It wasn't all smiles after the game; however, Dauphin's Andrew Liwiski did have something to smile about on Wednesday evening when the Kings played the Neepawa Natives. 15:52 into the first period, Liwiski ripped a shot from the left point that beat Michael Davis. The goal was Andrew's first of the campaign in his 34th game.
"I want to contribute to the success of this team whether it be offensively or defensively," said Liwiski. "I was happy to see one find the back of the net, I haven't gotten the best bounces this year. It's all about moving forward now."
"I know I have some decent offensive capabilities, it's just about finding the right time to jump in and hopefully, I can add some more here down the stretch," continued Liwiski.
Whenever this season comes to an end for Dauphin, Liwiski's junior career chapter will come to an end. Being 20-years-old, this is Andrew's final year of eligibility. The Dauphin native has played in 143 junior games. All but 52 of them have come with Dauphin. He played the 2017-18 season with the Lloydminster Bobcats, a season in which he scored two goals.
With it being his last year that means Andrew will finish his junior career with the same team that he grew up watching as a little kid.
"I honestly couldn't have wished for anything quite like this, my junior career has been a blast and I'm really glad I've played a lot of hockey here in Dauphin," continued Liwiski. "With that said, I'm not looking at the end. As a team, we're focused on winning the rest of the year and making some noise."
Andrew began his competitive hockey days with the Parkland Bantam Rangers in the 2013-14 season where he would add 17 points in 36 games. His most successful season point wise was a few years later with the Parkland U18 Rangers when he put up 43 points (16G) in 42 games during the 2016-17 campaign.
The next time you can catch Andrew in action at Credit Union Place is set for Tuesday. That's when the OCN Blizzard pays a visit to Dauphin for the third and final time. As the regular season continues to wind down, Andrew would love to see you fill the stands.
"We're a pretty good hockey team, we're fast and we're exciting," added Liwiski. "I really believe that we can get on a run here leading up to the playoffs."
In his own words, getting the chance to play junior hockey is a "dream".
"Absolutely, this is the dream. I grew up as a young kid wanting this, it was my goal and it means a lot that I achieved it," concluded Liwiski. "I'm pretty grateful that I get to do this every day."
Liwiski and the rest of the Kings are back on the ice tomorrow evening when they play the Steinbach Pistons. You can hear Darnell Duff's full chat with Andrew during the Dauphin Kings Power Play Show tomorrow afternoon during the Power Play Show. You can also catch the broadcast with Darnell Duff, the pregame show starts at 7:15.