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Peace River, AB. – The Northeast B.C./Yukon Trackers defeated the Peace River Royals on Sunday and as result have taken over the top in the Bouchier Division.

The Trackers jumped on the Royals early as Logan Kimmie netted the 1-0 goal 18 seconds into the first period, assisted by Johnny Herrington and Cody Bueckert. Herrington made it 2-0 seven minutes later off a feed from Devan Minard and Duncan Ross. Cayden Frenette joined in on the goal spree with 5:01 remaining, Nick Loewen and Nathan Brownlee collected the helpers.

After an uneventful middle frame, the Trackers took their 3-0 lead into the final twenty minutes of play.

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At 12:18 of the final stanza Noah Lang deposited the biscuit in the basket on the power play after some great passing between Curtis Hammond, Aiden Craig-Steele and Lang. Connor Bowie made it 5-0 less than a minute later after taking a feed from Ross and Brownlee. The home side would get one back late, but that’s all goaltender Tyler McArthur would allow. Final score Trackers 5 – Royals 1.

Johnny Herrington and Duncan Ross each chipped in with two points apiece, while McArthur turned aside 42 of 43 rubber biscuits fired in his direction.

With the win, the Trackers improved their record to 17-7-2 and leapfrogged the Royals for first in the Bouchier Division standings. A task that seemed improbable after trailing Peace River by 12 points at Christmas.

“Thought the boys were ready to go right from the drop of the puck,” said head coach Gerard Dicaire. “We let off the gas a bit in the second half of the game but McArthur stood tall for us in net and gave us a fighting chance. The last few games we have received some secondary scoring and it’s nice to see those players get rewarded for buying into the culture and all the hard work they have put in.”

Next up for the Trackers is a date with the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers at the Kin Arena in Dawson Creek on Saturday. Puck drop is at 4:45 p.m.

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