Junior Canucks need to find their mojo before playoffs

The Dawson Creek Junior Canucks need to find a rhythm in the final four regular season games before the NWJHL playoffs.

While they’ve spent much of the season in first place, that has been largely due to having played more games than the other top teams. (FSJ currently sits at the top, tied in points with DC, but two fewer games played).

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The team is capable of great things, putting up a six game win streak in October, but have been also remarkably inconsistent.

Since then they’ve gone on to multiple three or four game win streaks only to follow up with a stinker or two or three before getting back on track.

Three wins from January 11 to 19 were followed by 9-4 and 6-2 losses that had head coach Gene Cooper complaining about the lack of effort after Saturday’s game.

The Junior C’s have some of the NWJHL’s top scorers — Dustin Bahm in first with 52 points and Brandon Rowley in third with 48. Goaltending has been excellent with the team rotating Mathew Ens and Conor Webb with great success — both have stolen games.

Admittedly, they’ve been challenged by injuries — for example, 2017/18 leading scorer Wesley Shipton has been limited to nine games this season and is out of the lineup again.

But you get the feeling this team isn’t looking for excuses — they want to win the top prize, and to do it, the work starts before the playoffs begin.

They play two home games this week — tonight versus the Fairview Flyers and the Sexsmith Vipers Friday. Both go at the Memorial Arena at 8 pm.

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