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The Dauphin Kings now have an 11 point lead atop the West Division after they downed the Neepawa Titans, 3-2, in overtime Tuesday night.
It was a game in which Emerik Demers was outstanding for Neepawa as he turned away 35 shots, some of which were highlight reel saves, but it wasn’t quite enough.
Neepawa opened the scoring 9:26 in as Ste. Rose’s Jaegar Lapointe scored his 22nd of the season to give Neepawa a 1-0 lead. Dauphin rebounded very quickly as Garrett Hrechka scored his sixth of the season just 19 seconds later. Nick Braun scored with just more than seven minutes left to give the Kings a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.
Kalen Reynolds scored his first of the season in the second as the game was tied after 40 minutes. The two teams combined for 12 shots in the third; however, not one beat Demers or Keaton Woolsey as the game was overtime bound.
In overtime, Brayden Dube streaked down the left side of the ice and centered a pass for Logan Calder who tipped it past Demers for the win and a full two points.
Dauphin moves to 35-11-1 with the win, good for 71 points. Neepawa; meanwhile, are now 18-21-4-5, which puts them two points behind the fourth and final playoff spot.
The two teams will meet Friday in Neepawa.
- Calder’s goal in overtime was his first with Dauphin
- The Kings won their fifth overtime contest, that’s tied for the most in the league
- Dauphin has now won six straight games, Neepawa has dropped four in a row