The Fort St. John Huskies and the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks will drop the puck on their best of five NWJHL quarter final tonight in Dawson Creek. Tonight’s game gets underway at 8 p.m. as the Huskies will try to do something they were not able to do all regular season, which was win in Dawson Creek.
Assistant coach Todd Alexander kept the final practice relatively simple as the team spent time sharpening their powerplay and hammering home further the X’s and O’s of what the team needs to do on the ice to be successful.
“It wasn’t too technical of a practice. We just worked on systematical stuff. You are what you are at this point. There isn’t too much that you’re going to be able to change. You just try to stick with what you do best and run with that in the playoffs,” he said.
Alexander went on to say that while the team also worked on their puck possession, if the Huskies don’t match the energy from Dawson Creek the hard work will be all for not and the series will be over quick.
“Our puck possession is our game,” he explained. “We want to play with the puck and give ourselves more time with it and better opportunities. We’d rather not chase it around. The power play is obviously important this time of year, it could make or break you in a tight game. Those two things are catchy parts of the game. What you really need is the nuts and bolts. If you don’t have any nuts and bolts it will be a quick series. We need to come out and match their intensity and play well when we don’t have the puck.”
Travis McLean is expected to start game one tonight from the Kin Arena. Game two has the teams returning to Fort St. John at 8 p.m.
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