Trackers jump in standings following successful road weekend

The fun began Friday evening, when the Trackers took on the North Central Bulls. The Trackers must have brought their red flags with them, as the Bulls were no match for the road team, who handed the home squad a 7-1 defeat.

Out of their seven Friday evening goals, the Trackers managed to score four on the power lay, as well as a single short-handed marker.

In net, Logan Edwards made 20 saves for the Trackers’ first win of the weekend.

Saturday, the weekend road warriors traveled to Leduc to take on the Roughnecks, which turned out to be a much closer weekend affair.

The game got off to a great start for the Trackers, as the visiting team jumped out to a 1-0 lead 3:15 into the first period. The game’s first goal was courtesy of Trevor Whynot, with the lone assist going to Kody McManus.

The Trackers extended that lead quickly as the second period kicked off, when Kohlman Brinsky scored just 30 seconds into the middle frame, providing the Trackers a 2-0 lead.

However, the two goal deficit didn’t discourage the Roughnecks, who went on to score three even strength goals in the final 15 minutes of the second, reclaiming the lead 3-2 as the period ended.

The see-saw battle continued in the third, as the Trackers scored their third of the game, with Whynot potting his second goal of the game, and Kody McManus once again earning the assist on the play.

With the game tied at 3-3, Roughnecks Steven Vos scored with just 5:45 left in the third, providing the eventual game-winner, as the Trackers were unable to score another game-tying goal.

Despite the loss, Trackers goaltender Logan Edwards made 32 saves throughout the hard fought game.

The closest game of the weekend was saved for last, when the Trackers and the Beaumont Braves squared off for a Sunday matinee.

The theme of scoring first was snapped Sunday afternoon, as the Braves were the first of the two teams to find the back of the net.

The home team scored 4:13 into the first, the lone goal of the first period.

However, that was the end of the offense for the Braves, as the Trackers played some solid hockey during the remainder of the game, scoring twice for a 2-1 win.

Whynot got the ball rolling, tying the game 8:12 into the second, with the assists going to McManus and Hunter.

Then, with the game tied at 1-1, Hunter scored the game winner on the power-play at 2:07 of the third, with McCallum and Readman earning the assists.

Sunday, Michael Chute represented the Trackers in net, making 26 saves for the afternoon victory.

Earning a possible four of six points this weekend, the NE B.C. & Yukon Trackers jumped to third place in the NAMHL’s North Black Division, passing the Fort McMurray Barons and the SISEC Selects in the process.

Next on the docket are two significant home games against the aforementioned Barons, as the Trackers host Fort McMurray both Friday, December 21 in Fort St. John, then again Sunday, December 22 in Dawson Creek.

It’s two big games in the standings, as the Trackers only lead their North Black Division rivals by a single point.

Friday’s game will take place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, beginning at 7:30, while the game in Dawson Creek Saturday begins at 9:45 a.m.  

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