Thanksgiving Comes Early
With their lone game on Thanksgiving weekend the Grande Prairie JDA Kings helped ease the mood on this weekends holidays walking away with a 6 to 2 win in their first road game of the season against the North Peace Navigators.
With teams trading chances early on in the game it was the Kings special teams that eventually helped the club prevail Saturday night.
When you score three power play goals going 3 for 5 on the night and surrender just one in 6 opportunities against more often then not you will walk away with the win.
Quality chances early on in the first period for the Navigators had the Kings on their heels for a bit but Corey Wamsteeker would strike first at 10:28 for Grande Prairie on the power play with helpers from Nolan Trudeau and defensemen Mac Putio. It wouldn’t last long as forward Josh Peters would help the Navs answer with their own power play goal to tie it up heading into the first intermission.
Second period rolled around and the Kings offense came too thanks to the help of another two power play goals. Sheldon McArthur would strike first popping home a loose puck at 9:12 before Nolan Trudeau would add the Kings third power play goal at 17.37.
That was all the Kings would need. Leading 3 to 1 in the third period forward Ryan Trudeau would add to the lead making it 4 to 1 early just 3 minutes into the final frame. Peace River would make it interesting at the mid point of the third period pulling to within two but 30 seconds later forward Lyndin Lewis would put the Kings up by three once again stripping a puck from a Navigators defender and putting it in blocker side on starting goalie Cory Houlder.
McArthur would add one more for good measure on a beautiful individual effort going short side bar down for his second of the game.
With the win the Kings remain undefeated and move to 4 and 0 on the season but coaching staff still believes their is still room for improvement. The team won’t have long to test that as they will visit the surprising Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks on Wednesday night before returning home Friday night to host the Fort St. John Huskies.
The Sexsmith Vipers scored 4 times in the third and eventually won in a shootout to steal one in Fairview Friday night.
As of this writing the Beaverlodge Blades were well on their way to a win over the Flyers with a 6 to 1 lead in the third in Fairview.
No details from Slave Lake where the Wolves were hosting the Jr. Canucks.
North Peace Navigators vs JDA County Kings
JDA County Kings vs Fort St. John Huskies
JDA County Kings vs Fairview Flyers