On Wednesday night, the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks started fast and finished strong.
Heading into the game down 2-0 in the series, the Canucks took a dominant 5-1 win to get back in the chase against the North Peace Navigators.
“We were ready to play hockey, and played a two-way hockey game — not just a one-way hockey game,” says head coach Gene Cooper.
“We backchecked hard, eliminated any options they had, took away their time and space all over the ice. We came to play and they couldn’t do nothing about it.”
The Canucks peppered the Navigators with 14 shots in the first frame, allowing only seven. Around the 16th minute, the trio of Griffin Young, Wesley Shipton, and Colton Johnson worked to score twice in the span of 18 seconds, with Young getting the first goal and Shipton the second.
The lead doubled in the second period with power play goals from Layne Hunter and Trey Nichol.
The Navigators put one up one minute into the third period, but any hope of a North Peace comeback was quelled by Dylan McQuaig’s goal to make it 5-1 for DC.
Goaltender Simon Bowyer was strong in net, making 22 saves on 23 shots. The Canucks took 33 shots.
The game was a relatively clean one, seeing Dawson Creek only take three penalties, and none in the first period by either team.
“[Penalties] have been one of our downfalls this year,” says Cooper. “The boys, they focused on the game and not on anything else.
The Canucks will look to even up the series on home ice Friday, with puck drop at 8 pm.