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Kopytko shines as Clippers fend off Raiders

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Dauphin Clippers head coach Trevor Robak has been praising the play of defenceman Wade Kopytko all season. And it was easy to see why, Sunday night.
The Grade 12 student scored five goals and added an assist to lead the Clippers to a 9-0 win over the Roblin Raiders, Sunday in Dauphin.
“He’s a good hockey player. He can shoot hard. When he releases that puck, it’s moving. He plays smart. Sometimes he can get running around a little bit at times. But he’s a big part of this hockey team for us to have success,” he said.
Logan Storey contributed a goal and three assists, while Brayden Broome, Brock Allard and Riley Hammond had Dauphin’s other tallies. Blake Zamrykut earned his second shutout of the season.
Robak was pleased with the team’s play, noting the Clippers did not have any bad plays or turnovers in the defensive zone.
“We battled well in our end, allowing Blake to see any shots that did come to the net. Yeah, there weren’t a lot of them, but Blake was able to see them all. And if the goalie can see the puck, he can get in front of it,” he said.
“We knew we could score. We just didn’t want to have any bad plays or sloppy plays in front of our net, building for the next road trip we’re on.”
The road trip will take the Clippers to Killarney, Friday at 8 p.m. and Swan River, Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
The focus for the Clippers all season, Robak said, is to play with speed and not wait for plays to happen.
“But using our speed to create plays. When you’re doing that, speed is the hardest thing to defend,” he said.
“Killarney is going to be a good test and we’ve got Swan next. So we’ve got to be on our toes. We’ve got to be ready to play some good hockey. There’s a couple of good hockey clubs there in front of us. So our focus is to be going in there playing with speed, playing good defensively, goaltending playing well and get a couple of road wins,” he said.
Killarney is undefeated and sitting in first place in the East Division at 7-0. Swan Valley is in third place in the North Division, one point behind the Major Pratt Trojans (3-0-1-0), while the Clippers, at 6-2, lead the North Division.
Swan Valley and Major Pratt are the only two teams which have beaten the Clippers in league play this season.

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Doug Zywina
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