The Dauphin Kings are coming off a weekend in which they lacked urgency in one game but played with speed in their second contest of the week.

Now, the team will look to replicate Sunday’s effort as they hit the ice on Friday night to open a weekend home-and-home with the last-place team in the league. Opening Friday’s game 8-3 on home ice, Dauphin welcomes the Winnipeg Freeze to town. Winnipeg has just two wins this season and their five points have them 16 points back of the Niverville Nighthawks for fourth in the East Division.

Winnipeg has given up at least five goals in their last five games with a total of 29 going past their goalies in that time. Dauphin enters Friday’s game just five points back of the OCN Blizzard for first place in the West Division.

OCN is in tough this weekend as they play the Winnipeg Blues and Steinbach Pistons. Friday’s game is also the first of three games in five days. After this two-game set against Winnipeg, Dauphin welcomes the Centennial Cup-hosting Portage Terriers to town.

By the Numbers:

Dauphin
GF – 73
GA – 74
PP – 14.5%
PK – 81.9%
Leaders – Mason Smith 6g, 12a / 9g, 8a / Jayden Harris 6g, 11a

Virden
GF – 41
GA – 98
PP – 16.3%
PK – 76.7%
Leaders – Eric Mork 7g, 6a / Nathan Lenoski 7g, 2a / Darik Feasey 4g, 7a