It may not have been the exact game the coaching staff of the Fort St. John Huskies were looking for, but that being said there were a lot of positives to take from the club’s 8-2 win on Friday night over the Beaverlodge Blades. The team started quick with two goals just after the four minute mark of the opening frame, and continued on with four in the second, and another two in the third.
After the game head coach Gary Alexander said his squad did lots of things right in the opening 40 minutes, but the execution tapered off a bit in the final frame with the outcome well in hand.
“I think we came out pretty strong. We maintained pretty good pace for the first two periods. I don’t think it paid off as much as it should have the way they forced the play and carried the puck. We took our foot off the gas in the third so we’re still looking for the 60 minute game that we’ve been talking about,” he said.
Also receiving recognition for their work was the team’s defensive core, in particular when it came to communicating on break outs and defensive responsibilities.
“Better effort by our defence tonight. A lot more communication and a little healthier bodies than what we had last week. It was definitely a lot better defensive game than we had so we’re a little more pleased with it,” Alexander said.
The most vocal communicator was a new face in the line up in Jordy Potter. Potter was officially acquired a little over a month ago, and made his debut on the ice with the team last night.
“We’ve been preaching communication with them all season and past seasons. When you get a guy out there that’s leading the pack by communicating then everybody gets into it. They all were starting to talk. There’s some plays out there that they made because they were communicating,” Alexander said.
Scoring for the Huskies were Matt Apsassin, Shawn Wilson, Jordan Harder, Jacob Lang (2), Adam Bowie, Kody Disher, and Wyatt Fellows.
Goalie Lane Delfs made 17 saves in the victory.
The Huskies will have a chance to erase memories of a poor showing last Saturday against the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings when they return to Clairmont for another Saturday tilt tonight at 8 p.m.