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February 2, 2016

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The Dauphin Kings and Virden Oil Capitals are the only two teams in action tonight as the two clubs meet for the final time this Manitoba Junior Hockey League season.

In the five previous meetings Virden has taken four. Dauphin’s lone win came in late December when they edged the Oil Capitals 2-1 at Credit Union Place.

It’s the start of a brand new month for the Kings. In February they’ll take part in 12 games in 26 days. Seven of the contests are at Credit Union Place while five are on the road, that includes a three game in three night stretch next weekend when Dauphin goes to Steinbach, Winkler and Portage.

The Dauphin Kings have called up the top two scorers in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League for tonight’s game. Brad Goethals (37G, 24A = 61PTS) and Riese Gaber (17G, 33A = 50PTS) will join the club and play together for the first time as Kings. It’s unknown at this time if the two will play on the same line.

Listen to this evening’s affair on 730 CKDM, the Parkland Source for Sports Pre Game Show begins at 7:15pm with opening face off at 7:30pm. If you can’t listen then follow me on Twitter (@ChristianCKDM) for lots of FREE updates!

Intermissions: Tonight in the first and second intermission we’ll focus mostly on the out of town scoreboard. The NHL returns to the ice tonight with 12 games on tap including five featuring Canadian teams. The Winnipeg Jets are home to the Dallas Stars. Also this evening the Brandon Wheat Kings conclude a seven game road swing against former Parkland Ranger Tristan Langan and the Moose Jaw Warriors. All that and maybe a guest interview too, so stay tuned!

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Team Stats

Kings 16-27-3 (9th): The Dauphin Kings continue to sit in 9th place in the standings, and it’s looking more and more like the club is going to finish there, but you never know. Dauphin is five points up on Waywayseecappo with two games in hand and seven points behind Selkirk with just one game in hand. If the Kings are to move up and gain home ice for the best of three survivor series they need to start winning a little more often. With seven games at home this month there’s no reason Dauphin can’t do so. The Kings come into tonight with the MJHL’s 10th ranked Power Play (14.55%) and 7th best Penalty Kill (78.57%). Kirklan Lycar (17G, 21A) still leads Dauphin in points with 38, but Captain Tyler Garrioch is only four back of him. The Kings have not won on the road since November 15th.

NEAT TREATS

Trevor Kavanaugh is on a 3 game point streak (2G, 1A).

Chance Thomas is on a 2 game point streak (0G, 2A).

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Oil Capitals 27-18-1 (5th): The Virden Oil Capitals are in a standings battle of their own coming into tonight. Virden is just a single point behind Winnipeg for 4th place in the MJHL. The Oil Capitals have three games in hand on the Blues following a 4-1 victory over them during the weekend. When I’m out and about talking to people about the MJHL and discussing which teams are the best and might do something in the post season I like to keep Virden in the conversation. The Oil Capitals may not be as ‘offensively gifted’ as teams like the Steinbach Pistons and Portage Terriers, but in my opinion Virden has the most balanced team in the league. From front to back they are solid and I would argue the Oil Capitals have the best defence core in the MJHL. That’s reflected in goals against per game, Virden (2.35) is 2nd in that category behind only Portage (2.06). Special Teams wise the Oil Capitals are 3rd in the MJHL on the Power Play (23.94%) and 3rd on the Penalty Kill (83.15%). Mack Hardy (25G, 21A) leads Virden in points with 46. The Oil Capitals have five players with 30 or more points.

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