The Oil Capitals carried the momentum for much of the 60 minutes of the game, but two quick goals against early in the 2nd period carried Dauphin to the victory.
Throughout much of the 1st period, the Oil Capitals had zone time, and good possession. But late in the 1st, the Kings broke the goose egg when Brandonite Carter Sawchuk, got his 1st of the season at the 19:24 mark with assists to Sammy Mouland and Riley Shamray.
Early in the 2nd, Dauphin’s Wayde Johannesson, netted his 1st of the season for the Kings, set up by Mitchell Joss. Less than two minutes later, at the 2:10 mark, the Kings capitalized on a bad carom off the back boards, then bounced off Oil Capital’s starter Dalton Dosch into the slot, for Sawchuk to get his 2nd of the night into the empty net. Wayde Johannesson and Mitchell Joss continued with their strong nights with assists.
The Oil Capitals put their “work boots” on in the 3rd. At the 3:57 mark on the power play, Jack Einarson netted the Caps 1st of the season, on a nice setup by Brett Paddock. Shortly thereafter at the 6:04 mark, Dylan Halliday, netted his 1st career MJHL goal set up by Einarson and Josh Belcher. The Caps came on strong throughout the rest of the 3rd period, but couldn’t get the equalizer by Dauphin’s starter, Brennan Kitchen. Dauphin got an empty netter late in the frame to seal the deal.
Dalton Dosch was solid in his season debut making 26 saves. Brennan Kitchen, Dauphin’s starter, was strong when called upon making 24 saves on 26 shots.
GM and Head Coach Troy Leslie commented on Last night’s game against the Kings. “We had a real solid start to our game tonight and had good momentum through the 1st period. I thought our 2nd period could have been better. We had a real solid 3rd period and will need to use that as our momentum moving into out home opener tomorrow.”
Tonight, is the Valleyview Coop Home Opener vs the Dauphin Kings. Come on down to the Tundra Oil & Gas Place at 5:00 PM as proceedings start with a fundraiser BBQ hosted by Westman Wolverines Hockey. Local band, Prairie Joe, will once again be in top form starting at 5:00 PM and through the whole night. The game will begin with player and staff introductions, Humboldt Broncos tribute, and a ceremonial puck drop