The two teams first met in Fort St. John on October 4, the first game of the regular season for the Huskies, which resulted in a 4-3 road win for the Junior Canucks. The Huskies showed some good character in their season opener, initially going down 3-1, but battling back to tie the game at threes. However, the home team was unable to complete the comeback, as Riley Muise scored the game winner for Dawson Creek in the third.
Dawson Creek next hosted the Huskies on December 15, when Fort St. John returned the favour in very similar fashion, defeating the Junior Canucks in their rink 4-3, courtesy of a Tyler Norris game-winner.
The next meeting took place January 4 in Fort St. John, where the two teams produced another one-goal game, as Dawson Creek reclaimed the series lead with a 6-5 road win. The Huskies fought hard down two goals in the third to tie the game at 5-5, but allowed Colton Gies to score the game-winner on the power-play.
The Huskies will now look to even the season series tonight, while also looking to break the trend of the visiting team emerging victorious.
It’s a significant meeting between the two clubs in the NWJHL standings, as a recent four game winning streak, snapped Tuesday evening by the Grande Prairie JDA Kings, has seen the Huskies begin their climb up the league ranks.
With the eight additional points on their record, the sixth place Huskies now only trail the fifth place Junior Canucks by two points, so a home victory tonight would see them move into a tie for fifth.
The Huskies should have their work cut out for them this evening, as they will be facing a hungry Junior Canucks squad, looking to snap out of their own funk. Entering tonight’s game, the Junior Canucks are in a four game losing streak.
All the action hits the ice at 8 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.