Friday’s game against the Strike Energy Storm started perfectly for the Tracker Flyers. The team scored three goals in the opening frame thanks to Harder, Daneluk and Ryan McCallum. The Storm, on the other hand, only scored once in the first, concluding the period with a 3-1 Tracker Flyers’ lead.
Each team would exchange single goals in the second and third, with the Tracker Flyers second period goal, scored by Braylan Eklund, eventually being the game-winning-goal.
Tracker Flyers goalie Michael Chute earned the win in net, making 26 saves in the 5-3 victory.
The following day, Saturday, Jan.22, the Tracker Flyers and Peace River Royals met in Fort St. John, in what was a much closer game. It was an opposite start to the Flyers’ second game of the weekend, as Peace River scored the lone first period goal, concluding the first period with the Tracker Flyers down 1-0.
However, their explosive offence made its appearance in the second period, as the Flyers scored the only goal of the second, thanks to the league’s leading scorer, Jade McMullen, who scored the Tracker Flyers’ first goal, tying the game at 1-1.
Roughly 12 minutes into the third, the Royals slipped one past Tracker Flyers’ starting goalie, Daimon Derouin, taking a 2-1 lead. However, the goal seemed to spark the Flyers, who tied the game four minutes later, thanks to a goal from Logan Daneluk.
With the game knotted at 2-2 and time winding down in regulation, it was an exciting final minute of the third. With only 52 seconds remaining in the third, Jordan Harder scored the game-winning goal, with Braylan Eklund and Jade McMullen earning assists on the play.
Despite a close game on the scoreboard, Derouin only had to make 13 saves to earn the win in net for the Tracker Flyers.
With back-to-back wins over the weekend, the Tracker Flyers have taken sole possession of first place in the NAMHL’s North Black Division. The team sits in first with a record of 15-6-5 with 35 points. Grande Prairie sits in second with 33 points.