The Trackers opened the scoring in the first period as they scored just over a minute in to the game. The score held steady at 1-0 through the frame and throughout the second as well.
The Storm came out strong as the third period began and took advantage of some poor play by the Trackers as Grande Prairie scored three times in the opening three and a half minutes. The Trackers scored once in the final five minutes to close out the scoring in the game at 4-2.
Head coach Shawn Brinsky said despite the team jumping out to an early lead he wasn’t overly satisfied with the play of his squad until the second period.
“We started off slower than I hoped. We got off to an early lead but even thought we got up early I wasn’t content with out play. We didn’t pressure like we had hoped to, and utilize our speed. We made some adjustments in the first intermission and in the second period we played very well. We dominated the play, we generated shots on net and quality offensive opportunities,” he stated.
The difference in the game was the early moments of the third period where discipline problems presented itself. It was a similar situation the Trackers had encountered previously, but this time they were unable to recover with a win.
“We went into the third period, and we saw this in Slave Lake a bit, we had about a four minute lapse when we didn’t seem to start the period as strong as we had hoped to. In that four minutes we were undisciplined not just in our team play but with infractions,” Brinsky explained. “We found ourselves on our heels and we found ourselves getting scored on very quickly. They got three goals on us in a period of about four minutes. We called a time out to regroup and for the most part I thought we led the play in the third period.”
Scoring for the Trackers were Levi Johnson, and Jack Blisner. Assists went to Jacob Lang, Nolan Legace, and Clayton Lepine.
Goaltender Mitch Traichevich made 28 saves in the game.