Assistant Coach Todd Alexander says the team did a great job clogging up the lanes in the neutral zone and the defensive end and really limited any attack Beaverlodge tried to generate.
“I think the boys positionally played really well in our own end tonight. We didn’t give up many chances at all,” he says. “I think out of 14 shots, maybe three scoring opportunities for them realistically so all in all it was a very good effort defensively tonight.”
Despite peppering Blades goalie Dylan Quinn with 26 shots after 40 minutes, the Huskies only had one goal to show for their efforts. Quinn stood on his head with a number of great saves which forced the Huskies to make adjustments entering the third period.
“Their goaltender played well tonight he needs credit for that. He made some pretty good saves on us early on with point blank chances,” Alexander explains. “But I think we started to drive the net a little bit more with some purpose and get into those hard areas. Once we chipped a couple of those off it kind of broke the game open a little bit for us.”
It wasn’t an overly busy evening for goalie Daimon Derouin as he turned aside 14 shots. The effort however was good enough for his first shutout with the Huskies, and the young tender was quick to pass off the credit to the defence in front of him.
“It was a good job by my defence. I didn’t have to do a whole lot. I made a couple saves when I had to but it was definitely a team shutout,” he states. “All the passing lanes were getting closed up really quick. They really didn’t take advantage of the smaller ice.”
Scoring in order for the Huskies were Jordan Gies, Jordan Harder, Jordan Gies, Blair Karasiuk and Brighton Campbell. The assists went to Shane Rutherford, Blair Karasiuk, Lien Miller-Jeannotte, Cayle Bell, and Jordan Harder.
The Huskies don’t have much time to rest up as they will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at the North Peace Arena as they meet the Grande Prairie JDA Kings for the second time this season. The next broadcast on Moose FM is in two weeks as the Huskies will once again travel to Sexsmith to take on the Vipers.