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Huskies using first round bye to heal up, stay sharp

#10 Geoff Dick attempting to get a shot through the Vipers defenceman in the teams regular season finale on Feb.10th. Photo by Brady Ratzlaff.
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies will be resting while the rest of the NWJHL teams duke it out in the first round of the post-season.

The Huskies swept their last two games on the weekend, a 6-5 overtime win over the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks and a 5-1 win over the Sexsmith Vipers. It’s the first time they have claimed the one seed in over a decade as well as clinching home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

“I feel as though the bye is a good thing,” said General Manager Jeremy Clothier. “It lets us get healthy going into the playoffs which is a grind. I think it has been ten plus years since the organization finished in first place so it feels really good to be back in that spot.”

The matchups in the first round of the playoffs are the #2 seeded North Peace Navigators clashing with the #7 Beaverlodge Blades, while the third-ranked Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks battles the #6 seed Sexsmith Vipers. The Grande Prairie JDA Kings and Fairview Flyers drop the puck in a meeting of the #4 and #5 seeds. All higher seeds will have home-ice advantage with each team looking for three wins in the best-of-five format. The Huskies will play the winner of the JDA Kings and Flyers matchup in a best-of-seven semi-final, which will begin towards the end of February.

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Clothier added,

” We Still have to work at keeping sharp with the time off though, so we are going to pick up a few more ice times. For example, on Friday we are going to practise out in Buick Creek, a homecoming for some of the boys. Might even get a few fans for that.”

The post-season begins on Wednesday as Sexsmith is in Dawson while the Blades travel to Peace River. Both games get underway at 8:00 p.m.

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