The Huskies held a 2-1 lead after the first period, and increased their lead to 3-1 after 40 minutes. The team took complete control early in the third after scoring three goals before the period was two minutes old. Fort St. John would add one more tally before time would expire.
Head Coach Gary Alexander says the difference in the two games was that the team didn’t take anything for granted and did what they needed to do to get the win this time out.
“We just came prepared to play a hockey team tonight. The last time we were here we were just going to take the two points and go home and go have a party,” he confesses. “I thought we controlled most of the game pretty well. We outworked them and outhit them.
The team took a lot of penalties especially in the later stages of the game when the score was out of hand. While not happy with the penalties, Alexander was happy with how his penalty kill performed.
“I guess we’re getting a lot of practice at it, but we’re not happy with all the penalties we’re getting,” he says. “I certainly wasn’t happy with what ended up in the last ten minutes of the third with the fighting majors and mularky that goes on out there so there’s definitely room for improvement.”
As it relates to the last half of the third period, fighting majors along with instigator penalties were taken by both Cole Calliou and Owen Barker. The scuffles resulted in a heated moment between the benches with the Flyers coaches and Huskies Assistant Coach Todd Alexander.
“Coach gets excited on the other side there because of what was going on on the ice and I don’t really blame him in some aspects,” Gary Alexander explains. “Instead of yelling at us over here he should be getting his own team in control and that’s what I was trying to do.”
Goals for the Huskies were scored by Jordan Harder, Blair Karasiuk, Shane Rutherford, Jayton Wieler, Brighton Campbell, Jordan Harder, and Brighton Campbell. Helping out with assists were Lien Miller-Jeanotte with three, Jordan Harder had two, and Daylen Pearson also had two. Other assists went to Cayle Bell, and Cole Calliou.
The Huskies next game takes place on Saturday night as the team takes on the Slave Lake Wolves. The tilt can be heard live on Moose FM with the pregame show at 7:45, and the opening faceoff at 8 p.m. The next home game for the Huskies will be on November 13 when the team welcome the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks to Fort St. John.