The Dauphin Kings recorded a season-high 64 shots on Monday night as they cruised to their fifth win in a row.
Mathew Gough had the hot stick on the night as he scored three times for Dauphin in a 6-2 win over the Winnipeg Freeze as Dauphin swept the season series between the two teams.
Gough and Rylan Gibbs opened up the scoring in the first before Nathan Lenoski responded for Winnipeg; however, Dauphin fired right back as Blake Boudreau scored his 14th of the season as Dauphin was up 3-1 after 40 minutes.
Carter Zalischuk then found the back of the net as the hometown favourite scored his fourth of the season with Marco Bodnarski — another hometown favourite — picking up an assist on the goal. Dauphin led 4-1 after 40 minutes.
In the third, Gough completed his hat-trick with a pair of goals while Elliot Perrault scored for Winnipeg. Marko Belak made 22 saves to record his second straight win.
With the win, the Kings are now five points ahead of Waywayseecappo for the fourth and final playoff spot. They do have the same amount of points as OCN for third, but the Blizzard hold the tiebreaker between the teams.
Dauphin plays their regular season finale on Saturday in Winkler.