Coming out of a three-game weekend, the Canucks picked up four of a possible six points up for grabs in Northwest Junior Hockey League action, ending with a stomping of the Sexsmith Vipers Sunday afternoon.
Much like G.I. Joe dealing with the forces of Cobra each week, these snakes were put to rest early and cooked just over 20 minutes. After a scrambling first half of the first period, teams settled down for some tighter battles before the Canucks went 1-0 after a tight battle in front resulted in an unassisted marker from Griffin Young. After a dump and chase whistle free first three minutes to open the second, Canucks saw a puck with eyes trickle in to make it 2-0 over the Vipers as Malyk John lit the lamp, before Dustin Bahm potted goals less than 45 seconds apart, taking the game out of a hand and put the ‘Nucks up by four.
Kole Comin picked up DC’s fifth of the game, with Dylan McCuaig earning his second assist in the contest. While the Vipers planted a goal in the third, Griffin Young ended the story with Dawson’s sixth goal of the afternoon.
The third period saw sloppier play from both teams, with Canucks getting a chance to work on their penalty kill, while Sexsmith took weak, retaliatory penalties that didn’t help them get back onto the score sheet. Viper goaltender Tyler Boe was chased from the net, while Junior Canucks tender Simon Bowyer stopped 28 or 29 shots.
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The DC JC team is atop the league right now, with Shipton, Bahm and Young leading the league in points. The team fires up again in FSJ against the Flyers on Nov. 3, and in Peace River against the Navigators on Nov. 4.