FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies fell to the North Peace Navigators in a shootout on Friday night.
The Huskies opened the scoring with 5:01 remaining in the first period when Matthew Apsassin beat goaltender Ryan Noble high to the blocker side from the high slot, assisted by Gary Loewen and Jacob Lang. The lead didn’t last long as the Navigators scored two quick goals to end the frame and skate into the locker rooms with a 2-1 advantage.
The Huskies pulled even at 11:01 of the middle stanza when Nolan Legace fired a juicy rebound off of Noble into a wide open net on the power play after fantastic puck work along the blueline between Jeridyn Loewen and Jarod Lang. The Pups allowed a late goal in the second period to give the lead back to the Navigators despite outshooting them 29-14.
In the third period, the home side poured on the pressure to the tune of 17 shots and finally found the back of the net with 4:08 to play courtesy Teagan McMullen’s deflection six feet in front of the cage after a dominating shift between Legace, Sebastian Powsey and McMullen. Score after regulation time Navigators 3 – Huskies 3.
Neither team scored in the three on three overtime resulting in a shootout being needed to determine the winner. Blake Carpenter was the only scorer of the six shooters as the Navigators were victorious 4-3 and grabbed the two points.
The Huskies outshot the Navs by the count of 53-17.
“Another close game with these guys,” said head coach Todd Alexander. “We controlled play for most of the game, but had a couple of lapses in the first and they capitalized on their opportunities. Our goal for this weekend was to grab all six points, there are still four more up for grabs after the point tonight.”
“We played a really solid game,” added goaltender Jonathan Bateman. “We always seem to play North Peace really tight and were unlucky in the shootout tonight. If we can play like this for rest of the weekend we will put ourselves in a good position to come away with wins.”
Next up for the Dogs is a trip to Beaverlodge tonight for a date with the Blades. Puck drop is at 8:00 p.m.