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Clippers win streak hits double digits

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The Dauphin Clippers extended their Westman High School Hockey League winning streak to 10 thanks to a 4-2 win over the Crocus Plains Plainsmen, Wednesday in Brandon.
Riley Hammond, Seth Masson, Alex Iwanchysko and Noah Wiens scored for Dauphin, while Blake Zamrykut picked up the win in goal.
Clippers coach Trevor Robak said it was a better effort than what was on display in a 7-6 shootout win over Major Pratt, Dec. 11.
“All through the whole lineup, they worked hard. We were a little banged up, so we had a couple of guys out of the lineup, which makes a difference. But the other boys stepped up and answered the call,” he said.
The Clippers may not be playing their best hockey right now, but they are finding ways to win. Their success can be attributed in part to balanced scoring.
“It’s not that we’re getting scoring from our top guys all the time. Some of our muckers and grinders are contributing with some goals, so that helps out,” he said.
“It takes some of the pressure off your top guys. We don’t have to rely on our power-play units to win us hockey games. We’re able to roll four lines more and keep the pace up in the game and energy up in the game. And we’re getting success that way.”
Thanks to a third-place finish at a recent tournament in Brandon, the Clippers were ranked sixth among the top 10 AAA/AAAA teams in the province.
Robak said making the top 10 shows the players that their hard work is paying off, not just in the league, but provincially, as well.
“We had a really good tournament in Brandon, which helped boost our rank and we’ve just got to keep moving forward and building off of that,” he added.
The Clippers faced the Neepawa Tigers, Friday afternoon in the annual Christmas Classic.
While the win over Crocus Plains was a good tuneup for the game, Robak said the Clippers have to be prepared to win.
“Being the Christmas Classic, they’re going to have a lot of their kids form the school there behind them. So they’re going to be using that energy and we’ve got to make sure we can answer the call to that and be prepared mentally and ready to give them a good 60-minute game,” he said.
Dauphin’s first game after the Christmas break will see them host the Deloraine Colts, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

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Doug Zywina
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