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Tough loss, big hole for Kings

The Dauphin Kings led by two goals on three seperate occasions on Saturday night, but they couldn’t stay out of the penalty box and it costed them dearly.

Hosting game two of their first round series against Swan Valley, Collin Jennings led the way for the Stampeders as they stormed back for a 6-5 win and as a result, they have now taken a two games to nothing lead in the best of seven series.

It was a tremendous start for Dauphin as Mathew Gough and Anthony Bax scored to give the Kings a 2-0 lead, but Trey Sauder scored with just less than 23 seconds left in the first to cut the deficit in half. Dauphin would then take a 3-1 lead early in the third as Jamie Valentino scored his first of the playoffs before Landon Gulutzan responded for the Stamps’ to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Dauphin regained their two-goal lead at the 8:27 mark of the second as Deepkaran Hans beat Kobe Grant five-hole to give Dauphin a 4-2 lead. Then that’s where it started to fall apart for Dauphin. Swan Valley would score three more power play goals in just more than five minutes as they took a 5-4 lead into the third period.

Jakob Brook scored 8:17 into the third to tie the game at five; however, Jennings completed his hat-trick with just 2:29 left in the third and the goal stood up as the winner for Swan Valley.

Game three will be played on Tuesday at the Centennial Arena. Darnell Duff will have the call beginning at 6:45.