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Kings meet Blizzard again

For the third game in a row, the Dauphin Kings and OCN Blizzard will meet. Last weekend, OCN won Friday’s game and Dauphin responded in a big way on home ice on Sunday afternoon.

And that leads us to Friday night when OCN visits Dauphin for a 7:30 game at Credit Union Place. Dauphin enters the game at 4-2 while OCN is 3-2-0-1 and they sit one point behind Dauphin in the West Division standings.

Dauphin and Waywayseecappo enter the weekend tied atop the division standings.

“They’re a club that works hard, they have energy, and they always come at you,” said Doug Hedley. “They have Sinclair on the back end and he’s one of the best defenders in the league. I don’t think we did enough on Friday around the net but we got better here on Sunday.”

Friday’s game is the third of eight in the season series between the two teams. Dauphin is a perfect 3-0 on home ice entering the contest while OCN is 1-1-0-1 with their lone win on the road coming against Swan Valley earlier this season.

By the numbers:

Dauphin

Goals leader – Kaden Bryant (4)

Assists leader – Colby Jaquet (6)

G.A.A – Carson Cherepak – 1.60

Save percentage – Carson Cherepak – .948

Game-winning goals – Parker Malchuk, Ben Hackl, Luke Morris, Slade Stanick (1)

Powerplay – 7-for-21 – 33%

Penalty kill – 23-for-27 – 85.2%

OCN

Goals leader – Max Mazur/Aaron Lorenz (3)

Assists leader – Max Mazur, Dain Sardelli, Bryden Sinclair, Riley Zimmerman (3)

G.A.A – Nick Pineo – 1.70

Save percentage – Nick Pineo – .956

Game-winning goals – Ashton Paul, Aaron Lorenz, Bryden Sinclair (1)

Powerplay – 1-for-20 – 5%

Penalty kill – 23-for-27 – 85.2%

Following Friday’s game, Dauphin heads up north for a rematch with the Blizzard on Sunday evening.