The Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Dauphin Kings will have two chances to qualify for the RBC Cup this weekend.
Brett Hope and Brent Wold both scored twice on Thursday to lift the host Kings (3-1) to a 5-3 win over the British Columbia Hockey League champion Coquitlam Express (2-2) and lock up first place in the Western Canada Cup round robin. Dauphin will now take on the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Yorkton Terriers (2-2) for the tournament title and a berth in the RBC Cup on Saturday at 7 p.m. The loser will play for the second berth on Sunday at 4 p.m.
On Thursday, Brandonite Mitch Van Teeling netted a short-handed empty-netter for Dauphin, while Killarney’s Jesse Bernard picked up an assist. Jordan Piccolino made 31 saves for the Kings.
Mark Whiteley, Jace Hennig and Zach Hodder replied for the Express, who will take on the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Spruce Grove Saints (2-2) on Saturday for a chance to play for the second RBC Cup berth on Sunday.
The Saints kept their season alive with a 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Blues (1-3) on Thursday. Cameron Hughes had a goal and an assist for the Saints, while Kamerin Nault, Jackson Keane and Brett Brooks scored for the Blues.
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