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Trackers defeat provincial champion Kelowna Rockets at weekend tournament

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Six teams took part in the tournament with Kelowna and Prince George as the top teams. They were the top two teams in midget hockey in the province last year as well.

Coach Shawn Brinsky said it was big obviously to beat one of the best teams in the province, and that the team played a complete game in doing so.

“It was huge for us. We’ve made the shift into being more focused at the tier one level,” he explained. “We’ve gone to some of these tournaments and done well and played some worthy opponents and beat some worthy opponents. Kelowna is by far the best team that we’ve beaten to date. They’re a top three tier one team hands down. We had an excellent game against them. It was the first time this year where I felt we played an entire 60 minutes of hockey in the way that we wanted to play, the way that we discussed, and the way that we prepared.”

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The team concluded their tournament with a game against Nanaimo. It was important for the Trackers to finish on a high note even though they were not playing in the finals and they did just that with a 4-0 win.

“It was important to us because we know that you’re usually remembered by your last game, not your first game,” he stated. We wanted to go out with a win and reaffirm in Nanaimo’s mind what happened in Kamloops wasn’t luck. It was the result of our work and beating them a second time would do us well. We wanted to play a certain style of game and play well. We limited their chances to a few. What chances they had for the most part weren’t good.”

The Trackers will next be in action for a game in Dawson Creek against the Whitecourt Wolverines Saturday afternoon at 2:15.

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