STEINBACH, MB – For the second straight night the Dauphin Kings took Canada’s top ranked CJHL team to overtime, but couldn’t finish in a 3-2 loss to the Steinbach Pistons.
Off the hop it was the Kings dictating the play and they were rewarded for it when Riese Gaber scored his first of the season to give Dauphin a 1-0 advantage after 20 minutes.
The Pistons would tie things up in the middle period but the Kings responded when Dawson Bacon tipped home his first in the MJHL off a Riese Gaber shot. Grady Hobbs has the other assist on Dauphin’s second goal while Brendan Arnold assisted on Gaber’s first.
The third period was a tightly contested one with both teams getting Power Play chances. Steinbach tied things up in the mid stages of the final frame. The affair then went to overtime, both clubs had a couple chances but it was the Pistons who grabbed the extra point in the three-on-three stanza.
Brandon Holtby was excellent between the pipes for the Kings Saturday. He turned aside 38 of Steinbach’s 41 shots. Dauphin was credited with just 17 shots on the night but unofficial scorekeepers counted 26.
For the second straight evening the Pistons had the advantage on the Power Play getting four chances, but the Dauphin Penalty Kill was superb, killing off all opportunities. The Kings had three man advantages Saturday, including a five-on-three in the third. They did not score either.
The loss drops Dauphin to 2-9-2 on the MJHL campaign. If you’re a “glass half full” kind of person the Kings set out and did what they wanted to do this weekend, and that was get two points on the road. Next up is a date with the Winkler Flyers, Friday night in Winkler. The Kings then close out the five game stretch on the road Saturday against Selkirk. Opening face off both nights is 7:30pm!
|Dauphin Kings at 8:18 - Riese Gaber from Brendan Arnold
|Steinbach Pistons at 12:55 - Mark Taraschuk from Darby Gula and Charter Chorney
|Dauphin Kings at 18:20 - Dawson Bacon from Riese Gaber and Grady Hobbs
|Steinbach Pistons at 10:45 - Troy Williams from Declan Graham
|Steinbach Pistons at 3:44 - Tyler Anderson from Jordan Bochinski