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All Over Again

December 9, 2015

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The Dauphin Kings will look for a more complete effort tonight when they visit the Swan Valley Stampeders for the back end of a home-and-home series.

Last night Swan Valley edged Dauphin 5-4 in overtime. The Kings led the contest for most of the evening, including the late stages of the third period, but they couldn’t finish the deal.

Dauphin will get the services of Captain Tyler Garrioch back tonight as the forward returns from a one game suspension for “participating in a multiple fight situation as the second fight in the game on December 5 versus the Selkirk Steelers as per the Junior A Supplement guidelines.”

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

Intermissions: Coming up tonight in the first intermission it’ll be the latest edition of RAPID FIRE. This time it’s Dauphin Kings D-man Gordon Campbell. He’ll answer questions like if he had one super power, what would it be? Best type of breakfast hash browns and who on the team would he take to a desert island. Throughout the evening we’ll also check in on the out of town scoreboard. Tonight in the MJHL there is just one other game as the Neepawa Natives visit the Steinbach Pistons. The Westman High School Hockey League’s Dauphin Clippers look to continue their success as they go to Russell to battle the Major Pratt Trojans. In the WHL the Brandon Wheat Kings are in Moose Jaw to take on the Warriors and there’s four games in the NHL with three Canadian teams in action.

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Team Stats

Kings 11-15-2: A regulation victory would be big tonight for a Dauphin Kings team that probably should have won yesterday at home but gave up their lead late only to fall in overtime. The Kings (24) enter tonight even in games with Selkirk, but two points back of the Steelers (26) for 8th in the standings. OCN (28) is 7th but Dauphin has five games in hand on the Blizzard. Then Swan Valley (29) is 6th in the MJHL but the Kings have four games in hand on them. So obviously the Kings need to start winning some of these games in hand in regulation. I may sound like a broken record, but it’s true. Both of Dauphin’s Special Teams were not very good yesterday at Credit Union Place, meaning they’ve now dropped down a bit. On the Power Play the Kings fell to 15.60% which is 9th in the league. Their Penalty Kill gave up three goals on six chances moving them to 77.75%, that’s 7th in the MJHL. Two point nights for both Kirklan Lycar (13G, 11A) and Matthew Greening (7G, 17A) yesterday means they still are tied for the lead in points for the Kings, they each have 24. Dauphin is 6-8-0 on the road so far this season.

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Stampeders 12-15-5: Swan Valley will look to use their smaller ice surface to their advantage tonight as they host the Kings for the first time this season. Overall the Stampeders have gone past the 60 minute mark three times in a row following last night’s 5-4 OT victory. Two of those times were in Swan River but the difference was they didn’t come out on top in those games, losing to Steinbach in a shootout and Selkirk in overtime. With the success of the Power Play in Dauphin last night Swan Valley is now 8th in the MJHL at 18.62% while their Penalty Kill remains 5th at 80.31%. At home their Special Teams are much better (PP = 21.74%, 5th / PK = 88.89%, 1st) with two shorthanded goals for and none against. It’s unclear if Swan Valley will have local forward Tristan Langan (11G, 23A) back in the lineup tonight as he travels back from Canada West’s selection camp for the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge. He leads the Stampeders in points with 34. Swan is 8-4-4 at home so far this season.

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