It was a bit of a different looking roster than usual, as the Huskies bench was full of new faces, each trying to ink their name on this year’s roster.
The pups jumped out to an early lead just five minutes into the first, as Blair Karasiuk scored on the power play, the first of three goals of the night for number 21.
The offense continued to roll for the pups, as goals from potential Huskies Kyle Leonard and Cayle Bell, along with Karasiuk’s second of the period, gave the Huskies a comfortable 4-1 lead as the first period concluded.
Karasiuk’s second goal was a beauty, as he received the puck in full stride through the middle of the ice, fumbling it upon reception, but was able to maintain control while skating wide on a Junior Canuck defender, making a quick cut to the net on his forehand and snapping the puck glove side.
The second period of what was a very physical game saw the Huskies double their opposition in goal production.
Both Jaxon Glass and Daylen Pearson scored in the game's middle frame, while Dawson was only able to slip a single puck past starting goaltender Travis McLean.
As the second period progressed, so did the physical aspect of the game, as players continued to throw heavy hits as often as they could. Eventually, tempers boiled over, resulting in the Huskies’ Jamie Watson and Junior Canucks’ Brendan Lazinchuk dropping the gloves.
Watson showed the crowd the truth behind the saying "it’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog", landing a flurry of solid punches on his much larger opponent.
With the third period starting with the Huskies leading 6-2, the Junior Canucks were the ones to outscore the Huskies in the final frame, scoring twice compared to a single goal scored by the home team.
That lone goal however would complete the hat trick for sophomore Blair Karasiuk, who popped in a rebound to score the yellow and black’s sole goal of the period and finsih the game with four points (4 goals, 1 assist).
The Junior Canucks also managed to outshoot the Huskies in the final period, but it wasn’t enough as the Huskies went on to secure their first victory of the pre-season.
It was a double victory for the Huskies organization, who Thursday, donated all the money made at the gate to the local SPCA. Huskies general manager Vince Pederson said prior to the game his goal was to raise $1,800 for the local non-profit organization.
Pederson got his wish, as the gate admission helped raise $1,805 for the SPCA’s North Peace Branch.
With the win, the Huskies will next travel to Dawson Creek this Saturday, September 22, for game two of the home-and-home series.