A Junior Canucks' weekend afternoon playoff waltz with the North Peace Navigators goes Sunday in Dawson Creek, Feb. 25 at 1:30 pm.
Head coach Gene Cooper says when it comes to leadership, the Junior C roster is for real.
“There’s enough leaders in that room to step up and get the job done,” he says.
“The feeling is there, they want to win.”
The Navigators, who had 53 points in the regular season, were second in the league, three points ahead of the Canucks. They swept their first round series against the Beaverlodge Blades.
While the Navigators took game one Saturday by a tune of 4-2, teams were 3-3 in six games this season against each other. The Canucks scored 21 goals while the Navigators only scored 19 against Dawson Creek. The Canucks had 181 goals for, good enough for second in the league, and 19 more than the Navigators had.
In the case of offence versus defence, the Canucks like their chances.
“They have a good goaltender, a lot of experience and a winning track record. There will be good hockey to be played, and we want people to support it because the boys are playing well,” Cooper adds.
“They better look out, because we want it. We match up really well, it’s playoff hockey, we’re gritty and tough," says Liam Craig.
Cooper says this is the first time in over 10 years that the Canucks have made it out of the first round. The next game goes Feb 28 with the Canucks on the road in Peace River. Puck drop? 8pm.
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