It was as perfect of a start as a visiting team could ask for, as the Huskies scored three unanswered goals in the opening frame. Rookie Jackson Carmichael got the ball rolling, scoring the game’s first goal, followed by a power-play marker off the stick of fellow rookie Cayle Bell and finally, Robbie Sidhu adding the team’s third goal while short-handed.
However, it was a complete role reversal in the second and third periods, as the Huskies failed to score another goal, while Grande Prairie found their offensive touch, scoring six unanswered for the win.
With the win, the JDA Kings remain undefeated on the season so far, while the Huskies are still looking for that first ‘W’.
Grande Prairie showed why they are the top team in the league, especially regarding offense, as the JDA Kings fired a total of 54 shots at Huskies starting goaltender, Ty Gullickson, compared to the 32 shots produced by Fort St. John.
Despite the loss, Gullickson had a strong outing Friday night, making 48 saves, earning him the game’s third star.
The Huskies did have their chances to score, as a penalty-filled game resulted in 19 power-plays for Fort St. John. Unfortunately, the team was only able to capitalize once with the man-advantage.
The Huskies will need to regroup and shift their focus now to the Slave Lake Wolves, who will be travelling to Fort St. John tonight for game two of the Huskies double-header weekend.
The game will be held at the North Peace Arena, and puck drops at 8 p.m.