The Junior Canucks opened the scoring off of a giveaway on a clearing attempt with 10:10 left in the first period, and took a two goal lead after a Taylor Greatrex pass was intercepted at the faceoff circles with only three seconds left in the opening frame.
The second period was uneventful on the scoresheet despite a better effort from the Huskies, however the team was able to get the breaks they needed in the third.
Wyatt Anderson’s point shot hit the post and went into the net to cut the Junior Canucks lead to one, and Blair Karasiuk tipped in Daylen Pearson’s point shot to tie the game at two with 49.3 seconds left in regulation.
Overtime was back and forth with great chances for both teams during the three on three session, however it was Huskies rookie Lien Miller-Jeannotte continuing his strong play as he netted the winner with 2:55 left in the game.
Head Coach Gary Alexander conceded that the game was one that Huskies probably should not have won.
“The way we started we certainly didn’t deserve to win. I thought in the second period we brought our level up quite a bit but couldn’t get things to work properly,” he says. “Even in the third we struggled a lot but the puck finally went in the net and turned it all around.”
Alexander says him and the coaching staff knew even before the game started that the game probably wasn’t going to be as simple as it should have been given the actions of players before the game had even started.
“We knew right from when we left the dressing room to start the first period that we were in trouble, at least the coaching staff did,” he confesses. “Just their attitude, the way they came in to get ready, how many were late. Just in general they were not serious, they were not prepared to play the game at all.”
The team was also without two of their top three scorers in Brighton Campbell and Jordan Harder in the contest. Alexander says that also played a big role in the game as three of the four lines in the tilt were brand new, forcing the team to alter how they attack the opposition.
“We only had one line that was made up tonight that we’ve had in the past. We juggled them all night long to see if we could get a match somewhere,” he explains. “It’s pretty tough to get behind then throw one guy out there unsure if he is going to handle his position or not.”
Scoring in order for the Huskies were Wyatt Anderson, Blair Karasiuk, and Lien Miller-Jeannotte. Assists went to Cayle Bell, Blair Karasiuk, Daylen Pearson, Taylor Greatrex, Daylen Pearson, and Shane Rutherford.
Daimon Derouin was solid in the net for the Huskies. He stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced in the win.
Fort St. John now moves on to a huge game Saturday night as they take on the Grande Prairie JDA Kings. A win by the Huskies would bring them within two points of the league’s first place team. The pregame show on Moose FM begins at 8:15 and the opening faceoff will follow at 8:30 p.m.