FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers went 1-and-1 on home ice to start their Northern Alberta Midget Hockey League season over the weekend.
Hosting the Leduc Roughnecks on Saturday afternoon, Captain Joel Bourgeois got the Trackers on the board less than ninety seconds into the game, assisted by Aiden Craig-Steele and Jeridyn Loewen. Bourgeois netted his 2nd goal of the game just over ten minutes later on a feed from Keenan Halverson and Cody Bueckert. The Roughnecks were able to get on the board before the end of the first, lighting the red lamp three seconds before the green. Leduc then made it a 2-2 hockey game, this time with 41 seconds left in the 2nd period.
Going into the third, the Trackers poured it on, with Cooper Beamish scoring the go-ahead goal four minutes in, assisted by Craig-Steele and Bourgeois. Craig-Steele added another assist, feeding Jayden Piket with the eventual game winner. Though the Roughnecks scored once again, Cooper Willms got the team some insurance, helped by Connor Bowie and Garyn Waldie. Head coach David Johnston was pleased with the 5-3 win, saying that the team was buoyed by the home crowd at the Pomeroy Sports Centre.
Hitting the ice once again on Sunday morning to play the Strathcona ACT Warriors, things looked promising as Jeridyn Loewen scored on the powerplay 7:51 into the first period assisted by Connor Bowie and Curtis Hammond. The Warriors answered right back, scoring one even strength and one powerplay goal of their own to take a 2-1 lead after the first period.
The Tracker were able to battle back in the 2nd, with Joel Bourgeois scoring his third of the season on a pass from Aiden Craig-Steele. It was a close game, but it was the Warriors that would strike less than four minutes in the third period, before shutting the door to take home the 3-2 win.
The Trackers are on the road next Friday evening to take on the Grande Prairie Athletic Club, before hosting the Fort McMurray Barons on Saturday afternoon.