Senior C’s keep 2018 magic alive in first games of 2019

2018 saw the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks capture their first Coy Cup, and while they don’t hand out awards for the midway mark in the season, the first half of their NPHL campaign has been spectacular, dominating many of their games, and dropping only two of their 12 played in the 2018 portion.

If the first two games are any indication, that trend looks like it will continue in the new year.

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The first game of 2019 saw the Senior C’s narrowly take a 4-3 overtime contest last Thursday against the Grande Prairie Athletics — a team that’s given the Canucks their toughest challenges so far this season, with a win and another overtime loss to show for it.

The road game saw the Canucks score first, with Spencer Gover putting the C’s on the board, but GP answered back before the end of the first to make it 1-1 going into the intermission.

Mike Lalonde scored in the second frame, but the C’s were down 3-2 by the end of it. Dolan Bjornson tied the game with about five minutes left, while Matt Schmermund found the overtime winner on the power play.

Shots were tied at 40. Kenton White made 37 saves for the C’s (.925 SV%).

Saturday’s game against Grimshaw was a lot less close.

Tyler Reay scored just over three minutes in, and the Canucks never looked back. The Huskies managed their only goal of the game in the first period, giving the C’s a 10-1 win.

Ryan Friesen had a hattrick, while Kevin Hope had two goals.

DC outshot Grimshaw 48-33, and Josh Round made 32 saves (.970 SV%).

The Senior C’s will look to keep up a five game winning streak in midweek games next week, as they don’t play this weekend. Tuesday will see the Seniors face up against Fort St. John at home, while next Thursday they head to Grande Prairie for a road contest against the Athletics. Puck drops at 8 pm at Memorial Arena Tuesday, while the road contest starts at 8:30 pm next Thursday.

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