SELKIRK, MB - The Dauphin Kings outplayed the Selkirk Steelers for most of the night but couldn't finish off the southern Manitoba club in a 4-3 shootout loss on Saturday.
Dauphin's start to the game was much better than Friday's in Portage. This time it was the Kings jumping ahead early on when Kyle Oleksiuk and Wilson Northey potted goals to put their team ahead 2-1 after the opening 20 minutes.
The second period had the Kings have more time in the offensive zone. Dauphin hit three posts in a five minute span and eventually Matthew Pitchenese broke through with his first MJHL goal. The Steelers would respond late in the period to get to within one.
In the third the two teams battled power plays but neither were able to score until the final two minutes when Selkirk pulled their goalie and tied things up.
Dauphin continued their strong play in overtime and had some chances, including a Riese Gaber partial breakaway, but they couldn't finish.
Brennan Kitchen was not expected to start the game but did after an injury to Matt Kustra in warmups. Kitchen was excellent considering the circumstances and turned aside 37 of 40 shots while his team fired 47 on the Selkirk goal.
The Kings ended the game 1 for 6 on the Power Play while Selkirk finished the night 1 for 5.
Now the Kings (3-7-1) return home and get set for a three game home stand at Credit Union Place beginning on Tuesday when they welcome the Swan Valley Stampeders to town. Game time is 7:30pm!
|5:29||DK||Kyle Oleksiuk (3) ASST: Matthew Boren (2), Jaxon Heeney (1)|
|12:38||SEL||Connor Barley (7) ASST: Ryan Gardiner (2), Nico Labossiere (7) (PP)|
|16:39||DK||Wilson Northey (2) ASST: Kyle Oleksiuk (3), Ryder Richmond (5) (PP)|
|11:05||DK||Matthew Pitchenese (1) ASST: Mark Ziobro (3)|
|16:06||SEL||Matthew Caruso (3) ASST: Brady Castellano (5), Colby Dudek (2)|
|18:50||SEL||Connor Barley (8) ASST: Nico Labossiere (8), William Middleton (4)|