It didn’t take the JDA Kings long to mount their attack, as the NWJHL’s top team scored only 55 seconds into the first, with the puck coming off the stick of the leagues leading point producer, Corey Wamsteeker.
The goals kept coming in the first for Grande Prairie, as the visiting team scored three more times in the opening frame, once on the power play and another short handed, forcing head coach Gary Alexander to make a goalie change from starter Ty Gullickson to Travis McLean.
The Huskies did get themselves on the scoreboard before the conclusion of the first, as some good work along the boards by Robbie Sidhu kept the puck in the JDA Kings’ zone. As the puck made its way behind the goal line, Tyler Norris quickly threw the puck on net from a sharp angle, sneaking it by Grande Prairie goaltender Sam Mok. The power play goal for the Huskies concluded the period with the pups trailing 4-1.
The second period began just the like first, with Grande Prairie stealing all the momentum, as they once again scored within the first minute of the frame. It only took the JDA Kings 34 seconds into the second to score on the power play, which was followed by another goal with the man-advantage at 5:07 into the second. The two power play markers were the only two goals scored in the second, as Grande Prairie led 6-1 entering the third.
It was much of the same in the third period, as Grande Prairie opened the scoring only 10 seconds into the third, taking a 7-1 lead. However, this time the Huskies responded, as Cody Hildebrand got in good position in the offensive zone, quickly snapping the puck past Mok for the Huskies second, and final goal of the evening.
Grande Prairie went on to score twice more in the final frame, producing the 9-2 end result.
It was a dominant night for a very well structured JDA Kings power play, which converted four times Friday evening.
It was a busy night in net for both of the Huskies goaltenders, who combined, faced 45 shots fired by Grande Prairie, compared to the 25 fired on net by the Huskies.
Following the tilt, Huskies head coach Gary Alexander said despite the lop-sided defeat, he doesn’t think the visitors are as dominant a team as their record dictates.
“I don’t think Grande Prairie is as good as a team as everyone thinks they are and everyone lets them believe they are. They can skate around out there and when no one body checks them they look pretty good, they can shoot the pucks on net real easy when they don’t get checked. How good are they when you put pressure on them? I’d like to find that out before I say how good they are.”
Alexander also said he hopes the home loss can light a fire under his squad when they travel to Fairview tonight, a game you can catch live on 100.1 Moose FM and Energeticcity.ca.
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