It was a journey that lasted nearly nine months. A journey that included the Dauphin Kings winning the West Division and capping off the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in style by winning the league’s championship over the Steinbach Pistons.
It was a journey that included the team finishing in the top spot in their group at the 2022 Centennial Cup which advanced them to the national semifinals. Ultimately, it was a journey that came to an end Saturday night but what a season it was for the Dauphin Kings.
On a night where they had 28 shots, they just couldn’t beat Zachary Roy who made 28 saves on the night to record the shutout as he helped the Panthers make it to the national final where they will take on the Brooks Bandits.
Jacob Partridge opened up the scoring just about 10 minutes into the game shorthanded and that was all the Panthers needed on the night, Lucas Rowe added an insurance marker early in the third.
Carson Cherepak was solid once again as he turned away 23 shots. He took home the tournament’s most valuable player award alongside the tournament’s top goaltender.
Several Kings played their final games Saturday night. They include:
Nakodan Greyeyes, Logan Calder, Cordell Coleman, Kaden Bryant, Mathew Rathbone, Klim Georgiev, Parker Malchuk and Colby Jaquet.
In closing, thank you so much to every single one of our amazing sponsors, fans, billets, and volunteers… without you, there would be no Dauphin Kings. The 2022 Centennial Cup has come to a close and we can’t wait to see you back at Credit Union Place for the 2022-23 season.