Saturday, February 28, 2009
It didn't take long for Radke to make an impact. Reunited with Colter MacLean and Reid Smith, Radke (Tyson Keen, Reid Smith) got the Canucks on the board just :45 seconds into the hockey game when he deflected a Tyson Keen shot past Wheeler goaltender Ryan Brausen.
The lead lasted less than 7 minutes. With the Wheelers on their first power play of the game Cody Atkinson put the home side on the board to even the score at one.
That lead lasted even shorter. Just 5 seconds off the face-off at centre ice Evan Weaver picked up a puck in behind the defence and put a shot past Brausen for the game's Safeway turning point. Before the period was out Radke had scored his second of the game (MacLean, Carl Dahlen) and Colter MacLean (Reid Smith) had scored his first of the playoffs to give the Canucks a 4-1 lead after 20 minutes.
The Canucks extended the lead at the 5:39 mark of the third when Reid Smith scored his second of the playoffs on the power play from Carl Dahlen and Nathan Bomben. That prompted a goaltending switch for the Wheelers as Kris Dika came into the game and it appeared to spark the home team.
At the 11:14 mark Jake Goldsmith potted his 4th of the series on the power play to make the score 5-2. Charels Radke answered at the 15:59 mark with his third of the night from MacLean and Smith and then things got interesting.
At the 17:35 mark a potential icing call was rolling wide of the Canuck goal before it changed direction and somehow beat Cody Garnett to make the score 6-3. Then with just 6.4 seconds left Nathan Johnson put a shot past Garnett with Grande Prairie up a man to make the score 6-4 after 2.
"I seen the puck coming down the ice and I knew it was curving towards the net so I thought I should get back to my post to make sure (it was) going to miss the net," Garnett explained. "As I was backing up I thought I was going towards the post but I was going towards the middle of the net and by the time I realized I was too far off my post it was too late. It was a really bad goal. I just said to myself after that goal I didn't want to let anymore in after that."
In the third the Canucks' defence tightened up and kept the Wheelers off the board. Jordy Weatherill scored his first of the season as he batted the puck out of the air through the legs of Dika for his first of the season. Final score 7-4.
"I didn't know what to expect," commented Canucks head coach Duncan Redfearn. We lost the last game 3-0 and Charles has been in school for four weeks and I really didn't know what to expect. Overall the team had an excellent game tonight."
One of the big questions posed in the broadcast was how would the Canucks respond in the third after giving up two late goals?
"It's always discouraging to let late goals in but overall we settled the guys down and said look, we have enough goals right now to win this hockey game. We don't need to score anymore goals we just have to focus on our defence and stop these guys from getting pucks on us and that's what we did. We had a solid 20 and got one goal and none against. You can't ask for more in the third period."
The Wheelers went 3 for 7 on the power play while the Canucks were 1 for 5 on the night.
Cardinal Telecom three stars: 1) Radke 2) MacLean 3) Smith. Jock's hardest working Canuck: MacLean.
The win forces game 5 in the series which will be on Saturday night in Dawson Creek. Game time from the memorial will be 8:00pm MST.
Friday, February 27, 2009
8:30pm Coca-Cola Centre, Grande Prairie
(8:15pm MST DGS Astro Paving Jr. Canucks pre game show on Peace FM)
Tonight's game is simply this: a must win.
The Wheelers lead the best of 5 series 2-1 so if the Canucks don't win the season will be over. There isn't much that I can say that hasn't already been said. This is what sports is about and we'll see if the Canucks can bring it tonight.
I've got some big news that I will share with you during tonight's pre-game show. You won't want to miss this!
Talk to you on the airwaves!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks are getting set for game 4 in Grande Prairie on Friday night. It will be do or die for the Canucks who trail the best of 5 opening round playoff series 2 games to 1.
Elsewhere the Fort St John Huskies resume their series with the Slave Lake Wolves on Friday night in Fort St John. The Huskies and Wolves split the first two games in Slave Lake.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The Canucks had score first in each of the series' first two games but in game three it was Grande Prairie who got on the board first. At the 5:18 mark Jake Goldsmith (Jeff McVey, Cody Atkinson) to a beautiful pass from behind the net and from the slot put a shot past Canucks' goaltender Cody Garnett to make the score 1-0 after one. Shots on goal in the first favoured the Canucks 11-10.
In the second it was much of the same but the Canucks just didn't seem to have "it". Late in the period we saw the game's Safeway turning point. With less than 6 minutes to play and the Wheelers on their first power play, Jake Goldsmith blasted a slap shot from the outside that Garnett appeared to have saved in his chest. Somehow the puck made its way through the goaltender and Cody Atkinson (Goldsmith, Nathan Johnson) had a tap in for his first of the series. Shots on goal in the 2nd were 12-8 for the Wheelers.
The Canucks didn't come out with much in the third and were unable to muster up any real sustained offensive attack. At the 15:11 mark Jeff mcVey (Mark Sauchenko, Jake Goldsmith) rounded out the scoring making the final score 3-0 for the Wheelers.
The Canucks were 0 for 3 on the power play and the penalty kill went 2 for 3.
Cardinal Telecom three stars: 1) Brausen 2) Goldsmith 3) Atkinson. Jock's hardest working Canuck: Colter MacLean.
The win gives the Wheelers a 2-1 series lead and a chance to wrap things up in game 4 on Friday night (8:15pm MST DGS Astro Paving Jr. Canucks Pre-Game Show and 8:30pm MST opening face off on Peace FM).
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Goals: Charles Radke (28), Jason Higson (22), Colter Maclean (21).
Assists: Radke (27), MacLean (26), Higson (20).
Points: Radke (55), MacLean (47), Higson (42).
