Sr. Canucks ready for weekend at home

The Dawson Creek Senior Canucks are getting ready to face the two top teams of the North Peace Hockey League this weekend, as they host the Grande Prairie Athletics on Friday then the Manning Comets on Saturday night at the Memorial Arena.

Both the A's and the Comets lead their respective West and East Divisions in the NPHL, but according to Canucks' coach Duncan Redfearn, they're ready for them.

The Canucks recently lost to Grande Prairie 6-4 on the road and haven't faced Manning yet this season.

"We just played Grande Prairie so it's pretty fresh in our minds," Redfearn said. "They like to do a lot of passing, and when they're on the rush into our zone, we just need to make sure everyone has their man.
"That man-to-man coverage is what we need to work on. It's a matter of making sure everyone knows who their check is," he added. "Grande Prairie is really strong moving the puck, and we just need to make sure everyone knows where they've got to be and who they're covering."

The A's are currently 9-1-0 while the Sr. Canucks are 5-4-0.

Out east, the Manning Comets are 8-3-0.

"I expect Manning to play a similar game," Redfearn said. "If we play positional hockey and force these guys into one-on-one situations, we can force it into that style of play in the corner, on the blue line and in different areas."

The Sr. Canucks are coming off a 6-2 win over the Grimshaw Huskies on Saturday, and are hoping to carry over that momentum into their double-header weekend.

Both Friday and Saturday games are set for 8:30 p.m. puck drop at the Dawson Creek Memorial Arena.

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