The Fort St. John Huskies got their season underway yesterday afternoon on the road against the Beaverlodge Blades. It was a solid start for the local club with a 6-1 victory that had the team’s coaches happy with that they saw on the ice.
Assistant coach Todd Alexander thought as a whole the Huskies did quite well for themselves, and gave props to first year goalie Logan Edwards for holding down the fort while the team worked out the rust from an offseason away from the ice early in the tilt.
“Our goaltending was up to the task right away off the hop. We were definitely impressed with the way Logan [Edwards] handled himself. He had good composure and there was no rebounds around anywhere. That helped us get through that little bit of sloppiness that you have when you have your first game of the year as everybody is a little bit over jacked and a little anxious to get out there and forget some of their assignments in what they’re supposed to do.”
The team’s offence and defence came to play in the game and the speed was quite evident but the difference Alexander noted was the Huskies ability to keep their composure when it came to refraining from penalties, something that was not the case for the opposing Blades.
“At the end of the game that’s what gave us a lot more opportunities than them as well. They had poor discipline and we kept our composure. When you have those little ups and downs in a game it does help if you can keep your guys at an even keel. I think we did a good job of that and they did a really bad job of that. They were way too high when it was high on the other side and way too low when it was low. We just cruised along in the middle and kept at it and played the way we wanted to play.”
Scoring for Fort St. John was Shawn Wilson, Keenan Larson (2), Cayle Bell, Will Lightfoot, and Jacob Lang.
Edwards stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced in the game.
The squad had plenty of man advantage opportunities, and went two for eight on the power play.
The Huskies will be back on the ice for two games this weekend. They’ll have their home opener at the North Peace Arena Friday night against Sexsmith at 8 p.m. That’s followed by a game on the road against the JDA Kings on Saturday.