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Crucial game for Kings

The Dauphin Kings haven’t been doing themselves any favours as of late.

Entering Friday’s home game against Niverville, the team has lost four straight contests, all of which have come in regulation. As a result, the team remains in fifth place in the MGEU West Division, but they’re only a pair of points behind Waywayseeecappo for fourth place.

On Wednesday, the Kings put together a very strong effort, but they couldn’t find the back of the net late in the game as they dropped a 4-3 game against the Swan Valley Stampeders. It was one of Dauphin’s strongest performances since they beat Steinbach nearly two weeks ago.

On Friday, the Nighthawks come to town and they’re also in a heated playoff battle. Entering the night in fourth place in the East Division, Niverville is just four points ahead of Selkirk for the final playoff spot.

Friday’s game is the first of two this weekend between the clubs as they will also play on Sunday afternoon in Niverville. The Nighthawks are coming off a loss against Neepawa on Wednesday.

Player to Watch – Dauphin – Jamie Valentino

He has come to play in big moments in the past. Last year he won an SJHL title with the Estevan Bruins and had the chance to play in the Centennial Cup.

He scored a goal on Wednesday and while more is expected from the Thompson native, Valentino is a constant threat in the offensive zone and he has one of the hardest shots in the league.

In 23 games with Dauphin, Jamie has seven goals and 14 assists.

Player to Watch – Niverville – Josh Paulhus

If you stop Paulhus, your chances of winning go up; however, that’s a lot easier said than done.

The 21-year-old from Saskatoon has been fantastic for the newest team in the MJHL this year with 26 goals and 29 assists.

Just like Valentino, Paulhus is always a threat in the offensive zone with his relentless work ethic and determination. Paulhus also has 82 games of Western Hockey League experience under his belt.

You can watch Friday’s game on HockeyTV.