The Fort St. John Huskies handed Dawson Creek another preseason loss on Saturday night.
While the Jr. Canucks managed to stick with the Huskies for longer than they had on Wednesday night, they still seemed slow and disorganized, allowing a talented Huskies team enough scoring chances to slowly put the game out of reach.
It was Dawson Creek that struck first, when a John-Wayne Howes centering pass deflected off the stick of Payden Wongstedt and past a wrong-footed Ty Gullickson.
Wongstedt would make amends early in the second, firing his first of the night past Dawson Creek goaltender Nick Broessler. The Canucks took another lead on a Ewan Weaver marker minutes later, but then the wheels began to fall off for the road team.
Luke McInerney retied the game 8 minutes into the second, and before the period was out, Cash Brinkworth gave the Huskies a lead, when he fired a point shot through a maze of legs and into the back of the net.
The Huskies did give Dawson a chance to get back in the game early in the third, with successive penalties to Jesse Disher and Cash Brinkworth. But, the Canucks were unable to muster any chances on the nearly two minute two-man advantage, and Payden Wongstedt scored his second of the night on a Huskies powerplay soon after. Dan Pappin gave the Huskies more breathing room 30 seconds later, as he found himself on the end of a passing play with his familiar line-mates Cody Kalb and Dylan Apsassin.
Charles Radke made up for a lackluster game with a nice finish on a two-on-one with John-Wayne Howes to make it 5-3, but Cody Kalb quickly restored the three-goal lead, and Kole Norris iced the game, on a powerplay in the dying minutes, for a final score of 7-3.
Coach Bob Kalb again split the workload between his two rookie goalies, with both looking confidence and capable. He expects to do the same on Sunday, when the Huskies wrap up their preseason with a road game in Peace River.
A couple of hundred fans were on hand at the North Peace Arena on Saturday, with all proceeds going to Fort St. John’s Child Development Centre, in honour of Terry Norris and Tom Ward.
The Huskies open their regular season on Friday night, on home ice, against Dawson Creek.