FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Huskies closed out the first half of the season with a convincing 10-0 victory over the North Peace Navigators.
With a full four lines and six defenseman in the lineup, the Huskies got the first goal of the game. Nick Loewen scored his tenth goal of the campaign, with help from Wiebe and McCracken.
Less than a minute later, the Frenette, Lee, Winkel line hooked up on a rush, Lee finishing it off for his 43rd point of the season.
The Huskies closed out the first period with 16 shots to the Navs’ eight.
The Huskies continued to pull away from their opponent in the second period, getting goals from Chase London, Sam Loewen’s first goal in his first game with the Huskies, one from Winkel and a power play goal from Frenette that would chase Navs goaltender Christopher Key.
Changing goalies did little to slow the Huskies offense as Raymond Dick got his ninth of the season on the power play. Winkel did a great job of avoiding a check, finding Dick on the crease and dishing a perfect pass for a one-time goal.
Frustration set in for the Navs and the Huskies capitalized on the power play one more time before the end of the period, Winkel’s second of the game, 16th of the season.
The goals continued in the third period, Frenette getting in on the action before Keaton Hartness scored his third goal of the season to go up 10-0.
Mercifully, there were no more goals in the third, and Jackson Powers collected his fifth win and first shutout of the season.
“I thought it would have been a little closer than that,” said Powers of the lack of action for long stretches of hockey. “You just have to keep your feet moving and make sure your head’s in the game. It’s kind of hard when you don’t face a shot for 25 minutes, but I just focus on the puck, focus on the play and it helps.”
Powers says it made his job much easier when his defensemen cleared any rebounds that popped out in front of the net, limiting any offensive opportunities.
Two affiliate players from the U18 Trackers stuck around Peace River to help the Huskies on Sunday. Kaden Arberry and Sam Loewen suited up for their first NWJHL games, and Loewen potted his first goal at the junior level.
“The hockey is a lot faster with the Huskies, you’ve got a lot less time to make plays before guys are coming to hit you,” said Loewen. “They try to run you over as soon as you get the puck, so you’ve got to keep your head up.”
The 24-1-1 Huskies head into the break with their best-ever record, according to coach Todd Alexander.
After some well-deserved rest and relaxation this holiday, the Huskies will return to action on January 7th at the North Peace Arena against the Grande Prairie Kings.