An injury filled season for the Fort St John Huskies has come to an end with an 8-3 loss in Dawson Creek. Once again facing a short bench the Pups were no match for the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks in game 3 and for that matter for most of the first round.
Down 2-0 in the best of 5 first round series the Huskies were unable to ice a full roster with injuries to Jordan Geis, Cody Hildebrand, Payden Wongstedt and Jessie Newton. FSJ was also missing several suspended players like Connor Rose and Jesse Disher. That left just 10 skaters on the bench when the game began. The Pups got off to the ideal start when Kole Norris walked into the slot and fired a shot over the sprawling Dawson Creek goalie.
It wasn’t long before the Junior Canucks responded with goals less than a minute apart midway through the period along with markers from Riley Muise and Tyler Norris. That made the score 4-1 after the first.
The Junior Canucks notched a power play marker from Evan Weaver early in the second t make it 5-1. Dayne Pedersen replied for Fort St John and with 17 minutes left in the second it was 5-2. The Huskies were unable to convert a couple of power play opportunities despite having the momentum and the Junior Canucks were able to ice the game in the third.
There were several fights as the game, and the Huskies season, wound to a close. The Huskies Cole Calliou, John Wayne Howes and Aaron Dendys all edge their individual scraps but it wasn’t enough. Dawson Creek will move on to the second round of the playoffs and the Huskies will start to look forward to next season.