PEACE RIVER, A.B. – The Fort St. John Huskies are officially 0-and-1 to start their NWJHL season.
The Huskies travelled to Peace River on Saturday to take on the North Peace Navigators at the Baytex Energy Centre.
Before the game started, the Navigators paid tribute to former head coach Darcy Haugan, who was killed along with 15 others in last April’s Humboldt Broncos bus crash.
The ceremony in remembrance of Haugan included Haugan’s family and a number of the Navigators’ alumni.
After the moving ceremony, the Huskies started the scoring with a goal from Cody Brodhagen at the 12-minute mark of the first period, assisted by Alex Nimmo and Jared Loewen. The Navigators answered less than 30 seconds later to tie the game at ones.
In the second period, Matthew Apsassin opened the scoring with a goal for the Huskies just 27 seconds into the frame, assisted by Gary Loewen and Geoff Dick. Though the Navs scored two minutes later, the Huskies would regain the lead before the first 40 minutes was up. Gary Loewen notched a powerplay goal just before the halfway mark, assisted by Jared Lowewn.
Then in the third, the Navigators took control of the game and scored a trio of goals to win the game 5-3.
The Huskies will take the Sexsmith Vipers next Friday in game two of their season. The Huskies first home game will be October 5.