Entering tonight’s game, the Huskies (13-17-0-2) occupy fifth place in the NWJHL standings, two points behind Slave Lake (15-17-0-0), and only two points ahead of the Dwson Creek Junior Canucks (12-19-0-2).
The Junior Canucks and Huskies met in Fort St. John just six days ago on January 31, in a spirited affair that produced 188 total penalty minutes, three fights, and a 6-1 home victory for the Huskies.
It was a solid outing for the Huskies line of Blair Karasiuk, Dylan Houle and Cayle Bell, who combined for ten points during last Thursday’s win.
Each team enters tonight’s game on a streak, with one team looking to snap out one, the other, looking to extend it. The Huskies will hit the ice with a two game winning streak, which they hope to make three in-a-row at the expense of Dawson Creek. The Junior Canucks on the other hand, will start the game with a league worst, six game losing streak on their record.
Tonight’s game will also be a rubber match in the two teams’ five game season series. Appropriately, each team enters tonight’s match with two wins under their jock straps, so the winner will emerge the victor in the five game regular season series between the two Peace Region rivals.
Back to the league standings, the Huskies currently have 28 points for fourth place in the standings, two above Dawson Creek who sit alone in fifth with 26, and two behind Slave Lake's 30, who occupy forth place by themselves.
Slave Lake also plays tonight, taking on the North Peace Navigators, so a Huskies win and a Slave Lake loss would result in Fort St. John moving into a tie for fourth. Conversely, a Huskies loss would result in Dawson Creek moving into a tie for fifth with the Huskies, who could fall behind the fourth place Thunder by four points if Slave Lake defeats the Navigators.
Tonight’s game is also the third last game for the Huskies in their regular season and the team would love to keep the victories coming as they roll into the postseason. The team has won six of their last seven games, a perfect time of the season to heat up.
There’s also an exciting goal scoring race within the Huskies roster, as not surprisingly, Robbie Sidhu leads the team in points with 57. However, for goals scored, Sidhu only leads rookie Cayle Bell by a single goal, 21-20, so it will be interesting to see if the goal scoring rookie can take the lead from the Huskies veteran.
The game hits the ice tonight in Dawson Creek beginning at 8 p.m. and you can catch all the live action on 100.1 Moose FM. Don’t forget to listen to the informative and entertaining Moose FM pre-game show, beginning 15 minutes prior to puck drop.
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