It was a weekend of ups and downs for the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks, who held back-to-back games at home Saturday and Sunday at the Memorial Arena.
Hosting the Fairview Flyers first on Saturday night, the Jr. Canucks came out with some quality chances in the first period. Despite being outshot by the Flyers 9-7, the Jr. Canucks opened scoring when Ryan McCallum scored on Fairview's CJ Wass to go up 1-0.
In the second Dawson Creek took advantage of three consecutive Flyers' penalties, eventually capitalizing on their third man-advantage of the period when captain Connor Rose put the team up 2-0 with help from Justin Greyeyes.
Fairview would score early in the third to bring the game within one, but again Dawson Creek would strike on the odd-man advantage, when Greyeyes got his second point of the night, scoring on Wass with help from Daxton Reitsma and Rose.
Four minutes later the Flyers would get their second (and last) goal of the evening, but Rose scored again in the last minute of play for his third point of the night and the Canucks' walked away with the 4-2 win over Fairview, outshooting the visitors 32-28.
First start of the night went to goalie Josh Round, while Rose got the second star for his three-point game.
On Sunday the Jr. Canucks took on the North Peace Navigators in a matinee game at the Memorial Arena. The Navs, who are second in the North West Junior Hockey League, were coming off a 3-1 win over the Huskies on Friday night while the Jr. Canucks were still feeling their high from beating the Flyers.
Drawing first blood were the Jr. Canucks, when Randy Spoklie opened scoring 12 minutes into the first with a pass from Mark Readman.
The Navs tied it up late in the second to tie the game 1-1, and it took nearly eight minutes into the third for another goal to be scored - unfortunately for the Jr. Canucks it was Peace River's Ty Wiebe. The Navs turned it up in the third, outshooting Dawson Creek 19-5 in the period and eventually getting another past Round with just over five minutes to go in the period.
Winning the game 3-1, the Navs slid into first place in the NWJHL, ousting the Grande Prairie JDA Kings from top spot for the first time this season with 30 points.
Again goalie Round was the star of the game for the Jr. Canucks, making 34 saves against the Navs throughout the game.
Up next the Jr. Canucks will host the (now) second-place JDA Kings on Friday at the Memorial Arena at 8 p.m.
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