Trackers meeting Barons in opening series of NAMHL playoffs

Both teams played their regular season in the league’s North Black Division, with the Trackers concluding their season in third, with a record of 14-17-1, while the Barons wrapped up the regular season in sixth, at 5-24-3.

When comparing the match-up between the two teams, the Trackers enter as the heavy favourites. The divisional rivals played each other five times during the regular season, and despite the Barons winning the first tilt on November 2, 5-4, the Trackers dominated the remainder of the season series, sweeping the last four games, while outscoring the Barons 22-7 in the process, which includes a 6-0 shutout victory on December 22.

Examining the goals for and against also favours the Trackers, as Fort St. John’s Midget team scored 104 goals in the regular season, while allowing 121 against. Fort McMurray scored 74 goals throughout the season, while allowing 164.

Another advantage for the Trackers is the location of the series, as the team will play all three games on home ice. Friday’s game will be played in Dawson Creek, Saturday’s in Fort St. John, and then Sunday, if necessary, the series wraps up where it began, in the Mile-0-City.

Tonight’s game in Dawson Creek hits the ice at 8 p.m., Saturday’s matinee will be played at 3 p.m. at the North Peace Arena, while Sunday’s game will begin at 12:15.