Well that was fun. The Huskies hit the road for the first time this year and Beaverlodge provided a great opportunity for the Huskies to improve their effort level. Their opening weekend performance leaving something to be desired in terms of that often mention, “level of compete.” 3 out of 4 points was a decent return from the first weekend of the season but it was the way those points were obtained that left a bad taste in the mouth. This Huskies team can be good; they have as much talent as any team in the league, which is why the Pups effort level is such a big topic. If they out work the other team they will win most games.
Enter the Beaverlodge Blades. There are a few things you know going into a game against the Blades in their home rink. You know the rink is small, the ice surface is small and the Blades take advantage of their surroundings. They play a game tailored to the size and shape of their ice. You also know you are going to have to work for everything you get. The Huskies brought a much better effort tonight which is one of the main reasons they pulled out the win. Leading 2-1 after the first the Huskies suffered through some injuries, some bad reffing and some good play from the Blades who were getting great play from the Jones’. Ty Gullickson went down with an injury and didn’t come out for the third. Payden Wongstedt had already left the game. And 1:20 into the third the Huskies were trailing 6-3 after Garrett Muir was unlucky to concede a goal on the first shot he saw.
Cue the comeback. Two goals from Brighton Campbell, the first making it 6-4 Blades and giving the Huskies some hope, and two from Cam McKinnon, including the winner, helped the Huskies to the 7-6 come from behind victory. Campbell for his part was awarded the Subway huskies Player of the game award, and his whole line played well. That was one of the better efforts I have seen from Luke McInerney and Carter Sali was solid as well. Cam McKinnon, with 4 points, was another strong candidate for player of the game. The Blades played well, they were physical, they got solid goaltending and they had 50 minutes of good defensive hockey going but the Huskies effort level was much better tonight, they fought back when they seemed to be down and out and if nothing else they showed great character. Darcy Bell played his first game as a Husky and had a very good game as he was all over the scoresheet in the third period and his first pass helped get the Huskies through the small neutral zone and into the offensive zone with speed.
So a good character win and a step in the right direction in terms of effort for the Huskies. They get right back at it tomorrow night live on the Moose from Grande Prairie. Huskies v Wheelers should be a good game, join us tomorrow starting at 7:15 local time for the pre-game show.