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Huskies using first round bye to heal up, stay sharp

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.”

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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.

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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