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Paying Tribute

October 24, 2015

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The Dauphin Kings will debut their Dauphin Fire Department third jerseys tonight when they entertain the Steinbach Pistons at Credit Union Place.

After their win Friday in Neepawa the Kings have now won three of their last four and will try to string together two wins to complete a perfect weekend. In back to backs so far this season Dauphin’s record is 2-2-0.

It’s the first meeting of the year tonight between the Kings and Pistons. Last year Steinbach won the season series, going 4-2-0 against Dauphin. However, both teams have obviously changed a lot since then.

Watch tonight’s contest on FASTHockey, opening face off is pegged for 7:00pm. If you can’t watch then follow me on Twitter for updates (@ChristianCKDM)!

Don’t forget tonight the Kings will debut their new third jerseys which are a tribute to the Dauphin Fire Department!

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Team Stats

Kings 6-5-0: Tyler Garrioch faces his former team for the first time tonight as the Dauphin Kings look for a big win on home ice. Garrioch was reacquired in a trade with Steinbach at the MJHL Bantam Draft in Neepawa during the summer. Bradley Schoonbaert was sent the other way while the two teams also swapped draft picks that day. As mentioned during Friday’s broadcast in Neepawa, the schedule is about to get very quiet for the Kings over the next week and a half. After tonight Dauphin will take part in just two games in 11 days. So winning this evening and Tuesday in Selkirk will be important as the club hits a week long break after. The Kings’ Special Teams did not improve despite the win in Neepawa Friday. Dauphin’s Power Play is now at 14.75% which is tenth in the MJHL. Their Penalty Kill is down a little to 80.77%, but it remains fifth overall. The Kings are still looking for their first PP goal on home ice this season. With a goal Friday in Neepawa forward Matthew Greening (4G, 9A) continues to lead the team in scoring with 13 points. Dauphin is 2-2-0 at Credit Union Place so far this season.

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Pistons 8-4-0: After a good start to the campaign the Steinbach Pistons hit a bit of turbulence and have since rebounded with two straight victories. On Wednesday Steinbach beat Neepawa 6-1 and then took out Wayways 5-1 Friday, so like the Kings this is the Pistons’ second game in as many nights. Steinbach is 2-1-0 on the second night in back to back games, on the road they’re 5-3-0. The Pistons’ offence leads the league in goals for at 4.17. When it comes to Special Teams Steinbach has the league’s best Power Play at 31.67%, but they’ve given up two shorthanded goals against.  The Pistons’ Penalty Kill is almost a complete flip from their PP, it’s ninth in the MJHL at 72.73%. Unlike the Kings, Steinbach is led by their veteran 20 year old forwards when it comes to scoring. Tyler Penner (5G, 9A) and Hayden Goderis (3G, 11A) are on top of the club in points with 14.

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