The Huskies seemed to have reinvented themselves in a span of 24 hours.
On Saturday’s game against the Sexsmith Vipers, the Fort St. John Huskies played smart, physical and responsible hockey in the second game of their three game homestand.
The Huskies earned themselves a huge win, as they beat the Vipers 4-0, with three players putting the offensive burden on their shoulders.
Similar to Friday’s game against Dawson Creek, the game began fast paced, with both teams looking to set the tone early. Fortunately for the hometown crowd, it was the Huskies who stepped up, scoring only 25 seconds into the game. After some nice puck movement by Dendys, Apsassin and Hildebrand, it was the birthday boy, Aaron Dendys, who scored the games opening goal. The goal was the beginning of what would be dominant performance from this line.
As the game begun to run its course, it was only five minutes after the first goal, that saw the next one scored. Cody Hildebrand found himself on a breakaway, thanks to a beautiful cross ice pass from Dendys and made no mistake, roofing the puck high blocker side on the Vipers’ goalie.
The Huskies continued to play responsible hockey throughout the game. They made smart decisions with the puck, limited turnover and used the points extremely well while in the offensive zone. A noticeable difference from Friday’s game was the amount of shots the dogs were taking. Fort St. John players were firing the puck from all angles on the ice, making it a tough night for the Sexsmith goalie.
Another positive aspect of the Huskies game was the fact that they kept Sexsmith to the outside for most of game, limiting the Vipers scoring chances while in the Huskies zone.
The Huskies did find themselves shorthanded quite a bit, but their penalty kill was outstanding. The teams best penalty killer was goaltender Travis Mclean. Mclean made a number of tremendous saves, especially when his team was down five on three, keeping Sexsmith off the scoreboard. It was nice to see the game end with a shutout for Mclean, who played a fantastic game in between the pipes for the Huskies.
It was also a memorable night for Aaron Dendys and Cody Hildebrand, as the two would combine for a second period goal. Dendys worked hard to chase down a puck deep in the Viper’s Zone, quickly feeding it out in front to a streaking Hildebrand, who would one time it in short side.
However, the two were not done there as they would combine to add another in the third period. Hildebrand would find himself all alone in the Sexsmith zone, making no mistake and roofing it over the glove of the Vipers goaltender. The goal would earn Hildebrand a hat trick on the evening.
It was a memorable night for the two players, as they were involved in all four Huskies goals, ending the game with four points each. The line of Dendys, Hildebrand and Apsassin combined for ten points in Saturday’s game.
Tomorrow, the Huskies will play their third home game in as many days in an afternoon affair against Beaverlodge. Hopefully fatigue doesn’t play a factor, as tomorrow’s game starts at 2 p.m.