FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies are excited to finally begin their season on home ice this coming weekend when they play their second game of the season against the Sexsmith Vipers.
While the Huskies have gone 1-2 in their first three games, head coach Todd Alexander says that the team’s record isn’t telling the whole story. “We’ve got a lot more going on than just what our record is,” said Alexander. “We’ve done a lot of really good things in those three games. We’re learning a lot, we’re a young hockey club so we need a little bit more time to figure things out. It’s not like you can just throw certain plays out there with a veteran team.” Indeed, the Huskies and North Peace Navigators are both tied in having the most number of rookies in the NWJHL, with ten each.”
Despite this, Alexander says that the group shows incredible promise going into their first home game, provided they keep their emotions in check. “The excitement of finally being home with the group, for a lot of them this will be their first time going through this so it’s gonna be imperative for us to control our emotions in this hockey game. We’re gonna be pretty excited, pretty jacked up.”
Facing off against the Vipers, Alexander says that the team will be focusing on coming out guns blazing. “Not looking around and waiting to see who’s going to step up and start playing. They just need to step up as a group and get playing together right off the hop. We have been a little bit concerned, two out of three games we haven’t started very good. We definitely did a better job of that against Fairview last game.” Alexander added that the Huskies, who have had no problems getting shots to the net, will also be focusing on maintaining more of a presence in front of the net in order to capitalize on rebounds.
The Huskies face off against the Vipers on Saturday night at the North Peace Arena, where they will also be debuting their new jerseys. Warm up starts at 7:30 p.m., with the puck drop at 8:00.