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December 8, 2015

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The Dauphin Kings and Swan Valley Stampeders meet for the first time this MJHL season tonight when they go at each other at Credit Union Place.

The contest is the first of a home-and-home between the two teams. There could be as many as 11 former Parkland Rangers on the ice tonight as both teams boast a solid amount of local products. The number won’t likely be that high as there are injuries and some players are away, but there should be at least six or seven in action.

When it comes to the game itself it’s an important one for both teams, especially the Dauphin Kings. Dauphin has four games in hand on Swan Valley coming in and they sit just four points back of the Stampeders. The Kings are five points behind OCN with five games in hand. The Blizzard are sixth in the MJHL, Swan Valley is seventh. So if Dauphin goes on a bit of a winning streak before the Christmas break they could be in good position heading into the second half of the campaign.

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

Here’s Kings Head Coach and GM Marlin Murray on tonight’s tilt, beginning with the fact the next two days are very important for his club…

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Team Stats

Kings 11-15-1: Games in hand continue to be a key point for the Dauphin Kings right now. The club has at least one game in hand on every team in the MJHL and in some cases it’s upwards of three, four and five games. Obviously this edge against other clubs wont last much longer, so Dauphin must take advantage soon or be prepared to be in one of the two survivor series in early March. Dauphin’s Special Teams continue to battle, on the Power Play they’re 9th in the MJHL at 15.71% while their Penalty Kill is 7th at 78.72%. Coming into this evening Matthew Greening (7G 15A) and Kirklan Lycar (13G, 9A) lead the Kings in points with 22. Dauphin is 5-6-1 at Credit Union Place so far this season.

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Stampeders 11-15-5: The locally powered Swan Valley Stampeders enter tonight’s contest with losses in three of their last four. Tristan Langan (11G, 23A) of Swan is the club’s leading scorer but he likely won’t dress since he’s at Canada West’s Selection Camp for the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge. The camp concludes today. Langan, and Dauphin Kings Assistant Coach Marc Berry, should be back with their teams Wednesday. With that being said, coming into tonight Swan River’s Josh Tripp (13G, 13A) leads the Stampeders in scoring with 26 points. Swan Valley has the MJHL’s 8th ranked Power Play at 17.27% while their Penalty Kill is a little better, it’s 5th at 80.16%. The Stampeders are 3-11-1 on the road so far this season, they have not won as the away team since November 18th when they beat the Natives in Neepawa 5-0.

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