Leading up to Sunday afternoon’s exhibition opener against the Sexsmith Vipers, assistant coach Todd Alexander said his team would be fast and potent offensively, but some question marks needed to be answered defensively and in the goal crease. The game rang true to his comments as while the Fort St. John Huskies deposited nine goals, they also allowed seven the other way.
After the game Alexander said going forward defensive zone coverage will obviously need to be addressed if the team is going to have success.
“Any time you score nine goals and allow seven it’s pretty obvious what you need to work on. Our coverage was pretty soft tonight. I don’t think the goalie had too many opportunities to make those saves that went in. I don’t think he had any weak ones but that’s got to tighten up a whole lot better,” he said
With the breakdowns in front of the goalie Lane Delfs he admitted that it poses a challenge in accurately assessing the play of the tender, a position that’s up for grabs on the team following the departures of Travis McLean and Daimon Derouin.
“Definitely it’s really hard to evaluate a goaltender when he’s hung out to dry from point blank with half of his shots on net. I think for the most part we’re happy with him. He’s got a few things he’s got to work on too. He’s needs to get up in his crease a little bit more. He’s a big kid and he needs to take advantage of that but overall you can’t really base his play on what was going on tonight.”
Scoring in order for the Huskies were Keenan Larson, Shawn Wilson, Jacob Lang, Thomas Webster, Marshall Sidwell, Narcisse Baptiste, Cayle Bell, Kody Disher, and Davis Rose.
The Huskies have a busy week in front of them. They’ll play in their second exhibition game in Chetwynd against Dawson Creek on Wednesday, before taking part in a home double header over the weekend against the Vermilion Tigers on Saturday and Sunday, coupled with two practices this Tuesday and Thursday evening.