Huskies win rough and tumble match versus Junior Canucks

What also ensued was 188 total minutes of penalties, including 83 to Fort St. John, and 105 to Dawson Creek.

Those in the North Peace Arena got their money’s worth Thursday, as the game involved seven goals total, with six for the home team, three fights, multiple skirmishes and of course, a Huskies victory.


The game began in dramatic fashion, as only 17 seconds into the affair, the line of Blair Karasiuk, Dylan Houle and Cayle Bell went to work early, with Bell scoring on the Huskies first possession, and providing his squad a quick 1-0 lead.

It was the start of a great night on the ice for this line, which has had success playing with each other throughout the entire season.

The Three Musketeers struck again roughly nine minutes later, as Bell scored his second of the game, and his 18th of his rookie campaign, providing the Huskies a 2-0 lead only halfway through the first, and the eventual game winner.

With his two first period goals, Bell is now tied with Robbie Sidhu for the team lead in goals scored.

The Musketeers weren’t done there, as 5:27 into the second, the Huskies second line extended their team’s lead to 3-0, as Dylan Houle scored his 9 goal of the season off a beautifully placed shot from the middle of the face-off circle, beating Junior Canucks goaltender Justin Samra, high, opposite glove side.

Following the Huskies third goal, the line of Houle, Karasiuk and Bell had already combined for 9 points in the game.

Midway through the second, as the intensity continued to increase, Huskies fans witnessed a rare sight at the dog pound, as Robbie Sidhu, playing in his first game back since missing Tuesday’s affair in Grande Prairie due toan injury, dropped the gloves at centre ice with Mitch Pafli, resulting in the end of Sidhu’s night on the ice.

The Huskies extended their lead in the final five minutes of the second, as the home team scored two power-play goals, courtesy of Daylen Pearson and Tyler Norris. Houle registered his fourth point of the evening on Pearson’s goal, credited with an assist on the play.

Starting goaltender Travis McLean’s shutout streak was broken halfway through the third period, as Kyler Krantz scored the lone goal for Dawson Creek.

McLean went on to finish the game making 20 saves for the win, while the Huskies finished the game firing 34 shots at both Dawson Creek goaltenders, as Colton Anderson was put in to start the third period for the visitors.

Two more fights broke out before the conclusion of the third, as Cody Hildebrand responded after taking a vicious hit from behind, while Taylor Greatrex took exception to a snow shower on goaltender Travis McLean near the conclusion of the game.

Brighton Campbell scored the final goal of the game, as Jamie Watson used his speed well, setting up a streaking Campbell, who scored his fourth goal in as many games.

Following the game, Dawson Creek head coach Eric Fulton spoke about his team's recent struggles, which, following the loss in Fort St. John, stretched to five consecutive losses.

"It’s bad that we didn’t come out and show as well as we wanted to and I think the guys don’t feel good about that, but we've got to stop talking and start acting," he says. "Maybe this tonight, a little more action than talking by some guys might help, but we got to figure something out; we’re not playing hockey anywhere we need to be."

Fulton hopes the loss could fire up his squad as they enter their next game versus Peace River on Friday.

In the other dressing room, Cayle Bell, wearing the player of the game hard hat, talked about the intensity on the ice.

"It’s always physical with Dawson," he says. "It’s a rivalry and both sides are a little bitter. It’s just the way it is between us… It’s awesome, it’s fun to watch and fun to be a part of."

The rookie winger also discussed the success he and his linemates have had this season.

"Me and Kraz have played with each other before, and Houle just kind of fits in there nicely, because he’s got good hands and moves the puck well. Blair’s got speed so it works out well between us. It’s awesome, I love it and I absolutely trust them with everything that we do."

It was a big win in the standings for Fort St. John, who now sit tied for fifth with the Junior Canucks. They now have an opportunity to leapfrog over Dawson Creek to fourth place Saturday, when they welcome Beaverlodge, a team they most recently defeated back on January 26.