Dauphin, Canada

It was a busy night of ball for a few different Dauphin baseball teams.

High School

Dauphin Clippers beat Shoal Lake/ Strathclair/ Rossburn, 6-3.

Wade Kopytko - 2 for 3 with a triple, and a single.

Aidan Rach threw a complete game, giving up just seven hits and he struck out four batters.

Peewee

Strilkiwski Contracting beat Ste. Rose, 29-15.

Bantam

Reit Syd Equipment beat Ste. Rose, 21-9.

Senior

The Dauphin Brewers extended their record to 2-0 with a 17-7 win over Plumas on the road.

Based off their starts, the Steinbach Pistons should probably be 2-0 at the RBC Cup in Chilliwack, but, that's not the case as they sit at 0-1-1 heading into their third round-robin game tonight.

"We've definitely done some good things by establishing those two-goal leads," said Paul Dyck, Head Coach & GM. "I think in that Wenatchee game, we sort of took our foot off the gas pedal. And, the same thing in the Wellington game. We allowed them to claw back, and win it. We just have to find ways to stick with it for an entire 60. We feel we could be 2-0, we're not, but, we're right there."

Now the Pistons find themselves in must-win mode tonight as they take on the Ottawa Jr. Senators. A win means they can still advance to the semifinals, but, a loss will most likely eliminate them from playoff contention.

"I think we're a confident group," said Gilbert Plains Riese Gaber. "We know what's on the line. I think the guys are ready for the task."

"The day off we had yesterday was a positive, and allowed us to hit the reset button and get over the disappointment from the first two games," said Dyck. "We still control our own destiny here, but, we definitely need to start putting up some goals, and locking down defensively."

Gaber returned from an injury that held him out since game two of the Anavet Cup, and he made his presence felt right away. The speedster opened up the scoring in the second period against the Dukes and had several other golden chances throughout the game.

"It was nice to get back out there for sure," said Gaber. "I felt good, and I was happy to have a good game."

"He brings a lot of speed and energy to the ice," said Dyck. "We thought he would bring a lot when he returned, and I thought he might have been our best player the other night."

Heading into tonight's must-win, the Pistons will be without their #1 goaltender Matthew Thiessen. He was injured in the game against Wellington and is doubtful to return in the tournament.

"We have another goaltender in Radomsky who is definitely capable of winning games," said Dyck. "He's really excited for the opportunity tonight."

Tonight's game will be a 9:00 p.m. Manitoba start.

At one point in time they certainly weren't, but for the last couple of seasons, the Dauphin Clippers women's rugby program has been a perennial powerhouse, and that seems to be continuing.

After thumping Vincent Massey Brandon, 69-0 in the quarterfinals earlier this week, the Clippers are now just two wins away from Westman High School Rugby Championship.

When was their last Championship? Last season, as the lady Clippers 7's won the Westman High School Rugby League.

"The girls work really hard, and we work them hard," said Mandy Carberry, Coach. "They want to win at all times. It's like we're one big family, and everyone has the same goal, and love playing for each other."

Mandy also knows exactly why the Clippers women's rugby program continues to get stronger as the years go on.

"I think it has a lot to do with community involvement," she said. "Everyone is really passionate about it, and we try to give the ladies as much exposure as possible. And, the more exposure they get will lead them to becoming better athletes."

Dauphin doesn't know who they'll play in the semifinals next Tuesday yet, but, Mandy shares some things that get her really excited about still playing rugby this late in the season.

"It's awesome watching the new athletes develop into great players," she added. "And, seeing some of the girls graduate to play rugby at the next level is always a rewarding thing to be a part of."

Keep it locked right here to find out who the Clippers play.

Thanks to a very good season with the Bantam Parkland Rangers, Ryder Thompson was recruited to play in the Selects Invitational in San Bastian, Spain last week.

The 13-year-old suited up on the Western Canada team, and they ended up finishing 9th of 22 teams in the round-robin. From there, they dropped their first game in the Round of 16 playoffs to the Czech Selects, 6-0.

"It was really fast and intense hockey," said Ryder. "I definitely hope I can do it again."

"It was awesome to meet some new friends," he added. "Then you add getting to play against some of the best players in the world, and getting to see some beautiful sights, it was a great experience."

In the six games the team played, Ryder chipped in one goal, and he remembers it like it happened just yesterday.

"We were in the offensive zone, and a guy passed it to me across the blue line," said Ryder. "I had a whole bunch of room to walk in, and I just took a shot and it went it. It was really cool for sure."

Now that Ryder's back in Canada, he'll take a little time off, before preparing for next season and he know's what he has to work on.

"I know I have to work on my speed because all the kids I was playing against were super fast," he added. "And, I have to continue working on my battles, and physical play."

Ryder's teammate on the Rangers Tyson Zimmer also played in the tournament and won gold with Draft Day Black.

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There will be a new, but, familiar face on the Neepawa Natives bench this season.

Robby Moar was named the team's new Marketing Director & Assistant Coach earlier this month.

He played 39 games in the 2011-12 season with Neepawa and the following two seasons with the team.

"It's definitely an exciting opportunity for me to be heading there," said Moar. "I've made a lot of friends there, and some lifelong memories, so it's an exciting thing. But, at the end of the day, I'm here to help the team get better, and help the development of the players."

Before signing on with the Natives organization, Moar played four full seasons with the Minot State Beavers, who play in the ACHA. During his time with the Beavers, he played 127 games and recorded 54 points.

"I couldn't say a bad thing about my time in Minot," said Moar. "I learned how to be a leader during my time there. I found out things that usually someone wouldn't, so I definitely really enjoyed my time there."

