The Canucks entered the first weekend in December on a four game winning streak looking to make it five in a row against the Raiders at the Seven Oaks SportsPlex on Dec. 2, 2016.
The Canucks were down a few regulars due to the flu, and the game didn’t go as planned, as a five goal second period lead the Raiders to a 7-1 win over the Canucks.
Nick Pierce scored the only goal for the Canucks, with Jeremy Idzikowski and Mitchell Lockhart getting the assists.
The loss dropped the Canucks record to 12-8-1.
The Canucks had to rebound on Sunday, Dec. 2, when they hosted the Transcona Railer Express at the St. James Civic Centre.
Despite outshooting the Railer Express in the first period 10-7, the Canucks trailed 1-0 on a goal from Bobby Evans.
The Canucks came out flying in the second period, scoring twice in the first nine minutes. Jeremy Idzikowski got things started, scoring his second goal of the year on the power play just a minute and eight seconds into the period. Nick Stire and Lockhart recorded the assists on the play.
Just under eight minutes later Wyatt Kemball would get the Canucks on the board again. Shane Bigourdon and Kole Stockham had the assists on Kemball’s second goal since joining the team only five games ago.
Transcona would score once in the third but it wasn’t enough as Stire and Lockhart added empty net goals to give the Canucks a 4-2 win. Nick Pierce and Justin MacKinnon recorded assists in the period.
Nathan Cvar stopped 23 of the 25 shots for the win. He’s now 6-1 on the year.
The win brought the Canucks record to 13-8-1 on the year, good enough for fourth place overall in the MMJHL standings.
Chalk Talk Three Stars:
3 – Mitchell Lockhart: Lockhart had two assists in this two game segment and leads the Canucks in scoring this year with 28 points in 20 games.
2 – Jeremy Idzikowski: Idzikowski had a goal and an assist during these two games and has two goals and three assists in 21 games this year.
1 – Nick Stire: The captain had a goal and assist in these past two games and is second on the team in scoring with 20 points in 21 games.
The Canucks have a pair of home games this weekend. First up on Friday, Dec. 9 they host the Pembina Valley Twisters, followed by a Sunday afternoon game against the St. Vital Victorias on Dec. 11.