Kings finally solve Navs

December 7, 2015

Problem solved.

Saturday, the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings found a way to defeat the North Peace Navigators with a 4-2 home victory at the Crosslink County Sportsplex. In doing so, the Kings snapped the Navs’ 15-game unbeaten streak.

It could have been a much different outcome if it wasn’t for the strong play of goaltender Andy Gilker. Gilker, making his return to the Kings, turned aside 44 shots for the win.

Kevin Henley scored twice, and Tyrone Kipling and Koltin Caron added single markers for the Kings.

It was the Peace River junior B squad’s first loss since losing 6-1 to Sexsmith on Oct. 18.

It was the first win for the Kings against the Navs since late January. The Navs had won the previous five meetings, including exhibition.

The victory was also the bounce back the Kings needed.

On Friday, the Kings lost 7-4 on the road against the Dawson Creek Canucks, a squad ranked second-last in the North West Junior Hockey League. Kelsey Bauman, Tyrone Kipling, Zach Bennett and Luke Allard scored for the Kings, but it was the Canucks’ two empty net goals that secured their victory.

Through 21 games, the Kings are 10-8-0-1 and ranked third in the NWJHL, 13 points back of the second place Navs and 15 points back of the Fairview Flyers.

The Kings travel to play the Beaverlodge Blades on Tuesday and then return to the Crosslink County Sportsplex on Dec. 12 to host the Sexsmith Vipers.

After that, the Kings close out 2015 at home against Beaverlodge (Dec. 17) and Dawson Creek (Dec. 19).

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