going to be very, very critical right now as to what’s going to happen in the playoffs for us. Hopefully, that will be to our advantage.”
At 13-2-0-0 for 26 points, Dauphin is two points behind Killarney in the race for first overall and two up on Deloraine.
Dauphin returns to league play, Jan. 15, when they host the Minnedosa Chancellors at 7:30 p.m.

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Doug Zywina
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