While the opened the scoring in the first period, the opening 20 minutes wasn’t pretty for the Huskies. The team struggled to get shots on goal as they had only three in the frame and break outs from the defensive zone were also a struggle. Fairview dominated the shots on goal at 14-3 in the period but the teams were tied at one at the buzzer.
Fort St. John scored early in the second period as Cayle Bell found the back of the net 19 seconds in. The following three minutes however could have been a disaster for Fort St. John. The Huskies allowed three quick goals to fall behind 4-2 but they were not deterred. The Huskies scored two goals in a span of 1:05 to tie the game at four.
Fairview again took the lead in the third period but the Huskies responded quickly just as they did in the second period as the game was tied at five 2:46 after the Flyers had taken the lead. Fort St. John would score the winning goal on the power play after some great perimeter passing found its way back to Thomas Webster at the faceoff circle and he had an open net and made no mistake to complete the hat trick.
Head coach Gary Alexander said it was vital for the coaching staff to remain calm when the Huskies faced adversity in the second period as the players take on the personality of the coaches.
“The coaching staff has to remain calm and calm them down. Two goals in this league isn’t anything. Teams can score 14 on any given night. If you stay focused and you stay in the game and let them have it, your chances are still there to do it and that’s what happened tonight. We stayed around and lurked in the shadows until we got our chance and it worked out for us.” he stated.
The Huskies did a great job on the penalty kill which was key in such a close game. The Flyers went 0-5 with the man advantage and had minimal scoring chances in their opportunities.
“We just blocked up the middle. We didn’t give them any clean shooting lanes. The boys transfered back and forth between the box and the diamond very well. They played a bit of an umbrella power play at times and the transition between the two was pretty good. When you block the lanes it’s pretty hard to get pucks through.” Alexander explained.
Scoring in order for the Huskies were Thomas Webster, Cayle Bell, Jordan Harder, Cayle Bell, Thomas Webster, and Thomas Webster.
Assists went to Jordan Harder (2), Cayle Bell (2), Jerome Thorne, Daylen Pearson, Shane Rutherford, and Jarod Lang.
Next for the Huskies is a road game on Wednesday in Beaverlodge before returning home to take on the defending NWJHL champions the North Peace Navigators on Saturday at 8 p.m.