The Fort St. John Huskies ended their losing streak at three games by defeating the Grande Prairie Wheelers 6-3.
Things did not look good for the pups heading into this game. They were facing a notoriously tough Grande Prairie squad and were reeling after losing three very lopsided games against similar caliber clubs. The Huskies managed to perservere and played their most complete game of the season to outplay the Wheelers from the opening faceoff. One has to wonder if it was a question of chemistry because the team looked to really come together for the first time this season.
It was Huskies captain Aaron Dendys who got things started. Dendys scored the first goal of the game by brilliantly tipping in a point shot by Jordan Walters to give the pups the early lead just 2:05 into the first. The Wheelers answered quickly, scoring just over two minutes later when Kyle Weegar beat goalie Travis McLean to pull things even 1-1. Chris Sperling was able to restore the Huskies’ lead with just 38 seconds remaining in the first. He made a nifty move to fool a Wheelers defenceman and then fired a wrist shot into the net to restore the Huskies lead 2-1 heading into the second.
It was the second period that provided most of the action. Jaxon Glass scored on a beautiful passing play, taking a feed from Robbie Sidhu to put the Huskies ahead 3-1. Jordan Walters fired a blistering shot from the point under a minute later to put the pups up by three. The Wheelers scored very quickly on a goal by Hector Lamouche, but the Huskies came roaring back. Robbie Sidhu made the Grande Prairie defence look ridiculous with his stickhandling skills just missing a goal, but thankfully Cody Hilldebrand was on the doorstep to knock the puck in and make sure Sidhu’s effort did not go to waste.
Sidhu, who was owed a goal after that fantastic piece of stickhandling, managed to tally just two minutes later making the score 6-2. The Wheelers managed to add another goal to make the game 6-3, but that was as close as they would come as the Huskies managed to clamp down defensively.
The Huskies are off next weekend for a much deserved rest, but will be back at it October 29th on the road against Sexsmith. Tune into 100.1 Moose FM or Energeticcity.ca with Huskies play-by-play man Mike Feeney to hear all the action!
Game Notes…Huskies goalie Travis McLean earned his first NWJHL victory playing a solid game. It looks like the pups have two goalies they can rely on…..After being held scoreless against Peace River the Huskies first line looks like it is beginning to find some chemistry….they were on the ice for four of the pups six goals combining for eight points.