The Grande Prairie Athletics look to start another win streak as they host the Fort St. John Flyers tonight at the Coca Cola Centre.
Grande Prairie picked up it’s second straight win following an 11 to 2 thrashing of the Falher Pirates. The A’s scored their conference leading 49th goal last Friday and will look to duplicate the same offensive prowess they’ve been getting as of late.
The Flyers meanwhile are coming off just their second loss of the season as they fell to the Spirit River Rangers at home 4 to 1. Despite the loss Fort St. John is right in the thick of things for first place in the NPHL standings with a 5-2-0 record and 10 points. Good enough for third place Fort St. John sits just two back of Grande Prairie, with one game in hand, and five back of Spirit River, with two games in hand.
It’s only December, but positioning at the top of the NPHL standings could be mapped out by the end of the month.
Only one meeting between the two clubs has been played this season. Despite leading after the first period the Flyers game collapsed as the Athletics offense would explode in the second leading the way for a surprising 8 to 3 win in Fort St. John.
The Final Word
Two teams with a lot to lose. Neither team has had any competitive advantage in the head-to-head series the past few seasons. An 8 to 3 win in Fort St. John earlier this year shouldn’t indicate much for what’s on plate for tonight’s game. The Flyers always pose a serious challenge and bring some speed with the likes of Adam Horst, Robbie Sidhu, and Jeff Shipton.
Grande Prairie on the other hand brings perhaps the best balanced offense to the rink. A collection of players from the team control just over one-third of the top 30 scorers in the NPHL, needless to say it hasn’t been just one line for Grande Prairie, it’s been all four.
When all is said and done tonight it could come down to special teams. The Athletics are giving up the fewest PIM’s per game at 21.63 and are cruising along on their powerplay with an impressive 27%.
Stop by the Coke Centre tonight at 8:30pm to catch more exciting NPHL action.