Even though the Dauphin Kings had a week off it didn’t show, as they shut out the OCN Blizzard 5-0 in game one of the Sher-Wood Division Semi Final Sunday evening.
It took Dauphin just 25 seconds to get things going. After Dylan Butler’s first of the playoffs the Kings just controlled everything from there, scoring three in the first and one in the second and third.
Also scoring their firsts of the post season were Chandler Irvin, Tanner Lomsnes, Justin Valentino and Jesse Bernard.
The Kings had five players with multiple point nights, flexing their muscles when it comes to the club’s depth offensively.
Chandler Irvin (1G, 1A)
Dillan McCombie (0G, 2A)
Ryan Cooper (0G, 2A)
Dylan Butler (1G, 1A)
Tanner Lomsnes (1G, 1A)
Michael Stiliadis was excellent in goal earning the shut out. He stopped all 24 shots pushed his way. At the other end former Dauphin King Brian Archibald turned aside 31 of 36.
The Dauphin Power Play started out great, going 2 for 2. It eventually ended the evening 2 for 8. The Kings Penalty Kill was 6 for 6.
Getting off on the right foot is obviously key for any playoff series, but now the Kings must forget Sunday night’s contest and refocus for Tuesday when they visit the Blizzard in OCN.
Listen to the tilt on 730 CKDM. The Pre Game Show opens up at 6:40pm on Tuesday, with the opening face off set for 7:00pm.
Thanks for follwoing tonight!
Jesse Bernard is on a 3 game point streak (1G, 2A).
Justin Valentino is on a 2 game point streak (2G, 1A).
Dillan McCombie is on a 2 game point streak (1G, 3A).
Dylan Butler is on a 2 game point streak (1G, 2A).
Chandler Irvin is on a 2 game point streak (1G, 2A).
Mitch VanTeeling is on a 2 game point streak (0G, 2A).
Michael Stiliadis has won 4 straight starts
Dauphin Kings at 0:25 – Dylan Butler from Ryan Cooper and Brent Wold
Dauphin Kings at 5:45 (PP) – Chandler Irvin from Ryan Cooper and Dylan Butler
Dauphin Kings at 11:37 (PP) – Tanner Lomsnes from Tanner Butler and Dillan McCombie
Dauphin Kings at 16:44 – Justin Valentino from Chandler Irvin and Mitch VanTeeling
Dauphin Kings at 13:21 – Jesse Bernard from Dillan McCombie and Tanner Lomsnes
Team Roster / Status for tonight
#29 G Jordan Piccolino – Backup
#35 G Michael Stiliadis - Starting
#3 D Brett Sharples - In
#4 D Chandler Irvin - In
#5 D Jordan Thomson - Scratched
#6 D Brett Griffin – In
#7 FW Cam Whyte – Scratched
#8 D Tanner Butler – In
#9 D Taran Laquette - Scratched
#10 FW Aubrey Chapman – In
#11 FW Jesse Bernard – In
#12 FW Jared Morris - In
#14 FW Dillian McCombie - In
#15 FW Hudson Morrison - In
#16 FW Tristan Mullin – Scratched
#17 D Ryan Cooper – In
#18 FW Brent Wold – In
#19 FW Justin Valentino - In
#20 FW Tyler Garrioch – In
#21 FW Dylan Butler - In
#22 FW Tanner Lomsnes – In
#23 FW Brayden Cuthbert - In
#24 D Brett Hope - In
#39 FW Mitch VanTeeling – In
For the third time in the last four playoffs the Dauphin Kings meet the OCN Blizzard. This time in the best of seven Sher-Wood Division Semi Final which gets started tonight at Credit Union Place.
It’s hard not to focus on the past for this series, even though it doesn’t matter. Dauphin handled OCN nicely this season, beating them all eight times the two clubs met. If you dig deeper though you’ll see some of the games weren’t that far apart. Especially in OCN, where all but one were one goal affairs.
Tonight the key for the Kings is to get on the Blizzard hard. Hit everything that moves and move the puck well. OCN has faced a lot of travel lately with the Survivor Series against Wayway. If Dauphin can win the first period tonight that might be enough to win the tilt.
ALL KINGS PLAYOFF GAMES will be on CKDM the rest of hockey season. Tonight’s Game 1 gets going at 7:30pm at Credit Union Place. Listen to the Parkland Source for Sports Pre Game Show starting at 7:10. Lots of free interviews, features and just talk on the start of the trek to the Western Canada Cup for the Dauphin Kings.
Kings: Yes the Dauphin Kings did not lose to the OCN Blizzard this season in eight games, but we all know that stuff doesn’t matter. It’s still something to talk about though! Dauphin’s goals per game has been on a steady rise since the midway point of the season. Coming into tonight they’ve averaged 3.78 goals per game, which is second in the MJHL behind Selkirk. The only reason I bring this up is if Dauphin can keep that pace going they’ll have no problem getting through the series on the right end. Special Teams were big in the Kings success early on last season. They’ll bring the MJHL’s 2nd best Power Play in the regular season into tonight (18.99% ) and 3rd ranked Penalty Kill (86.16%).
