Huskies beat Junior Canucks to conclude season's first half

The game began with Fort St. John scoring the lone goal of the first period, as Huskies leading scorer Robbie Sidhu, scored his 16th goal of the season to provide Fort St. John an early one goal lead.

Fort St. John doubled that lead to kick off the second, as the newest addition to the Huskies, Owen Barker, scored to provide his new team a 2-0 lead 2:07 into the second.

However, before the period was up, two Dawson Creek power-play goals saw the Junior Canucks tie the game at 2-2 as the second concluded.

The second also provided the Huskies quite a scare, as Owen Barker took a hard hit-from-behind into the boards, forcing him to leave the game injured. Reports from the Huskies team say Barker could miss approximately 4-6 weeks due to the injury.

Fort St. John returned the two goal favour in the third, as Blair Karasiuk scored on the power-play to reclaim the game’s lead, 3-2, with assists going to linemate Dylan Houle and defenseman Taylor Greatrex.

Once again, the Huskies extended that lead, as Tyler Norris scored for a second straight game, with Robbie Sidhu and Shawn Holliday each earning their second assists of the game on Norris’ goal.  

Dawson Creek managed to squeak one more past Huskies tender Travis McLean, but was unable to score the game-tying-goal, thanks to some serious last minute effort and shot blocking by the Huskies, who emerged victorious 4-3.

It was a busy night in net for Huskies goalie Travis McLean, who stopped 35 of 38 shots fired his way Saturday.

The Huskies also managed to tally a power-play marker Saturday, going 1 for 5 with the man advantage, compared to their opponents, who scored 3 of 5 times, all of their offense, on the power-play.

With the victory, the Huskies no sit tied for sixth place with Beaverlodge in the NWJHL standings, each with 16 points.

The Huskies will now have the holiday break to take their mind off of hockey for a short while, and then resume the second half of the NWJHL season Friday, January 4, in a rematch between the Junior Canucks and the Huskies at the North Peace Arena.

Don’t forget, today (Sunday, December 16) is the annual Skate with the Huskies event, inviting all fans to take to the ice with their favourite Fort St. John Huskies.

The event is free of charge to attend, and is taking place at the North Peace Arena from 1-3 p.m. All that is required is a pair of skates and a helmet, the Huskies will supply the rest.  

 

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