Kings Look to Remain Undefeated – Logan Clow DHT

October 7, 2016
JDA County Kings

Kyle Chapple has no complaints about earning an automatic two points, especially early in the North West Junior Hockey League season.

After the Kings opened their junior B season with a 3-1 loss in Fairview in late September, the Flyers were later ruled to have had an ineligible player. As per NWJHL rules, the Flyers forfeited the win.

“It kind of came by surprise, but it’s never something you want to see happen to another team, but we’re definitely not complaining about getting those two points,” said Chapple, head coach and GM of the Kings.

“As a coach, I still look at it as we still lost that game… we were just rewarded the two points.”

With a 3-0 record, the Kings travel to Dawson Creek Friday to play the Jr. Canucks.

Off to a strong start of their own, the Jr. Canucks are 3-1 and lead the league with 25 goals.

The Kings and Canucks split their two pre-season exhibition games.

“They definitely have a good group of players there, so we’re going to have to bring our A-game and be ready to go. They’re a good team on home ice and they’re a physical team. They definitely bring the body, so we’re going to have to be ready right from the get-go,” said Chapple.

Sunday, the Kings travel to Beaverlodge to face the Blades (0-2). The two teams were also scheduled to play Oct. 5, but the game was postponed and re-scheduled to a later date.

Kings acquire goaltender

The Kings acquired 19-year-old goaltender Liam Murphy from the KIJHL’s Junior B Golden Rockets earlier this week.

Murphy, a Surrey, B.C. product, was 2-2 with the Golden Rockets this season with a 2.36 GAA.

The addition brings some competition in net for the team with Dalyn Haire and Jonah Knudslien, noted Chapple.

“We’re going to go with the three guys. Basically, how it’s going to work, is that who we think is going to give us the best chance to win that night is going to be in the net. It’s going to be a nice competition between the three guys,” he said.

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