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Clippers still making waves in WHSHL

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The Dauphin Clippers extended their Westman High School Hockey League win streak to 12 games last week, before suffering their first loss of the season.
The Clippers opened the week on the road with a 5-0 trouncing of the Rivers/Elton Rage.
Logan Storey with two led the attack for the Clippers. Ty Hassel, Jesse Koshowski and Wade Kopytko chipped in with singles.
Bode Childs recorded the shutout in net for the Clippers.
Friday the Clippers hosted the Crocus Plains Plainsmen at Credit Union Place, skating away with a 6-2 win.
Again Storey led the attack with a pair of goals while Kopytko, Hassel, Brandon Racette and Riley Hammond added one each.
Childs earned the win for the Clippers.
The team’s week wrapped up in Brandon Sunday evening where the Clippers suffered an 8-4 loss to the Vincent Massey Vikings.
Heading into the contest Clippers head coach Trevor Robak said the game would be a good test for the Dauphin team, to see where they might need improvement.
“They are kind of our nemesis. They knocked us out of the playoffs last year, knocked us out of the championship,” he said.
Storey again recorded two goals for the Clippers with singles coming from Hassel and Kopytko.
For Robak, the Clippers start to the season has been a pleasant surprise.
“I didn’t expect this kind of success. I expected us to be very competitive in the league again, but for us to win 12 in a row, I really didn’t think we could pull that stretch for sure,” Robak said.
“They are just finding ways to win. They bear down when they have to and they work hard when they have to.”
The success is due, in part, to the fact the team has been together since the beginning of last season, Robak said. It has allowed him to get back to basics with the players.
“Last year we really just started on how to attack and offensive zone and shooting. And we just worked on it until we were blue in the face to get better at it. And it is really starting to pay off for them now,” Robak said.
“So now that we have got that firing, we are now really focussing on our defence. Defensive zone play, our structure in our end and stuff like that.”
And the players have been buying into the program, he said, adding they are working hard and listening closely to what he and assistant coach Ryan Dreger are trying to teach them.
“And they are putting it out on the ice. And it has been working out well for them,” Robak said.
“It makes it easy to coach, that is for sure.”
While the entire league is talking about the Vikings being a powerhouse, Robak believes the Clippers should not be discounted.
“I think the Clippers have shown we are no slouch either,” he said.
“There were a couple of games off the start where we a little shaky defensively and gave up some goals, but we have buckled down on that and the last few games we really haven’t given up a ton of goals.”