Five games were played between the Huskies and the Wolves this regular season, when Fort St. John took the first two games of the series, followed by three in-a-row by the Wolves. Slave Lake was not a friendly environment for the Huskies, who suffered back-to-back losses in Slave Lake during their only two visits of the season.
However, each of the three losses suffered by the Huskies were only determined by a single point (4-3, 2-1, 5-4 OT), so the Huskies should not be discouraged by the three consecutive defeats.
The Huskies also have the edge when comparing goals for and against, as the Huskies managed to put the biscuit in the basket 144 times, while the Wolves scored 133 goals during the regular season. Fort St. John also allowed fewer goals against than Slave Lake, 150-166.
Even though the regular season is over, momentum entering the postseason can play a huge role in how a team performs off the bat. In that category, the edge goes to Slave Lake, who enter the postseason riding a two-game winning streak. It’s the opposite end of the spectrum for the Huskies, who will enter the postseason having lost their final two regular season games.
Both squads also have some significant fire power on the offensive side of the game, with each entering the series with seven players recording over 20 points throughout the regular season.
The travel-filled series will begin in Slave Lake this weekend for game one Saturday evening, followed by game two Sunday afternoon. The series will then shift to the Energetic City Monday for game three, followed by another game in Fort St. John Saturday, February 23. If necessary, the series will wrap up the next day, Sunday, February 24 back in Slave Lake.
If not interested in making the journey to Alberta, don’t fret, as Moose FM will be broadcasting each road game live as the action unfolds. Saturday’s game is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. MT, and then Sunday, the game hits the ice at 1 p.m. MT. Be sure to tune into the informative and entertaining Moose FM pre-game show, starting 15 minutes prior to puck drop.
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Elsewhere around the NWJHL, playoff matchups include: Beaverlodge (7) versus Peace River (2), Dawson Creek (6) versus Fairview (3), Sexsmith (8) versus Grande Prairie (1).