Huskies lose 4-6 to North Peace Navigators
After a 9-2 loss in game one, the North Peace Navigators headed into game two needing a win. The first 20 minutes was fairly evenly split, with the first half of the period controlled by the Navs, and the second half dominated by the Huskies. But, it was Fort St. John that would come out ahead, after goals from Dan Pappin and Cody Kalb.
In the second, Peace River would strike back. 11 minutes in, a Lance Rapson point shot would bounce to Kyle Richardson, who finished it off to get North Peace on the board. Less than 2 minutes later, Richardson’s second and a Chase Bagan point shot would both find thier way home 11 seconds apart, and just like that, the Navigators had the lead. With just 53 seconds remaining in the second, Steven Fast took a feed from Kole Norris and deposited his first of the playoffs, to send the teams into the rooms tied 3-3.
The third period would be big, and the decisive moment came 4 minutes in. After getting involved with goaltender Zack Blain, Gerry Young was accosted by Payden Wongtedt. Wongstedt would drop the gloves and throw a couple of punches, earning a 5 minute major and game misconduct, compared to Young’s 2 minute minor. Just 7 seconds into the 4-on-4, Kyle Richardson jumped on a loose puck, and raced into the Huskies zone, beating Blain, to give the Navs the lead. Peace River would cash again on the powerplay, when Richardson kicked a loose puck to an open Gerry Young, to make it 5-3 Navs.
The Huskies would fight back. Fort St. John got back to the forecheck, and forced North Peace back on their heels. It would result in a goal, scored by Cam MacKinnon, on a drop pass from Kole Norris. But, while the pups would continue to press, North Peace would get the insurance they needed, when Gerry Young converted a 2-on-1 chance, set up by Selleck Bunn, with 6 minutes remaining. Young’s second of the game would seal the deal, as North Peace held on for a 6-4 win.
Kyle Richardson led the way for Peace River, with 3 goals and 2 assists, while Gerry Young contributed 2 goals.
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With the best-of-seven series now tied 1-1, the series now shifts back to FSJ, with game 3 set for Saturday night at 8pm.
In the other NWJHL semi-final series, Whitecourt beat Grande Prairie 12-3, to take a 3-0 lead in that series, with the chance to wrap it up in game four on Sunday.