It was a perfect start for the Huskies, who, with the win, earned their third victory in a row Wednesday evening. Jamie Watson got the game’s first goal, scoring for the visiting pups 2:20 into the first.
Following the 1-0 score, some undisciplined play by the Junior Canucks made them pay on the scoreboard. Fort St. John scored two more goals in the opening frame, both of which came on the powerplay. Dylan Houle scored his tenth goal of the season for a 2-0 Huskies lead, then Robbie Sidhu scored another powerplay marker with roughly five minutes left in the period. The goal was Sidhu’s second point of the period, as he earned an assist on Houle’s goal, and was also the eventual game-winner.
The two powerplay goals scored in the first were indicative of things to come Wednesday for the Huskies, who went on to score on 4 out of 7 man advantages in the game. While on the defensive side of the game, the Huskies' penalty kill was perfect, going 8 for 8 on the evening.
The offence continued to roll for the Huskies entering the second period, with Cayle Bell continuing his torrid goal scoring pace, scoring for a third straight game, and bringing his rookie goal total to 21. Bell’s second period opening goal was his fifth goal in his three-game scoring streak.
With the scoreboard reading 4-0, and 10:27 remaining in the second, the Junior Canucks got on the board, courtesy of Riley Muise.
The remainder of the period belonged to the visiting Huskies, as Blair Karasiuk scored twice, and Robbie Sidhu netted his second of the evening, scoring another power-play goal, ending the period with the Huskies leading 7-1.
Much of the same ensued in the third, as Tyler Norris scored his 16th of the season, followed by defenceman Daylen Pearson, scoring his fifth, which was another powerplay goal for the Huskies.
Before the conclusion of the game, Muise scored his second of the evening, with the scoreboard reading 9-2 for Fort St. John as the clock struck zero.
Huskies goaltender Travis McLean played another solid game in between the pipes for the Huskies, stopping 28 out of 30 shots fired his way. At the other end of the ice, the Huskies fired 26 shots at both Junior Canucks goalies, Colten Anderson, and Justin Samra.
In front of their goaltender, the Huskies offence has been red hot lately, with the team scoring 23 goals over their three game winning streak. Wednesday, Robbie Sidhu led the way on the score sheet with four points (2 G, 2 A), while the line of Karasiuk (2 G), Houle (1 G, 2 A) and Bell (1 G, 2 A) combined for 8 points. Five other players also made their way onto the score sheet..
It was a big win for the Huskies, who have now won three in a row, and move into a tie for fourth place with the Slave Lake Thunder, thanks to a 7-2 loss by the Thunder to the North Peace Navigators Wednesday evening.
The Huskies will look to make it four wins in a row this Saturday, when they play their second to last game of the regular season at home, versus the Fairview Flyers. The Huskies will wrap up the regular season the following day, when they travel to Peace River for a matinee against the Navigators.