Kings drop Home Opener – DHT
In icing a young 2015-2016 County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings squad, coach Kyle Chapple said he expected the team encountering growing pains early in the season.
It was displayed Saturday night in the team’s 7-3 loss to the North Peace Navigators at the Crosslink County Sportsplex.
“This is what was expected. We know it’s going to take time, but over time we’ll be there at the end of the year and we’ll keep working on things to try and get better,” said Chapple.
But, Chapple wasn’t using the team’s youth as an excuse for Saturday’s result.
“I think as a full 60-minute game, we got outworked,” he said, noting the team was caught “floating at times…”
“We’ve got to put a better effort in all around. We got some young guys here but it doesn’t matter how old you are, you have to come to the rink ready to play and I didn’t think we gave our best effort tonight. If you don’t give your best effort, you’re probably not going to come out on the winning end of things.”
Donald Gaudreault, Brock Clements and home captain Kevin Henley scored for the Kings in the penalty-filled game. Goaltender Dalyn Haire took the loss in net.
Though the NWJHL season is still young and the Kings have 35 games remaining, Chapple said it’s important for the team’s coaching staff and core of veterans to step in and help guide the team’s young players moving forward.
“That’s definitely going to play a huge part. We’ve got to guide these young guys as best as we can and keep them getting better every game and every practice and keep having them learn,” said Chapple.
The Kings are off until Friday when they travel to play the Fairview Flyers.
Their next home game is Oct. 10 at the Crosslink County Sportsplex against the Fort St. John Huskies.
Chapple said the coaching staff will be preaching work ethic moving forward.
“It’ll definitely be something we address moving forward, but it’s got to come (from) within (each player). If you want to win and you want to have success, you’ve got to dig deep. You’ve got to commit to yourself that you’re going to go out and play 110%…”
Around the NWJHL
The Fairview Flyers jumped out to a 2-0 start to the NWJHL regular season with a 6-3 home victory over the Sexsmith Vipers on Friday and then a 5-2 road win over the Beaverlodge Blades on Saturday.
Joel Demarcke scored twice for the Vipers and goaltender Tyler Boe made 34 saves. The Vipers travel to play the Navigators on Friday.
Liam Loring and Davis Isherwood scored for the Blades and goaltender Shawn Chenard turned aside 50 shots. The Blades next host the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks on Friday.
North Peace Navigators vs JDA County Kings
JDA County Kings vs Fort St. John Huskies
JDA County Kings vs Fairview Flyers