Another game, another lopsided win for the Grande Prairie JDA Kings. After opening the season a week earlier with a 12 to 0 win the Kings continued their offensive surge this week with a 13 to 1 over the visiting Beaverlodge Blades, only unlike last week the Kings started with a bang.
A mere two minutes into the hockey game newcomer Lyndin Lewis would bury his first of three on the evening on a beautiful play from forwards Devin Bell and Corey Wamsteeker. It would be the first of many chances and goals from a line that was just put together late this week. Safe to say, so far so good, all three seemed to click with an instant chemistry throughout the evening as they would account for 15 points and lead the way for the Kings offensively.
The first seen much of the same as last week…a barrage of rubber towards the opposing goal. Credited with 27 shots in the first period the Kings could have easily been up by more if not for some spectacular saves from Blades netminder Travis Kappo. The game remained 1 zip before forward Paul Larocque, who was playing in his first game of the season, would add to the Kings lead at 9.26 of the first on the Power Play from Lewis and defensmen Dustin Gould. The powerplay goal seemed to spark the Kings as moments later Gould would tally his own at 6.52 unassisted before Sheldon McArthur rounded out the first period scoring on the powerplay from Nolan Trudeau and Mac Putio.
Despite the 4 to 0 lead the Blades battled in the second period with a few chances early on in the opening moments. Kings goaltender Nolan Bowker kept them at bay while the Kings once again found their stride striking for three more goals in the span of 5 minutes. McArthur, Wamsteeker, and Lewis at even strength stretched the lead to 7 to 0 as the second period closed out.
Having faced close to 40 shots in under two periods starting goaltender Travis Kappo’s night was done for the Blades. Backup Emile Kappo found himself starting the third without much better results.
The Kings once again scored early and scored often, five goals in four minutes with four coming from the Kings and one from the Blades. Grande Prairie would see three of them coming in a minute and ten seconds through that stretch. Unlikely goal scorer Nic Yee got the Kings started in the third on a great individual effort coming down the wing and scoring top corner short side on Kappo. 30 seconds after that Lewis would notch the hat trick and in the same shift would once again be on the ice as Corey Wamsteeker potted home a rebound 30 seconds after.
Stripping the puck off a Blades defensemen Wamsteekers brother Joel would race in all alone and put the finish on a beautiful individual effort for the eleventh goal of the game. Bell would add his first of the night before forward Ryan Trudeau would blast a slap shot past Kappo in the closing moments of the third to round out the scoring.
Two games and 25 goals combined. Needless to say a good start offensively. Things wont get much easier from here on out though. The Kings should face stiffer competition Saturday night as they will conclude their weekend set as they host the Slave Lake Wolves. Back in the NWJHL this season after a years absence the Wolves will start their 2012 – 2013 campaign with high hopes of potentially upsetting the Kings. Having only played one exhibition game so far this season not much is known of the Wolves and for many players on the Kings it will be the first time facing them. The Wolves played only one exhibition game losing to the North Peace Navigators 4 to 2 and with the Navs once again expected to challenge for a NWJHL championship it could be safe to say Saturday night will be a different game entirely.
Join us at 8:30 pm at the Coca Cola Centre for Kings hockey
Three Stars of the Game
1st: Lyndin Lewis with 3 goals and 3 assists
2nd: Devin Bell with 1 goal and 4 assists
3rd: Corey Wamsteeker with 2 goals and 2 assists
JDA County Kings vs Fort St. John Huskies
JDA County Kings vs North Peace Navigators