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Kings Sweep Blizzard In Weekend Set, Remain Tied For First

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The Dauphin Kings remain in a tie for first place in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s West Division following a weekend sweep over the OCN Blizzard.

The Kings opened the weekend with a convincing 7-2 win over the Blizzard, Friday in Dauphin.

Playing in just the second junior hockey game of his career, 16-year-old Brayden Dube of Roblin showed why he was drafted by the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds in the second round, 29th overall in the 2020 bantam draft, scoring three times and adding an assist to lead the Kings.

“It was a pretty amazing feeling. I’m just speechless,” he said of his big night.

Dube’s goal was to make the Thunderbirds, but he was recently reassigned to the Kings.

“That’s where I wanted to be. But I think it’s good here, too. It’s really good here,” he said, adding the biggest adjustment for him was the pace and speed of the game.

“It’s really fast there with really skilled players,” he said.

The Kings completed the sweep on Sunday in The Pas with a 7-3 triumph.

Colby Jaquet led the Kings with two goals and an assist and Matthew Rathbone also added a pair in his long awaited debut.

Sunday’s win was Dauphin’s third straight and moved them to 6-2-0-0 on the season, the same as the Waywayseecappo Wolverines.

The Kings will now face the 4-3-1-0 Virden Oil Capitals, who sit in third place in the division.

The first of four straight meetings between the two clubs takes place, Friday in Virden, with game two in Dauphin, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Carson Cherepak was named the Farmery Brewery Goaltender of the Month for September after posting a 3-0 record with a 1.66 GAA and .944 save percentage.

The Winnipeg native who turned 19 on Saturday, was “super proud” to win the award.

“But it was a team effort. My teammates play great for me every game. Without them I wouldn’t be able to do it. But it’s definitely a feather in my cap,” he said.

Cherepak played last season with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Sherwood Park Crusaders before he was acquired by the Kings in mid-September.

And, although he was coming to a new team, Cherepak was familiar with the facility, having played at Credit Union Place for the Manitoba AAA U18 Hockey League’s Winnipeg Wild.

“This was one of my favourite places to play back in midget. I loved it here. It’s a great rink,” he said. “And my midget coach had a lot of good things to say about Hedder (Kings head coach and general manager Doug Hedley), as well.”

Cherepak credits his early season success to his teammates. “Team effort. That’s all it is. Just a team effort, every day,” he said.

Kings Court:

Winnipeg Blues forward Josiah Vanderhooft was named the RBC Player of the Month after scoring three goals and 12 points in just four games. Eduard Wruck of the Steinbach Pistons was the Safe Work Manitoba Defenceman of the Month. He posted two goals and seven points in four games. Carson Buydens of the Virden Oil Capitals was the IBAM Rookie of the Month after tallying a goal and three points in four games. Winkler Flyers forward Jayden McCarthy was the Manitoba Pork Peak Performer, notching five goals and eight points in four contests.

The Kings chased OCN’s starting goalie in three of the four games they played against each other. Nick Pineo went the distance in a 3-0 OCN win, Oct. 1 in The Pas.



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Doug Zywina
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