Fort St. John took control early in the contest as they opened the scoring 2:20 in to the opening frame. The Huskies added to the lead with two goals in 45 seconds before the mid way point of the period. In the final minutes the Wolves turned up the pressure and came away with a goal before time expired as the score was 3-1 heading into the second.
The Huskies added to their lead with an early power play marker to restore their three goal lead. The final 14 minutes of the second belonged to Slave Lake as they completely turned the game around. The Wolves scored four times and took a 5-4 lead to the dressing room.
As the third began it was apparent the Huskies were going to do whatever it took to come away with the win. The dominated the Wolves in all aspects and outshot them 21-8. The improved effort resulted in three goals for Fort St. John as they took the win 7-5.
Head Coach Gary Alexander says the team took advantage of their chances in the first and despite a poor second period, they were able to rebound with a solid finish.
“We had some lucky moments in the first period and took the shots when we should have and they went in,” he says. “We came out really bad in the second period but they reset between the second and third and came out fairly strong and redeemed themselves.”
Alexander says between the second and third period that his message was a calm one and reminded the group that they were a team
“They were more hard on themselves than I was. They managed to pull themselves together and that’s a good thing. It’s not something I think I should be doing night in night out, supply the fury for them to pull themselves together. They have to do it themselves and they did tonight”
Scoring in order for the Huskies were Tyson Glass, Jordan Harder, Brandon Howard, Lien Miller-Jeannotte, Cayle Bell, Cayle Bell and Lien Miller-Jeannotte
Shot totals at the end of the game were 41-34 in favour of Fort St. John.
Next for the Huskies is a big contest on Friday night. The team will be on the road for a game with the Fairview Flyers at 8:30 p.m. The Huskies are two points up on the Flyers in the standings with a game in hand. The win last night pulled the Huskies within two points of the Grande Prairie JDA Kings for for second place.