DAUPHIN, MB - After a disappointing loss in Neepawa against the Natives on Wednesday the Dauphin Kings will try and right the ship this evening when they visit the Selkirk Steelers at 7:30pm.
It's the fourth meeting between the Kings and Steelers in the last three weeks. The season series started in Selkirk where Dauphin fell 3-2 with less than ten seconds to play. The Kings rebounded last weekend against the Steelers, beating them twice, including a 7-3 victory on Saturday night.
Coming into the affair Dauphin sits at 5-4-0 on the season. With 10 points they're currently in a three way tie with Winnipeg and Steinbach for 4th in the standings.
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DAUPHIN KINGS (5-4-0)
It's game one of a two game in two night road swing for the Kings. A little less intense than the club's first trip of the campaign which saw them hit the ice on the road three straight nights. They'll visit Winnipeg tomorrow.
The problem for the Kings so far in the young season is the fact they can't seem to start on time. Since the home opener weekend Dauphin has allowed the game's first goal five out of seven nights, including a goal just 27 seconds into their loss Wednesday against Neepawa.
An item that has continued to improve for the Kings is their Special Teams. Their three goals on the man advantage Wednesday night has bumped them up to 17.5% which is 8th in the MJHL. On the penalty kill Dauphin is now 8th as well at 79.2%.
No points for Carter Sawchuk on Wednesday, but the Brandon product still leads the Kings in points with nine (4G, 5A) so far this season.
SELKIRK STEELERS (4-2-1)
It's been a quiet start to the year for the Selkirk Steelers. They've played just seven games so far, one of the fewest games played totals in the league right now with almost half those contests (3) coming against Dauphin.
Tonight marks the start of a four game home stand for the Steelers. They'll host Dauphin, Wayway, Portage and Swan Valley in the next seven days.
Selkirk's Special Teams are a little mixed so far this year. Their power play is a solid 19.4% (6th overall) while their penalty kill needs a little work at 77.8% (9th overall).
Through seven games Nate Halvorsen (6G, 2A) and Connor Barley (5G, 3A) lead the Steelers in points with eight.