Mike Lalonde and the 'Chetywnd Line' had a big night for the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks on Saturday, attributing to four of the team's six goals in their 6-2 win over the Grimshaw Huskies at the Memorial Arena.
While Lalonde might have been credited for four goals of the night, it was all about the line from Chetwynd on Saturday, including Kole Norris and Kris Desjarlais, who helped the Sr. Canucks thump the short-benched Huskies.
"That line played really well," said head coach Duncan Redfearn. "Mike was the guy who ended up getting the goals, but there were some really nice passing plays and they played a really tight game, the Lalonde line.
"All three of those guys were playing well."
Even though the two teams came into Saturday's game matched at 4-4-0 for the season in the North Peace Hockey League, the Huskies could only manage to send 14 players for Saturday's game, which meant they ran out of gas eventually.
"They played well with their 14 players. I thought we played well, too," Redfearn said. "We stuck to our game plan, we knew they were short and so our game plan was to make their defence work, grind them down and put lots of pucks on net.
"In the end, in the second, it opened up. We wore them down quite a bit and in the third we might've let up on the gas a bit."
Lalonde opened scoring for the Canucks and got another early in the second for the 2-0 lead, while Chris Stevens scored a power play goal at the 13-minute mark of the second.
Goaltending was solid on both ends of the ice, especially in the first for Grimshaw, but Redfearn made sure his team did the best they could to wear him down as well.
"We did our homework and we knew they had some solid goalkeepers," he said. "They lost to Manning 2-1, and that's a pretty rare score in this league, so when this happens you know both goalies are playing well. We knew we were going to have to get lots of shots and traffic and tire the goalie out too."
Grimshaw's Brendan Hawryluk scored one for the Huskies eventually in the second, but Lalonde got another two goals before the period let out and the Canucks were up 5-1 after 20.
The third was "quiet" with only one goal each (Dawson Creek's scored by Lewis Weaver), and while the Canucks "let up on the gas a bit," Redfearn is overall happy with the Canucks' win at home, which put them at 5-4-0.
"We were 5-1 going into the third and we tied the third, I guess. You always want to win the period and come out on top, but I thought we played a pretty good third," he said.
"It was pretty good hockey, and we're happy with that."
The Canucks have a hard weekend ahead of them, as they'll play the two teams that lead the NPHL's West and East Division - the Grande Prairie Athletics and the Manning Comets.
Redfearn says that as long as the Canucks stick to one-on-one coverage, they should be able to handle their own against both teams.
Friday's game will be at home at the Memorial Arena at 8:30 p.m. and then the Canucks will travel to Manning on Saturday.
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