Thanks to the Grey Cup, the Canucks only had one game this weekend. It was Friday night and the Canucks had a tough test as they took on the Pembina Valley Twisters at the Civic Centre. The bruised and battered Canucks would have to take on a Twisters
squad that currently sits 2nd in the standings. The Canucks were playing without 4 regular forwards including captain Tyler Arnason. They would have to bring Devan Lobb up from D and go with 11 forwards in this contest.
I am not sure off hand but I can tell you the Canucks record when scoring first is pretty darn good. However, when they don’t get off to that good start, points have been hard to come by. And the Nuckers did not do themselves any favours as they got down
3-0 in the first period. It seemed like they just weren’t winning the battles and a few costly turnovers in the neutral zone and the Canucks found themselves down a small bundle. Now in the past (cue Hawks and Stonewall game) the Canucks have not always
responded well when down by a few goals, but tonight was different. The Canucks came out flying in the second period scoring three goals and found themselves down 4-3 after 2 periods. Stire scored his 11th of the season, Gallaher his first goal
unassisted on a fantastice individual effort short handed, and Flynner with a lazer beam wrist shot from the point for his first of the season. In the third, the Twisters added to their lead but the Canucks battled back once again. Mitchell Lockhart
scored his 12th of the season to pull the Nucks within 1 and less than three minutes later Austin Hill tied the game scoring his 5th of the season. The Canucks had fought their way back! They were all over the Twisters but with 4 minutes remaining Corey
Mazinke scored his 4th of the game as his slapshot from just inside the blueline fooled Tyler Wiess and that was the it, Nucks lose a tough one 6-5.
The effort was there for the Nucks especially in the second and third periods. The Canucks showed they can play with the very best in the league. The team will welcome Ashton Fogarty back from fire college in Texas, along with Tyler Arnason for Tuesday
nights game. Derek Walker and Dylan Reinheimer are still at least a week away but are inching closer to returning. The Canucks play the Twins on Tuesday night at the Century and then head out to St. Vital arena Thursday to play the Vics. A game that
could be a battle for 4th place in league standings. The Nuckers are 11-8-1 and currently sit in a tie for 4th place with 23 points.
On a side note the club raised $500 to donate to Braden Pettinger on his road to recovery through 50/50. On behalf of the Canucks organization, we wish Braden and his family all the best as he recovers from a very serious hockey injury.