Just like that the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks are undefeated and 3-0 to start the NPHL season. With their latest home win 4-3 in the shootout against the Grande Prairie Athletics, the Senior Canucks achieved their goal of beginning the season with three straight wins, according to assistant captain Jeff Taylor.
“It’s a good start for the team, guys are coming together and taking care of our defensive zone first and finding ways to get two points at the end of the day is what we want to do,” Taylor said.
In the game against the Athletics, the Senior Canucks were up 3-1 going into the third, but unfortunately couldn’t hold that lead.
“It was a good hockey game with some ups and downs. We let the lead slip, but bounced back in the shootout and buried our chances,” Taylor said.
After the Athletics tied the game up in the third, and after a scoreless overtime, the Canucks scored on three of their five shootout attempts. Cole Norris, Taylor, and Dolan Bjornson got the shootout goals for Dawson Creek, with Bjornson’s game-winner a beautiful one handed deke past the goalie. The Athletics failed to get a goal on Josh Round, the Senior Canucks goalie, who Taylor said was their best player on the night.
“He really stood on his head and made the saves when he needed to,” Taylor said.
"Josh Round. Five shooters. Mike Lalong missed, Kole Norris scored, I scored, Dolan Bjornson did a one hand pretty nice goal for the win."
Going forward, Taylor said the Senior Canucks are happy right now but not satisfied. Their goal is to win the title this year.
The next step to that goal is to go on the road for the next two weeks against tough teams. The Senior Canucks head to Falher to play the Pirates on Nov. 18, and then play Grande Prairie again on Nov. 23.
“Everyone is excited, especially when you start 3-0. When you buy into a system that we have early, it’s pretty fun for sure,” Taylor said.
Taylor said the team is excited about the challenge ahead of them.