Kings split with Steelers

Published on Tuesday, 08 November 2022 07:06

The Dauphin Kings remain in second place in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s MGEU West Division after splitting as pair of games with the Selkirk Steelers, this past weekend.

Deepkaran Hans scored twice and Cole Sheffield made 32 saves to lead the Kings to a 5-2 win, Friday in Dauphin.

The next night in Selkirk, the Steelers scored a 2-1 win, netting the winning goal midway through the third period.

Kings head coach and general manager Doug Hedley thought the Kings played well in two of the six periods.

“We played okay the third periods of both games. I didn’t think our push in the second periods was real good in either game. We had a great first period on Friday night,” he said. “It was one of the fastest periods we played with puck movement, with good support, guys attacking the net. And just really tough defence and awareness away from the puck.”

The Steelers are 2-11-3-1 after the split, but Hedley feels they are better than their record indicates.

“They’re a good hockey club. They’ve got speed. They’ve got one line that’s probably as good as any line in the league,” he said. “We got some timely goals on Friday and had a lot of chances on Saturday. We just made some mistakes they took advantage of. You’ve got to give them credit. They out worked us in Selkirk.”

Dauphin’s record sits at 11-7-2-0 for 24 points, seven back of the OCN Blizzard and just two up on the Swan Valley Stampeders, three ahead of the Waywayseecappo Wolverines and four up on the Virden Oil Capitals.

The Kings will host Virden, Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and the Winkler Flyers will pay their first visit to Credit Union Place, Sunday at 4 p.m.

Since the beginning of October, Dauphin is 9-3-1-0 and Hedley hopes to continue that winning trend on the weekend.

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Doug Hedley passed former Kings head coach Marlin Murray on Friday to become the alltime leader for games coached in team history. Murray was behind the bench for 556 games. After the two games against Selkirk this past weekend, Hedley sits at 558.

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