It’s been a snowy, icy and fairly miserable past few weeks living in the Peace Country. The city of Grande Prairie has seen snowfall of 30cm plus and combined with treacherous driving conditions it has, at times, put traffic at a stand still. The bad weather has not only slowed down people outside but it’s also managed to slow down the Grande Prairie Athletics.
Thursday will mark the first game in two weeks for the A’s thanks in large part to accidents and harsh road conditions.
November 14th last seen Grande Prairie skate in a 60 minute game when they beat the Hythe Mustangs 9 to 4. That win catapulted the Athletics to a perfect 5 and 0 record and sole possession of first place in the NPHL. Since then two games have been cancelled (November 16th at Fort St. John and November 21st at Dawson Creek) followed by a weekend off in the schedule so the team could host their annual Pub Night Fundraiser.
With all that behind them the A’s are now tasked with shaking off the rust and preparing for one of the tougher stretches they will face all season long.
Grande Prairie will host the Fort St. John Flyers this Thursday night, travel to play the East leading Manning Comets on Saturday followed by playing three games in four nights the following week: Wednesday Dec 4th in Fort St. John, Thursday December 5th at home vs Dawson, and Dec 7th in Spirit River.
The good news out of all this time off is it has helped a handful of players recover from some injuries that were sustained earlier this season. The Athletics fully expect to have an all but healthy lineup when they faceoff against the Fort St. John Flyers in another very important divisional matchup.
Be sure to join us this Thursday at the Coke Centre beginning at 8:30pm for a return of A’s hockey and be sure to check back with grandeprairieathletics.com for a game preview Thursday.