Riley Buller recorded his first ever MJHL hat-trick and the Dauphin Kings' rolled all over OCN tonight, 10-1 on Hockey Night in Treaty Two down at Credit Union Place.
From start to finish, tonight was really owned by the Kings'. Buller opened the scoring at the 4:29 mark off a sweet shot from the side of the circle and Ian Tookenay made it 2-0 just less than three minutes later.
The Kings' kept coming as Bryon Fobair with his mom in attendance, made it 3-0 at the 12:05 mark. Brendan Arnold gave Dauphin a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes as he scored with just 16 seconds left in the first.
Avery Smith made it 5-0 for Dauphin at 9:53 into the midway frame. That set the stage for Buller. He scored at 13:45 to make it 6-0 for Dauphin. Just 28 seconds later, Buller scored his third of the game for his first ever hat-trick.
"It feels pretty awesome," said Buller after the performance. "I was pretty pumped. I'm pretty excited about it for sure."
Cole DeKoninck and Dauphin's Bradyn Smelski scored a goal each as Dauphin led 9-0 after 40 minutes.
Eamonn Miller made it 10-0 just 0:56 seconds into the third and that was all the scoring for Dauphin in the dominating performance. Cory Checco scored late in the game for OCN off a nice shot that beat Ethan Slobodzian.
"I thought our speed was great tonight and we really shared the puck," said Doug Hedley, Head Coach & GM. "We had a ton of 10-foot passes and we drove the lane really well. It's hard to play in a game like that but I thought our structure was really good."
The win capped off what turned out to be a perfect evening for the Kings'. Not only did they win, but the Winkler Flyers lost so Dauphin is now eight points ahead of them. The Virden Oil Capitals lost so the Kings' are only six points behind them and Selkirk lost which means Dauphin is only five points behind fifth place.
The Winnipeg Blues did win tonight, but Dauphin still has a six-point lead ahead of them. Dauphin plays Winnipeg on Wednesday at Credit Union Place.
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