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That’s A Wrap

March 7, 2015

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An up and down season came to an end for the Dauphin Kings Saturday night following a 5-3 loss to the Wayway Wolverines at Credit Union Place.

The win by Wayway gives them a 2-0 series victory over the Kings and moves them on to the next round of the post season against the RBC Cup host Portage Terriers.

Saturday’s game was kind of like Dauphin’s season, it had some ups and some downs. The first period saw the Wolverines control everything for the opening 10 minutes while the Kings battle back in the next half. The second period was the same and Wayway was strong for a good chunk of the third as they grabbed the win. Scoring for Dauphin Saturday evening were Rylan Freed (1), Ben Hull (2) and Cody Nelson (1).

Officiating in the contest was brutally inconsistent compared to Thursday’s game one, but the Power Plays ended up evening out for the most part. The Kings ended the night 2 for 5 on the Power Play, Wayway was 2 for 4.

Troy Martyniuk (0-1) took the loss between the pipes for the Kings. He made some key saves at important times, but I think he’d like to have the first goal against back. Shots ended at 42-28 for Dauphin.

3 Stars

3. George Splichal (WAY) (1G)
2. Ben Hull (DAU) (1G)
1. Matthew Miller (WAY) (1G, 1A)

SCORING SUMMARY

PERIOD 1

1-0 Waywayseecappo Wolverines at 7:22 – Johl Swedlo from Alex Keena
1-1 Dauphin Kings at 13:50 – Rylan Freed (unassisted)

PERIOD 2

2-1 Waywayseecappo Wolverines at 15:09 (PP) – George Splichal from Matthew Miller and Robert Briem
3-1 Waywayseecappo Wolverines at 16:54 – Brock Paddock from Neil Woolfrey and Montana Tanner
3-2 Dauphin Kings at 18:09 (PP) – Ben Hull from Ryan Edevold and Kirklan Lycar

PERIOD 3

3-3 Dauphin Kings at 1:52 (PP) – Cody Nelson from Ryan Edevold and Riley Thiessen
4-3 Waywayseecappo Wolverines at 7:44 (PP) – Matthew Miller from Dylan Gejdos and Rhett Lough
5-3 Waywayseecappo Wolverines at 19:05 – Neil Woolfrey from Dylan Gejdos

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Here’s how the MJHL Playoffs are set up right now.

(1) Portage Terriers
vs.
(8) Wayway Wolverines

(2) Steinbach Pistons
vs.
(7) Selkirk Steelers

(3) Winnipeg Blues
vs.
(6) Swan Valley Stampeders

(4) Winkler Flyers
vs.
(5) Virden Oil Capitals

My predictions for the quarter finals:

Portage in four.
Steinbach in four.
Winnipeg in five.
Winkler in seven.

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Usually the Dauphin Kings have eight, nine or sometimes ten 20 year olds leaving the team after the season comes to an end. That’s not the case this year. This season Dauphin had just three 20 year olds, but they are all players I wish I could have seen play for more than one season. You can hear more about what I thought about the 20 year olds in the interview below.

First I’d like to thank a few people. Thanks to 730 CKDM for allowing me to follow the Kings for another season. Thanks to Marlin Murray and Marc Berry for the interviews and information throughout the season. Thanks to the players for being fun to be around. This year’s group was one of the best I have followed and been with in my four years on the job. Thanks to all the fans and parents for the nice comments throughout the season, they mean a lot and I’m glad to help if you ever need anything from me.

After tonight’s game I spoke with Kings Head Coach and General Manager Marlin Murray. We touch on the future of the Kings, the summer, players coming back, billets, volunteers and the fans. Here is the full interview as heard on 730 CKDM starting with thoughts on the game…

Thanks for following me all season long. This blog does not go dark in the spring summer though, when updates come I’ll have them for you. Starting with Spring Camp in April, so stay tuned!

However, for now you’ll have to excuse me. I have some golf tournaments to start getting ready for…

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Kings Lineup vs. Wayway (Mar 7)

March 7, 2015

Team Roster / Status for tonight

#29 G Troy Martyniuk – Starting

#35 G Connor Shaw – Backup

#3 D Hayden Pierce – In

#4 D Kyle Bird – In

#5 D Lucas Nagel – In

#6 D Riley Thiessen – In

#7 D Justin Sadler – In

#8 D Ty Moffat – In

#9 D Ben Hull – In

#10 FW Conner Kortko - Scratched

#11 FW Kirklan Lycar – In

#12 FW Ryan Edevold – In

#14 FW Dylan Bredahl – In

#16 FW Cody Nelson – In

#17 FW Landon Plett – In

#18 FW Chance Thomas – In

#19 FW Drake Bodie – In

#20 FW Tom Stanislavski – Scratched

#22 FW Mathieu Lapointe – In

#23 FW Graeme Hore – In

#24 D  Taran Lacquette – In

#39 FW Rylan Freed – In

Do Or Die

March 7, 2015

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With their backs up against the wall the Dauphin Kings will try and avoid an early elimination from the MJHL Playoffs tonight at Credit Union Place.

