A pair of Westman players got the Dauphin Kings off to the good start they wanted at the Royal Bank Cup on Saturday in Vernon, B.C.
Killarney’s Jesse Bernard scored with 1:37 remaining in regulation time to lift the Manitoba Junior Hockey League team to a 2-1 victory over the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Toronto Lakeshore Patriots in the opening game at the Canadian Junior A hockey championship.
Tanner Butler, who’s from Souris, tied up the game earlier in the third for the Kings, who got 41 saves from Michael Stiliadis.
Jacob Hayhurst opened the scoring in the second period for Toronto.
Dauphin’s game on Sunday against the Central Canada Hockey League’s Carleton Place Canadians was still in progress at press time.
The Kings’ next contest is set for Tuesday night against the host Vernon Vipers.
Meanwhile, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Yorkton Terriers, who are coached by Medora’s Trent Cassan and include Russell’s Derek Fallon, fell 5-1 to the Patriots in their first game of the tournament on Sunday.
» Brandon Sun