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November 4, 2015

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The Dauphin Kings will have a tough test tonight as they come out of their week off from game action.

The Kings face the top team in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and the second ranked team in Canada, the Portage Terriers. Did I mention they’re also last year’s RBC Cup champions? Although that doesn’t matter as much, considering the team has changed quite a bit since the middle of May.

It’s the second meeting of the season between the two teams. In their only other get together the Terriers edged the Kings 2-0 at Credit Union Place in Dauphin. That tilt was a battle of strong goaltending by both sides. The Kings did have a shot at beating Portage that night, but couldn’t bury their chances and it obviously cost them.

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

Intermissions: Coming up tonight in the first and second intermissions we’ll have two player interviews. First it’s Kings D-man Sam Schultz. We’ll discuss the differences between the SIJHL and the MJHL, what his pre game routine is and more. Then in the second intermission it’s forward, and MJHL Rookie of the Month, Matthew Greening. Questions include how he’s enjoyed playing for his home town team, if he does get bothered for autographs around the city, and even Tyler Derkach gets in on the action. Also tonight in the intermission we’ll fire up a semi quiet out of town scoreboard. In the MJHL there are two other games, the Waywayseecappo Wolverines are in Swan Valley to play the Stampeders and the Neepawa Natives entertain the Winnipeg Blues. In the NHL there’s just four games, but three Canadian teams in action including the Winnipeg Jets who are in Montreal to take on the Canadiens. The other Canadian team in play are the Vancouver Canucks, they’re home to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Team Stats

Kings 6-7-0: The Dauphin Kings better be on their toes right when they come out of the gate Wednesday night. There won’t be any room for error when they play one of the best teams in Canada. It’ll actually be pretty interesting to see how the Kings play after over a week off. Practice is no doubt stale at this point, and you know players are just itching to get back in action. They’ll have lots of games over the next two weeks. In the next seven days the Kings will play four games, two at home and two away. In the league standings the Kings didn’t really move much of the last week. They’re in seventh place, four points back of Virden for sixth. With 13 games played Dauphin has games in hand on every team in the league except Selkirk who have also played 13. The Kings’ Power Play enters this evening seventh in the MJHL at 17.33% and their Penalty Kill is seventh as well at 76.27%. Kirklan Lycar (10G, 5A) is on top of the Kings in points heading into tonight’s affair in Portage, he has 15.

NEAT TREATS

Kirklan Lycar is on a 3 game point streak (3G, 2A).

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

Brandon Young is on a 3 game point streak (1G, 2A).

Drake Bodie is on a 3 game point streak (0G, 3A).

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Portage 15-1-0: The Portage Terriers have continued their dominant play in the MJHL from last year. With just one loss so far this season, they’re rolling. I think if you asked anyone outside of Portage this MJHL season, they’d say they are very surprised the Terriers are where they are in the standings. Portage enters tonight with 11 straight wins. The CJHL has also ranked them second in Canada on their Top 20 Rankings. The only team they trail is the team that beat them in the Western Canada Cup Final last season, the BCHL’s Penticton Vees. Penticton has won 18 in a row. Portage’s Power Play is surprisingly not very good considering where they are in the standings, it’s eighth in the MJHL at 15.94%. The Terriers’ Penalty Kill is very solid though, it’s second at 87.14%. Last year’s RBC Cup MVP leads the Terriers in scoring, Brad Bowles has (14G, 14A) 28 points. That’s good enough for second in the league behind OCN’s Logan Harland who has 32.

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