FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After four preseason games against the Prince George Tier 1 Midget Cougars, the Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers will be analysing the experience ahead of their season opener this coming weekend.
Head coach David Johnston says that though the team lost all four games, coaching staff isn’t worried that the team won’t be able to bounce back from those losses. Johnston says that with the steep learning curve associated with a new coach behind the bench and having a comparatively younger roster than in years past means that the players might not be connecting all the dots initially. He added that he feels confident that the players learned several valuable lessons playing BC’s reigning champion top tier Midget team over the past two weekends.
“Through four games, I would say that almost every goal [that the Cougars scored] was a fixable mistake,” said Johnston. “They were a group of mistakes, they weren’t a hundred different things, they were five or six different things that ended up in the back of our net. From a coaching staff perspective, I’m very encouraged that we know what we need to fix and we have no question that we know what our players need to fix.”
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Connor Bowie, who scored three goals in four games says that with the team having a number of first-year players and a new coach behind the bench, a number of kinks were worked out during the preseason games, but that the players are all set and ready to go for their first game against Grande Prairie. “We’re working a lot on our defensive zone, we cause that’s where we broke down a little bit. We just gotta (sic) work out some things down low and we’ll let everything take care of itself,” said Bowie. He added that the team has a large number of goal-scorers, and that offense shouldn’t be a problem once bounces start going the team’s way.
The Trackers play their first game of the NAMHL season this coming Saturday, October 1st against the Grande Prairie Athletic Club. The puck drops at 6:45 p.m. Fort St. John time.