GWG: Reid Smith (5), Radke (3), 5 players with 2.
PPG: Radke (9), Carl Dahlen (6), Higson (4).
SHG: MacLean (3), 4 players with 1.
GAA: Cody Garnett (3.37)
W: Garnett (15)
PP: 21.76% (42/193)
PK: 85.44% (38/261)
Tonight is game two of the best of 5 opening round NWJHL playoff series between the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks and the Grande Prairie Wheelers. The series is tied at one game a piece after the Wheelers got the split in Dawson Creek. The scene now shifts to Grande Prairie for games 3 and 4 (tonight and Friday).
Dawson Creek dominated game 2 outshooting the Wheelers 44-22 (10 GP shots came in the third) and winning 3-0. It was a huge turnaround from game 1 in which the Canucks were taking bad penalties at bad times and it cost them.
Dawson Creek went 1-1-1 in Grande Prairie during the regular season and 1-1 at home so this tight series that we've seen can be expected.
Game three goes tonight.
I'll chat with you over the airwaves from Grande Prairie!
Monday, February 23, 2009
We start this blog post with a little dust up between the Canucks' Blain Rodgers and the Wheelers Michael Podruzney. I think Rodgers got the better of him, lol.
A nice little fight to get you amped up on a Monday evening.
If you really want to get amped up, watch 24. It's on tonight at 10pm MST, or is it 11pm MST? I should check the guide.
Sportsline went off without a hitch tonight. We introduced the "instant replay" which was great and will be a ton of fun. You can also catch some clips from sportsline tomorrow night during the intermission of the broadcast.
Big thanks to Charles Radke who went 1 on 1 with us as well as Mike Feeney of Moose FM who took some time to discuss the current playoff races.
I'll post some quotes in the morning.
Don't be suprised if I am "sick" (caugh, caugh) March 4th. It's trade deadline day in the NHL and between the two networks and sources online there will be wall to wall covereage of the day and it's always one I don't want to miss. It's like a holiday for me and I'm looking forward to it. It looks like my Leafs may be one of the busiest teams that day.
John Tortorella will be coaching the New York Rangers. Sources say he is on his way to New York tonight and whatever issues exist between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Rangers are not expected to prevent him from taking over the Blueshirts after Tom Renney was fired earlier in the day.
VICTORIA, February 23, 2009 — Team Canada finally played a full-length game at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women's curling championship.
But the end result was just the same as their three previous shortened games — another victory for Jennifer Jones and her reigning Canadian and world championship team from Winnipeg.
After playing a total of 21 ends to win their first three games, Jones, third Cathy Overton-Clapham, second Jill Officer and lead Dawn Askin were taken to last rock by New Brunswick's Andrea Kelly in Draw 7 Monday afternoon at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. But Jones had it, and she made a hack-weight takeout to score a game-winning deuce and a 5-3 win.
"I'm never nervous on the last one," said Jones, who moved into a tie for first place at 4-0 with B.C.'s Marla Mallett, who had a bye. "It's exciting, it's fun, and you want to make a few of those as the week goes on. Whenever you have a big shot to capitalize, you want to make it, and that was a big shot for us. It felt good."
New Brunswick dropped to 2-3 with the loss.
In other Draw 7 play, P.E.I.'s Rebecca Jean MacPhee salvaged a split of her Monday assignments with an 8-6 triumph over Atlantic Canada rival Nova Scotia, skipped by Nancy McConnery. P.E.I. stole a crucial three in the sixth end, then added a deuce in the eighth and never looked back en route to picking up its third win in five games. Nova Scotia dropped to 1-3.
Alberta's Cheryl Bernard, meanwhile, stretched her win streak to three but needed an extra end to defeat Marie-France Larouche of Quebec 8-7. Bernard covered the pin with her last rock of the 11th end to improve to 3-1, while Quebec dropped to 3-2.
Manitoba's Barb Spencer picked up her first win of the '09 Scotties, but she had some nervous moments en route to the victory. Manitoba took a 7-2 lead through five ends, but a series of misses allowed Kerry Galusha of the Northwest Territories/Yukon to steal her way back in the game — two in the seventh end and singles in the eighth and ninth.
But in the 10th, Spencer made a hit-and-roll to the eighth-foot to score the winning point for an 8-7 triumph. Manitoba improved to 1-3, while the Territories wrapped up their Monday at 1-4.
Ontario's Krista McCarville (2-2), P.E.I.'s Rebecca Jean MacPhee (2-2) and Saskatchewan's Stefanie Lawton (1-3) also had byes in Draw 6.
Play at the Scotties wraps up with one more draw on Monday, scheduled for 9:30 p.m. (all times Eastern) on TSN.
On Tuesday, draws are scheduled for 11:30 a.m., 4 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. All three will be shown live on TSN, with the morning draw available on TSN.ca. As well, archived footage from earlier draws is available for viewing at TSN.ca.
Saturday was spent on the couch. It was Hockey Day in Canada (one of my favorite days of the year) and featured three games and all six Canadian teams. Earlier in the day Jim Hughson did an amazing feature on the Dawson Creek/Fort St John rivalry. I've posted the video.
What a story! I'm sure some of you remember those days and I invite you to comment below at the bottom of this post with your stories.
I borrowed the theater style projector and projection screen from work this weekend. It was the first Saturday/Sunday that I've had completely off in some time and I watched a few movies. On the list this weekend was "Yes Man" with Jim Carey and "Role Models." I'll give them both a positive review. I thought the young kid in Role Models was a little much at first but he grew on me and I was laughing. I'll admit though that Yes Man was funnier. I couldn't stop laughing. Highly recommended.
The Dawson Creek atom Canucks won a tournament over the weekend in Chetwynd. They defeated Fort St John 6-1 in the final game on Sunday afternoon.
