The Fort St. John Huskies, trying to put an end to slump where they lost 4 of 5 games, edged out the Slave Lake Wolves 8-6 in a close game on Sunday at the North Peace Arena.
Slave Lake was coming off a 10-0 loss to Dawson Creek the night before and it looked like the Huskies might have been taking this game lightly. The Pups did start out well building a two goal lead just over halfway into the first period. The Wolves scored a goal to make it 2-1, but Jaxon Glass added another goal prior to end of the first, to give the Huskies a 3-1 lead heading into the second.
The Wolves came out blazing in the second scoring two straight goals within the first five minutes to tie the game 3-3. Fort St. John was able to rebound with two goals of there own to restore the two goal lead. Aaron Dendys scored his second of the game to make it 4-3, and Chris Sperling notched the Huskies 5th goal. It wouldn’t be the last time the Wolves would hear from Sperling.
The Huskies seemed to let up after that and Slave Lake took advantage. They scored three straight goals, two in the second, and one in the third to pull ahead of the shocked Huskies 6-5. It looked like it might be another disheartening loss for the Pups, but they perservered and made it interesting. Connor Rose scored the tying goal to make it 6-6. Then it was time for Chris Sperling to take over. Sperling scored the game winner on a beautiful redirection to put the Huskies up 7-6 and that goal stood as the eventual game winner. Sperling added a empty net goal to not only seal the game 8-6, but also a hat trick for the Huskies forward.
Next up for the Huskies is a weekend in Alberta. They play Whitecourt on Saturday and then head to Slave Lake on Sunday for a rematch with the Wolves. Catch all the action live on Moose FM.