It was a different looking top line for the Huskies Saturday evening, as the newly assembled forward line of Robbie Sidhu, Blair Karasiuk and Cayle Bell hit the ice as the Huskies’ number one offensive line.
The move seemed to pay off, as the first period scoreboard was littered with all three names. The Huskies opened the scoring just 1:18 into the tilt, as Bell scored, with the lone assist going to Sidhu. Roughly eight minutes later at 9:21 of the first, the Huskies’ top line struck again, when Sidhu netted the Huskies’ second goal, with Karasiuk earning the assist.
The road team padded their lead even further before the clock struck zero in the first, when Dayne Pederson scored his second of the season, with the assists going to rookies Kyle Leonard and Sean Ryder, their first helpers of the season.
Even with the solid first period for the Huskies, the tides began to turn in favour of the Flyers in the second. The home team got themselves on the scoreboard at 2:29 into the second, then once again at 7:54, with both goals coming off the stick of Flyers forward Craig Fraiser.
With the Huskies still leading 3-2, the pups managed to double their lead, courtesy of a goal from the team’s leading point producer, Robbie Sidhu, who scored at the 11:16 marker of the second, producing a 4-2 lead for Fort St. John.
However, the back-and-forth tilt continued in the second, as the Flyers scored at the 16:15 marker of the middle period, concluding the second with the Huskies leading 4-3.
Third periods have not been a friendly twenty minutes for the Huskies the past few months, and Saturday that trend continued, despite opening the scoring in the period. Cayle Bell scored his second of the evening on the power play just 2:08 into the second, with Sidhu earning the lone assist, providing another two-goal lead for Fort St. John, 5-3.
Unfortunately, the Huskies third period woes resurfaced Saturday, as the Flyers scored three unanswered goals in final 15 minutes of the third period, as the home team completed the 6-5 come-from-behind victory.
Following the tough weekend, the Huskies now sit in seventh in the NWJHL standings, with a record of 4-10-0-1 and nine points. Saturday’s loss was another lost opportunity for the Huskies to progress in the standings, as a win would have tied them with Fairview, rather than put them four points behind the Flyers.
The Huskies will have a week to put the disappointing weekend behind them, as they approach their one-game weekend this week, when they play host to the Slave Lake Wolves on Saturday, November 24.