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Wrapping Up The MJHL Playoffs

April 17, 2014

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For the second straight season the Dauphin Kings finished second place in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, but unlike last year Dauphin has a second chance this time around.

We’ll spend lots of time next week talking about the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup.

Today we reflect on the Kings playoff run which, depending on how you look at it, was successful or unsuccessful. I’m sure there are lots of teams out there that wished they could have been in the position the Dauphin Kings were in, even without hosting the WCC.

I had a chance to catch up with Kings Head Coach and General Manager Marlin Murray and talk about the MJHL Playoffs…

Talk to you early next week…

Western Canada Cup Picture Complete

April 17, 2014

Cup

The Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup finally has it’s teams. The Dauphin Kings (HOST), Winnipeg Blues (MJHL), Yorkton Terriers (SJHL), Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) and Coquitlam Express (BCHL) will battle it out for two spots in the 2014 RBC Cup in Vernon BC. Here’s a rundown of the teams, where they’re from and some other information, enjoy!

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BCHL

Coquitlam Express

Where are they coming from:

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What’s their story:

The Coquitlam Express, for people who follow the MJHL, are kind of like the Winnipeg Blues when it comes to the team’s story. The Express had an awesome playoff run. It started out with a series that saw them get the short end of the stick when it came to travel, having to take on the Prince George Spruce Kings who are over seven hours away. Regardless the Express took them out in six games. Then the ball really got rolling for Coquitlam, they took down the BCHL’s top regular season team in the Langley Rivermen. That series also lasted six games. With that result Coquitlam was the winner of the BCHL’s Mainland Division. Following the division championship Coquitlam moved on to the three team round robin where they finished second behind the RBC Cup Host Vernon Vipers and ahead of the Victoria Grizzlies. Despite not having home ice advantage in the Fred Page Cup the Express ripped through the Vipers, winning in four straight to advance to the Western Canada Cup. Coquitlam gets the opening day off at the Western Canada Cup. Their first game comes Sunday April 27th at 2:00pm against the AJHL’s Spruce Grove Saints.

Who leads them:

Captain Ryan Rosenthal (20) leads Coquitlam in the room, on the bench and on the score sheet. In the BCHL Playoffs he was the team’s top scorer with 21 points (14G, 7A) in 19 contests. Rosenthal is committed to Northeastern University in Boston (NCAA Div. I) and is not actually a product from British Columbia, he’s an import that comes to Coquitlam from Montvale, New Jersey.

Full Roster:

# PLAYER NAME BY P GP G A PTS P/G PP SH GW PIM
26 Ryan Rosenthal   ’93 F 19 14 7 21 1.1 1 3 2 10
17 Adam Rockwood  ’95 F 19 4 14 18 0.9 0 1 2 12
24 Bo Pieper   ’94 F 19 11 6 17 0.9 2 0 2 14
14 Canon Pieper   ’93 F 19 7 8 15 0.8 1 0 2 8
20 Corey Mackin    ’95 F 19 5 10 15 0.8 1 1 0 4
2 Zach Hodder  ’93 D 19 5 7 12 0.6 1 0 0 12
4 Marc Biega  ’94 D 19 6 4 10 0.5 1 0 1 12
15 Cody Boyd   ’94 F 16 3 6 9 0.6 0 0 2 34
9 Jace Hennig  ’95 F 19 3 4 7 0.4 0 0 1 2
16 Brendan Lamont ’94 F 19 2 5 7 0.4 0 0 0 13
27 Joey Santucci  ’94 F 17 2 5 7 0.4 0 1 0 29
7 Cameron Marks  ’95 D 19 0 5 5 0.3 0 0 0 4
21 Mark Whiteley ’93 D 17 0 5 5 0.3 0 0 0 2
11 Daniell Lange  ’95 F 19 0 2 2 0.1 0 0 0 8
8 Jackson Cressey  ’96 F 19 1 0 1 0.1 0 0 0 0
10 JD Cotroneo  ’93 D 19 0 1 1 0.1 0 0 0 8
23 Joshua Smith  ’95 F 19 0 1 1 0.1 0 0 0 0
25 Nicholas Rasovic  ’96 F 5 0 1 1 0.2 0 0 0 2
5 John Saunders  ’94 D 19 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 26
6 Anthony Gardner  ’95 D 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
  TEAM TOTALS 63 91 154 - 7 6 - 200
 = Injured  = Suspended  = Rookie  = Affiliate  = Import  = Committed  = Played Major Junior
GOALIE STATISTICS
# GOALIE BY GP W L T G A PIM SO MP GA GAA SH SA SV%
31 Pierce Dushenko  ’95 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 - - -
30 Gordie Defiel  ’93 19 14 5 0 0 0 2 1 1226 55 2.69 709 654 .922

