With wins of 13 to 1 over Beaverlodge and 4 to 1 over Slave Lake and heading into what should be their toughest challenge to date this weekend the Grande Prairie JDA Kings did exactly what they wanted to do this past weekend, remain undefeated.
Despite the 2012 – 2013 NWJHL Regular season just finishing up it’s first real weekend of action it’s looking like the Kings appear to be ready to try and take the next step having already posted an impressive 3 and 0 record outscoring their opponents 29 to 2 in that stretch.
“We know we will be able to put the puck in the net, but this season we’ve really wanted to focus on our own end more then anything” mentioned Kings Head Coach Kyle Chapple.
With one shutout and 2 goals against in three games to start the season it’s been a good start for the Kings in a defensive aspect. “We’ve always preached if we can take care of our own zone each night then we feel something special could take place here this season” said Chapple.
So far this season the Kings haven’t allowed over 30 shots on net and helped limit opposing teams chances to just a few. When a chance has been given goaltender Nolan Bowker has been there to make a stop.
“Very happy with our start defensively, we still have work to do but so far so good.”
Offensively the Kings have picked up right where they left off last regular season.
A newly created line of Lyndin Lewis, Devin Bell, and Corey Wamsteeker led the charge for the Kings this past weekend combining for 23 points in the two game set. Not to be outdone you still have the line of Ryan Trudeau, Nolan Trudeau, and Sheldon McArthur in the mix, a true recipe for success so far early on this season.
“It’s been a pretty dynamic one-two punch up front but all four lines have played great hockey and are buying into playing solid defensive hockey” said Chapple.
With a 3 and 0 record and all cylinders firing it’s hard not to get excited early on this season but the Kings know the upcoming weekend will be a big test when they square off against the always tough North Peace Navigators in Peace River.
“It’s our first road game of the year but we have always managed to play hard in Peace River, it’s a great atmosphere and great rink to play in because you know the competition will be tough”
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