JDA Kings survive Fairview
Having just come off their first loss of the season the Grande Prairie JDA Kings survived a third period outburst from the Fairview Flyers Saturday night and snuck away with a 3 to 2 win.
It was the first time in the teams existence it had played a hockey game in Fairview and despite the close score the Kings are happy to come away with the two points.
“We didn’t have our best effort for 60 minutes but played good enough to get the win which is important with Peace River closing in” said Kings Head Coach Kyle Chapple.
“It just felt like one of those games where we couldn’t find our groove offensively”.
The Kings managed just three goals on Flyers starter CJ Wass who faced 39 shots in the loss. In the first he was a big reason the Flyers were still in the game for the remaining 40. Grande Prairie outshot Fairview 19 to 9 in the opening frame but could only manage to sneak one past Wass who was named the games first star.
There was one who snuck one past Wass in the opening frame that being forward Kevin Garner. Garner who was raised in and around Fairview seemed to enjoy playing in front of former hometown notching a goal and an assist in Saturday nights game helping the Kings win and picking up second star honors in the process.
The real star of the game was the JDA Kings penalty kill. A PK that has had a little trouble as of late, especially in last weeks loss, rebounded nicely stopping the Flyers and eventually going 0 for 6 on the night.
“You have to do the little things on the penalty kill, I think our guys did exactly that and we had success because of it” said Chapple.
With the win the Kings improve to 14 and 1 on the 2012 – 2013 NWJHL regular season. The club wont have much time to rest after Saturday as they will be back in action Tuesday night when they host the fourth place Junior Canucks. Game time is scheduled for 8:30pm at the Coca Cola Centre.
We will have more news and notes on the Kings and a game preview Tuesday as well as some information on new signings and some news on the December 1st cut down.
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