Assistant coach Todd Alexander said after Sunday’s victory that the team was able to recover after the Navigators tied the game in the second period and the team effort as a whole was better compared to Saturday night.
“It was better effort and attitude. We had a bit of a lax in the second period when we were down on ourselves again and we were having a tough time controlling our emotional roller coaster that we have going on here with our young guys,” he explained. “It’s tough when you get into junior hockey and you’re playing with older guys. The team that can maintain their level headedness through three periods usually gives themselves a better opportunity. We did a little better job of that tonight gathering ourselves up after that second period and coming out and finishing the game hard.”
Another contributing factor in the win was the commitment to staying disciplined in the game. In Saturday’s contest the Huskies nullified three man advantage opportunities as they took penalties on the power play.
“Discipline was a lot better. Last night [Saturday] we negated three power plays with bad decisions after the whistle that there was no need for. Those are scoring opportunities for you that you just can’t give away when you work so hard to get one and you push it away with a stupid decision.” Alexander said.
Despite facing 37 shots in the game, goaltender Daimon Derouin was sharp and steady between the pipes.
“They kept the shots to the outside which was awesome. It definitely helps. There was a couple where they snuck in but for the most part it was to the outside so I didn’t feel as busy. It makes it a lot easier. It’s what we try to work on.” he stated.
Scoring for the Huskies in the tilt were Cayle Bell (3), and Shawn Wilson.
The Huskies will take on the Navs for the third time in three games as they’ll be in Peace River on Friday night. They’ll return home to take on the Grande Prairie JDA Kings the following evening at 8 p.m.