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Kings Host Ukrainian Night

January 23, 2016

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The Dauphin Kings and Steinbach Pistons will face off for the third time in less than a week tonight at Credit Union Place.

Last weekend the Pistons beat the Kings twice in Steinbach (4-1 & 5-4). Despite the two losses Dauphin played very well, especially in the 5-4 loss on Sunday night. They’ll obviously look to replicate that effort at home tonight.

Last night Dauphin came close to getting at least a point out of the top ranked Portage Terriers, but couldn’t finish a comeback attempt in a 5-2 loss at home.

Watch tonight’s festivities on FASTHockey. If you can’t make it to the rink or watch online then just follow me on Twitter (@ChristianCKDM) for updates! Opening face off is 7:00pm!

Below is an interview with Ryan Rauliuk of Ruff’s Furniture in Dauphin. He speaks about the night and more details about what’s gonna be happening, starting with how the idea came up…

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Team Stats

Kings 16-24-2 (9th): Not much movement in the standings from the Dauphin Kings. The team remains 9th with a handful of points seperating them from 10th and 8th right now. If the Kings are to move up the ladder they’re going to have to stop winning and then losing every other night. After tonight’s tilt the Kings have a key week in front of them with games against teams surrounding them in the standings. For now Dauphin must focus on this evening and realize they can play with the Pistons, and perhaps get a point or two out of them. After all, they almost did last weekend. The Kings enter the game with their Power Play in 9th at 15.23% while their Penalty Kill is 8th at 77.63%. Kirklan Lycar (17G, 19A) is pulling away with the scoring lead for the Dauphin Kings, he’s now up to 36 which is seven ahead of the next closest player, Tyler Garrioch. The Kings are 3-6-0 so far in January.

NEAT TREATS

Tyler Garrioch is on a 6 game point streak (3G, 9A).

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

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Pistons 34-9-2 (2nd): Like the Portage Terriers who were in Dauphin last night, the Steinbach Pistons have now won eight straight. Yesterday they picked up a 4-1 victory over the OCN Blizzard. A score that no doubt helps Dauphin when it comes to moving up the standings. Steinbach, however, will have to play in a bigger rink this evening. Something they’re not overly used to. In years past the Pistons have struggled in bigger sized hockey rinks, but so far this season they’ve done pretty well away from the T.G. Smith Centre. Steinbach comes into this contest with the MJHL’s top rated Power Play at 28.50%. On the road their man advantage takes a bit of a dip, it slips to 22.09%. On the Penalty Kill the Pistons are 6th at 79.44%. Away from home their PK is clicking along at 75.79%. Daniel Taillefer (13G, 42A) leads Steinbach in points with 55, but Quintin Lisoway is the club’s top goals per game scorer, he has 11 in just 14 outings.

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