It was another tough weekend for the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks, dropping two straight to the Fort St. John Huskies, Saturday night in the John, and home at the Memorial Arena Sunday afternoon.
“We need to get some motivation going,” says GM Colby Wagar. “We had 21 guys there, and only about eight of them showed up. It’s been a tough little go here, guys in and out of the lineup, injuries, and so on and so forth, but that’s no excuse. Just like when you go to work — put your boots on, grab your lunch kit, and go to work.”
Both nights the Junior Canucks started out with the early lead before conceding two straight Huskies goals.
Saturday, Brandon Rowley scored 1:47 in, but by the first intermission the Huskies were up 2-1. On Sunday, Dustin Bahm struck first, assisted by Raymond Prive, with 3:08 left in the first, but FSJ scored the only two goals of the second period.
In Saturday’s matchup, DC did regain the lead, with Ethan Buck and Rowley (again) finding the back of the net, but then allowed three unanswered Huskies goals (one empty netter) to fall 5-3.
Sunday, Rowley, from Dustin Bahm, tied it for the Junior C’s in the third period, but instead of capitalizing on the chance, they surrendered two more goals, losing 4-2. They were outshot 41-29, with the Canucks only taking four shots in the second period. (They did outshoot FSJ 16-13 in the third).
Mathew Ens took starting duties Saturday evening, standing tall on 36 of 39 shots, while Conor Webb played Sunday, making 37 saves on 41 shots.
Wesley Shipton played his first game back from a broken collarbone Saturday, suiting up for the C’s for the first time since October 9. His return was short-lived, however, as the coaching staff limited his ice time Saturday, and didn’t dress Sunday.
“Now that he’s healed and everything’s going well, we put him in last night just to see where he was at and how he felt. He felt really good,” said Wagar Sunday, who explained they were just playing it safe, and limited his time as a precaution. “I mean there’s no need to keep pushing that. We’re still a top team in this league, so the more time that we can give him, the better we’re going to be.”
This week, the Junior C’s play two games both at home. First up, they face the Sexsmith Vipers on Wednesday, before the Teddy Bear Toss game versus County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings on Friday night. Both games start at 8 pm at the Memorial Arena.