I'm not one for award shows and tend to spend my time doing other things but what I've heard this morning was that the Oscars were rather boring. Agree?
Sportsline goes tonight. I'm still working on lining up guests and included in the discussion will be tons of NWJHL playoff talk. I'll also try to get league governor Al Spence on the phone to discuss the Sexsmith story.
That's all I can muster up at the moment. I was up watching movies will 1:30am and came to work in my pj's. I think I should get something done.
Have a great Monday!
DAWSON CREEK -- Cody Garnett stopped each of the 22 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season as the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks evened up their opening round best of 5 series with the Grande Prairie Wheelers.
It didn't take long for the Canucks to get on the board as Justin McLeod scored his 2nd goal in as many games at the 2:12 mark to make the score 1-0 (from Colter MacLean). Before the period was over John Howes scored his first of the post season after undressing the defenceman and beating goaltender Ryan Brausen. Dawson Creek was dominating the hockey game outshooting Grande Prairie 15-7 in the first period.
In the second the Canucks' finished off the scoring when Reid Smith (Evan Weaver, Justin McLeod) took a pass in the slot and fired it low through the legs of Brausen and into the back of the net. The score was 3-0 after two periods and the shots in the second period were 16-5 in favor of the Canucks.
The Wheelers had a few more opportunities to score in the third but were unable to beat netminder Garnett. Shots in the third favored Dawson Creek 13-10 and total shots in the hockey game were 44-22.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Cody Garnett was back between the pipes for the Canucks after taking a shot to the neck on Monday night. Ryan Brausen was in goal for the Wheelers.
Early in the first with the Wheelers on the power play the Canucks drew first blood. Justin McLeod scored a shorthanded goal (from Colter MacLean) at the 2:11 mark putting the home side up 1-0 after the first. Dawson Creek outshot Grande Prairie 21-6 through 20 minutes.
In the second it was close to the opposite. At the 2:29 mark Cordell Shmyr tied things up (from Ben Anderson and Jacob Brown) on a rebound and the score was 2-2 after 40 minutes. Shots in the second were 21-12 in favour of Grande Prairie.
Early on in the third period the Canucks' John Howes to an undisciplined cross checking call putting the Wheelers on the power play. At the 6:48 mark they capitalized on that power play. Jake Goldsmith scored his first of the game (from Cody Atkinson and Jeff McVey) giving the visitors their first lead of the game. Howes immediately found himself at the end of the bench.
Nearly 10 minutes later the Chetwynd product was put back in the game and he delivered. After a scoring chance of his own he carried the puck into the high slot and found Tyson Keen who blasted a shot past Brausen to tie the game up at 2 with less than five minutes to play and that got the crowed going.
The score remained tied into the final two minutes at which point Carl Dahlen was called on a questionable holding call (Safeway turning point) giving the visitors the power play late with a chance to win. For the second time in the game Jake Goldsmith delivered. Goldsmith put home his second of the game (from Cody Atkinson) giving Grande Prairie a 3-2 win and a 1-0 series lead.
Cardinal Telecom three stars: 1) Goldsmith 2) Atkinson 3) MacLean. Jocks hardest working Canuck: MacLean.
Dawson Creek finished 0 for 3 on the power play while the penalty kill went 5 for 7. Shots on goal favored the Canucks 41-36.
Game two of the best of 5 first round series will be played Friday night in Dawson Creek with the opening face-off at 8:00pm MST (DGS Astro Paving Jr. Canucks pre-game show at 7:45pm MST on Peace FM).
Elsewhere around the NWJHL on Wednesday night the Peace River Navigators got a goal from Joel Balfour at the 18:02 mark of the second period to beat the visiting Beaverlodge Blades 1-0 in game one of that series. Thanks to Orren Ford for the updates.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Early in the first period Canucks' goaltender Cody Garnett went down after taking a Joel Balfour shot under the mask on the neck. He left the game and did not return. More on that in a bit.
Tyson York came into the game to replace Garnett and was fantastic early on making key saves on 2 partial breakaways. The game was scoreless through 20 minutes.
The Navigators got on the board first when Mitch Kohut put the puck past York at the 6:50 mark. Then at the 12:59 mark after Lorne Weaver turned the puck over in the Dawson Creek zone Gerry Young found Selleck Bunn which was the game's Safeway Turning point making the score 2-0 Peace River after two periods.
All hope of a comeback was lost early in the third when Gerry Young, using Canucks' defenceman Tyson Keen as a screen, blasted a slap shot that beat York to make the game 3-0. Young would add another to make the final score 4-0.
Brass Scissors three stars: 1) Young 2) Bunn 3) Bomben. Hardest working Canuck: Weatherill.
Dawson Creek went 0 for 2 on the power play and the penalty kill was a perfect 4 for 4.
The loss means that the Canucks end up finishing in 4th place in the NWJHL and will meet the Grande Prairie Wheelers in the opening round of the playoffs while the Navigators, who finish in 3rd, play the Beaverlodge Blades in the opening round. Both playoff series will begin on Wednesday. Puck drop in Dawson Creek Wednesday is 8:00pm.
Feb 12-15, 2009
Peace River - Northern Rockies finished 4th in the medal count with 37 (9 gold, 10 silver and 18 bronze).
