Hustle and execution seemed to be the prevalent themes in Friday’s Huskies game.
Unfortunately, it was the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks that embraced the theme and not hometown Huskies.
The night began fast and furious, with both teams skating hard and playing tough, physical hockey. It was obvious both teams enjoyed confrontation, as almost every whistle involved an ensuing scrum.
As the game progressed, the physicality refused to subside, earning both teams multiple trips to the penalty box. Roughly ten minutes into the game, with both teams penalized, the four on four play saw Dawson Creek strike first. Junior Canucks’ captain Tyson Stevanyk, rotated with defensemen Trevor Dahlin, basting one from the point past Huskies goalie, Ty Gullickson.
The Junior Canucks’ opening goal seemed to motivate the dogs, as they answered right back 50 seconds later, scoring on that same four on four. Some nice puck movement by the Huskies was finished off by Cody Hildebrand, tipping in a point shot.
Unfortunately, The Huskies were unable to build momentum after scoring and let the Junior Canucks retake the lead five minutes later. Canucks forward Brody Brewster walked into the Huskies zone, and snapped one short side on Gullickson.
It was all down hill for the Huskies after that took place, as the rest of the game saw them get outworked, out skated and most importantly, outscored. Dawson Creek scored another in the first period, as Reid Smith banged in a rebound, which came courtesy of a Leeland Malkinson point shot. In the third period, with the score 3-1, the Junior Canucks added their final goal, scored by Blaine Rogers.
Fort St. John was able to score one more in the third, coming from some nice passing and finished off by Brighton Campbell. The game ended with a 4-2 win for the Junior Canucks.
However, blame can not be put on Fort St. John’s goalie, as Gullickson made a number of huge saves, giving his team a chance to come back throughout the entire game.
The most noticeable struggle for the Huskies was their power play. Our dogs were awarded numerous man advantages throughout the game, but were unable to capitalize. Not only were they unable to score, but the overall execution was lacking. The Huskies failed to manage the puck effectively on the power play and as a result, were unable to generate many scoring chances.
Despite the 4-2 loss on Friday, the Huskies have to put the game behind them and look to the future. They play two more home games on Saturday and Sunday and all they can do now is learn from their mistakes.
Saturday will see the Huskies take on Sexsmith and that game will start at 8 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.