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Kings Begin Three Game Home Stand

February 5, 2016

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The Dauphin Kings will try and snap a six game losing streak tonight, but it won’t be easy against the MJHL’s top club.

The Portage Terriers come in to Dauphin on an 11 game winning streak and have had almost a week off from game action. Tonight’s contest is the first of two games in two nights on the road for the Terriers, they’ll visit Neepawa tomorrow. For the Kings it’s the first of two-in-two at home, they’ll skate with the Selkirk Steelers Saturday.

When it comes to the season series the Terriers are 4-0-0 against the Kings. Dauphin has not beat Portage since Saturday February 22nd, 2014, but let’s not forget the Terriers were the best team in Canada last year.

Watch tonight’s contest on FASTHockey. Opening face off is set for 7:00pm. If you cant watch online then follow me on Twitter (@ChristianCKDM) for updates! Don’t forget the One Hour Power Play Show is on 730 CKDM this afternoon. It runs from 4-5pm and happens LIVE from MR MIKES in Dauphin. For details on this week’s show CLICK HERE!!!

Tyler Garrioch will play in his 200th MJHL game tonight (169th with the Kings). Here’s a FREE interview with him about it and going forward…

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Team Stats

Kings 16-28-3 (9th): There’s no reason why the Dauphin Kings can’t beat the Portage Terriers tonight at Credit Union Place. This season the Manitoba Junior Hockey League is much more balanced than last. This year you’re seeing games like Neepawa beating Winnipeg in OT, Swan Valley took out Portage earlier this season and Wayway has given the Terriers fits a couple times this year. So why can’t Dauphin beat one of the league’s top teams? Remember they were very close to getting a point out of Steinbach last month after being down 4-2 in the third period. Dauphin will need to be good on their Special Teams tonight if they are to come away with a point or two. The Kings’ Power Play is 10th in the league at 14.81% while their Penalty Kill is 8th at 77.78%. Dauphin leads the league in shorthanded goals for with six. Kirklan Lycar (17G, 22A) leads his club in points with 39 but Tyler Garrioch is (11G, 24A) is four back with 35. Garrioch is also just three points away for 100 in his career, he has 79 with Dauphin. Since the start of November the Kings are 8-6-3 at Credit Union Place.

NEAT TREATS

Trevor Kavanaugh is on a 4 game point streak (3G, 1A).

Chance Thomas is on a 3 game point streak (0G, 3A).

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

Matthew Greening is on a 2 game point streak (1G, 1A).

Romano Morrison is on a 2 game point streak (1G, 1A).

The Kirklan Lycar is on a 2 game point streak (0G, 2A).

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Terriers 43-6-2 (1st): The next goal for the Portage Terriers is the same one they had right around this time last year, getting to 50 wins in the season. It would be impressive if they could do it, and it’s no doubt plausible. With nine games left the Terriers need to win seven to hit the 50 win mark. They’re also currently after their club record when it comes to a winning streak (15). The Dauphin Kings put up a 21 game winning streak three seasons ago, that run carried over into the post season. Also, Portage is a few wins away from clinching first in the standings. I think it’s only a matter of time before that happens, I don’t see Steinbach catching them. The Terriers bring the MJHL’s 4th ranked Power Play (23.04%) and top ranked Penalty Kill (90.20%) into Dauphin this evening. Brad Bowles (35G, 48A) is battling for the scoring title in the MJHL, he has 83 points coming into tonight’s game which is four ahead of OCN’s Logan Harland (79).

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