Battle of Leagues Best
Grande Prairie Athletics (6-0-0) 1st in West vs Manning Comets (7-1-0) 1st in East
Unfamiliar opponents meet tonight in what should help determine the NPHL’s best..at least for now. The undefeated Grande Prairie Athletics and the surging Manning Comets will meet tonight in Manning in a battle of the leagues best.
Since opening the season with a loss way back on November 1st to the Falher Pirates the Comets have responded in fashion winning 7 straight. An offensive assault as of late led by Payton Proskurniak and Dave Lawrence has pushed Manning into top spot in the East and first in the NPHL. Added in with all the recent goal scoring as of late is the fact the team is supporting one of the leagues lowest GAA’s with last years NPHL MVP in Braden Gamble. Goal scoring and strong goaltending will almost always provide you with a recipe for success.
The only thing hotter then the Comets right now might just be the Grande Prairie Athletics.
The A’s come into tonights game still unblemished.
Grande Prairie supports a winning streak of it’s own having won 6 straight (6-0-0) following a 4 to 3 win over Fort St. John this past Thursday. It wasn’t without a scare as the Flyers nearly put a dent in the loss column leading late in the third before Grande Prairie scored twice in the final half to steal a victory.
Much talk was made the past week about the “rust” factor for the Athletics having two weeks off prior to playing the Flyers on Thursday night and while the coaching staff would agree that the team didn’t play their best they certainly weren’t making excuses for it.
While Grande Prairie doesn’t know much about the Manning Comets they will need to come prepared and not suffer the same sluggish 40 minutes of hockey they did this past Thursday.
Both teams have only had the opportunity to play one interdivisional game each thus far and both took place back on November 2nd. The A’s cruised to a 15 to 1 win over the Lakeland Eagles while the Manning Comets defeated the Hythe Mustangs 6 to 2.
Since re-entering the league last season the Comets and Athletics have only met just once, that being back on January 19th on 2013 at the Coca Cola Centre. The A’s won that game 7 to 2. Needless to say, that was last year.
Regardless, tonight one of the NPHL’s hottest two teams will be cooled off when either Manning’s 7 game winning streak is halted or Grande Prairie’s perfect record comes to an end.
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