The Dauphin Kings will look to build off Saturday's shootout win when they hit the ice tonight for their fifth preseason game.
For the second time, the Melville Millionaires are in town. Last week, they came out with a 5-2 win thanks to a start that included the Mills' getting out to a 4-0 lead. Melville hasn't played since Thursday's tilt in Dauphin and this will be their final game before the regular season gets going this weekend across the SJHL.
For the most part in the preseason so far, Dauphin has gone with some veterans mixed with younger players. Tonight, you can expect to see the faces that have experience at this level.
"It's a Saskatchewan game and teams in that league always play rough and tough and we need to match them," said Assistant Coach Mitch Topinka. "We're going to be dressing a very, very veteran lineup tonight including the goaltenders. Our goal is to even the series tonight with a big win."
Tonight's game for Dauphin is the second last of the preseason. They wrap things up on Friday night when Neepawa is in town. As the regular season continues to approach, Topinka and the rest of the organization continue to look for more from each and every guy.
"Absolutely. It's a little harder when we can't practice systems, but we're teaching as much as we can on the bench and guys need to buy in," Topinka concluded. "We need guys to work hard and play for the crest at all times."
Four Mills' players had at least two points on Thursday. Spadafora had three. Abbamont, Nkwama, and Jerome had two each.
Dauphin is just 1-for-27 on the power play in the preseason. They went 0-for-5 against Melville. Melville, meanwhile, went 2-for-5 against Dauphin.
Tonight's game is set for 7:30.