Playoffs end for the Morinville Kings

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by Stephen Dafoe

Westlock – After skating through a successful inaugural season in the North Central Hockey League and achieving a second place finish, the Morinville Senior AA Kings were shut down 2-0 in a best-of-three series with the Westlock Warriors over the past week. The Kings fell 6-4 on home ice Feb. 1 and narrowly lost 4-3 Saturday night at Westlock’s Rotary Spirit Centre.

“We are all pretty disappointed right now,” said Kings President Wayne Gatza after the game Saturday night. “The boys worked really hard. They outshot the Warriors 41-20 but ran into a hot goalie, and in a best-of-three[series] that’s not a good thing.”

Though disappointed to have their first playoff season halted two games in, Gatza is proud of the sponsors, fans and team and what they collectively have accomplished this season. “They battled hard all year and gave us everything they had. We would like to thank our sponsors, fans and volunteers who made our first season a success.”

The club still has some opportunities to hit the ice. They will start preparing for the provincials that will be held in Morinville in March by taking on the Okotoks Senior AAA Oilers in a home and home series. The club will be making arrangements for those games this week.

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