Taylor’s OT Winner Propels DC to Win

Chris Clegg
NPHL.com Writer

Six games so far this NPHL season. Make it six wins for the home team.
Jeff Taylor’s goal with 5.8 seconds left in overtime gave the Dawson Creek Canucks a 3-2 win over the Grande Prairie Athletics Nov. 8. It was DC’s first game this season – the last team to open its season – while GP fell to 1-1-1-0.
John Wayne Howes’ first period goal gave DC the lead. In the second period, Brett Norman’s power play goal with Sheldon McArthur in the sin bin for tripping gave DC a 2-0 lead.
However, Andrew Buote’s goal before the end of the period closed the gap to 2-1.
In the third, Tanner Labbe tied the game with 12:46 remaining.
Both goaltenders were outstanding. Josh Round recorded the win stopping 37 of 39 shots while Keifen Smiley took the loss despite stopping 47 of 50 shots fired his way.
The DC win also snapped a streak of GP winning 11 of their last 12 games in DC.
It was the first of six meetings between the clubs this season.

Athletics 2 at Canucks 2 [OT]
Thursday, Nov. 8

1. DC, John Wayne Howes 1 (Mike Lalonde, Kole Norris) 6:42
Penalties: Karey Pieper GP (interference) 6:48, Blake Clement GP (tripping) 6:16, Riley Muise DC (elbowing) 13:58, Karey Pieper GP (interference) 16:57.
Second period
2. DC, Brett Norman 1 (Spencer Gover, Kevin Swales) 7:40 (pp)
3. GP, Andrew Buote 1 (Tanner Labbe, Braden Crone) 10:00
Penalties: Mike Lalonde DC (high-sticking) 1:09, Sheldon McArthur GP (tripping) 6:09, Kyler Krantz DC (holding) 15:25.
Third period
4. GP, Tanner Labbe 1 (Tyrell Mason) 7:14
Penalties: None.
5. DC, Jeff Taylor 1 (Kevin Swales) 4:55
Penalties: None.

Shots on goal:
Grande Prairie 6 12 17 4 -39
Dawson Creek 15 15 13 7 -50

Goaltenders: Athletics, Kiefen Smiley; Canucks, Josh Round.
Power Plays: GP 0-3; DC 1-4.
Penalties in Minutes: GP 8; DC 6.