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FORT ST. JOHN – The saying in hockey goes two points is two points when it comes to wins in the standings, but for the Fort St. John Huskies last night’s game against the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks was far from pretty. Up 3-0 as play began in the third period the Junior Canucks steadily clawed back to tie the game, only to have Fort St. John win just over a minute into overtime.

Assistant coach Todd Alexander was far from impressed with the work of his team overall in the game, but the third especially stuck out like a sore thumb.

“[I’m] definitely not pleased with the final 20 minutes allowing three goals in the third period. It was just flat effort. Most of the night it was a flat effort. We get into overtime and we finally make a hit and voila we make a play and score a goal. It’s not rocket science. Our group knows better than that but once again we come out and play a flat game against Dawson all game long,” he said.

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Generating offence was a challenge all game for the Huskies, and it started on step number one with bad break out passes out of their own end of the ice.

“Our first pass out of the zone tonight was terrible. It was either a 30, 40 foot prayer or in our feet, or we’d rim the puck up the wall back into traffic. Our D to D wasn’t very good. We’d try to make a reverse and we’d shoot it too hard past our guy. There was a lot of sloppy play going on there but it starts with the first pass. If you can’t make a first pass out of your zone then you’re just handing the other team opportunities to forecheck,” Alexander said.

Scoring for the Huskies were Cayle Bell, Brandon Howard (2), and Kody Disher.

Logan Edwards made 31 saves in the game.

Next for Fort St. John is their final game of 2015 as the Sexsmith Vipers will be at the North Peace Arena tonight at 8 p.m. The team is still offering two for one admission for the contest at $10.

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