Photo credit – Pederson Photographic
Kaden Bryant was the hero in game six of the Dauphin Kings series against the Swan Valley Stampeders. He scored with just more than six minutes left in double overtime and his third of the playoffs clinched Dauphin a spot in the league semifinals.
It was Bryant’s second goal of the night and as he says, it was one of the biggest that he has ever scored which is saying a lot because he has scored many big goals in the past.
“I had a lot of chances to finish the job before that so it was nice to get the job done,” said Bryant. “I just wasn’t getting the bounces but when that puck went in, it was a big sense of relief.”
Now, the team is set to welcome the Winkler Flyers to town for game one which goes tonight at Credit Union Place. Winkler beat the Blues in six games last round.
By the numbers (first round)
4 wins, 2 losses
24 goals for, 17 goals against
23.5% on the man advantage, 81.8% on the penalty kill
4 wins, 2 losses
23 goals for, 15 goals against
38.9% on the man advantage, 87.5% on the penalty kill
Winkler beat Dauphin twice in the regular season, the back-end of a home-and-home came in overtime.
Goalie Playoff Stats
Dylan Meilun – 4-2, .900 SV%, 2.35 GAA
Carson Cherepak – 4-1-1, .915 SV%, 2.59 GAA
Playoff Scoring Leaders
Justin Svenson – 5 goals, 5 assists for 10 points
Trent Sambrook – 2 goals, 7 assists for 9 points
Jayden McCarthy – 3 goals, 4 assists for 7 points
Parker Malchuk – 2 goals, 8 assists for 10 points
Kaden Bryant – 3 goals, 5 assists for 8 points
Colby Jaquet – 3 goals, 4 assists for 7 points
“We know that it’s going to be a fast and physical series,” said Bryant. “We’ve just been trying to keep everything dialled in at practice this week, we’ll be ready to go.”
Series Dates: bold denotes if necessary
Game 1 – Friday, April 15th in Dauphin
Game 2 – Saturday, April 16th in Dauphin
Game 3 – Tuesday, April 19th in Winkler
Game 4 – Wednesday, April 20th in Winkler
Game 5 – *Friday, April 22nd in Dauphin
Game 6 – *Sunday, April 24th in Winkler
Game 7 – *Tuesday, April 26th in Dauphin
You can watch all games on HockeyTV and you can listen to them live with Darnell Duff on 730CKDM.