It’s game two of the best of three Survivor Series between Dauphin and Waywayseecappo. On Thursday Wayway won a tight contest in overtime by a score of 3-2. It was a game that could have went either way. If the Kings can carry over their effort from Thursday they’ll have a shot at winning tonight.

As mentioned earlier Dauphin went 2-0-1 against Waywayseecappo this season at Credit Union Place, but we all know that means nothing in the playoffs. If the Kings do win tonight, the third and deciding game of the series will happen tomorrow night in Wayway.

Tonight’s contest can be heard on 730 CKDM and watched on FASTHockey. I’ll have the call on both. You can listen to the Pre Game Show on CKDM starting at 6:45pm. Opening face off is pegged for 7:00pm.

Intermission Treats: Today in the first and second intermissions we’ll be checking in on yet another busy out of town scoreboard. The other Survivor Series between the OCN Blizzard and Selkirk Steelers resumes up north. In Winnipegosis the Parkland Rangers play game four of their best of five series against the Winnipeg Thrashers for the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League playoffs. Two of the other three playoff series continue as well. The Under 18 Women’s Provincial Curling Championship continues in Melita. Dauphin’s Hanne Jensen is there along with Winnipegosis’ Stacy Sime. Plus on top of that there games in the North Central Hockey League, WHL and NHL.

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Team Stats

Kings (0-1): On the edge of elimination the Dauphin Kings return to Credit Union Place where they went 14-12-4 this season. Game one had Dauphin getting a lot of good chances but they were unable to capitalize on most of them. A key tonight for the Kings may be getting more traffic in front of 20 year old goaltender Mitch Wiebe who, for the most part, had strong positioning in game one. Whoever starts for Dauphin will need to be just as good if not better. Special Teams in game one were a non factor, but I did think the Kings looked good on their two man advantages. They had a few chances to score but couldn’t get anything through. Kyle Bird had two assists in the opening contest, meaning he leads the Kings in playoff scoring with two points.

NEAT STATS GOING IN

Drake Bodie is on a 3 game point streak (1G, 2A).

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Wolverines (1-0): For stretches in game one the Wolverines played very strong. Then were some other sections where they didn’t look very good, getting hemmed in by the Kings and needing their goaltender to bail them out. If Waywayseecappo is going to move on and do anything in the next round of the post season goaltender Mitch Wiebe will need to be their best player on a nightly basis. Wayway didn’t get much on the Power Play thanks to Dauphin’s discipline. George Splichal (1G, 1A) leads the Wolverines in points through one playoff game with two.

Wolverines Edge Kings 3-2 In OT

March 5, 2015

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The Dauphin Kings put a strong effort forward but a bad bounce in overtime ended up doing them in as they lost 3-2 to the Waywayseecappo Wolverines in game one of their best of three MJHL Survivor Series Thursday night.

George Splichal had the game winner 3:55 into the extra frame following a bad bounce at the Wayway blueline. He went up the ice on a breakaway and backhanded the puck over Connor Shaw’s (0-1) right pad.

Before the goal the Kings were controlling overtime and had numerous chances to end it, including a couple by Mathieu Lapointe. During regulation the Kings were strong as well. The first period they were very good, and out shot the Wolverines 11-4. Total shots Thursday were 33-29 for Wayway. However those stats are off because in overtime it says the Kings had no shots, and they had at least three.

Scoring Thursday for Dauphin were Kirklan Lycar (1) and Ben Hull (1). Connor Shaw played very good in net for the Kings as did Mitch Wiebe for the Wolverines.

Power Plays saw Dauphin finish the night 0 for 2 while Wayway went 0 for 1. The game was officiated very good. It’s the second time Trevor Peluk and Patrick Gagnon have reffed an excellent playoff contest in that rink between the Kings and Wolverines.

3 Stars

3. Braden Pettinger (WAY) (1G)

2. Kyle Bird (DAU) (2A)

1. George Splichal (WAY) (1G, 1A)

The loss puts the Kings on the brink of elimination. They’ll try and even up the series Saturday night at Credit Union Place. Game time is 7:00pm.

