It didn’t take very much time for the Trackers to get the offensive ball rolling, as Ricky Bateman scored the team’s first goal of the regular season only 3:44 into the opening frame.
Just under 4 minutes later, Kody McManus doubled the Trackers’ lead, scoring on the power-play for a 2-0 lead.
The second period opened with the Trackers leading 2-1, and unfolded much like the first.
The Trackers outscored the Thunder 2-1, thanks to back-to-back goals off the stick of Brandon Howard, which was his second scored with the man-advantage.
The B.C. & Yukon Trackers owned the third period, which began with the Trackers leading 4-2 and ended with the scoreboard reading 6-2 in favour of the visiting team.
The two goals in the third came courtesy of McManus, who with his third goal, opened his season by scoring a hat-trick.
With his three goal performance, McManus has jumped to an early lead in the league’s goal scoring race.
To go along with a six goal performance, the Trackers also showed they could play tight defensively, allowing only 12 shots on net throughout the entire game.
Even more impressive was their penalty kill, which was put to the test a total of nine times Sunday and allowed only one goal.
With a ten save performance in net, Trackers goaltender Michael Chute earned his first victory of the season.
The NE B.C. & Yukon Tracker Flyers will have some time to enjoy their season opening victory, as they next play Friday, October 12 in Strathcona against the Warriors.
The team will make its home debut Saturday, October 20 in Dawson Creek, then in Fort St. John the following day, for back-to-back games against the very same Slake Lake Thunder.