Fresh off one of their biggest wins of the season on Friday, the Dauphin Kings will look to get to 16 tonight.
For the first time, the Kings head to the Hockey For All Centre to play the Winnipeg Freeze. Sitting at 15 wins, Dauphin is in fourth place in the West Division, but they’re only four points back of Swan Valley for that spot.
Winnipeg; meanwhile, is at the bottom of the East Division as they’re just 2-20-2 on the season and they’re coming off a 3-2 loss against the Virden Oil Capitals. Dauphin and Winnipeg have played once this season with the Kings coming out on top, 6-4. It was a game in which the Freeze opened up the scoring.
Friday’s game kicks off a massive next eight days for Dauphin. After Friday, they will welcome Swan Valley to town on Friday before welcoming the Stampeders to town next Friday and they wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule next Saturday on home ice against Waywayseecappo.
Dauphin’s special teams will look to improve tonight. The team is 1-for-18 as of late on the power play and looking back further, they are 2-for-26. On the penalty kill; meanwhile, the team is just 23-for-34 while a man down as of late.
Dauphin will get a boost on the back end on Friday as Aidan Brook is eligible to return to the lineup. The team will get even more of a boost on Sunday when Anthony Bax is eligible to return. Brook has been serving a two-game suspension as a result of a supplemental review for an incident on December 2 in Winkler, while Bax will continue to serve his three-game suspension as a result of his Head Contact – Major Penalty in that same game. Friday’s contest is Bax’s third game served.