Shorthanded Huskies come away with a big two points in Slave Lake

Assistant Coach Todd Alexander says it’s a rewarding feeling for the team to be able to come away with the win while the Wolves had a full bench at their disposal.

“It’s gratifying when you go on the road and you only have ten skaters and you’re able to come away with two points,” he says. “That’s two pretty big points for us tonight we weren’t sure how it was going to go and obviously it’s quite a disadvantage when you’re playing against a full bench. I was definitely proud of the boys effort tonight.”

The Huskies got off to a great start with a 1-0 lead and outshot the Wolves throughout most of the period however it was clear that SlaveLake was starting to gain the advantage in play was the frame concluded.

Slave Lake maintained that momentum into the second period as they tied the game less than three minutes in and managed to score four goals overall as the score was tied after the second. 

Alexander says the short bench couple with the long change proved to be a challenge for the team however Travis McLean made a number of big saves for the club to limit the damage.

“Our forwards struggled with the change a little bit. It was a little bit further and they kind of had us on the ropes but I think Travis did a good job of covering up pucks and he held us in, in the second period and allowed us to get our feet back underneath us for the third.” 

The highlight of the third period came off of the stick of Lien Miller Jeanotte. The first year player continued to be key for the team as not only did he have the insurance goal for the Huskies, but it was easily the goal of the year up to this point. 

“[Jordan] Harder, he made a great play. The puck got chipped up the boards but one of our D-Man and their D-Man caught it,” he explains. “Harder made the hit on him so it gave me a free lane for a one on one on the D-Man. I came down and faked outside inside and got by him luckily and it was just me and the goalie and I was able to put it five hole.” 

The great goal aside, Miller-Jeanotte says the win was the most rewarding one of the season considering the circumstances. 

“From my standpoint [it’s] the most satisfying win of the year for sure and I think everyone else is on board with that,” he admits. “It always feels to get a road win in someone else’s barn and to do it shorthanded is even better. Everyone had a great effort out there and put in 100 per cent.” 

Scoring for the Huskies in order were Cayle Bell, Jarod Lang, Cayle Bell, Lien Miller-Jeanotte, Cayle Bell, and Lien Miller-Jeanotte. The assists went to Jordan Harder with two, Braylen Eklund also had two, Tyson Glass, Shane Rutherford, Lien Miller-Jeanotte, and Blair Karasiuk.

The Huskies next game goes on Wednesday as the team welcomes the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks to the North Peace Arena at 8 p.m. The next game live on Moose FM can be heard on November 16 as the Huskies take on the Grande Prairie JDA Kings. The pregame show airs at 8:15 p.m. and the faceoff will follow at 8:30.