While the local junior and senior teams had weekends to forget, the two regional midget teams — the Trackers and Predators — played great. The Trackers won both games at home against the Whitecourt Wolverines this weekend, while the Predators went 2-1 in a tournament in Fort Saskatchewan, finishing in second place.
The score for the Trackers games were 5-4 and 7-6. However, those games were far different than most the Trackers have played this year. The team was averaging just over a goal a game before allowing 10 goals in two games. Still, a win is a win, and when a team is rolling like the Trackers are it's hard to point out any flaws or concerns in the team's game.
Connor Kindrat had four assists on the weekend, and now leads the NAHL in points with 19. Devan Minard had two goals and two assists and is now tied for ninth in league scoring with 12 points.
The Predators, playing with just 12 players, beat the Bonnyville Jaguars 8-0 and the Fort Saskatchewan Fury 11-3. The team met its match in the Edmonton Capitals, who beat the Predators 3-0 in the final game.
“We played short benched all weekend and just ran out of gas in the final against a good team. Being down 2-0 going into the thirrd, I thought we came out with some jump but just couldn’t get any bounces. We were missing several key players this weekend and I thought our group which included a lot of younger players really stepped up. I’m proud of the results they achieved this weekend,” said head coach Rob Larson.
Goalie Cheree Peters had a great weekend, stopping 28 of 31 shots against Edmonton and earning the shutout over Bonnyville. The Preds were led in scoring by Jordyn Larson with three goals and six assists, and Kaelie Morton with seven goals. Morton had a had trick in each of her team's wins.
The Predators are off this weekend, but are back in action Nov. 15 to 18 in Calgary for Wickfest. The Trackers will be in Delta, B.C. this weekend for a tournament against B.C. Tier 1 Midget teams, and return to NAHL play the following weekend.
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The Trackers are playing a tournament next weekend, and return to NAHL action Nov. 18 in Grande Prairie.