A’s, Canucks miss chance to make history

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

The Dawson Creek Canucks and Grande Prairie Athletics tied two NPHL playoff records and were on the verge of possibly breaking both when their final series was halted due to the COVID-19 virus.

The Canucks had just won 3-0 March 11 to take a 3-2 series lead. After digging deep into the record book it was discovered that the shutout tied an NPHL record of two shutouts in the final.

The first occurred in 1958-59 when the Grimshaw Huskies and High Prairie Regals each recorded a shutout. Ironically, it was in the same game which ended in a 0-0 overtime tie – the only one in league history. Overtime rules have since changed.

The second occurred in the 2003-04 final when the Horse Lake Thunder and Spirit River Rangers each recorded a shutout.

The second record tied was that each of the first five games of the final were decided by at least three goals.

The only other time in NPHL history that occurred was in 1978-79 when the Regals defeated the Huskies in five games.

Four other series was decided by at least three goals but all involved four-game sweeps: the Regals over the Huskies in 1983-84, the Huskies over the Peace River Stampeders in 1994-95, the Thunder over the Regals in 2004-05, and the Rangers over the Lakeland Eagles in 2012-13.

There is virtually no chance the Canucks and Athletics will complete the final, and set new records.

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