FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C./Yukon Trackers completed the sweep of the visiting Whitecourt Wolverines on Sunday.
The Trackers broke the ice with the first goal courtesy Devan Minard at 2:07 after accepting a pass from John Herrington and firing home a shot from the point. However, the home side skated into the first-period intermission down 2-1 after a buzzer beater from the Wolverines.
Herrington tied the score 2:02 into the middle stanza as he skated down the far side wing on an odd-man rush, picked his spot and ripped a shot over the goaltender’s shoulder, assisted by Logan Kimmie and Minard. Nearly twelve minutes later Aiden Craig-Steele tucked in a rebound from in close after a mad scramble off a shot from Herrington and Connor Kindrat to give his team the lead heading into the third period.
Minard made it 4-2 with 8:23 to play when he deposited a juicy rebound inside the crease after great work along the boards from Herrington and Duncan Ross. The team added the insurance marker two minutes later when Curtis Hammond beat a screened Wolverines netminder, Craig-Steele and Connor Bowie with the helpers. The Wolverines made it interesting with another tally to cut the lead to two, but couldn’t muster anymore offence as the Trackers took Game Two by the score of 5-3.
John Herrington led the way with a four point night, while Devan Minard chipped in with two goals and an assist from the blueline.
“We didn’t play as fluently as we did yesterday, especially early,” said head coach Gerard Dicaire. “The first period we allowed them to score with one second left which can’t happen, but in the second intermission we talked about how we needed to play and after the five-minute mark of the second we took over the game and found the net.”
With the win, the Trackers push their record to 15-7-2, three points back of the top-seeded Peace River Royals in the Bouchier Division standings.
Next up for the team is a date with the Beaumont Braves on Saturday at the Pomeroy Sport Centre. Puck drop is at 4:30 p.m.