The Fort St. John Huskies played their first exhibition game of the 2021-22 season September 12, but looked to be in midseason form. The Huskies beat the Dawson Creek Kodiaks 5-0 at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, in Dawson Creek's first game since rebranding.
The Huskies were never in danger, leading comfortably throughout the game. Justin Brownlee scored the team's first goal three minutes into the game, shorthanded. Cole Cowan scored early in the second period, to make the score 2-0 after two.
Goalie Daniel Sturgeon played the first period and a half, turning away all 14 shots he faced. Returning starter Tyler McArther was perfect in the second half of the game, stopping eight shots.
The Huskies put the game out of reach in the third with three goals, from Jared Winkel, Raymond Dick, and Nathan Brownlee. The offense was balanced, with 13 players recording a point, and only captain Cayden Frenette recording two (2 assists).
Fort St. John went one for five on the powerplay, and outshot the Kodiaks 41 to 22.
It was a good start for the team, and will have two more chances to gel as a group before the season starts, with two exhibiton games this weekend in Cold Lake, September 18 and 19.
The Huskies season opener is September 24 in Dawson Creek against the Kodiaks.
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