A’s Open Road Season
Fresh off a few more practices and starting their 2013 – 2014 NPHL campaign last weekend with a win the Grande Prairie Athletics will look to make it two in a row as they set out on the first of 12 road games for the season. Playing the part of road warriors last year the Athletics will once again look to do the same with the first stop taking place in McLennan to take on the Lakeland Eagles.
Last season the Lakeland Eagles fell in the NPHL finals losing four straight. Not much is known about the club heading into this Saturday’s game but for some of the returning players who have made the visit they’ll be the first to mention it isn’t the easiest place to play.
Lakeland posted a 9 and 3 record in the 2012 – 2013 NPHL campaign and usually bring a tougher test on home ice. The Eagles are expected once again to play a part in finishing near the top of the NPHL’s Eastern division.
The Athletics on the other hand were near perfect on the road last season. With only 11 road games having been played Grande Prairie was 10 and 1 with their lone loss coming late in the season on their final stop to the then triple AAA Fort St. John Flyers. No doubt the A’s will look to continue the success they enjoyed last year as it played a large part in finishing first in the West.
The two clubs did meet last year in Grande Prairie with the A’s thumping the Eagles by a 13 to 2 final.
This will be the only meeting of the season between the two teams. The NPHL schedule will only feature an interlock between four of five teams from the opposite division. Having finished first in the West the previous season the Athletics will only play the top 4 of 5 teams from the East division from last year.
Grande Prairie will travel to Lakeland this Saturday and then Manning on November 30th. They will then host the Falher Pirates and Grimshaw Huskies towards the end of January to conclude the interlocking schedule.