Rangers end year with shutout win vs. Canucks

Local hockey pride Nolan Yaremko dropped the puck in the yearender game between the Spirit River Rangers and Dawson Creek Canucks on Saturday, December 17. Yaremko wore the Rangers minor hockey jersey until U14 before carving a path to the Western Hockey League in the U.S., suiting up for the Tri-City Americans. He is currently the captain of Mount Royal University’s men’s hockey team while pursuing a business degree. He was the recipient of the 2021-2022 Canada West and U SPORTS Player of the Year Award. With him are Jeff Taylor, of the Canucks, left, and brother Rylan Yaremko, of the Rangers.

By Beverly Lomosad

Riley Boomgaarden and Marco St. Pierre (No. 89), photo below, scored one goal each, helping to lift the Spirit River Rangers past the Dawson Creek Canucks, 2-0, on Saturday, December 17, at the MacLean Arena.

And third time’s a charm. After a third round of hostilities on ice, the Spirit River Rangers prevailed over the Dawson Creek Canucks in a shutout victory, 2-0, that provided some redemption for the local squad after a pair of losses in their previous encounters.

Riley Boomgaarden had the hometown fans on their feet when he knocked in a power-play goal at the 4:03 mark in the first period with assist-play by Jace Weegar and Brandon Bogdanek. That was the first goal of the night, which stood unchanged for the next 38 minutes of action.

Defense was tight on both sides, with each team keeping the other in check and with such prowess neither managed to score in the second frame.

Marco St. Pierre scored and broke the impasse at 5:58 in the third with assist by Dustin and D’Lane Sather, extending the lead of the Rangers to 2-0, a scoring deficit the Canucks were unable to overcome with very little time left in the game clock.

Goalkeeper Kenton White stopped all 30 of the Canucks shots for the Rangers, who also made 45.

The Canucks had only one defeat in 10 games entering into Saturday’s game, a 5-4 shootout loss to the Grande Prairie Athletics in their November 24 match-up.

The Rangers and the Canucks had faced off before in a couple of games scheduled two days in a row on December 2-3. The Canucks triumphed both times.

Last Saturday’s game was a yearender for both teams. The Rangers return to action after a three-week holiday break in a road game on Friday, January 6, against the Valleyview Jets.

As of Monday, December 19, each of the eight teams in the North Peace Hockey League (NPHL) has now played 10-12 games. The Rangers have played 12 games, winning four. (See table below)

The NPHL 2022-2023 regular season follows a 20-game format, which culminates on Saturday, February 4. Playoffs begin after that.

As of press time, Monday, December 19. NOTES: (1) The table is assembled by The Central Peace Signal and not an official tabulation from the North Peace Hockey League. (2) NPHL is split into Eastern Division and Western Division. Comets, Jets, Huskies and Pirates are in the East. Athletics, Canucks, Flyers and Rangers are in the West. (GP – Games Played, W – Wins, L – Losses, OTL – Losses beyond the regulation time with each loss equivalent to 1 point, PTS – Points earned calculated as W multiplied by 2 plus OTL, P% – Calculated as PTS divided by total possible points for all games played at 2 points per game)