Clippers claim Christmas Cup Featured

Published on Tuesday, 27 December 2022 07:40

The Christmas Cup is returning to Dauphin after the Westman High School Hockey League’s Clippers took down the Neepawa Tigers 5-4 at Credit Union Place, Thursday.

Dauphin opened the scoring early when Trayden Guiboche scored his first of two straight in the game but Neepawa tallied three unanswered to grab a 3-1 lead in the second period.

In the second Guiboche and Tyron Sweetman scored to get the Clippers back on even terms before they fell behind 4-3 in the third period.

Dauphin then got goal from Liam Chartrand to even things up and Logan Chapman notched the game winner on the power play.

Head Coach Josh Yaschyshyn said the team had some nerves early on but pushed through them and came back.

“The rink was really full for the game, it was fantastic. Once we got hit a couple times and found our legs we were able to get the teddy bear goal out of the way. It was a really good effort for us.”

Dauphin found themselves in trouble when it came to penalties, especially in the second period but Yaschyshyn credits his team’s defence and penalty kill group for getting them through the turbulence.

“We’ve got a real strong penalty kill, we use lots of players on it and they’re not afraid to block shots, get hit or make a play along the wall. I’d like to say we’re a defence first team,” he said. “We haven’t given up a lot of goals this season so far and we take a lot of pride in that.”

Clipper captain Chapman came up big for his team in the third period, scoring the game winner on the man advantage. Yaschyshyn says he’s been a very dependable guy all season.

“He hasn’t had the greatest puck luck this year, but he sets the tone for us each and every night,” Yaschyshyn said. “We gave up two quick goals in the second to fall behind 3-1 and he really settled us down and led the way for us. Same with Trayden Guiboche, they were awesome for us.”

Between the pipes it was Owen Chubka stopping 32 of the 36 shots he faced for the victory.

Dauphin now heads into its Christmas break and will not return to the ice for WHSHL play until Jan. 7, when they host the Birtle Falcons at Credit Union Place.

The Clippers sit first in the league standings with a record of 14-2-0 on the year, two points ahead of the Killarney Raiders.

Yaschyshyn adds it’s nice to have the Christmas Cup back in the city of sunshine.

“There may not be an uglier trophy, but I would not trade it for the world.”

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