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Kings Season Over After Home Loss To Selkirk

March 9, 2016

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The 2015-16 hockey season came to an end for the Dauphin Kings Tuesday night at Credit Union Place with a 4-2 loss to the Selkirk Steelers.

For the second straight game in their best-of-three survivor series the Kings opened up the scoring in the first period when Kirklan Lycar (1) tallied on a sharp angle shot.

After that, however, the Kings took three straight undisciplined penalties and it led Selkirk to three unanswered goals. One of them on the Power Play.

In the second period Dauphin played well and Tyler Garrioch (1) was rewarded on the team’s second Power Play of the night. The Kings out played Selkirk for a good amount of the second period and for the first half of the third, getting numerous chances to tie things up in the final frame. The closest they came was when Riese Gaber hit a post on a rush up the ice. Not too long after that the Steelers went up the ice and scored to put the game away.

Both teams ended the night 1 for 3 on the Power Play.

Brandon Holtby (0-2) took the loss between the pipes for the Kings. He played well enough to give the club a shot at winning, but was left out to dry a couple times. Holtby stopped 26 of 30 shots while Dauphin had 31 on Hayden Dola.

The outcome brings an end to a very up and down season for the Dauphin Kings. At the start of the year the team had high expectations but after two straight losses to Neepawa to begin their schedule it seemed like they could never really get rolling. The longest win streak Dauphin had during the campaign was two games and they had a number of lengthy losing skids.

Other key points of the season were when Marlin Murray stepped down as Head Coach and General Manager and when 20 year old goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn went down with a significant leg injury in November. The team as a whole was injury riddled throughout the year and was never really 100% healthy.

Despite the tough season there were bright spots for Dauphin. Kirklan Lycar’s play got better down the stretch which was good to see and same goes for Trevor Kavanaugh on the back end. I also think guys like Kelby Picard and Aaron Kellogg will be important pieces to this club moving forward.

On the coaching side I don’t think Marc Berry and Cody Nelson deserve to be judged on just under four months of work. I think they could both be good for this team if they are given a real shot. But that decision is not up to me and sometime over the next month the club will sign someone to a Head Coach and General Manager contract, it may or may not be Marc Berry.

There were four 20 year olds on the Dauphin Kings this season. Congratulations to Tyler Garrioch, Chance Thomas, Romano Morrison and Jarrod Schamerhorn on great Junior careers. I wish you all the best in future endeavors.

Here’s the post game interview I had with Kings Head Coach & GM Marc Berry after this evening’s affair…

I’ll have more on the Kings as the off season develops. Thanks for following tonight and this season…

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SCORING SUMMARY

PERIOD 1

Dauphin Kings at 6:10 – Kirklan Lycar from Sam Schultz and Oliver Lester
Selkirk Steelers at 6:45 – Ty Kraus from Dexter Kuczek and Jake Dudar
Selkirk Steelers at 16:34 – Dallas Starodub from Riley Derlago and Taylor Fisher
Selkirk Steelers at 19:13 – Mark Wilson from Braden Lozinski and Riley Derlago

PERIOD 2

Dauphin Kings at 10:04 (PP) – Tyler Garrioch from Landon Plett and Kirklan Lycar

PERIOD 3

Selkirk Steelers at 10:01 – Ezra Hall from Austin Douglas

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