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Kings Stumble Into 2022 With Two Losses To Flyers

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It was a rough return from the Christmas break for the Dauphin Kings.

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s West Division leaders dropped both games over the weekend to the Winkler Flyers, losing 6-4 on Friday in Dauphin, but earning a point in a 4-3 loss, Sunday in Winkler.

Kings head coach and general manager Doug Hedley said the Kings did not get off to a good start, Friday, falling behind 3-0 six minutes in.

“You can’t chase the game 3-0. I don’t think it was (goalie Carson) Cherepak’s best game. He was a little bit hurt,” he said. “He was going in a little bit injured. Looking back at it, he probably shouldn’t have started, but at the same time, he said he was good to go.”

Cherepak is listed as day-to-day with an unspecified injury.

Hedley didn’t think the team was good in the first 10 minutes, but improved after that, out chancing and out playing the Flyers.

He added the Kings played well enough in the first half to give themselves some leeway to have a little bit of adversity.

“Right now we know we’ve got to get a little bit better. We’ve added a couple of players and we’re hoping to add one more,” Hedley said.

Fans will be familiar with the two players Hedley has added to the lineup.

Forward Nakodan Greyeyes is back with the team after a stint with the Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League, where he had a goal and two assists in 14 games.

“Greyeyes coming back gives us a legitimate number one centerman with Kaden Bryant. The last full year he played he had 74 points, so we’re looking forward to that offence. He definitely would be one of our top guys, so it’s great to have him back in the fold,” he said.

Also returning to the Kings is 18-year-old defenceman Aiden Brook.

The Roblin native started the season with the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers, where he had one assist in seven games before a trade sent him to the Prince George Cougars. Brook was pointless in 11 games with Prince George.

At six-foot, three-inches, Brook brings size and WHL experience to the blueline.

“He gives us that compete down low. He plays with an edge. And he’s only 18 years old and wants to be here,” Hedley said. “That’s two players, there’s no unknown parts about them. We know their character. We know how they work. We know that they’re going to fit in to our hockey club, so we know it’s definitely a good situation for us.”

Hedley had a busy Monday with the trade deadline at 5 p.m.

The Kings will get their first look at the expansion Winnipeg Freeze this weekend when the two teams hook up in Winnipeg on Friday, at 8 p.m. The Freeze will then pay their first-ever visit to Credit Union Place, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Kings court:

Defenceman Jayden Jubenvill was recognized prior to Friday’s game after he was named the IBAM Rookie of the Month for December. The Gilbert Plains product had two goals and three assists in six games last month . . . The Kings made one deal last week, sending 18-year-old Andrew Andries to the Selkirk Steelers for future considerations. On Monday, the Kings shipped local product Hayden Lacquette, a defenceman, along with forward Slade Stanick to the Portage Terriers for their leading scorer Logan Calder, who has 19 goals and 33 points in 31 games. Look for more details on this and any other trades in next week’s Dauphin Herald.

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Doug Zywina
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