JDA Kings Move to 5 and 0
It wasn’t pretty but it was a win regardless. Battling a broken heater and a cold bus it took the Grande Prairie JDA Kings 40 minutes to find there game and push their record to 5 and 0 following a 12 to 3 win in Dawson Creek on Wednesday night.
Hitting the first sign of winter this evening the road trip never got off to a good start when word got out of a broken heater on the JDA bus. Whether it was that or under estimating their opponents in the early going the game was a lot closer for 40 minutes then the score indicates.
The first was largely played scoreless until Jr. Canucks captain Riley Muise popped home a rebound behind rookie Kings goaltender Sam Mok, opening the scoring in the game. It would remain that way until Dawson found themselves down two men late in the first. The Kings power play, like it has a lot in the early going of this season, helped spark the team. Corey Wamsteeker would get his first of two on a shot from the point at 2:56 before Nolan Trudeau would strike once more on the man advantage putting the Kings up 2 to 1 to end the first.
Being up by one after one wasn’t exactly what the Kings had in mind but they pressed on and put a lot of pressure on the Junior Canucks through moments in the second. It wasn’t until the five minute mark when the Kings shooters would get to Canucks starting goalie Colten Anderson. Spencer Bowers opened the scoring in the second at 15:08 and moments later Paul Larocque would push the Kings lead to 4 to 1 after a beautiful feed on an end to end rush from Dustin Gould.
Looking for more with the man advantage Grande Prairie got more then they bargained. Canucks players Mitch Palfi and Justin Greyeyes helped suck any momentum out of Grande Prairies strong start when they scored two short handed goals on the same Grande Prairie man advantage to pull within two.
It didn’t last long.
Just 50 seconds later Gould again would score on another beautiful individual effort scoring short side behind David Readman, who had replaced Anderson after the Kings fifth goal.
Unfortunately for the Canucks the Kings were just getting started.
The third period arrived and Grande Prairie showed what they are all about scoring six times in the final frame and carrying much of the play. Nolan Trudeau got the Kings started early at 17:55 and once again the Kings quick strike offence reared its head as Lyndin Lewis and Ryan Trudeau would score twenty seconds apart to stretch the lead to 9 to 3. The Kings would add three more coming from Corey Wamsteeker, his second, Kevin garner on the power play, and Ryan Trudau who would tag his first hat trick of the year with two minutes to go.
A so so start, an even better finish.
Nolan Trudeau would lead the way offensively with four points and a handful of other players sitting with three. Rookie goaltender Sam Mok who was playing in his first NWJHL game would earn the victory stopping 26 of 29 shots.
With the win the Kings now move to 5 and 0 and sit atop the NWJHL standings. Next action for Grande Prairie will be this Friday night at the Coca Cola Centre when they host the Fort St. John Huskies starting at 8:30.
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