400 Free Female 14 & Under: 1. Laura Frederickson, Kitimat-Stikine, 5:20.76. 2. Tracey Beauchamp, Cariboo, 5:28.21. 3. Naomi Vandermeer, North Coast, 5:40.44
400 Free Male 14 & Under: 1. Jeremy Zwiers, Cariboo, 5:15.39. 2. Lange Huang, Peace River, 5:19.69 3. Marcus Komadina, North Coast, 5:33.17
400 Free Female 15 & Over: 1. Ashley Stevens, North Coast, 5:27.41 2. Caitlin Croft, North Coast, 5:28.28 3. Karoline Kant, Kitimat-Stikine, 5:40.56
400 Free Male 15 & Over: 1. Justin Barton, North Coast, 4:44.84 2. Nathan Ramin, North Coast, 5:09.16 3. Braeden McDonald, North Coast, 5:17.83
200 IM Female 14 & Under: 1. Amy Penny, Cariboo, 2:52.12 2. Laura Fredrickson, Kitimat-Stikine, 2:57.29 3. Tracey Beauchamp, Cariboo, 3:00.41
200 IM Male 14 & Under: 1. Patrick Verbeeck, Cariboo, 2:43.22 2. Mitchell Benisch, Cariboo, 2:43.71 3. Lange Huang, Peace River-Northern Rockies, 2:47.93
200 IM Female 15 & Over: 1. Jessa Capnerhurst, Cariboo, 2:45.82 2. Ashley Stevens, North Coast, 2:54.01 3. Karoline Kant, Kitimat-Stikine, 2:58.06
200 IM Male 15 & Over: 1. Justin Barton, North Coast, 2:26.93 2. Daniel Penny, Cariboo, 2:33.36 3. Nathan Ramin, North Coast, 2:39.45
SWAD/CSO 200 Free Male & Female: 1. David Dunn, Fraser-Fort George, 3:18.60 2. Barbara Conway, Fraser-Fort George, 5:25.39 3. Tegan Raines, Fraser-Fort George, 5:31.51
SWAD/CSO 100 Free Male & Female: 1. David Dunn, Fraser-Fort George, 1:34.19. 2. Joy Nixon, Cariboo, 2:10.63. 3. Carla Caputo, Fraser-Fort George, 2:26.86.
100 Back Female 14 & Under: 1. Naomi Vandermeer, North Coast, 1:17.38 2. Amy Penny, Cariboo, 1:21.83 3. Laura Fredrickson, Kitimat-Stikine, 1:23.20
100 Back Male 14 & Under: 1. Mitchell Benisch, Cariboo, 1:16.42 2. Patrick Verbeeck, Cariboo, 1:16.67 3. Lange Huang, Peace River-Northern Rockies, 1:16.96
100 Back Female 15 & Over: 1. Caitlin Croft, North Coast, 1:17.72 2. Jessa Capnerhurst, Cariboo, 1:19.36 3. Sharyse Wilson, Cariboo, 1:21.39
100 Back Male 15 & Over: 1. Daniel Penny, Cariboo, 1:06.43 2. Kevin Cordeiro, Kitimat-Stikine, 1:07.64 3. Nathan Ramin, North Coast, 1:13.15
100 Fly Female 14 & Under: 1. Laura Frederickson, Kitimat-Stikine, 1:20.54 2. Tracey Beachamp, Cariboo, 1:25.70 3. Rachel Rice, Kitimat-Stikine, 1:27.10
100 Fly Male 14 & Under: 1. Patrick Verbeeck, Cariboo, 1:16.09 2. Lange Huang, Peace River-Northern Rockies, 1:16.77 3. Jeremy Zwiers, Cariboo, 1:24.30
100 Fly Female 15 & Over: 1. Ashley Stevens, North Coast, 1:20.00 2. Caitlin De Smit, Peace River-Northern Rockies, 1:27.32 3. Airdrie Greenwell, Peace River-Northern Rockies, 1:30.12
100 Fly Male 15 & Over: 1. Justin Barton, North Coast, 1:07.96 2. Kevin Cordeiro, Kitimat-Stikine, 1:11.60 3. Nathan Ramin, North Coast, 1:20.44
SWAD/CSO 100 Back Male & Female: 1. David Dunn, Fraser-Fort George, 1:15.77. 2. Barbara Conway, Fraser-Fort Geroge, 2:51.93. 3. Tegan Raines, Fraser-Fort George, 3:01.40
SWAD/CSO 100 IM Male & Female: 1. David Dunn, Fraser-Fort George, 1:45.83. 2. Joy Nixon, Cariboo, 2:35.82 3. Barbara Nixon, Fraser-Fort George, 2:36.83
50 Back Female 14 & Under: 1. Naomi Vandermeer, North Coast, 36.14 2. Amy Penny, Cariboo, 36.72 3. Erika Weber, Cariboo, 38.57
50 Back Male 14 & Under: 1. Mitchell Benisch, Cariboo, 35.21 2. Dane Pearson, Kitimat-Stikine, 37.35 3. Marcus Komadina, North Coast, 37.92
50 Back Female 15 & Over: 1. Jessa Capnerhurst, Cariboo, 36.09 2. Caitlin Croft, North Coast, 36.26 3. Sharyse Wilson, Cariboo, 36.40
50 Back Male 15 & Over: 1. Daniel Penny, Cariboo, 30.95 2. Kevin Cordeiro, Kitimat-Stikine, 30.96 3. Justin Barton, North Coast, 32.25
50 Breast Female 14 & Under: 1. Amy Penny, Cariboo, 39.62 2. Gabrielle McDonald, 40.72 3. Kelsey Ginter, Peace River-Northern Rockies, 41.21
50 Breast Male 14 & Under: 1. Mitchell Benisch, Cariboo, 38.27 2. Patrick Verbeeck, Cariboo, 40.84 3. Jeremy Zwiers, Cariboo, 42.45