Tickets for Game 2 will go on sale from noon to 5 pm Friday March 6th and from noon until game time on Saturday, March 7th at the South Ticket Office at Credit Union Place. Dauphin Kings Season Ticket Holders will have their seats held right up until game time.

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NEAT STATS

Drake Bodie is on a 3 game point streak (1G, 2A).

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SCORING SUMMARY

PERIOD 1

No Scoring

PERIOD 2

1-0 Waywayseecappo Wolverines at 5:50 – Montana Tanner from Dylan Gejdos and Dylan Betteridge
1-1 Dauphin Kings at 11:04 – Kirklan Lycar from Drake Bodie and Kyle Bird
2-1 Waywayseecappo Wolverines at 16:05 – Braden Pettinger from George Splichal and Connar Bass
2-2 Dauphin Kings at 17:50 – Ben Hull from Chance Thomas and Kyle Bird

PERIOD 3

No Scoring

OVERTIME PERIOD 1

3-2 Waywayseecappo Wolverines at 3:55 – George Splichal from Aaron Dupasquier

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Kings Lineup @ Wayway (Mar 5)

March 5, 2015

Team Roster / Status for tonight

#29 G Troy Martyniuk – Backup

#35 G Connor Shaw – Starting

#3 D Hayden Pierce – In

#4 D Kyle Bird – In

#5 D Lucas Nagel – In

#6 D Riley Thiessen – In

#7 D Justin Sadler – In

#8 D Ty Moffat – In

#9 D Ben Hull – In

#10 FW Conner Kortko - Scratched

#11 FW Kirklan Lycar – In

#12 FW Ryan Edevold – In

#14 FW Dylan Bredahl – In

#16 FW Cody Nelson – In

#17 FW Landon Plett – In

#18 FW Chance Thomas – In

#19 FW Drake Bodie – In

#20 FW Tom Stanislavski – Scratched

#22 FW Mathieu Lapointe – In

#23 FW Graeme Hore – In

#24 D  Taran Lacquette – In

#39 FW Rylan Freed – In

Drop The Puck

March 5, 2015
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The Dauphin Kings and Wolverines open up their best of three Survivor Series tonight in Waywayseecappo.

It’ll be the seventh meeting between the two clubs since the start of the campaign. Both teams have gone 3-2-1 against each other this year. This is the first playoff series (Not counting last year’s league final between the Dauphin and Winnipeg because of the league’s flip system between the Addison and Sher-Wood Divisions) that the Kings will start on the road since 2011, that year they played Portage in the second round and were knocked out in six games.

With it being a best of three, and you’ll hear lots about this tonight, there is not much room for error for either team. One loss will put you on the brink of elimination. However, I believe there is not much pressure on the Kings to win tonight. Obviously if they lose the pressure shifts back to Dauphin for Saturday, but I think the pressure to win is squarely on the shoulders of the Wayway Wolverines for this evening’s affair. Some may agree and some may disagree, but that’s what I think.

Listen to this evening’s affair on 730 CKDM, the Pre Game Show kicks off at 7:15pm tonight, opening face off is 7:30pm. I’ll try to keep you updated on Twitter as well, so follow me online @ChristianCKDM!

Intermission Treats: Coming up tonight in the first intermission it’s the latest edition of RAPID FIRE. This time American Ben Hull gets into the action. Does he know the first line of the Canadian National Anthem? What’s a skill he wished he had? Those questions and many more WILL be answered. In both the first and second intermission we’ll also check in on the out of town scoreboard. There’s lots going on tonight. The other Survivor Series between the OCN Blizzard and Steelers gets underway in Selkirk. The Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League playoffs continue across the board, including game three between the Parkland Rangers and Winnipeg Thrashers. Plus eight games in the NHL and the Tim Horton’s Brier in Calgary. All that and lots of other shenanigans during tonight’s intermissions!

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GAME 2:

Tickets for Game 2 will go on sale from noon to 5 pm Friday March 6th and from noon until game time on Saturday, March 7th at the South Ticket Office at Credit Union Place. Dauphin Kings Season Ticket Holders will have their seats held right up until game time.

