It was a dominant first period for the Huskies. Three different goal scorers hit the game sheet Saturday in the opening frame, beginning just 5:41 in, when the Huskies leader in points Robbie Sidhu, scored on the power-play, going end-to-end with the puck, undressing a Blades defenseman, and scoring high blocker on Beaverlodge starting goalie, Dylan Quinn.
Rookie Cayle Bell doubled the lead roughly five minutes later courtesy of a perfectly placed shot, while Dayne Pederson added his first of the evening off a rebound halfway through the first, wrapping up the opening frame with the hometown Huskies leading 3-0, while out-shooting the Blades 15-4 in the first.
The second period progressed much like the first, as Cayle Bell scored his second of the evening 7:04 into the period, followed by another Robbie Sidhu power-play goal, where the shifty sniper fired a perfectly placed shot low on the ice to beat Quinn.
Sidhu and Bell’s back-and-forth goal scoring battle was exciting to watch, as the two are currently deadlocked in a race for the team’s leading goal scorer.
Unfortunately, Huskies starting goaltender Daimon Derouin’s shutout was snapped 13:22 into the second, as Blades forward Cody Darke scored the lone goal for Beaverlodge Saturday.
Regardless, Derouin had another solid performance in net for the Huskies, finishing the game with a 21 save performance to be proud of, earning his third win in his fourth start for the team.
Another three goals were scored by the Huskies in the third, beginning with Robbie Sidhu completing his hat-trick on a beautiful goal scored low five-hole from his backhand.
Sidhu’s third goal also provided him with the lead in the aforementioned goal scoring race between himself and rookie Cayle Bell, which following Saturday’s game, sits with Sidhu leading by just one, 21-20 in favour of the Huskies veteran.
Cody Hildebrand scored his 11th of the season, while Dayne Pederson notched his second of the game and the Huskies final tally, on a beautiful goal where the speedy forward undressed a defender, and then pulled a few quick stick handles on Quinn, roofing the puck on his backhand to earn his first multi-goal game of the season.
It was a busy day for the Fort St. John scorekeepers, as nine different Huskies players completed the evening with multi-point games, While Robbie Sidhu and Cayle Bell finished the game with three points each, and the team went an impressive 3-for-5 with the man-advantage.
Post victory, Huskies multi-goal scorer Dayne Pederson, who earned the first star of the game Saturday, says despite some struggle midway through the season, morale is at an all-time high in the Huskies dressing room right now.
“Feels pretty good right now, all of us are going together, bonding, sticking together, doing everything as a team, feels really good right now all of us clicking, playing as one.”
Pederson also spoke about his team’s next challenge, the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks, and what the Huskies need to focus on entering Wednesday’s away game.
“Probably more discipline from the guys. It’s always been a rival between us, so we’ll come out flying, hitting, and do whatever we can to get the ‘W’.”
It was a rough outing the last time these two teams met on Thursday, January 31, a game that totalled close to 200 penalty minutes, and produced three separate fights in the Huskies 6-1 victory.
Saturday’s win over the Blades was significant for the Huskies as they continue to climb in the NWJHL standings. The team that began the 2013 portion of the season in the league basement, now sits tied for fourth place with Slave Lake and only sit two points behind third place Fairview.
With the win, the Huskies have now won six of their last seven games.
Another big two points are on the line this Wednesday, as the Huskies travel to Dawson Creek, who now only trail the Huskies by two points in the standings.