KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The NEBC Yukon Trackers notched their first pair of wins this season in Kamloops at the Thanksgiving International Classic Midget Tier 1 tournament.
As of Sunday, the Trackers had gone 2-and-1 at the tournament, losing their first game against North Vancouver 3-2. Nick Vander Ploeg and Connor Bowie both scored goals in that game, helped by Garyn Waldie and Aiden Craig-Steele.
The Trackers pumped up the jam on Saturday, winning game 2 against the Delta Hockey Academy 7-4, and game three blanking Ridge Meadows 1-0. In those two games, Connor Bowie notched 2 goals, while Waldie, Vander Ploeg, Craig-Steele, Logan Kimmie, Curtis Hammond, and Keenan Halverson each scored once. Kimmie and Jayden Picket each notched two helpers in Games 2 and 3, while Halverson, Nathan Bragg, Joel Bourgeois, and Jeridyn Loewen also tallied assists.
On Sunday, the Trackers took to the ice against the Nanaimo Clippers for their final game of the Round Robin. Things looked good initially, as both Nicholas Vanderploeg and Cooper Beamish put the Trackers up 2-0 by the end of the first. Joel Bourgeois assisted on both goals, along with Jeridyn Loewen and Aiden Craig-Steele. In the 2nd period, Nanaimo made it a 2-1 game 8:00 into the frame, but Logan Kimmie responded for the Trackers with 2:00 left in the period, assisted by Craig-Steele and Jayden Piket. In the third period, things took a turn for the worse as the Clippers managed to put the Trackers on their heels with a trio of goals in less than four minutes to take the lead 4-3. After pulling netminder Brandon Clark for the extra attacker, the Clippers sealed the deal to knock the Trackers out of the tournament.
The Trackers will be playing their first two games of the Northern Alberta Midget Hockey League this coming weekend, after their season opener in Grande Prairie on October 1st was cancelled due to heavy snow. The Trackers will be taking on the Leduc Roughnecks on Saturday, October 15th at 1:45 p.m. for their home opener. On Sunday, the Trackers are back in action on home ice when they host the Strathcona ACT Warriors at 10:00 a.m.