JDA Kings Hit 50 point Mark
Playing there third game in five nights the Grande Prairie JDA Kings continued there strong play in January defeating the Beaverlodge Blades 7 to 1 on Tuesday night. Leading into the game the Blades we’re considered one of the hotter teams in the NWJHL having posted a 6 and 1 record since mid December but once again found themselves struggling on Coke Centre ice.
Earlier on in the season it was the JDA Kings starts that had raised a few concerns. Since the Christmas break however the hockey club has started fast and continued to get better as the game went on. Tuesday night was much of the same as Grande Prairie peppered Blades netminder Dylan Quinn with 21 shots in the opening frame. A beautiful individual effort from forward Lyndin Lewis put Grande Prairie up 1 to 0 just five minutes into the game and it stayed that way for much of the period until Daniel Bishop was credited with a goal in the dying seconds after a Blades defender put the puck in his own net.
Much like the first the second continued in favour of Grande Prairie. At almost the same time as he did in the first Lyndin Lewis would once again add to the Kings lead making it 3 to 0. Nolan Trudeau would make it 4 to 0 a minute later and Adam Hodge would push the lead to 5 to 0 at 8:58 and end Quinn’s night in the Beaverlodge net in the process.
With four minutes left in the second Beaverlodge would get there lone tally of the night on a strange one that seemed to fool Kings goaltender Sky Buller.
The majority of the third period would remain scoreless until the final few minutes. Sheldon McArthur would make it 6 to 1 at 2:25 and just 30 seconds later rookie Joel Wamsteeker would finish off a strong night notching his third goal of the season and second point of the night to make the final 7 to 1.
The win pushes Grande Prairie to the 50 point mark for the second consecutive season and the club is on pace to improve on last years 30 and 6 record. With just seven games remaining in the NWJHL regular season the Kings still have work to do to secure first overall and home ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Each game is important and this weekend will be no different as the team will be in Slave Lake for back to back games against the Wolves.
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