50 Breast Female 15 & Over: 1. Jessa Capnerhurst, Cariboo, 37.35 2. Charla Nelson, Peace River-Northern Rockies, 41.13 3. Karoline Kant, Kitimat-Stikine, 41.44
50 Breast Male 15 & Over: 1. Justin Barton, North Coast, 33.63 2. Daniel Penny, Cariboo, 33.97 3. Nathan Ramin, 34.90
50 Fly Female 14 & Under: 1. Tracey Beauchamp, Cariboo, 34.47 2. Amy Penny, Cariboo, 34.81 3. Laura Fredrickson, Kitimat-Stikine, 36.65
50 Fly Male 14 & Under: 1. Lange Huang, Peace River-Northern Rockies, 29.52 2. Mitchell Benisch, Cariboo, 30.01 3. Patrick Verbeeck, Cariboo, 30.28
50 Fly Female 15 & Over: 1. Jessa Capnerhurst, Cariboo, 33.71 2. Ashley Stevens, North Coast, 34.45 3. Caitlin De Smit, Peace River-Northern Rockies 34.70
50 Free Female 14 & Under: 1. Naomi Vandermeer, North Coast, 30.11 2. Tracey Beauchamp, Cariboo, 31.36 3. Amy Penny, Cariboo, 32.37
50 Free Male 14 & Under: 1. Mitchell Benisch, Cariboo, 29.85 2. Patrick Verbeeck, Cariboo, 30.05 3. Lange Huang, Peace River-Northern Rockies, 30.22
50 Fly Male 15 & Over: 1. Justin Barton, North Coast, 29.52 2. Kevin Cordeiro, Kitimat-Stikine, 30.01 3. Daniel Penny, Cariboo, 30.28
50 Free Female 15 & Over: 1. Paula Loroff, North Coast, 31.36 2. Jessa Capnerhurst, Cariboo, 31.44 3. Caitlin Croft, North Coast, 31.97
50 Free Male 15 & Over: 1. Kevin Cordeiro, Kitimat-Stikine, 26.25 2. Nathan Ramin, North Coast, 27.08 3. Justin Barton, North Coast, 27.50
SWAD/CSO 50 Back Male & Female: 1. David Dunn, Fraser-Fort George, 52.59 2. Joy Nixon, Cariboo, 1:01.81 3. Sharon Van Houten, Cariboo, 1:16.46
SWAD/CSO 50 Breast Male & Female: 1. David Dunn, Fraser-Fort George, 52.09 2. Neil Reid, Fraser-Fort George, 1:05.84 3. Barbara Conway, Fraser-Fort George, 1:15.17
SWAD/CSO 50 Fly Male & Female: 1. Barbara Conway, Fraser-Fort George, 1:13.84 2. Joy Nixon, Cariboo, 1:16.95 3. Carla Caputo, Fraser-Fort George, 1:28.47
SWAD/CSO 50 Free Male & Female: 1. David Dunn, Fraser-Fort George, 40.59 2. Joy Nixon, Cariboo, 55.86 3. Sharon Van Houten, Cariboo, 59.70
100 Breast Female 14 & Under: 1. Naomi Vandermeer, North Coast, 1:28.33 2. Gabrielle McDonald, North Coast, 1:28.60 3. Amy Penny, Cariboo, 1:29.90
100 Breast Male 14 & Under: 1. Mitchell Benisch, Cariboo, 1:27.58 2. Lange Huang, Peace River – Northern Rockies, 1:29.74 3. Patrick Verbeeck, Cariboo, 1:30.28
100 Breast Female 15 & Over: Jessa Capnerhurst, Cariboo, 1:24.98 2. Karoline Kant, Kitimat-Stikine, 1:30.76 3. Ashley Stevens, North Coast, North Coast, 1:32.04
100 Breast Male 15 & Over: 1. Justin Barton, North Coast, 1:13.70 2. Nathan Ramin, North Coast, 1:19.88 3. Daniel Penny, Cariboo, 1:20.59
SWAD/CSO 100 IM Male & Female: 1. David Dunn, Fraser-Fort George, 1:45.83. 2. Joy Nixon, Cariboo, 2:35.82. 3. Barbara Conway, Fraser-Fort George, 2:36.83
50 Free Female 14 & Under: 1. Naomi Vandermeer, North Coast, 30.11 2. Tracey Beauchamp, Cariboo, 31.36. 3. Amy Penny, Cariboo, 32.37
50 Free Male 14 & Under: 1. Mitchell Benisch, Cariboo, 29.85 2. Patrick Verbeeck, Cariboo, 30.05. 3. Lange Huang, Peace River-Northern Rockies
100 Free Female 14 & Under: 1. Naomi Vandermeer, North Coast, 1:08.10 2. Amy Penny, Cariboo, 1:09.56 3. Tracey Beauchamp, Cariboo, 1:11.21
100 Free Male 14 & Under: 1. Mitchell Benisch, Cariboo, 1:03.56 2. Lange Huang, Peace River-Northern Rockies, 1:04.79 3. Patrick Verbeeck, Cariboo, 1:06.48
100 Free Female 15 & Over: 1. Jessa Capnerhurst, Cariboo, 1:06.54 2. Ashley Stevens, North Coast, 1:09.75 3. Caitlin Croft, North Coast, 1:10.28
100 Free Male 15 & Over: 1. Kevin Cordeiro, Kitimat-Stikine, 58.98 2. Daniel Penny, Cariboo, 1:00.09 3. Byron Kurkiniemi, Cariboo, 1:02.95
4 x 50 Free Relay Female 14 & Under: 1. North Coast, 2:12.11 2. Cariboo, 2:14.91. 3. Peace River-Northern Rockies, 2:15.23
