All four games so far this season have been great contests with three of the four games decided by one goal, and last night was no different. The Huskies seemed to find their legs and were active all over the ice in the game as they won multiple battle for loose pucks, and pucks tied up on the boards.
Assistant Coach Todd Alexander says the Huskies came play last night and, and knows that ups and downs are just part of the season.
“We’ve been skidding there a little bit. It’s good adversity for us; it’s something we needed to get through and work as a group and I thought the boys definitely showed the better side tonight and stepped up to the plate especially against this hockey club,” he says.
Alexander says the team is always ready to go against the JDA Kingssand did all the things right that they didn’t do earlier in the week against Dawson Creek.
“We really actually come to play when we’re playing Grande Prairie. It’s showed in all of our games this year. The two times that we lost, we lost in overtime and the other was a one goal game. I felt we could have done better there. Both those losses we were winning heading into the third period. We just didn’t close those games out,” he explains. “It was a lot to do with effort and attitude. We didn’t have that against Dawson Creek and it showed.”
Travis McLean had a tremendous night in goal for the Huskies. He was 31 seconds away from a shutout of the league’s top scoring team, but still managed to save 27 out of 28 shots. Alexander was thrilled with his work and was happy the team took advantage of his solid showing.
“Travis played an excellent game tonight. We’ve had one really, really solid game by Derouin this year which we felt we wasted. Now we’ve had a super solid game by Travis. Going forward both goaltenders are looking good and they’re definitely not part of the slump we’ve had so far. They’ve been strong all year and it’s been to see that we’ve got both guys kicking.”
Scoring in order for the Huskies were Braylan Eklund, and Sean Ryder. Assists went to Sean Ryder, John Apsassin, and Jordan Harder.
The Huskies return to the ice tonight as they take on the Beaverlodge Blades at the North Peace Arena at 8 p.m.