FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies had a win and a loss this past weekend.
On Friday night, the Huskies were on home ice to take on the 2nd best team in the league: the Grande Prairie County JDA Kings. The Huskies got off to an early start, with Jacob Lang and Brandon Howard putting the dogs up 2-0 in the first 10 minutes. Grande Prairie responded right back with a pair of powerplay goals several minutes later, before Geoff Dick put the Huskies up 3-2 assisted by Thomas Webster and Tyson Leard with just 12 seconds left in the first frame.
After the Kings tied things up once again early in the 2nd period, the game turned all Huskies in the third. Tyson Leard put the pups up 4-3 early in the third assisted by Gary Loewen. The Huskies staved off the Grande Prairie assault, and when they pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker, it was Joshua Robinson who found the back of the empty net.
On Saturday night the Huskies were in Beaverlodge to take on the Blades. Geoff Dick, Gary Loewen, and Thomas Webster all scored in the first to put the dogs up 3-2 after 20 minutes. Heading into the second frame, after Beaverlodge scored on the powerplay to even things up, the Huskies took a 5-3 lead with a pair of goals 7 seconds apart by Thomas Webster and Kyle Crawford.
The game turned into a special teams contest in the third, a contest that the Beaverlodge Blades bettered the Huskies at as they went on to score four goals on the powerplay, compared to the Huskies’ lone goal with the man advantage scored by Drew Fudger. With ten seconds left, the Blades’ Evan Tordiff completed an impressive double hat-trick, sealing the deal for the Blades to win 8-6.
With Saturday’s loss, the Huskies now sit in 4th spot in the NWJHL standings with a record of 3-3-0-0, two points behind the North Peace Navigators. The Huskies back in action this coming Friday, when they head to Fairview for a tilt against the Flyers, before once again hosting the Sexsmith Vipers at the North Peace Arena on Saturday night. Puck drops at 7:00 p.m. Fort St. John time on Friday night, and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday.