Grande Prairie opened the scoring late in the first off of a tip and took a 1-0 lead after the opening period.
The Huskies powerplay finally came through midway through the second. A hard shot from just above the faceoff circles tied the game at one. Grande Prairie managed to score late yet again, and led 2-1 after the second frame.
The Huskies tied things up just over two minutes into the third, and with 17.9 seconds left a great set up by Daylen Pearson allowed Jordan Harder to score the game winning goal.
Head coach Gary Alexander says the team did a much better job of bringing the game to Grande Prairie last night and played particularly well in the third period.
“We did plan on giving them a better game Friday night and we just couldn’t seem to find the handle on anything but tonight we came and we stuck to our game plan,” he says. “We put pressure on Grande Prairie that we know they have trouble with holding the pressure late in games and it worked out well for us. Everybody worked hard. We seemed to gain on them in the third period which was good for our conditioning and especially since we were short a couple d-men.”
Alexander adds that while the Huskies didn’t have nearly as many shots as they did on Friday, the shots they took Saturday were of much better quality.
“We struggled harder to get the rebounds coming off the goaltender Friday. We just finished the play off better. We didn’t take that 75 foot shot they tried to get in a little closer and put it in. The goaltender tonight was kicking out rebounds for us to jump on.”
Standing on his head between the pipes was Travis McLean. He made a massive diving save in the third period when a puck took a funny hop off the boards right to the stick of a Grande Prairie player who was staring down a wide open net.
“Can’t say enough about Travis. He’s played well all year long and he’s made some really big saves. He’s played really well and lost because of the team effort in front of him. Tonight we had the team effort and the goaltending and that’s the difference in the hockey game.” Alexander says.
Scoring in order for the Huskies was Shane Rutherford, Cole Calliou, and Jordan Harder.
Travis McLean stopped 19 of 21 shots in the victory.
The Huskies get back team captain Taylor Greatrex for game three as he was serving a four game suspension for a match penalty. Game three goes tonight at 7:30 from Grande Prairie. The game can be heard on Moose FM with the pregame show at 7:15.
In the other NWJHL semi final, the Fairview Flyers defeated the North Peace Navigators last night 4-1 to take a 2-1 lead in their best of seven set.