Athletics Open 2017 with Lopsided Win
Grande Prairie, AB – The Grande Prairie Athletics (11-3-1) opened the second half of the season with another double digits win after beating the visiting Spirit River Rangers (6-7-1) 11 to 0 in a rare Tuesday night game at the Coke Centre.
Coming off a lengthy Christmas holiday break both teams were tentative and a little rusty to start the opening period. A’s forward Mac Caron opened the scoring at 9:07 before forward Brock Clement would make it 2 to 0 on a redirection minutes later on the power play. Starting goaltender Dave Larson would stop all 10 shots he faced to keep Grande Prairie in front after the opening 20.
The longer the game went the more Grande Prairie rekindled with it’s scoring touch from the first half of the NPHL season. The Athletics started to pull away around the middle of the second after Andrew Buote made it 3 to 0 on the powerplay blasting a one timer behind Rangers starting goaltender CJ Wass. Caron scored his second of the night at the 4:03 mark and linemate Dennis Rix put the A’s ahead by five following a breakaway goal with 1:44 remaining.
In the third it was all Athletics. 6 goals scored in the final twenty made it 11 to 0 and the fourth time this season the team has scored 10 or more goals in a 60 minute game. Sheldon McArthur, Nolan Trudeau, Jace Weegar, and finally Mac Caron with three more in the final twenty.
Larson stopped 25 shots to earn the shutout.
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Up Next: No time to rest for the A’s as they play 3 games in five nights this week. Grande Prairie will play their second game this Thursday as they travel to Dawson for another divisional matchup with the Canucks.