The game was a back and forth tilt, even though the Huskies never trailed in the game. Fort St. John opened the scoring in the first with a powerplay goal from Shane Rutherford. The Wolves would tie the game five minutes later, and the score was knotted at 1-1 after the first period.
The teams each scored two goals in the second period as things remained tied heading into the third.
Fort St. John took the lead in the third with 5:40 left to go, but with the net empty Slave Lake would tie the game after a shot was tipped in with 24 seconds left in regulation.
Slave Lake controlled the opening phase of overtime, but a wrap around attempt by Lien Miller-Jeannotte found the back of the net to give the Huskies the win.
After the game Head Coach Gary Alexander said that Slave Lake has been playing better as of late, but the team was up to the task
“They’ve had a little better luck the past few games. We came here after a long bus ride and short a lot of our veterans and bring three midgets and get a really gutsy road win,” he says. “I thought everybody worked hard. We had a few mistakes out there but for the most part I think it was a pretty good win for us.”
The powerplay was much improved for the Huskies as they converted two out of four chances. Alexander attributes the success to the team taking more opportunities to put the puck on net with the man advantage.
“We just shot the puck. We’ve been trying to be too pretty, trying to get too perfect of a shot instead of just shooting it and today they shot it,” he explains. “Can’t guarantee it’s going to go in the net if you shoot it but you can guarantee it isn’t if you don’t so you have to shoot the puck.”
Scoring in order for the Huskies were Shane Rutherford, Cayle Bell, Lien Miller-Jeannotte, Jordan Gies and Lien Miller-Jeannotte.
Daimon Derouin was busy in goal with 40 saves on 40 shots.
The Huskies are now in their Christmas break, and will return to action with a game in Beaverlodge on January 3.