The Huskies had a rough time last time out as they welcomed the Fairview Flyers to the North Peace Arena. The Huskies dropped the game 6-0 in a contest that was plagued by turnovers in the defensive zone.
Head Coach Gary Alexander says he was initially let down at the start of the week with how the team responded but is optimistic about the team’s chances of changing its fortune.
“Actually, I was a little disappointed Tuesday night. We had a little bit of a low showing [at practice], although we did have the better part of the team. It’s the little things they aren’t doing; we’ve deteriorated a little bit,” he admits. “I think we’re going to rebound from that shellacking we got against Fairview.”
A positive from the past week surrounds goaltender Travis McLean’s return to practice. McLean injured himself back on October 5 in the latter stages of the game against Grande Prairie. While he won’t start tomorrow or likely against Fairview on Tuesday, Alexander is happy to have him back in practice and working towards getting back between the pipes.
“We’d like to get him into some more practice before we throw him back in and give him a physical top up. [It’s] a big thing to have him back in the lineup; we don’t have to go looking for somebody else,” he explains. “We had tonight’s practice and the Sexsmith game, then Tuesday back against Fairview, so that only gives Trav one practice. He could maybe skate with the Flyers on Monday but that’s still not enough.”
The Huskies will be relying on Brighton Campbell, Jordan Gies and Lien Miller-Jeannotte to get the ball rolling again on Saturday. The trio currently occupy the top three spots in team scoring with 16, 15, and 13 points respectively.
The pre-game show for the tilt can be heard live on Moose FM at 6:45 p.m. with the opening faceoff shortly thereafter at 7. After Saturday’s game, the Huskies will return home for a rare mid-week game back home in a rematch against the Fairview Flyers on Tuesday.