VERMILION, A.B. – The Fort St. John Huskies had an exceptionally good first two games to start their 50th season.
The team travelled to Vermilion, Alberta over the weekend to take on the Vermilion Tigers for a pair of exhibition games. Huskies General Manager Jeremy Clothier says that the team travelled to the northeastern Alberta town after the Tigers visited the Energetic City at this time last year for the two games. Clothier says that the team looked excellent on the ice for both games, which was evident on the scoreboard. The Huskies won the first game on Saturday night 8-1.
Shawn Wilson opened the scoring for the Huskies 2:31 into the first period on a feed from Taryn Dachuk. Four minutes later, Drew Fudger made it 2-0 assisted by Aiden Tegart and Jacob Lang. Kyle Crawford added a third tally for the Huskies less than two minutes after getting a pass from Adam Bowie. Jon Gasby scord the lone goal for the Tigers just before the halfway mark of the first period before Wyatt Griffith answered right back for Fort St. John, assisted by Fudger and Jared Loewen.
It was all over but the crying for the Tigers as the Huskies continued their assault in the second and third periods. Brandon Howard and Jacob Lang both scored in the second, while Lang tallied another in the third along with Aiden Tegart. Tegart, Bowie, Fudger, Geoff Dick, and Jarod Lang each notched assists.
The Huskies also won Game 2 on Sunday 9-1.
Clothier says that the team was not only incredibly fast on the ice, they were also disciplined. Compared to the Tigers’ 48 minutes in the box, the Huskies only had 26 penalty minutes. Fourteen of those were for Kyle Crawford’s double minor for slew-footing that comes with an automatic Game Misconduct penalty under the new rules implemented by Hockey Canada this year. Clothier says that the team will continue to build on their preseason success in practice this week, before hitting the road to start the NWJHL season in Sexsmith against the Vipers on Saturday night. That game starts at 7:00 p.m. Fort St. John time.