After a well-deserved weekend off, the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks, who are tied with two other teams for playing the most games in the league at 15, will hit the road this weekend to resume their season.
The Junior Canucks head to Beaverlodge Nov. 17 for a promising matchup against the Blades, and are in Grande Prairie a night later for a game against the JDA Kings. Just a week ago the Junior Canucks (9-5-0-1) were still holding down first place in the league. But because they had played so many more games than the other teams near the top of the standings, it was always a possibility that they would get passed.
The North Peace Navigators continued their strong season with two wins last weekend, moving to first place and bringing their record to 11-3. The Fort St. John Huskies continued to win as well, improving to 10-1 on the season, and sit one point ahead of the Canucks but with four games in hand on Dawson Creek. The Navigators and Huskies play each other twice this weekend, so there is a chacne they split those games and the Canucks win two to stay in the running for first.
On the season, the Canucks have faired well against the Blades, winning both games they’ve played fairly easily. The Blades are still in last place with just two points, so the Canucks shouldn’t have much trouble against them. The Kings are a bit of a different story. At 8-5-0-2, they sit just one point behind Dawson Creek in the standings. The teams have split their season series with a win each so far, with the Canucks winning most recently.
The Canucks continue to be led by their top line of Wesley Shipton, Dustin Bahm and Griffin Young, and seem to do good if those players do good. Shipton leads the NWJHL in scoring with 20 goals and 35 points, while Bahm is third in the league with 25 points and Young is fourth with 23 points.