The NEBC Trackers are on quite the roll right now. They were one goal away from going undefeated at the Tim Jardine Tournament two weeks ago, and resumed NAHL play with a two-game sweep of the Leduc Roughnecks. This week, they'll travel to Fort McMurray for two games against the Barons, on November 23 at 6:30 p.m., and November 24 at 10:30 a.m.
The Trackers currently sit in first place in the Milltech Group Division with an 8-1-1 record and 17 points, while the Barons are in fourth place with a 5-8 record and 10 points. The Trackers are in a six-way log-jam for second place in the NAHL overall with 17 points, although the Trackers have only played 10 games, with most playing 11 or more. The St. Albert Crusaders have a two-point lead for first place overall with a 9-1 record.
The team is more balanced than in years passed, and as a result don't have a scorer in the top 10 in points as in recent seasons, but that hasn't resulted in a drop off in terms of wins and losses. Kurtis Lee leads the team with 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 10 games, and is currently tied for 39th in the league. Close behind him are Colby Busche with 12 points and Chase London with 11.
One area where the Trackers are definitely at the top of the league is goals against and save percentage. They have only allowed 19 goals against this season, the fewest in the league by two goals, and goalie Landon Hatton leads the league in both goals against (0.69) and save percentage (0.966) to go with a 4-0 record. Teammate Dakota Olson, who's seen more action so far, is 4-1-1 with a 2.82 GAA and 0.871 save percentage.
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