The Dauphin Kings and Winnipeg Blues played yet another tight contest in their fourth meeting of the season. This time the Blues came out on top 5-3. Each team now has a regulation and shootout win against the other.
Ethan Czaplewski opened the scoring, but Daniel Chartrand responded for the Kings just 44 seconds later, receiving a feed in the slot from Ian Briscoe and firing it by Blues tender Jacob Gnidziejko.
The Kings took their first lead early in the second. Trevor Selk fired a shot at the Blues goalie, Ian Briscoe banked the rebound off of Gnidziejko from below the goal line and in to make it 2-1.
Five minutes later Rhett Lough finished off a beautiful passing play from Ethan Czaplewski and Dexter Kuczek to even the score once again. The Blues pulled out in front before the end of the frame when Brock Shwaluk found a loose puck in the slot after Matt Greening blocked a point shot.
Winnipeg increased their lead in the third with Dexter Kuczek scoring on a two-on-one. Howard Yawit brought the Kings within one when he broke up a play at the point and charged down the ice, firing a shot by the Blues netminder for the short handed marker.
Despite a number of good scoring chances with Duncan McGovern pulled and the extra attacker on the ice, the Kings could not find the equilizer and surrendered an empty netter with 0.9 of a second left.
The Kings look to rebound from the loss in Winkler on Saturday.
Three Dauphin Clippers will represent Manitoba at the U18 Rugby 7s National Championship in British Columbia in March.
Kaila Stratuliak, Gabrielle Robbins, and Kalee Dyck, all from Dauphin, cracked the Manitoba roster.
Stay tuned for an interview with the players and Clipper coach Rod Carberry next week after the noon Ag Show. More details to follow.
The Dauphin Kings gave themselves a four point cushion in the standings with a commanding 4-1 win over the Neepawa Natives.
The Kings are now tied with Swan Valley with 33 points, but Swan holds on to 8th with two games in hand.
The Kings outshot Neepawa 33-22. Brandon Holtby's shutout was put to rest when Neepawa scored their only goal on the power play late in the third. Holtby stayed in the game despite being blatantly bulldozed by Neepawa defenseman Griffin Chwaliboga.
Four the second straight game the Kings defense contributed offensively with two goals. Austin Friesen opened the scoring in the first, notching his third of the year. Graeme Hore had the second period's only marker. Rookie d-man Darren Gisti recorded his fourth of the year with a blast from the point on a delayed power play in the third. And also in the third Brendan Arnold knocked a loose puck in for his second of the year.
The Kings now begin their next stretch of games on the road Wednesday night in Waywayseecappo.