The start of the season couldn't have gone any better for the Fort St. John Huskies up to this point. They've won all four games they've played, and allowed only eight goals against on the season, but could be in for a tougher challenge in week three.
The Huskies travel to Peace River to face the North Peace Navigators on October 9 for the first time this season, before going back down to Dawson Creek for a rematch of the season opener against the Kodiaks, which the Huskies won 4-3.
The Navigators have been nearly perfect themselves, starting the season 3-1. Though it's a new Navs team with new goalies, they are as strong as ever when it comes to not allowing pucks in their net. The Navigators have allowed just seven goals against, and it could be another tight, low scoring game for the Huskies who are coming off a pair of 2-1 victories.
"I'm hoping we keep building on the offensive plays we're looking for, that we continue to improve on offensive production, and that we're on the same page for special teams," coach Todd Alexander said. "This (Huskies) team is picking things quicker than ones I've had in the past, as far as systematic plays go, so I'm happy with those things so far."
As for the Kodiaks, though the Huskies have already beaten them twice (once in the regular season and once in an exhibition), Dawson Creek will be hungry for their first win of the season after starting slow out of the gate. The Kodiaks may get that win Saturday night against the 3-1 Sexsmith Vipers, bit if not, a Thanksgiving upset of the Huskies on October 10 would be just what they need, and its up to Fort St. John to make sure they don't overlook their opponent.
The Huskies will play both games on the road this weekend, for the third straight week. In fact, they play two more road games next week as well, and won't get a much needed home stand until October 22 and 23.
"We've been wandering around homeless for a while. It makes a big difference when we're in our own barn, but we're making the most of it. Right now, the coaches are in one dressing room, and the players separated in two other rooms. The only time we really get a chance to chat as a team is on the bus and on the ice, so we've made the most of these road trips, and the boys are doing a phenomenal job on continuing to check in and communicate with each other," Alexander said.
"Communicating well is what's made us successful in the past and it will sustain us until we get to play at home again."
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