By Jon Zacks
The Huskies followed up their best game of the season, with one of their worst.
After a mammoth effort to defeat the Whitecourt Wolverines on Saturday, the Huskies were riding a high heading into their first round playoff series against the seventh-ranked Beaverlodge Blades.
But, Wednesday’s game one didn’t go according to plan, with Fort St. John stumbling out of the blocks, and eventually losing in overtime.
Beaverlodge struck four times in the first period, including two short-handed breakaways, a 3-on-1, and a powerplay goal. The third goal spelled the end of the night for Huskies starter Ty Gullickson, who was replaced by Garrett Muir halfway through the opening period.
The Huskies got two of their own in the first, including a Luke McInerney redirect on a nifty pass from Jesse Disher, and a Dylan Apsassin rebound.
Fort St. John scored the only goal of the second period, when Cody Kalb fought his way to the front of the net and jammed the puck past Blades goaltender Nolan Bowker.
Finally, in the third period, it seemed like the pups had woken up. Cody Kalb scored his second of the night, on a sensational solo effort. Minutes later, Cody Hildebrand banged in his own rebound to give the Huskies a 5-4 lead.
But, they weren’t out of the woods yet, and Daniel Yuill soon redirected a Taylor Jones centring pass past Muir to retie the game. Both teams had a few chances to end it in regulation, but no one could find the back of the net, and game one went into overtime.
Early in the extra frame, with Jesse Disher in the box for a hooking penalty, Taylor Jones fired a bullet from the point that found its way through Garrett Muir, to give Jones a hat-trick, and give the Blades a game one win.
“I haven’t seen such a terrible effort all year” said Huskies Coach Bob Kalb of his team’s performance. Kalb was disappointed with his team’s effort, particularly after it his squad had played such a complete game just days before.
Kalb singled out Cody Kalb, Jesse Disher, and Tyson Pederson as three of a handful of players he felt had worked hard on the night.
Despite a two-goal performance, Cody Kalb was similarly disenchanted with his team’s output.
The Huskies don’t have to wait long to redeem themselves, with game two scheduled for Friday night in Beaverlodge.
Updated round 1 schedule:
Game 1 – Beaverlodge 6 – Huskies 5 (OT)
Game 2 – Friday Feb. 19 @ Beaverlodge (live on Moose FM)
Game 3 – Saturday Feb. 20 @ Fort St. John
Game 4 – Monday Feb. 22 @ Beaverlodge
Game 5 – Wednesday Feb. 24 @ Fort St. John