FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 12-0-0 Huskies are relishing their stretch of home games by getting “fired up” for the success of their teammates.
On Thursday night, the Huskies faced the best game the Dawson Creek Kodiaks could throw at them. The Huskies didn’t bring their best performance, but they came out with a 3-1 win. Jackson Powers made 26 saves for his second win of the season, having missed all of training camp with an injury.
On Friday night, Breast Cancer Awareness Night, the Huskies exploded for five goals in the second period to win 6-1, including Keaton Hartness and Brandon Modde’s first goals with the team. The team wore their pink jerseys which were auctioned off, with funds going to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation.
During a stoppage in the second when the game was getting erratic and tempers were flaring, coach Todd Alexander challenged his players to remain focused on the bench.
“We were starting to push our focus away from the game a little bit, and that’s just not our style. We had a sharp reminder from the grumpy guy that this is not acceptable. We’re worried about our game, what we do is our business, we don’t need to be feeding the other team any energy in that situation,” said Alexander, who added the response from the team was good.
“Puck support was better, which means we’re able to play a lot quicker game. The third period was choppy as well, but there were penalties and different reasons for that. But for the most part, we did much better tonight.”
Captain Cayden Frenette says the team does a good job of getting each other excited.
“We do a pretty good job of firing each other up. Some of the first years got their first goal and that really helped fire us up, and after that, it was a domino effect,” said Frenette, who added the team got energy from one of their unsung heroes.
“Reid Bateman, man, that guy’s like a magnet for pucks. Blocking shots, he does all the little things. Definitely an unsung hero tonight.”
Frenette says the Huskies can expect every team’s best effort for the rest of the year.
“Todd [Alexander] said we’re going to get the best of every team, and we’ve earned that from previous years. Teams get up to play us like it’s a playoff game, and we just expect it nowadays.”
The Huskies are scoring an average of 4.83 goals while they only give up an average of two per game. They will play three more games on the homestand against Fairview, North Peace and Sexsmith before heading to Grande Prairie on November 19th.
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