Kings on a Roll – DHT
Kings Win Weekend Games
The County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings are back above the .500 mark.
After starting the season 0-2, the Kings extended their win streak to three games with a pair of victories over the weekend.
“It’s been a complete team effort. I wouldn’t say it’s any one line or a couple guys that are carrying us. It’s been everybody contributing and it’s a full 60-minute effort,” said Kyle Chapple, head coach of the Kings, crediting the team’s strong powerplay, offensive and defensive execution and the team’s goaltending tandem of Keenan Hooper and Dalyn Haire to their recent success.
“I think (the players) were not satisifed with how things had gone and wanted to turn this around. I’ve got to give them a lot of credit because they put the work in and their attitude changed and their work ethic changed and obviously we’re seeing results because of that.”
Friday, Darrel Hewko, Joel Wamsteeker, Kelsey Bauman, Chase Allam and Wyatt Lawrence scored in a 5-3 road victory over the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks. Goaltender Keenan Hooper made 33 saves.
Back at the Crosslink County Sportsplex on Saturday, the Kings scored five powerplay goals en route to a 5-2 victory over the Fort St. John Huskies. Captain Kevin Henley scored twice and Donald Gaudreault, Cole Howse and Darrel Hewko added goals. Goaltender Dalyn Haire picked up the win with 36 saves.
After being outscored 17-4 in their first two games, the Kings’ offence has scored 25 goals while only allowing five in their last three games.
“(Our lines) are starting to click and we’re putting up quite a few shots,” said Chapple.
“i think the offensive part of our game is really coming around and all lines are contributing.”
Brock Clements leads the team with three goals and eight assists.
The Kings host the North Peace Navigators and Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks on Oct. 23-24 at the Crosslink County Sportsplex.
Other NWJHL action
The Fairview Flyers remained undefeated with a 5-3 win over the North Peace Navigators and 6-3 win over the Sexsmith Vipers.
Friday, the Beaverlodge Blades lost 8-2 to the Huskies.
The Vipers defeated the Navigators 6-1 on Sunday afternoon in Sexsmith
JDA County Kings vs Fort St. John Huskies
JDA County Kings vs North Peace Navigators