Huskies offense too much for physical Flyers

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Huskies blew the game wide open in the second period, scoring four goals on their wa…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Huskies blew the game wide open in the second period, scoring four goals on their way to a convincing 5-0 win over the Fairview Flyers on Friday.

In the last home game of 2021, the Huskies were met by a Flyers team that finished every check. The Flyers knocked the home team off their usual free-wheeling breakouts and forced them to take checks to make plays.

Through the first 20 minutes, neither goalie flinched. Huskies Tyler McArthur only faced five shots in the opening period and Flyers’ Andre Giesbrecht stopped all 12.

A more physical and imposing Huskies team came out for the middle period, and it paid dividends.

On the power play, Alex Nimmo channeled his inner lacrosse player, hanging in the slot area and taking punishment before burying a rebound low on the right side of Giesbrecht.

With a player in the box for both teams, Nathan Brownlee pounced on a loose puck in his own end and went coast-to-coast to score his fifth goal of the season.

Cayden Frenette and Chase London jumped on the scoring wagon in the second half of the period, putting the Huskies up 4-0 after 40 minutes.

Goaltender Tyler McArthur entered the third period stopping all 13 shots that came his way, but there were multiple dangerous scoring chances that he didn’t get credit for saves.

Conrad Wiebe got rewarded for his relentless pursuit of the puck in all zones by burying a rebound goal in the third to go up 5-0, and the Huskies slammed the door shut in their own end.

Other than a fluttering puck that McArthur had to be sharp on, he was steady making six more saves to secure his first shutout victory of the year.

“I felt pretty comfy out there tonight. The boys played great in front of me, so props to them,” said McArthur after his league leading 12th win.

“Sometimes it’s hard to get a rhythm when you’re not getting a lot of shots early, especially with this team, we play on offense a lot.”

McArthur couldn’t pick one defenseman that stood out because they all made his job easy.

“Really, they all played amazing.”

The young pairing of McCracken and Jones was a force to be reckoned with, imposing their will on some opponents who had a few years, pounds and inches on them.

Modde and Brownlee were up to their usual tricks, making checkers miss and driving the rush on more than one occasion.

Burgess and Loewen were rarely out of position, and they pounced on loose pucks to get the play going the other way.

The Huskies outshot the Flyers 29-19.

The 21-1-1 Huskies will hit the road for the final three games before Christmas break, including a game in Grande Prairie Saturday and a pair in Peace River next weekend.

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