A far better team, a new coaching staff, new players, a new season, the 2018-19 MJHL season is here. 

And, it's the 51st edition of the Dauphin Kings, and that season has been cut in half. After winning just 14 games last season, the team has turned things around immensly and they've won 18 games already.

Perhaps it's not where the Kings want or thought they would be in at this point heading into training camp, but things have been going well this season and that's only going to continue going forward and beyond.

Of the Kings 16 losses in the regular season, 10 of them have been decided by one goal.

Although Dauphin is back in a tie for sixth, not that many points separate them from third. The team is just 10 back of Steinbach.

Now that the 2019 part of things is almost here, the Kings need to tack on some more points. Chance 1&2 sure won't be easy. On Friday, Dauphin is in Winkler and Saturday they're in Steinbach. 

After that, the Kings head to OCN to wrap up their first road swing of 2019.

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Team Canada will continue round-robin play in the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship tomorrow against Russia tonight at 7.

So far, Canada is a perfect 3-0 at the juniors having beaten Denmark 14-0 in their opening game, Switzerland 3-2, and the Czech Republic 5-1. In 3 other games today; Denmark plays Czech Republic, Sweden plays Kazakhstan, and the United States play Finland.

For scores and a full schedule of games, click here.

It didn't take Roblin's Jayce Hawryluk long to light the twine. 

The 22-year-old make his NHL debut on December 15. 

Eight days later on December 23, Jayce made some more history in this never to forget year. 

He scored twice in the Panthers 6-3 win against the Blackhawks.

"It was a super special feeling," said Hawryluk. "It's something I'll never forget."

The Grand Plains Peewee Ice Dogs played a couple games this weekend.

Yesterday, Adel Wiebe scored but the Ice Dogs lost 4-1 to the Brandon Oilers.

Sunday:

Earlier today, the team dominated the Rivers Jets, 15-3.

Montana Jubenvill had the hot stick with four goals.

Raylyn Koshowski was also on fire, with three goals. 

A couple Ice Dogs had two goals in the game including Lauren Vaters and Addison Damsgaard.

Reese Boguski, Skyla Burns, Ruth Dandeneau, and Brooke Shewchuk scored one each in the game.

Grand Plains Atom Hawks:

Yesterday, the team played a solid game as they beat Dauphin #1.

On Sunday, they battled with Dauphin #3 and came out on top, 4-3.

Quinten Fisk had Dauphin up 2-1 after the first period with two goals and GP’s lone goal came from Kingston Stirling.

The back and forth game continued in the second as Connor Morrisseau scored for Dauphin and Kingston scored his second for the Hawks. GP then went back to back. Stirling recorded his third goal to tie it up and that set the stage for Nolan Ducheck.

He scored the game winner in what turned out to be a fantastic game.

The Dauphin Kings are heading into Christmas happy. 

They came back to beat the Virden Oil Capitals tonight, 2-1 in front of a solid crowd at Credit Union Place.

It was the Oil Capitals who opened the scoring as Ben Dalke snapped a shot past Ethan Slobodzian on the power play just 2:09 into the game. 

Things remained scoreless for a good chunk of the game after that. That was until the third period. 

Kolby Johnson tied the game up 5:16 into the third with his fourth goal of the season. Dauphin’s Andrew Liwiski and Grady Hobbs notched the assists.

That set the stage for an early Christmas present for Riley Buller.

He scored the game winner at the 16:48 mark with Cole DeKoninck and Bryon Fobair recording the assists. 

With the win, the Kings are alone in sixth place heading into Christmas. They’re just four points behind Virden for fourth. 

Dauphin is back at it on January 4.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings/Pederson Photographic.

The Grandview Comets also played last night. They lost to Virden, 12-0.

The Parkland Bantam Rangers have finished their first half of the season with a weekend split. 

Yesterday, the club battled hard but fell 6-3 to the Interlake Lightning.

Carter Zalischuk, Rylan Gibbs and Will Munro scored for the Rangers in the game. 

Game #2:

Today, the team was determined to win their last game before Christmas and that’s exactly what they did. 

Jayce Legaarden led the way with two goals as the club beat the Winnipeg Hawks, 6-5.

Brayden Dube, Will Munro, Kyan Grouette, and Carter Zalischuk all scored singles in the game. 

The Dauphin Kings will officially wrap up 2018 tonight.

They end their pre-Christmas schedule when they welcome the Virden Oil Capitals to town.

Dauphin has lost five straight games while Virden is the hottest team in the league coming into the game. After a 2-8-4 start to the season, Virden is now 19-11-2-4 and they're in fifth place in the league. Just one point behind the Selkirk Steelers for fourth.

The Kings meanwhile are now in seventh place in the league, two points behind the Winnipeg Blues.

Offence has been hard to come by for the most part lately for Dauphin. In their last four games, Dauphin has scored three goals or more just once. 

