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Dawson Creek, BC – Blake Clement scored the eventual game winner and helped the Grande Prairie Athletics pull to within one point of the league leading Fort St. John Flyers Thursday night following a 5-3 win over the Dawson Creek Canucks.
A strange beginning had both clubs scoring 5 goals apiece in the opening twenty minutes, four of which came within the opening 5 minutes of the first period. Clement would make it 3-2 at 10:14 of the first banging home a rebound. The goal would stand as the game winner as rookie Jace Weegar put it out of reach in the third and Grant Rix sealed it with an empty netter in the final moments.
The win puts Grande Prairie (9-3-1) to within one point of the league lead.
The opening 5 minutes provided four goals in what would appear to be a long night for both goaltenders. The A’s opened the scoring when Nolan Trudeau was given a gift from Canucks starting goaltender Josh Round. Minutes later Mac Caron added to the lead. The two goals would be short lived following a strange bounce on A’s starting goaltender Dave Larson. Shortly after Kole Norris tucked one behind Larson on a partial breakaway to tie the game at two setting the stage for Clements winner at the midway point of the first.
The second period seen nothing but saves and odd man opportunities with both teams taking a handful of minor penalties.
With a one goal lead in the third period rookie Jace Weegar would add a cushion to the A’s lead on a beautiful individual effort tucking a top shelf backhand behind round to make it 4-2 at 10:46. With 2:34 remaining Dawson Creek pulled round for the extra attacker before Grant Rix scored on the empty net to put the game out of reach.
Grande Prairie now sits one point back of first in the West following a Fort St. John loss to the visiting Spirit River Rangers.
Up Next: The A’s will close out the first half of the NPHL season with a home game against the Falher Pirates Saturday night (Dec. 17) at the Coca Cola Centre.
For the full recap of tonights game visit Discover the Peace.