FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C./Yukon Trackers were victorious in Game One of their two-game series with the visiting Whitecourt Wolverines.
After allowing the Wolverines to open the scoring with 6:40 to play in the first period, Aiden Craig-Steele responded for the home side less than two minutes later, assisted by Curtis Hammond and Connor Bowie. Cayden Frenette gave his team the 2-1 advantage fifty seconds following the first goal as he deposited a rebound from in close off a shot from Noah Lang and Hammond.
The middle frame saw the Trackers control play from start to finish, Connor Bowie made it a two-goal game when he fired home a wrister from the slot bar down after accepting a pass from Hammond and Owen Floriant at 8:38. Eleven seconds following that goal, Nathan Brownlee buried a shot from in tight after some slick passing between Nick Loewen, Craig-Steele and Brownlee. Logan Kimmie got in on the action barely two minutes later with the 5-1 goal with a wrap-a-round tally off a pass along the boards from John Herrington.
After allowing the Wolverines to make it 5-2 midway through the final frame, Curtis Hammond scored his first of two goals in the third period with a tap-in marker from inside the crease with 4:16 remaining, Zury Reschke and Bowie with the helpers. Then with four seconds to play, Hammond hammered home another loose puck into a wide-open cage off a shot from Hammond and Bowie. Final Score Trackers 7 – Wolverines 2.
The line of Craig-Steele, Bowie and Hammond combined for eleven points.
“I thought we dominated them tonight,” said head coach Gerard Dicaire. “We have been talking about being a tough team to play at home and it’s a message the boys are taking to heart. They [Whitecourt] are a team that doesn’t allow a ton of goals, but we managed to put up seven on them tonight. If we carry this play into tomorrow’s game we will put ourselves in a good spot for a win.”
Sunday’s Game Two clash with the Wolverines gets underway at 10:00 a.m. at the North Peace Arena.