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Coquitlam Express Schedule:

Sunday April 27th

Coquitlam Express (BCHL) vs. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) – 2:00pm – ON CKDM

Monday April 28th

Winnipeg Blues (MJHL) vs. Coquitlam Express (BCHL) – 7:00pm – ON CKDM

Wednesday April 30th

Coquitlam Express (BCHL) vs. Yorkton Terriers (SJHL) – 7:00pm – ON CKDM

Thursday May 1st

Dauphin Kings vs. Coquitlam Express (BCHL) – 7:00pm – ON CKDM

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AJHL

Spruce Grove Saints

Where are they coming from:

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What’s their story:

The unique playoff format of the Alberta Junior Hockey League had the Spruce Grove Saints gaining a bye for the first round, putting them in league quarter finals. After the time off early on they eventually faced the Sherwood Park Crusaders and managed to edge them out in seven games. The experience gained in that series helped the Saints win another seven game series, this time against the Fort McMurray Oil Barons. All season long the Oil Barons were ranked well inside the top 10 of the CJHL Top 20, they were even ranked first early on for an extended period of time. After beating Fort McMurray Spruce Grove carried on to the Gas Drive Cup where they met the Drumheller Dragons. It was a quick series though, Spruce Grove beat Drumheller in four games to move on to Dauphin.

Who leads them:

20 year old Jarid Hauptman was the Saints leading scorer in the AJHL Playoffs. The Morinville Alberta product (Just North of Edmonton) had 17 points (11G, 6A) in 18 games for Spruce Grove. Hauptman is not currently committed to any schools, but spent time with the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs. The Saints have two players ranked for the upcoming NHL Draft, D-man Brandon Hickey (Ranked 63rd among North American Skaters) and Forward Tyler Busch (Ranked 168th among North American Skaters) could be headed to the show this summer.

Full Roster:

# PLAYER NAME DOB P GP G A PTS P/G PP SH GW PIM
20 Jarid Hauptman  03/09/94 C 18 11 6 17 0.9 2 2 1 14
19 Cameron Hughes  10/09/96 C 18 1 16 17 0.9 0 0 0 2
12 Dylan Hollman  01/15/94 LW 18 5 8 13 0.7 1 1 1 10
23 Carson Samoridny  06/24/94 RW 15 8 3 11 0.7 4 0 2 6
7 Parker Mackay 06/10/94 RW 18 7 4 11 0.6 3 0 2 20
10 Tyler Busch   01/03/96 C 18 4 7 11 0.6 1 0 0 30
22 Corey Chorneyko 10/14/93 D 18 4 7 11 0.6 4 0 0 14
27 Nathan Smith  04/27/93 F 17 4 6 10 0.6 0 0 2 12
14 Austin Hunter  11/11/95 RW 18 4 5 9 0.5 1 0 1 33
15 Tristan Sieben  07/13/94 LW 16 2 6 8 0.5 0 0 0 23
17 Jake Mykitiuk  11/21/95 LW 18 3 4 7 0.4 0 0 1 16
24 Paul Lovsin  08/23/96 LW 12 3 2 5 0.4 1 0 0 2
6 Cole Nicholson  03/29/95 D 18 0 5 5 0.3 0 0 0 23
5 Brandon Hickey  04/13/96 D 13 0 5 5 0.4 0 0 0 4
25 Geoffrey Crisfield 02/19/93 D 17 2 2 4 0.2 0 0 1 29
18 Riley Simpson  07/23/96 RW 11 2 2 4 0.4 2 0 0 2
2 Macklin Pichonsky   08/11/95 D 16 1 1 2 0.1 0 0 0 14
4 Connor James  10/11/96 D 14 1 1 2 0.1 0 0 0 6
21 Connor Hoekstra 01/21/93 RW 6 1 0 1 0.2 0 0 1 2
28 Nicolas Correale  10/20/97 RW 7 0 1 1 0.1 0 0 0 0
16 Colton Leiter  01/16/96 C 6 0 1 1 0.2 0 0 0 2
9 Isaac Farrah  04/12/96 D 11 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 6
3 Taylor Graham 02/19/93 D 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
  TEAM TOTALS   63 92 155 - 19 3 - 270
 = Injured   = Suspended  = Rookie  = Reserve  = Import  = Affiliate  = Committed   = Played Major Junior
GOALIE STATISTICS
# GOALIE DOB GP W L T G A PIM SO MP GA GAA SH SA SV%
1 Kenny Cameron   01/01/93 15 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 854 31 2.18 358 327 .913
35 Tanner McCorriston  02/09/95 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 253 12 2.84 98 86 .878

