When the Fort St. John Huskies went up in last night’s game 5-2 over the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings it appeared as though they would cruise to victory with around five minutes left in regulation. It didn’t exactly work out that way as the Kings battled back to tie the game, only to have Cayle Bell score the game winner with just over a minute left to play.
After the game head coach Gary Alexander said all phases played a part in the victory, but work will need to be done to make sure the team closes out games more efficiently.
“I thought we had team effort for the first part of it. Forwards contributed, defence contributed and goaltending. It was a lot better performance than we had the other night. Grande Prairie came back hard. We lost focus a little bit in the third period and wondered around and took some silly penalties. Overall we’re pretty happy with what we saw tonight. We’ve just got to refine it a little bit to keep these comebacks from coming back at us,” he said.
Despite giving up the three goal lead, the result was a boost to the team’s morale given that they battled back to take the lead again and didn’t fold.
“It gives us the confidence that we can do that. We’ve been on the bad end of the stick of that the past couple of years when we have been close like this. A lot of character there to keep going and come back,” Alexander said.
Scoring for the Huskies were Keenan Larson, Cayle Bell (2), Ryan McDonald, and Anthony Ruggiero (2).
The Huskies will be back on the ice this afternoon as they’ll host the North Peace Navigators at 2 p.m.