JDA Kings dispatch Beaverlodge, Fort St. John – DHT Logan Clow
The County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings extended their win streak to five games with a 12-2 win over Beaverlodge on Thursday and 10-1 win over the Fort St. John Huskies on Saturday at the Crosslink County Sportsplex.
The pair of wins, along with the North Peace Navigators’ 10-3 win over the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks on Saturday, ties the Kings and Navs (15-2-0-1) for first place in the NWJHL.
“I’m happy with the last two weeks of hockey we’ve played. We’ve obviously put up some pretty good offensive numbers and have actually done a pretty good job defensively. For the most part, Andy (Gilker) has played well,” said Kyle Chapple, head coach of the Kings, of their recent success.
“The nice thing about the way we’ve played is that we’re getting it done with everybody. It’s not just one player. Everybody is in on the scoring or doing their job defensively and that’s nice to see.”
During their five-game streak, the Kings have scored 45 goals and allowed seven.
The Kings’ game in Dawson Creek on Dec. 19 has been cancelled due to the closure of the Memorial Arena, after samples of ice tested positive for ammonia. Chapple said the game will be re-scheduled in the new year.
That means only one game remains for the Kings this year.
On Dec. 20 the Kings will host the Huskies at the Crosslink County Sportsplex at 8 p.m.
“Hopefully we’ll go into the break on an unbeaten streak,” said Chapple.
“(Next year), every game is going (to mean) so much – not that it hasn’t been in the first-half – but now we have put ourselves in a position going into the Christmas break where we are going to be battling for first place right down to the wire. We’re going to have to bring it every night if we want to finish in first place in the regular season standings.”
Chapple said vying for home ice through the NWJHL playoffs is one of the team’s goals. The team will play their final 10 games of the regular season beginning in January.
One of the team’s key components of their offensive success, has been the offensive production from captain Corey Wamsteeker, who has 23 goals and 25 assists – on pace to become the first player in the NWJHL this season to hit the 50-point plateau – and nine goals and eight assists in the last five games.
“He’s definitely played very well for us up until this point. Offensively, he’s been in on the scoring every game. He’s leading by example and his drive and his compete level has been there and he wants to win,” noted Chapple.
After the Christmas break, the Kings return to action on Jan. 3 with a road game in Fairview. Their first home game in the new year is on Jan. 10 against the Fort St. John Huskies.
North Peace Navigators vs JDA County Kings
JDA County Kings vs Fort St. John Huskies
JDA County Kings vs Fairview Flyers