Killbillies dealing with bumps and bruises as they prepare for tough test against Grande Prairie

The Fort St. John Killbillies will be on the track on Saturday for their second last game of their 2015 season when they hit the road to take on Grande Prairie. The team will enter the game with a few bumps and bruises from last weekend’s contest against Prince George, but they will be getting a few parts of the roster back in the lineup.

Coach Ashley Large said a few players are expected back that didn’t play last weekend, but the group is still going to be without some of its regulars in the tilt.

“We’ve got a few people coming back so we’ve been cautious in practice. Luckily some of the stuff people are coming back from are muscle related. We’re still a little banged up and short staffed; we’re going into this game with ten [players],” he said.

Saturday’s game will be the second time the teams have met this year. Grande Prairie took the first game at an early season tournament, but the Killbillies are hoping a non-fatigued roster may result in a different outcome.

“We’ve played them several times in the past but in the last year or so we hadn’t played them until a tournament at the beginning of this year. They handled us with ease but it was a tournament situation where they had played Friday and Saturday night, and we were playing our third game in the same day. They deserved that win, however I would say we struggled to field a team of refreshed skaters,” Large said.

Large added that Grande Prairie packs a physical roster with some of the best jammers in the area.

The Killbillies will conclude their season in Quesnel on July 17.

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