The Dauphin COOP U15 Silver Kings have their third banner of the season.

Hosting a tournament this weekend, the Silver Kings finished as B-Side champions. After a loss in their first game, the Silver Kings hammered St. Adolphe, 11-0.

The team would come up short against Boissevain in their next game. In the B-side final against Grunthal, Zak Fillion led the way with four goals while Xander Perish played solid in net in an 8-4 win. In their win against St. Adolphe, Perih earned his 24th shutout of his career. 

The Silver Kings won the C-side in Virden and Morden earlier this year. 

It was a great start to the season for the Dauphin Clippers varsity girls basketball team. Playing in the Crocus Plains Early Bird tournament, the Clippers finished with a bronze medal.

The team kicked off the event with a big win against Vincent Massey, 62-31. The Vikings are a 'AAAA' team. The team then lost a close game against Neelin. Dauphin then downed Warren in the bronze medal game, 58-37. 

Kristen (Tazz) Genik was named a tournament all-star. Dauphin is now off to Winnipeg next weekend.

The Dauphin Clippers hockey team showed off their great depth on Saturday night. 

Eight different Clippers scored in a dominating 8-1 win against the Virden Golden Bears.

Jackson Buchanan, Liam Chartrand, Ethan Carnegie, Logan Chapman, Jaymen Fee, Trayden Guiboche, Boston Karlson, and Dixon Flett scored for Dauphin. 

Owen Chubka earned the win in net. 

Josh Yakielashek earned the 'Broadway Tie' on Friday night as the Parkland U15 Rangers erupted.

He had a goal and played a great defensive game in a 10-2 win over Interlake.

Hayden Shtykalo led the way with four goals in the game while Trace Langan had two. 

Alex Campbell, Noah Smigelsky, and Quinten Fisk also scored for Parkland in the huge win.

Jayce Legaarden had a very memorable night on Friday.

In the Winkler Flyers 8-5 win over Portage, Jayce recorded his first hat-trick of his junior career. The former Ranger sniper now has 12 goals and 12 assists on the season. 

He's tied for third in rookie scoring and Winkler is alone in second place in the MGEU East Division and they're just two points back of Steinbach for first. 

The Dauphin Kings are the third team in the West Division to get to 16 wins on the season.

Opening their weekend in Winnipeg, the Kings took care of business in a 4-1 win against the Freeze. It was Dauphin’s second straight win and they’re now 16-12-2 on the campaign.

Logan Walker would score Dauphin’s first goal in the game, but Winnipeg would respond with a goal from Darik Feasey as it was 1-1 after 20 minutes.

Dauphin would take over from that point. Mason Smith scored the game-winner with just about nine minutes left in the second. Then Jayden Harris and Mathew Gough would add goals in the third as Dauphin skated off with two points.

The Kings scored two power play goals and they were a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill.

The Parkland U18 Rangers are starting to make some noise. Looking to climb their way back into a playoff spot, the Rangers earned three of a possible four points last weekend against Southwest.

They lost two close games prior to that against the Thrashers and earned five of a possible six points in three games prior to that. There is no doubt that Parkland is heading in the right direction and they will look to keep it going this weekend. 

"We executed our game plan almost to a tee last weekend and we have been making a lot of progress," said Tyler Carefoot, Head Coach. "Very pleased, but there is a lot of work ahead of us. We are getting better every game and I believe the guys are starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel if they execute the little details."

Dru Mushumanski has had the hot-stick for Parkland as he's scored four goals in his past three games, two of which came last Saturday in a 4-3 overtime loss against Southwest. He's now tied for second in scoring with 17 points, 11 of which are goals. Overall, it's been a very balanced approach for Parkland this year as they have nine players with at least 10 points. Madden Murray continues to pace the team with his 13 goals and 11 assists.

In net; meanwhile, Chase Glover stole the show last weekend as he made 77 saves on 83 shots. This includes an outstanding 45-save performance on Friday night. Glover has earned five wins in net this season in his first season of U18 hockey after he played with the U15 program last year.

