FORT ST. JOHN B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies took control of game one of the series final against the Grande Prairie Kings, winning 3-0.
The first period saw a lot of opportunities at both ends.
Huskies broke out and scored the game’s opening goal. Brandon Modde was able to skate through the Kings defence and scored at the 9:45 mark in the first period. Jared Winkel and Cayden Frenette each got the assist.
The Huskies dominated the first period, a much better team start than their previous first-round playoff game one against the Dawson Creek Kodiaks.
In the second period, the Kings had a tremendous five-on-three-man advantage to tie up the game and even had the chance to take the lead in the game, but they let that opportunity go to waste.
Huskies Jared Winkel had an opportunity to score on a breakaway but was stopped by Kings goalkeeper Cam Beson, who made a stunning save for his team.
Huskies had a lot of odd-man changes during the second period, but the Kings goalie managed to stand his ground and keep his team in the game.
Meanwhile, as the play moved on down the ice towards the other end, a big save made by Huskies goaltender Tyler McArthur showed off his big glove, and he was able to keep his team up by one at the end of the second period.
There was no scoring in the second period.
The third period saw the Huskies continue to play their style of game, which has been very successful for the team through the season.
During the intermissions, the Kings didn’t seem to change any part of their game and kept paying for giving big hits by moving them out of position.
Dustin Brownlee scored to make it 2-0 for the Huskies at 16:32 of the third period, Brandon Modde had the assist.
A giant bomb with eyes for the back of the net by Huskies forward Alex Nimmo made it 3-0 at 14:05 of the third period, assisted by Cole Cowan and Jared Winkel.
These three goals mixed with McArthur shutting the door and stopping all 22 shots he faced were all the Huskies needed to help them dominate the entire game from start to finish in a game one victory.
Kings laid some massive hits throughout the game. While landing these big hits may spark a team, the cost of landing these hits came at the expense of being out of position, which allowed the Huskies to take advantage of those mistakes by the Kings.
Head Coach Todd Alexander was delighted with how his team performed Wednesday night.
“We’ve played a pretty good team game. Quite honestly, there are about five minutes in the second period. I wasn’t pleased with us running around, and we created a whole bunch of turnovers on our own for no apparent reason. We talked about it in the room, cleaned it right back up, and then went back out and had another solid third period,” said Alexander
Game two goes Friday night in Grande Prairie at the Crosslink County Sportsplex in Clairmont, Alberta. Puck drop is at 8 p.m.
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