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Spruce Grove Saints Schedule:

Saturday April 26th

Dauphin Kings vs. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) – 7:00pm – ON CKDM

Sunday April 27th

Coquitlam Express (BCHL) vs. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) – 2:00pm – ON CKDM

Tuesday April 29th

Yorkton Terriers (SJHL) vs. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) – 2:00pm – ON CKDM

Thursday May 1st

Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) vs. Winnipeg Blues (MJHL) – 2:00pm – ON CKDM

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SJHL

Yorkton Terriers

Where are they coming from:

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What’s their story:

The Yorkton Terriers never really had a rough ride in their journey to the Canalta Cup. They won their opening series against the Notre Dame Hounds in five games, then they did the same against the Humboldt Broncos in the league semi final. Yorkton capped off the playoffs with a four game sweep of their highway rival Melville Millionaires. You can expect the Terriers to have the second most fan support at the Western Canada Cup. It makes sense, since the Saskatchewan city is only two hours away from Dauphin.

Who leads them:

Brett Boehm was the top scorer for the Yorkton Terriers in the SJHL Playoffs. He had 16 points (10G, 6A) in 14 contests for Yorkton. The Terriers are built strong with mostly Saskatchewan born players. There are some out of province kids on the team including a familiar face to Parkland hockey fans. Derek Falloon (Russell) spent time with the Dauphin Kings a few seasons ago and will likely draw a few fans to Credit Union Place during the WCC as well.

Full Roster:

Name Pos GP G A PTS PIM
 Brett Boehm RW  14  10 16 16
 Tyler Giebel C  14  5 11  16 6
 Chase Norrish D  14 15 4
 Kailum Gervais LW  14 5 11 24
 Tayler Thompson C  12 10 10
 Jordan Ross LW  14 8 2
 Brady Norrish D  14 8 6
 Derek Falloon C  14 7 6
 Riley Hunt LW  14 7 22
 Dylan Johnson RW  14 4 6 11
 Devon McMullen D  14 6 27
 Joshua Ellis C  14 6 4
 Dylan Baer D  14 5 13
 Dallas Rossiter D  14 0 5 8
 Tanner Lishchynsky D  14 4 14
 Zach Zadorozniak RW  9 2 2
 Daylan Gatzke LW  13 2 10
 Tyson Enzie LW  7 1 0
 Matthew Cox C  1 0 0
 Cortlan Procter RW  1 0 0
 Holden Cronin D  5 0 0
 Corwin Stevely RW  7 0 0
Name GP Min GA SO GAA W L T SA SVS SAV%
Kale Thomson 14 964 28 1 1.74 12 2 0 436 408 0.936
Riley Medves 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 0

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Yorkton Terriers Schedule:

Saturday April 26th

Yorkton Terriers (SJHL) vs. Winnipeg Blues (MJHL) – 2:00pm – ON CKDM

Sunday April 27th

Dauphin Kings vs. Yorkton Terriers (SJHL) – 7:00pm – ON CKDM

Tuesday April 29th

Yorkton Terriers (SJHL) vs. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) – 2:00pm – ON CKDM

Wednesday April 30th

Coquitlam Express (BCHL) vs. Yorkton Terriers (SJHL) – 7:00pm – ON CKDM

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MJHL

Winnipeg Blues

Where are they coming from:

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What’s their story:

The Winnipeg Blues, as I’ve said before, surprised everyone in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League except themselves. They rolled through Winkler (2-0), shocked the top ranked Selkirk Steelers (4-1), did the same to the Steinbach Pistons (4-1) and then got by Dauphin (4-1) in the league final. Winnipeg and Dauphin will most likely be the most underrated teams coming into the Western Canada Cup, but both clubs have the ability to surprise the rest of the field.

