Junior Canucks earn first home win over Thanksgiving weekend

When the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks sat down for Thanksgiving dinner they had a lot to be thankful over their two previous games, including their first home win and a return to their scoring ways.

After a disappointing second weekend of the season for the team, Tanner Bahm — one of the few highlights in the previous Saturday’s 8-2 loss in the home opener with two goals — continued to show a fine scoring touch, leading the Canucks to a 4-1 victory over the Sexsmith Vipers Friday night at home with a hattrick.

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Linemates Brandon Rowley and brother Dustin Bahm were also rewarded, collecting assists on all three of those goals.

The other Canucks goal Friday saw last year’s NWJHL leading scorer Wesley Shipton put up his first point of the year — a goal from Mason Ducharme and Liam Craig.

Conor Webb just narrowly missed earning his first NWJHL shutout, making 31 saves on 32 shots (.969 SV%).

Saturday saw the Canucks take advantage of the man advantage, scoring four times on the power play on route to a 7-1 victory over the Fairview Flyers.

Shipton opened the scoring, while finishing as one of three players with a multi-point night — Shipton had a goal and two assists, while Dustin Bahm led the way with a goal and four assists. Brandon Rowley scored twice.

Tanner Bahm, Tim Zimmer and Kole Comin also put up goals. Craig put up an assist, while defenceman Dylan Ushkowski was credited with his first two points with the team.

Mathew Ens was solid in net, putting up 25 saves on 26 shots (.962 SV%).

The Junior C's face the JDA Kings tonight on the road. Then they kick off this weekend with a home game against the Flyers. Saturday’s road game will be a tough test to see if the Canucks can find a way to win against the North Peace Navigators. Puck drop is 8 pm local time for all games listed.

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