Last night was a critical game for the Fort St. John Huskies as they hoped to get a leg up on the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks for their eventual first round playoff series. Unfortunately for the Huskies they ran into a hot goaltender at the other end of the ice and lost the game by a score of 4-1.
The Canucks opened the scoring early in the first period but the Huskies responded at the five minute mark of the first period to tie the game at one. Dawson Creek would add two more goals before the period was out. Fort St. John heavily outshot Dawson Creek in the first 20 minutes 16-8.
The second period was uneventful, but in the third the Canucks put the game away. A fourth goal with just over seven minutes left put the game on ice.
After the game head coach Gary Alexander said there wasn’t much more the Huskies could have done in the game. It just wasn’t their night.
“We didn’t play a bad hockey game out there. We had opportunities but we just couldn’t bury it. It was just one of those nights where we just couldn’t get a drop to fall. I don’t think we lacked a whole lot, we just couldn’t get the puck into the net.”
With fourth place essentially out of the question for all intents and purposes, the final two games of the regular season are still important for the Huskies. Alexander says they need to show they can compete with the Canucks ahead of their playoff match-up, and they’ll have a chance to do that on Wednesday night in a rematch at the North Peace Arena.
“They have to prove that they can come out and play 60 minutes against Dawson. We’ve beaten Peace River, Grande Prairie and Fairview, but here we are unable to beat them. It’s not impossible. It’s just our attitude coming into the games.”
The Huskies will close out their home schedule on Wednesday against Dawson Creek once again at 8 p.m. Their regular season finale will be on February 13 in Fairview.