The Huskies took advantage of an inconsistent night from the Junior Canucks, in a 5-4 win in Dawson Creek.
Kole Norris opened the scoring for Fort St. John, when he walked out from the right corner and shelved the puck over Tyson York four minutes into the game. Halfway through the first period, Dawson Creek got a powerplay goal, when a Colter MacLean effort appeared to go in off the skate of Brandon Juell.
But, after an outstanding first ten minutes, the Jr. Canucks allowed three straight goals in the final four minutes of the first, scored by Cody Hildebrand, Robbie Sidhu, and Owen MacKinnon.
The teams exchanged goals in the second, with Hildebrand scoring his second of the game, when the puck trickled out of York’s equipment and over the goal line. Jason Higson responded for Dawson Creek, when he batted in a rebound right at the height of the crossbar.
The Huskies had plenty of chances in the third period to ice the game, including a couple of breakaways, and a penalty shot for Sidhu, but they couldn’t capitalize, and the Jr. Canucks hung around.
With five minutes remaining, Trevor Dahlin scored to get Dawswon Creek within two. But, a big penalty kill from the Huskies (including about 1:30 of 5-on-3) seemed to deny the best chance the Jr. Canucks had to climb back in the game.
With ten seconds remaining, Jason Higson scored to narrow the gap to 5-4, but Dawson Creek couldn’t get the equalizer, and the Huskies escaped with a victory.
Garrett Muir earned the win in goal, making several outstanding saves in the third period to preserve the lead.
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The Huskies head to Peace River on Saturday, for a matchup with the Navigators. Catch the action live on Moose FM, with the puck drop scheduled for 8 o’clock.