4 x 50 Free Relay Male 14 & Under: 1. Peace River – Northern Rockies, 2:36.78
4 x 50 Medley Relay Female 14 & Under: 1. Cariboo1, 2:54.28 2. Kitimat-Stikine, 2:36.71 3. Cariboo2, 2:46.46
4 x 50 Medley Relay Male 14 & Under: 1. Peace River – Northern Rockies, 3.03.58
4 x 50 Free Relay Female 15 & Over: 1. North Coast, 2:06.63 2. Cariboo, 2:08.22 3. Peace River-Northern Rockies, 2:11.05
4 x 50 Free Relay Female 15 & Over: 1. Cariboo, 1:50.97 2. North Coast, 1:53.72
4 x 50 Medley Relay Female 15 & Over: 1. North Coast, 2:24.18 2. Cariboo, 2:29.59 3. Peace River-Northern Rockies, 2:39.87
4 x 50 Medley Relay Male 15 & Over: 1. Cariboo, 2:11.78 2. North Coast, 2:11.85
43kg: 1. Kelsey Ervin, Cariboo 2. Clairissa Parma, Cariboo
47kg: 1. Mylissa Widdoes, Cariboo 2. Jade Fremlin, Fraser Fort George 3. Kelly O’Connor, Cariboo
51kg: 1. Marina Dykstra, Cariboo 2. Kate Richey, Bulkley Nechako 3. Shenaya Setah, Cariboo
54kg: 1. Rachel Hall, Fraser Fort George 2. Kelli Smith, Fraser Fort George 3. Isabelle Pavlik, Cariboo
57 kg: 1. Caralynn Nault, Mackenzie 2. Ashley Antoine, Bulkley Nechako 3. Brandy Miller, Fraser Fort George
60 kg: 1. Alivia Cavalin, Bulkley Nechako 2. Kaleigh Andrews, Fraser Fort George 3. Nicole Stubbs, Fraser Fort George
64 kg: 1. Ashely Conners, Fraser Fort George 2. Whitney Waughtal, Mackenzie 3. Emily Strecker, Fraser Fort George
69 kg: 1. Ashley Sidhu, Fraser Fort George 2. Jenna Gould, Bulkley Nechako 3. Charlene McMeeken, Mackenzie
75kg: 1. Madison Beblow, Bulkley Nechako 2. Katya Hulstein, Mackenzie 3. Kaitlynn Mcintyre, North Coast
90kg: 1. Zoe Gilker, North Coast 2. Adaya Lindley, Mackenzie
90+: 1. Teagan Nearing, Mackenzie
38kg: 1. Tyson Schwartz, Cariboo 2. Dylan Ferris, Bulkley Nechako
41kg: 1. Tyler Schwartz, Cariboo 2. Jesse Dormuth, Cariboo
45kg: 1. Bryce Cote, Fraser Fort George 2. Eli Anderson, Bulkley Nechako 3. Mathew Scott Bulkley Nechako
51kg: 1. Brock Skog, North Coast 2. Bo Stich, Cariboo 3. Cole Feldinger, Cariboo
54kg: Evan Smith, Fraser Fort George 2. Theo Dow, Bulkley Nechako 3. Jordan Marshall, Fraser Fort George
57kg: 1. Hayden Smith, Fraser Fort George 2. Jason Egan, Bulkley Nechako 3. Karl Jean Fraser Fort George
60kg: 1. Dylan Turmel, Fraser Fort George 2. Jeremy Thompson, Cariboo 3. Anton Bucher, Bulkley Nechako
63kg: 1. Brent Irvin, Bulkley Nechako 2. Christian Bichlmaier, Bulkley Nechako 3. Morgan Littlechild, Fraser Fort George
66kg: 1. Jake Laplante, Cariboo 2. Brandon Allen, Fraser Fort George 3. Chad Gratton, Mackenzie
70kg: 1. Clarence Modeste, Fraser Fort George 2. Cody Galbraith, Fraser Fort George 3. Pierce Watson, Fraser Fort George
74kg: 1. Aaron Pitkethly, Fraser Fort George 2. Alex Pinette, Cariboo 3. Clayton McColl, Cariboo
78kg: 1. Morgan Andreychuk, Fraser Fort George 2. Kenny Martens, Bulkley Nechako 3. Connor McDonald, Peace River
84kg: 1. Ryan Guthrie, Mackenzie 2. Cody Dennis, North Coast 3. Colby Koecher, Peach River
90kg: 1. Bradley Krawece, Peace River
110kg: 1. Wes Black, Fraser Fort George 2. Dan Tom, Fraser Fort George 3. Roman Brochu, North Coast
Female: 1. Cariboo-Williams Lake 2. Queen Charlotte-Northern Rockies – Fort Nelson 3. Peace River-River – Dawson Creek
Male: 1. Kitimat-Stikine – Terrace 2. Peace River-Northern Rockies – Dawson Creek 3. Cariboo - Quesnel
Curling: 1. Peace-River-N.Rockies 2. Queen Charlotte/Northern Rockies 3. Kitimat-Stikine
Pre-Preliminary Biathlon: 1. Chanelle Sieben, Mackenzie 2. Molly McLeod, Peace River-Northern Rockies. 3. Kasey Greco, Peace River-Northern Rockies
Preliminary Biathlon: 1. Christy Braybrook, Peace River-Northern Rockies 2. Teanna Tackitt, Mackenzie 3. Kirstyn Beech, Peace River-Northern Rockies
Junior Bronze Biathlon: 1. Carlee Shenton, Peace River-Northern Rockies 2. Lateesha Wriglesworth, Kitimat-Stikine 3. Whitney Jarratt, Peace River-Northern Rockies.