Overall, Dauphin and Virden have had a fantastic season series. Besides a 3-0 win for Virden earlier this campaign, each game has been a nail-biter.

Dauphin's power play is at 15.3% while their penalty kill is at 78.9%. Virden's power play is very elite at 24.4%. In fact, Virden tied the game last time the team's played at Credit Union Place on the power play before eventually winning in the shootout. Virden's penalty kill is at 84.6%.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings.

The Dauphin Kings continue to play very well at times, but a couple breakdowns cost them a game tonight. 

They lost 3-2 to the Wolverines in their final road game of 2018. 

Brendan Arnold opened up the scoring just over two minutes into the game as the Kings led 1-0 after 20.

Wayway responded late in the second period to tie it up after 40.

Carter Sawchuk then scored for the couple just more then a couple minutes into the third to take a 2-1 lead. 

On one of the breakdowns, Wayway went on a 2 on 1 and tapped the puck in past Landsberger. 

Greg Lee would then score the game winner 11:05 into the third. 

Tonight’s affair was a rough one. Dauphin has 78 penalty minutes and Wayway had 86

Dauphin has now lost five straight games. They’re 0-4-1 in that span. With the loss and a Winnipeg Blues win tonight, Dauphin and the Blues are now tied in sixth place. 

The Kings will look to end off 2018 on a high note tomorrow. They welcome the Virden Oil Capitals to town. 

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings.

You can now make it 11 straight wins for the Dauphin Clippers hockey team. 

They won the “Christmas Classic” against Neepawa earlier today, 2-1.

Kayden Bodnar had the Clippers up 1-0 after 20. Neepawa scored to tie it after 40.

Captain clutch, Riley Hammond scored the game winner for Dauphin. 

 It was Dauphin’s sixth straight win in this classic. They end their pre-Christmas schedule with an 11-2 record. 

The Dauphin Kings organization pride themselves on getting out into the community and that's exactly what they did last Friday. The team had the day off so they spent it at the Dauphin Hospital and the Dauphin Personal Care Home.

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Another stop the Kings took was to PRVSI. They spent an hour there meeting with the folks, playing games and just enjoying themselves.

"The day the team came was definitely a memorable one," said Todd Gardipie, Program Manager at PRVSI. "It was very much enjoyed by all. The folks here are huge fans of the Kings so it was great for everyone involved."

"There was a lot of introduction and all of the players had their hockey cards to sign which was a huge hit," he added. "There were puzzles, the WII and a lot more. The social interaction was great. It was a fantastic hour."

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Here are some photos from the Dauphin Personal Care Home:

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Dauphin is back at it tonight in Waywayseecappo. You can hear the game beginning with the Parkland Source for Sports pregame show at 7:15.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings.

Brendan Arnold is back in town and since arriving at the start of his junior hockey career, he's been a fan favourite.

Now, the Winnipegger is in his third season with the Kings. It's also his most successful to date. Last season the Kings finished up 14-44-1-1. In his first year with the club during the 2016-17 season, the team finished up with a 17-35-5-2 record.

This year, the Kings head into their second last game before the Christmas break with a 17-15-2-2 record.

"Things are going pretty good right now," said Arnold. "It's definitely one of the best teams I've been on. We have a lot of skill this year and a bunch of veterans."

"I just have to keep putting pucks on net, I know I haven't had my best season scoring wise, but I'm hoping to change that," said Arnold on his production this season. He's got 16 points in 36 games. Despite not scoring quite as much as he has wanted, Brendan is definitely on his way to a career year. That career high came last year when he recorded 26 points over 56 games.

The Kings will look to get to win #18 tonight. They head to Waywayseecappo to play the Wolverines. The last time the Kings went to Wayway, it was a thrilling 3-2 win in a game where the Kings went down 2-0. Dauphin has been on a slide, however. They've lost four straight games. Still, the Kings are just six points behind the fifth-place Virden Oil Capitals and seven points behind the fourth-place Selkirk Steelers.

"We've been struggling to get pucks to the net lately, and that's been our biggest issue," said Arnold. "We have to get guys driving and we need to throw pucks towards the net."

"We had a really good practice yesterday and I think everyone is ready to go," he added. "We need these four points this weekend. Everyone wants to head into Christmas with some momentum."

It's also a special year for Brendan. He's a co-Captain this season, alongside Riley Shamray. Arnold reps the "C" on his jersey during road games. That means tonight, he'll be leading the pack out on the ice.

"It really is a complete honour for me, I love representing the Kings crest," said Arnold. "It's a great feeling leading the boys."

You can hear the full interview with Brendan on the Dauphin Kings Power Play show this afternoon. It goes after the 4:00 p.m. news, weather, and sports.

Photo Credit - Dauphin Kings/Pederson Photographic.