The Huskies' four game losing streak was snapped, courtesy of an 8-2 road loss, as the team was outshot 39-32 in the process.
With the win, the JDA Kings extended their winning streak to an impressive 13 games, and have now earned 30 wins so far this season.
Right off the bat, the visiting Huskies were faced with an even greater challenge than dethroning the Kings, as their leading scorer, Robbie Sidhu, did not make the trip to Alberta, nursing what the Huskies coaching staff is calling an upper body injury.
The JDA Kings weren’t the friendliest of hosts Tuesday evening, providing the Huskies a two goal deficit only five minutes into the game.
Nolan Trudeau scored twice within the first 4:50, once at even strength, and the second on the power-play.
At the 6:59 marker of the first, Blair Karasiuk provided his Huskies a shot of hope, as the centerman scored his eighth goal of the season, with the lone assist going to Dylan Houle.
With the scoreboard reading 2-1, the offence continued in the first period, as Grande Prairie scored twice more in the opening frame.
However, with just 51 seconds left, Huskies winger Brighton Campbell scored on a quick wrist shot, his third goal in as many games, cutting the lead in half 4-2, with the two assists going to two new faces in the Huskies line-up.
Trevor Whynot and Brysan Eklund, two affiliate players called up from the NE B.C. & Yukon Tracker Flyers, got the helpers.
Both Tracker call-ups played solid games for Fort St. John, which is not an easy task when your first game is on the road against the dominant force that is Grande Prairie.
With the lead cut in half entering the second period, the remainder of the game belonged to the home town JDA Kings, as Grande Prairie scored once in the second on the power-play, then three more times in the third, as Ryan Trudeau completed his hat-trick to produce the 8-2 final score.
Special teams were a factor in Tuesday’s game, as the Huskies went 0-for-6 on the power-play, while the JDA Kings cashed in on two of their ten man-advantages.
The Huskies (11-17-0-2) will now shift their focus to their neighbouring rivals, the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks (12-17-0-2), who will be in Fort St. John Thursday evening. It’s a big game in the standings for the Huskies, as they only trail the Junior Canucks by two points, so a win would see the Huskies move into a tie with Dawson Creek for fifth in the standings.
Thursday’s home game hits the ice at 8 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.