While in most cases a weekend split of games would be considered average, that certainly is not the case when it pertains to the Fort St. John Huskies and their body of work. The team was on the verge of ending the undefeated streak of the Fairview Flyers, but rebounded the next night for a big overtime win over the Sexsmith Vipers.
Friday night in Fairview the Huskies and Flyers battled right down to the wire. The two clubs were tied at two after the first, and four after the second. In the end Fort St. John lost 6-5.
Reflecting on the weekend Huskies assistant coach Todd Alexander said despite the loss against the Flyers, the team had nothing to hang their heads about in the game, and they responded with a solid outing the next night against Sexsmith.
“I felt as though we deserved a better fate in Fairview, not to take anything away from them. I felt we played a hard fought game. We outshot our opponents again which is a trait that we like to see and going forward with this hockey club. We executed on four powerplays that I thought was quite encouraging. We just needed that one more save and I think we would have snuck two points out of there
“We didn’t feel sorry for ourselves. It was a tough hockey game there. We had to get right back at ‘er against another very good hockey club. To show our character in two games in small arenas in back to back nights was awesome. I’ve got to take my hats off to the boys they played real hard this weekend, hardest they’ve played all year so far.”
It looked as though the Huskies were about to suffer a second loss on the weekend, however with their backs against the wall they battled back. With the team on the penalty kill they pulled the goalie and managed to net the tying goal short handed with 19 seconds left. With the momentum well in their favour they killed off what was left of the penalty to start overtime, and later cashed in with the game winner.
“It’s definitely good for the morale. We’ve been preaching a lot of things and we feel as though we just haven’t quite played the game style that we’ve asked them to play but in back to back nights we were pretty focused in getting the task done. There was 40 second shifts and we played four lines and it was good to see. Everybody contributed and that’s a big part of being able to go and play that hard in back to back nights,” Alexander said.
With the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge starting on Friday the Huskies have a gap in their schedule. Their next game action isn’t scheduled until November 7 as they’ll be on the road to take on the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings.