The first period wrapped up with the score still tied at zero, but the Huskies controlled the play and the shots with a 15-11 advantage.
As the second got underway the Huskies were on the powerplay from an infraction late in the first by the Flyers and they cashed in with the extra man as Jerome Thorne found the back of the net 1:09 in. The score held throughout the remainder of the period as the Huskies led 1-0 after 40 minutes.
The Huskies took a 2-0 lead as Tyrell Hammer-Jackson scored in his final game with Fort St. John early in the third. The Flyers responded five minutes later to cut the lead in half, however Huskies newcomer Davis Rose scored 40 seconds later as his shot barely crossed the line to restore the two goal lead for Fort St. John.
It was a well rounded game for the Huskies that saw them play well in all aspects. They limited the Flyers offensive opportunities and controlled the flow of the game.
“It was pretty evident last night [Friday] there was a big difference in the game. We were on our way up the ladder quite a bit and tonight it showed up even more,” head coach Gary Alexander said. “Defensively we played well, the forwards came back hard and they checked hard all night long. They stayed with it and they didn’t give up a shift so that’s a big plus right there.”
The past two games have seen the Huskies add a top six forward in Kody Disher. While he didn’t register a point in the game, his skill and effort stood out and was noticed by the coaches.
“He’s a real firecracker. Hard nosed kid. He comes to play and has some respect in the room already. We’re real happy to have him. He’s going to come and go somewhat but when it comes to the grind he’ll be here full time,” Alexander stated.
The bright spot in the game was the goal scored by Tyrell Hammer-Jackson. Well liked by teammates and coaches on and off the ice, everyone was happy to see him score in his final game as he’ll move on to fulfilling a lacrosse scholarship in New York.
“Hammer is a special little character. He’s got a real sense of humour and he keeps everybody light,” Alexander explained. “He throws a lot of tough looking stuff out there but he’s really a pussy cat at heart. He’s a good character guy. He’s been good in the dressing room and he’s kept everybody light.”
Goaltender Daimon Derouin had a strong night in goal as he turned aside 29 of the 30 shots he faced in the game.
Next on the schedule for Fort St. John is a tough road game against the North Peace Navigators on Friday night. After that they’ll have a home game the following day against the Beaverlodge Blades at 8 p.m.