Kings Sweep Canucks – Clow DHT

February 24, 2016

It’s on to round two.

The County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings quickly finished off their first round playoff series with a three game sweep over the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks in the best-of-five series.

Saturday, the Kings eliminated the Canucks with a 5-3 win.

“You’ve got to give Dawson Creek a lot of credit. There was no quit in their game and they pushed us. It was a great series even though we ended up with the sweep,” said Kings head coach Kyle Chapple. “… (tonight) that’s the type of way you’ve got to play in playoffs because you can’t let one goal get you down, you’ve got to be able to have that push back and come back right away and we did that.”

The Kings now await the winner of the Beaverlodge Blades and North Peace Navigators series.

All indications are that the Kings will face the Navs in the second round, based on season standings.

The Navs finished the season with 30 wins as opposed to the Blades’ four. The Navs also won all six meetings and outscored the Blades 74-19.

Chapple said for the time being, their focus is to use the extra few days to rest and prepare for whomever they may play.

“We’re going to work on limiting shots against and tightening up the (defensive) zone; we know the next series is going to be even tougher and we’re going to be playing some pretty high-end scorers and we know we’re going to have to be better in our own end and we have to keep things going offensively,” said Chapple.

This season, the Navs won six of seven meetings and outscored the Kings 35-15.

“If you go based off the standings, that’s who we’re probably going to see. We’ve had some good battles with them this year (but) we’re not going to look too far ahead and we’re just going to focus on ourselves right now…,” noted Chapple.

The longer the team’s playoff drive continues, the more of a “grind” the team has to play. Chapple said part of that approach is getting shots on the opposing goaltender from all angles.

Saturday, for example, the Kings threw 45 shots on net against the Canucks.

“That’s been a real strong point to our game over the last couple of weeks is we’ve been getting a lot of good, quality chances on the goaltenders and we’re finding loose pucks and creating turnovers and getting offensive chances… it’s something we’re going to have to keep doing.”

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