WINNIPEG, MB – The Dauphin Kings never trailed in their final regular season game, beating the Winnipeg Blues 3-2 in a shootout Saturday night.
In the opening period the Kings started the scoring when Matthew Greening went short side high for his 12th of the season. Dauphin would take that 1-0 advantage into the middle frame where they were outplayed and had to battle through penalty trouble. The Blues would tie things up at one in the second.
The third period saw the Kings play better, but again have to battle some penalty killing. Dauphin grabbed the lead early on in the frame when Graeme Hore went five hole for his 9th of the season. The Blues, however, would even things up on the Power Play later in the period.
Both teams had some quality chances in overtime but neither could score, forcing the tilt to a breakaway contest. The shootout went seven round before a winner was decided. Howard Yawit and Riley Shamray (GWG) had the shootout goals for the Kings while Brandon Holtby was excellent, stopping six of the seven shots he face. Holtby was superb in his final Junior A game, stopping 40 of the 42 shots he faced. Dauphin had 15 shots on the Winnipeg goal.
Special Teams were heavily in favour of the Blues on Saturday. Winnipeg went 1 for 7 on the Power Play while Dauphin was 0 for 4.
The Kings close out the 2016-17 Manitoba Junior Hockey League campaign with a record of 17-36-7 record which is 10th in the standings. They will have the second overall second in the MJHL Draft which takes place in early June in Winnipeg.
The Kings would like to take this chance to thank their 20 year old graduating players for all they did for the hockey club this season.
Goaltender – Brandon Holtby
Forward – Keaton Leininger
Forward – Howard Yawit
Forward – Ashton Clark
Defenceman – Luddi Adamsen
|Dauphin Kings at 6:16 - Matthew Greening from Daniel Chartrand and Graeme Hore
|Winnipeg Blues at 2:22 - Matt LeBlanc (unassisted)
|Dauphin Kings at 2:16 - Graeme Hore from Matthew Greening and Daniel Chartrand
|Winnipeg Blues at 12:21 (PP) - Kelton Sutherland from Brenden Bartlett and Adam Wowryk