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Huskies drop Kings 5-4 in overtime shootout

Make it 10 wins in a row for the Fort St. John Huskies after a heart-stopping and emotional 5-4 shootout win over the JDA Kings in Grande Prairie Saturday night.
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3-ON-3 OVERTIME: Fort St. John Huskies’ forwards Kurtis Lee (left) and defenceman Brandon Modde begin a two-man rush against the Grande Prairie Kings, Jan. 15, 2022. The Huskies would eventually win 5-4 in the shootout.

Make it 10 wins in a row for the Fort St. John Huskies after a heart-stopping and emotional 5-4 shootout win over the JDA Kings in Grande Prairie Saturday night.

Rookie Conrad Wiebe stole the show on this night, not only getting the game-tying goal with 27 seconds remaining in the third, but the lone goal for either team in the shootout.

NWJHL scoring leader Kurtis Lee put the Huskies on the scoreboard early with his 23rd of the season — his team seventy seconds into a power play. Alex Nimmo would give the Huskies a two-nothing lead before the period was complete.

The Kings, however, would rebound with two of their own in the second, the latter coming in the last minute.

Jared Winkel would add one between two more Kings’ goals, thus setting up the even-up goal by Wiebe, a scoreless five-minute overtime, and the eventual game-winner.

The emotion in the game, though, centred around another rookie, Keaton Hartness, who left the game just three minutes in after he received a jarring hit along the boards.

The team, admittingly shaken, struggled at times but were able to focus in the third period, after head coach Todd Alexander called a 30-second timeout.

Thankfully, after medical attention in hospital, the newcomer from Terrace was able to travel back home with his teammates on the bus. Hartness will likely miss a number of games with an upper body injury.

The Huskies, meantime, will meet up with the very same Kings Friday night at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is 8 p.m.