NEEPAWA, MB – The Dauphin Kings began their three game in three night road swing on Friday with a 3-0 loss to the Neepawa Natives.
The Kings did not play bad in the contest, they just couldn’t finish on their opportunities and that seems to be the way things have gone over the last couple games. Dauphin hit three posts Friday night and had a number of quality scoring chances but couldn’t get the puck over the goal line.
The Natives tallied twice in the opening period and then once more in the final frame. Dauphin’s best period was their second where they out shot the Natives 15-7 and were dominant in stretches.
Even though the Power Play chances were 6-4 for Neepawa the Kings out shot the Natives overall, 27-21. Neepawa went 1 for 6 on the man advantage.
Brandon Holtby suffered the loss between the pipes for Dauphin but could not be faulted on any of the goals against.
Now the Kings will look to rebound Saturday night when they visit the MJHL’s top team in the Steinbach Pistons. Last time in Steinbach Dauphin grabbed two of a possible four points with two overtime losses. The two games were arguably the Kings’ best ones this season when it comes to a “full 60 minute effort”. Game time Saturday is 7:30pm.
|Neepawa Natives at 10:33 - Reigan Buchanan from Jordan Martin and Zach Johnson||
|Neepawa Natives at 14:22 (PP) - Reigan Buchanan from Griffin Chwaliboga and Jordan Martin||
|Neepawa Natives at 5:53 - Nolan Richards (unassisted)||