Dauphin, Canada

Dauphin's Riley Hammond was the statistical leader for the Dauphin Clippers during the regular season, and he was rewarded for his contributions as he was named to the Second All-Star Team in the Westman High School Hockey League.

"It means a lot to me," said Hammond. "I've worked really hard, so it feels great. But, I wouldn't have made it there without the help of my teammates."

In 23 regular season games, Hammond produced 48 points (22 goals) which were second behind Drayson Kruk who had 27 goals, but Hammond's 48 points were a team-high.

Hammond and the Clippers are now getting set for their second-round playoff matchup against the Killarney Raiders.

"The award definitely gives me confidence moving forward," said Hammond. "We're focusing on the Raiders, and hopefully we can get it done."

The Dauphin native and the rest of the Clippers played Killarney once in the regular season and won, 6-5.

"We just have to play our game, and play hard," said Hammond. "If we play for a full 60 minutes, we should be able to pull it out and move on."

In 23 games with the Clippers last year, Hammond had 22 points (12 goals).

The Dauphin Clippers are back in preparation mode a day after eliminating the Deloraine Colts from the playoffs with a 2-1 win at Credit Union Place.

"It was a big character builder for our club," said Trevor Robak, Head Coach of the Clippers. 

The Clippers lost the first game of the series on home ice this past Friday and had to win on the road which they did, before winning last night as well.

"We've been talking to the boys for some time that we can never give up," said Robak. "We just have to stay positive throughout, and that's what we did and that's why we had success and won the series."

Dauphin is now set for a best-of-three against the Killarney Raiders which begins on Thursday.

"We really focused on creating turnovers at Deloraine's blue line, so we need to continue that," said Robak. "We changed how we attack offensively, and we were producing more quality chances and we moved the puck well.  If we continue that, we should have a legitimate shot at moving on."

The first drop of the puck for the Raiders and Clippers goes at 7:30 at Credit Union Place on Thursday.

Here's the schedule for the series:

March 1 - 7:30 p.m. - Credit Union Place

March 2 - 7:00 p.m. - Killarney

March 3 - 8:30 p.m. - Credit Union Place

The Dauphin Kings will be back on home ice tomorrow for the final time in the 2017-2018 season as they welcome the Waywayseecappo Wolverines to town.

The Kings have the least amount of points earned on home ice (13) but can jump into a tie with Wayway with a win.

The Kings will also be handing out several awards throughout the game, and the list is as follows:

Most Popular On & Off The Ice - Ernie Hlady Memorial Award; Outstanding Character - Dauphin Herald Award; Most Gentlemanly Player - Steve "Boomer" Hawrysh Award; Most Inspirational Player - Johnny Kay Award; Hardest Working Player - Steve Antosko Award; Three Stars Award - Parkland Source for Sports; Most Improved Player - Dave Snitka Memorial Award; Best Defensive Player - Barry Trotz Award; Community Involvement - Dave Seeley Memorial Award; Rookie of the Year - Dauphin Minor Hockey Award; Best Defenceman - Joe Dawson Memorial Award; MVP - Cam Alf Memorial Award.

Landon Lushanko and Wilson Northey will also receive recognition and a gift from the team as they are the Kings' two graduating players.

It will be the final meeting between the two clubs this season, and so far it's been all Kings as they're 4-1 against Wayway.  The only loss from Dauphin came on home ice earlier this year when the team gave up a two-goal third-period lead.

Game time is set for 7:30 at Credit Union Place.

It was a golden weekend for the Dauphin Novice Fire as they were in Neepawa for their final tournament of the season, and they came back to Dauphin with a Championship.

Forrest Karlson led the Fire in their first game with five goals en route to a 12-2 win against the Rivers Oakden Jets.

The Fire hit the ice in their second game against the Neepawa Natives, and it was pure domination for the team as they won 23-1, and Brandon Wood was named the Player of the Game.

In the final, the Fire scored two third-period goals to beat the Rivers Lepp Jets, 5-4.  Jordan Height was named the Player of the Game.

