16 Straight For GP JDA Kings

February 9, 2013

The 2012 – 2013 NWJHL regular season has officially come to a close for the Grande Prairie JDA Kings. Friday night in Sexsmith the Kings finished up with their regular season the same way they started it, beating up on the Sexsmith Vipers. Since opening the season back in mid September with a 12 to 0 win it hasn’t been a very pleasant ride when the Vipers have played the Kings and Friday nights 10 to 3 NWJHL conclusion didn’t leave a lot of optimism heading into the first round.

Both clubs will meet once more in the best of five opening round of the NWJHL playoffs beginning February 12th in Grande Prairie at 8:30 pm.

Friday nights win tied a Grande Prairie Junior B record for the Kings as they notched their sixteenth straight victory which started all the way back in mid December. A good sign, it’s safe to say Grande Prairie is on a bit of a roll heading into playoffs.

Still despite all the regular season success and accolades the JDA Kings know it means nothing now. It’s been mentioned more then once but the Kings now have work to do if they have hopes of securing the first NWJHL championship for any Grande Prairie team. In it’s entire Junior B history (dating back to 1994) the city of Grande Prairie has never witnessed a local team capture an NWJHL championship and while the Kings look poised to potentially do so this season they know it won’t be easy.

Anything can happen in the playoffs, teams get hot, a powerplay goes south or a goalie steals you a series. Finishing first seen some road bumps along the way, their were some close calls against both Fort St. John and Fairview, a loss in Beaverlodge and of course a back and forth battle with the second place North Peace Navigators.

It won’t come easy but the players know whats at stake.

Come join us Tuesday night at the Coca Cola Centre for the first game, puck drop is schedule for 8:30pm.

News and NotesForward Nolan Trudeau wrapped up his second straight NWJHL scoring title with a six point night scoring 2 goals and adding 4 helpers Friday night. He finished just three points ahead of teammate Lyndin Lewis who finished Friday night with 2 goals and 2 assists. Lewis finished first in goals scored this season adding 44 goals in 33 games.

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