By Jon Zacks
The Huskies laid an egg on Saturday night, losing 6-4 in Slave Lake.
After a strong performance on Friday against Peace River, the pups got off to an excellent start on Saturday, firing four goals past William Causey for a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Dylan Apsassin and Steven Fast both found the back of the net, while Cody Hildebrand scored twice.
But, the wheels fell off in the second period, and the Wolves fought their way back in it.
Nick Plourde beat Garrett Muir 8 minutes into the second, to get Slave Lake on the board. Kyle Pichette soon got in on the act, scoring twice, and assisting on a Dustin Ghostkeeper goal.
“We came out flat, the reffing was … reffing in Slave Lake … and it just carried over to the third” said Huskies Assistant Coach Jeremy Clother of the collapse.
With the game tied 4-4 heading into the third, the Huskies were still in the game, but they were unable to regain momentum. With Payden Wongstedt in the stands (with a minor muscle injury) and Garrett Muir pulling himself after the fourth Wolves goal, the Huskies seemed unable to get back on their front feet, or regain the intensity they’d played with over the past few games.
Three minutes into the third, Justin Spees banged a rebound past Ty Gullickson, to give the Wolves the lead. Halfway through the third, Thomas Garon added an insurance marker, though it was insurance the Wolves wouldn’t need. “With our team, we should win” said Clothier. “We have the talent to do it, we have the goaltending to keep us in games … but tonight we just didn’t find ways to score in the third.”
Fortunately for the Huskies, they don’t have long to stew on the loss. On Sunday afternoon, they get back on the ice at the Arctic Ice Centre, looking for some revenge on the Wolves. Catch Sunday’s game live on Moose FM, starting at 2 p.m.