The Dauphin Kings have now downed the Centennial-Cup hosting Portage Terriers three times this season.
Dauphin’s offense showed up in a huge way on Friday night as the team put up another seven goals and they held on to down Portage, 7-5, in front of a great crowd at Stride Place.
In a back-and-forth game, Nolan Wickham would seal the game late with an empty-net marker as he scored his ninth of the season.
Dauphin jumped out to a tremendous start as goals from Mason Smith and Myles Yearwood gave Dauphin a 2-0 lead less than three minutes into the game. Ryan Botterill would score his first of the game on the power play later in the period, but Dauphin was still up 2-1 after 20.
Slade Stanick opened up the scoring in the second period before Alex Senf scored to regain Dauphin’s 3-2 lead. Botterill then scored his second of the game as it was 3-3 after 40 minutes.
That set us up for a wild third period, one in which six goals were scored. Kaden Kohle gave Portage their first lead of the game early in the third as it was 4-3 for the Terriers. Then Dauphin responded as Senf scored his second of the game and Myles Yearwood scored his second of the game as Dauphin was up 5-4. Then Kian Calder would tie the game up with just more than five minutes left.
Then with just less than three minutes left, Mason Smith led a rush to the bottom of the left circle and he fired a perfect shot past Bailey Monteith to give Dauphin a 6-5 lead and Wickham then capped off the game.
With the win, Dauphin now has 30 wins on the season and they remain three points ahead of Waywayseecappo for fourth place in the West Division. Dauphin and Portage will go head to head on Saturday night at Credit Union Place on ‘Country’ Night.