first_imgThe Fort St. John Killbillies opened their season at home in style last night with a big win over the Quesnel Gold Pain. The outcome was never in doubt as the Killbillies jumped out to an early lead and built on it throughout the game on the way to a 263-117 victory.After the game coach Ashley Large said the team is coming together nicely as the new faces are becoming more integrated with the squad, and he also gave credit to the blocking as they allowed the jammers the score points consistently throughout the game.“Some of our new skaters worked really well,” he explained. “We had a couple of new girls that joined us in Prince George a month and a half ago and they did well again this game. The biggest thing for us is that we’ve really brought our blocking level up and tried to give our jammers more time and space to work their magic and get out in front of the pack.”- Advertisement -Despite a few new faces last year’s Killbillies squad remains largely in tact, however there is one significant difference. Former team captain Amanda Roberts has joined Large on the bench, and she’s helped provide an even keel influence when things aren’t going their way.“It’s awesome. She’s been my captain for two years so she brings a lot to me and helps me a lot with the coaching. In this game we didn’t see it as much but in the games where we’re down or maybe get frustrated or negative, she’ll bring that positive energy. I have a tendency to get very vocal. Amanda brings a real calming presence.”Next up for the Killbillies is a game on the road in Edmonton on May 9 as they’ll skate with the Oil City Dirty Harriets. Their next home game is slated for May 30 when they take on the STAHR Beelzebubs.Advertisementlast_img

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