The Huskies opened the scoring just over two minutes into the first period off of a Wolves turnover to put the Huskies out in front. Slave Lake tied the game shortly after but it would be all Huskies in the frame from that point on. Four goals in five minutes for Fort St. John put them up 5-1. Slave lake scored once in the second and the third period to round out the scoring at 5-3.
Head Coach Gary Alexander says with Slave Lake only having nine skaters for the contest, the Huskies let up on the Wolves after the got a comfortable lead.
“I think we took our foot off the gas. We were working hard but there was no killer instinct out there. I thought we continued to work but not very smart. We worked when we had to and that was the difference.” he says.
Alexander adds that the Huskies need to be better at putting teams away come the playoffs.
“This is the team we have to play so they had to set a standard of what they’re going to do. I hope that isn’t what they plan on doing the rest of the way through,” he states. “We need to bury them when we have the chance and keep on doing it so we develop good habits going through the playoffs. It’s hard to get motivated for a game that means very little out there. These guys know that they can beat this team any time they so decide. It’s just a matter of preparing themselves and finishing them off when they need to.”
Scoring in order for the Huskies were Shawn Holiday, Tyson Glass, Jordan Harder, Tyson Glass, and Jeff Heber.
Shots on goal were tied at 34.
The official playoff schedule from the opening round has not yet been released, but it is expected that the first round series with the Slave Lake Wolves will begin this weekend.