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Kings prepare for provincial affair against Bombers

ESTEVAN, SK – The Dauphin Kings look to improve their Centennial Cup record to 3-0 on Tuesday when they take on the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) representative, Flin Flon Bombers.

In the Kings opener on Friday afternoon against the Ottawa Junior Senators (CCHL), Carson Cherepak backstopped the team after a slow start and the Kings were able to come away with a close 2-1 victory to open play in Group B.

Back at it on Sunday against the Summerside Western Capitals (MHL), Dauphin exploded in the second period after another quiet start. Scoring five goals in the 2nd while adding another pair in the 3rd, the Kings came away with a 7-1 win after going 5-for-7 on the man-advantage.

The Kings are now set for the Flin Flon Bombers who enter Tuesday with a 1-1-1 record.

Find out more about the Kings opponent on Tuesday and how Flin Flon booked their ticket to Estevan.

Courtesy of Hockey Canada.

HOW THEY GOT TO ESTEVAN

Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League
Quarterfinal: defeated Battlefords 4-2 (3-7, 2-4, 4-2, 4-3 OT, 3-1, 6-2)
Semifinal: defeated Humboldt 4-1 (3-1, 3-2 OT, 2-0, 2-3 OT, 1-0)
SJHL championship: lost to Estevan 4-3 (2-4, 0-2, 4-3, 7-1, 2-3 OT, 6-1, 0-2)

REGULAR SEASON

Record (W-L-OTL): 34-21-3 (5th in SJHL)
Goals for: 206 (5th in SJHL)
Goals against: 158 (3rd in SJHL)
Power play: 62 for 172 (22.7% – 2nd in SJHL)
Penalty killing: 172 of 216 (79.6% – 8th in SJHL)
Longest winning streak: 7 (Dec. 18-Jan. 25)
Top 3 scorers:
• Xavier Lapointe – 19G 31A 50P (19th in SJHL)
• Zak Smith – 20G 28A 48P (23rd in SJHL)
• Jaxon Martens – 19G 27A 46P (26th in SJHL)

PLAYOFFS

Record: 11-7
Goals for: 53
Goals against: 41
Power play: 13 for 76 (17.1%)
Penalty killing: 57 of 67 (85.1%)
Top 3 scorers:
• Drew Kuzma – 9G 8A 17P
• Zak Smith – 9G 8A 17P
• Jaeden Mercier – 7G 7A 14P

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

1993 – Flin Flon Bombers | 5th place | 0-4 | 6GF 19GA
2001 – Flin Flon Bombers | runner-up | 3-3 | 18GF 20GA

COMMITMENTS

Xavier Lapointe – Rochester Institute of Technology (2022-23)
Cal Schell – SUNY Oswego (2022-23)
Gabriel Schipper – Bowdoin College (2022-23)
Jérémi Tremblay – Sacred Heart University (2022-23)
Brett Wieschorster – University of Vermont (2022-23)

CJHL TOP 20 RANKINGS

Oct. 4 – not ranked
Oct. 11 – not ranked
Oct. 18 – 20th
Oct. 25 – not ranked
Nov. 1 – Honourable Mention
Nov. 8 – not ranked
Nov. 15 – not ranked
Nov. 22 – not ranked
Nov. 29 – not ranked
Dec. 6 – not ranked
Dec. 13 – not ranked
Dec. 20 – not ranked
Feb. 7 – not ranked
Feb. 14 – 18th
Feb. 21 – Honourable Mention
Feb. 28 – not ranked
March 7 – not ranked
March 14 – not ranked
March 21 – not ranked