You can make it 13 straight wins for the Dauphin Clippers hockey team.
They beat the Rivers/Elton Rage earlier this afternoon at Credit Union Place, 5-2.
Riley Hammond and Logan Storey paced the way for the Clippers each scoring twice. Both players also had two assists.
Logan Conrad scored the Clippers other marker in the game.
Blake Zamrykut was solid between the pipes, especially in the first period when he made a few massive saves to keep Dauphin ahead.
Bantam Parkland Rangers:
It was a busy weekend for the team who played three games coming off the Christmas break.
In their first game against Brandon, Steven Arp scored but the Rangers dropped a 5-1 decision.
Kristen Moshenko was outstanding between the pipes in the Rangers second game. He made 51 saves against the Eastman Selects, but the Selects came away with a 3-2 victory. Arp and Brayden Dube scored for the Rangers.
Parkland was determined to finish the weekend off on a high note and they did exactly that. Behind a great team effort, the club picked up a 5-2 win against the Central Plains Capitals. Kyan Grouette led the way this time with two goals. Dube, Jayce Legaarden and Parker Boguski each scored one in victory.
Dauphin’s Lawson Yates, Terron Stykalo and the rest of the Brett Walter rink are heading to the playoffs at the Canola Growers Junior Provincial Championships in Winnipeg.
Needing to win in their final round robin game earlier today, the team stole three in the extra end to pick up a 9-6 win.
With the win, Yates, Stykalo and the rest of the foursome have clinched top spot in the group with a 6-1 record. That means they will play in the 1 vs 1 game with a direct spot to the final on the line. The game is set for tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.
The Dauphin Kings kicked off 2019 with a 5-4 defeat.
After Winkler opened the scoring, Avery Smith and Riley Buller had Dauphin up 2-1 late in the first. With literally zero seconds on the clock, the Flyers fired a puck past Ethan Slobodzian to tie the contest up.
Winkler scored the lone goal in the second and added two in the third to take a 5-2 lead.
Dauphin fired back after that. Andrew Liwiski made it a 5-3 game before Bryon Fobair brought the contest within one goal.
With Slobodzian pulled, the Kings applied some big time pressure but they couldn’t beat Riley Morgan.
Dauphin’s now 18-17-2-2 for 40 points. That has them still in a tie for sixth in the league.
In some other action, the Grandview Comets lost 5-2 to the Russell Rams.
Dauphin's DJ Taylor-Luke's first half of his first Midget AAA hockey season is officially over and it was a pretty solid one for the 15-year-old.
He had 13 points, but the team struggled. They're in the midst of a 14-game losing streak heading into their weekend road trip.
"We definitely went into the break with our fair share of struggles and that big losing streak," said Taylor-Luke. "Going into the second half I think we can do a lot better. I love playing these guys, they're awesome. I'm really pumped up for what's next."
That next up is tomorrow night. The club heads to Thompson to play Norman twice. It's a team they've had a lot of success against this season. Parkland is 2-0 against them this season and Taylor-Luke has been great in the two games with three points combined.
Parkland has also played some other solid games this season. They beat the Winnipeg Thrashers and Pembina Valley Hawks, both teams well above the .500 mark. DJ believes it's just about going back to the basics.
"Our attitude has to be better and our preparation has to be a lot better going forward," he added. "It's going to be tough but I think we have a good group of guys. We can play way better then we have been."
The 13 points DJ has racked up this season is sixth on the team. That's something he's hoping to improve going forward.
"I'm pretty happy with the production I've had this season but I would definitely like to tack on some more points," said Taylor-Luke. "I know I have more in me. I just want to help this team win games, whether that's scoring goals or killing off a penalty. That's really the only thing that matters."
For now, it's all Rangers for the 15-year-old. In the future, he's hoping he can get the chance to play for the OCN Blizzard. They drafted him last year on June 3.
"It was an honour that they drafted me, and I hope I get to play for them one day," said Taylor-Luke. "When I do get that call, I'll be ready for it."
"I just have to keep working hard," he added.
The next time you can see Taylor-Luke and the Rangers in action is in a few days. They welcome the Midget Wheat Kings to town on Wednesday night at 7:30 at Credit Union Place.
Another MJHL season is already half over. The 2019 portion of the schedule kicked off on Wednesday when the Steinbach Pistons dominated Neepawa 6-0. Last season the Pistons won the league by 17 points. They had 100 points and Virden was the next closest with 83.
This year, it's a different story. Yes, the Pistons are still very good, but they're not atop the standings. Portage is with 58 points so far. Back with 53 is the Swan Valley Stampeders. The Pistons are in third. In fourth is the Virden Oil Capitals while the Selkirk Steelers sit in fifth.
Two teams are tied for sixth, the Dauphin Kings and Winnipeg Blues. In eighth is the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. The difference from fourth to sixth right now is just six points. All in all, the league is as close as it has been for some time.
"It's been really tight and there is a lot of parody," said Kim Davis, Commissioner of the MJHL. "From night to night, anyone can beat anyone. I certainly expect that kind of trend to continue throughout the season. There has been some separation up top, but overall, it's very close. It's a great thing for the league."
Something that's starting to change is the quality of players to come out of the MJHL. For example, Gilbert Plains Riese Gaber played a few seasons in the MJHL and now he's going to one of the best college programs to play hockey. This year, Swan River's Josh Tripp leads the entire league in points. Matt Osadick played for Team Canada West at the World Jr. A Challenge and he's going to the University of Maine. It just appears that year by year, the league is welcoming some top talent and future stars.
"I think you can credit that to the strength of the member clubs, but it really does seem that our talent pool is increasing every year," said Davis. "If our league remains competitive, that bodes well for every single team going forward."
The MJHL will once again head to Saskatchewan not long from now. The league has partnered with the SJHL for the MJHL/SJHL Showcase in Regina from January 14-15. Last year's event was the first time it took place. The success garnered last year is why it's running again. And, there is no doubt that some of the top players in our league will get recruited from this year's event.
There were also rumblings in the past that the two leagues would come together for some regular season matchups between the two leagues. That's something the MJHL is all for, but it doesn't look like it will happen anytime soon.
"We've had some serious discussions in the past about that happening and I thought we were really close to making it happen, but it's kind of stepped back now," said Davis. "I think it's mostly a result of the SJHL not wanting to do it."
"If it does heat up again, it's definitely something we would be interested in for some or all of our teams," he added.
The MJHL is back at it tonight with a couple of games. Tomorrow, 10 of 11 teams play.