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Trackers, Flyers, Preds hit the ice

Some promising results over the weekend for local hockey clubs
Bantam Trackers training camp 2022
Some of the region's rep hockey teams were in action over the weekend, including the bantam Trackers seen here during training camp in August

The first real action of the season for some of the northeast-based rep hockey teams on the weekend.

The NEBC midget U-18 Trackers, under new head coach Jared Winkel, were at a tournament in Kelowna.

The club was able to rattle off three wins in four games, beating the South Okanagan Knights 6-2 and blanking the Langley Eagles 8-0, but falling 6-2 to Abbotsford Hawks in round-robin action.

Their 2-1 record placed them in fifth and against Surrey's Cloverdale Colts in the 5/6 game – a 4-0 shut out of the Colts gave the Trackers fifth place in the tourney.

They open their regular season Saturday (Oct. 8) at 1:30 p.m. at the North Peace Arena against Grande Prairie.

The U-15 Bantam Trackers went 4-and-1 down in Abbotsford at the Bauer Invitational, winning all three of their round-robin games: 6-3 over Surrey's Semiahmoo Ravens, 5-1 over the St. George's Saints from Vancouver and 6-4 over the North Zone Kings from the North Okanagan.

The Trackers, though, were in tough in a re-match with the Kings in the quarterfinal, but came away with a 3-2 decision.

Their first loss of the tournament, unfortunately, was to the West Kootenay Crusaders 3-2 in the semi-finals, eliminating them from further play.

The Fort St. John under-13 Flyers opened league play on the road in Fort McMurray with a pair of games against the Barons.

Keegan Wilson had the hat-trick while Declan Bookham added one in a 10-4 loss Saturday night.

It was a much better result Sunday morning when the two teams skated to a 2-2 tie – Linden Andersen and Chase King with the Flyers markers.

The peewee Flyers are home to the Whitecourt Wolverines Saturday afternoon at 2 at the Pomeroy Sport Centre and Sunday morning at 9 at the North Peace Arena.

Meantime, some big wins for the Predators organization on Saturday and Sunday.

The under-18 midgets beat the Fort St. John Eagles in an exhibition game 7-2 Saturday.

The bantams got by a combined U-15/U-18 team from Dawson Creek 9-7 in what's called "league tiering games" to determine the divisions they'll play in.

Paige Umbach, Taryn Storey, and Emmlinn Warren each scored twice in the contest.

And, the peewee Preds dropped Grande Prairie 10-3 Saturday and a U-13/U15 combined team from Beaverlodge 15-0 Sunday in another set of division-determining games.

All three teams will take part in the Richmond Classic female hockey tournament Oct. 21-23.

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