Trackers return from tough weekend on the road

The Trackers began their weekend in Spruce Grove, Alberta, where they took on the PAC Saints for the first time this season, the top team in the NAMHL’s West Blue Division.

Friday, the Saints showed why they are division leaders, beating the Trackers 7-1, after scoring three in the first, including two on the power play, and four more in the third period.

Not only was it an introduction to the Saints team, but also the top three point producers in the league, who all play for Spruce Grove.

Ryan McCallum was the only goal scorer for the Trackers, scoring his fifth goal of the season, with the lone assist going to Wyatt Gale.

Saturday, the road woes continued as the Trackers hit the ice in St. Albert, taking on the Crusaders, another team they met for the first time this season.

Much like Friday, Saturday’s introduction wasn’t a friendly one, as the Crusaders shut out the visiting Trackers 7-0, thanks in large part to a stellar performance from Crusaders forward Jason Kidd, who scored six of his team’s seven goals.

Finally, the weekend wrapped up in Slave Lake, where the Trackers located their offensive touch in a game that resulted in a 6-6 tie.

Sunday’s game started off well for the Trackers, who led 2-1 after the first, thanks to the game’s opening goal from Brysan Eklund, and a power play goal courtesy of Mark Readman.

The second was a period to forget for the visiting Trackers, who allowed the Thunder to score six unanswered goals, producing a 5-2 score in favour of Slave Lake entering the third.

The tables were turned in that third period, as it was the Trackers who managed to score four of their own in the final frame, as Brysan Eklund added three more goals to his Sunday total, scoring two of the three third period goals on the power play. Trevor Whynot added the Trackers’ fourth goal of the period.

Unfortunately, the Trackers also allowed Slave Lake to score a single goal in the third period, producing the final tied score of 6-6.

Following the busy weekend, the Trackers sit in third place in the NAMHL’s North Black Division, just three points behind second place Grande Prairie.

The Midget team will next hit the ice in a couple weeks, when they take on the top two teams on the road, travelling to Grande Prairie Saturday and Peace River Sunday.

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