WINNIPEG, MB – The Dauphin Kings finished the MJHL Showcase with a 6-3 loss to the Portage Terriers Wednesday night at the MTS Iceplex.
It was a game with some ups and downs for the Kings, who are now looking to snap out of a five game losing skid. In the opening period Dauphin battled but ended up trailing 2-1 through 20 minutes. Ashton Clark snagged his 13th of the season on a man advantage opportunity at the midway stage of the frame.
Portage would take over in the second and take a 4-1 lead to the intermission. They would then add two more to go up 6-1 before the Kings would battle back a little and make it a 6-3 final. The other scorers for the Kings Wednesday evening were Daniel Chartrand (7) and Matthew Greening (7). Keaton Leininger had three assists in the contest and now has six points (3G, 3A) in his last four outings. He’s now also tied with Clark for the team lead in scoring with 25 points.
Brandon Holtby suffered the loss in net for the Kings, stopping 22 of 28 shots while Dauphin fired 22 on Portage.
The bright spot on the night for the Kings were their Special teams which finished 3 for 6 on the Power Play and 3 for 3 on the Penalty Kill. As well, call ups Ryder Richmond and Jaxon Heeney played well. Heeney had a number of quality scoring chances while Richmond was solid defensively. The two will now return to the Yellowhead Chiefs of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League.
For the Kings, they have two games left on their schedule in the calendar year. Their next one is Saturday night when they visit the Virden Oil Capitals. Game time is 7:30pm.
|Portage Terriers at 0:56 - James McIsaac from Ryan Sokoloski and Mackenzie Dwyer
|Portage Terriers at 7:36 - Ryan Sokoloski from James McIsaac and Ty Enns
|Dauphin Kings at 9:33 (PP) - Ashton Clark from Matthew Bartel and Keaton Leininger
|Portage Terriers at 6:17 - Jeremey Leipsic from Mackenzie Dwyer and Chase Brakel
|Portage Terriers at 15:40 - Kain Stevenson from Brendan Kochanski and Scott Mickoski
|Portage Terriers at 1:24 - Ty Enns from Ryan Sokoloski and James McIsaac
|Portage Terriers at 8:00 - James McIsaac from Ty Enns and Ryan Sokoloski
|Dauphin Kings at 14:37 (PP) - Daniel Chartrand from Keaton Leininger and Ashton Clark
|Dauphin Kings at 15:36 (PP) - Matthew Greening from Keaton Leininger and Daniel Chartrand