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Having lost five of their past seven games following a loss to the North Peace Navigators yesterday 4-1, the moods of everyone involved with the Fort St. John Huskies was obviously disappointment. Unable to carry over momentum from Saturday’s win over the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings, the game against the Navigators was filled with errors at both ends of the ice.

The Navigators were playing their third game in three days, and a clearly frustrated Todd Alexander said after the contest there’s no consistency with the Huskies with players waiting for someone else to step up and make a play.

“We can’t figure out how to have a consistent effort night in and night out right now. We have a bad habit of waiting for the next guy to get going and no one seems to get going. It’s getting pretty frustrating right now the way we’re playing and how we’re handling ourselves,” he said.

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While he acknowledged it’s up to the coaches to get the best out of the players, Alexander also noted the team’s leadership core and other veterans need to pick up their game substantially.

“Not only is it the coaching staff that needs to figure things out but it’s our leadership within has to step up, period. The guys that are wearing the letters that are older age, they’ve got to start bringing it to the rink because if we keep going this way it’s going to be a frustrating season.”

When asked specifically what the problems are, Alexander said the team right now isn’t willing to do the hard work required at both ends of the ice that typically brings wins.

“We’re just missing that will. We’re not fighting through checks. We’re not fighting to get to the front of the net. We’re not winning key battles. At what point in time are we going to step up as a group and start playing the way we’re asked to play. Too many nights we have too many passengers. Even some of the games that we’ve won we’ve won on two or three lines going. It’s the older guys in the room that got to figure things out.”

The lone goal for the Huskies was scored by Josh Robinson.

Next up for the Huskies is a mid-week game in Dawson Creek on Wednesday. That will be followed by a home game Saturday night against the Fairview Flyers at 8 p.m.

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