A pair of Dauphin Kings have been named players of the month for March as they prepare to play in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League championship series.
Dylan Butler took home RBC player of the month honours after posting six goals and five assists in the Kings’ eight playoff games, all of which they won. A pair of the 20-year-old’s markers came on the power play, while another was short-handed.
Dauphin teammate Michael Stiliadis was named MGEU goalie of the month, the second straight month he has earned the award. Stiliadis posted a spectacular .952 save percentage and 1.00 goals-against average in his eight playoff games. Stiliadis didn’t allow a goal in Dauphin’s four-game sweep of the OCN Blizzard in the division semifinals and backstopped the Kings’ sweep of the Virden Oil Capitals in the division finals.
Meanwhile, Channing Bresciani of the Winnipeg Blues was named Sher-Wood defenceman of the month after posting one goal and seven helpers in 11 games. His teammate Clay Tait received IBAM rookie of the month honours for netting four markers and four assists in 11 games for the Blues.
The Kings and Blues will meet in the league final, with the opening contest in the best-of-seven series set for Sunday in Winnipeg. The Kings will host Games 2, 4 and 6, if necessary, on April 8, 13 and 18. Games 3, 5 and 7 are slated for April 11, 15 and 20 in Winnipeg. All games start at 7:30 p.m.
Both teams will advance to the Western Canada Cup, which decides which teams represent the west region at the RBC Cup, since Dauphin is hosting the WCC event.
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