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Huskies home-opening weekend

8 p.m. puck drops for second-place Wheat Kings Friday, first-place Vipers Saturday
Fort St. John Huskies Colby Busche races in on Grande Prairie Kings goalie Cam Beson during game 6 of the NWJHL final. Busche scored the Huskies third goal in a 3-1 championship game win.

After playing their first three games of the regular season and all of the pre-season on the road, the Fort St. John Huskies will finally play in front of a home crowd Friday night.

Coming off an 8-4 win in Peace River Sept. 30, the Huskies improved their record to 3-0, and sit in third, but only by the fact they've played one less game than Friday night's opponent, the Grande Prairie Wheat Kings, and two less than the 5-0 Sexsmith Vipers, who they'll face Saturday.

Kurtis Lee, who led the team in points last season with 70, has already accumulated 10 points in just his first three games – half of those coming in the last one against the North Peace Navigators. 

Lee had a five-point night including the hat-trick.

“Kurt was hot tonight. He had some really good looks (chances) on the power play and some earlier looks, hit a couple of posts. Who knows, he could have ended up with a couple of more,” said head coach Todd Alexander after the game.

“He's a special player. He's a special person. For him, he can make a five-point night look pretty casual,” Alexander joked.

It was a night, though, that could have had a different result.

“Sometimes it was average. Sometimes it was really good, and sometimes it was lacking detail in assignment and awareness tonight,” the coach described of his team's play.

“We were having stretches where we were playing our game. It was one of those games where our detail, especially in our own zone, was just not that good.”

Credit the Huskies, though, down 3-2 midway through the second, they scored five times before the period was out and five of the eight goals came on the powerplay.

While still very early, this weekend's two match-ups will be a good measuring stick, with the Huskies, Wheat Kings, and Vipers, all considered, at the start of the year, contenders for top spot.

Opening face-off Friday night versus Grande Prairie is 8 p.m.

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