It was a tough start for the Huskies, who spent the first five minutes of the game pinned in their own zone, thanks to a heavy Navigators forecheck. Luckily, Fort St. John starting goaltender Travis McLean was up to the challenge, stopping numerous point blank shots, keeping the Navigators from building a quick lead.
As the Navigators attack continued, the home team eventually slipped on past McLean at 7:44, with Brenden Szmata opening the scoring for the Navs.
However, roughly after the ten minute mark of the first, the momentum began to shift as the Huskies started to build steam following a few good shifts. The effort paid off, as at 15:02, Kyle Norris scored on a nice shot low blocker from just inside the left face-off circle, beating a very talented North Peace goaltender, Patrick Earle.
The second period began with the game tied at 1-1, but unfortunately, only one of the teams produced any offense for the remainder of the game.
The North Peace Navigators scored twice in the second, and four times in the third, to conclude the game with the scoreboard reading 7-1 in favour of the Navs.
It was a tough for the Huskies, who entered Peace River with only 13 skaters for the evening game and credit must be given to Huskies netminder Travis McLean, who faced 48 shots Friday, compared to the 21 the Huskies fired at Navigators Patrick Earle.
McLean’s performance earned him the third star of the game honour.
Fort St. John will have to wipe Friday’s trip to Peace River from their memory, and focus on their next task, a Saturday evening home game against the NWJHL’s last place team, the Beaverlodge Blades.
Tonight’s game at the North Peace Arena begins at 8 p.m.