There was no such thing as home ice advantage during Friday’s Huskies game.
The home crowd was suppose to help the Huskies even up the season series with Dawson Creek. Unfortunately, game two of Fort St. John’s playoff run had the total opposite result the team was hoping for. The Huskies lost 12-3 in their own arena and now must win three games in a row in order to progress to the next round of the playoff.
The game had the atmosphere a playoff game should. It was fast paced, physical and high intensity.
Dawson Creek imposed their will from the beginning of the first period, scoring only 14 seconds into the game. The Huskies did manage to tie the game six minutes into the first. Cole Calliou scored the Huskies first goal, after a good play by Kole Norris along the boards got him the puck streaking through the slot. Calliou ripped one on net, which trickled past Jack Surgenor.
After that, it was all Dawson Creek for the remainder of the game. The Junior Canucks scored 12 goals on both Huskies goaltenders, with Junior Canucks forward Even Weaver, leading the way for his team with two goals and six assists.
As the game progressed and the Junior Canucks lead grew, the physicality, as well the amount of penalties also increased. The game saw a combined 178 penalty minutes between both teams, saw one Huskies player throw his stick into the crowd in frustration and even included a fight between Connor Rose and Riley Muise in the third.
Even Huskies coach Bob Kalb involved himself in the penalty ridden affair, letting the referee have a piece of his mind, earning him an ejection from the game.
The game ended with a Kole Norris penalty shot, as Norris slid one past Surgenor, giving the Huskies something positive to carry into Saturday’s game.
After the game, Junior Canucks coach Mike Lazinchuk discussed the early goal scored by his club and how it helped them gain valuable momentum in the game. He also gave praise to the effort level of his team and goaltender.
The Huskies will travel to Dawson Creek Saturday for game three and now face a must win situation in all three remaining games in the series to progress to the next round.