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It wasn’t the best of games in terms of overall execution but at the end of the night the Fort St. John Huskies got the job done against the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks. The win was much needed for the team after dropping five of their previous seven games prior to the contest.

The Huskies held leads of 1-0, and 3-0 after the first and second period respectively, and the teams traded a goal each in the third.

After matters concluded Huskies head coach Gary Alexander said while it was nice to get the win, the game was sloppy overall with little fundamentals involved.

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“We had a real good, hard practice last night (Tuesday) and had some real good things happening and thought we had straightened out a lot of stuff but tonight I thought we played shinny with Dawson. I didn’t think we really put our best foot forward. It was good enough to weed out the win but we kind of dropped down to a level that we didn’t want to,” he said.

Also lacking in the game was a physical presence from both clubs as there were a number of times players were relying on the work of their sticks to free the puck instead of stepping into the puck carrier.

“I don’t think we were physical enough. We were reaching trying to stick check instead of taking the man. You don’t need to be destructive out there but you certainly need to play the body a little bit more and get in people’s way rather than stick check,” Alexander said.

Scoring for the Huskies were Jacob Lang, Anthony Ruggiero, Adam Bowie, and Kody Disher.

Goalie Logan Edwards wasn’t overly challenged between the pipes despite facing 25 shots, but he did make a couple of solid saves when needed.

The Huskies have a record of 5-7-0 and sit two points behind the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings for fourth place in the standings.

The Huskies will take on the Fairview Flyers in their next tilt Saturday night at the North Peace Arena at 8 p.m.

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