DAUPHIN, Man. - The Dauphin Kings used their dominance of home ice to remain unbeaten at the RBC Cup.
Shane Luke scored a pair of goals as the host Kings edged the Brockville Braves 3-2 on Monday. With the victory, the Kings' home-ice winning streak reached 16 games. Mitch Czibere also scored for the Kings (2-0), who are seeking their first Canadian Junior A championship in team history.
Shayne Stockton had a goal and an assist and Shayne Thompson also scored for the Braves (1-1), who saw their offence dry up after pounding Oakville 11-2 in their opening game on Sunday.
It took just 4:08 for Dauphin to ignite the capacity crowd of 2,170, as a shot from Ryan Dreger snuck through Braves netminder Justin Gilbert and Luke was there to poke home the loose puck for his first goal of the tournament.
The dangerous Brockville power play went to work shortly after and Thompson pulled the East Region champions even, blasting a shot through a screen and past Kings goaltender Joe Caligiuri for his team's eighth power play goal in two games.
The Kings started to take control in the second period, and were finally rewarded when Luke fired a snap shot from the face-off dot over the glove of Gilbert to restore Dauphin's one-goal lead.
Czibere pushed the lead to 3-1 when his hard shot got through Gilbert.
The Braves got back to within one quickly, with Stockton scoring just 40 seconds into the third period, and pressured for the tying goal, outshooting Dauphin 13-7 in the final frame. But they could not get the tying goal past Caligiuri.
Caligiuri made 33 saves for the Kings while Gilbert stopped 33 shots for the Braves.
Dauphin faces the La Ronge Ice Wolves on Tuesday, while Brockville meets the defending champion Vernon Vipers on Wednesday.