"Ask not what your team can do for you, but what you can do for your team," may have been words spoken by a Dawson Creek Senior Canucks captain after Friday's white knuckle victory over the Energetic City Flyers.
The Flyers may have came in high and overconfident on a winning streak, but this was brought to a dead halt in a 9-7 loss to DC, due in large part to Canucks captain Chris Stevens leading the charge with a hat trick.
“It was nice to get the win, nice to come in and get a win and hopefully get some momentum,” said Stevens.
Canucks began at 17:16 of the first. The Flyers’ had their own offensive in place, immediately tying up to applause as stuffed bears rained down onto the ice in support of the Salvation Army’s Teddy Bear Toss.
Flyer Brennen Giroux shot a double assisted one-timer, for a short-lived lead as the C’s were right behind them and tied up at twos. A flurry of nonsense on Fort St. John ice left the rink rats looking at a 4 – 3 scoreboard in the north after one.
At 18:15 in the second period, ‘Nucks captain Stevens tied the game again and at 13:04 he conquered another, earning the hat trick for the night. The Flyers struggled with the puck, playing with themselves throughout much of the period, with it ending 7 – 6 for DC. Head coach Jason Gies said the win was all about having a team willing to put in a fiull 60 minutes of hockey on the ice.
“We talked before the game, we really needed this one and to come out with a good 60 minute effort," said Gies.
John Wayne Howes helped the team with some true grit, scored at 16:32 with a double assist, grinding out a two point lead. The Flyers realized they were in a hockey game and made it close, but as the Flyers put their goalie back in net after calling a 30 second time out, the planning was all for naught as the Canucks scored again with 43 seconds left. Dawson wins 9-7. Conquerors on a crusade, in the war-torn, cold north.
“Yeah, when they pulled the goalie, Rounder (goaltender John Round) held us in there, made some good saves at the end there. It just come down to just wanting it,” said Gies.
Despite the Flyers throwing everything they had at DC, including desperation, and outshooting DC 39 to 32, the Canucks are winners and will now host Grande Prairie on December 15.