Kings host Blades tonight @ 8pm – Crosslink County Sportsplex
The County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings will have a familiar face back in the line-up on Thursday against the Beaverlodge Blades, at the Crosslink County Sportsplex.
Earlier this week, defenceman Colton Sandboe was released from the Grande Prairie Storm and then re-joined the JDA Kings. The 19-year-old appeared in 22 games last season with the JDA Kings and had five goals and 19 assists. In the post-season, Sandboe added two goals and 10 assists.
“He’ll have a big role for us. Colton came in and played real well for us last year. He came a little bit into the season last year as well and he stepped right in and fit in with what we were trying to do and played a big role for us through playoffs and into provincials,” said Kyle Chapple, head coach and general manager of the JDA Kings.
“He’s going to play big minutes and he’s a powerplay guy and he’s a guy who can jump up into the rush and be an offensive threat from the back-end.”
Chapple said Sandboe also adds size and speed to the team’s young blueline.
The addition also adds a log jam on the JDA Kings’ blueline. With rookies such as Chad Robitaille, Carter Charbonneau, Jackson Rinne and returnees Morgan Eaton, Scott Nordstrom and Parker McPhillamey – along with Kyle Lipinski, who has split time between the Storm and JDA Kings –all looking for ice time, Chapple said a decision was going to made on Thursday evening as to who comes out of the line-up.
“It is going to be a tough decision. Everybody has played well back there and it’s a good problem to have when any of your defence can play in any game or any time and you can trust them back there,” noted Chapple.
The Blades, under head coach Al Greber, are still in search of their first win of the season.
With an 0-8 record, they’ve scored 21 goals and have allowed 66 and are coming off a 5-4 loss to the Fairview Flyers on Oct. 30.
Tyrone Kipling leads the Blades with seven goals and four assists.
“It’s hard to say what to expect because if you look at the scores in their games this season, they’ve had a couple of close ones against a couple of good teams,” said Chapple.
“I’m sure they want to get that out of the way and get their first win and anytime we play them, I know they’re going to do their best to try and beat us. They’re going to come in and try and win and try and get those two points.”
He said the JDA
Kings will start Dylan White in net against the Blades, for his first career NWJHL start. Chapple said White has eagerly been waiting to make his debut.
“He’s a good kid whose work hard and he’s definitely deserving of the start. I expect him to go in and do a good job for us,” he said.
The JDA Kings then travel to take on the Fort St. John Huskies on Nov. 1.
“We have to be at our best because we know Fort St. John is going to bring it,” noted Chapple.
Game time Thursday is 8 p.m.
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