SWAN RIVER, MB - Brennan Kitchen stopped all 29 shots he faced as the Dauphin Kings skated to a 2-0 victory over the Swan Valley Stampeders Tuesday night.
Kitchen needed to be at his best in the opening period when his team had a slow start out of the gate. At one point in the first the Stampeders were out shooting the Kings 8-2 but the club would eventually close the gap later in the frame.
Grady Hobbs made his return to the Dauphin lineup on Tuesday night and in the second period he was rewarded for going to the net when Kyle Oleksiuk forced the Swan Valley goaltender out of position leaving Hobbs with an empty net.
The score would remain 1-0 for Dauphin in the third period where Kitchen again played strong with the Stampeders gaining a number of power play opportunities. In the end Swan Valley finished 0 for 6 while Dauphin was 0 for 1 on the man advantage.
Riese Gaber would add an empty netter on his 18th birthday to ice the Kings' win in the final minutes. The final shots on goal were 29-25 for Swan Valley.
The win is Dauphin's second straight and their third in their last four. They'll look to keep things moving forward on Friday, but it wont be easy as they visit the Portage Terriers. Game time Friday from Portage is 7:30pm.