Who leads them:

Liam Bilton was the Blues top scorer throughout the MJHL Playoffs with 17 points (8G, 9A). Byron Spriggs was also a critical piece in goal for Winnipeg. He will be leaned on heavily if the Blues are going to have success at the WCC.

Full Roster:

# PLAYER NAME BY P GP G A PTS P/G PP SH GW PIM
19 Liam Bilton ’94 F 17 8 9 17 1.0 5 0 1 4
16 Clay Tait  ’96 F 17 5 9 14 0.8 2 0 0 4
14 Brett Brooks ’94 F 17 3 10 13 0.8 0 0 0 10
6 Channing Bresciani ’93 D 17 2 11 13 0.8 2 0 1 8
17 Warren Callis ’93 F 17 7 5 12 0.7 1 2 2 14
5 Ryan Bittner - D 17 0 12 12 0.7 0 0 0 4
8 Kamerin Nault ’95 F 11 7 4 11 1.0 2 0 0 4
7 Mack Heisinger ’94 D 17 5 5 10 0.6 4 0 0 2
15 Taeron Lewis ’95 F 17 4 6 10 0.6 0 0 1 6
9 Jordan McCallum ’93 F 16 4 5 9 0.6 2 0 1 30
12 Jackson Keane  ’97 F 13 4 2 6 0.5 2 0 0 4
27 Mitch Hansen  ’95 F 12 4 2 6 0.5 0 0 0 4
23 Joel Schreyer ’93 F 16 2 4 6 0.4 0 0 0 30
22 Lucas Skrumeda  ’96 D 17 1 5 6 0.4 0 0 0 4
3 Cody Danylchuk ’93 D 17 0 6 6 0.4 0 0 0 6
11 Jake Stilwell  ’94 F 16 3 2 5 0.3 1 0 0 0
10 Scott Rowswell  ’95 F 12 2 3 5 0.4 0 0 0 2
21 Garret Browning ’95 D 10 2 3 5 0.5 2 0 0 4
4 Ben Sveinson ’93 D 17 0 2 2 0.1 0 0 0 8
24 Liam Kroeker  ’96 F 9 0 1 1 0.1 0 0 0 12
18 Geordie Keane  ’96 F 4 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
  TEAM TOTALS   63 106 169 - 23 2 - 160
 = Injured   = Suspended  = Rookie  = Reserve  = Import  = Affiliate  = Committed   = Played Major Junior
GOALIE STATISTICS
# GOALIE BY GP W L T G A PIM SO MP GA GAA SH SA SV%
35 Scott Parsons  ’95 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 - - -
30 Byron Spriggs ’93 17 14 3 0 0 2 0 1 1045 29 1.67 451 422 .936

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Winnipeg Blues Schedule:

Saturday April 26th

Yorkton Terriers (SJHL) vs. Winnipeg Blues (MJHL) – 2:00pm – ON CKDM

Monday April 28th

Winnipeg Blues (MJHL) vs. Coquitlam Express (BCHL) – 7:00pm – ON CKDM

Tuesday April 29th

Dauphin Kings vs. Winnipeg Blues (MJHL) – 7:00pm – ON CKDM

Thursday May 1st

Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) vs. Winnipeg Blues (MJHL) – 2:00pm – ON CKDM

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HOST

Dauphin Kings

Where are they:

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What’s their story:

After a 9-11-1 start to the regular season the Dauphin Kings revamped their roster and cruised to the MJHL Final. They went through the first two rounds of the playoffs with a record of 8-0 which included four shut outs for goaltender Michael Stiliadis. Four STRAIGHT shut outs against the OCN Blizzard in round one. Dauphin then beat Virden 4-0 in the Division Final before falling in five games to the Winnipeg Blues.

