Dauphin, Canada

The Dauphin Clippers were a very busy team this weekend, and they wrapped it up losing two games as they continued their Prairie West High School Baseball Season with a double dip.

Game one saw the Clippers taking on Crocus Plains, and it went the distance, but the Plainsmen came out on top 3-2.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and a man on third, the Clippers fielded a groundball and threw it to first, but the throw pulled the Clipper first basemen off the bag, giving the Plainsmen the game-winning run.

The Clippers then headed to Boissevain to take on last year's Provincial Finalists, and the PWHSBL Champions.

Seven games in eight days ended up hurting the Clippers in the affair, as they walked eight batters, and six of them crossed the plate.

Boissevain ended up winning the game, 10-4.

The Clippers will wrap up their regular season on Wednesday back at the Vermillion Sportsplex.

Ste. Rose's Kurtis Luke is coming back from Nova Scotia with some hardware. 

After a tough semifinal loss, Luke and the Manitoba men rebounded in the bronze medal game with a 4-1 win against Ontario South.

"It's definitely a good feeling to be coming home with a medal," said Luke. "But, It's not the one we wanted. We wanted the gold, but we're still happy with it."

The Ste. Rose native played one of his best games of the tournament, in the most important game for the team, as he potted one goal and assisted on one other.

Stay tuned right here to hear from Kurtis later this week.

The Dauphin Clippers baseball team continue to play good baseball.

They played their second and final game of the Clipper Invitational on Saturday afternoon and easily got past Swan River, 21-6 to finish the tournament with a 2-0 record.

In the first game of the day, Swan River beat Roblin, 14-9, while Ste. Rose beat Alonsa, 15-5.

The final game of the day saw Roblin beat Alonsa, 18-6.

It’s a full day of ball today at Vermillion Sportsplex as the Clippers Invitational continues.

10:30 a.m. - Roblin vs Swan River

1:00 p.m. - Ste. Rose vs Alonsa

3:30 p.m. - Swan River vs Dauphin

6:00 p.m. - Alonsa vs Roblin

The Dauphin Clippers had no problems winning their opener in the Clipper Baseball Invitational earlier on Friday night.

They beat the Ste. Rose Celtics, 13-3.

In earlier action, the Celtics won their first game of the day against Roblin, 7-2.

One other game saw Swan River mercy Alonsa.

The action continues on Saturday morning at 10:30.

The journey to the RBC Cup began in early September with training camp, and now we fast forward nine months, and the Steinbach Pistons are Chilliwack bound.

The team departs today from Winnipeg and will kick off their Cup on Sunday.

"We're thrilled, there's no doubt about it," said Paul Dyck, Head Coach and GM for the Pistons. "Getting to the RBC Cup was one of our goals going into the year, so it's definitely rewarding that we made it to it. As an organization, everyone is really excited about the week ahead."

Four teams will be in the Pistons' way of calling themselves Champions, which include Wenatchee (Doyle Cup Champions), Wellington (Dudley-Hewitt Cup Champions), Ottawa Jr. A  (Fred Page Cup Champions), and Chilliwack, who will play host to the national tournament.

"The competition is going to be stiff," said Dyck. "Everyone earned their way here."

The biggest thing for the Pistons going in will be adjusting to different gameplay and gameplans that the different teams will feature. Steinbach hasn't played any of the other teams in the tournament.

"With HockeyTV, we have the ability to watch some of the teams," said Dyck. "I've spoken with some coaches that know stuff about some of the team, which will benefit us." 

Steinbach won't play their first game until Sunday afternoon, which gives them a full day to watch the other teams and get a feel for them.

"That's definitely an advantage for us," added Dyck. "So it'll be up to us to take advantage of that."

The MJHL Champions are extremely gifted offensively. In the regular season, they scored a league-high 296 goals. Add another league-high 60 in the playoffs, 18 in the Anavet Cup, and you have a total 374 goals in 82 games since the beginning of the regular season. That's an average of just over 4.5 per game, which is incredible at this level of hockey.

But, the Pistons defence also has the ability to lock down other teams, which they did in the Anavet Cup to send the Hawks home packing. Through the 82 games, they've allowed just 173 goals, which averages out to just over 2.1. 

Add those up, and there's no surprise that the Pistons are heading to the "Big Dance"

"Our guys have to continue buying into our defensive game," said Dyck. "We're playing teams that have a lot of firepower, and we're aware of that. I think for us to be in contention here, we can't sacrifice anything on the defensive side of the game. Our offence has done a great job, but our defence is a big reason why we're here."

After 82 meaningful games, and three exhibition games, just about any team would be banged up, and that's the case for Steinbach.

"We're definitely banged up to some degree," said Dyck. "But, we had two days off here which really helped us. Will Koop is a key guy for us, and it doesn't look like he'll be playing, but Riese Gaber should be back which will help us. Other than that, we have the same lineup we ended the Anavet with."

This will be the Pistons first chance at calling themselves National Champions, and they're ready for whatever the tournament brings their way.

