The Sherwood Park Midget AAA Kings lost their touch that is scoring in set of shutout losses that cost them their very first round playoff show from the Fort Saaskatchewan Rangers. Photo courtesy Target Photography
As soon as the scoring evaporated, so did any possibility of rendering it to March.
The Sherwood Park J. Ennis Midget AAA Kings completed in sixth place into the Alberta Midget Hockey League’s North Division with an archive of 10-16-6, going for the last playoff spot and pitting them up against the top team not to ever make a first-round playoff bye — the third-place Fort Saskatchewan Rangers, whom went 15-13-4.
The best-of-five divisional quarter-finals began on script, utilizing the Rangers making A game that is 4-1 1.
However the Kings flipped that script within the next two games.
The Sherwood squad knotted within the series with a win that is 3-2 the next outing thanks to objectives by Payton Litke, Josh Parker and Jock Michael after which went up 2-1 into the quarters having a dramatic 5-4 double-overtime triumph in Game 3 — aided by the glory goal coming from the stick of Evan Waldie.
Tyler Kutschinski scored a set of objectives for the Kings for the reason that competition, utilizing the other tallies recorded by Thomas Moore and Zac Maxwell.
Unfortuitously, there is no longer goals can be found because of the Park players from that true point on.
The Rangers pulled right straight back even yet in Game 4 with a slim win that is 1-0 then delivered the Kings packaging within the do-or-die last match with another shutout final Tuesday evening, winning 2-0.
“We had our chances, ” said Kings mind advisor Fran Gow. “We had some good looks, (but) their goaltender played well. They got some prompt goals, including a short-handed objective that really hurt. It had been appropriate close to the end regarding the energy play in addition they caught a bounce and could actually get yourself a breakaway that is short-handed buried it. ”
Scoring shortfalls aside, Gow stated their group went down fighting.
“It ended up being a series that is tough. It absolutely was back-and-forth. At the conclusion regarding the time, we simply couldn’t get the final two games, we arrived up short in scoring. The players competed difficult, but simply couldn’t place the puck within the internet. It absolutely was a series that is hard-fought the inventors played well. There have been stretches within the games we managed the play, but we simply couldn’t discover a way to rating once we necessary to by the end. ”
“once you enter into playoffs you must raise your compete degree and our guys did that. I will be actually happy with the real means that they elevated their game and straight to the finish the inventors worked difficult. ”
Gow felt the growing season was a success from their metrics that are main that have been centered on player development.
“The big photo for people had been evaluating it from the development viewpoint and whether or perhaps not we felt the players got better and I also think they did, ” he stated. “We made some huge strides aided by the players and their games that are individual. Searching straight right back in the year, I happened to be really impressed with the way the players developed and got better. ”
It absolutely was Gow’s first 12 months as mind mentor during the Midget AAA degree using the Kings after a career that is storied the work work bench within the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
The coach that is veteran a lot more than 1,000 AJHL games as an advisor on their application, leading the Fort McMurray Oil Barons, Grande Prairie Storm and also the Drayton Valley Thunder.
He’s got won three AJHL championships — two with Fort McMurray plus one with Grande Prairie — and even led the Oil Barons to a championship that is national in 2000.
For the final few years, Gow happens to be serving whilst the VP of Hockey Operations when it comes to AJHL, along with Coach Mentor for Hockey Alberta.