The Huskies backed up their promise, and beat their rivals from Dawson Creek Friday night.
Leading 1-0 after 20 minutes of play, the Huskies put the pressure on in the second, and fired three goals past Cody Garnett, to take a 4-1 lead.
It got interesting in the third, as the Jr. Canucks began to find some holes in the Fort St. John defence. But, Garrett Muir made some strong saves late in the game, and the Huskies escaped with a 5-3 win.
Robbie Sidhu led the way offensively on Friday, posting two goals and two assists, before he was kicked out for his objection to a roughing minor with 13 minutes remaining. “This was a good effort tonight” Sidhu said after the game. “We needed to the two points. They’re right behind us, and they’re on a big win streak, but we pulled it out.”
Cody Kalb also chipped in a goal and two assists on Friday, while Luke McInerney and Cody Hildebrand scored the other two. Lorne Weaver, Nathan Bomben and Cole Calliou responded for Dawson Creek. The Huskies were 2/4 on the powerplay, while Dawson Creek went 1/5.
“It’s a definite improvement over the last few games” said Coach Bob Kalb of his team’s effort. “We had better energy tonight, and better intensity.” He was concerned with his team’s dip in the third period, but said the problem was mental errors, not a lack of effort. “Our goaltending was good … we got some timely scoring … and just a better effort for us.” Kalb suggested that some of his team’s leaders have been underachieving lately, but said they stepped up and made the difference against Dawson Creek.
Coach Kalb will lead eight of his own players as the bench boss for Team West, at the NWJHL All-star game on Saturday in Sexsmith. As a rookie, Robbie Sidhu will be making his first appearance, and the youngster admitted that he’s excited about taking part. “I think it’s going to be a really good game” said Sidhu. “There’s a lot of good players on both teams, and I just can’t wait.”