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The Finish Line

February 28, 2015
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It is the final game of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League season for the Dauphin Kings tonight, and it’s also the biggest as they travel to Virden to battle the Oil Capitals.

It’s the biggest for more than one reason, not just winning, but showing that they can play consistent hockey heading into the playoffs.

Even though they won three of the five contests against Virden, that doesn’t mean tonight will be a walk in the park. Like last night in Winnipeg, the Oil Capitals are fighting for something too. They’re looking to catch Winkler for fourth in the standings, and home ice in their first round series. Like the Kings, the Oil Capitals know who they’ll play in their first series. The only question that remains is who will have home ice in that series. Winkler or Virden.

Tune in to the Kings final game of the season. The Pre Game Show on 730 CKDM kicks off at 7:20pm, opening face off is pegged for 7:30pm! If you can’t listen then follow me on Twitter (@ChristianCKDM)!

Intermission Treats: Tonight in the first and second intermission it’s pretty safe to say we’ll be keeping and eye on the out of town scoreboard. Lots going on in the MJHL including that game in Wayway between the Wolverines and Selkirk Steelers. The Dauphin Clippers continue High School Hockey Provincial Playdowns, they’ll entertain the Vincent Massey Vikings at Credit Union Place. Also, there’s games in the WHL, NHL and the Tim Hortons Brier begins in Calgary. Manitoba’s Reid Carruthers has two games.

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Team Stats

Kings 23-30-6 (8th): After yesterday’s loss to the Blues, it’s now confirmed the Kings will play the Waywayseecappo Wolverines in the best of three survivor series next week. All that is left to be decided is home ice advantage. That could be determined tonight. A Dauphin win and a Wayway loss in regulation would give the Kings home ice. A Kings loss in regulation and a Wolverine win would give Wayway home ice. If both teams win, then it’ll all be decided Sunday evening in Wayway’s final game of the season against Selkirk. As for tonight, Dauphin brings the MJHL’s sixth best Power Play at 15.50% and ninth best Penalty Kill 81.40%. Chance Thomas (18G, 27A) still leads the Kings in points with 45, but after last night Kirklan Lycar now leads the team in goals with 19.

NEAT STATS GOING IN

Connor Shaw has won 5 straight starts.

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Oil Capitals 29-18-10 (5th): With 68 points the Virden Oil Capitals are currently tied for their franchise record in that category. However they are still three victories away from tying their wins record which is 32, set last season. Lately times have been tough for the Caps. They’ve lost four in a row and are falling behind Winkler for fourth in the standings. Like the Kings they need a win tonight if they want a shot at home ice in their first playoff series. Virden is four points back of the Flyers with three games left in their campaign. The Oil Capitals have the MJHL’s seventh ranked Power Play (15.18%) and eighth best Penalty Kill (81.61%). Soren Frederikson (30G, 27A) leads Virden in points with 57, that total puts him eleventh in the MJHL.

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