The N.E. B.C and Yukon Trackers took part in an icebreaker tournament over the weekend to shake off the rust from the offseason and prepare themselves for the year ahead. The squad finished with a record of 2-2 and had head coach Shawn Brinsky feeling positive and upbeat with their play and results over the games.
“I thought we played well actually. I was pleasantly surprised. I was fearful given the unfamiliarity with all the kids with each other that we would struggle getting any type of unified system or structure in place. In some cases that did happen when we started to get into penalty killing scenarios you could see our lack of structure was our achilles heel. However for the most part our ability to compete and skate with some of those teams was evident and it made the future for us look promising I believe,” he said
Despite being happy overall with how his club did, Brinsky preached to his players afterwards the need for discipline as it hurt them in a couple of games at the tournament, and will continue to hurt them in the regular season if the parade to the penalty box doesn’t stop.
The Trackers will next be on the ice for a double header against Prince George in Chetwynd Saturday and Sunday. It’s estimated the team will have to make another two to four cuts prior to the start of the regular season.