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Grande Prairie, AB – Following a slow start in the opening 10 minutes the Athletics (15-5-1) responded with a total team effort with a 9 to 4 win over Dawson Creek (6-13-1) in a Tuesday make-up game at the Coca Cola Centre.
Dennis Rix, Mac Caron, and Andrew Buote led the way offensively but multiple Athletics would have multi point games in Tuesday’s win.
Canucks forward Justin McLeod opened the scoring at 15:38 after putting home a breakaway five hole behind Athletics starting goaltender Darren Walker. Shortly after the Canucks would find themselves in penalty trouble and Athletics captain Tyrell Mason responded on a 5 on 4 powerplay to tie the game. The goal appeared to be the spark Grande Prairie needed as they rattled off four consecutive goals (Dennis Rix, Mac Caron, and Devin Bell) to close out the opening twenty.
The second featured much of the same as the A’s special teams continued to click. Forward Brock Clement scored shorthanded to make it 5 to 1 and shortly after Ryan Trudeau scored on the power play finishing off a nice pass from his brother Nolan to make it 6 to 1. A mere two minutes later Andrew Buote would make it 7 to 1 before the Canucks scored on the power play to try and salvage some momentum heading into the third. It was short lived as Mac Caron scored a minute making it 8 to 2.
Not much changed in the third despite the Canucks outscoring the Athletics 2 to 1 in the final twenty. Grande Prairie would round out the final frame killing the clock and skating away with a 9 to 4 win.
Grande Prairie wraps up it’s regular season with a home game against the Spirit River Rangers. The Athletics continue to trail the Fort St. John Flyers by one point as both teams head into the final game. Grande Prairie will need to win Thursday coupled with a Flyers loss to Dawson Creek to gain home ice advantage throughout the NPHL playoffs.