Junior Canucks take 3-2 series lead after thrilling OT win

It was a high-flying first two periods Saturday night. Both teams scored 10 goals before the well dried up, and fans had to wait over a period and a half for the deciding goal.

In the end, it was Liam Craig who found the back of the net, giving the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks the 6-5 road victory 12:18 into overtime, and more importantly, the 3-2 series lead. For the first time in the series, the North Peace Navigators scored first, 3:29 into the game. DC put two on the board, but the period finished with a 2-2 tie.

The two teams traded goals in the second period three times, with the Canucks gaining the lead each time only to lose it.

The third period saw no scoring, and the deciding goal came 32:55 after the final second period goal.

After their initial lead, North Peace never again held the lead in the game. The Navs outshot the Canucks 11-10 in the first period, but after that, the Jr. C’s dominated the shot count each period, with a final tally of 41 to North Peace’s 35.

Scott Fisher led the Canucks in points with three — all assists, while Layne Hunter was the only other Canuck with a multi-point game, with a goal and an assist. In all, 12 players for DC put up points on the board.

The Canucks have a chance to move on to the next round with a win at home on Wednesday. By then, the next opponent for the series victor may already be decided, as the Fort St. John Huskies have a chance to eliminate the County of GP JDA Kings on Tuesday. Puck drop for the Canucks game will be at 8 pm.

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