Senior Bronze Biathlon: 1. Kortney Gallagher, Peace River-Northern Rockies 2. Marti Ross, Peace River-Northern Rockies 3. Nicole Emsley, Peace River-Northern Rockies
Senior Silver Biathlon: 1. Marissa Leriger, Peace River-Northern Rockies 2. Kaylin Ganselvles, Peace River-Northern Rockies 3. Noelle Canuel, Peace River-Northern Rockies
Hockey (Pee Wee):
1. Fraser Fort George (Prince George) 2. Cariboo1 (Williams Lake) 3. Peace River-Northern Rockes (Dawson)
Sunday, February 15, 2009
This should play in the Canucks favor if anything as the Navigators will have to travel back to Dawson Creek 2 days after being here for nothing. Not sure how this could have been handled any differently. Let's hope that both teams can ice a competitive line-up.
Is there any scenario where the game doesn't get played? I can't answer that question but will let you know any information as it comes in.
There were no officials for the game tonight which meant no game. The two teams hit the ice, the two broadcast crews went on air and then we all waited. Some of the players then went into the dressing room, some played rebound and took shots on their goalies and the radio went back to some music. Finally after quite a while the two coaches got together and called the game.
A make-up date has yet to be announced but it is looking at this point like Monday evening in Dawson Creek.
Earlier in the season a team of officials came to Dawson Creek from Fort St John to call a game and the arena was deserted. That was because the game was rescheduled to another date. Me things that today was that day and that they were never rescheduled.
Peace River has ice booked for Wednesday evening and that will be the opening night of the 2009 playoffs. That means that the final game in the regular season will have to be either Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Plus, either Grande Prairie or Beaverlodge will need to know that they will be in Peace River on Wednesday so one of those teams may not have lots of time to prepare for game 1.
I will hopefully have some info for you on Sunday and will post it as soon as I know.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Tonight marks the final game of the regular season for both the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks (20-12-2) and the Peace River Navigators (20-13-1) and it couldn't possibly mean more. Win and you have 3rd place and a first round date with the Beaverlodge Blades. Lose and you play Slave Lake and most likely Whitecourt in round 2.
With that being said, the Canucks have owned the Navs so far this season and Peace River has not been playing too well as of late. I'm really looking forward to it. I'm doing a little work on the broadcast at the moment and then it's out for a romantic dinner. We'll chat during broadcast (DGS Astro Paving Jr. Canucks pre-game show at 7:45pm MST; puck drop at 8:00pm MST on Peace FM).
See you at the rink!
Friday, February 13, 2009
It is very tough to think about tonight's game. There is such a bitter taste left and there is much that could be said and probably should be said. Duncan Redfearn put things pretty well in the Chetwynd Redi Mix Jr. Canucks post game show. I'll post the comments when I write up a full game summary.
In other NWJHL action Friday night the Fort St John Huskies beat the Peace River Navigators 7-1. I was getting the updates from Mike Feeney and the texts read "the score flatters Peace." Where are the wheels on the bus?
Also there was a bit of a scary moment at the end of the hockey game including one Huskie taken off on a stretcher after a Gerry Young hit. They ran the clock out. Hopefully I'll find out more later.
With the FSJ win, 2nd place is out of reach for the Canucks and it makes tomorrow's game HUGE. I'm looking forward to it.
For now it's time to sleep and I will post a game summary from Friday night when I wake up.
Today is Friday the 13th. Spooky for some but for others it's just another day. For me it's a 2 year anniversary from the day I started dating Megan. That's pretty special so I better have some pretty special plans. How about a junior hockey game? The Canucks play tonight so I better make up for that.
Tonight's game is HUGE. Tomorrow night's game is HUGE. You get the idea. This weekend (the final 2 games in the regular season) is it. We will have all the questions answered. We will know who will finish in 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the NWJHL. This is exciting.
Not much of a post today because there are more important things going on. I will fill you in on the broadcast tonight (Puck drop at 8:00pm MST on Peace FM; DGS Astro Paving Pre-Game show at 7:45pm MST).
Enjoy your day!
Monday, February 9, 2009
What is happening to the world today? A rare soccer goal was the Sportscentre 'highlight of the night.' Something else that I don't understand: why is every goal on the soccer highlight package a 'splendid goal!' or 'what a goal!'..? I know goals in the sport are rare but come on.
If you caught Coach's Corner on Saturday night you would have seen Don Cherry ripping the Buffalo Sabers and their coach Lindy Ruff for putting Thomas Vanek on the ice late in the game. Vanek already had 3 goals and the team was up 3-0. Cherry said something along the lines of 'the hockey gods will come back and get you. Don't run up the score!.' Again, that was roughly translated.
Well look at what happened. Vanek took a puck off the jaw and is out 3-4 weeks. Carma's a b&%#$.
It's a pretty miserable day in the Peace and the roads are taking a beating. Be careful. There has already been a few accidents on the highways.
The Battle of the Boarder goes tonight in Dawson Creek at the Encana Events Centre. The Calgary Oval Extreme play the US Women's Selects. This is the first of four games in this year's series and it'll be a good one. Get your tickets fast. They have sold out every event and this is year 4. I'll be there, will you?
I've watched the morning loop 4 times now and I think that's a sign to get out of bed and accomplish something today.
Have a great day!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Cody Garnett was between the pipes for the Canucks while the Navigators countered with Bretton Stewart and the goalies were tested in the first. Both teams came out hard and after the first it was scoreless and each team had collected 11 shots.
In the second Dawson Creek scored early. Reid Smith (17) put a shot on goal from the side boards that just squeaked through the pads of Stewart and trickled past the line. Jason Higson picked up the assist on the goal that was scored at the 1:07 mark. Before the five minute mark had hit the lead was 2-0. This time it was Carl Dahlen (10) with the short side roof job on the power play. Credit the 'apples' to Colter MacLean and Tyson Keen.
