DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – It was a back and forth battle of special teams on Saturday evening as the Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers hosted the Canadian Athletic Club Butchers and Packers in Dawson Creek.
Though Nick Vanderploeg was assessed a tripping penalty in the first minute, Joel Bourgeois managed to get the Trackers on the board first with a shorthanded goal less than a minute on the penalty kill. Aiden Craig-Steele picked off a cross-ice pass by one of the CAC defensemen, then faked the goalie out before feeding Bourgeois a pass for an empty net tap-in.
The two teams continued the even battle into the second period, when the CAC managed to capitalise on a pair of Trackers penalties to go up 2-1 after forty minutes.
In the third, this time it was the Trackers who would strike with the man advantage. With 6:29 left in the final frame, the duo of Bourgeois and Craig-Steele would strike again. Bourgeois fed Craig-Steele for the game tying goal. Neither team could break the deadlock after 60 minutes, and the Trackers walked away with a single point.
The Trackers are back in action next Saturday afternoon when they host the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in Dawson Creek at 4:00 p.m. Starting on Sunday, the Trackers hit the road for four games in Peace River, St. Albert, and Edmonton.