Tonight the 1-0-0-0 Grande Prairie JDA Kings rolled in to the North Peace Arena to open the season for the 0-0-0-0 Fort St John Huskies. Last night the Kings steamrolled the Beaverlodge Blades 12-4 in Beaverlodge, and were led by Kevin Garner and Nolan Trudeau(2+2 each). Chad Sutherland and Daniel Bishop had 3 point nights and Tyler Vant Erve made 14 saves on 18 shots as the Kings peppered 76 shots towards the Blades goaltenders, who split duties.
Tonight's game was a tad more defensive; although the Kings rattled 33 shots towards Huskies netminder Ty Gullickson, prior to being replaced late in the 3rd frame. The final score ended up being 5-3 for the visitors in this one, with the shot count being 33-18 in Grande Prairies' favor as well. The Huskies got 2 goals from Robbie Sidhu and John Wayne-Howes picked up a pair of helpers, while Nolan Trudeau and Daniel Bishop both buried doubles for the Kings. Jaxon Glass(FSJ) and Justin Hoisington(GPK) had singles for their respective teams in the contest.
A few names i'd like to point out from my days in the KIJHL, Ty Gullickson(Columbia Valley), Graeme Rubisch(Chase), Jordan Gies(Columbia Valley) and Tyler Bestward(Princeton). There may be more that I am unaware of, but I just felt like giving the old KIJHL-to-NWJHL hello!
Penalties seemed to come in spurts, as 3 different scrums resulted in 66 PIM's, leaving just 12 minutes in penalties to 'during the play' calls. Suprisingly the fisticuffs were not thrown, although 3-10 minute misconducts were given out.
The next Huskies game can be heard on 100.1 Moose FM(click to listen live!) next Saturday, October 1st, at 8:15 from the Grande Prairie Coca-Cola Center, in a rematch between tonight's combatants. The next HOME game for the Huskies is Friday, October 7th against the Sexsmith Vipers at 8:00, at the North Peace Arena.
BURLAP SACK TIME!!! The crowd tonight... Come on Fort St John, where are you? Cheap, entertaining Hockey is what you wanted; and that's what you have, so come and get it! I would love to see a bigger crowd next home game! I did the PA Announcing tonight and had too many prizes to give away, including A&W Gift Cards, PriceSmart, Lakepointe Golf and Country Club and much much more. I need fans in attendance to give these awesome prizes too, folks.
Also, the Huskies debuted their new uniforms tonight!! I think they took a step back from the Boston Bruins Reebok style uniforms with these new 'busy' jerseys. They are very fancy, but a difficult to read number font makes shoulder numbers hard to read, and the back numbers have almost no spacing between them. Very modern, although some may argue retro is the new modern. They're very... technical. Spiffy, fancy, beautiful! Just could use some work in terms of number fonts and shouler number placement.