Continuing a pattern from the previous Sunday, the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks were down by one goal in the last minutes of the third period Friday night, only to tie it up and take the game in overtime.
This time the team on the losing end was the Fort St. John Huskies, whom the Canucks have struggled against, dropping their previous two matchups by a combined score of 9-3.
And while the outcome was one to remember, the coaching staff wasn’t happy with the play, particularly in the opening two frames.
“I don’t think we played very well at all, I don’t think Fort St. John played very well at all,” says GM Colby Wagar. “It was a scrambly game on both sides, we weren’t in the game the first two periods at all.
“Then some hard work and determination in the third and we got the W.”
Conor Webb had to be sharp, making 51 saves on 53 shots (.962 SV%). The Junior C’s had 34.
“Conor plays his heart out every time he puts his mask on. Conor played amazing tonight and had a good night and helped us get a win,” says Wagar.
“We’re still learning, we’re still missing a few key guys right now, and once we get a full squad, we’re going to be booming,” says Webb.
The Fort St. John Huskies got on the board first with just under three minutes left in the first.
Tanner Bahm tied it up 1:36 later, assisted by Dustin Bahm and Lane Wycotte.
The second period was scoreless.
The Junior C’s appeared to take the lead with 13:33 left in regulation, but the goal was waved off. Instead Huskie Geoff Dick scored giving them the 2-1 lead.
Nick VanderPloeg had the answer just over two minutes later from Keenan Halverson and Brandon Rowley.
Neither team could find another goal before regulation ended and the game went to overtime. It appeared headed to shootout as well, when Dylan McCuaig scored his third of the year from Raymond Prive with little time left.
“I’m just glad we came out with a win,” says McCuaig. “Glad to see the boys fighting back and showing some heart.”
The Junior Canucks look for a third straight win tonight, again versus the Huskies, this time in Fort St. John.
“We’ve got to go in there ready to play hockey. We weren’t ready to play hockey tonight. Everybody was floating around, doing their thing. We have to go there and play like we played in the last ten minutes of the third period,” says Wagar.
Puck drop is 8 pm at North Peace Arena.