FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies played well for the first twenty minutes of last night’s game, before playing incredibly well for the final forty.
Thomas Webster got the Pups on the board first, scoring just 37 seconds in assisted by Brandon Howard and Kyle Crawford. While the Huskies were hemmed into their own zone for most of the first period, some stellar defensive coverage only allowed one goal for the top team in the NWJHL.
In the second, the Huskies came alive, and this time kept the play for the most part in North Peace’s end. Adam Bowie scored late in the twelfth minute to give the Dogs a 2-1 lead on a pass from Geoff Dick and Matthew Apsassin. With just over two minutes left, Jared Loewen added some insurance on a feed from Crawford to give the Dogs a 3-1 lead going into the second intermission.
The Navigators would begin to rally in the third period with a quick goal in the first minute of action. However, their momentum was short-lived as Howard scored just under four minutes later from the slot after getting a pass from Crawford and Thomas Webster.
Later in the period, Webster ended up dropping the gloves with the Navs’ Davis Rose who was looking to spark his team up. Rose appeared to have done so three minutes later as North Peace once again got to within one. Geoff Dick however managed to kill their momentum just forty seconds later on the powerplay as Crawford notched his fourth assist of the night. Adam Bowie also assisted to give the Huskies a 5-3 lead with just over three minutes left. After Kyle Crawford took a slashing penalty in the final minute and with the Navs’ net empty, Jonathan Bateman made several key saves to keep the Huskies’ two goal lead.
At the buzzer, a late hit by Brandon Howard saw a scrum develop in front of the Huskies’ bench, and netted him a match penalty. Final score was 5-3 for the home team.
The Huskies are in action this afternoon at the North Peace Arena for another game against the North Peace Navigators. The puck drops at 2:30 p.m.