Slave Lake opened the scoring for the second consecutive game with a goal mid way through the frame, but the game was quickly tied 2:30 later, and the Huskies eventually took a 3-1 lead to the dressing room.
The Huskies added four goals in the second period including a power play goal. The Wolves were able to add a tally of their own but Fort St. John was well out in front after 40 minutes as they led 7-2.
With the game well in hand the Huskies tightened up defensively and limited the Wolves to only three shots on goal in the third. Fort St. John added two more goals in the process to take the 9-2 win, and a 2-0 lead in the best of five series.
Assistant Coach Todd Alexander says he was happy with what the team did on the ice but the team will be continuing to look for ways to improve as the playoffs progress.
“There’s a few things we have to work on; we’re always going to work on stuff, we’re never going to rest and be happy until we get all the way to the end,” he says. “It was definitely a good effort by us tonight. They had a bit of a tired hockey club. We wanted to keep the pedal on the floor and I think we did that.”
Forward Blair Karasiuk has made a big impact in his two games back from injury with four goals in two games. Alexander says
“Blair is a big part of our group up front. He’s part of our top six. He’s a player that can play all kinds of different positions for us. His faceoffs are excellent. We like the puck control game and in order to have puck control it starts with the faceoffs.”
Goals by the Huskies were by Jordan Gies, Blair Karasiuk, Blair Karasiuk, Mike Basco, Jordan Gies, Brighton Campbell, Cayle Bell, Cayle Bell, and Brighton Campbell.
The Huskies next game is game three of the best of five series on Saturday night from Slave Lake. The game can be heard on Moose FM with the pre-game show at 7:45, and the faceoff at 8 p.m.