FORT ST. JOHN – The Fort St. John Huskies had an uphill climb this weekend against the North Peace Navigators and it showed on the scoreboard in the two games that they played. The Huskies were in Peace River for contests on Saturday and Sunday and lost by scores of 8-3, and 6-2 respectively.
In Saturday’s game the Huskies trailed 5-2 heading into the third before the Navigators pulled away for good.
Sunday’s game was a bit closer but still not the result the Huskies were hoping for. They fell behind early in the game as Peace River opened the scoring just over a minute into the contest and led 3-0 after the opening frame. Trailing 4-0 going into the third the Huskies managed to trade two goals each with the Navigators.
Summarizing the weekend assistant coach Todd Alexander said while nobody feels good about losing, the team continued to make strides in amping up their physical play among other things.
“We weren’t so pumped about the outcome of the score but realistically I think we made some really big strides. We played two of our most physical hockey games all year. It wasn’t successful by points but it was successful by figuring out who we are and who we can be,” he said.
Despite feeling that the scores in either game weren’t indicative of what actually happened on the ice, there were still areas that were a struggle which will be worked on in practice this week.
“The power play wasn’t very good for whatever reason. We got away from our structure on our power play. I’ve thought for the most part that our power play has been pretty good all year. Sometimes certain aspects of your game struggle a little bit. We didn’t make some proper passes to the forwards. We had some breakdowns in our zone that they capitalised on and we need to tighten up a little bit in net as well,” Alexander said.
Scoring for the Huskies over the two games were Adam Bowie, Kody Disher (2), Anthony Ruggiero, and Brandon Howard.
The Huskies have two more games on the docket before the new year. They’ll host Dawson Creek and Sexsmith on Friday and Saturday respectively.