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The weekend games began Friday evening with the Trackers hosting the Barons in Dawson Creek. The Barons were the first team to crack the scoreboard, as Fort McMurray scored only 2:10 into the game.

However, the Trackers were unphased by early deficit, as they tracked down two first-period goals of there own, with Wyatt Gale scoring a power-play marker at 5:05 to tie the game at 1-1, followed by a goal from Deon Leer at 10:19, concluding the first period leading 2-1.

It didn’t take long for the Barons to even the score in the second, as the visiting team scored only 1:08 to tie the game at 2-2, then retook the lead 3-2 with their second power-play goal of the evening at 6:52.  

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Much like the first period, the one goal deficit seemed to motivate the Trackers, who evened the score at 3-3 at the 15:38 marker of the second, with the tying goal coming off the stick of Mark Readman.

Unfortunately, the tie game didn’t last for the hometown Trackers, who allowed a goal with just 10 seconds remaining in the second, with the middle frame concluding with a score of 4-3 in favour of the Barons.

Friday’s theme continued in the third, as Fort St. John once again fought back to even the score at 4-4, as Wyatt Gale scored his second of the evening 5:29 into the third.

The tie game lasted until there was almost six minutes left in the third period. At 13:53, the Barons slipped the game-winning goal past Trackers goaltender Logan Edwards, concluding the game with a final score of 5-4.

Following a day of rest, the Trackers were back on the ice Sunday in Grande Prairie, for an afternoon tilt with the Sherpa Safety Storm, a game they emerged victorious in by a score of 4-3.

Much like Friday’s game, Sunday’s saw the Trackers trail 1-0 early, as Grande Prairie scored 6:26 into the first period.  Roughly four minutes later, the Trackers evened the score at 1-1, as Thomas Webster netted his first of the weekend. The tie didn’t last very long, with Grande Prairie scoring the go-ahead goal with 3:12 remaining in the first, wrapping up the opening frame with the Trackers trailing 2-1.

The second period proved to be a productive one for the Trackers, who evening the score at 2-2 thanks to a power-play goal from Trevor Whynot, with the lone second period goal coming at 10:45.

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With the third period opening with a tie score of 2-2, a two goal period from the Trackers, compared to just a lone goal produced by Grande Prairie, was enough to propel the Trackers to a 4-3 victory.

Cody McManus scored on the power-play just 3:13 into the third to provide the Trackers with the 3-2 lead, which was doubled when Kohlman Brinsky netted his first of the weekend, 12:15 into the final frame. Grande Prairie managed to score another goal in the final five minutes of the game, but were unable to slip the game-tying goal past goaltender Michael Chute, who made 42 saves in the win.   

With the 1-1-0 weekend, the Trackers now sit fourth in the NAMHL’s North Black Division, with a record of 4-6-0 for 8 points.

Next on the schedule for the NE B.C. & Yukon Trackers are back-to-back home games against the Edge Maroon. Game one of the double-header takes place in Dawson Creek Friday, November 16 at 7 p.m., followed by an afternoon game Saturday, November 17 in Fort St John, taking place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre at 3 p.m.

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