JDA Kings Move On
It took them awhile to get going but eventually the Grande Prairie JDA Kings found their legs and managed to eliminate the Sexsmith Vipers in three straight and move onto the second round of the NWJHL 2013 playoffs.
Things got started slowly for both clubs Sunday night, whether it had to do with long weekend, playing an overtime game the night before or taking part in the very rarest Sunday night game one will never know. After the first both teams remained scoreless but eventually Grande Prairie would get on the board when Nolan Trudeau would open the scoring at 4:07. It remained that way until Trudeau’s line would strike again, this time Ryan potting a goal on assists from Nolan and defensemen Dustin Gould.
By the time the third rolled around the Kings managed to come to life outshooting the Vipers 21 to 3 in the final frame and adding 4 goals to their total. Devin Bell, Garrett Schacher, Daniel Bishop and Sheldon McArthur would all factor in on the scoring. Kings goaltender Sky Buller picked up the shutout stopping 24 shots in the victory.
And now the next round.
As of this writing it remains to be seen who the Kings will play when they open the second round February 28th in Grande Prairie at the Coca Cola Centre at 8:30pm. With every other series still running the Kings now have a week and a half to get rested up, re-energized and refocused for what should be a much stiffer challenge in the second round.
Not knowing their opponent hasn’t factored to much into the players mindsets but it could be anyone of Beaverlodge, Dawson Creek or Fort St. John.
With the Fairview Flyers holding a commanding 2 to 0 lead in their opening round as well as the Fort St. John Huskies a betting man would probably bank on the Huskies matching up with the Kings in the second round, however with the recent play of the Beaverlodge Blades and the surprise they gave the North Peace Navigators this past week one can’t count them out. The Blades biggest test will be to try and win on the road in Peace River, something they didn’t accomplish all season being outscored 22 to 7 in the process. Game 1 wasn’t much better as the club got thumped 6 to 0 to open the series.
Still the Kings team will be watching closely to see who their opponent will be but for now all they can do is wait.
Which may not be a bad thing. Once the second round opens up it will be a break neck pace of hockey to finish the season with both the semi-finals and finals having to finish before the end of March to determine the NWJHL representative at provincials.
JDA County Kings vs Fort St. John Huskies
JDA County Kings vs North Peace Navigators