Photo Provided - Dave Height

The Dauphin Clippers are moving onto the semifinals after the team beat Deloraine for the second straight day, this time 2-1 on Sunday night at Credit Union Place.

The Colts opened up the scoring 17:16 into the first to lead 1-0 after 20 minutes.

Hunter Glover tied the game up for the Clippers just 1:20 into the second, and Brandon Racette put the Clippers up 2-1, 17:48 into the second to put the Clippers up after 40.

The Colts pressured in the third, but the Clippers locked down defensively when they needed too, and Bode Childs made some clutch saves to pick up the win.

The Clippers will now battle with Killarney in the second round of the playoffs, with the series beginning March 1 at 7:30 at Credit Union Place.


Urban Bowman, who formerly coached the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, has passed away.

Bowman joined the Bombers in 1985 as the team's defensive line and special teams coach.  After leaving the team after that season, Bowman returned back to Winnipeg in 1991.

In 1992 he was named the Bombers' Interim Head Coach when Cal Murphy underwent surgery, and he led the Bombers to the Grey Cup that season, but they fell to the Calgary Stampeders.

When Murphy returned in 1993, Bowman switched back to his former defensive line and special teams coach position, and then in 1995, he joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as an Assistant Head Coach.

After a battle with prostate cancer, Bowman came back to the CFL in the early 2000's and coached with the Toronto Argonauts and Bombers before being inducted into the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

The Grand Plains Atom Ice Dogs are off to the Championship series after they beat the Brandon Purple Panthers 2-1 in the best-of-three series.

In the first game, the Ice Dogs came back from a 4-0 deficit but ended up falling 5-4.  With their season on the line in game two, the Ice Dogs did what they had to do in double-overtime by beating the Purple Panthers, 3-2.

The Ice Dogs used the momentum they built in game two towards game three and ended up thumping Brandon, 9-2 to win the series.

The Championship series will now feature the Ice Dogs and the Neepawa Nite Hawks.

Gilbert Plains' Butch Mouck and his curling team, and Dauphin's Ray Baker and his curling team were in Winnipeg for the Senior Men's Provincial Championships this weekend, and both fell short of advancing to the playoffs.

Mouck went 5-2 in the round robin which pushed him into a tiebreaker, but the foursome narrowly lost to last year's Champion Murray Warren from Brandon, 5-4.

Baker went 2-5 in the round robin.

The playoffs for the Championships go tomorrow.

The Bantam Parkland Rangers capped off their season with a bang, as they won the Bronze Medal at the Rural Provincial Championships that were played in Wawanesa and Killarney this weekend.

After falling in the semifinal this morning to Southwest, the Rangers were set up for a rematch with the rival Yellowhead Chiefs and, for the second time in the tournament, the Rangers got the best of the Chiefs, 3-2.

Tyson Zimmer once again was the leader for the Rangers scoring two goals.  Russell's Josh Thompson played hero for the Rangers, as he scored the game-winning goal with Zimmer notching the only assist on the marker.

The Bantam Grand Plains Ice Dogs can call themselves Provincial Finalists, after they dropped a heartbreaker against Souris earlier today in Reston, 6-5 in the finals.

The Ice Dogs came into the game undefeated and scored 28 goals while giving up none in three games before the final.

In the final, both the Ice Dogs and Souris battled back and forth, and it appeared the game was heading into overtime, but Souris scored with just 10 seconds left in the game to win the A/B Provincial Championships.

Ameron Laliberty picked up two goals and one assist for the Ice Dogs, while Allee Hrechka, Brittan Yaschyshyn, and Riley Turetsky all scored singles.

Several ladies from the Ice Dogs will be back on the ice next weekend as the Bantam Parkland Rangers play in the Rural Provincial Championships.

The Midget Parkland Rangers scored first, but the Southwest Cougars provided plenty of offence as they beat the Rangers, 5-2.

Vincent Hughes scored for the Rangers to put them up 1-0, but Southwest tied it up as the teams headed into the dressing room tied at one.

In the second, Kurtis Luke scored on a breakaway, but the Cougars scored three goals to lead, 4-2 after 40.

Southwest added one in the third to pick up two points.