FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After losing 8-1 in Fairview Thursday night the Fort St. John Huskies were not feeling sorry for themselves in game four Saturday night. The Huskies survived another lacklustre opening period but played well over the final 40 minutes to come away with a hard earned 1-0 win after a late goal by Jacob Lang with a minute and a half left, and a 42 save performance from goalie Brody Nelson.
The Huskies were outshot 15-6 in the first period but the shots at the end of the game read 42-31 for Fairview. Head coach Gary Alexander said starts have not been his club’s strong suit but once they started playing like they’re capable of everything fell into place.
“That’s the way we’ve been all winter long. We fight the puck, we’re rough in the first period. If we can gain our senses and just work out there and ignore everything else we start to take over games. We found our legs in the second period and started to take over the play. They just did their jobs. They worked hard,” he said.
Over the final 40 minutes the Huskies did well in preventing Fairview from attacking the middle of the ice which in turn kept things simple for everyone in the defensive zone.
“We’ve been clogging up the middle and forcing everything wide. We’re forcing them to shoot from the outside and as you can see our goaltender will take that all night long. Our effort is big when we come up like this and when we keep it close we’re dangerous,” Alexander said.
After making it through the first round of the playoffs with a save percentage of 93 per cent, goalie Brody Nelson has been significantly more tested against the Flyers.
Following his first shutout of the playoffs Nelson said the work of his team helped him get into a rhythm early.
“I just prepared like every other game. The whole team was behind me. They did everything to help me so it was a team effort. Once you find your groove you stick with it. You can see the pucks easier and everything seems to just come at you,” he said.
With the best of seven semi final series tied at two game five will be back in Fairview Tuesday night at 8:30. Game six will be in Fort St. John Thursday at 8 p.m.