Busy hockey weekend ahead in Mile Zero

From PeeWee level up to Junior, it's going to be a busy hockey weekend ahead in Dawson Creek at both the Kin and Memorial Arena.

From Friday, Nov. 29 to Sunday, Dec. 1 the Dawson Creek Minor Hockey Association will be hosting teams from all over the region for a PeeWee Rep Tournament at the Kin and Memorial Arenas.

Meanwhile, the Northeast B.C. & Yukon Trackers will also play at the Kin Arena on Friday night, when they host the Peace River Royals at 5 p.m.

The Trackers haven't seen game action in nearly three weeks due to snow-caused cancellations and are itching to go.

"Hopefully we're prepared," said Trackers' bench boss Brennen Giroux from practice. "We got absolutely embarrassed the last time we place Peace River and the boys remember that.

"We're still trying to work things out and work through some troubles, but we'll see how it goes."

The Trackers will then travel to Grande Prairie on Saturday to take on the Storm.

The Dawson Creek Junior Canucks will also see some home games this weekend at the Memorial Arena, as they host the Fairview Flyers on Saturday night and the North Peace Navigators on Sunday in a matinee game.

The Jr. Canucks are 7-9-1 for the season and sit in fifth place in the North West Junior Hockey League. They lost to the Flyers 6-3 last Sunday and are hoping to redeem themselves at home this weekend.

"We always want to be good in our own barn, but we need to beat Fairview," said Jr. Canucks' coach Eric Fulton. "If you look ahead, that's probably the team we're going to see in the playoffs. We need to win in their barn, but we can't lose in ours, and the boys know that.

"You don't want to say it's going to be a different team when you come home, but they will be."

Fairview currently sits in fourth place in the NWJHL, while the Navigators are near the top in second place with 11 more points than the Jr. Canucks.

Getting a break this weekend are the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks, who have played two more games than the other teams in the North Peace Hockey League's Western Division.

Coach Duncan Redfearn says having the weekend off is a blessing for the Canucks.

"We're ahead of everybody," he said. "We've played a couple more games, so I think it's to level that out a bit.

"We need it. We've got a lot of injuries and sickness, so it'll be a good break I think to get the team healthy again."

The Sr. Canucks won't see action until Thursday, Dec. 5 when they hit the road to Grande Prairie to play the undefeated Athletics.

For a full home ice schedule, see the Dawson Creek Minor Hockey Association's website.

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