The Navs got one back at the 10:32 mark. With just seconds left on a power play, Kelsey Dyck drove down the left wing and put a wrist shot high over the shoulder of Cody Garnett and the lead was 2-1. The momentum didn't last too long and at the 17:24 mark we had the game's Safeway Turning Point.
On a play created by Jason Higson in the corner a Nathan Bomben slap shot was deflected by Reid Smith (18) into the back of the net to make the score 3-1. Just 59 seconds later Jason Higson (20) broke in on a partial breakaway shorthanded and made a great move on Stewart and the Canucks were beginning to pull away up 4-1 after 40 minutes.
Brett Steward was replaced in the Navigator net by Michael Bauer to start the third and the team came out hard. Kyle Richardson found a rebound and put it past Garnett to cut the lead to two at the 3:18 mark of the third but that was as close as they would get. A pair of Jason Higson power play goals would round out the scoring making the final score 6-2 for the Canucks.
The Canucks outshot the Navigators 12-5 in the final stanza and 30-25 overall. On the power play the Canucks went 3 for 7 while the penalty kill was good 8 of 9 times.
Brass Scissors three stars: 1) Higson 2) Smith 3) Keen. Hardest working Canuck: Higson.
There were three fights on the night, all in the final five minutes of the third. First it was Lucas MacKenzie and Steve Melnyk. They fought to a draw. Second was Lewis Weaver and Kyle Smith. Both players landed some big blows but they landed them on each others helmets or so it looked like from the broadcast booth. Call it a draw. And finally the headline was Ryan Walker and Gerry Young. These two went at it and it was a GREAT tilt. Bombs were thrown and landed on both sides. I thought Walker landed a few more while PA announcer Orren Ford thought that Young landed a couple more. Call it a draw as well.
Next up for the Canucks is the final weekend of the season that will seem them host Grande Prairie on Friday and Peace River on Saturday. A victory of the Navs will clich 3rd place for the Canucks. They lead Peace River by 1 point now with 2 games left for each team and they trail Fort St John by 3 points but the Huskies have a game in hand.
The Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks are on the road this afternoon in Peace River (3:30pm MST puck drop on Peace FM; DGS Astro Paving pre-game show at 3:15pm MST).
I'm looking forward to this game and we will break it all down on the pre-game show.
Talk to you then!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
When you hit the road that early in the morning there are two types of trips you can have: a) you can be tired and have what seems like a very long ride. or b) you are excited and ready for the day and the trip flies by. My trip was the latter.
I was on location this morning from 9am - 1:30pm at the Northern Lights College for one of the provinces signature Spirit of Literacy events all part of Spirit of BC week. I really enjoy doing these types of things for a couple of reasons. First, it is a great opportunity to get out in the community and meet some new people and second, they always put on a great spread!
I was also excited on the road this morning because tonight's NWJHL match-up between the Canucks and Wolves is HUGE. This entire weekend is just that. The Canucks now trail Peace River by a single point for 3rd in the league and time is running out. Dawson Creek really does not want to finish in 4th and play the Wheelers in the opening round of the playoffs.
There isn't much of a pre-game post tonight nor a playoff breakdown as I promised but we will discuss this during the broadcast tonight. Puck drops at 8:00pm MST (DGS Astro Paving Canucks pre-game show at 7:45pm MST).
See you at the rink!
Friday, February 6, 2009
The Spirit of BC flags were raised in the Peace Region earlier today marking the official kick off to Spirit week. In Chetwynd the flag was raised at noon and in Dawson Creek it was raised at 12:30pm.
Today there is free swimming all day at the Chetwynd Leisure centre (1-3pm, 5-9pm) and free skating at the rec. centre (6:45-7:45pm). In Dawson Creek today the Midget Rep's are hosting their home tournament today through Sunday. Also in Dawson tonight will be the Spirit Coffee House at the KPAC from 7-9pm.
This is a monumental weekend for both the Dawson Creek Jr Canucks and the NWJHL as a whole. There will be a lot told this weekend and we will get a playoff picture that will become a bit more clear.
These two games for the Canucks (Slave Lake on Saturday and Peace River on Sunday) are absolutely huge. I am really looking forward to it.
Could Sean Avery be heading back to the big apple? It appears so. Rangers' brass are talking about the idea and I think it's a good one. I am not really a Sean Avery fan but he was very successful in New York and I think a return could really boost the play of that hockey club. On the other hand it could blow up in their faces. Who knows?
It's now 2:30pm and I'm still at the office. I think it's time for me to finish up my work and get home. Have a super Friday!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
There was a rather disturbing video on the Sportscentre Morning Loop when I woke up today.
During a minor hockey game over the weekend there was a fight on the ice. Following the game one of the parents attacked the linesman. He had to be restrained by some of the other parents.
So far no charges have been laid.
That type of behaviour is intolerable and absolutely brutal. People like that should not be around the game. Period.
*** The video posted was just found on YouTube.com minutes ago. It is the full (uncensored) version. Be aware there is some bad language shown and even that woman yelling at the refs afterwords should give her head a shake. Geesh.
Only 4 games left for the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks and the playoff picture couldn't be less clear. The players were 'bag skated' at Monday's practise and they need a wakeup call after Saturday's 4-3 loss to Slave Lake. These are points that the team needs to be picking up on a regular basis. I'll put together a 'playoff picture update' soon to break everything down heading into the weekend.
A pat on the back must go to everyone who helped out with the Jr. Canucks' player auction last Friday night. The players were auctioned off and raised over 17 thousand dollars and in total the night brought in closer to 20 thousand dollars! Incredible. Way to go!
I think I've got some pictures around here somewhere that I'll have to post at some point.
That's all I can come up for now, I'm sure I'll think of something later.
Have a great day!