DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The NEBC/Yukon Trackers went 1-and-1 this past weekend.
On Saturday, the Trackers hosted the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in Dawson Creek at the Memorial Arena. The Oil Barons managed to get on the board first just over two minutes into the first period with a breakaway, in what would be the highlight of a tame first frame. The Trackers managed 12 shots on net in the first, none of them able to find the mesh behind Oil Barons netminder Ethan Paulin-Hatch.
Things picked up in the second period. Reid Jacobs took a major penalty for charging the goaltender, but the Trackers managed to kill the off Fort Mac’s 5-minute man advantage. The Trackers continued their assault, and were finally able to finish plays. Connor Bowie got the Trackers on the board with 2:18 left in the second to tie things up, assisted by Connor Kindrat and Keenan Halverson. Halverson would tally another assist before the end of the period, as Cooper Willms got the go-ahead goal with just nineteen seconds left.
The Trackers held the Oil Barons at bay in the third, getting 23 shots on net to the Barons’ eight. Aiden Craig-Steele added some insurance for the Trackers, after taking a pass from Garyn Waldie. Final score of the match was 3-1 for the team from Northeast BC.
The Trackers unfortunately were not able to repeat on Sunday morning in Peace River. Facing a very tough opponent in the Royals, the Trackers came out of the box at full speed for the first 6 minutes. The Royals scored their first goal 5:44 into the frame, and the Trackers ran out of gas. Peace River was able to outshoot the Trackers 41-26, and shut the Trackers out with a 5-0 win.
The Trackers are on the road once again this coming long weekend, playing a trio of games in St. Albert and Edmonton.