Prior to last night the Fort St. John Huskies had lost all four previous matchups this season against the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks. With the two teams set to meet each other in the first round of the post season it was key for the Huskies to get a win over their rivals and they accomplished that with a 7-4 win.
The Huskies opened the scoring at the mid way of the first period, however Dawson Creek tied the game at one with just over a minute left in the frame.
Fort St. John regained the lost momentum early in the second as they took the lead once again just 13 seconds in. The goal seemed to spark the Huskies as they would deposit another four goals into the back of the net, and took a 7-2 lead to the room after 40.
The final 20 minutes was a bit sloppy for the Huskies with the game well in hand. They added one more but the Canucks were able to capitalize on a couple of occasions with two goals of their own before time expired.
After the game assistant coach Jeremy Clothier said the difference came down to executing the fundamentals, and as such the Huskies were rewarded.
“We did the little things right tonight. We made a few extra hits that we didn’t make last game. We stopped chasing the puck. We played the game the right way. We kept it simple and got results,” Clothier explained.
The contest also marked the first time the Huskies were able to have strong success against Canucks goalie Josh Round who was chased from the net after five goals. An astute observation by a member of the Huskies coaching staff watching the game from behind the goal was passed on between periods and the team reaped the rewards.
“I have to give credit to our goaltender coach Wendel [Dyer]. He noticed that their goalie’s glove wasn’t the strongest and he just knocked it down. We shot it to that side of the net and buried some rebounds,” Clothier said.
Scoring in order for the Huskies were Ricky Bateman, Jordan Harder (2), Jordan Gies (2), Mathew Deveau, and Thomas Webster.
Fort St. John has one game left on their regular season sked. It will be a stiff test against the Fairview Flyers, a team the Huskies have yet to beat on the road this season. The team will enter their final regular season tilt with a record of 14-15-0.