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October 9, 2015

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The Dauphin Kings are back out as the visiting team for another weekend as they begin a two game in two night stretch tonight in Selkirk.

This evening’s affair is a meeting between two teams who have both won two straight and three of their last four. The Kings and Steelers also have identical 3-3-0 records. However, after that there isn’t much more where these two teams are the same. On paper the Kings are offensively driven while the Steelers are built more defensively. Dauphin’s goaltending is more experienced (20 and 19 year olds) while Selkirk’s is a bit younger (18 and 19 year olds).

As mentioned the Kings have won three of their last four. Last time out they beat the Waywayseecappo Wolverines 4-3. Although the game was a close one, I still thought Dauphin outplayed the Wolverines for a good amount of the contest. The Kings continue to get healthier as well. Last time out Kyle Bird returned to the lineup on defence and didn’t look like he missed much time. There isn’t much time before Hayden Pierce returns to the fray on the back end. After that the only damage the Kings will be waiting on will be Tyler Derkach’s upper boy injury.

Listen to tonight’s game on 730 CKDM. The Parkland Source for Sports Pre Game Show starts at 7:15pm, opening face off is at 7:30pm. If you can’t listen then follow me on Twitter for updates (@ChristianCKDM)!

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

October 8th – 2:22pm – The Dauphin Kings have acquired D-man Trevor Kavanaugh (97) from the Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL for future considerations.

The name Trevor Kavanaugh might be familiar to some people in the Parkland area. Kavanaugh was a key piece for the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League’s Kenora Thistles who took part in last year’s Midget West Regional for the Telus Cup. When I saw him play I knew he was a special player on the back end, and as mentioned on the Kings website he’s a guy that has great puck skills. He’ll add some size to the Kings blue line as well. Along with the Midget West Regional, Kavanaugh appeared in 3 games in the Dudley Hewitt Cup tournament with the Dryden Ice Dogs of the SIJHL at the end of last season.

As of right now it is not clear if Kavanaugh will be in the lineup tonight when the Kings visit the Selkirk Steelers.

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Team Stats

Kings 3-3-0: The Dauphin Kings will look to continue their solid play tonight when they visit the Selkirk Rec Complex, an arena that historically hasn’t been very nice to them. Over the last three seasons the Kings have gone 2-5-0 in Selkirk. However tonight you could argue might be the perfect storm for Dauphin to get a victory. The Kings have a lot of offence on paper while the Steelers lack in that category, but that’s why you play games, because things change. Dauphin will try to get their Power Play rolling tonight in Selkirk, it’s currently last in the MJHL at 6.67%. It’s not like the Kings Power Play isn’t getting any good looks, it just isn’t breaking through. I feel it’s only a matter of time. On the other side the Dauphin Penalty Kill is eighth in the league at 76.92%, but it does lead the MJHL with two shorthanded goals. David Brumm (3G, 3A) remains the Kings’ top scorer with six points.

NEAT TREATS

Matthew Greening is on a 2 game point streak (1G, 3A).

Chance Thomas is on a 2 game point streak (2G, 0A).

Sam Schultz is on a 2 game point streak (1G, 1A).

Tyler Garrioch is on a 2 game point streak (1G, 1A).

Drake Bodie is on a 2 game point streak (0G, 2A).

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Steelers 3-3-0: At the beginning of the year I saw the Selkirk Steelers as a team that would battle for a top six spot, much like last year. If Selkirk is to win a lot of games this season they’ll need to do it by beating teams in 2-1 and 3-2 contests. Don’t be surprised if the Steelers play the most overtime/shootout games this year. They already have, and have won both of those games. Selkirk’s Special Teams are off to a solid start this season, on the Power Play they’re fourth in the MJHL at 24%. The Steelers’ Penalty Kill is moving along at 80.77% which is sixth in the league, they also have one shorthanded goal. Leading Selkirk in points is 19 year old forward Taylor Fisher (3G, 5A), he has eight.

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