JDA Kings Clinch
Heading into the final two weeks of the season the Grande Prairie JDA Kings did exactly what they were supposed to do. Keep winning. The Kings entered this past Tuesdays contest with an opportunity to clinch first place overall in the NWJHL standings and obtain home ice advantage for the playoffs and they did so in convincing fashion with an 8 to 2 thumping of the Fort St. John Huskies.
Grande Prairie can now claim their first ever NWJHL regular season title.
While the accolade of finishing first in the NWJHL regular season is always exciting the Grande Prairie organization has it’s eyes set on a bigger prize when the playoffs start on February 12th, that of course being it’s very first NWJHL Championship. The road won’t be an easy one but having home ice advantage throughout this years playoffs should be a benefit.
“It’s great to clinch first and have home ice advantage. We’ve been pretty even on the road and at home but were hoping the atmosphere in Coca Cola Centre for the playoffs will be a big advantage for us moving forward” mentioned Kings Head Coach Kyle Chapple.
While the Kings have only lost once while on home ice this season curtsey of Peace River they’ve been equally as good on the road with just two losses.
With just two games left in the season for Grande Prairie that’s how they will finish the season…on the road.
Friday night the Kings will visit the Fairview Flyers for their fifth and final meeting this season. The last time these two clubs met Grande Prairie gutted out a 3 to 2 win in overtime on Lyndin Lewis overtime goal. The Flyers have improved greatly over the past month and the worry for Chapple is taking this game lightly.
“Obviously having wrapped up first place there might be a little less motivation for our upcoming game, we can’t fall into that mentality this close to playoffs. We need to continue playing our best hockey”
Notes: Grande Prairie has now rattled off 14 straight wins which included going undefeated in the month of January. With two games remaining in the season the club has an opportunity to tie a franchise record of 16 straight wins. They will have to beat the Fairview Flyers Friday night and the Sexsmith Vipers the following Friday.
Tuesday’s game against Fort St. John didn’t change much in the league scoring race as both Lyndin Lewis and Nolan Trudeau finished the night with four points each (1 goal, 3 assists) to remain three points apart.
Since returning to the lineup Kings forward Daniel Bishop has been red hot now having scored 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) in 12 games played.
JDA County Kings vs Fort St. John Huskies
JDA County Kings vs North Peace Navigators