The Dawson Creek Junior Canucks are still in first place, for now. That may change by the end of the weekend as they do not play any games this week.
They are in the midst of a much needed break after having played a league high 15 games. But they won’t stay idle, rather they will be working on improving their game going forward.
“We have a little bit of quiet time which is good, but we’re going to work on some conditioning, work on our powerplay, and work harder on getting the puck out of our end,” said head coach Gene Cooper. Those are the areas Cooper feels would make a difference in some of their games, turning losses into wins. One such game was last weekend, Nov. 4 against the Navigators. After winning Nov. 3 in Fairview 7-3 over the Flyers, the Canucks went to Peace River hoping to get revenge on the Navigators who beat them 6-0 earlier in the year. Unfortunately, that would not be the case as the Canucks would fall 3-1.
“That goalie we faced (Ryan Noble) played really well. He made some saves that kept Peace River in the game, because we played a really good game otherwise,” Cooper said.
This is losses in two straight weekends for the Junior Canucks, and they were upset after Saturday night’s game. Cooper said they felt they played well enough to win, they just need to finish on their opportunities.
Simon Bowyer got both starts in net, playing well. He stopped 37 of a high 40 shots against the Navigators, and 31 of 34 shots versus the Flyers. Part of the reason he was in net both games is because Drew Friesen is no longer with the team. He decided to leave the team, and as a result the Canucks signed Logan Edwards out of Fort St. John to back up Bowyer.
Overall, at a break in the schedule and over a third of the way through the season, Cooper feels good about the team’s start.
“I feel confident in the guys. They’re really starting to grasp the concept that they are a good hockey team and it’s not something that’s going to pass if they keep working hard.”