The Dawson Creek Rage and Grande Prairie Storm met in Peace River Alberta for their first of three pre season games. It didn’t take long for Dawson Creek to draw first blood as young prospect Kevin Jenken was able to bury a rebound to get the Rage on the board. Moments later Grande Prairie found the back of the net for the equalizer. The game proved to be fast paced as both teams were skating hard and finishing checks. Rage Captain Scott Fellnermayr would then put his team up 2-1 with a power play marker. The Storm continued to chase and before the first period was out they managed to tie the game at 2.
The second period was underway with Dawson Creek shorthanded. With just seconds remaining in the penalty kill Jason Wark took off on a breakaway and with a nice move was able to make it 3-2 for the Rage. This would spark Dawson Creek as just a few minutes later Rage hopeful Corbin Marcotte let a quick shot go from the slot, beating the Storm goaltender. Dawson Creek wasn’t finished yet when veteran player Lucas Recknagle put the puck top corner, making the score 5-2. Grande Prairie was able to get on the board one last time as the second period came to an end.
With the score standing at 5-3 for the Dawson Creek Rage, the Grande Prairie Storm was pressing hard, but finding no luck in the scoring department. Rage goaltenders Jack Surgenor and Mike Readman stood tall between the pipes, with some crucial saves throughout the game. The game would end with the Rage sealing the deal with a 5-3 victory.
The Rage and the Storm will face off again Friday night, this time at the EnCana Events Centre. Tickets are available online at www.dawsonco-optickets.com or by calling the box office at (250) 782-7443. The game gets underway at 7 p.m.
The Rage will host an open house at the EnCana Events Centre from 3-6 p.m. this Thursday. The public is invited down to join the team’s coaching staff for a behind-the-scenes tour of the arena and the team’s dressing room. Season ticket holders can also pick up their tickets during the open house, and those who purchase season tickets at the open house will save $50.