Flyers Triple Kings

WINKLER, MB – The Dauphin Kings closed out their two game in two night weekend with a 6-2 loss to the Winkler Flyers Saturday night. 

The game also concluded a stretch that saw the Kings play four games in five nights with a depleted lineup. 

It didn’t take long for Winkler to get on the board. After being awarded a man advantage in the opening minute the Flyers scored on it to go up 1-0. They’d later add another goal to make it a 2-0 lead before Keaton Leininger (20) scored a power play marker of his own to cut the lead in half. Darren Gisti and Riley Shamray had the assists on the Leininger goal. However, the momentum was short lived as Winkler scored just 17 seconds later to go up 3-1 after 20. 

In the second period the Flyers scored the only goal of the frame to go up 4-1. Grady Hobbs (6) would cut Winkler’s lead in half once again in the third period, but it wasn’t enough as the Flyers added two more later on.

Brandon Holtby played decent between the pipes for the Kings. He stopped 45 of 51 shots while his team put 35 on the Winkler goal.

Power Plays, as mentioned, saw both teams scoring once. The Kings went 1 for 6 while Winkler ended the night 1 for 5.

The loss drops the Kings to 14-31-5 on the season. With a Swan Valley win in Winnipeg on Saturday Dauphin now finds themselves four points out of the playoff picture in the MJHL.

The Kings are back in action on Tuesday when they visit the OCN Blizzard for the final meeting between the two clubs this season. Game time is 7:00pm.


Winkler Flyers at 2:42 (PP) Lawson McDonald (unassisted)


Winkler Flyers at 11:07 Matt Christian from Coltyn Bates and Ian Mackey


Dauphin Kings at 15:17 (PP) Keaton Leininger from Darren Gisti and Riley Shamray


Winkler Flyers at 15:34 Coltyn Bates from Ian Mackey and Matt Christian


Winkler Flyers at 7:24 Brett Opperman from Garrett Kuklica and Mitch Dyck


Dauphin Kings at 11:56 Grady Hobbs from Austin Friesen


Winkler Flyers at 15:09 (SH) Coltyn Bates (unassisted)


Winkler Flyers at 16:34 Tanner Lewis from Mitch Dyck and Braden Billaney