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Team Stats

Kings (0-0): The Dauphin Kings come into tonight’s game with two straight losses. Obviously the slate is wiped clean with the post season now here. But in their latest game action the Kings played good enough to win for the most part. Saturday’s loss in Virden was not a bad game for Dauphin, they just came out on the wrong end of a bad call. There are a couple keys to this series for the Kings. The main one I think is Special Teams, which were not good in Virden for the final game of the season. Dauphin cannot get into penalty trouble, especially in Waywayseecappo where the Wolverines have been very good as of late. Another key for the Kings is an obvious one, consistency. If they can play their game for a full sixty minutes then they’ll be in every contest of this series. Special Teams reset at the start of the post season in the MJHL, but during the campaign the Kings were sixth in the league on the Power Play at 15.16%, their Penalty Kill was ninth at 81.23%. Chance Thomas (17G, 28A) finished atop Dauphin in scoring for the regular season, he had 45 points.

NEAT STATS GOING IN

Drake Bodie is on a 2 game opoint streak (1G, 1A).

Ty Moffat is on a 2 game point streak (1G, 1A).

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Wolverines (0-0): Waywayseecappo has been playing very well since basically the Christmas break. In the month of February they went 6-3-2. With shootout losses coming to Dauphin and Portage. The Wolverines took five of their seven home games in the month as well, which is very solid. Like the Kings, Special Teams will be key for the Wolverines in this series. Another key for the Wolverines will be injuries. At the end of the season 20 year old goaltender Mitch Wiebe was out of the lineup for a few games, it’s unclear if he’ll start tonight. Regardless, Brandon Holtby played will in his absence. Riley Zimmer has also been battling injuries, but he’ll likely be in the lineup this evening. Wayway’s Power Play and Penalty Kill are very good considering where they finished in the standings. Their PP in the regular season was 20.26%, which was fourth in the MJHL. Their Penalty Kill was second at 86.13%, behind only the RBC Cup host Portage Terriers. George Splichal (25G, 32A) lead the Wolverines in points during the regular season with 57.

Survival Of The Fittest

March 3, 2015
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The Dauphin Kings meet the Waywayseecappo Wolverines in one of the MJHL’s two best of three Survivor Series.

In six contests this season the Kings and Wolverines had a record of 3-2-1 against each other. Dauphin outscored Wayway 13-10 in those games in regulation.

You can hear all three contests of this series on 730 CKDM. The Pre Game Show each night starts 15 minutes before opening face off. If you can’t listen, then follow me on Twitter all series long. FREE updates on @ChristianCKDM!

CLICK HERE FOR THE SERIES SCHEDULE

Let’s fire up some stats for this series…

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KEY REGULAR SEASON STATS

SPECIAL TEAMS

Power Play:

Wolverines – 20.26% (4) / Kings – 15.16% (6)

Penalty Kill:

Wolverines – 86.13% (2) / Kings 81.23% (9)

TOP SCORERS

Wolverines – George Splichal (25G & 32A for 57PTS) / Kings – Chance Thomas (17G & 28A for 45PTS)

GOALIE STATS

Wolverines: Wiebe 20-22, 3.02 GAA, .905 SV% & 2 SO / Holtby 3-9, 2.86 GAA & .908 SV%

Kings: Martyniuk 9-21, 3.52 GAA, .892 SV% / Shaw 9-6, 2.99 GAA, .907 SV% & 1 SO

Makin’ Plays

Here are the players that scored the most points against the other team in the regular season series…

Kings: C.Thomas (1G, 4A), M.Lapointe (2G, 2A) & D.Bodie (0G, 4A)

Wolverines: R.Zimmer (2G, 2A), G.Splichal (2G, 1A) & D.Gejdos (1G, 2A)

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As you may guess, this series could come down to Special Teams and discipline. Wayway’s Power Play and Penalty Kill are much better than Dauphin’s, especially at home. So if the Kings are to win this series, they’ll have to stay out of the penalty box. Obviously you can’t avoid taking penalties all together, but you can do your best to keep the power play opportunities down for the Wolverines.

Of course Dauphin will also have to find a way to win in Waywayseecappo. They did beat the Wolverines 4-0 in Wayway, but that was the second game of the year and the team was much different back then. Last time out the Kings did play solid in Wayway, but still ended up losing 2-1. Dauphin wen’t 2-0-1 against the Wolverines at Credit Union Place.

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SCHEDULE

Game 1

Dauphin Kings at Wayway Wolverines

Thursday, March 5th/15 – 7:30 PM

Waywayseecappo Arena

Game 2 

Wayway Wolverines at Dauphin Kings

Saturday, March 7th/15  – 7:00 PM

Credit Union Place

Game 3

Dauphin Kings at Wayway Wolverines

Sunday, March 8th/15  – 7:30 PM

Waywayseecappo Arena

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