FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C./Yukon Trackers were victorious versus the visiting Beaumont Braves on Saturday afternoon.
After allowing the Braves to crack the ice with the first goal, the Trackers responded less than a minute later courtesy Curtis Hammond who deposited a rebound from the slot, assisted by Connor Bowie and Johnny Herrington. At the first period intermission, the boys were trailing by a goal.
Nick Loewen tied the game at two’s 2:43 into the middle frame as he fired home a puck that bounced off the Braves goaltender Eric Scherger’s pad off of a Connor Bowie shot, Nathan Brownlee with the secondary helper. The Braves scored before the end of the second period to head into the final twenty minutes of play up, 3-2.
Duncan Ross tied the score at 3-3 when he fired a shot from the blueline that was tipped, completely fooling Scherger, off a feed from Bowie and Aiden Craig-Steele. Seven minutes later Logan Kimmie took a Ross feed from their own zone, skating in on a breakaway and outwaited a helpless Scherger, giving the Trackers their first lead of the game. With 6:16 to play Owen Floriant ripped a shot bar down from the hash marks after taking a pass from Cayden Frenette and Noah Lang. Two minutes later Kimmie scored his second of the period, once again beating Scherger on a breakaway with a low wrister, Devan Minard and Herrington with the helpers. Connor Kindrat capped off the scoring with a penalty shot tally with fifty seconds to play as he deked out Scherger. Final score Trackers 7 – Braves 3.
Bowie, Herrington, Kimmie and Ross each contributed two points in the come from behind victory.
“It’s amazing what happens when we play our style of hockey,” said assistant coach Gavin Brandl. “The third period showed just how dominant the boys can be when we play Trackers hockey as they were on their heels the entire period. I’m hoping this the confidence boost we need to take down Peace River tomorrow [Sunday]. It’s pretty amazing that at one point we were 12 points behind them for the division lead and now we are one point back.”
Next up for the Trackers trip to Peace River for a battle with the Bouchier Division-leading Royals on Sunday. Puck drop is noon. The game can be watched on their Ustream channel: www.ustream.tv/channel/nebctrackers.