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Time For A Test

October 17, 2015

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The Dauphin Kings will face a stiff challenge tonight when they welcome the best team in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League to Credit Union Place.

Last year’s RBC Cup Champion Portage Terriers are in town and oddly enough they’re currently on the same pace they were last year when they hosted the five team tournament. In 2014-15 Portage finished with a 53-3-4 record, right now they’re 9-1-0 through 10 contests. It’s early, but Portage as of right now is on pace for 54 victories.

At the start of the season I didn’t pick Portage to be the top ranked team in the MJHL, but I did figure they’d be right with all the others when it came to cream of the crop. We are still early in the campaign, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens down the road. All teams battle adversity at some point during the regular season.

For the Dauphin Kings tonight’s game will be an excellent measuring stick affair. A chance for them to see how they can hold up against one of Canada’s top teams according to the CJHL’s Top 20 Rankings (Portage is ranked 7th).

Watch tonight’s tilt on FASTHockey. Opening face off is set for 7:00pm. If you can’t watch there’s no need to worry. Follow me on Twitter for updates (@ChristianCKDM)!

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Team Stats

Kings 5-4-0: The key question going into tonight’s game is on defence. If the Dauphin Kings can get their defence rolling then they will have no problem sticking with the Portage Terriers tonight, but if it slips like it did in Selkirk recently they might find themselves in trouble. Dauphin is still looking for their first Power Play goal at Credit Union Place. Through three games they haven’t picked one up in their home rink. Obviously it’s only a matter of time. Official numbers have the Kings Power Play ranked seventh in the MJHL at 19.23%. A positive from Friday night’s win over the Winnipeg Blues was the Kings Penalty Kill. I know it gave up two goals against, but it looked dangerous at times shorthanded. A sight for sore eyes in my opinion. Dauphin’s PK is sixth in the MJHL at 78.05%. Local product Matthew Greening (3G, 9A) had three points Friday against Winnipeg and now leads the Kings in points with 12. He also leads all rookies in the MJHL in points.

NEAT TREATS

Drake Bodie is on a 5 game point streak (4G, 4A).

Matthew Greening is on a 5 game point streak (3G, 8A).

Kirklan Lycar is on a 3 game point streak (3G, 3A).

Chance Thomas is on a 3 game point streak (3G, 0A).

David Brumm is on a 3 game point streak (2G, 1A).

Trevor Kavanaugh is on a 2 game point streak (1G, 2A).

Jarrod Schamerhorn has won 3 straight starts.

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Terriers 9-1-0: So far this season the Portage Terriers have been run by the line of Brad Bowles, Shawn Bowles and Nick Henry. I’d say if you limit those three to less than a point each in a game you’d have a very good chance at winning. When it comes to top lines in the MJHL they are the best, no question about it. The Dauphin Kings defence will have their hands full, and whoever starts in goal will need to be sharp. Portage’s goaltending is also strong, Nathan Park is 8-0 with a 1.25 GAA and a .938 SV%. Special Teams for the Terriers are surprisingly average considering the start the club has had. They’re sixth in the league on the Power Play at 22.22% and fourth on the Penalty Kill at 81.25%. Last year’s RBC Cup MVP leads Portage in scoring so far this year, Brad Bowles (11G, 10A) has 21 points.

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