The weekend started off on a winning note, as the Trackers made their way to Strathcona to take on the Warriors, and left with a 3-2 victory on their record.
Friday’s game began with the Warriors taking an early home lead, scoring 4:12 into the opening frame. However, the Trackers showed they were not easily discouraged, scoring two unanswered goals to close out the frame up 2-1.
Mark Readman got the ball rolling, scoring the Trackers’ first goal of the weekend 8:14 into the first, followed by a goal off the stick of Thomas Webster at the 13:30 marker of the opening frame.
Each team scored once in the second frame, with the Trackers strengthening their lead 4:18 into the period, thanks to the game-winning-goal courtesy of Ryan McCallum. Strathcona scored another goal in the second, but were unable to tie the game, resulting in the 3-2 final for the Trackers.
Goaltender Logan Edwards made 28 saves for the Trackers’ win.
On Saturday, the boys took on the Northeast Panthers, suffering a disappointing road loss. The first was the ideal opening period for the hockey team, as three unanswered goal from Kody McManus, Ricky Bateman and Charles Dagostin produced a solid 3-0 lead entering the final two periods.
Those two periods did not go according to plan for the Trackers, as the Panthers scored four unanswered goals in the second and third: the first two on the power-play, followed by two more even strength goals.
On Sunday, the team continued their busy weekend of travel, finding their way to Wainwright to take on the Polar Kings.
Sunday’s tilt produced an entertaining first, as both the home and visiting team scored two first period goals, thanks to Trackers Ryan Friesen and Wyatt Gale.
Unfortunately, two unanswered second period goals for the Polar Kings, along with two more goals in the third, compared to one lone third period goal from Tracker Ryan McCallum, was enough to secure Wainwright the 6-3 victory.
Following a busy three game weekend where the team grabbed two of a possible six points, the NE B.C. & Yukon Trackers now sit in fourth place in the NAMHL’s North Black division with a record of 2-2-0.
This weekend, the Trackers will make their long-awaited home debuts, playing their first home game in Dawson Creek on Saturday, October 20, followed by a game in Fort St. John on Sunday, October 21, both games against the Slave Lake Thunder.