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Kings fly into Winkler

The December 1 deadline has come and gone and now the Dauphin Kings can focus on getting back in the win column.

In a busy day on Thursday, Dauphin traded Jonathon Wong to Merritt of the BCHL, Riley Borody to Kam River of the SIJHL, Jovan Malay to the Nipawin Hawks of the SJHL, and Thomas Stewart to the Winnipeg Freeze.

Then in one final deal, the Kings picked up Jamie Valentino in a trade with the Portage Terriers.

Now Dauphin hits the road as they open a home and home with the Winkler Flyers. Friday’s game is at the Centennial Arena. Dauphin enters Friday’s game at 4-6-2 on the road while Winkler has been excellent on home ice, going 8-3-1.

Dauphin is just four points back of first place in the West Division while Winkler is three points back of first in the East Division. Friday’s game is the second meeting of the season between the two clubs, Dauphin won the first meeting in overtime when Owen Wareham scored his second of the campaign.

The Kings will be looking to improve their special teams this weekend. The team’s power play is dead last in the league at 13.5%. Their penalty kill is also near the bottom at 78.4%.

By the Numbers:

GF – 85
GA – 88
PP – 13.5%
PK – 78.4%
Leaders – Mathew Gough 10g, 11a / Jayden Harris 7g, 12a / Mason Smith 6g, 13a

GF – 93
GA – 60
PP – 17.8%
PK – 77.2%
Leaders – Mike Svenson 16g, 9a / Trent Sambrook 3g, 20a / Trent Penner 13g, 9a