The Fort St. John Huskies and the Canada White women’s team played an exhibition game at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek last night, Sept. 14. The women have been engaged in practice at training camp since Sept. 11, and played like it, surprising the Huskies on way to winning 4-0.
In the first period, Canada came out very strong, outshooting the Huskies 22 to 14 and getting goals from Jamie Lee Rattray and Sarah Potomak.
“It was good to get a win under our belt and it was a lot of fun out there. We came out pretty strong and caught the guys by surprise a little bit. They were a lot better in the second and battled hard,” said right wing Natalie Spooner.
Indeed, the Huskies were much faster and played as a team in the second, outshooting Canada 14 to 6. However, the team wasn’t able to sneak a goal past Canadian goalie Shea Tiley.
“As the game went on we got better. It’s a big adjustment with no hitting, and a lot of us haven’t played against high end athletes before. One of the biggest things to focus on in the second was matching their speed and moving the puck,” said Huskies goalie Jonathan Bateman.
In the third period, Canada played like they did in the first, with Spooner scoring two goals, the first assisted by Brianne Jenner and Sarah Nurse, and the second on the powerplay from Potomak and Jocelyne Larocque.
“It’s fun to see so many people in the stands for training camp and it’s always fun to play the guys. I thought we had a really strong first period, but took the foot off the gas in the second. They adjusted to the game, but we came back in the third,” Jenner said.
The Huskies will look for a better effort from start to finish today at 3 p.m. when they take on Canada Red, who beat the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks 6-0 last night after the Huskies game.
“There were some nerves before, we really didn’t know what to expect. Their hockey smarts are so good. Now we know how to play and what to expect from their systems,” Bateman said.
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