Last night contained no surprises between the Fort St. John Huskies and the Beaverlodge Blades. The Huskies peppers the Blades with 59 shots in the tilt at the North Peace Arena, and were rewarded with a 12-1 victory.
The Huskies were plagued by a bit of a sloppy start in the opening five minutes of the game but it was full steam ahead from there. Wyatt Fellows opened the scoring 8:22 in, and they added another marker before the period was out.
The second frame was easily the most dominant 20 minutes of hockey the Huskies have played all season. They outshot the Blades 22-4, and increased their lead to 8-1.
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The final 20 minutes was more of the same. Fort St. John owned the shots at 23-8, and rounded out the scoring with another four goals to make the final 12-1.
After the game assistant coach Todd Alexander sympathized with the Blades knowing that what they’re going through isn’t easy for anyone involved with the team.
“They’re working hard over there and they have some good things going for them. They have a couple of good players that are pretty young. They showed up and played a gutsy game. They never game up and finished their checks. Hats off to them for showing up. It’s a hard game to play for both teams. That’s how it goes sometimes.,” he said.
The win set up an opportunity for the Huskies to leap frog the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks in the standings in a game this evening, and give the squad a leg up for potentially having home ice advantage for their eventual first round playoff match-up.
“Obviously we needed to get the points tonight to set the game up and that was our goal. It’s another big game. It’s one that we’ve been waiting for. We’ve got to be ready to go. It’s a good hockey club coming in here and they’re going to be hungry as well,” Alexander explained.
Fort St. John has dropped two out of three against Dawson Creek this year and Alexander knows the team is going to need to be ready to take advantage of the opportunity in front of them.
“We need to bear down and match their intensity. They’re a team that comes out and works hard and finishes their check. There’s no quit in that hockey club over there. They’re in every game. You don’t look at the score of the losses that they’ve had lately because they’ve been playing hard. If we’re not ready to go they’re going to take it hard to us,” he admitted.
The Huskies and Canucks are tied in the standings with 26 points following Fort St. John’s win last night, coupled with Dawson Creek’s point for an overtime loss to Fairview yesterday as well.
Scoring for the Huskies last night were Wyatt Fellows, Blair Karasiuk (2), John Apsassin (2), Josh Robinson (2), Cayle Bell (2), Ricky Bateman (2), and Jerome Thorne.
Daimon Derouin will get the start between the pipes tonight against Dawson Creek at the North Peace Arena. The opening faceoff is slated for 8 p.m.