Who Will Be Key?: Brent Wold, Dylan Butler, Mitch VanTeeling & Brett Hope.
WHO’S BEEN STREAKING?
Jesse Bernard is on a 2 game point streak (0G, 2A).
Michael Stiliadis has won 3 straight starts
Blizzard: The OCN Blizzard were down 21:05 away from being done this season, but they found a way to squeeze out a win in Wayway and then win at home to get through the MJHL Survivor Series. Now the question some may ask is what do they have left in the tank? OCN will need role players to step up and start producing on the score sheet. Tyler Grove (41G, 34A) is likely done after suffering a lower body injury while Grant Valiquette (16G, 32A) is recovering from a hand injury. If you do the math that’s 57 of 171 goals the Blizzard scored this season (33.33%). OCN’s Power Play was the worst out of all playoff teams during the MJHL season (14.97%). The Blizzard Penalty Kill used to be one of the most feared in the MJHL, especially in OCN where they used their small rink to get scoring chances on the PK. Coming into this series the Blizzard PK is also the worst out of all playoff teams (77.53%).
Who Will Be Key?: Grant Valiquette (If Healthy), Darien Cardinal, Colton Robak, Brian Archibald.
The Dauphin Kings finally found out who their first round opponent will be for the Sher-Wood Division Semi Final. The OCN Blizzard.
It seems like the road in the MJHL Playoffs for both these teams always goes through the other’s. The last two times these teams have met in the post season the series’ went to seven games. Dauphin won them both times.
This series will no doubt be an interesting one. If Dauphin wants to win this they’ll need to have a very strong work ethic and finish their checks hard on a Blizzard team that will be tired for at least the start of this series. OCN has had to deal with a lot of travel over the past week. However, they’re no strangers to long trips.
QUICK BREAK DOWN
Special Teams: Dauphin
You be the judge. More stats below…
SHER-WOOD DIVISION SEMI FINAL
All games on 730 CKDM
Pre Game Show begins 20 mins before puck drop!
Gm 1 – Sunday Mar. 9 – OCN Blizzard @ Dauphin Kings - 7:30pm - CKDM
Gm 2 – Tuesday Mar. 11 - Dauphin Kings @ OCN Blizzard – 7:00pm - CKDM
Gm 3 – Thursday Mar. 13 – OCN Blizzard @ Dauphin Kings - 7:30pm - CKDM
Gm 4 – Saturday Mar. 15 - Dauphin Kings @ OCN Blizzard – 7:00pm - CKDM
*Gm 5 – Monday Mar. 17 – OCN Blizzard @ Dauphin Kings - 7:30pm - CKDM
*Gm 6 – Wednesday Mar. 19 - Dauphin Kings @ OCN Blizzard – 7:00pm - CKDM
*Gm 7 – Friday Mar. 21 – OCN Blizzard @ Dauphin Kings - 7:30pm - CKDM
Dauphin’s Top 3 Scorers
(F) Dylan Butler – 57 points (20G, 37A)
(F) Jesse Bernard – 53 points (18G, 35A)
(F) Justin Valentino – 49 points (9G, 40A)
OCN’s Top 3 Scorers
(F) Tyler Grove – 75 points (41G, 34A)
(F) Grant Valiquette – 48 points (16G, 32A)
(F) Darien Cardinal – 35 points (17G, 18A)
Power Play This Season
Dauphin: 18.99% – 2nd in MJHL
OCN: 14.97% – 10th in MJHL
Penalty Kill This Season
Dauphin: 86.16% – 3rd in MJHL
OCN: 77.53% – 9th in MJHL
Goaltending This Season
Dauphin: Stiliadis = 21-5 / 2.50 GAA / .907 SV% – Piccolino = 7-2 / 2.28 GAA / .911 SV%
OCN: Archibald = 10-13 / 2.18 GAA / .919 SV% – Henry = 11-27 /4.05 GAA / .906 SV%
Goals For Average
Dauphin – 3.78 (227 goals this season)
OCN – 2.85 (171 goals this season)
Goals Against Average
Dauphin – 2.85 (171 goals against this season)
OCN – 3.92 (235 goals against this season)
Dauphin was the least penalized team during the regular season. They were shorthanded only 224 times, that’s 3.73 power plays against a game.
OCN was the third most penalized team during the regular season. They were shorthanded 267 times, an average of 4.45 times per game.
OCN allowed the most power play goals against this season (60).
Dauphin averaged 3.78 goals per game this season.
OCN averaged 2.85 goals per game this season.
Dauphin gave up an average of 2.85 goals per game this season.
OCN gave up an average of 3.92 goals per game this season.
The Kings were 8-0-0 against OCN this season.
PLAYOFF TICKET OFFICE HOURS
SOUTH TICKET OFFICE @ CREDIT UNION PLACE
- Saturday, March 8th – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Sunday, March 9th - 11:00 until Game time
PRICES = $15 for Adults // $10 for Students
Dauphin Kings Goalie Jordan Piccolino had a solid month of February and the MJHL recognized that on Tuesday, naming him the Goalie of the Month.
