It wasn’t the start the Grande Prairie Athletics envisioned returning from Christmas break. Following last nights 6 to 3 loss to the Fort St. John Flyers the general consensus was it was their teams poorest effort to date and unacceptable. While the A’s won’t make excuses the time off was widely apparent in the opening forty minutes in last nights game.
Struggling with 10 shots through two periods the A’s were a step behind from the get go and found themselves trailing most of the night. Despite the early struggles he team still put itself in a good spot to win trailing by one heading into the final period. Unfortunately “the wheels fell off”.
Three third period goals paced the Flyers and eventually erased any sense of a comeback for Grande Prairie.
The loss drops the Athletics to 12 and 2 on the regular season. Both losses this year have come at the hands of Fort St. John, in Fort St. John and oddly enough both have been make up games on a Wednesday night. Regardless of the rarity Grande Prairie wasn’t short benched and won’t blame a poor performance on it.
Fortunately for the Athletics they will have a chance to redeem themselves as they return to the ice tonight.
It’s cliche and it’s been said many times before but tonight may just end up being “the most important game of the regular season” for both hockey clubs.
The Spirit River Rangers come to Grande Prairie with a chip on their shoulder having dropped their previous three games to the Athletics thus far this season.
Spirit boasts a 10-4-1 record and sits just three points back of Grande Prairie entering tonight. With two games remaining between the two clubs tonights game will play a major role in the NPHL West Division standings.
Both clubs are healthy and both will be hungry tonight.
Gametime tonight is scheduled for 8:30pm at the Coca Cola Centre.