Who leads them:

Veterans lead the Dauphin Kings. Most notably Mitch VanTeeling (‘C’), Brent Wold, Dylan Butler, Tanner Butler and Justin Valentino. Out of all the teams at the Western Canada Cup the Dauphin Kings played the least amount of playoff games (13). However they had five players clicking right around a point per game pace. Forward Dylan Butler led Dauphin in scoring for the post season, he had 14 points (7G, 7A).

Full Roster:

# PLAYER NAME BY P GP G A PTS P/G PP SH GW PIM
21 Dylan Butler ’93 F 13 7 7 14 1.1 2 1 0 0
18 Brent Wold ’93 F 13 5 7 12 0.9 1 0 0 14
14 Dillan McCombie ’94 F 13 4 6 10 0.8 3 0 0 8
12 Jared Morris ’93 F 13 4 6 10 0.8 1 0 0 6
4 Chandler Irvin ’95 D 13 2 8 10 0.8 1 0 0 8
22 Tanner Lomsnes ’94 F 12 4 4 8 0.7 0 0 0 14
39 Mitch VanTeeling ’93 F 13 2 6 8 0.6 1 0 0 12
23 Brayden Cuthbert ’94 F 13 4 3 7 0.5 0 0 0 6
8 Tanner Butler ’93 D 13 0 7 7 0.5 0 0 0 12
19 Justin Valentino ’93 F 13 3 3 6 0.5 1 0 0 16
11 Jesse Bernard ’93 F 13 2 4 6 0.5 0 0 0 18
17 Ryan Cooper ’93 D 13 1 5 6 0.5 0 0 0 12
20 Tyler Garrioch ’95 F 13 1 4 5 0.4 0 0 0 14
15 Hudson Morrison ’94 F 13 3 1 4 0.3 0 0 0 20
24 Brett Hope ’93 D 13 1 2 3 0.2 0 0 0 6
10 Aubrey Chapman ’94 F 11 1 1 2 0.2 0 0 0 22
6 Brett Griffin ’94 D 13 0 2 2 0.2 0 0 0 34
3 Brett Sharples ’95 D 13 0 2 2 0.2 0 0 0 25
7 Cameron Whyte  ’95 F 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
16 Tristen Mullin  ’96 F 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
5 Jordon Thomson  ’96 D 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
  TEAM TOTALS   44 78 122 - 10 1 - 247
 = Injured   = Suspended  = Rookie  = Reserve  = Import  = Affiliate  = Committed   = Played Major Junior
GOALIE STATISTICS
# GOALIE BY GP W L T G A PIM SO MP GA GAA SH SA SV%
35 Michael Stiliadis - 12 8 3 0 0 0 2 4 633 22 2.09 241 219 .909
29 Jordan Piccolino - 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 146 6 2.47 54 48 .889

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Dauphin Kings Schedule:

Saturday April 26th

Dauphin Kings vs. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) – 7:00pm – ON CKDM

Sunday April 27th

Dauphin Kings vs. Yorkton Terriers (SJHL) – 7:00pm – ON CKDM

Tuesday April 29th

Dauphin Kings vs. Winnipeg Blues (MJHL) – 7:00pm – ON CKDM

Thursday May 1st

Dauphin Kings vs. Coquitlam Express (BCHL) – 7:00pm – ON CKDM

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Winnipeg Blues Take MJHL Title

April 15, 2014

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The Winnipeg Blues scored two goals in the late stages of the first period en route to a 5-1 victory in game five of the MJHL Final, winning the Turnbull Trophy over the Dauphin Kings 4-1.

It was unfortunately the same story for Dauphin as it was in game three, no finish and bad bounces. Justin Valentino had a breakaway shorthanded early on but had the puck roll off his stick while Tanner Lomsnes had an almost sure goal hit the post.

Brent Wold (5) was the lone scorer on the night for the Kings. Dauphin finished the evening 0 for 4 on the Power Play and 3 for 4 on the Penalty Kill.

