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Dawson Creek, B.C. – The Grande Prairie Athletics (12-3-1) nearly stumbled in the final forty minutes but survived to defeat the Dawson Creek Canucks (6-9-1) 9 to 6 Thursday night at the Memorial Arena.
Battling winter conditions on the way to their game the A’s arrived late, yet despite showing up late the Athletics had no ill effects and appeared to have pushed the game out of reach in the opening twenty minutes pacing themselves to a 6 to 0 lead.
Despite the large deficit the Canucks chipped away at the 6 goal lead eventually finding themselves in the game thanks to out scoring Grande Prairie 5 to 1 in the second.
The A’s managed to rebound.
Grande Prairie controlled the opening five minutes of the third and found themselves once again with a comfortable lead scoring the opening two goals of the third. Dawson Creek would answer but starting goaltender Dave Larson thwarted any attempt of comeback helping keep the Canucks at bay.
Up Next: The Athletics put an end to a tough return from Christmas by finishing their third game in fifth night. Grande Prairie will travel to Falher this Saturday night, the A’s defeated the Pirates 4 to 3 on December 17th.