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Weekend Excursion

January 15, 2016

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The Dauphin Kings begin a three game in three night stretch this evening when they visit the Winkler Flyers for the second time this season.

The 3-in-3 sees Dauphin take on the MJHL’s third ranked club tonight and then the second place Pistons tomorrow and Sunday in Steinbach.

No doubt this road swing will be a test for the Kings. It’ll also be a good measuring stick weekend to see where they sit with some of the league’s finest. In the past we’ve seen Dauphin play well and compete with some of the best in the MJHL and if they’re to come away with any points this weekend they’ll need to have full 60 minute efforts.

Turn on all the games this weekend on 730 CKDM, opening face off tonight is 7:30pm. The Parkland Source for Sports Pre Game Show begins at 7:15pm from the Winkler Rec Complex. If you can’t listen then follow me on Twitter (@ChristianCKDM) for updates.

NEAT NEWS: The Dauphin Kings have called up forward Brad Goethals and D-man Kayle Tosh from the Eastman Selects for tonight’s affair. In four MJHL games this season Goethals has five points (4G, 1A). Tonight will be Kayle Tosh’s debut with Dauphin. The 5’9 Beausejour product is fourth on the Selects in points with 27 points (4G, 23A). Both Tosh and Goethals were acquired from Selkirk in a trade earlier this season.

Intermissions: Tonight in the first intermission I’ll speak Dauphin Kings Assistant Coach Cody Nelson and find out how he’s enjoyed his first year behind the bench. We’ll touch on that and what he thinks the Kings need to work on as the final stretch to the playoffs begins. Also in the intermissions we’ll have the out of town scoreboard. Tonight there’s four other games in the MJHL, the only team not on the ice are the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. Also on the out of town scoreboard are the Parkland Rangers, they’re home to the Central Plains Capitals. Plus games in North Central Hockey League, WHL and NHL. The Winnipeg Jets are in Minnesota. So we’ll have all that and lots more in tonight’s intermissions.

Here’s Kings Head Coach and General Manager Marc Berry on the road ahead, but we begin by catching up with the team, and what they’ve been doing for the past few days…

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Team Stats

Kings 15-20-2 (9th): The Dauphin Kings enter this weekend just two points back of both the OCN Blizzard and Selkirk Steelers for 7th and 8th in the standings. As you know, the Kings have multiple games in hand on both teams and both those teams are in action tonight. This evening’s affair in Winkler is just the fourth meeting of the season between the Kings and Flyers. Their first meeting saw Winkler shut out Dauphin 3-0 at the MJHL Showcase in Winnipeg in October. In November the Flyers beat the Kings 4-1 with a couple goals late in the third period. Most recently Dauphin doubled Winkler 4-2 at Credit Union Place, that was in mid December. After a great night on Special Teams Tuesday the Kings now lead the MJHL in shorthanded goals for, they have five. Dauphin’s Penalty Kill is back up to 7th in the league, it’s at 78.42%. On the Power Play the Kings are 9th at 14.77%. Their man advantage has scored in three straight games. Kirklan Lycar (16G, 17A) had a three point night on Tuesday, he continues to lead Dauphin in points with 33. The Kings are 2-2-0 so far this month, but are 0-2-0 on the road. They’ve lost seven in a row as the away team.

NEAT TREATS

Kirklan Lycar is on a 2 game point streak (1G, 3A).

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

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Flyers 26-10-3 (3rd): Losers of five straight the Winkler Flyers have been battling lately. In fact, ever since they lost to the Kings in the middle of December the Flyers have gone 2-4-1. Before their loss to Dauphin Winkler was 24-5-2 and right in the mix with the Portage Terriers for top spot in the MJHL. Now they’re 19 points back with two games in hand and have just a five point gap between themselves and Virden for 3rd and 4th in the standings. Did the Winkler Flyers reach their peak earlier in the season and are now on a downswing? I don’t think so. Every team has rough stretches during a season and if that’s the case the Flyers should be happy they’re getting this out of the way now, rather than in the playoffs. Despite their recent struggles Winkler remains very good in the Special Teams department, their Power Play is 2nd in the MJHL (26.71%) while their Penalty Kill is 2nd as well at 85.71%. The Flyers have four shorthanded goals this season. Tristan Keck (24G, 28A) leads Winkler in points with 52 points. Winkler has not won a game in 2016 yet, they’re 0-2-1 on the road and 0-1-0 at home.

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