Following a scoreless first period, pucks started to ripple the mesh in the second, and it was Fort St. John who struck first. At 17:10 of the second period, the Huskies scored the game’s first goal, as defenseman Daylen Pearson scored on the power-play, with the assists going to Taylor Greatrex and Robbie Sidhu.
With just one goal scored in the first two periods and the Huskies leading 1-0 entering the third, goals started to be scored more frequently in the final frame.
It only took the Navigators 15 seconds into the third to tie the game, as Josh Peters scored to even the scoreboard at 1-1.
However, rather than be discouraged, the Huskies responded by reclaiming the lead at the 15:29 marker of the third, as Dylan Houle scored his 12th goal of the season on the power-play, with assists being credited to the Huskies’ leading goal scorers, Robbie Sidhu and Cayle Bell.
With the scoreboard reading 2-1 for Fort St. John and just 18 seconds remaining in regulation, a lost face-off in the Huskies zone proved to be costly, as the Navigators gained control of the puck and scored with under 20 seconds remaining, evening the score at deuces.
The back-and-forth game was settled just 1:03 into the extra frame, as the Huskies Robbie Sidhu led a two-on-one, making a pass to Daylen Pearson, who fired a shot off the Navigators post. The Navigators quickly jumped on the counter attack, producing a two-on-one of their own, where Ty Wiebe scored for the 3-2 final.
Credit must be given to Huskies starting goaltender Travis McLean, who despite the loss, made 32 saves, earning him the first star of the game honours. The Huskies managed to fire 21 shots at Navigator’s goalie Cory Houlder.
Special teams were also something to be proud of for the Huskies, who scored on two-of-five power-play, while executing a perfect penalty kill, killing both the Navigators power-plays.
The Huskies officially finish the regular season in fifth place with a record of 14-18-0-3 for 31 points. That position means the team will face Slave Lake in the first round of the post-season, which will most likely start this coming Saturday, February 16. However, changes can still be made in the scheduling of playoff games.