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Fort St. John Huskies crowned 2022-23 NWJHL champions

Huskies win in thrilling 5-4 overtime finish on the road in Grande Prairie
Fort St. John Huskies, 2023 NWJHL champions.

Back to back to back to back.

The Fort St. John Huskies won their fourth straight NWJHL championship on the road in Grande Prairie on Monday night.

The club won this season's Senators Cup in six games, beating the Wheat Kings 5-4 after Nathan Brownlee scored the game-winning goal early in a third round of overtime.

With the win, the Huskies took the best-of-seven final four games to two, and will go on the represent the NWJHL at the Alberta Junior B provincials.

It was a hard fought game, and series after the club found themselves down two games to none, which snapped the team’s remarkable 39 game win streak going back to October.

On Monday night, the Huskies found themselves down 2-0 after the opening period at the Crosslink County Sportsplex in Clairmont.

But Kurtis Lee, Raymond Dick, and Jackson MacDonald each scored in the second to give the team a 3-2 lead heading into the third.

The Kings responded with two more goals of their own to start the third to jump back to a 4-3 lead; Colby Busche would even the score for the Huskies and send the two teams into overtime.

After two periods of overtime, the game remained tied 4-4. Brownlee, a fourth-year forward, scored just over two minutes into the third OT to clinch it for the Huskies, who out shot the Kings 66-35.

The Huskies finished this year's season with a historic 38-3-1 record and 77 points.

The club also beat Grande Prairie in the NWJHL final last season, four games to two.

This year's championship marks the fourth-straight Senators Cup for the Huskies after two seasons were cancelled during Covid-19.

The Huskies beat the North Peace Navigators in 2018, and also got by the Kings in six games in 2019.

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