Despite being a so-called "Rookie" coach, Moar has big plans and is committed to giving everything he has back to the organization where he played junior hockey.

"They can expect a person who will be there for them every single day," said Moar. "I'm a good leader. I'm looking forward to being part of the team and showing the guys not only how to succeed on the ice, but as a person off the ice as well."

The Natives are coming off a season in which they missed the playoffs, due to some struggles in the second half, but Robby is expecting a flip of the switch next campaign.

"I'm expecting a team that's going to go out there and have a great work ethic each and every shift," said Moar. "It's a long season, so it's all about building. I'm thinking we'll be successful by the season's end, and hopefully, we can make a deep playoff run."

Moar also played seven games combined between Portage and Swan Valley in the MJHL.

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I'm not sure what you were doing when you were 13-years-old, but, Russell's Tyson Zimmer was winning an International Hockey Tournament.

He was invited to the Selects Invitational in San Sebastian, Spain which wrapped up this past weekend, and he did no wrong.

In a tournament that featured teams from all around the globe, Zimmer joined Draft Day Black and ended up winning the whole tournament.

"It was absolutely amazing," said Zimmer. "The skill level was incredible. Every single team was outstanding to play against. It was a really cool experience for me."

Zimmer was invited to the Invitational after an outstanding season with the Bantam Parkland Rangers. He scored 36 goals in 34 games and added another 33 assists, and he definitely translated his success in Manitoba to success on the international stage.

In the round-robin, the 13-year-old put up seven points, which was in a tie for top spot on the team.

"I was playing with a great group of guys," said Zimmer. "They found me when I was needed. I took what I did with the Rangers, and used it in Spain."

Then in the playoffs, Zimmer absolutely went off on the competition.

In the round of 16 against Hungary, he had one goal in 5-0 win. Zimmer then cemented himself as one of the best players in the tournament in the quarterfinals, when he scored four goals and assisted on two others as they beat Team North America, 6-3. 

In the semifinals, Zimmer added another two goals in a 6-4 win against CSKA Moscow. In the final, Zimmer didn't record any points, but still raised the Championship trophy as the team beat Sweden Selects, 3-1.

Total it all up, and the 13-year-old had 17 points in the nine games the team played. 

"It was just such a fun event," he added. "It was awesome getting the chance to see some of Spain, and also see the different skill levels from around the world was pretty cool."

Zimmer will now wait and see if he makes Team Manitoba, a team which will represent the province next winter at the Canada Winter Games.

The Dauphin Brewers baseball team are off and running.

They opened up their season on Monday night with a 7-6 win against the Ebb & Flow Lakers in five innings.

Next up for the club is a date with the Plumas Pirates on Wednesday evening.

The Winnipeg Jets are playing their best hockey this year, and it couldn't come at a better time as they get set for Game 2 of their Conference Final against Vegas tonight.

Something that has kept Jets fans together while the team is on the road is the "Whiteout" viewing parties inside Bell MTS Place and outside as well.

Although nothing is planned for Dauphin, it's been a hot topic around town lately with lots of people wanting the City of Sunshine to host their own "Whiteout" party.

"There has definitely been some talk to get it going in town," said Ryan Vanderheyden, GM for Dauphin Rec Services. "There are a few obstacles involved, but if we had some community members step up and help, it's definitely something we might be able to get done right here in Dauphin."

If you want to try and help out to get a "Whiteout" Jets viewing party in Dauphin, you can contact Dauphin Rec Services at 622-3150.

"Whiteout" Party planned for Westoba Place in Brandon.

The Keystone Centre announced earlier today that they'll be hosting a "Whiteout" Jets Viewing Party inside Westoba Place, this upcoming Wednesday, and Friday for Game 3 & 4 in Vegas.

"We've been hearing from a lot of community members, that they want this," said Krista Kowaluk, Marketing & Sponsorship Manager for the Keystone Centre. "We have the facility, so we thought let's give them what they want. We have a lot of ties between the two teams, so it's going to be a really fun event to see it all unfold here in the Westman."

Tickets for the party are just $5, and that includes admission to the Westoba Family Skate prior to the event.

You can pick them up at  "Jets Viewing Party", or by calling 726-3555.

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Dauphin's Emma Jensen was at the U-18 National Curling Championships last month, and just because the team didn't have as much success as they wanted to, Jensen received a big honour.

She was awarded one of two Sportsmanship Awards, which was voted on by her fellow competitors.

"It definitely felt pretty awesome," said Jensen. "I wasn't expecting it at all. It was nice to end off the week like that."

Jensen and her foursome ended up the nationals with a 0-6 record, but most of the six games were close ones which could have gone anyway.

"The experience was amazing like I'm still talking about it," she added. "We made great friends and got the exchange jerseys from the different provinces. Hopefully, next year we can shoot for the same goal, and come out with a better outcome."

As she looks back at the event, Jensen definitely knows what was most exciting for her.

"Just representing Manitoba and wearing those jackets," said Jensen. "Even though it didn't go how we wanted, it was still an amazing experience."

Despite the struggles at nationals, it was still an incredible season for Jensen and her foursome, and they're feeling good heading into next season.

"We're confident for sure," said Jensen. "But, we can't be too confident. We want to get back there, so we'll see how it goes."

Swan River's Kaila Powell and the Manitoba women didn't lose a game all week long, and because of it, they're National Champions.

They capped off an incredible week with a 5-3 win against Ontario South in the Championship game at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships in Nova Scotia.

Kaila once again made her mark on a game, as she sealed it with a goal at the 19:14 mark of the third period.

She had 11 points over the course of six games at the tournament, and three of them came in the two playoff games the team played.

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.