The Dauphin Clippers won their Westman High School Hockey League season opener 2-1 against the Birtle Falcons.

The Falcons struck first in the opening period but it would be their last goal.

The Clippers responded early in the second period on the power play. Brayden Paterson scored the tying goal set up by Riley Hammond ad Wade Kopytko.

Later in the third Nicholas Machibroda skated up the left wing and beat the Falcons goaltender for the game-winning-goal. 

Machibroda was awarded the Parkland Source for Sports Player of the Game for his game-winning marker.

The Clippers are in action again this Saturday and Sunday at home. 

 

The Dauphin Clippers have completed the perfect season. 

The Clippers finish the RMFL season 9-0, by defeating the Moosomin Generals 34-8 in the Doug Steeves Cup. 

The margin of victory was much larger than in the Clippers championship win last season, a 17-16 overtime victory.

Dauphin and Moosomin met in Week 6 of the season, both entered that game undefeated, the Clippers emerged victorious 44-39.

The Clippers now look forward to the league awards which will be held in Ochre River later this month.

 

The season series with the Swan Valley Stampeders is now tied 2-2.

The Stamps bested the Kings 4-1 in a rare afternoon tilt.

The Kings had a better first period than they've had in recent memory, allowing only one goal from Daylin Smallchild at the halfway mark, the goal was his first MJHL marker.

This time it was a bad second period that cost the Kings. Tanner Koroscil started the second period scoring drive, then 1:11 later Carter McMurdo's shot hit a Kings defenseman and got by goaltender Matteo Esposito.

Esposito stopped 21 of 25 shots in his Kings debut. 

Jordan Valentino finished off the Stamps 2nd period scoring run with a blast from the point during a 5-on-3 power play. The Stamps were 1 for 6 with the man advantage, the Kings 0 for 3.

Austin Douglas managed to get the Kings on the board in the third period with a short side shot that squeezed through goaltender Connor Slipp who'd otherwise been perfect on the day. The goal was Douglas' third of the season, all three coming against the Stampeders. 

These two teams will meet again in Swan River on Tuesday. 

 

The Canadian Interuniversity Sport (or U Sports, if you prefer) women's rugby national championship begins today at the University of Victory. Eight teams from the four athletic conferences across Canada are in attendance, amoung them is a former Clipper rugby player: Dauphin's own Monique Coffey.

Coffey is playing her first season with the Acadia Axewomen. The Clippers standout continued to impress at the next level, earning a starting job in the Axewomen's lineup as a freshmen.

Coffey attributes the success to her speed.

"When I first got to training camp I feel like I impressed everybody with my speed," she said. And while speed had been one of Coffey's greatest strengths at the high school level, understandably, at her first training camp she was concerned it wouldn't translate.

"I was worried I'd get out here, and at this level I'd be slower than everyone." It seems like those concerns have been put to rest.

Acadia finished the regular season 4-2, and then went 1-1 in the playoffs, losing in the Atlantic University Sport Championship game to the St. Francis Xavier X-women. All three of Acadia's losses this year were to St. FX. 

Acadia enters competition as the 6th seed of 8. The Axewomen are embracing the role of the underdog and hoping for a chance at redemption.

"Coming in after that loss other teams are probably not looking at us like we're that much competition," admitted Coffey. "That gives us more opportunity to show them just how well we can do and put out all that we can. A chance at redemption."

Coffey also talked about her presence at nationals helping to put the Dauphin Clippers rugby programs on the map.

"Not a lot of rugby players from Dauphin have gotten this opportunity, it shows that we're here and Dauphin's making good rugby players."

And make good rugby players that certainly have. Rod Carberry and Jason Alf have done a lot for the program in the last year alone. Don't be surprised if another Clipper, Kaila Stratuliak, should play at the university level.

Coffey is also looking at this opportunity as a measuring stick. There are only a handful of rugby teams in the Atlantic University Sport conference, an appearance at nationals gives Coffey and the other Axewomen a chance to see what talent is there across Canada. 

 

SEEDING

1) UNIVERSITY of GUELPH (ON/OUA) GRYPHONS

2) UNIVERSITY of OTTAWA (ON/OUA) GEE-GEES

3) UNIVERSITY of CALGARY (AB/CANWEST) DINOS 

4) ST. FRANCIS XAVIER UNIVERSITY (NS/AUS) X-WOMEN

5) CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY (QB/RSEQ) STINGERS

6) ACADIA UNIVERSITY (NS/AUS) AXEWOMEN

7) McMASTER UNIVERSITY (ON/OUA) MARAUDERS

8) UNIVERSITY of VICTORIA (BC/CANWEST) VIKES

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League has announced this season's first performers of the month.

 

November 2nd is Skate Manitoba Day. 

The Parkland Rangers once again pulled off a 5-4 overtime win over one of the top teams in the Manitoba Midget Hockey League.

Mark and Andrew Liwiski scored all 5 goals in the winning effort over the second place Yellowhead Chiefs.

Andrew Liwiski got the Rangers on the board with 3.7 seconds left in the first period to head into the break tied 1-all.

Mark Liwiski scored gave the Rangers their first lead of the game with a go-ahead marker in the second. The Chiefs answered Liwiski's goal 10 seconds later, and got back into the lead with another goal before the second intermission.

In the third the Chiefs doubled their lead 4-2. An overzealous celebration from one of the Chiefs players lit a fire under the Rangers.

Mark Liwiski scored answered back 11 seconds later to bring the Rangers within one, then brother Andrew scored just over a minute later to tie the game as momentum began to shift.

Mark Liwiski scored the overtime winner, and his third of the game for the Rangers to earn them their second consecutive 5-4 OT win.

The Rangers will try to make it three in a row when they take on the Winnipeg clubs this weekend, the Wild and the Thrashers. 

 

The World Cup of Hockey may have come and gone, but for some it's a memory that will last a lifetime. 

That's the case for Dauphin's Myles Fee, a former Dauphin King who after the turn of the millennium went to play with Manhattanville College in the NCAA. 

After his career on the ice Fee became a video coach with the NHL's Edmonton Oilers. His seven years with the Oilers eventually lead to becoming a video coach for Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey.

Fee described the event as "hockey heaven." 

After the World Cup of Hockey, Fee began work for his new team, the American Hockey League's Charlotte Checkers, Carolina's AHL affiliate. 

He's still a video coach, but has began taking on other roles with the club and is transitioning into the role of an assistant coach. 

For a full interview with Fee tune in to Friday's Kings One Hour Power Play show from 4:00-5:00pm. 

 

A number of Parklanders are in Regina for the World Broomball Championships.
 
A 40+ Masters team and a Mixed team with players from Dauphin, McCreary, Kelwood, Riding Mountain,  Glenella, St. Claude, and even Kenora are heading west for the competition. 
 
See the Sports Schedules on our website this week for the latest match-ups for the Masters and Mixed teams, and listen in to 730 CDKM each hour during sports. 
 

The Dauphin Kings have named their three stars of the week and the 'Paper Boys' line has stolen all the spots.

Hard working Grady Hobbs took the third star, he has yet to find the back of the net this season, but the 16-year-old doesn't shy away from the gritty areas or physical play.

Hobbs came close to scoring his first goal on Friday against Winkler, firing a shot of the cross bar.

An honourable mention last week, Brendan Arnold earned the second star nod this time around.

Riese Gaber of Gilbert Plains claimed the first star this week, he had the lone goal in Saturday's loss to Selkirk.

The line has combined for 11 points in the Kings last 5 games.

The Kings are back home on Friday for their third game of the year against the Winkler Flyers. 

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