The game was tight defensively by both sides as the offences were kept to the perimeter throughout the game. Dawson Creek opened the scoring just after the five minute mark after a floater beat Travis McLean high to take a 1-0 lead. The Huskies tied things up after Shawn Holiday made a nice cross ice pass to Lien Miller-Jeannotte to get FortSt. John on the board.
The Huskies took the lead in the second period when Jordan Gies scored early in the frame. The Huskies had chances to build on the lead with the power play but were unable to capitalize with the man advantage.
Heading into the third, FortSt. John had more chances with the power play to try and get the insurance marker but could not score. The Huskies went 0 for 8 with the extra man, and Dawson Creek tied the game with just over two minutes left in the third.
Overtime solved nothing, so the game went to a shootout where Dawson won 2-0, and made the final 3-2.
Head Coach Gary Alexander admits Dawson Creek took control last after the Huskies squandered their opportunities.
“We just can’t get a handle on our power play. We had the opportunity to put them away several times in the second and the third but we couldn’t bury the puck to put some distance between us,” he says. “It came back to bite us. Late in the game they tied it up; when you get the momentum late in the game like that it’s pretty hard to jump on it and get it back.”
Alexander says the team needs to simplify what it’s doing with the man advantage, but knows dry spells like this are just part of the game that needs to be accepted.
“We just need to keep it a little simpler. We’re moving the puck around and not taking those shots we need to. We’re tentative when we have full control and we’re not taking the shot when needed,” he explains. “Our passes tonight were a little bit off so we couldn’t take the shot when we got it. It seems when something like that starts you need to ride it out.”
Scoring for the Huskies were Lien Miller-Jeannotte and Jordan Gies. Assists went to Shawn Holiday, Wyatt Anderson, Cayle Bell and John Apsassin.
The Huskies lost Blair Karasiuk to injury in the contest. His status for the weekend trip to SlaveLake is unknown.
After the Huskies take on the Slave Lake Wolves on the road Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, the team will begin their Christmas break, and return to the ice January 3 against the Beaverlodge Blades.