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Hobbs nets a hat trick as Kings earn weekend split

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The Dauphin Kings split their first four games with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines to start the Manitoba Junior Hockey League season, but they probably deserved better.
The Kings outshot the Wolverines, 47-23 on Friday in Waywayseecappo, only to lose 3-1 thanks to a 46-save performance by Waywayseecappo goaltender Liam Tereposky.
The Kings got a measure of revenge the next night when Grady Hobbs scored three times to lead Dauphin to a 5-1 victory to even the Kings’ record at 2-2-0-0.
Kings head coach and general manager Doug Hedley said the 7-3 loss in the home opener, Oct. 9, was a result of the Kings playing a high-risk game.
“They took advantage of every mistake we made. We just gave up too many odd-man rushes,” he said.
The next night, Oct. 10 in Waywayseecappo, the Kings were real good, he said, and solid defensively, resulting in a 7-0 win.
In Friday’s 3-1 loss, the Kings controlled the play and could have been up two or three goals if not for Tereposky.
“You’ve got to give credit where credit is due, because Tereposky was very good. Their goaltender was outstanding,” Hedley said.
Hedley was pleased the team is able to rebound from a tough loss and work just as hard.
“We’ve got a good room right now. It’s one of the best since I’ve been here. The guys really get along,” he said.
The Kings have four players out with injuries. Nakodan Greyeyes, Kaden Bryant, Parker Fofonoff and Ben Hackl are all out. And Koby Morrisseau served the first two games of a three-game suspension for a blow to the head in the Oct. 10 game in Waywayseecappo.
Hedley does not expect to have a healthy lineup until the end of the month.
“Foff and Bryant should be skating (this) week in practice, so they should be ready for the weekend. Morry is the second game against OCN he’ll be back. And then Nakodan maybe a week later,” he said, adding Hackl is likely out six to eight weeks with a broken hand.
The Kings will now face the OCN Blizzard for four straight games, beginning Friday in OCN at 7 p.m. before returning to Credit Union Place on Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. tilt.
The Blizzard are 0-3-1-0 to start the year and just blew a four-goal lead, Saturday in a 5-4 loss to the Swan Valley Stampeders. The Stamps scored four power-play goals in the last six minutes to escape with the win.
“That hurts. So they’re getting better, obviously. Swan has got a good club, so obviously, they’re getting better,” Hedley said.
“Wayway and Swan battle it out next weekend, so we can make some ground up, maybe.”
Kings court: The Kings are looking for some help from their season ticket holders. The Kings are asking season ticket holders who are unable to attend a game to donate their tickets back to the club to resell to people that otherwise may be turned away at the door due to COVID-19 restrictions. If they do, the season ticket holders will receive a $5 credit per ticket towards their 2021-22 season tickets. If you would like to donate your season ticket seats back to the team, you can bring the tickets to the Speedy Glass south ticket office during office hours each week. The office is open Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 5 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday’s game day from 4 p.m. to game time. The Kings are also selling advance tickets for each home game.

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Doug Zywina
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