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Five To Go

February 20, 2015
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The Dauphin Kings open up a two game in two night stretch tonight when they visit the Blizzard in OCN for the final time this year, it’s Dauphin’s fifth to last game of the season.

If there was a time for the Kings to get their first victory against the Blizzard in 2014-15, now would be it as they continue to battle with the Wayway Wolverines for playoff positioning.

Dauphin is 0-3-1 against OCN and have played some of their worst games of the season against the Blizzard.

It’s 100% FREE to listen to tonight’s game on 730 CKDM. The Pre Game Show starts at 6:50pm, puck drop will follow at 7:00pm from the GLMC. If you can’t listen then follow me on Twitter for period updates (@ChristianCKDM)!

Intermission Treats: Lots going on during the intermissions tonight. In the first I’ll sit down for the latest edition of RAPID FIRE. This time Cody Nelson is in the hot seat. He’ll answer questions like “Which King makes the most noise on the bus” and “Who’s your favourite rookie”. In the first intermission we’ll also have a look at the out of town scoreboard. The Waywayseecappo Wolverines are off tonight, but there are still three other contests in the MJHL. Also going on tonight are games in the North Central Hockey League, the Brandon Wheat Kings visit the Prince Albert Raiders, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts carries on in Moose Jaw and seven contests in the NHL.

UPDATE: Dauphin Kings forward Kirklan Lycar is the only player on the Kings to win an award this season, he was named to the MJHL’s Rookie All Star Team. With 16 goals and six assists in 46 games, Lycar is second in rookies in scoring on the Kings with 22 points. Leading the way is Rylan Freed (8G, 19A) with 27. Below are all the award winners for the MJHL this season…

MVP ─ Steve “Boomer” Hawrysh Award
Tristan Keck, Winkler Flyers

Rookie of the Year – Vince Leah Trophy
James Shearer, Steinbach Pistons

Hockey Ability – Lorne “Windy” Lyndon Trophy
Brad Bowles, Portage Terriers

Top Goaltender
Nick Deery, Steinbach Pistons

Top Defenseman – Brian Kozak Trophy
Tanner Jago, Portage Terriers

Coach of the Year – Portage Terriers “ Muzz McPherson” Award
Blake Spiller, Portage Terriers

 1st All Star Team

Goal

Nick Deery

Steinbach Pistons

Defense

Tanner Jago

Portage Terriers

Defense

Jordan Greig

Virden Oil Capitals

Forward

Tristan Keck

Winkler Flyers

Forward

Zack Waldvogel

Portage Terriers

Forward

Brad Bowles

Portage Terriers

 

2nAll Star Team

 

Goal

Graham Hunt

Swan Valley

Defense

Landon Cross

Steinbach Pistons

Defense

Ryan Bittner

Winnipeg Blues

Forward

Drake Lindsay

Neepawa Natives

Forward

Tyler Penner

Steinbach Pistons

Forward

Jackson Keane

Winnipeg Blues 

 

 

Rookie All Star Team

 

Goal

Hayden Dola

Selkirk Steelers

Defense

Brady Keeper

OCN Blizzard

Defense

James Shearer

Steinbach Pistons

Forward

Kirklan Lycar

Dauphin Kings

Forward

Devin Muir

OCN Blizzard

Forward

Rylee Zimmer

Wayway Wolverines

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Team Stats

Kings 20-29-6 (T8th): The Dauphin Kings need to be aware tonight. Aware that a regulation loss would put the OCN Blizzard just four points back of them in the standings. A regulation victory this evening for the Kings would put them two up on Wayway for eighth and eight up on OCN. The Kings just need to win again for the sake of winning. Get the ball moving in the right direction again and start setting a pace for the post season which begins in under two weeks. Dauphin’s Power Play is eighth in the MJHL (14.68%) entering tonight’s meeting while their Penalty Kill is ninth (81.82%). I’ve touched on it lots lately and I will again now, Dauphin’s Penalty Kill is second on the road in the league. They’re at 85.48% which is only behind the RBC Cup host Portage Terriers (91.85%). Chance Thomas (17G, 27A) sits atop the Kings in scoring still, after nothing in Wayway on Tuesday he has 44 points.

NEAT STATS GOING IN

Connor Shaw has won 2 straight starts.

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Blizzard 18-32-4 (10th): Losers of five of their last six the OCN Blizzard come in looking for points. However, and let’s be honest here, the Blizzard really don’t have a whole lot to play for as the regular season gets closer to ending. At least not right now. A win this evening might change that. But currently OCN looks like they’ll be in the survivor series against either the Selkirk Steelers or Swan Valley Stampeders (Likely Selkirk). As mentioned though, if the Blizzard win in regulation tonight they’ll be just four points back of the Kings and Wolverines for eighth in the standings. Special Teams for the Blizzard are right around the same area as the Dauphin Kings. Their Power Play is ninth in the MJHL at 14.35% while their Penalty Kill is eighth at 82.46%. Rookie Devin Muir (18G, 27A) leads OCN in scoring with 45 points.

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