Dauphin, Canada

The Dauphin Clippers hockey team got off to a tough start to the season. They lost two straight games, but have rebounded with three straight wins.

A big reason why is Sifton's Blake Zamrykut.

"The season's going pretty well right now," said Zamrykut. "We had a tough start, but we're working really hard and its paid off. Our chemistry is really strong and that always helps."

The 17-year-old has been very good between the pipes this season for the Clips. He's 2-1 with a solid 2.33 G.A.A. 

"I mean I'm pretty happy with the way I'm playing right now," added Zamrykut. "It's been nice to get some wins. But at the same time, I know I can polish things up and get better."

"I definitely want to improve my rebound control and I need to get better at covering more of the net," he added.

Last year Blake played in eight games and he was undefeated. But, he didn't record a shutout. Seven days ago he finally did. That was when Zamrykut shutout the McCreary Mountaineers in the team's first win of the season.

"That was definitely a pretty special feeling," said Zamrykut. "It was a complete team effort. It felt really awesome and it's something I won't forget."

Going forward this season, Blake's already got two wins. He's got some high expectations. And if he continues to play the way he is right now, there is no reason he wouldn't be able to achieve them.

"I hope to just continue winning games," added Zamrykut. "I just want to help the team win games. It'd be nice if I can win 10 games and I'd like to get at least one more shutout."

Zamrykut and the Clippers are now set up for what is a busy weekend for the club. They'll play tomorrow in Souris. On Sunday, the team travels to Birtle to challenge Hamiota.

Blake's confident that if the team keeps working hard, it could be a special season.

"I think we're going to have a really good season if we keep at it here," added Zamrykut. "Obviously the goal is to make it to the finals and win it all. But, we're not worrying about that. We're just taking it game by game."