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Kings head to Manitoba’s capital to open 2023

The Dauphin Kings ended 2022 on a roll as they earned four wins in their last five games. The team’s only defeat came in a shootout so the team earned nine of a possible 10 points in their final five contests.

Now the team’s 2023 portion of their schedule is set to begin on Friday as the club is off to Manitoba’s capital to play the Winnipeg Blues for the third time this season. Winnipeg opened up the season series with a win in Dauphin before the Kings responded with a solid victory at the Rink Training Centre.

Consistency is key and Dauphin is starting to become a consistent club. The team’s goal differential is only -3 and goals have been coming in piles as of late. Dauphin had 24 goals in their last five games of 2022 which included a six-goal showing against Portage, this year’s Centennial Cup hosts.

Winnipeg; meanwhile, continues to look for answers. After winning four of their first five games out of the gate, the Blues are now nine points back of the fourth and final playoff spot in the MGEU East Division. Winnipeg’s differential is -39 as they have given up 141 goals, 27 more than Dauphin.

Dauphin enters Friday’s contest just two points back of first place in the West Division and they also have a game in hand on OCN. Dauphin will play eight games this month, six of which come against West Division opponents, including three against OCN, two of which come in the team’s final two games of the month.