Dauphin Kings main camp has officially come to a close, but it didn't without a thriller inside of Credit Union Place on Sunday afternoon.
The team hosted its JoFo Cup and Team Barry Trotz nipped Team Butch Goring, 7-5. Team Trotz opened the game with a goal just 50 seconds in when Colby Jaquet fired one past a screened Mathias Savoie. Team Trotz would score three more goals in the period as they took a 4-0 lead heading into the second period.
Parker Fofonoff responded for Team Goring in the second as he scored two quick goals to bring Team White within two goals with plenty of time left. After Team Trotz made it 5-2, Team Goring scored two straight to bring the game within a goal.
Team Trotz would respond once again as they took a 6-4 lead late before Parker Malchuk beat Matthias Smith to bring the game within one. In the end, last year's most valuable player Grady Hobbs scored into the empty net to seal the 7-5 win.
Trotz goal scorers: Colby Jaquet, Zach Turner, Noah Wanger, Sean Williams, Andrew Andries, Austin Lamotte, and Grady Hobbs.
Goring goal scorers: Parker Fofonoff (X2), Kadin Ilott, Kaden Bryant, and Parker Malchuk.
"I liked the game. Obviously, Team Trotz definitely dominated the first period, but Goring came back and battled hard," said Doug Hedley, head coach, and general manager. "It was an extremely competitive second half of the game. The energy was great and the speed was good. It was great to see."
It was the first time all weekend that Grady Hobbs and Austin Lamotte hit the ice. The dominate duo didn't take part in either scrimmage on Friday or Saturday. They scored two of the team's goals on Sunday and generated several other solid chances while playing on a line with Noah Wagner.
"I thought that line was really good. Both Hobbs and Lamotte showed their speed," offered Hedley. "The line was making something happen every time they were on the ice."
On the other end as mentioned above, Fofonoff led the way for Team Goring with two goals. Koby Morriseau created many chanced with Kaden Bryant also scored as it truly was a battle of the top lines on Sunday afternoon.
"Kaden had a really nice goal. Malchuk also worked really well with that unit," ended Hedley. "Some really nice players were made and that's usually not something that happens this early in the season, so it was a great start."
Hedley went on to say that Matthias Smith was the team's best goaltender all camp long. He allowed just one goal in his 30+ of action. Dauphin will now focus on its preseason game tomorrow evening against the Swan Valley Stampeders. Both teams will ice young rookies in their annual "rookie game".