The game began just as a home team would want it to, by scoring first. At 6:22 of the first, a Huskies power-play allowed some skating room for Robbie Sidhu, who passed the put to a streaking Taylor Greatrex entering the Blades zone with speed, making a nice move around a defender and shooting low blocker for the 1-0 lead.
The lead was doubled as the period hit the 16:25 marker when Sidhu once again helped his team on the scoreboard, this time putting the puck past Blades goalie Emile Kappo on a nice deke to his backhand after undressing the blades defense on a great solo effort.
With the Huskies leading 2-0, an entertaining second produced four goals for the home team, while the opposing Blades also managed to get on the scoreboard, scoring twice in the middle frame.
After Beaverlodge got on the scoreboard at 3:32 of the second, cutting the Huskies lead in half 2-1, Cody Hildebrand scored another power-play goal for Fort St. John, once again providing a two goal lead 3-1.
Another Beaverlodge goal at 6:33 once again brought the Blades within one, but an offensive explosion produced a significant cushion for the Huskies. Hildebrand got the ball rolling at 10:52 by scoring his second of the period, followed by a power-play goal from Daylen Pearson, and capped off by Cayle Bell, scoring in a nice breakaway move, wrapping up the second with the Huskies leading 6-2.
Third periods haven’t been the kindest to the Fort St. John Huskies as of late, and while the Blades were able to score three goals on Ty Gullickson in the third, the team’s solid lead, combined with another two third period goals scored by the Huskies, was enough to secure the win on home ice 8-5.
Saturday's game was a busy one for both goaltenders, who each faced close to 40 shots on the evening.
Following the game, Huskies head coach Gary Alexander said despite the win, he still feels his team needs to perform better in the third period.
“We’ve jumped up into the lead and lost games in the third period, just because we lose our focus. These teams aren’t beating us, we’re beating ourselves. And the same thing tonight, we wondered right back into that poor discipline in the third period and luckily we came out ahead tonight.”
Alexander added he was happy with the effort his team put out for the majority of the game, and said he was glad the team was able to get the win.
The Huskies will only have a few days off, and then it’s right back to business, as the team hits the road for a rare Wednesday evening game, taking place November 14, when they travel to Sexsmith to take on the Vipers.