JDA Kings win in Slave
The icy roads and blowing snow weren’t the only story Sunday afternoon for the Grande Prairie JDA Kings. The winter weather proved to be the second biggest story for the Kings first road trip to Slave Lake this NWJHL season when the Kings survived the Slave Lake Wolves winning 9 to 6 and improving to 8 and 0 on the season.
Anyone in the NWJHL will tell you Slave Lake usually isn’t an easy place to play hockey for a variety of reasons and the Kings witnessed that first hand as the Wolves handed Grande Prairie everything they could handle Sunday afternoon.
Five minutes into the opening period Slave Lake would open the scoring as Gordy Laderoute would shelf one behind Kings starting goalie Nolan Bowker at 15:46. The lead would be short lived unfortunately for the Wolves as rookie Logan Putio would score his first NWJHL goal a minute and two seconds later to tie the game. Grande Prairie would jump out to a 2 to 1 lead at 13:33 when Lyndin Lewis would score his first of two on the afternoon. Despite carrying the edge in shots for most of the first period the Kings couldn’t pull away from the Wolves and the teams would end the first twenty tied at two when Justin Loroff would tie it with just under 6 minutes to go.
The second was a lot like the first only this time the Wolves would take two leads only to have Grande Prairie answer. Laderoute at 13:58 made it 3 to 2 and Jacob Anderson at 4:01 would make it 4 to 3. Mcarthur and Wamsteeker would reply for the Kings.
With both teams tied at four the final frame could have went either way, fortunately for Grande Prairie luck was on their side.
The resilience of Grande Prairie to answer after a goal seemed to be the theme for much of the game. The Kings thwarted every chance for the Wolves to gain some momentum in the third, Devin Bell opened the scoring in the third to put the Kings ahead, but the Wolves kept coming and after a post they eventually stuffed one in behind Bowker to tie it at five. Yet still the Kings stopped any momentum gained from that when Mcarthur scored his second to push them ahead once and for all a mere eight seconds later. Grande Prairie wouldn’t look back after that.
Lewis would pad the lead by two after blowing past a Wolves defender. Slave Lake would add one more but that would be all she wrote for them in terms of goal scoring.
Like mentioned luck was on the Kings side it seemed.
With the final minutes winding down Grande Prairie found themselves on a 5 on 3 penalty kill. Two posts and a waved off goal because the net was dislodged only lead to Paul Larocque sealing the win with an empty netter.
Like much of the weather it wasn’t pretty but two points is two points and now with two games remaining in the month of October Grande Prairie will have a chance to finish the first full month with a perfect 10 and 0 record. The team will have Monday off before having practice Tuesday and then travelling to Beaverlodge for a Wednesday night game.
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