November 4, 2011
Dawson Creek Daily News
Led by Jeff Taylor's three goals, the Dawson Creek Canucks opened the North Peace Hockey League season with an 8-4 victory over the Hythe Mustangs Thursday at the Memorial Arena where the speed of the young Canuck club was evident from the opening face-off until the final buzzer.
"They are young and fast, and they go hard. It is good to see those guys out with that energy and move the puck the way they do and get down the ice. It was nice to watch and will only get better," said Canuck player-coach Adam Loncan
"It was a good start for the boys. We came out of the gate there pretty good and took advantage of them and took the play to them for most of the first period. We got a little tired and complacent near the end there and had a few mental breakdowns throughout the game and that cost us a few goals."
The Canucks had a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes. Dawson Creek's Lucas Mackenzie scored on a rebound 1:24 into the match, and a few minutes later Taylor got his first on a pass across from Chris Stevens.
Less than a minute after Taylor's marker, Hythe recovered a Canuck miscue at centre ice and broke away on a two-on-one that Aaron Dumas completed when he lifted a backhand past Canucks netminder Lincoln Carriere.
Justin MacKay scored on a scramble at 10:21 to make it 3-1, and with less than two minutes remaining in the frame Dumas scored again with a quick shot from the slot off a face-off.
Midway through the second, Ryan Lizotte evened the score when his slapshot found the back of the Canucks' net.
Taylor scored his second when he managed to get the puck around the outstretched arm of Hythe minder Darren Walker on a beautiful deke to make it 4-3.
Mustang Bob Balderstone evened the score for the visitors when Hythe recovered a turnover behind the net, and Balderstone scored after a pass out front.
However, from there on it was all Dawson Creek.
MacKay completed a down-ice tic-tac-toe passing play to make it 5-4 with three minutes left, and, then with 3.3 seconds remaining in the period, the hulking Phil Dufresne stepped out of the penalty box, took a long pass from Loncan, skated in alone and beat Walker with a waist-high wrist shot.
Taylor completed his hat trick with a goal four seconds into a Hythe holding penalty and 1:25 into the third period, and Lewis Weaver wrapped up the scoring at 7:27 with the Canucks' eighth goal.
"We have a good group of young guys in here, and everyone is real fast and can move the puck. Playing alongside Starkee (Jason Stark) and Stevie (Chris Stevens), I get the puck a lot, and those guys are real skilled and allowed me to put in three tonight," said Taylor
"It was a good start to the season. It is still early on and we are learning the systems and learning to play together, but the main goal was to come in tonight and play well in our arena and get the two points.
The Canucks are off this weekend and play Nov. 10 in Grande Prairie and Nov 12 at Horse Lake