"He's been on fire and dialled in," said Carefoot. "He's been tracking the puck really well and he's giving us an opportunity to win games here. Kyler Swanton is also a great goalie and we know he will be ready when he gets between the pipes."

Now Parkland will put their focus on the Eastman Selects, a team they are chasing in the standings. Entering this weekend, the Rangers are just six points back of the Selects for the eighth and final playoff spot in the league. The first game of the weekend is set for Saturday evening at the Sun Gro Centre and they rematch on Sunday afternoon. Eastman comes into the game riding a three-game winning streak and they have scored 12 goals in that span. 

"We talked about this at practice this week and our mentality has to be like playoff hockey," offered Carefoot. "Eastman looks big, but they don't have as much speed as usual. We need to get pucks behind their back end and create some offence. This weekend is critical for us and our group will be ready, we have had a really good week at practice."

Aiden Ziprick was back with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines this season for his second year with the club. He started last season as a 15-year-old and was very impressive with 12 points in 33 games. This year, the now 17-year-old was handed an elevated role and he took his game to the next level.

In 23 games, the 6'1" product of Russell scored six times while adding six assists. His great play earned him a spot on Team U18 Black for the MJHL Top Prospects Showcase. His play at that event saw the 16-year-old garner some heavy interest from a number of top Division 1 programs. At the same time, the Lethbridge Hurricanes -- who drafted Aiden 148th overall in the 2020 Draft -- were also showing interest and ultimately, Aiden chose to join the team that drafted him.

Then late last week, Ziprick officially signed his first Standard Player Agreement with Lethbridge and he joined the team over the weekend on a U.S. road trip. Ziprick grew up wanting to play in the Western Hockey League and the amount of work that he has put in over the years is incredible, so to see his dream come true is a very special feeling.

"It's an honour, this has been my dream since I was just a little kid," said Ziprick. "It was a huge decision to make. With that said, I believe it was the best decision for me and it worked out well."

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It took Ziprick two weeks of thinking to come to his final decision. Ziprick then made his WHL debut last Friday at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Washington, as the 'Canes went up against Tri-City. The game resulted in a 4-2 loss for Lethbridge, but it was still a game that Ziprick won't ever forget.

"Walking onto the ice for the first time was very eye-opening," said Ziprick. "I felt very accomplished knowing that I finally made it. The night was very special for my family and me."

The team would rebound the next night in a 3-0 win against the Spokane Chiefs. The game was played in front of just more than 8800 fans at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena and the win was Ziprick's first as a member of his new team.

"That was one of the coolest games I have ever played in," said Ziprick. "That was definitely the most fans that I have ever played in front of and I'm glad that we were able to come out with two points."

Aiden followed that up by posting the best game of his young WHL career on Tuesday night as Lethbridge hammered Swift Current, 7-2. Ziprick finished with a plus-3 rating which was tied for the best on the team. Joining Lethbridge was also a reunion of sorts for Ziprick. Tyson Zimmer was acquired by the 'Canes in a trade with Brandon earlier this year. The pair grew up together and played hockey for several years before going their separate ways. 

"It's awesome playing with Tyson, he's a great guy," said Zimmer. "To be back playing with him is really fun. It's also great to see two small-town kids following their dreams and getting the chance to play at a high level together. It's great to be with him and I'm looking forward to continuing to play with him."

To note, Zimmer is on fire as of late. He has points in nine straight games with Lethbridge and he scored twice on Tuesday in the team's win. He now has eight goals and 14 assists in 27 games with Lethbridge. So with Aiden now joining Lethbridge, that means his time as a Wolverine has come to an end, but he will forever be grateful for the opportunity he was provided in Waywayseecappo and he will always be cheering for his hometown team.

"I loved it. Being able to live at home and play junior hockey, not everyone is able to do that," ended Ziprick. "I can't give enough credit to the coaches for all the work they have put in with us. It was such a special group and I wouldn't be where I am without them."

While Aiden and the rest of the club won't play Brandon again this season at Westoba Place, they will be in Regina to play the Pats on February 20. 

The Dauphin Kings have snapped their four-game losing streak and they did so in a big way.

