The Huskies bounced back from a poor effort in Dawson Creek on Friday night, to dismantle the Beaverlodge Blades on Saturday.
Cody Hildebrand opened the scoring five minutes in, when he redirected a nifty slap-pass from Cory Langdon through the legs of Blades goalie Nolan Bowker. The second line continued to click on Saturday, with Cam MacKinnon adding a goal minutes later.
Terrell Jones got the Blades on the board halfway through the first, when he whacked a puck past Garrett Muir on a goalmouth scramble. Aaron Dumas thought he had scored a second Blades goal late in the first, but the goal was waved off because of a goaltender interference infraction, and the Blades would struggle to get any more offence on the night.
Cody Hildebrand added his second goal early in the second, to give him four goals in the past two games. The top line also got into the action, with Dan Pappin scoring a pair of goals (one of them on the powerplay) and Cody Kalb adding a single. Brighton Campbell added a third period goal, and with the Huskies leading 7-1 with a minute remaining, Kole Norris fired a rebound past Bowker, to finally break his scoring drought. “It was nice, and everybody was cheering for Kole” Coach Bob Kalb said after the game. “He’s just had such a hard time … when he got that goal, it was a pretty big celebration for an 8-1 goal – everybody was pretty happy.” Norris himself, was more reserved with his comments. “It felt pretty good” he smiled.
The Huskies were again short benched on Saturday, with both Linden Apsassin and Ryan Stickel unable to play. S o, with Kyle Porter also missing, Colby Ames and Brian Gilbert dropped back to defence, and held the fort admirably. “Those guys, when they were back there, just kept it simple”
On this night, the Huskies got a solid effort from all three forward lines and their defence, and their coaching staff was duly impressed. “Certainly better than Friday night” said Coach Bob Kalb after the game. “I thought Beaverlodge didn’t really have a lot of will to win tonight, but out guys certainly played better than they have.”
Garrett Muir also had a strong game in net, allowing only one goal, and making a couple of fabulous saves in the third period. Muir is heading home to Terrace next week, meaning Ty Gullickson will handle the duties next weekend.
Defenceman Cory Langdon earned Moose FM’s Subway player of the game honours, for his three assists, along with a solid night in his own zone. “Everything just kind of clicked tonight, the passing was on, and everyone just worked as a team” Langdon said after the game. His early slap-pass to Cody Hildebrand was a highlight of the game, though Langdon insisted he was just trying to keep things simple. “The past few games I’ve been hitting shin pads, so I just tried to see the ice, and get it through to the net … it just worked for me tonight I guess.”
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Huskies will need to have another solid effort next time out, as their next action is next Saturday night in Whitecourt. On Sunday, they visit Slave Lake to face the Wolves.