Junior Canucks rally to defeat Huskies

The game began fast a furious between the two familiar teams, with Fort St. John striking first as Tyler Norris scored at the 13:30 marker, providing the Huskies a 1-0 lead, which lasted until the second period.

In the second, the home team furthered their lead, as Cody Hildebrand and Robbie Sidhu each scored at even strength, while Taylor Greatrex scored on the power-play, leading to a 4-0 score in favour of Fort St. John to start the third.

However, the second period wasn’t all positive for the Huskies, as Cole Calliou, playing in his first home game since suffering an almost career-ending leg injury, took a hard hit and was forced to leave the game with a possible shoulder injury.

Things took a steep decline in the first 3:10 of the final frame, as Dawson Creek came out of the gate with a fire under their feet, scoring four goals in just over that three minute span to start the period, tying the game at 4-4.

Dawson Creek head coach Eric Fulton, said a strong message delivered in the second intermission was well received by his team.

“I threatened them that they were going to walk home, and I wasn’t joking, and they decided to come out and play hockey the way we can.”

Coach Fulton added he knew the message was received even before the third period began, giving credit to the leadership within his squad, saying his team looked at one another and demanded better hockey from each other, something he claims is very positive for his team.  

The Junior Canucks earned their first lead of the game almost midway through the third, scoring their fifth goal of the period from a slap shot from just above the face-off circle.

Despite the slew of quick goals, Fort St. John showed some resiliency, as defensemen Daylen Pearson rushed the puck, making a nice move on a Junior Canuck defender, and sliding the puck in the net to tie the game at 5-5.

The game-winner was scored with just over five minutes left in the final period, as Junior Canuck Jordie Pool fired a shot from the middle of the face-off circle, beating a screened Travis McLean, who was called in to replace starter Ty Gullickson following the fourth goal against.

With the win, the Junior Canucks take a 2-1 series lead between the two clubs this season.

The Huskies will need to forget about tonight, as they hit the road tomorrow to take on the NWJHL’s top team, the JDA Kings, in Grande Prairie.

The game begins at 8 p.m. and can be heard live on 100.1 Moose FM or online with the Moose Fm pre-game show beginning at 7:45 p.m.