The Huskies engaged in another epic battle in Peace River on Saturday, coming out on the short end of an overtime thriller.
Steven Fast scored the only two goals of the first period, first redirecting a Kole Norris pass into the top shelf, and then deflecting a Tyson Pederson shot, after a great pinch from Payden Wongstedt to keep the play alive.
The Navigators scored the only goal of the second period, when Brendan Dickson shoveled a Kurt Konopelka centring pass past Ty Gullickson, for a powerplay goal.
The Huskies extended their lead to 3-1 early in the third, when Cody Kalb scored his own powerplay goal, firing past Cole Roberts, on a nice cross-seam pass from Wongstedt.
But, after doing a much better job of protecting the lead than they had done on Friday night in Dawson Creek, the Huskies finally succumbed to the Peace River attack. With 1:27 remaining in the third period, new Navigator addition Sean Menton got the Navs within one. Then, with 26 seconds remaining, the Navs tied it up, on a goal from Corson Fairless.
With all the momentum in Peace River’s favour, the game went into 4-on-4 overtime. Early in the extra frame, Kole Norris was charged with a tripping penalty. The Huskies killed off the 4-on-3 advantage, but shortly thereafter, Sean Menton found the puck on his stick in the slot, and fired it into the top corner, giving the Navigators a dramatic win.
Despite the tough loss, the Huskies coaching staff suggested that their team had played well, with the exception of the final two minutes of regulation. “Our effort was definitely better tonight” said Assistant Coach Jeremy Clothier. “We playing more of a complete game tonight, we just had a few meltdowns in the third period, but it happens.”
Clothier also pointed out how much Peace River had improved since earlier in the season. “They have good coaching. They’re real good defensively … they don’t give you a lot, and they’ve brought in a few players” Clothier said, pointing to Sean Menton as a key addition, adding some offensive firepower to a typically defensive-minded team.
“Our D-men pinched up a few times when they shouldn’t have” Clothier said of the late Peace River comeback. “When you’re up two goals you’ve just got to play smart … we did get pucks in deep tonight, which is an improvement over last night, but we still have a little work to do on that.”
Click here to listen to a highlights package from Saturday’s game. [asset|aid=2434|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c307cc4fec1d908c8b551a4480e2f4c0-Huskies vs Peace River Navigators_1_Pub.mp3]
The Huskies return to home ice next weekend, for a set of games. On Friday, the pups host Grande Prairie, before taking on the Slave Lake Wolves on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.