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Critical game four to be played in Dauphin

The Dauphin Kings have found the back of the net 11 times over the last 120 minutes.

On Friday night, the team will look to keep it going as they welcome the Swan Valley Stampeders to Credit Union Place for game four in their best-of-seven first-round series.

Dauphin opened the scoring in the first two games of the series; however, they lost both of those games. So Swan Valley opened the scoring in the third game and the Kings won. That means neither team that has scored first in the game has gone on to win as of yet.

Jayden Harris will play his second game for the Kings after he was out for nearly two months with an upper-body injury. He was inserted into the lineup on Tuesday and he made an immediate impact by scoring in the team’s 6-3 win.

Dauphin’s Keys to Success:

  • Stop the tremendous trio. Justin Keck (scored twice on Tuesday), Trey Sauder (one assist) and Jakob Jones (1g, 1a on Tuesday) continue to lead Swan Valley.
  • Contain Collin Jennings. He was the hero in game two as he scored three times while adding one assist and he had one more assist on Tuesday
  • Continue to drive the net and make life tough on Kobe Grant. Kobe is a very good goaltender; however, Dauphin has shown that they can beat him.
  • Use home-ice advantage. You always love playing in front of your home fans, Kings fans are showing great support and the team would like nothing more than to reward them for coming on down to the rink.
  • Get the key save. Regardless of who starts in net, Swan Valley will come out hard (started Tuesday with 11 of the first 14 shots of the game) and they will push. It will be up to Dauphin’s defensive pairings to set the tone and when shots do get toward the net, saves need to be made.

Lineup change:

Swan Valley will be playing without one of their top forwards as Steven Arp has been suspended for three games. He was ejected from Tuesday’s game after a dirty hit against Anthony Bax, who later returned to the game after missing a few shifts. Arp won’t be eligible to return to the series until game seven if that game is needed.

Puck drop on Friday night is pegged for 7:30 from Credit Union Place.