Friday, January 16, 2009

Canucks 5 Blades 1

DAWSON CREEK -- Five different Canucks scored on Friday night as the team snapped a mini two game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Beaverlodge Blades.

Dawson Creek was looking to rebound after giving up 5 straight goals in a 5-3 loss to Whitecourt two nights earlier. The Canucks were also looking to avenge a 6-5 loss to Beaverlodge last Saturday night.

Tyson York was in goal as Cody Garnett was given a rare night off. Dawson Creek was also without Reid Smith who was serving a one game suspension and Carl Dahlen who was out of town.

John Howes opened the scoring at 7:14 of the first period when he pulled the puck from behind the net and put a backhand shot past Sheldon Longsdon. Dawson Creek continued to pressure and made it 2-0 when Justin McLeod scored on a great shorthanded effort. McLeod blew past the defender wide and pulled the puck right across the crease before scoring the goal. A power play goal from Aaron Dumas cut the lead to one before the period was out.

Goals from Jason Higson (Safeway turning point) and Charles Radke in the second had the Canucks up 4-1 after two and in the third they finished off the scoring. A Lewis Weaver shot went off the visor of Evan Weaver and into the back of the net to make the final score 5-1.

A few fights in the game with the most entertaining being Tyson Keen and Bobby Horseman. Give Keener the decision hands down. I was waiting to see if anyone would fight Jamie Robinson and it was John Howes who answered the call. Not much of a fight however.

Dawson Creek went 0 for 3 on the power play while the penalty kill was 9 for 10.

Brass Scissors three stars: 1) Justin McLeod 2) Tyson York 3) Jason Higson. Hardest working Canuck: Blaine Rodgers.

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