Slave Lake -- An offensive explosion led by four points from Reed Smith helped the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks snap a two game losing streak on Saturday night.
The Canucks were in Slave Lake for the 2nd game on the current road trip and after losing 5-3 to Whitecourt the night before, the Canucks were looking to turn things around.
The game didn't start the way Dawson Creek would have liked as , down a man early, Slave Lake took the lead on a one timer from behind the net that beat new Canuck goaltender Ricky Yamagouchi. The Canucks would answer quick. Less than a minute later Reed Smith (7th) (Charles Radke, Colter McLean) would score his first of the night to tie the hockey game.
Lacking the previous night was the ability for the Canucks to sustain the pressure and the momentum after getting on the board. The Canucks did that in a big way Saturday night. Lorne Weaver (Justin McLeod, John Howes) scored his second of the season and the eventual game winner at the 6:15 mark and Nathan Bomben (2nd) (Trevor Dahlen, Jason Higson) provided the "Safeway turning point" on the power play with 33 seconds left to make the score 3-1 after twenty minutes.
The Canucks continued their strong play early in the second when Evan Weaver (Ryan Walker) scored his first as a Canuck 4:17. Then late in the period Charles Radke (7th) (Mike Bouchard, Reed Smith) tipped in a Bouchard shot at the 17:14 mark to give the Canucks a 5-1 lead heading into the final frame.
Yamagouchi was tested several times in the third but turned each opportunity away to contribute to his 20 save performance and the Canucks added to the lead. Just a minute sixteen into the frame Charles Radke (unassisted) put his second of the game past the Wolves goaltender. Then Reed Smith (unassisted) made a beautiful forehand-backhand-forehand deak on a breakaway to round out the scoring at the 5:37 mark.
One bout on the fight card. Lewis Weaver and Nicholas Plourde. We gave Weaver the takedown and the decision in a pretty good tilt.
Head coach Duncan Redfearn stresses the first five minutes and the last five minutes of each period and his team delivered against the Wolves. Dawson Creek scored in the first five minutes in each of the three periods and also scored in the final five minutes in two of the three periods.
The power play went 1 for 5 while the penalty kill was 5 for 6.
The Brass Scissors three stars tonight were:
1st star - Charles Radke
2nd star - Reed Smith
3rd star - Lorne Weaver
After a weekend split the Canucks record is now 6-2-1 and they will continue their road trip with a pair of games away from the Memorial next weekend.