Jordan Piccolino looked great in the opening period before allowing 4 goals on 12 shots. He was replaced by Michael Stiliadis who ended up turning aside all 12 he faced. Dauphin fired 16 on Byron Spriggs.

The Winnipeg Blues won the Turnbull Trophy and took all the awards to go along with it. The Top Goalie and MVP award went to Byron Spriggs while Liam Bilton grabbed Top Scorer in the MJHL Playoffs.

Congratulations to the Blues, they surprised everyone except themselves. Blowing through Winkler, Selkirk, Steinbach and Dauphin to win the league for the first time since 2006. I don’t think they’ll get enough credit for it but they deserve it.

On the other side of things the Dauphin Kings were built for something else, and even though everyone wants playoff success their real hunt begins in 11 days. The 2014 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup kicks off at Credit Union Place on Saturday April 26th for the Kings, they’ll face the Spruce Grove Saints (Alberta Junior Hockey League) at 7:00pm. The Winnipeg Blues meet the Winner of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League that afternoon at 2:00pm.

All games at the WCC can be heard on 730 CKDM. We’ll start with an hour long Pre Game Show next Saturday, but there’s still lots to be decided so stay tuned. I’d say thanks for following me this season, however the Kings journey may only be just beginning.

Good night from the bus, and again congratulations to the Winnipeg Blues.

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WHO’S STREAKING?

Brent Wold is on a 2 game point streak (2G, 0A).

Dylan Butler is on a 2 game point streak (0G, 2A).

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SCORING SUMMARY

PERIOD 1

Winnipeg Blues at 18:26 – Clay Tait from Kamerin Nault and Mitch Hansen
Winnipeg Blues at 19:14 (SH) – Warren Callis from Taeron Lewis and Byron Spriggs

PERIOD 2

Winnipeg Blues at 3:21 – Kamerin Nault from Taeron Lewis and Ryan Bittner
Winnipeg Blues at 9:23 (PP) – Kamerin Nault from Ryan Bittner and Channing Bresciani
Dauphin Kings at 15:30 – Brent Wold from Dylan Butler

PERIOD 3

Winnipeg Blues at 18:55 – Mitch Hansen from Clay Tait and Taeron Lewis

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Kings Lineup @ Winnipeg (Apr. 15)

April 15, 2014

Team Roster / Status for tonight

#29 G Jordan Piccolino – Starting

#35 G Michael Stiliadis - Backup

#3 D Brett Sharples - In

#4 D Chandler Irvin - In

#5 D Riley Thiessen – 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

Western Canada Cup Report (Week 19)

April 15, 2014

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11 days remain until the beginning of the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup in Dauphin!

Today on the Western Canada Cup Report we address the issue of volunteers for the tournament. No Dauphin is not short of volunteers overall, they are short in a specific area. Find out WHERE by listening below. Also on tap is ticket info including sales at Credit Union Place and how and when you can pick up your tickets! Joining me again is Carla Wolfenden (Marketing Director for WCC).

If you’re interested in ‘Team Packs’ for the WCC… CLICK HERE!!! 

Western Canada Playoffs!
(As Of Tuesday April 8th)

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Manitoba Junior Hockey League

League Final (Best of 7)

Dauphin Kings (WCC Host) vs. Winnipeg Blues (WPG leads 3-1)

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British Columbia Hockey League

League Final (Best of 7)

Vernon Vipers (RBC Cup Host) vs. Coquitlam Express (COQ leads 3-0)

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Alberta Junior Hockey League

League Final (Best of 7)

Drumheller Dragons vs. Spruce Grove Saints (SG leads 3-0)

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Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

League Final (Best of 7)

Yorkton Terriers vs. Melville Millionaires (YOR leads 3-0)

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

TROTZ JOINS WCC

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The 2014 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup Host Committee has officially announced that Dauphin’s Barry Trotz will act as the honourary co-chair of the event.

Trotz is the longest tenured coach in the NHL and, until recently, the only coach in Nashville Predators franchise history. He began his coaching career in 1984 as an assistant with the University of Manitoba and served two seasons (1985-87) as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Dauphin Kings. Trotz also gained experience coaching on the international stage, serving as an assistant for Team Canada at the IIHF World Championships on four occasions, and was named 2007 Coach of the Year by The Sporting News.