Piccolino’s record was a solid 4-2, but his numbers were excellent. He had a 1.50 Goals Against Average and a .949 Save Percentage.
Dauphin’s goaltending situation is a problem right now, but it’s a good problem. Both Piccolino and Michael Stiliadis are playing very well going into the post season.
Tending The Goal
Record = 7-2
Goals Against Average = 2.28
Save Percentage = .911
Record = 21-5
Goals Against Average = 2.50
Save Percentage = .907
Record = 28-7
Goals Against Average = 2.39
Save Percentage = .909
The Western Canada Cup Report is BACK!
Today there’s lots to talk about as I sit down with the Marketing Director of the 2014 Junior ‘A’ Hockey Tournament in Dauphin, Carla Wolfenden. We’ve got info on bands coming to Dauphin, ticket sales, volunteering, sponsorship and a whole lot more!
Remember, check out Dauphin2014.com for more on the Western Canada Cup and find out how you can get involved!
Here’s the report!…
Top Western Teams In The CJHL’s Top 20
(Number in brackets is where team is ranked nationally)
1. Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) (2)
2. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (4)
3. Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) (6)
4. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (8)
5. Yorkton Terriers (SJHL) (10)
6. Langley Rivermen (BCHL) (11)
7. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (12)
8. Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) (14)
9. Dauphin Kings (MJHL) (16)
The Dauphin Kings have made it on to the final CJHL Top 20 Rankings of the 2013-14 season. This week the Manitoba Junior Hockey League club is ranked 16th overall among all the Junior ‘A’ teams across Canada.
This week sees the Kings hit the ice for practice as they get set for the Sher-Wood Division Semi Final against either the Wayway Wolverines or OCN Blizzard. That best of three Survivor Series gets going tonight in OCN.
Check back later this week for a playoff preview between the Kings and the club they’ll meet.
For now here is the CJHL Top 20…
CALGARY, Alberta – Another competitive and tight regular season has to come to an end across the majority of the CJHL, and now the real fun starts! As the playoffs begin a number of questions remain unanswered – Will the top teams continue to dominate in their respective leagues? Who will be the “Cinderella” teams? Who will upset the champions? What teams are about to embark on magical finishes? Which players will cement their legacy in their teams’ history? Who will be the overtime heroes for 2014?
Out west, the Langley Rivermen finished atop the BCHL standings – narrowly edging out the Victoria Grizzlies. The Grizzlies now have a playoff date and a shot at redemption against the team who knocked them out of the playoffs last season – the Alberni Valley Bulldogs who narrowly squeak into the playoffs.
The Spruce Grove Saints take the overall crown in the AJHL after a season long battle with the Oil Barons of Fort McMurray, while the defending RBC Cup champions – the Brooks Bandits – enter the playoffs on a roll and another AJHL South Division crown.
In the SJHL, the Yorkton Terriers have secured the top spot in the overall standings, while the Selkirk Steelers had an MJHL season to remember.
The Soo Thunderbirds of the NOJHL had an extremely successful season, and their top spot in the Final Top 20 CJHL Rankings cannot be denied. The Fort Frances Lakers of the SIJHL also had a tremendous season, and will be a favorite to appear in the Dudley-Hewitt Cup play downs.
The OJHL are already into their playoffs, and the Carleton Place Canadians of the CCHL capped off a brilliant season, while Les Pantheres de Saint Jerome have earned the top spot in the LHJAAAQ,
In the MHL, the Truro Bearcats have moved ahead of the Miramichi Timberwolves with just a few games left in the regular season, and the battle for final playoff positioning will continue all week as the MHL season wraps up.
The CJHL wishes a successful playoff run for all franchises who have worked hard to make the playoffs and look forward to Vernon at the 2014 RBC Cup, May 10 – 18.
Final Top 20 Rankings
1. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (1)
2. Selkirk Steelers (MJHL) (3)
3. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (2)
4. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (4)
5. Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL) (5)
6. Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) (6)
7. Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL) (7)
8. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (8)
9. Aurora Tigers (OJHL) (9)
10. Yorkton Terriers (SJHL) (12)
11. Langley Rivermen (BCHL) (11)
12. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (14)
13. Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (NOJHL) (13)
14. Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) (10)
15. Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL) (15)
16. Dauphin Kings (MJHL) (NR)
17. Toronto Lakeshore Patriots (OJHL) (17)
18. Les Pantheres de Saint Jerome (LHJAAAQ) (19)
19. Truro Bearcats (MHL) (20)
20. Smiths Falls Bears (CCHL) (18)
Honourable Mention: Penticton Vees (BCHL), Battlefords North Stars (SJHL), Kindersley Klippers (SJHL), Whitby Fury (OJHL), Miramichi Timberwolves (MHL)
About the Top 20 Rankings - The CJHL Top 20 weekly rankings are based upon a variety of factors, including the league in which the team plays, winning percentage, win-loss record, total points accumulated, goals-for versus goals-against ratio, etc.