Grande Prairie took the lead on their first shot of the game as Daniel Bishop went around Daylen Pearson on a one on one rush and beat Travis McLean. The Huskies were undeterred by the tough start as they tied the game midway through the first, and got the go ahead goal a few minutes after.
The second period was evenly contest, but Fort St. John managed to extend their lead to 3-1 eight minutes into the frame.
The Huskies started the third shorthanded and that was the start of their downfall in the frame. A powerplay goal was followed by four more goals as Grande Prairie took the 6-3 win.
Assistant coach Todd Alexander says the outcome is a part of hockey some nights, and the Huskies will be prepared to go Tuesday night for game four.
“There was about six minutes there where we let off the pedal a bit. That’s hockey some nights,” he says. “It’s not for a lack of effort or anything, it just is what it is. It’s a touch pill to swallow. We’re going to go home and regroup and pick ourselves up off the mat. It takes four wins to win a series. They have two, we have one. We’ll be ready to go for Tuesday.”
Despite the third, Alexander was encouraged by how the team played in the five periods prior.
“We know what our A game is, we know what we bring. We’re going to come out, we’re going to work, and we’re not going to worry about anything else. Until they tell us we don’t have anymore games to play we’re going to keep going forward.”
Scoring in order for the Huskies were Jordan Gies, Blair Karasiuk, and Brighton Campbell.
Game four goes Tuesday night from the North Peace Arena at 8 p.m. with Grande Prairie leading the best of seven series 2-1.