Huskies needing big improvement on penalty kill heading into weekend games

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After dropping both of their games last weekend the Fort St. John Huskies will be back on the ice for another two today and tomorrow in search of some wins. The team’s penalty kill stuck out like a sore thumb last time out, and was worked on heavily throughout practice this week.

Head coach Gary Alexander said the penalty kill concepts haven’t been fully absorbed yet, but the acquisition of a new defenceman has seemed to make a difference.

“Definitely we worked on the penalty kill. It’s not that we haven’t worked on it, but we just haven’t grasped it. We have another prospect on the defence that I think has made a big difference. He’s communicated and he knows what he’s doing. I think we’ll turn that around quite a bit,” he said.

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That defenceman is Jordy Potter, a Red Deer resident who played last season in the Heritage Junior Hockey League with the Blackfalds Wranglers. He’s been with the Huskies for only two practices so far but the first impression he created has been a solid one.

“So far it’s good. He’s a big strong boy. He skates real well. He understands the game. He isn’t quite up to speed on what we do out there but he’s going to catch on quick. He’s a real leader; he’s just willing to do anything and everything that you ask of him and we’re hoping it will rub off on everybody else,” Alexander added.

The Huskies will be on the ice at the North Peace Arena tonight against the Beaverlodge Blades at 8 p.m. Following that they’ll head to Clairmont for a rematch from last weekend against the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings.

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