The Lucky Number Six
The JDA Kings talked about it following Wednesdays win in Dawson Creek but it didn’t seem to cure the problem as they once again got off to a slow start Friday night versus the Fort St. John Huskies, only this time it was a much deeper hole then the 1 to 0 lead they had to overcome Wednesday. The Huskies tagged the Kings for 3 first period goals and for the first time this season the hockey club was faced with a little adversity.
The Kings coaching staff had mentioned earlier in the week that when you’re the top team in the league you have to expect the best effort from your opponents. Grande Prairie got a case of that Friday night as the Huskies dominated the opening 20 minutes beating the Kings to loose pucks and dominating physically. Goals from Jackson Carmichael, Cayle Bell, and a shorthanded one from Robbie Sidhu paced the Huskies to a 3 to 0 lead and lingered a little doubt in the JDA Kings as the opening twenty came to a close.
Thank goodness for the horn.
Collecting themselves after the first the Kings started clicking early in the second thanks in large part to special teams. Being a big key to their early season success the Kings power play once again got the team rolling when Nolan Trudeau converted on a nice give and go from Lyndin Lewis just two minutes into the period.
Five minutes later Grande Prairies special teams struck again with one of the same culprites only this time it was on the penalty kill. Racing in on Huskies goalie Ty Gullickson and forcing him into turning the puck over behind the net Lewis would wrap around the giveaway to pull within one. Despite pressing much of the second and carrying a large portion of the play throughout the middle frame the Kings couldn’t solve Gullickson and the second would end with the Kings still trailing.
Like it has been all season the third period would once again be the Kings best.
In the span of six minutes the Kings would score three goals to take a two goal lead.
Lewis got things started as he would score short handed 4 minutes in from Nolan Trudeau to tie the game. Two minutes later Ryan Trudeau would put the Kings ahead and two minutes after that the Kings powerplay would strike once more when Corey Wamsteeker would get his first of two in the final frame. Wamsteeker would put the final dagger in the Huskies at 3:35 to secure the 6 to 3 win.
Next up for the Grande Prairie JDA Kings is Tuesday night when they host the Sexsmith Vipers at the Coca Cola Centre.
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