The Huskies evened the score with the Grande Prairie Wheelers on Saturday night.
After a disappointing loss to GP last weekend, the Huskies had a much better effort tonight, while the Wheelers seemed to struggle, leading to a 4-1 win for Fort St. John.
Jonathan Spence opened the scoring halfway through the first period. He broke his stick on his long-shot attempt, but the puck slid on goal, and somehow eluded GP goalie Kris Dika.
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Late in the first, the pups got in to penalty trouble, with three consecutive minors, setting up several minutes of 5 on 3 powerplay. With 7 seconds left in the period, Cordell Shmyr fed Byron Murphy at the side of the net. With Andrew Van der Merwe at his mercy, and a passing option to boot, he roofed the puck, and sent the teams into the dressing rooms tied 1-1.
After a slow second period, the Huskies came out firing in the third. 6 minutes in, with the Huskies on the powerplay, Jon Spence kept the puck in at the line, and shovelled it to Cash Brinkworth, who made a beautiful cross-ice pass to Cody Kalb, who wristed it past Dika to put Fort St. John in front. Brinkworth describes the goal:
Two minutes later, Wheeler Byron Murphy hit Linden Apsassin from behind, earning himself a 5 minute major and game misconduct (Apsassin would leave the game, but returned a few minutes later). The Huskies would add two more goals on the ensuing powerplay – scored by Dylan Apsassin and Cody Kalb (his second), to put the game away.
Grande Prairie was unable to find the third period form they had showed at the NPA last weekend, though Cody Kalb says the pups have been working on their late-game structure.
Brian Gilbert earned some important time on the penalty kill late in the game, and he says it was the result of playing a simple game.
He also had a late fight, in which he fed a barrage of punches at his adversary Kyle Reiman after the two crashed to the ice.
Two defensemen were playing their first real games for the Huskies – Cory Langdon, and Cash Brinkworth. Both played well, with Cash Brinkworth assisting on 2 goals, including the winner.
Andrew Van der Merwe had a very good game between the pipes for FSJ. He got stronger as the game went on, and allowed only one goal (on which he had no chance). The Huskies scored 3 powerplay goals for the second night in a row, and gave up one powerplay goal on a 5 on 3 advantage in the first.
Fort St. John plays one game next weekend, a home game against the Peace River Navigators.