Trackers hit the road for busy weekend

Friday evening, the Trackers will find themselves in Spruce Grove, Alberta, taking on the PAC Spruce Grove Saints (18-6-1), the first place team in the NAMHL’s West Blue Division.

The Trackers will have to be sharp defensively, as the Saints boast a league-high number of goals for, finding the back of the net an impressive 161 times this season already, and allowing 88 to be scored against.

Friday’s meeting will be the first time the Tracker and Saints have squared off this season.

Saturday, the bus travels to St. Albert, Alberta, where another introduction of teams will take place between the hometown Crusaders, and our Trackers.

The game will continue the competition within the West Blue Division, with the Crusaders occupying the fifth place in the standings, with a record of 6-11-6. The team has scored 103 goals for, while allowing 106 against, but have won three of their last five games.

Finally, the weekend wraps up in Slave Lake, as the Trackers take on a familiar North Black division rivals, the Thunder (6-17-1). The two teams have already met three times this season, with Slave Lake leading the season series 2-1.

Game one was the season opener for both teams back in September, when the Trackers handed the Thunder a 6-2 defeat in Slave Lake. The Thunder returned the favour mid-October, beating the Trackers twice in two days, 5-3 and 6-2, on the Trackers home ice.

Despite only being behind the Trackers by one spot in the standings, the fourth place Thunder have no chance to catch the third place Trackers this weekend, as 13 points separate the two teams.

It’s a significant six points on the line for the Trackers, as the Bantam boys only trail second place Grande Prairie by four points, so a weekend sweep could potentially see the Trackers improve to second place in the North Black Division.