Head coach Gary Alexander says it was a struggle down the stretch with the defence of the Huskies missing valuable players like Wyatt Anderson, John Apsassin, and Taylor Greatrex at various points.
“Our defensive core being so short handed ran out of gas and broke down somewhat in their own end. We couldn’t get the handle on things in our own end,” he says. “We’ve had better games but they tried really hard to get back in there. It just wasn’t meant to be tonight. The extra minutes that the other guys had to play wore them down and we weren’t able to sustain anything in the late stages of the games.”
Alexander says the coaches are proud of the players for their efforts not only this season but over the last number of years with the current core group of players.
“We tried to focus on what we had for success all winter long and being positive. We didn’t come out of here with the win like we wanted to but we’re pretty proud of our boys. We’re pretty proud of the last three years that most of the boys that are leaving have put in.” he says.
This year’s team had three 21 year olds in their final season with the team. The game marked the final time Taylor Greatrex, Cole Calliou, and Brighton Campbell laced up their skates as members of the Huskies. Alexander spoke highly of their contributions over their time with the club.
“Greatrex was a big influence on the team; a great kid. He’s a good player and a good leader. He was a real positive influence on everybody with his work ethic and personality. You can’t say enough about a kid like that,” he states. “Calliou is another one. We worked excessively with Cole on lots of things. He had lots of talent and work ethic. He had some rough things last year where he was hurt pretty seriously but came back this year with a vengeance. He changed his whole game around and his atitude and we’re really proud of the progress he showed us. Brighton is another one that’s moving on next year. He came to us as a midget player and has worked hard to improve himself. I can’t say enough about him with his effort night in and night out.
The 2013-2014 Huskies will gather as a team one final time for team pictures on Saturday night.