"We know it's going to be a tough test, but we're really looking forward to the challenge," he added. "We're going there to win, and we believe we can do that. In a tournament format, you need some luck, maybe a bounce here and there. We feel we can match up with teams if we play like we know we can. Will it be easy? no, but we'll be ready."

The Pistons RBC Cup schedule is as followed:

Sunday, May 13th - Vs Wenatchee

Monday, May 14th - Vs Wellington

Wednesday, May 16th - Vs Ottawa Jr. A

Thursday, May 17th - Vs Chilliwack

Here's the full interview with Paul Dyck.

The Dauphin Clippers baseball team are set to host their Invitational today, with four other teams joining the Clippers in the two-day tournament.

Here's the schedule for the weekend:

Friday, May 11

12:00 p.m. - Ste. Rose vs Roblin

2:30 p.m. - Swan River vs Alonsa

5:00 p.m. - Dauphin vs Ste. Rose

Saturday, May 12

10:30 a.m. - Roblin vs Swan River

1:00 p.m. - Ste. Rose vs Alonsa

3:30 p.m. - Swan River vs Dauphin

6:00 p.m. - Alonsa vs Roblin

All games will take place on the Vermillion senior diamond E.

The only word that can classify last night's Westman High School women's rugby game between the Dauphin Clippers and Crocus Plains Plainsmen is domination.

The Clippers ended up winning the game, 106-0, which is the biggest win in team history.

On the men's side, the Clippers came up short, losing 26-19

Former Dauphin Kings goalie Troy Martyniuk has been nominated for the CJHL's Top Goaltender Award.

Troy had an outstanding season with the Winkler Flyers, helping them qualify for the playoffs for the 37th straight season.

"It's definitely a great honour," said Martyniuk. "It's a good feeling to have my hard work recognized by the CJHL."

He picked up 28 wins this past season, which was tied atop the league. Troy also boasted a very good 2.77 G.A.A, .912 save percentage, and he led the league in minutes played (2797).

All in all, it was his most successful junior hockey season in his career.

"The Flyers and the coaching staff believed in me," said Martyniuk. "Throughout the course of my junior career, things didn't go my way, but they knew I had it in me."

Troy's junior career began right here in Dauphin when he played 32 games for the Kings in the 2014-15 season.

"Dauphin really got me ready to play junior hockey," he said. "It was a great experience, and it's always something I look back at."

With Troy aging out of junior hockey after this past season, he remembers one moment especially well over the course of the past few years.

"My first ever junior game was when Dauphin called me up to play in the Western Canada Cup," he said. "That was crazy, and I'll never forget it."

On top of being nominated for the award CJHL wide, he was also named to the MJHL's Second All-Star Team. He was also named the MGEU-MJHL Goaltender of the Month for November.

Tyler Jubenvill wrapped up his first season playing in the United States Hockey League (USHL) on April 13th, as a part of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.

This past season was Tyler's one and only season as a part of the RoughRiders, and it was quite the successful one. 

"It was a good year," said Jubenvill. "We didn't get the result we wanted by missing the playoffs, but it was a fun year. I met a lot of new friends, and I think I got a lot better this year."

Despite the five-game winning streak to end the season, Tyler and the RoughRiders finished with a 26-24-8-2 record and missed the playoffs by a single point.

The 18-year-old from Gilbert Plains played 56 of the team's 58 games this season and was second among the team's blueliners in scoring. He had 18 points (5 G, 13A).

Thanks to his contributions, he was named to the USHL All-Star Rookie First Team on May 1st.

"It definitely came as a surprise," said Jubenvill. "I saw it on Twitter, and it was cool to see. Obviously, the goal was to win more games, but it was a nice feeling to get recognized for my individual play."

"I was always given the green light to try and make a play and produce offence," he added. "That helped a lot, and I had some great teammates who made it easy for me."

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On April 11th, Tyler signed his official letter of intent to play for Bemidji State University, in which he'll be suiting up for the Beavers next fall.

"I checked it out a couple years ago when I committed to play there, and it looked like a great place to play and live," said Jubenvill. "The coaching staff is also great. It was a pretty easy decision, and I'm super excited to start things up there playing NCAA Division 1 hockey."

Playing for the Beavers isn't a fluke for the Gilbert Plains native. He received a four-year full ride scholarship.

"It'll be nice to get my school paid for, and it obviously shows that they want me there," he said. "It's always ideal to go to a place where you're wanted, so it should be fun."

Playing NCAA Division 1 will give Tyler the chance to play against some of the best college players in America, and he's pumped up about it.

"It's going to be a big jump for sure," said Jubenvill. "It's a lot faster out there, and there's a lot more skill." 

"But I'm just going to have a good summer, and I'll be ready for it,"

The Beavers play in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

You still have time to sign up for the Dauphin Lake Golf Club's Ladies Night.

"We had a come and go registration this past Tuesday, and it went really well," said Ray Karlson, General Manager. "But, we still have room."

"It's just based on fun," he added. "No one wins a trophy or a division at the end. It's just about getting together, and playing with new ladies every week."

The cost for the night is just $40 which includes two meals throughout the season, and it's a nine-hole format.

To register for Ladies Night, you can call the Dauphin Lake Golf Club at 638-9400, or visit them in person.