The Sherwood Park Midget AAA Kings lost their scoring touch in a set of shutout losses that cost them their very first round playoff show from the Fort Saaskatchewan Rangers. Picture courtesy Target Photography
As soon as the scoring evaporated, so did any possibility of which makes it to March.
The Sherwood Park J. Ennis Midget AAA Kings completed in sixth destination into the Alberta Midget Hockey League’s North Division with an archive of 10-16-6, providing them with the last playoff spot and pitting them up against the top team not to ever earn 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, aided by the Rangers making a 4-1 game 1 triumph.
However the Kings flipped that script within the next two games.
The Sherwood squad knotted up the series by having a win that is 3-2 the next outing as a result of objectives by Payton Litke, Josh Parker and Jock Michael after which went up 2-1 within the quarters having a dramatic 5-4 double-overtime success in Game 3 — with all the glory goal coming off the stick of Evan Waldie.
Tyler Kutschinski scored a set of objectives when it comes to Kings for the reason that competition, because of the other tallies recorded by Thomas Moore and Zac Maxwell.
Regrettably, there is no longer goals can be found because of the Park players from that point on.
The Rangers pulled right back even yet in Game 4 by having a slim win that is 1-0 then delivered the Kings packing into the do-or-die last match with another shutout final Tuesday night, winning 2-0.
“We had our chances, ” said Kings mind mentor Fran Gow. “We had some looks that are good (but) their goaltender played well. They got some prompt objectives, including a short-handed objective that really hurt. It had been appropriate close to the end associated with energy play plus they caught a bounce and had the ability to obtain a short-handed breakaway and buried it. ”
Scoring shortfalls aside, Gow stated his group went down fighting.
“It ended up being a tough show. It absolutely was back-and-forth. By the end of this 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 net. It had been a hard-fought show, the people played well. There have been stretches when you look at the games we simply couldn’t discover a way to rating as soon as we had a need to at the conclusion. We managed the play, but”
“once you enter into playoffs you must raise up your level that is compete and dudes did that. I will be actually pleased with the real method in which they elevated their game and straight to the finish the people worked difficult. ”
Gow felt the growing season had been a success from their primary metrics, that have been centered on player development.
“The big image for all of us had been taking a look at it from the development viewpoint and whether or perhaps not we felt the players improved and I also think they did, ” he stated. “We made some huge strides because of the players and their specific games. Searching straight back regarding the year, I happened to be really impressed with the way the players developed and got better. ”
It was Gow’s first 12 months as mind mentor in the Midget AAA degree utilizing the Kings after a career that is storied the work work bench within the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
The coach that is veteran significantly more than 1,000 AJHL games being a mentor on their resume, 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 nationwide championship name in 2000.
When it comes to final year or two, Gow happens to be serving whilst the VP of Hockey Operations when it comes to AJHL, along with Coach Mentor for Hockey Alberta.