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November 21, 2015

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The Dauphin Kings will get another shot at the Blizzard tonight as they visit OCN for the first time this season.

Following a disappointing 4-3 overtime loss to the Blizzard last night at Credit Union Place the Kings will look to continue their solid play on the road. That’s the odd thing about this year’s club is they’ve played some very good hockey away from Credit Union Place. Usually it’s the other way around. So far this season the Kings are a respectable 6-5-0 as the away team.

Dauphin will look to be better in a number of areas tonight, but the first ten minutes will be key for the club as a handful of players get their first taste of the GLMC.

Listen to this evening’s affair on 730 CKDM, the Parkland Source for Sports Pre Game Show fires up at 6:45pm with opening face off at 7:00pm. If you can’t listen then follow me on Twitter for updates (@ChristianCKDM)!

Intermissions: In the first intermission this evening we’ll speak with Kings forward Graeme Hore and discuss a number of items concerning the team, did you know he’s the youngest guy on the club? We’ll talk about that too. Then in the second intermission Kings tender Jarrod Schamerhorn speaks on being a goalie and joining a new team, adjusting to life in Dauphin and more. Both players will also talk about the experience they had and what they took from the University of North Dakota last weekend in Grand Forks. On the out of town scoreboard you’ve got three other games in MJHL. Selkirk is in Portage, Steinbach welcomes Virden and Swan Valley visits Winnipeg. The North Central Hockey League’s Grandview Comets are in play and there’s 11 games in the NHL including the Winnipeg Jets home to the Arizona Coyotes. So all that and lots more coming up in the first and second intermissions.

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Team Stats

Kings 9-10-1: In past years the Dauphin Kings have gone up to the GLMC in OCN and won some very intense, high spirited games. Those contests have sometimes ended up being turning points in the club’s season. Even though they lost in overtime last night we need to take a look at the big picture and that right now remains the fact the Kings still have games in hand on a lot of teams in the MJHL. On OCN they have five. If the Kings were to win at least three or four of the games in hand they have on other teams they could be as high as fifth place in the standings. We also need to remember it’s still November, lots remains to be decided. The Kings enter this evening’s affair with the MJHL’s eighth ranked Power Play (16.82%) while their Penalty Kill took a hit Friday, it’s now down to 79%, but remains sixth in the league. Kirklan Lycar (10G, 7A) and Matthew Greening (6G, 11A) still lead Dauphin in points with 17.

NEAT TREATS

Tyler Garrioch is on a 3 game point streak (1G, 2A).

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

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Blizzard 9-14-2: The OCN Blizzard are back at the GLMC tonight, a place where they are 7-5-0 on the season. Before the month of November started the Blizzard were 7-1-0 on home ice, so they’ll be looking to get back to those winning ways. If you’re listening to me on the radio tonight get ready to hear the words ‘stretch pass’ a lot. OCN is very good at using the breakaway passes in their home rink, especially on the Penalty Kill and in the second period when there’s a long change. The stretch pass usually works for the Blizzard a few times each game and teams just have to hope they can survive the opportunities. With a couple goals last night on the man advantage OCN’s Power Play is now ranked tenth in the MJHL at 11.39%, their Penalty Kill is seventh at 76.22%. Logan Harland (12G, 27A) had a goal and two assists in Dauphin yesterday, he leads the Blizzard with 39 points.

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