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January 3, 2016

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The Dauphin Kings kick off arguably the most important month of their season tonight when they entertain the OCN Blizzard at Credit Union Place for their first game of 2016.

It’s the first of six home games for the Kings this month, they’ll play 13 contests in total. Dauphin has slowly turned things around at Credit Union Place. After a disappointing start to the campaign at home the Kings went 3-2-1 in December. It was the first time they were above .500 at home in a month.

After tonight the Kings hit the road for five of their next six, including two games in two nights later this week. They’ll visit Winnipeg on Thursday and Selkirk on Friday then get the weekend off. Both those contests can be heard on 730 CKDM.

NOTE: Don’t forget, the CJHL Trade Deadline is approaching. Teams have until Sunday, January 10th to make any transactions with clubs around Canada. It’s currently unclear if the Kings will be buyers or sellers, but I’m sure that question will be answered over the next few days. Dauphin does not play on the Trade Deadline.

Puck drop tonight at Credit Union Place is 7:00pm. Watch on FASTHockey or follow me on Twitter (@ChristianCKDM) for updates!

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Team Stats

Kings 13-18-2: The Dauphin Kings enter tonight’s tilt sitting 9th in the MJHL Standings. Again, a key for the club is the fact they have games in hand on everyone. As mentioned this is an important month for the group as they take part in 13 games in 28 nights. Right now the Kings (28 points) are just two points back of OCN for 8th (Five games in hand). Selkirk also has 30 points with the Kings having three games in hand on them. In 6th is Swan Valley with 33 points, Dauphin also has three games on the Stampeders. Obviously all the contests on the schedule this month are important for the Kings, but there are a couple notable ones including two with Swan Valley, Waywayseecappo and OCN. Dauphin starts 2016 with a Power Play percentage of 14.11% which is 10th in the MJHL. Their Penalty Kill enters the new year at 78.16, that’s 7th. Kirklan Lycar (14G, 13A) leads the Kings in points with 27, Matthew Greening (7G, 18A) is two back of him.

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Blizzard 14-22-2: Like Dauphin, this is OCN’s first game since the Christmas break. The Blizzard are ahead of the Kings, but as mentioned above they’ve played a lot more games. OCN is the opposite of Dauphin, they’ve played more games (38) than pretty much every other club in the league (Portage has played 39). The Blizzard come in to Credit Union Place on a three game losing skid. That doesn’t mean much though, last time OCN was in town they were on a lengthy losing streak and snapped out of it by beating the Kings in overtime. The Blizzard Power Play comes into tonight at 14.40% which is 9th in the MJHL, their Penalty Kill is 8th at 76.92%. OCN has given up six shorthanded goals against so far this season, that’s second worst in the league behind Neepawa (7). Logan Harland (21G, 38A) leads the MJHL, and OCN in points with 59.

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