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Blues drop a tight contest to Dauphin 4-2

A tight, well-played game ends in a loss for the Blues.

Both sides of the ice fought hard, but Dauphin put up a remarkable 44 shots, putting netminder Jeremy Link to the test.

The Blues opened the scoring with a bouncing shot from Codey Behun with Michael Ladyman and Brayden Foreman each picking up an assist.

Early in the second period, Behun put another one past Dauphin’s goalie Brennan Kitchen to put the Blues up 2-0. This time, he was assisted by Kelton Sutherland.

Dauphin didn’t trail too far behind, adding two goals to their side of the board within two minutes after Behun’s second.

Dauphin’s goals were scored by Alexander Schneider and Sammy Mouland.

Plenty of intense play bounced from end to end during the second period, but strong goaltending performances from the Blues’ Link and the Kings’ Brennan Kitchen fended off dozens of scoring chances.

In the third period, there was a stretched where it seemed like nothing would get past Link until a deep shot through traffic blew past Link’s shoulder, putting Dauphin up 3-2. The goal came from Ian Tookenay with a little help from Bronson Kelly.

Dauphin put away a final empty-netter with 1.5 seconds left to seal the deal.

The Blues play again at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Bell MTS Iceplex against the Steinbach Pistons. Meanwhile, the Kings’ next game is in Swan Valley on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m.