Kings tied 1-1 in NWJHL Semis – L. Clow DHT – Game 3 Tonight

March 4, 2016

Home sweet home.

The County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings return to the Crosslink County Sportsplex on Friday at 8 p.m. for game three of the NWJHL semis against the North Peace Navigators.

After splitting games one and two in Peace River earlier this week, the Kings host the Navs for games three and four at the Sportsplex.

Game four goes Monday night at 8 p.m.

“It’s going to be nice to be back on home ice,” said Kyle Chapple, head coach of the Kings.

“We know it’s not going to be easy. Peace River is going to bring a good room game, but we’re going to just have to come out with some energy and have a real good start and good first period and roll from there.”

The Kings, who swept the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks in three games in the first round, opened the semis with a 6-5 win in Peace River on Feb. 27.

The Kings, who swept the Beaverlodge Blades in round one, knotted the best-of-seven series up on Wednesday with a 5-2 win on home ice at the Baytex Energy Centre.

“Overall, I’ve been pretty happy. We went up there and got the split. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. I know (Wednesday’s) outcome wasn’t what we wanted, but that’s not an easy team playing up there,” said Chapple.

“We were a little flat (on Wednesday) and we’ve got to come out a little more jam in our game (on Friday).”

Chapple said the series has been entertaining for the fans because the two teams have a long-standing rivalry.

“It’s been a good battle every time we’ve played. I think that’s only going to continue, especially moving into game three. After a couple of games, guys start to get a little angry with one another and it’s good playoff hockey. I expect (that rivalry to continue in game three and probably get more rough and more physical as the series goes on,” said Chapple.

The teams return to Peace River next Wednesday night for game five.

Logan Clow – DHT

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