Head Coach Gary Alexander says that the team has come out ready to play from the start in both games this season, and points to the team’s momentum from the end of last year as just one of the many reasons for the strong start.
“Well we’ve got lots of jump, and lots of fire, and pretty good discipline happening. It’s kind of what I expected after the finish we had late in the season last year, with a few acquisitions and a little more depth on our defense and a little more offense,” he says. “Everybody’s contributing and I’m pretty pleased with the effort they’re putting on.”
Even more impressive about the final score is that the Huskies took to the ice with a short bench as they fielded a lineup with only ten forwards and five defensemen. Alexander however, has faith in the team’s depth to come out on top even when short handed.
“Any given night, if we can put 15 players on the ice, our balance is pretty good, so we’re going to put on a good show no matter what.” He states.
Goaltender Daimon Derioun was steady throughout the contest stopping 20 of 22 shots. Alexander says it’s great having two goaltenders that can be counted on when their number is called.
“Daimon had a great game as did Travis the other night. They make the saves when they need to, and when we make a few mistakes the goaltender stepped in and did his part,” he explains. “It’s nice, I’ve always liked to play them one-two, one-two and give them both ice time so if I ever have a problem with one or the other, the other guy can step in quite readily.”
Derioun meanwhile credits his large defense core with clogging up the smaller ice surface that’s present in Beaverlodge to making his job relatively easy throughout the contest.
“I think a lot of it is getting use to the smaller ice, they get congested in the centre there,” he says. “We’ve got a lot of tall guys, a lot of long sticks, so a lot of things get caught in the mix there.”
Scoring in order for the Huskies were Cayle Bell as he notched the first two goals for the Huskies. Owen Barker rounded out the first period scoring as the Huskies took a 3-1 lead to the locker room after falling behind 1-0 halfway through the frame. Jordan Harder had the only goal for the team in the second period, while Jarod Lang, Daylen Pearson, and Jordan Gies rounded out the scoring in the third period.
Doing their part with assists on the night were Daylen Pearson with three, Taylor Greatrex chipped in with two helpers as did Jordan Gies, while Wyatt Anderson, Brighton Campbell, Cayle Bell and Blair Karasiuk all had one on the night. The shots at the end of 60 minutes were well in Fort St. John’s favour as they outshot the Blades 36-22.
The Huskies won’t have much time to rest, or celebrate Friday night’s big win as they return to the ice tomorrow for the home opener at North Peace Arena against the Slave Lake Wolves. Opening faceoff is set for 8 p.m.