Leading the way for the Huskies on the scoresheet was first year Husky Lien Miller-Jeannotte as the rookie tallied a goal along with three helpers on the evening. He says it was simply one of those games as he didn’t make any adjustments to the way he approaches every contest.
“I didn’t change anything today that I did before; it was just going right for me today,” he admits. “It was was a super fun game; everything was kind of going in. [I’m] just getting into good habits and doing good things and the puck starts to go in the net for you.”
Two years ago, Miller-Jeannotte was competing in his first year of midget with the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy before moving onto the Cariboo Cougars last year, then winding up with the Huskies for this season. He did all of his damage in the second period as he was in on four of the five goals in the frame. He says the team has been very welcoming to him and that has contributed to a great time at the rink.
“They’ve been awesome. Todd [Alexander] is an unreal guy, and a great coach. He knows his stuff. All the guys have taken me in and so far its been an awesome experience.” he says.
Alexander was happy with the work of his rookie second line forward, saying he did a good job of staying with the play and making things happen when the puck came his way.
“I think Lien is starting to come into his own. He’s a rookie here so he’s starting to feel his way into the league a little bit,” he explains. “He did a lot better job of driving the lanes wide tonight, getting the puck deep, and creating opportunities by moving his feet, so he’s starting to come around and get a little more comfortable playing against older players.”
As for the game as a whole the Huskies didn’t get off to a great start, however, they were able to settle things down with setting up plays as the game progressed. Alexander concedes that the start and finish of the game wasn’t the greatest, but was very happy with the work done on the powerplay.
“I think we started out a little bit slow. Our puck control was really good tonight, and our passing was point on, but we were swinging a lot tonight and our stops and starts weren’t quite there,” he says. “We let them back into the game a little bit in the third period with some undisciplined play. I think that the powerplay has been good all year. Tonight we were definitely rewarded and it looked really sharp.
Scoring in order for the Huskies tonight were Brighton Campbell, Lien Miller-Jeannotte, Brighton Campbell, Shane Rutherford, Shawn Holiday, Brighton Campbell for a hat trick, and Shane Rutherford.
The assists went to Lien Miller Jeannotte with three, Jordan Harder also had three, Daylen Pearson chipped in with two, John Apsassin, Sean Ryder, Owen Barker, Cayle Bell, and Blair Karasiuk.
Next for the Huskies it will be a battle of the unbeaten tomorrow at North Peace Arena as the Grande Prairie JDA Kings come to the Energetic City. Faceoff for that tilt is slated for 8 p.m., while the next broadcast on Moose FM will come next Friday as Fort St. John makes another trip to Sexsmith to skate with the Vipers.