Huskies rebound with win over Flyers, move into first place

#13 Joel Bourgeois trying to maneuver around a Flyers defenceman on Jan.4th. Photo by Brady Ratzlaff.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies rebounded from a tough loss the night before and defeated the Fairview Flyers on Sunday night.

Sebastian Powsey opened the scoring just over a minute into the game on the powerplay, assisted by Matthew Apsassin and Josh Robinson. That stood as the lone goal in a fairly even first period as the shots were 9 to 9.

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Apsassin made it 2-0 with 14:14 to go in the middle frame after firing home a slick pass from Gary Loewen in the slot. Loewen, Apsassin and Robinson teamed up for another tally on the man advantage three minutes later as Robinson buried a high shot from ten feet out. The visitors cut into the three-goal lead before the end of the second period.

The Huskies restored their three-goal cushion midway through the final frame courtesy Aiden Craig-Steele after he snuck a wrister through the five-hole of the Flyers netminder off a shot from Nathan Bragg. Gary Loewen scored his first of the contest with 4:08 remaining off a sweet dish from Joel Bourgeois. Jared Loewen bulged twine with just over two minutes to go on the powerplay as he, Apsassin and Powsey worked the puck around the offensive zone before Loewen ripped it past the Flyers goaltender to conclude the scoring. Final score Huskies 6 – Flyers 1.

Apsassin led the way a four-point night while Powsey and Robinson contributed three and two points respectively.

“Bounce back win for us,” said head coach Todd Alexander. “We executed our systems tonight compared to versus Grande Prairie and came away with the win. We decided that we wanted to commit to playing as a team instead of trying to do things individually. We got great goaltending as well.”

Brody Greggain picked up the win for the Dogs as he started in place of the injured Jonathan Bateman who is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season and some of the playoffs with an upper-body injury.

“We communicated way better in today’s game,” added Greggain. “We had energy, guys were joking in the locker room and we were playing loose. The injury to Jonathan is unfortunate and it will change my routine a bit, but I feel I’m ready to carry this team into the playoffs while Jonathan heals up.”

With the victory, the Huskies improved their record to 24-7-2 and into first place in the NWJHL standings.

Next up for the team is a Wednesday night clash with the Beaverlodge Blades at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is at 8:00 p.m.

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