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Second round playoff preview | Kings vs Flyers

The Dauphin Kings take on the Winkler Flyers in the second round of the MJHL Playoffs with a chance to move on and play for the Turnbull Trophy.

(3) Winkler Flyers vs Dauphin Kings (2)

Season Series

Jan 7th – 6-4 Flyers win

Jan 8th – 4-3 Flyers OT win

Goalie Playoff Stats

Flyers

Dylan Meilun – 4-2, .900 SV%, 2.35 GAA

Kings

Carson Cherepak – 4-1-1, .915 SV%, 2.59 GAA

Playoff Scoring Leaders

Flyers

Justin Svenson – 5 goals, 5 assists for 10 points

Trent Sambrook – 2 goals, 7 assists for 9 points

Jayden McCarthy – 3 goals, 4 assists for 7 points

Kings

Parker Malchuk – 2 goals, 8 assists for 10 points

Kaden Bryant – 3 goals, 5 assists for 8 points

Colby Jaquet – 3 goals, 4 assists for 7 points

Series Thoughts:

This should be a hard-fought, drag-it-out series with some elite talent on display. Both the Kings and the Flyers matchup up pretty well and evenly in most categories heading into round two.

The Dauphin Kings come in after battling to close out their first-round series against the Stampeders. A good mental and physical test for a team that will look to carry that into a series against an equally physical Flyers group. The Kings generated a lot of offence from the blueline as the defenders combined for 28 points in the first round. On top of that, the forwards up front have pulled their weight scoring but also limiting scoring against.

Top goalie Carson Cherepak did what he’s done all season, giving his team a chance to flex the scoring power.

Winkler also had quite a battle in their opening round and they responded when things tightened up. Boasting similar weapons both upfront and on the back end, the Flyers showed growth after going down two games to one, pulling out a thrilling overtime win that eventually catapulted them throughout the rest of the series. Strong, fast, and willing to play whatever way it takes to win.

Dylan  Meilun has shown he should have been in the top goaltender conversation.

For Winkler, having their top guys stay engaged throughout will be key. They can’t afford lapses or the Kings will make them pay.

Dauphin’s defenders will have to be well aware that all players in orange and black have what it takes to finish.

This series will be a physically demanding one and whichever team can stay mentally tough as well as physically healthy will have definitely earned their way to the MJHL finals.

Series Dates:

Friday, April 15th in Dauphin

Saturday, April 16th in Dauphin

Tuesday, April 19th in Winkler

Wednesday, April 20th in Winkler

*Friday, April 22nd in Dauphin

*Sunday, April 24th in Winkler

*Tuesday, April 26th in Dauphin

* – If Necessary