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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers got one out of a possible four points this past weekend.

The Trackers played a pair of games on home ice at the Pomeroy Sports Centre, hosting the St. Albert Source for Sports Crusaders on Saturday, and the Grande Prairie Athletic Club Storm on Sunday.

On Saturday, the Trackers were sluggish to get out of the gate, while the Crusaders came out flying. St. Albert led Northeast BC 2-0 early in the second, before Jeridyn Loewen scored on the powerplay assisted by Connor Bowie to cut the Crusaders’ lead in half. St. Albert was done yet, as they scored a third goal with two minutes left in the second frame.

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The Alberta-based team would add another pair of goals early in the third before Bowie scored with 4:33 left in the game. An empty-netter sealed the deal as St. Albert won 6-2.

On Sunday, the Trackers faced off against their division rivals from Grande Prairie. Nick Vanderploeg got the Trackers on the board first with a powerplay goal assisted by Jeridyn Loewen and Joel Bourgeois with a late first period goal. The Storm answered back just over a minute later to tie things up going into the second frame.

The Athletic Club got a go-ahead goal in the first four minutes for the stanza. Though Connor Bowie answered right back to tie things up, the GPAC Storm took a 3-2 lead going into the third frame.

Late in the third, Grande Prairie made it a two goal lead with a disputed deflection that could have possibly been a kicked puck. The disputed call seemed to fire the Trackers up. After being assessed a minor for Interference, Bowie jumped out of the box with a minute and a half left and took a pass from Cooper Beamish, scoring to get the Trackers to within one.

With the goaltender pulled, the Trackers kept applying pressure in the forward zone. With only twelve seconds left and a shot about to be taken from the high slot, Grande Prairie intentionally dislodged their own net, earning a penalty shot for the Trackers. Stepping up at centre ice, Aiden Craig-Steele faked out netminder Brayden Gyurkovits forehand side, easily roofing it backhand top shelf to tie the game.

The Trackers are back on the road this weekend, facing off for a tournament in Prince George.

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