The Huskies opened the scoring with two goals in the final five minutes of the first period as they took a 2-0 lead to the dressing room. One goal came on the power play and another came at even strength.
Things were quiet in the second period on the score sheet, though both teams did have opportunities to find the back of the net. Entering the third things for the Huskies did not start well. The team started the period short handed and eventually found themselves down in a 5-3 situation. The Huskies penalty kill was as strong as it has been all season as they allowed only one shot while short handed, and added a short handed goal to make the score 3-0. Fort St. John would add a final goal with just under six minutes left to make the score 4-0.
Assistant Coach Todd Alexander says the team did everything they were asked to do and was happy to see improvement on the power play after clicking around 14 per cent so far this season.
“The boys played real well tonight. We came to play and I think we executed on everything that we talked about before. We had a solid game plan tonight and we stuck with it. There was some real good execution for sure tonight,” he says. “The power play has been struggling a little bit lately and I thought it stepped up t0night and got some good chances and it definitely got us rolling there. We took advantage of a couple early power plays. [The] first one I thought we just missed on a couple of chances and then a couple of minutes later we got a second opportunity and we buried it. It was good to see.”
As for the start of the third period, Alexander believes it’s a disadvantage for a team to start a period with a power play as they are not fully in a rhythm coming out of the dressing room.
“I’m not a big believer on starting a period on a power play situation. I feel it gives your penalty kill an opportunity to kill a power play off because you don’t get those opportunities to get it in and get working and get the cycles going,” he explains. “I think in a way it’s an advantage to the penalty kill. Once we killed that penalty we started to roll right away with our five on five after that.
Daimon Derouin was stellar in goal once again with a number of key saves especially in the third period with the Navigators amping up the pressure to get back in the game.
“He made key saves tonight. He was big for us; first star all the way tonight. He took care of the chances they did have with the scoring opportunities and shut them down. It was a very nice game by him tonight for sure.” Alexander says.
Scoring in order for the Huskies were Taylor Greatrex, Jordan Harder, Jordan Harder, and Lien Miller-Jeanotte.
Daimon Derouin made 27 saves to earn his second shutout of the season.
The Huskies have another stiff task ahead of them this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the North Peace Arena as they take part in a rematch with the Navigators.