The game was a chippy affair thought as the officials called nearly 20 penalties in the third period alone. Assistant coach Todd Alexander says the flow of the game created challenges on the bench but was happy to come away with two points and the win.
“I think we played better positioning tonight. I was sort of a sloppy game with all of the penalties going on. There was no real flow to the game,” he explains. “We had a lot of juggling on the bench with lines and whatnot so sometimes those games are hard to get into but I think our boys did a good job of staying focused and staying on the path.”
The Huskies found themselves shorthanded a number of times within the first 40 minutes however they were able to hold their own on the penalty kill. Alexander credits the team’s for making things difficult on the Vipers to enter the Huskies end of the ice.
“We did a good job of standing them up on the blue line and not allowing them to enter the zone easily. [The] goaltender did a good job and we had a lot of free dumps that we took care of.” he says.
Scoring in order for Fort St. John were Tyson Glass, Owen Barker, Jordan Harder, Shane Rutherford, Lien Miller-Jeannotte, Cayle Bell, Shane Rutherford, Shawn Holliday, Lien Miller-Jeanotte, and Daylen Pearson.
Assists went to Daylen Pearson with four, Blair Karasiuk had two, Jordan Gies did his part with two as did Shane Rutherford, Lien Miller-Jeannotte, Tyson Glass, Brighton Campbell, John Apsassin, Taylor Greatrex, Jayton Wiele, Cayle Bell, and Cole Calliou.
Daimon Derouin was solid between the pipes as he turned aside 24 of the 27 shots he faced.
The Huskies next take to the ice on Tuesday evening as they will be looking for a better result at home against the Fairview Flyers. The next game on Moose FM goes next Saturday night as the Huskies hit the road to take on the Slave Lake Wolves. The pre game show starts at 7:45 and the opening faceoff is slated for 8 p.m.