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By Jon Zacks

 

 

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The Grande Prairie Wheelers posted another impressive 60-minute performance, as they held serve on home ice on Wednesday night.

After winning game one in Fort St. John on Monday night, the Wheelers effectively crashed the net and took advantage of a depleted Fort St. John defence, in a 5-2 win in game two.

Robbie Sidhu opened the scoring for the Huskies, but two quick goals from Grande Prairie gave the Wheelers a lead after 20 minutes, and the Huskies couldn’t climb back in the game.

Garrett Muir suffered the loss in goal, while Kris Dika won his fifth straight playoff start for Grande Prairie.  It was Muir’s first action since game two of the Beaverlodge series, and the netminder admits it took him a while to re-adjust.

“In the first period I felt pretty rusty … but in the second period I just got my head back into it” said the Terrace native, adding “there’s some goals that I kind of regret, but it happens.”

 

The Huskies had a hard time challenging Kris Dika in the game, though Coach Bob Kalb says he didn’t think Grande Prairie played its best game, and felt it was winnable. 

"I’m fairly pleased with our effort tonight, when you consider all of the circumstances, I thought everybody on the ice worked hard."

 

 

Game three goes Friday night at the North Peace Arena, and the Huskies know the pressure will be on them, if they don’t want the series to fall out of reach. 

“I hope to have Ryan Stickel back, and hopefully we’ll have two or three of those midget D-men in the lineup” Coach Kalb said of Friday’s game, adding “I expect we’re going to be a lot more solid, and I think this series is a long way from over.”

 

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