Midget Trackers dominate weekend on the road

The successful weekend of hockey began Friday evening, when the local Midget team touched down in Sturgeon County to take on the Mustangs.

Each team scored twice in the opening frame Friday, with Deon Leer scoring both first period goals for the Trackers, one at even strength, and the second on the power-play.

The difference was made in the second period, when the Trackers scored another two goals, courtesy of Thomas Webster and Ricky Bateman, compared to just the single goal produced by the Mustangs, resulting in the final score of 4-3.

Bateman’s goal proved to be the game winner, as no more goals were scored in the third period.

It was also a stellar performance in net by Trackers goaltender Michael Chute, who made 38 saves for the first road win of the weekend.

Saturday, the club tracked their way to Fort McMurray, to play their second two-game series against the Barons in the past month. The first series was swept by the Trackers, a result that were duplicated this past weekend.

Game one started perfectly for the road team, as the Trackers were the only team to produce any offense in the first two periods, with Kody McManus and Ricky Bateman both scoring in the first period, and McManus earning his second of the game in the middle period.

Fort McMurray managed to score the lone goal of the third period, but it wasn’t enough to stage a late comeback, resulting in the final score of 3-1 in favour of the Trackers.

Logan Edwards got the win in net for the Trackers, making 21 saves Saturday.

Sunday, both teams found their offensive touch, in a game that produced a total of 14 goals. The Trackers completed the weekend sweep Sunday, defeating the Barons 9-5 for the fourth straight victory over the Fort McMurray hockey team.

The Trackers did most of their damage in the first two periods, scoring eight goals in the 40 minute span. Kody McManus finished Sunday’s game recording a four point afternoon, while Kohlman Brinksy earned three points, with a number of other players recording multi-point games as well.

For the second straight game, Logan Edwards earned a victory beside his name, making 34 saves to complete the perfect weekend for his club.

With that perfect weekend under their belts, the Trackers now sit comfortably in third place in the NAMHL’s North Black Division, 11 points ahead of fourth place Fort McMurray, and just five points behind the second place Grande Prairie Sherpa Safety Storm.

It’s another busy upcoming weekend on the ice for the Trackers, who play host to both the Peace River Royals Saturday afternoon in Fort St. John, as well as Grande Prairie Sunday afternoon in Dawson Creek.