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Saturday's game between the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks and the Slave Lake Wolves was always destined to be a strange one. They always are.
When we made our first trip to Slave Lake last season, we were in some ways fortunate to arrive on a semi-historic evening for the both the team and the town they play for. It was the Wolves first home game in their return to the NWJHL, and a tall drink of water for a community thirsty for junior hockey, having gone a year without it in the wake of the terrible fires that had ravaged Slave Lake the previous summer. It was an emotional evening, for some perhaps too emotional -- as in the third period, when an intoxicated fan dissatisfied with my call of the game offered to take my job off my hands, so that, in his words, he could tell the folks back home just how bad the Junior Canucks really were. When I refused, he offered to fight me instead. I was able to talk him out of all of this, live on the air, in what is still the most bizarre incident I've been a part of as a broadcaster.
The importance of providing an entertaining product for the Dawson Creek fans paying to watch wasn't lost on Head Coach Eric Fulton after a demoralizing 8-3 loss to the Fort St. John Huskies in the season opener. For the first time in a number of years, the team came into the season with a great deal of positive buzz, and rewarding the faithful was a priority.
Consider that faith rewarded. A pair of victories in Week 2 of the season could hardly have been more dramatic, as both required extra time. Saturday's tilt against the Beaverlodge Blades was won on a TJ Norris snipe in the shootout, while Spencer Gover powered the Junior Canucks to an overtime win over the Slave Lake Wolves on Sunday afternoon with consecutive goals -- first to force the extra frame with 3:01 to go in regulation, then to win the game just 46 seconds into OT.
While the games were great drama for fans in the building, the coach wasn't exactly biting his fingernails on the bench. "I was more concerned with the way we played, the score will dictate itself," said Fulton, with a laugh.
But the thrill of overtime wasn't lost on him either. "It is exciting obviously to get into the shootout, but we did talk about it earlier that we needed to give the fans something to get excited about and enjoy. I think the boys did a good job of that. ...not on purpose, by the way. We didn't mean to have overtime games, but it happened that way, and I think it was enjoyable for everybody. "
Speaking with acting captain Connor Rose ahead of Saturday's season opener, the same theme came up again and again. "We just need to get the lines together and find some chemistry," he said. "Once we get a little ways into this season, we'll click pretty good. This is a team that's not as close off the ice. ... We're still working out the kinks."
In short: we aren't a team yet.
He was talking about the team's pre-season losses at the time, but he could have just as easily been talking about Saturday's stunning loss at the Memorial Arena, where a group of individuals wearing the same coloured jersey were demolished 8-3 by the Fort St. John Huskies in their home opener.