The Dauphin Kings came out slow on Friday night but still found themselves up by a pair after 20 as they played a very strong second-half of the first period.
But a very tough second period saw the team give up six goals as they were downed by the Winnipeg Blues, 7-5.
In the first half of a home-and-home between the two teams, Rylan Gibbs scored his first goal as a King just 20 seconds after Matthew Gough made it 1-0 for Dauphin. After 20 minutes, the Kings led 2-0.
Entering the game at 11.1% on the power play, the Blues went to work early in the second after Carter Zalischuk was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding. The Blues would score three times on that man advantage, and they scored three more after as they scored six times in the second frame compared to Dauphin’s two. Tyson Pauze and Jovan Malay scored late for Dauphin in the period as the Kings trailed 6-4 heading into the third.
Ryland Kuczek scored for Winnipeg in the third while Alex Senf scored for the Kings in the third, but they would come no closer as the Blues skated off with a 7-5 win and they have now won four straight games.
Dauphin; meanwhile, drops to 2-4-1 with the loss ahead of Sunday’s rematch at Rink Training Centre.
Here are tonight’s Dauphin Herald Three Stars of the Night: