DAUPHIN, MB – A mixed bag of results for the Dauphin Kings last week. The MJHL club snagged a win and a loss as the hunt for the playoffs continues.
On Thursday Dauphin dropped a 6-2 decision to the Waywayseecappo Wolverines in Wayway. The Kings would bounce back though, beating the Neepawa Natives 6-0 at Credit Union Place on Parent & Pride Night on Friday.
The results over the weekend in the MJHL mean the Kings go into this week just four points back of the Swan Valley Stampeders for the league’s final playoff spot. The two teams are even in games played at 43 after the Stampeders lost to Winkler and Portage on Friday and Saturday. Dauphin is also two points clear of Neepawa, but the Natives still have two games in hand.
This week the Kings take part in three games, all at Credit Union Place. On Tuesday they entertain the OCN Blizzard for the final time this season, brought to you by Dauphin Super 8. Friday the Kings welcome the Portage Terriers to town with Dauphin Co-op as the game sponsor. Then on Saturday it’s Ukrainian Night presented by Ruff’s Furniture in Dauphin when Virden comes to Dauphin. All games this week are 7:30pm starts!
Another game at Credit Union Place and another shut out for Brandon Holtby.
The Regina goaltender made 28 saves on 28 shots for his second shut out of the month and eighth win of the season on Friday.
Holtby has been very good for the Kings since December. This season he’s 8-16 with a 3.03 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.
Keaton Leininger picked up his second hatrick in less than a week for the Kings.
The Bismarck, North Dakota forward was solid both nights this past week for the Kings. He grabbed an assist in Dauphin’s game on Thursday and then tallied three goals on Saturday against Neepawa.
Leininger is leading the Kings in points and has moved up inside the league’s top 25 in scoring. He sits with 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points.
Riese Gaber enters this week on a three game point streak after picking up a goal and two assists last week.
The Gilbert Plains product scored a nice goal (Below) in Dauphin’s loss to Waywayseecappo and assisted on Keaton Leininger’s first two goals Friday night against Neepawa.
In his last three outings Gaber has one goal and five assists. He’s third on the team in scoring this season with 25 points (10G, 15A).