On Halloween night in Beaverlodge, the Huskies gave their coaches a scare.
Leading 3-0, the Huskies allowed the Blades to fight back and take a lead, before winning 5-4.
Robbie Sidhu opened the scoring, when Kole Norris faked a shot and gave Sidhu an open goal to shoot at. Sidhu’s goal came on the powerplay, marking the only powerplay goal of the night. Less than two minutes later, Cody Moulds made several nice moves in his own zone, but Aaron Dumas gave the puck away to Cody Hildebrand. Hildebrand fed Luke McInerney in front of the goal, for a 2-0 Huskies lead after 20 minutes.
Early in the second, Kole Norris made it 3-0, but the Huskies couldn’t maintain the pressure. 8 minutes into the second, Aaron Dumas scored a short-handed goal, to get the Blades on the board. 4 minutes later, Taylor Jones cut the deficit in half, to make it 3-2 Huskies after 40 minutes.
The adventure continued early in the third, with the Blades scoring twice in the first two minutes. Bob Horseman scored the first, with Tyrell adding the second 15 seconds later. “We just playing our style of hockey” said Huskies assistant coach Jeremy Clothier after the game. “We slacked off and they took it to us.”
Finally, the Huskies righted the ship. 4 minutes into the third, Luke McInerney’s second retied the game. Just 20 seconds later, Cam Mackinnon scored the eventual game winner firing a wrister over the glove of Bretty Hommy. “We just started playing Husky hockey again” Clothier insists. “We started forchecking, and putting pressure on them” he said, adding “our one line of Luke [McInerney], Cody [Hildebrand] and Brighton [Campbell] sure stepped up, and put the pressure on them, and kept grinding.”
It wasn’t easy sailing to the finish though. With 7 minutes remaining, Brighton Campbell took a 5 minute major penalty for a slash on Taylor Jones. But, with Campbell ejected, and Darcy Bell serving his major, the Huskies penalty kill stood tall, and the pups earned a 5-4 win.
Ty Gullickson earned the win in goal, while the Huskies went 1/4 on the powerplay. The Blades were 0/5, though they did score a short-handed marker.
Aaron Dumas led the way offensively for the Blades, scoring a goal and 3 assists. Taylor Jones added a goal and two assists.
For the Huskies, Luke McInerney scored a pair of goals, while Robbie Sidhu and Cam MacKinnon both registered a goal and an assist. Surprisingly, the top line of Cody Kalb, Dylan Apsassin, and Brennan Billey was held without a point.
“It’s such a tough rink to play in” Luke McInerney pointed out afterwards. “It seems like everytime in the second period we’re taking stupid penalties and making the wrong mistakes, so we’ve got to quit doing that, and start playing better defensively.”
Click here to listen to a highlights package from Saturday’s game: [asset|aid=2080|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=cef889dd6e1688b38a5d7d5929814328-Huskies vs Beaverlodge Blades Highlights_1_Pub.mp3]
The Huskies were missing a fleet of defencemen on Saturday (Ryan Stickel, Cash Brinkworth, Cory Langdon, and Tyson Pederson were all missing). They’ll look forward to being more healthy next Saturday, when they face Grande Prairie at the North Peace Arena.