Trackers split weekend at home

The two-game weekend began Saturday in Dawson Creek, where the Flyers played host to the Peace River Royals.

It was a tough start to the weekend in Dawson Creek, as despite outshooting the Royals 34-31, the team was unable to slip the puck past Royals' goaltender Jesse Pattison, while unable to take advantage of numerous powerplays, going 0-for-5 with the man advantage.

Sunday, the team seemed to locate their offensive touch, producing a much closer game against the Grande Prairie Sherpa Safety Storm. Sunday’s game in Fort St. John produced a total of 11 goals, with the Trackers emerging victorious 6-5.

The Trackers made sure to put an end to Saturday’s scoreless streak early in Sunday’s tilt, as Charles Dagostin scored just 11 seconds into the game for a quick 1-0 Trackers lead.

The lead only lasted until halfway through the opening period, as Grande Prairie tied the game at 1-1 at 10:04 of the first.

The second period began with the teams tied at 1-1, however, it was the middle frame where the Trackers did some damage on the scoreboard.

Ricky Bateman opened the scoring for the Trackers in the second, scoring back-to-back goals, providing his team a 3-1 cushion.

The lead was cut in half as Grande Prairie scored with five minutes remaining, but the Trackers showed their resilience, reclaiming the two-goal lead courtesy of a goal off the stick of Wyatt Gale.

The third period began 4-2 in favour of the Trackers, but Grande Prairie made things interesting by scoring to make it a one-goal game just 1:39 into the third.

The Sherpa Safety Storm went on the score two more goals in a row to retake a 5-4 lead with less than six minutes remaining in the game.

However, the lead change only seemed to motivate the Trackers, as Mark Readman scored with 5:21 left in the game to even the score at 5-5, which was followed by a game-winning goal from Wyatt Gale, who scored his second of the evening.

It was a big win for the Trackers, who showed some great character and tenacity, while goaltender Michael Chute made 33 saves for the win in net.

With the split weekend, the Trackers now sit fourth in the NAMHL’s North Black division with a record of 5-9-0 and 10 points, only trailing the third place Fort McMurray Barons by a single point.

The Trackers have a week to reflect on their weekend, then it’s a rematch of Saturday’s shutout loss to the Peace River Royals, taking place in Peace River on Sunday, December 9.