To be a Championship team, a good goalie is always needed, and Bode Childs has been that, and much more, for the Dauphin Clippers hockey team this season.
Childs has compiled a 13-1-1 record, to go with a very good 2.89 G.A.A.
"It's been going good so far," said Childs. "We've been winning lots of games, so I can't complain."
For Childs, the season hasn't been perfect, however, as he has been on the sideline for the better part of two weeks with an injury.
"It's heartbreaking," said Childs. "You always want to be out there, and in the action."
The Clippers (19-1-0-1) play just three more regular season games, two of which are on the road.
"We just want to stay healthy, and get ready for what's coming our way in the playoffs," said Childs. "We want to keep getting better every day, and pick up three more regular season wins."
Bode will make a return back to the ice this weekend when the Clippers are in Winnipeg for the Piper Classic.
The next regular season action for the Clippers is Thursday, February 8, in Minnedosa.
You can see Bode and the Clippers next on home ice, in the team's regular-season finale, on March 13.
"Come out and support," said Childs. "When we get fans in the rink, we feel we always have to put a good show on for the fans."
Puck drop for that game, on the 13, is set for 8:30.
The Swan Valley Stampeders didn't score first tonight, but they scored the next three, as they picked up their biggest win of the season, against the Neepawa Natives, 3-1.
The Natives scored the first powerplay goal of the game, as they went up, 1-0, just over six minutes into the game. But, the Stampeders tied it up, off the stick of Quintin Sudom, also on the powerplay, as the two teams were tied after 20.
No scoring in the second sent the game into the third period all tied up at one.
In the third, Shane Roulette stole the show, scoring two goals, one of them into an empty net, to solidify the win, and earn two huge points for the Stamps.
With the win, the Stamps jumped into the eighth and final playoff spot, and still have three games in hand on Neepawa.
It was quite the weekend for the D-Town Steppers, the Parkland Junior Tappers, and the Parkland Steppers, this past weekend, at the Dakota Nation Winterfest, in Brandon.
In the 6-12 years-of-age square dancing competition, the D-Town Steppers won first place. The Parkland Jr. Tappers were just behind in second place.
In the 13-17 years-of-age square dancing competition, the Parkland Steppers finished in second place.
The success continued in the individual jigging competition. Dauphin's Shaylene Chartrand, Shasta Nepinak, and Kylynn Forsyth finished first, second, and third place.
The Dauphin Kings were back on the ice yesterday, after two days off, as they prepare for a game with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines, on Friday night at Credit Union Place.
"Practice the last couple days has been really good," said Mitch Giguere, Interim Head Coach and GM of the Kings. "We've been learning some new things, and getting all prepared for Friday. We can't wait for that game to happen."
Friday's meeting will be the fifth between the two teams, and the Kings are 3-1 against Wayway this year, with two of the wins coming in overtime.
The last time the two teams met at Credit Union Place, the Wolverines came back, from a two-goal deficit in the third, to win, 6-5.
"It's going to be a really good game," said Giguere. "Both teams want the two points, so, whoever has the better work ethic, and pushes the hardest, will probably win the game."
Puck drop for the Kings and Wolverines on Friday is set for 7:30.
It's not in their home rink, but when the Swan Valley Stampeders hit the ice tonight, the Stamps will be the home team, as they take on the Neepawa Natives.
"We have to come prepared tonight," said Taurean White, Head Coach and GM of the Stamps. "Every game gets bigger and bigger, especially right now, because we're playing for a playoff spot. We just have to play our game, really, and make sure we're competing for a full 60."
The Stamps enter tonight's game just two points behind Neepawa, for the eighth and final playoff spot, and they have three games in hand.
"I think right now, it's more self-motivation between the players," said White. "As a coaching staff, we're prepping our guys and making them understand what it takes to win late in the season. But, at the end of the day, they also have to be ready every night to compete and battle."
The Stamps enter the night as the least-penalized team in the MJHL, with just 611 penalty minutes this season.
"With us being disciplined, for the most part, we're getting more powerplays than the opposition," said White. "If that continues, we have to start capitalizing. I think special teams, for both teams, will be very important for tonight's game."
Puck drop tonight at Credit Union Place is set for 7:45.
Dauphin's Rob Fisher and his curling team dropped their opening game this morning at the Viterra men's Curling Provincial Championships.
The team took on Reid Carruthers in the game, and Carruthers rolled to an 8-1 win.
Fisher and his team will now play tonight at 8:15 in a must win game.
In just over a month, Dauphin`s Brayden Broome will be in Thompson, taking part in the Manitoba Winter Games.
Broome, who plays with the Bantam Parkland Rangers, will take part in the men`s hockey tournament, when it gets underway, on March 4.
"It means a lot to me," said Broome. "There isn't a lot of players from this area that got picked, so it feels good that I was chosen."
Broome is the only forward on team West (Green), from the Rangers, and with this year's event featuring the best U-16 teams in the province, the competition level will be very high.
"Obviously we want to win that gold medal," said Broome. "But, there's a lot of strong teams. They set up the rosters so the competition would be really even, so it won't be easy."
Besides three other Rangers on the team, Broome is joined by 13 players from out of the Parkland region on his team.
"It's going to be exciting playing with some new players," said Broome. "Usually I'm playing against these guys, but now, I'm on their team, so it's going to be fun."
Besides winning a gold medal, Brayden also has other goals, that will help him progress into a better player.
"I need to watch all the players, and see how they finish off plays," said Broome. "If I can take a few things away from each player, that will help me going forward."
Broome and the rest of team West (Green) kick-off their tournament on March 4, at the C.A. Nesbitt Arena.
The Ochre River Snowmobile Club’s Annual Snow Drags are all set for this Saturday, just five miles north of Sifton, on Road 114 West.
"In my experience, most people that give it a try, they love it," said Danny Whyte, Race Director. "It's a sport that really hooks you. We have classes for everyone, so it's a great event for anyone."
The cost to take part in the races is $30 for stock classes, the improve stock class is $40, and the pro snow class is $50.
"It's a little bit of an entry for sure," said Whyte. "But, we pay out all the entry fees back to the racers, so if you win, you can definitely make some good money."
To register, all you have to do is head to the event just before 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, and the races will begin at noon. Admission for spectators is just $10.
For more information on the Drag Races, you can also call Danny, at 204-648-3126.
Dauphin's Norma Johnson and her curling team will begin their quest to become a Provincial Champion on Friday morning, as the Golden Gals Curling Provincial Championships kick-off at the Dauphin Curling Club.