JDA Kings defeat Dawson
A couple of fresh faces to the Grande Prairie JDA Kings made their debut Tuesday night and made an immediate impact helping the club defeat the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks 9 to 3.
Earlier the Kings announced the signing of forwards Connor Tetlock and Adam Hodge. Grande Prairie is familiar with both players having seen them last season as they were apart of the 2011 – 2012 NWJHL champion Whitecourt Wolverines. With the first game out of the way both players look to be big additions moving forward.
The nerves were there, not just for Hodge and Tetlock but the rest of the team as well.
“Making changes with a first place club is always a risky thing, you don’t know how it’s going to effect team chemistry. Our entire team seemed to be a little out of sorts in the first but I think once everyone got familiar with Connor and Adam and our new line combinations we started to click” said Kings head coach Kyle Chapple.
Click they did. Three of the four lines managed to hit the scoresheet.
Skating on a line with leading scorers Lyndin Lewis and Corey Wamsteeker Tetlock recorded 1 goal and 3 assists, good enough for 4 points in his debut. It could have been more. There were a few moments in the first where all three missed on some pretty passing that looked like for sure goals. Still, if it just takes twenty minutes to build chemistry the future looks bright.
“Real bright, not having a practice and stepping into the lineup with that type of chemistry, its exciting going forward” Chapple said in regards to Lewis, Wamsteeker, and Tetlock.
The trio finished with a combined 13 points (Lewis 5 – 2g 3 A, Wamsteeker 4 – 2G 2A, Tetlock 4 – 1G 3A).
Forward Adam Hodge also managed to hit the score sheet registering an assist in his debut.
“Really liked Adams game, I thought both he and Connor had a few nerves to start but once they settled in they looked great in their current positions.”
With the win Grande Prairie moves to 15 and 1 on the NWJHL regular season and four points up on idle Peace River. The Kings will be back in action on December 1st when they play host to the Fairview Flyers. While the club will be in action on Saturday the bigger news will be surrounding the December 1st cut down date which takes place at midnight.
“We’ve got some things to think about, we definitely feel very comfortable with what we have right now but we’ll evaluate more leading up to Saturday night” said Chapple.
Grande Prairie currently sits at 25 players.
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