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One Month Later

October 23, 2015

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The Dauphin Kings meet the Natives for the first time since the MJHL’s opening weekend tonight in Neepawa.

After the opening two games of the campaign the Natives lead the season series 2-0, outscoring Dauphin 10-4 in those two contests.

You could argue the Kings owe the Natives a better effort, but then again Dauphin played well enough in the first two games of the season to come away with four points. Tonight’s tilt is an important affair for both clubs as they look to get back to winning ways.

Since they played each other at the start of the season these two teams have gone a little bit in different directions. Dauphin has won five games since opening weekend while Neepawa has taken three. After allowing just four goals against the Kings in the first two games of the campaign the Natives have gone on to give up 57 goals in 11 games. That’s an average of just over five against per game (5.18). Overall their average goals against per game is 4.69, worst in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. The potent offence of the Kings is second in the league in goals per game at 3.80. I believe that number will go higher as the year moves on.

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

Intermissions: Coming up tonight in the first intermission it’s the latest edition of RAPID FIRE with Kings forward and assistant captain, BIG DADDY himself, Kirklan Lycar. He’s got 60 seconds to answer 20 questions with one pass. In the second intermission it’s a busy out of town scoreboard. There’s three other games in the MJHL tonight, Toronto Blue Jays, Brandon Wheat Kings and lots more including the Winnipeg Jets back in action.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

The Dauphin Kings named their leadership group on Wednesday. Tyler Garrioch will wear the ‘C’ for the second straight season.

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Kings Head Coach and General Manager Marlin Murray spoke on the five players named to the leadership group. I think it’s a good mix of players, they’ve got three 20 year olds with Tyler Garrioch as Captain and Kyle Bird and Drake Bodie as assistants. Then 19 year old Hayden Pierce and 18 year old Kirklan Lycar…

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Team Stats

Kings 5-5-0: It was the second pretty much full week of practice for the Dauphin Kings as the team prepares for another two game in two night stretch. Last time out the Kings fell 2-0 to the Portage Terriers. However that night saw Dauphin put forth a pretty solid effort, they just couldn’t beat Portage’s Nathan Park who was a runner up for MJHL Player of the Week. Over the past few years Dauphin has usually played a few more games by this point of the regular season. That’s not the case this time around. Coming into tonight the Kings have games in hand on every team in the league except two (Virden & Selkirk), but we all know that games in hand don’t always translate into points. That’s why tonight’s contest is an important one to keep pace with the top clubs. The Kings’ Power Play enters this evening ninth in the MJHL at 15.79% while their Penalty Kill is fifth at 81.63%. Dauphin’s PK still leads the league with two shorthanded goals for. Neepawa’s PP has allowed four shorthanded goals against, worst in the league. Leading Dauphin in scoring is local forward Matthew Greening (3G, 9A) with 12 points. The Kings are 2-1-0 on the road so far in October, 3-2-0 overall.

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Natives 5-8-0: The Neepawa Natives are coming off a 6-1 loss on home ice to the Steinbach Pistons. After an ok first two periods the Natives gave up four in the final frame sending them to their eighth loss of the year. You still have to be happy for the Neepawa Natives at this point of the season, they’re already a third of the way to their wins total from last year (15). I know it’s early, but the Natives are also currently sitting in a playoff spot (9th). You have to believe the young Neepawa squad will only get stronger as the hockey season marches on. The Natives’ Special Teams are both in the bottom half of the MJHL, their Power Play is at 14.06% which is tenth while their Penalty Kill is 73.68%, ninth. Twenty year old forward Kyle McDonald (5G, 4A) leads the Neepawa Natives in points with nine. The Natives are 2-5-0 at home so far this month, 3-5-0 overall.

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