The Huskies opened the scoring in the first period with a short handed goal in the first period and controlled most of the play throughout the opening frame. The Huskies would add a second goal and took a 2-0 to the dressing room after 20 minutes.
Entering the second period, the Wolves came out strong with their season on the line. Play in the period was much more balanced, and Slave Lake cut the Huskies lead in half and trailed 2-1 entering the third.
In the third, the Wolves struggled to carry forward their momentum and the Huskies eventually put things away when they went up 3-1.
Head coach Gary Alexander says despite the series being a sweep Slave Lake came to play in all three contests.
“It’s always a good feeling to advance. We’ve got to give Slave Lake a lot of credit. They played hard every game against us, gave us some really good games, played tough and rough. Our guys had to hang in there to win.”
Blair Karasiuk has been on fire since his turn from injury. He got himself three points in the win, and his two goals brought his total to five in the playoffs, matching his regular season total.
“We’ve been missing him ever since he went out. It’s good to have him back. It’s good to have him back. He makes things happen out there with his strength and position. It makes a big difference for us.”
Scoring in order for the Huskies were Blair Karasiuk, Cayle Bell, and Blair Karasiuk.
Travis McLean stopped 31 of 32 shots in the win.
Dates for the Huskies second round series against the Grande Prairie JDA are yet to be announced.