Grande Prairie took the first two meetings early on in the season but the Huskies responded to take the next two games. Their most recent effort against the JDA Kings was a 2-1 home win in December.
Head Coach Gary Alexander says Grande Prairie is a team that likes to rely on creating turnovers for generating their offence
“They play a real transition game. They like to jump on us and pick up on the odd man rushes and turnovers. If we don’t get the puck in deep and play a 200 foot game with Grande Prairie they make us pay for it,” he explains. “We can’t turn pucks over at either blue line and we have to be really diligent on getting it in and making them play a 200 foot game because if they get turnovers like that they are a very skilled hockey team and they make us play for it.”
Alexander says the team and the coaching staff have moved on from the team’s last effort which saw the Huskies get rocked 7-1 by the North Peace Navigators but says it’s up to the players to make sure that a repeat performance doesn’t happen on the ice.
“We just carried on. I think we put enough pressure on them that night that they knew that they had disappointed the whole works of us and themselves,” he states. “Ultimately it’s their responsibility to get themselves ready to play and carry on all you like but if they don’t take their own selves seriously then their not going to go anywhere.”
Tonight’s game can be heard live on Moose FM with the pregame show starting at 8:15 and the opening faceoff at 8:30 p.m. After tonight’s contest the team will return home for their final game at the North Peace Arena in the regular season as the Huskies welcome the Sexsmith Vipers Saturday at 8 p.m.