The Huskies clinched fifth place in the NWJHL standings, with a dominant performance over the Beaverlodge Blades.
Saturday night in Fort St. John, the Huskies put forth a fantastic effort, beating the Blades 8-2 in their final home game of the regular season.
The Huskies got off to the perfect start Saturday night. Recent roster addition Kole Norris made an immediate impact, scoring the game’s opening goal only 1:16 in. Norris cut to the middle of the ice, getting himself into a good shooting position, wristing one low glove for his first of two on the night, putting the Huskies on the scoreboard first.
Bodies were flying, in what was an extremely physical game. Open ice hits were at a premium friday night, with players hitting as if playing in a playoff game.
The Huskies would score again twelve minutes in to make it 2-0. A Robbie Sidhu offensive zone face-off win resulted in a quick point shot from Cash Brinkworth, which was skillfully tipped in by Cody Hildebrand.
The Blades would answer right back 36 seconds later. After a Huskies turnover breaking out of their zone, the puck was thrown in front of the Huskies net, bouncing in past Ty Gullickson.
Just when it looked like the period would end 2-1, Dylan Apsassin found himself on a breakaway with only 30 seconds left in the frame. Cody Hildebrand made a nice breakout pass to spring Apsassin, who cut to his forehand, sliding the puck low blocker, giving the Huskies a 3-1 lead going into the second period.
The second period began just as the first. Cole Calliou scored 1:16 into the frame, after finding himself all alone with the puck in front of the Blades net and sneaking the puck five hole.
Calliou’s goal seemed to deflate the Beaverlodge players and inspire the Huskies for the rest of the game. The dogs out hit and out hustled the Blades, scoring four more goals to finish the game with the 8-2 victory.
The Huskies played extremely well as a team friday night. The line of Kole Norris, Cole Calliou and John Wayne Howes showed great promise for the upcoming post season, combining for nine points in the evening’s game. Robbie Sidhu and Cody Hildebrand also played extremely well, each recording three point nights.
With the victory, the Huskies clinched fifth place, making tomorrow’s game in Grande Prairie meaningless regarding the standings.
When asked about tomorrow’s game, Huskies Coach Bob Kalb said it’s a good opportunity to work hard on their systems. He also stressed how he wants his players to compete, but wants to leave Grande Prairie injury free, something which has plagued the Huskies all season long.
Sitting fifth in the standings, the Huskies will play their first playoff series against the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks.