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Clippers continue to dominate


To say the Dauphin Clippers hockey team has been dominating its opponents lately would be somewhat of an understatement.
The Clippers have won six games in a row, outscoring the opposition, 45-11 in that span.
The latest lopsided victories came last week, an 8-2 rout over the Roblin Raiders, Wednesday in Gilbert Plains, and a 7-1 romp over the REMP Renegades, Saturday in Dauphin.
Kayden Bodnar led the way against Roblin, scoring once and adding two assists and Austin Storey had two goals.
Brady Dyck, Brock Allard, Jesse Koshowski, Keanu Woodhouse and Noah Wiens also scored in support of Ben Talbot, who picked up the win in goal.
Isaiah Weedon and Lane Luhowy had the Roblin goals and Mitchell Grasby took the loss.
On Saturday, Logan Storey tallied three times and Austin Storey had three assists to lead Dauphin.
Woodhouse also had a three-point effort with a goal and two assists.
Brayden Broome, Bryce Bonnett and Bodnar also scored and Talbot picked up the win.
Jayce Soder scored the only goal for the Renegades. Billy Patmore took the loss.
Clippers assistant coach Jason Alf admitted the coaching staff is hard on the players, trying to get them to be as perfect as they can.
“There’s still lots of things to work on. I thought we had a bit of a sloppy second period at times. I wanted them to tighten up in the third and I think we held them to a shot. So I really can’t complain about stuff like that. We still have things to work on, but happy with how things have gone,” he said.
Dauphin’s record improves to 8-0-0-1 and they remain in first place in the Westman High School Hockey League’s North Division, three points ahead of the Swan Valley Tigers.
There have been times when the Clippers have gotten off to slow starts, but wear teams down as the games progress. That has allowed the offence to jump on teams and capitalize on their chances.
Alf said better starts is something they want to work on.
“But yeah, we have been able to wear people down and this is the result, one shot in the third period,” he said.
“Everyone is contributing. We’ve got guys that are always scoring, but we’re getting scoring from all lines and we’re happy with the way things are going.”
The Clippers have just one league game this week, facing division rival Major Pratt Trojans, Wednesday in Russell.
Dauphin beat the Trojans, 7-2, Nov. 17 in Dauphin, but Alf expects them to be ready.
The Clippers will then spend the weekend in Brandon, competing in the annual Victoria Inn Tournament.
“Our goal is to just keep working on the things that are going to make us successful. Because as we go, our ultimate goal is the end of the year, so that’s why we’re not content with a 7-1 victory like this sometimes, because lapses can hurt us,” Alf said.
“But we didn’t let them back in the game and I’m happy about that.”
The tournament will give the Clippers a chance to see some different competition, teams they may see at provincials if they make if there.

Doug Zywina