Always community minded, Trotz and his family are active in a variety of service and charitable initiatives. This commitment was recognized when Trotz was honored with the Community Spirit Award at the 2005 O’Charley’s Dinner of Champions, presented by the Nashville Sports Council.

“That is what junior hockey in Western Canada is all about. It is about dreams and it is about serving as the lifeblood of our communities,” stated Trotz. “This tournament is a fantastic opportunity for all participants to showcase their talents at the highest level of junior hockey. It is also an opportunity for our community and all those that help make junior hockey happen to shine.”

“The theme – Come for the Hockey, Stay for the Party – is so appropriate for my hometown. We love our hockey here but we also love to share good times through healthy competition with both new and old friends. I hope everyone leaves this tournament having made new friends and enjoying the friendship and hospitality that our committee, many of whom are lifelong friends of mine, will offer.”

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Toughest Task

April 15, 2014

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After battling to stay alive in game four of the MJHL Final, the Kings will try to get the best-of-seven series back to Dauphin tonight when they visit the Winnipeg Blues for game five.

The Kings still have A LOT of work left if they’re going to come close to the Turnbull Trophy and as was the case on Sunday, they need to take tonight’s game shift by shift. Dauphin has been outscored 10-2 in Winnipeg through the first two games of this series in Winnipeg.

The good news currently is the Kings have some momentum and now they need to do something with it. Every game so far these playoffs has seen the first 10 minutes being critical for Dauphin. Last time they were in Winnipeg they gave up three goals in the first 10 minutes and in game four they allowed the Blues to score just under four minutes in. If the Kings can play with the lead that’ll be a huge help, along with staying out of the penalty box.

It’s Tuesday night hockey on 730 CKDM. Listen to the tilt beginning at 7:10 with the Pre Game Show, puck drop is 7:30pm. If you can’t listen then follow me on twitter for updates of course (@ChristianCKDM)!

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Team Stats

Kings: We just talked about it. Discipline will be massive tonight for Dauphin. Staying out of the penalty box as much as they can will go a long way. Ya you’re probably gonna take at least one or two penalties for sure, but limit the times you become shorthanded if you’re the Kings. On the flip side, Dauphin’s Power Play showed life in game four. It picked up a goal on it’s third chance, will that be enough to get it rolling? One thing’s for sure, the Kings do have some confidence right now. By the numbers the Dauphin Power Play is at 12.50% and the Penalty Kill is still strong at 90.54%. Dylan Butler (7G, 6A) picked up a huge assist in game four, he leads the Kings in points with 13. I believe the Blues will be a very tough team to beat tonight and if you’re Dauphin you cannot afford to fall asleep at any moment.

WHO’S BEEN STREAKING?

Dillan McCombie is on a 3 game point streak (2G, 1A).

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Blues: The Winnipeg Blues have been here before. They took down the Selkirk Steelers in five games and then they did it again against the Steinbach Pistons. The difference this time around is the fact the Blues are returning home with a chance to be victorious in a game five. Every series win for Winnipeg in these playoffs has been on the road, including their survivor series outcome with the Winkler Flyers. I don’t really know why I brought that up, so take it for what it’s worth. The Winnipeg Power Play currently sits at 27.63% while the Penalty Kill is 84.91%. Liam Bilton (8G, 9A) is still tops in the MJHL and Blues scoring, he has 19 points.

Kings Spring Camp Concluded

April 14, 2014

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The Dauphin Kings finished their Spring Camp on Sunday (Sorry for the late update, was busy with game four yesterday) and the hockey club is happy with what they saw.

The Kings held their Parkland Source for Sports Spring Camp on Friday and Saturday with an intrasquad game Sunday afternoon. The intrasquad game saw Team Black defeat Team White 3-1.

Overall I thought the idea of having that intrasquad game at the end of the weekend was a great idea. It gave players something to battle for on Friday and Saturday, rather then have a bunch of somewhat meaningless games over the weekend.

What was also great to see was the amount of Parkland players in the mix. Over 15 were in the intrasquad game on Sunday which bodes well for the Dauphin Kings over the next few years.

Here’s Kings Head Coach and General Manager Marlin Murray with a quick wrap on the weekend…