Some defensive breakdowns and undisciplined play was the story in the first period. The Blades were able to cash in once on the powerplay and two other times in the opening frame as they held a 3-1 lead heading back to the room.
The Huskies came out flying to start the second period. They scored three goals in the opening four and a half minutes to take a 4-3 lead. The Blades would eventually tie things up in the latter stages of the second and the teams were tied 40 minutes at 4-4.
The Huskies scored three goals in a five minute span in the final frame and hung on the rest of the way to take the 7-4 victory.
Assistant Coach Todd Alexander says the team got things sorted out after the first period and the goaltending change that followed after was not a reflection on starting goaltender Daimon Derouin.
“We played about a 40 minute hockey game tonight but it definitely goes to show you that when we put our mind to it, it’s a whole different hockey club,” he explains. “We had a little chat after the first intermission, I think the boys responded well. We made a goalie change to get our point across, not that it was the goalies fault. I’ve said it before our goaltending has been strong all year long and he [Derouin] got hung out to dry a little bit tonight and we made a change there. The boys came out and they smartened up.”
Alexander credits the maturity of the team to recognize that the first period was not acceptable and is happy to see some of the players emerge as leaders as the season has progressed.
“They definitely understood what was going on. We’ve got some pretty mature kids on this team and it’s nice to see,” he admits. “Some guys are stepping up into leadership roles that maybe they didn’t think that they were before. They’re definitely starting to bond and it looks good on them.”
He adds that as long as the team shows the dedication to put their best foot forward each game that the Huskies will be hard to beat on any given night.
“Our two key ingredients with this hockey team is effort and attitude. It goes to show you that when we got both we’re a strong team and we’re hard to beat,” Alexander explains. “As soon as we lose one of those ingredients we come out and we don’t play our game and we don’t play our systems very well. Our heads aren’t in it and it shows.”
The Huskies recently made a line up change that involved Jarod Lang moving from the forwards group over to the blue line. Alexander says the change has been a great fit and it was nice to see him rewarded with the game winning goal.
“Langer moved back about six or eight games ago. Since he’s been back there he’s been a whole different hockey player for us,” he says. “He’s definitely a lot more comfortable. He’s an excellent passer. He’s a good young kid, he works hard. I think the sky is the limit for him back there. He’s probably been one of our better passers coming out of the zone and the least amount of turnovers. If he keeps going that way he’s going to turn into a really good player for us in the future.”
Scoring in order for the Huskies were Dayne Pedersen, Cayle Bell, Brighton Campbell, Brighton Campbell, Jarod Lang, Lien Miller-Jeannotte, and Jordan Harder.
Next for the Huskies is the regular season finale against the Slave Lake Wolves Monday evening at 8:30 p.m. The game is a make up contest and will be played in Spirit River.