Assistant Coach Todd Alexander says it took the team awhile to get over what happened in their last game against the North Peace Navigators but attempted to pick themselves up off the mat in the final 40 minutes.
“The first 20 we were still a little bit on the mat and feeling sorry for ourselves a little bit and not really doing anything about it. The next two period we gathered some composure and decided that it was time to wake up and played a good hockey game, it was 2-2 after that.”
The penalty kill and faceoffs have been two issues plaguing Fort St. John lately. Alexander says the team’s current injury situation is forcing players into roles that they aren’t particularly use to.
“We’re missing a couple centreman right now and some guys have had to play centre that haven’t played centre and that definitely doesn’t help,” he explains. “Same thing for the penalty kill. A couple of guys that aren’t here are key penalty guys and we’re having to play guys in positions that aren’t use to it but at the end of the day that’s just going to benefit us because some other guys are getting some reps.”
The two goals for the Huskies on the evening were scored by Lien Miller-Jeannotte and Jordan Harder.
The loss essentially takes the Huskies out of the race for second place in the North West Junior Hockey League standings. The team will battle it out with the Fairview Flyers the rest of the way to determine who takes third. The Flyers are out in front by two points but Fort St. John has two games in hand.
The Huskies will conclude their home schedule tonight at the North Peace Arena when they take on the Sexsmith Vipers. Gametime is slated for 8 p.m.