It was another double digit output by the home team as the Huskies struggled on the road tonight in Beaverlodge. Coming off 11-2 and 10-0 losses in their last two road games the Huskies were looking for a better effort and hoping for better luck. But short benched once again the Pups didn’t have an answer for Bob Bailey and the Blades.
Fort St John got off to a great start scoring less than 3 minutes into the game when Robbie Sidhu set up Cole Calliou who slid a backhander past Nolan Bowker. It would be the last time the Pups would lead in the game as Bob Bailey scored a power play and a short handed goal to make it 2-1 before 3 more Beaverlodge goals to close out the first. Trailing 5-1 after one period of play the Huskies sent out Travis MacLean in place of Ty Gullickson. And it seemed to spark the Pups as Robbie Sidhu scored one of 3 second period markers for Fort St John. But with the score 6-4 and all the mometum with FSJ luck deserted the Huskies.
The Beaverlodge bench called a time out to settle their troops and it turned out to be a stroke of genius. Just 25 seconds after the Huskies got within two goals a Blades dump in hit a stanchion and deflected past Travis MacLean who had vacated his net to go play the puck. It was 7-4 Blades after the fluke goal and the Pups never recovered.
So now the Pups must re-group before tomorrow night’s game at the North Peace Arena against those same Blades. The two teams are now tied for 5th place in the NWJHL and which ever team wins tomorrow night will clinch that 5th place finish and a date in the first round of the playoffs with Dawson Creek.
Jordan Gies is doubtful after taking a hard hit in open ice in the third. Cody Hildebrand left the game with for undisclosed reasons but will be in the lineup tomorrow night.
Get down to the NPA and close out your Hockey Day in Canada in style as the Pups battle the Blades for 5th place at the NPA tomorrow. Puck drops at 8pm.