A three game win streak for the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks came to an end with another tough home loss to the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings.
Up 3-0 after the first period is typically an easy recipe for a win, however, the Junior C’s let in six unanswered goals in the final two frames to fall 6-3.
“The first period was really good, I thought we had a good start, and got the bounces,” says head coach Gene Cooper. “But you get the bounces when your feet are moving and you’re pushing a little bit, and after that I think we just held on to the puck a little bit too long, and coasted waiting for that play to happen and it didn’t.
“The second, third period, we got away from what we wanted to play, and it cost us.”
Mason Ducharme, Peter Davis — in his first game for the Canucks — and Nick VanderPloeg had the C’s three goals, while Dustin Bahm and Dex Elders had two assists each, with Keenan Halverson rounding out the team in points.
Conor Webb got the start for the Canucks, but was relieved by Mathew Ens after the fifth goal.
To the Kings’ credit, despite just having crawled out of last place, with the win it’s their fourth straight win — which started with their previous victory over the C’s in DC, which before they had only one win.
And for the Canucks, they entered the game with a depleted lineup, with nine forwards and four defenceman. Notably, Tanner Bahm, Kole Comin, Brandon Rowley, and Wesley Shipton — who hasn’t played since October 9 due to injury — to name a few, weren’t in the lineup.
What’s going to be the key to getting on track?
“We’re going to go over our power play and our penalty kill, same stuff there, but we’re going to continue to reinforce the systems that we want to play,” says Cooper. “Play as a group, play as a team, not play as individuals, but we have to play as a group.”
The Junior C’s will look to get back in the win column this weekend with a home and home against the Fort St. John Huskies, another team they’ve had tough games against. Puck drop is 8 pm for Saturday’s contest in Fort St. John, while they will play at the Memorial Arena Sunday at 1:30 pm.