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Huskies hammer Blades, ready for showdown with Jr. Canucks

#17 Darion Fay dekes out the Blades netminder and puts the puck into a wide open net on Feb.7th. Photo by Brady Ratzlaff.
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C.- The Fort St. John Huskies dismantled the visiting Beaverlodge Blades on Wednesday night.

The Huskies took it to their opponent in the first period as Shawn Wilson broke the deadlock after burying a loose puck from five feet out at 7:21, assisted by Joel Bourgeois and Jeridyn Loewen. Wilson netted his second of the frame three minutes and thirty seconds later as he snuck a shot through the pads of the Blades’ netminders pads. With forty-nine seconds remaining Sebastian Powsey finished off a pretty passing sequence with Jacob Lang and Jeridyn Loewen. The Pups took a 3-1 lead into the locker room after the Blades one late despite being outshot 29-3.

Powsey added his second of the game 1:55 into the middle stanza as he and Josh Robinson executed a give and go to perfection. Darian Fay made it 5-1 as he deposited the biscuit in the basket three minutes later, Matthew Apsassin and Teagan McMullen with the helpers. ApsassinĀ got in the goal column at 9:04 as Fay, McMullen and himself played keep away with the Blades players for roughly 40 seconds. Cody Brodhagen tallied the 7-1 marker at with 7:19 to go in the middle frame as he roofed a slick saucer pass from Wilson and Jarod Lang. With three minutes remaining before the second intermission, Fay added his second of the contest as he hammered home rebound off a Bourgeois shot for the 8-1 goal.

The Huskies kept at it in the third period as Gary Loewen scored 3:26 into the frame after Jeridyn Loewen found him wide open at the side of the net. Jacob Lang bulged the twin four minutes after as he skated down the wing and ripped a low shot that fooled the visitor’s netminder to the blocker side as Powsey and Jeridyn Loewen gained control of the puck in the neutral zone. After the Blades got one back, Powsey scored his hat-trick goal with thirty-three seconds to play as he tapped in a loose puck off a shot courtesy Jarod Lang at the point. Final score Huskies 11 – Blades 2.

Powsey and Jeridyn Loewen both finished the night with four points while 12 skates contributed at least a point as the team fired 64 rubber biscuits on the Blades netminder.

“I was happy with the contributions throughout the lineup,” said head coach Todd Alexander. “It tough playing against that team to not play down to their level which I felt we did for bits of the game. We will need to work on re-focusing and playing our brand or hockey for what will be our biggest game of the year on Friday.”

“In a game like this, you have to work on keeping good habits,” added Sebastian Powsey. “Guys had more space out there even though at times it didn’t feel like it. We have to take the good hockey we played tonight, reset, and be prepared to play in Dawson Creek and find a way to win in their barn in what will be a playoff game like atmosphere. A feat we have yet to do so far this year.”

With the win, the Huskies move back into first place in the NWJHL standings with a 25-7-2 record.

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Next up the Pups hit the road for a clash against the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks at the Memorial Arena on Friday. Puck drop is at 8:00 p.m.

 

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