Virden, MB – Ben Dalke notched his first career hat trick and added an assist on route to a 6-3 win over the Dauphin Kings on Tuesday night.
The Caps finally got their power play clicking and went 3 for 5 on the night including a pair of markers in the first period.
Dylan Thiessen opened the scoring on the man advantage 11:44 into the first period but it wouldn’t take long for the Kings to respond.
Matt Greening and Trevor Kavanaugh (PP) would score less than two minutes apart to give the Kings their first lead of the game.
With less than 30 seconds to go in the opening frame, Drake Bodie found the back of the net on another beautiful power play setup.
Dalke would get his first of the night early in the 2nd on the man advantage before Kyle Salaway got in on the scoring fun three minutes later to give Virden a 4-2 lead.
Kelby Picard would tip home a nice deflection before the end of the frame to cut the lead to one but that was as close as Dauphin would get.
Dalke would add two more in the third including the empty netter to solidify his first career hat-trick and earn the game’s first star honours.
Sean Kuehn picked up his 2nd straight win making 25 saves while Brandon Holtby took the loss making 30 saves.
The Caps move to 28-18-1 and leapfrog the Winnipeg Blues into fourth place in the MJHL standings.
Virden will head out on the road this weekend with stops in Selkirk and Winkler.
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