Strong Finish

DAUPHIN, MB – The Dauphin Kings won their first game on home ice this season and they were victorious in their last, picking up a 5-2 victory over the Steinbach Pistons Saturday night at Credit Union Place.

The Kings came out hot in the opening period, scoring the game’s first two goals in the first eight minutes. Ashton Clark (17) notched a goal on the man advantage and Riese Gaber (12) finished off a nice pass from Grady Hobbs to get the Kings up by two. The lead was short lived as the top team in the league showed why they’re there, scoring two quick goals to tie things up by the end of the first. 

In the second period the lone goal scorer was Howard Yawit, who scored his fourth of the campaign on a rebound at the side of the Steinbach net. 

In the third Dauphin played excellent and added to their total when Grady Hobbs (7) and Brendan Arnold (5) both hit the score sheet. Hobbs finished a chance off in front of the Steinbach goal while Arnold scored on a breakaway in the later stages of the final period. 

The Kings had a number of players with multi point nights. Riese Gaber (1G, 1A), Keaton Leininger (2A), Grady Hobbs (1G, 1A) and Ian Briscoe (3A) all had solid nights. 

Brandon Holtby was excellent on Saturday, stopping 43 of 45 shots while his club put 25 on the Steinbach goal. Holtby was named the game’s first star on Saturday and also took home the Kings’ Most Inspirational Player and MVP Awards. 


Power Plays were in favour of the Pistons for the second straight night. Steinbach scored both their goals on the man advantage, ending the night 2 for 3 while the Kings were 1 for 4. 

Dauphin improves their record to 16-35-7 and will get set for their final two games of the regular season on the road. They’ll face off with the Neepawa Natives on Friday and the Winnipeg Blues on Saturday. 


Dauphin Kings at 5:41 (PP) Ashton Clark from Keaton Leininger and Ian Briscoe


Dauphin Kings at 8:00 Riese Gaber from Dawson Bacon and Grady Hobbs


Steinbach Pistons at 11:50 (PP) Bradley Schoonbaert from Tyler Anderson and Ryan Carlson


Steinbach Pistons at 16:12 (PP) Danny Pion from Joseph Leonidas and Braden Purtill


Dauphin Kings at 18:17 Howard Yawit from Keaton Leininger and Darren Gisti


Dauphin Kings at 4:15 Grady Hobbs from Austin Friesen and Brendan Arnold


Dauphin Kings at 13:42 Brendan Arnold  from Kyle Oleksiuk and Ian Briscoe