Opening up a busy week on the road in Portage, the Kings downed the Centennial-Cup hosting Terriers, 6-5, in a shootout thriller. It was Dauphin's Rylan Gibbs who played hero on the evening as he scored the only goal in the shootout. Cole Sheffield was tremendous in the shootout as he made six saves and he made some highlight reel saves throughout the game to keep the Kings in the contest. He ended up making 38 saves.

After struggling heavily to get the job done offensively as of late, Dauphin responded on Wednesday. It was a slow start; however, as Portage scored the first two goals of the game in the first 10 minutes, but Dauphin fired back.

Logan Walker scored his first as a King while Alex Senf and Nolan Wickham also scored. Portage scored late in the first as it was 3-3 after 20 minutes.

Senf would score Dauphin's lone goal in the second while Matt Wisener would respond for Portage as it was 4-4 after 40 minutes. Then Jamie Valentino gave Dauphin a 5-4 lead early in the third, but Kian Calder scored shortly after to tie the game.

In the end, no goals were scored through overtime and Gibbs would cap off the game with his goal in the shootout.

The win propels Dauphin to 15-12-2 on the campaign and they're now just four points back of Swan Valley for first place in the West Division. The Kings play the Stampeders in a pair of home games before the Christmas break, this Sunday on Tractor Lotto Sunday and next Friday as well.

Next up for Dauphin is a date with the Freeze on Friday in Winnipeg. The Freeze will enter the game with just two wins and six points. 

The Swan Valley Stampeders are among the hottest teams in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and they have added another piece to their roster.

The Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League have reassigned Owen Harris to the Stampeders. In 66 games with Brandon, the 17-year-old had seven points. Harris also played eight games with Swan Valley in the 2020-21 season when he recorded one assist.

Harris is a former all-star at the AAA level with the Southwest U18 Cougars. Next up for Swan Valley is a game on home ice this Friday when they welcome the Virden Oil Capitals to the Centennial Arena.

Mason Smith will return to Portage la Prairie on Wednesday evening as the Dauphin Kings look to get back in the win column against the Centennial-Cup hosting Terriers.

The 20-year-old played 25 games with Portage last year after he was acquired in a trade from the Estevan Bruins. During that time, Smith scored eight times and added four assists in the Green & White.

Now he’s with the Blue & White as he goes up against his former team for the second time, and first time at Stride Place. It’s Mason’s third time being back at Stride Place after he played in the MJHL Top Prospects Showcase earlier this season.

“I’m going to say it doesn’t add anything, but it does, I’m looking forward to being back there,” said Smith. “It’s going to add a little fire and it will add more to wanting to win that game.”

Wednesday’s game will also mark the first time that Smith and the rest of the team go up against Blake Boudreau. Boudreau played 20 games with Dauphin to start the season before he was dealt to Portage last Thursday in a deal that saw the Kings acquire, Jamie Valentino.

“That’s going to be a weird feeling, seeing him on the other side,” said Smith. “He was one of my best friends on the team and it was sad to see him go. With that said, I’m looking forward to playing against him.”

Dauphin will look to put a halt to their four-game losing streak on Wednesday. The team has not won since they beat Portage on November 22. Despite their recent struggles, Dauphin has shown that they can play with anyone in this league.

They have beaten the top teams in the West and they have beat the top teams in the East. Their challenge on Wednesday is the 20-5-1 Terriers who are currently in a tie for second in their division.

“It comes down to how we play, not how the other team plays,” said Smith. “When we’re playing well and rolling, I don’t think there is anyone that can stop us. It’s just about us getting back to that.”

Smith has chipped in seven goals this season while adding 13 assists. His most recent goal was a beautiful shot on Saturday against the Flyers.

While he was happy with his defensive effort over the weekend and finding the scoresheet, Smith knows he has more to give and at the end of the day, it’s all about the team.

“There’s more I could be doing, I need to add some more offence, I was on a bit of a slump before that goal,” said Smith. “I thought I was solid defensively over the weekend, but that’s something I still need to work on. I just want to do anything I can to help this team win games, that’s what it is all about.”

You can catch Mason’s return to Portage on Wednesday with puck drop set for 7:30. You can also listen on 730CKDM with Darnell Duff.