FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Playing on back to back nights the Fort St. John Huskies put forth a gritty road effort last night in Sexsmith and were rewarded for their efforts. Overall the game was rather chippy but it was the Huskies coming out on top with a 4-1 win which now moves them to within a point of third place in the league standings.
The Huskies were out in front after the first period by a score of 2-1 and gradually built on their advantage to lead 3-1 after 40 minutes. A late marker in the third rounded out the scoring.
Assistant coach Todd Alexander said his club did a great job of staying composed throughout the game under the circumstances and was proud of how they responded with goals instead of extra penalty minutes.
“It was a rough game out there. There were lots of bodies flying. It was chippy hockey, a little bit of old school hockey there. It’s super important to keep your composure because you can cost yourself at any second by going off the handle. We kept our composure and buried a big goal after a ruckus and that was the nail in the coffin,” he said.
The Huskies were forced to play with four defencemen due to injuries but a simplistic approach on the back end proved to be effective with skaters up front helping out where possible as well.
“The D kept it simple. Forwards were helping out big time. A lot better job of winning pucks along the walls, getting pucks out. We weren’t turning a bunch of pucks over. The four guys battled hard back there and kept it simple off the window all night long. It was a good response to come here and get a win,” he said.
Scoring for the Huskies were Jacob Lang (2), Kody Disher, and Jordan Harder. Harder also added two assists in his return to the line up from a lower body injury.
The Huskies will be back on the ice on Wednesday when they make the trip to Dawson Creek to take on the Junior Canucks at 8 p.m.