Kings Ring Up Pair of Wins – Clow DHT
The County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings are back in the win column.
After opening 2016 with a 7-2 loss against the Fairview Flyers on Jan. 2, the Kings responded with a 4-3 OT win on Friday in Dawson Creek, courtesy of Jackson Rinne’s second goal of the game.
Saturday, the Kings defeated the Beaverlodge Blades 7-3 at the Crosslink County Sportsplex. The Blades came into the game after losing 16-3 at home on Friday against Peace River’s North Peace Navigators.
Taylor Lileikis led the Kings on Saturday with two goals and an assist.
“It was nice to pick up four points this weekend,” said Kyle Chapple, head coach and GM of the Kings.
“Overall this weekend, we saw some good and some bad and some things we still need to work on.”
Chapple said team offence, goaltending and special teams paid dividends this weekend, but noted team defence continues to be inconsistent.
“Defensively, we need to clean up a few things,” said Chapple.
“It’s definitely something where we’ve had spans this year where it’s looked pretty good and other games where we definitely need to do a better job. To have 30 shots or 35+ shots put on your goaltender every night, you’re asking a way too much out of your goalies and we definitely have to do a better job and limit the shots against and limit those little things like D-zone turnovers that can’t happen that lead to offensive opportunities for the other team.”
Trade Deadline for Kings
Sunday marked trade deadline day for junior hockey teams in Canada.
Teams had to reduce their rosters to no more than 23 players by Sunday night.
“If we do get the opportunity to add someone, it will probably be (to help) this year,” said Chapple, speaking early Sunday afternoon.
“We’ve got a pretty young team and we’ve been able to set this up for the future to be bright here. With saying that, with being a young team, if the opportunity is there to bring in a veteran guy with some leadership or a guy that’s (had success), than we’ll definitely take a look at it. That’ll be more of what we’re looking for than anything.”
Chapple said if noting happens, he’s happy with the roster in place.
He said adding defenceman Taylor Lileikis and re-adding goaltender Any Gilker in December bolstered the team’s depth at each position.
He said the team is also expecting forward Jordan Reid-Whyte to return from injury this week.
JDA County Kings vs Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks
JDA County Kings vs Fairview Flyers
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