FAIRVIEW, A.B. – Game three between the Fort St. John Huskies and Fairview Flyers started much like game two, but this time around there was no second period bounce back. The Flyers led 2-0 after one on the way to a decisive 8-1 win.
After a multitude of turnovers and lost battles for pucks game three simply came down to a lack of effort according to Huskies assistant coach Todd Alexander.
“Our compete level wasn’t there tonight. You can’t give a half hearted effort against the best team in the league. We talked about getting over game two and getting ready for game three. I think there was too many guys that were stuck on game two thinking that was the way the series was going to go. We weren’t good from the start. We never got our feet underneath us. The only player that showed up to play tonight was our goaltender,” he said.
The Huskies had put themselves in a good position to steal home ice advantage in the series prior to yesterday’s game. Now they’ll be looking to keep pace with the Flyers in game four Saturday night on home ice to set up another road opportunity come game five on Tuesday.
“It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get ready for this one. I really felt that of this was a game that we could have snuck out of here it really would have put them on the ropes and get them questioning themselves a little bit but instead we come out flat and give the momentum back to them. Now its our job to go home and figure things out and get ready to play in front of a good crowd Saturday night,” Alexander said.
The lone goal scorer for the Huskies was Cayle Bell, with Ryan McDonald getting the assist on the power play.
If the Huskies are going to manage to extend the series and potentially win it, they’re eventually going to have to win a road game in Fairview. It’s a tall task considering Fort St. John hasn’t defeated the Flyers on the road since the 2013-2014 season.
Game four on Saturday is slated for 8 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.