Brent Wold scored a pair of goals for the Dauphin Kings on Sunday night as they opened the best-of-seven Manitoba Junior Hockey League Sher-Wood Division final with a 4-2 victory over the visiting Virden Oil Capitals.
Jared Morris added a goal and two helpers for the Kings, while Brandonite Hudson Morrison also found the back of the net. Dylan Butler chipped in with two assists, while Michael Stiliadis made 16 saves to record his fifth straight playoff victory in net.
Artsiom Kalashnikov set up both Virden markers, which were scored by Jake Dudar and Rob Newton, while Adam Iwan stopped 26 of the 30 shots he faced.
The Oil Capitals will host Game 2 in Virden on Tuesday night at 7:30.
Meanwhile, in Steinbach, Mack Heisinger, Kamerin Nault, Brett Brooks and Clay Tait all scored for the Winnipeg Blues as they took Game 1 of the best-of-seven Addison Division final 4-2 over the host Pistons.
Hayden Goderis and Jonah Wasylak were the only Pistons able to beat Blues goalie Byron Spriggs, who stopped 36 shots. Zach Rakochy made 34 saves for Steinbach, which will visit Winnipeg for Game 2 on Tuesday.
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