The Dauphin Kings opened up the floodgates in the second period, scoring five times in the frame, as they dominated the visiting Virden Oil Capitals 7-2 on Thursday to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Manitoba Junior Hockey League Sher-Wood Division final.
Tanner Lomsnes had a goal and two assists for the Kings, while Hudson Morrison added a goal and a helper, and fellow Brandonite Brayden Cuthbert added a marker.
Dylan Butler, Tyler Garrioch, Ryan Cooper and Chandler Irving also scored for the Kings, with Killarney’s Jesse Bernard picking up two assist.
Michael Stiliadis stopped 13 of the 15 shots he faced for Dauphin, which will try to end the series on Saturday in Virden, with the game starting at 7:30 p.m.
Jordan Greig of Souris and Artsiom Kalashnikov both had a goal and an assist for Virden. Adam Iwan started the game in net, but was pulled for Kyler Beckett after surrendering five goals on 21 shots. Beckett made 20 saves in relief.
Meanwhile, in Steinbach, Liam Bilton scored twice for the Winnipeg Blues as they took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Addison Division final with a 7-2 win over the host Pistons.
Jackson Keane and Brett Brooks both had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who host Game 4 on Sunday. Colin Baudry and Suede Omeasoo replied for Steinbach.
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