Dauphin, Canada

The Dauphin Clippers are heading into their regular-season finale with four-straight wins.

They ended up beating the Sandy Bay Badgers, last night, in one of the crazier games all season, 8-7, in a shootout.

Riley Hammond led the Clippers with two goals.  Logan Storey, Austin Storey, Wade Kopytko, Hunter Glover and Drayson Kruk all scored one for the team in the game.

In the shootout, Kopytko and Hammond found the back of the net.

The Clippers will now be back on home ice on Tuesday, against Souris, and the puck drops at 8:30.

The Parkland Rangers led last night, once again, but, once again, they couldn't hold it, as the Kenora Thistles staged a big comeback, to stun the hometown Rangers, 4-3, in overtime.

A first-period goal from Kurtis Luke, and another goal from Luke in the second, followed by one from Cole Haukaas, had the Rangers up, 3-0, heading into the third.

In the third, it was all Thistles, as they scored three goals in the game's final 14:09, to push the game into overtime.

In OT, the Thistles capped off the huge comeback as they scored the winner 2:42 in.

Picking up a point, combined with a Southwest loss, did help the Rangers gain some ground, but making the playoffs, at this point, is a high hope.

With just five games remaining, the Rangers are nine points back of a playoff spot, but a favourable schedule could give the team some hope.

After welcoming Yellowhead to town on Wednesday, the team travels to take on Pembina Valley twice, next weekend, before finishing the season with two-straight, against the eighth-place Cougars, in a home and home.

It was, no doubt, the best game of the season, tonight, for the Dauphin Kings, as they beat the league-best, Steinbach Pistons, 4-3, in overtime.

The Kings came out firing in the first, and it paid off, as Thomas Hansell put the Kings up 1-0, just over five minutes in.  Bradyn Smelski added a goal late in the first, for the Kings, as they led, 2-0, after 20.

The Pistons came back in the second, with two quick goals, to tie it up at two.

Wilson Northey regained the lead for the Kings, with just 22 seconds left in the second, as the Kings led, 3-2, after 40.

Off a Kings turnover in the third, the Pistons tied it up at three, to push the game into overtime.

After Brennan Kitchen made a huge save in overtime, McCullough Park got away on a breakway, and went five-hole for the win!

Kitchen made 52 saves in the win. 

The Pistons entered the game as the fourth ranked team in the Country.

 

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings

A loss may not mathematically eliminate them, but when the Parkland Rangers hit the ice this afternoon, it's nearly a must-win as they conclude their two-game weekend against the Kenora Thistles.

Last night against the Thistles, the Rangers scored first but gave up two straight as the Thistles picked up two points.

With just six games remaining in the regular season, the Rangers find themselves 10 points back of a playoff spot.

After tonight, the Rangers are on home ice on Wednesday against Yellowhead, before heading on the road next weekend for two games.

The action all kicks off at 2:30 at Credit Union Place.

The Dauphin Kings will look for a full 60-minute effort tonight, when they visit the league-best Steinbach Pistons.

In last night's 8-1 loss, the Kings played a good first and third period, but a poor second period was the difference in the game.

The Kings will be making just their second trip to Steinbach this season, with the first being way back in September.

The last time the Kings hooked up with the Pistons was at the MJHL Showcase, when the Pistons beat the Kings, 3-0.

You can hear tonight's game, right here, on 730CKDM, as the pregame show hits the airwaves just before 7:20, with puck drop at 7:30.

 

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings

 

The DRHL Junior Tournament kicks off today at the Rotary Arena, and Credit Union Place, and here is the schedule:

Credit Union Place

8:30- DRHL Dauphin Medical Group vs DRHL Dauphin Co-op
9:30- DRHL Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy vs DHRL Parkland Source for Sports
10:30- Roblin Stars White vs DRHL Dauphin Co-op
11:30- DRHL Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy vs Forrest Kings
12:30- Neepawa Jr. Rec vs Roblin Stars White

4:45- Roblin Stars Black vs DRHL Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy
5:45  Gold Medal Game

Rotary Arena 

10:30- Neepawa Jr. Rec vs DRHL Dauphin Medical Group
11:30- Dauphin Parkland Source for Sports vs Roblin Stars Black
12:30- Forrest Kings vs Roblin Stars Black
1:30- Roblin Stars White vs DRHL Dauphin Medical Group
2:30- Forrest Kings vs DRHL Parkland Source for Sports
3:30- DRHL Dauphin Co-op vs Neepawa Jr. Rec

The Parkland Rangers scored first, but they couldn't hold it, as they fell, 2-1, against the Kenora Thistles.

Carter Cockburn put the Rangers up 1-0, with just 0:02 left in the first, as the Rangers led after one.

The Thistles tied it up midway through the second, as the two teams were tied after 40.

The Thistles scored 1:01 into the third, and that was the only goal of the period, as the Rangers failed to gain any ground.

The Dauphin Kings played a great first period, but struggled in the second, as the Portage Terriers beat the Kings, 8-1.

Both teams had great chances in the first, but only the Portage Terriers were able to find the back of the net, as they led, 1-0, after 20.

In the second, Ian Briscoe scored for the Kings, but the Terriers scored six times, as they led, 7-1, after 40.

In the third, the Terriers added one more as they picked up two points.

 

 

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings

Dauphin's Morgan Taffinder will be off to the West Coast at the beginning of March, with the U16 Manitoba women's rugby team.

"We're going to the University of British Columbia to play in the Vancouver Rugby Festival," said Taffinder. "We're playing a few games against teams from other provinces. It's definitely super exciting."

This will be Morgan's first appearance at the Festival.

"I haven't been playing rugby for that long, but I've been working really hard," said Taffinder. "It feels nice that the hard work has paid off, and I get the chance to be on this team and go to the Festival."

The U16 women's program is a feeder program for the U18 women's program, and the 14-year-old Dauphin-native is gearing up for what she hopes will be a very successful rugby career.

"I'm working really hard right now to prepare, and make sure I'm playing my best, heading into the Festival," said Taffinder. "I'm really excited for the experience of being at a bigger tournament. It's going to help me develop my skills while I'm there."

Morgan notes her tackling and passing are two things she likes about her game, but she needs to work on her cardio going forward.

Coming off their biggest win of the season, the Parkland Rangers return back to the ice tonight, as they welcome the Kenora Thistles to town for a weekend set.

The Rangers scored two third-period goals last weekend, to beat Pembina Valley, to get within 10 points of a playoff spot, with seven games left.

Despite being 10 points back, the Rangers are definitely not out, as the team's remaining games are all against teams below them in the standings, or teams they are directly chasing.

Puck drop tonight is set for 7:30, at Credit Union Place.

There will be a family get-together at the Manitoba Winter Games, as Josh Thompson will be joining his brother, Ryder Thompson.

"It's definitely a great opportunity for me," said Josh Thompson. "There's going to be a lot of skilled players, and it will be cool to play with my brother."

In 30 games this year, Josh has 29 points with the Bantam Rangers, and he knows what he has to do to succeed at the games.

"I just need to play physical," said Thompson. "Then, when I get my chances, I have to capitalize."

Thompson will join Team West White, at the eight-team tournament.

"I'm looking forward to meeting new people," said Thompson. "And playing with new teammates that I haven't played with before."

The Manitoba Winter Games kick off on March 4, in Thompson.

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