The Huskies opened the scoring just over a minute into the game as Shane Rutherford found the back of the net. The Huskies added a second goal in the period to lead 2-0 after 20 minutes.
Fort St. John continued with the pressure in the second period. They controlled the pace during the frame and added another two goals to lead 4-0 heading into the third period.
With the game well in hand the third period had a slow start, but the Huskies once again scored twice, but the Blades would spoil the shutout bid for Travis McLean as they made their way onto the score board with just 41 seconds left in the game.
Assistant Coach Todd Alexander says he expected the game to have less polish than usual given the teams have been out of action for nearly two weeks with the break.
“It was the first game after the Christmas break so it was a little sloppy and the pace was a little bit slower than what we’ve been accustom to seeing the last few months here. It was a good game to bump the rust off.” He says.
The team did a great job defensively limiting the shots for the Blades as they registered only 16 shots in the game. Alexander was satisfied with how the Huskies played in their own zone, with the exception of a lapse late in the third period.
“Defensively we played pretty good. We kept all of the shots to the outside and gave our goaltender a good chance,” he explains. “Aside from a blemish with less than a minute to go we played pretty solid that way tonight. If anything we were a little sloppy in the neutral zone and we didn’t have that high energy we are accustom to seeing.”
Scoring in order for the Huskies were Shane Rutherford, Jordan Harder, Jordan Harder, Cayle Bell, Lien Miller-Jeannotte, and Cole Calliou.
Final shots were 40-16 in favour of Fort St. John.
The schedule gets tough for the Huskies from here until the end of the regular season. Eight of their next ten games come against teams in the upper half of the league standings.
Next up for Fort St. John is two games next weekend at the North Peace Arena against the North Peace Navigators Saturday and Sunday. The Huskies have yet to beat the Navigators so far this season.