Kings Seek Third Consecutive Win – DHT
February 8, 2018
The Grande Prairie County JDA Kings junior B squad picked up a 6-4 road win over the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks in North West Alberta Junior Hockey League action at the Memorial Arena on Monday night.
The game was a re-scheduled affair with a late start and “it was not easy to prepare for,” Kings head coach Kyle Chapple said.
“We got down early in period one but got our legs going after that,” Chapple said. “Our powerplay looked good and it was probably the difference in the game. I’d like to see us have a better start but, overall, we played a good road game and found a way to win.”
The Kings went 3-for-9 with the man advantage.
According to Chapple, this is where the game swung in favour of his guys.
“We created some powerplays with hard work and they started chasing the game,” Chapple said. “It’s a confidence builder that we got down early but bounced back with five consecutive goals. It was a good response, as opposed to a couple of weeks ago, where we got down early and couldn’t come back.”
In their last four losses the Kings have surrendered the first two goals in each one of those games, including a 2-0 deficit to the Jr. Canucks back on Jan. 13. On that night, they dropped a 5-2 decision.
But this time it was different. Sure they were down a pair of goals before the first period was nine minutes old but Chapple thought a positive result was certainly attainable.
“It was kind of the way we went down.,” Chapple said. “There was an unlucky bounce off the boards that went their way (for the first goal) and the second one was a slip up by one of our guys. Outside of that, we weren’t playing terrible it’s just a couple things didn’t go our way.”
The Kings are at home to face the Fairview Flyers on Thursday night at the Crosslink County Sportsplex. Puck drop is 8:30 p.m.
And the game against the Flyers is a sign of things to come as these two teams will meet in the first round of the NWJHL playoffs.
“It’s a bit of a statement game and (we need) to show them we’re going to be a hard team to play against in the playoffs,” Chapple said.
By Gordon Anderson, Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
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