The Navigators led 1-0 after the first period but the Huskies were badly outplayed as the shots were 8-2 after the first period. Fort St. John was also unable to generate momentum with two early power plays.
Things fell off the rails for the Huskies in the opening minutes of the second. The Navigators opened the scoring 30 seconds into the second period and they would go on to score six goals in the opening seven minutes of the second period to lead 7-0. Fort St. John would score their lone goal in the third.
Assistant Coach Todd Alexander says the team did not come ready to play and was the worst game he had been a involved with in a long time.
“There was no effort, no attitude. We just showed up and put our gear on. That was the worst hockey game that we have played as a group hands down. We haven’t played that bad in this organization in three years.”
Alexander continued by saying the team did nothing with their power plays to start the game
“I don’t think we were in it from the hop. We had two power plays to start the game and we got out shot 8-2 in the first period. When you have two early power plays about five minutes in there’s no way that you should have two shots on net.”
The Huskies are capable of being one of the top teams in the league and are able to do what is necessary to compete. Despite that the team has not been doing what it takes to win as of late and has been bailed out by goaltending over their most recent stretch.
“We’re a hard working hockey team, we’re a 200 foot hockey team. We have a good power play when we want to. We need to be finishing our checks; we need to be skating and get back to being ready before the game as a group,” he states. “We haven’t gotten ready as a group before the game in about two weeks. It’s been terrible there and it’s showing on lots of our games. If we hadn’t had the goaltending we’ve had in the last two weeks we’d be sitting down in the hole somewhere.”
Scoring for the Huskies was Brighton Campbell. Shots at the end of the contest were 32-16 in favour of the Navigators.
Next for Fort St. John is a game in Grande Prairie against the JDA Kings on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. The game can be heard on Moose FM with the pregame show starting at 8:15.